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  • The Cross and the Switchblade

    The dramatic and inspiring true story of a small town minister called to help inner city kids everyone else believed were beyond hope...David Wilkerson was just a young preacher in the Pennsylvania hills when he was stunned by a new calling from God: go to New York City to speak to seven young gang members on trial for murder.But something much greater was to come. Once in New York, David was ... Read more

    $7.99 USD

  • The Devil in the White City

    A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that Changed America

    by Erik Larson ...
    **#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Splendid and the Vile comes the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago and the cunning serial killer who used the magic and majesty of the fair to lure his victims to their death.“As absorbing a piece of popular history as one will ever hope to find.” —San Francisco Chronicle* ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Mission High

    One School, How Experts Tried to Fail It, and the Students and Teachers Who Made It Triumph

    "This book is a godsend a moving portrait for anyone wanting to go beyond the simplified labels and metrics and really understand an urban high school, and its highly individual, resilient, eager and brilliant students and educators." -- Dave Eggers, co-founder, 826 National and ScholarMatchDarrell is a reflective, brilliant young man, who never thought of himself as a good student. He always ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Smack

    Heroin and the American City

    Series series Politics and Culture in Modern America
    Why do the vast majority of heroin users live in cities? In his provocative history of heroin in the United States, Eric C. Schneider explains what is distinctively urban about this undisputed king of underworld drugs.During the twentieth century, New York City was the nation's heroin capital—over half of all known addicts lived there, and underworld bosses like Vito Genovese, Nicky Barnes, and ... Read more

    $28.99 USD

  • Gentrification is Inevitable and Other Lies

    by Leslie Kern ...
    **Shortlisted for the Architectural Book of the YearHow gentrification is killing our cities, and what we can do about it**What does gentrification look like? Can we even agree that it is a process that replaces one community with another? It is a question of class? Or of economic opportunity? Who does it affect the most? Is there any way to combat it? Leslie Kern, author of the best selling ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Wuhan Diary

    Tagebuch aus einer gesperrten Stadt

    by Fang Fang ...
    Translated by Michael Kahn-Ackermann ...
    Das Tagebuch der berühmten chinesischen Schriftstellerin Fang Fang aus einer abgeriegelten Stadt ist ein einzigartiges, ergreifendes Zeitdokument über den Kampf gegen einen unsichtbaren Feind, den die Menschen in Wuhan weltweit als erste führten.Wuhan: Am 25. Januar, zwei Tage nachdem erstmals in der Geschichte eine 9-Millionen-Einwohner-Stadt komplett von der Außenwelt abgeriegelt wurde, beginnt ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The World in a City

    Traveling the Globe Through the Neighborhoods of the New New York

    by Joseph Berger ...
    “The whole world can be found in this city. . . .”–from the PrefaceFifty years ago, New York City had only a handful of ethnic groups. Today, the whole world can be found within the city’s five boroughs–and celebrated New York Times reporter Joseph Berger sets out to discover it, bringing alive the sights, smells, tastes, and people of the globe while taking readers on an intimate tour of the ... Read more

    $3.99 USD

  • Ed Koch and the Rebuilding of New York City

    Series series Columbia History of Urban Life
    In 1978, Ed Koch assumed control of a city plagued by filth, crime, bankruptcy, and racial tensions. By the end of his mayoral run in 1989 and despite the Wall Street crash of 1987, his administration had begun rebuilding neighborhoods and infrastructure. Unlike many American cities, Koch's New York was growing, not shrinking. Gentrification brought new businesses to neglected corners and ... Read more

    $17.99 USD

  • Re-Imagining Spaces and Places

    Interdisciplinary Essays on the Relationship between Identity, Space, and Place

    Series series Emerald Interdisciplinary Connexions
    While 'space' and 'place' appear as key concepts in the study of culture, their complexity and mutability require ever-new frameworks when approaching them critically. Including chapters by authors from different fields, career stages, and geopolitical backgrounds, the contributors in this edited collection scrutinize the changing dynamics of space and place in relation to current political, ... Read more

    $81.99 USD

  • There Are No Children Here

    The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America (Helen Bernstein Book Award)

    **NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A moving and powerful account by an acclaimed journalist that "informs the heart. [This] meticulous portrait of two boys in a Chicago housing project shows how much heroism is required to survive, let alone escape" (**The New York Times)."Alex Kotlowitz joins the ranks of the important few writers on the subiect of urban poverty."—Chicago TribuneThe story of two remarkable ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Final Leap: Suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge

    Suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge

    by John Bateson ...
    The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most beautiful and most photographed structures in the world. It’s also the most deadly. Since it opened in 1937, more than 1,500 people have died jumping off the bridge, making it the top suicide site on earth. It’s also the only international landmark without a suicide barrier. Weaving drama, tragedy, and politics against the backdrop of a world-famous city, ... Read more

    $24.99 USD

  • Street Archives and City Life

    Popular Intellectuals in Postcolonial Tanzania

    by Emily Callaci ...
    Series series Radical Perspectives
    In Street Archives and City Life Emily Callaci maps a new terrain of political and cultural production in mid- to late twentieth-century Tanzanian urban landscapes. While the postcolonial Tanzanian ruling party (TANU) adopted a policy of rural socialism known as Ujamaa between 1967 and 1985, an influx of youth migrants to the city of Dar es Salaam generated innovative forms of urbanism through the ... Read more

    $20.99 USD

  • Barrio America

    How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City

    The compelling history of how Latino immigrants revitalized the nation's cities after decades of disinvestment and white flightThirty years ago, most people were ready to give up on American cities. We are commonly told that it was a "creative class" of young professionals who revived a moribund urban America in the 1990s and 2000s. But this stunning reversal owes much more to another, far less ... Read more

    $18.99 USD

  • The Burning of the World

    The Great Chicago Fire and the War for a City's Soul

    by Scott W. Berg ...
    WINNER OF THE MIDLAND AUTHORS AWARD FOR HISTORY • LONGLISTED FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE • A NEW YORKER BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR • The "illuminating" (New Yorker) story of the Great Chicago Fire: a raging inferno, a harrowing fight for survival, and the struggle for the soul of a city—told with the "the clarity—and tension—of a well-wrought military narrative" (Wall Street Journal)In ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • A Paradise of Small Houses

    The Evolution, Devolution, and Potential Rebirth of Urban Housing

    by Max Podemski ...
    From the Haitian-style “shotgun” houses of the 19th century to the lavish high-rises of the 21st century, a walk through the streets of America’s neighborhoods that reveals the rich history—and future—of urban housingThe Philadelphia row house. The New York tenement. The Boston triple-decker. Every American city has its own iconic housing style, structures that have been home to generations of ... Read more

    $17.99 USD

  • When a Heart Turns Rock Solid


    by Timothy Black ...
    A WASHINGTON POST BEST BOOK OF THE YEARBased on an unprecedented eighteen-year study, the center of this riveting book are three engaging streetwise brothers who provide powerful testimony to the exigencies of life lived on the social and economic margins. With profound lessons regarding the intersection of social forces and individual choices, Black succeeds in putting a human face on some of the ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Philadelphia Negro

    A Social Study

    In 1897 the promising young sociologist William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868–1963) was given a temporary post as Assistant in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania in order to conduct a systematic investigation of social conditions in the seventh ward of Philadelphia. The product of those studies was the first great empirical book on the Negro in American society.More than one hundred ... Read more

    $29.99 USD

  • Loft Jazz

    Improvising New York in the 1970s

    The New York loft jazz scene of the 1970s was a pivotal period for uncompromising, artist-produced work. Faced with a flagging jazz economy, a group of young avant-garde improvisers chose to eschew the commercial sphere and develop alternative venues in the abandoned factories and warehouses of Lower Manhattan. Loft Jazz provides the first book-length study of this period, tracing its history amid ... Read more

    $24.99 USD

  • The Death and Life of the Urban Commonwealth

    by Margaret Kohn ...
    The city is a paradoxical space, in theory belonging to everyone, in practice inaccessible to people who cannot afford the high price of urban real estate. Within these urban spaces are public and social goods including roads, policing, transit, public education, and culture, all of which have been created through multiple hands and generations, but that are effectively only for the use of those ... Read more

    $40.99 USD $28.99 USD

  • The Lost Continent

    Travels in Small Town America

    by Bill Bryson ...
    “The kind of book Steinbeck might have written if he’d traveled with David Letterman.” —New York magazineAn inspiring and hilarious account of one man’s rediscovery of America and his search for the perfect small town.Following an urge to rediscover his youth, Bill Bryson left his native Des Moines, Iowa, in a journey that would take him across 38 states. Lucky for us, he brought a notebook. With ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Urban Theory

    New critical perspectives

    Edited by Mark Jayne, Kevin Ward ...
    Urban Theory: New Critical Perspectives provides an introduction to innovative critical contributions to the field of urban studies. Chapters offer easily accessible and digestible reviews, and as a reference text Urban Theory is a comprehensive and integrated primer which covers topics necessary for a full understanding of recent theoretical engagements with cities.The introduction outlines the ... Read more

    $68.99 USD

  • Bittersweet Legacy

    The Black and White 'Better Classes' in Charlotte, 1850-1910

    Bittersweet Legacy is the dramatic story of the relationship between two generations of black and white southerners in Charlotte, North Carolina, from 1850 to 1910. Janette Greenwood describes the interactions between black and white business and professional people--the 'better classes,' as they called themselves. Her book paints a surprisingly complex portrait of race and class relations in the ... Read more

    $28.99 USD

  • American Moderns

    Bohemian New York and the Creation of a New Century

    In the early twentieth century, an exuberant brand of gifted men and women moved to New York City, not to get rich but to participate in a cultural revolution. For them, the city's immigrant neighborhoods--home to art, poetry, cafes, and cabarets in the European tradition--provided a place where the fancies and forms of a new America could be tested. Some called themselves Bohemians, some members ... Read more

    $30.99 USD

  • Black Food Geographies

    Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C.

    In this book, Ashante M. Reese makes clear the structural forces that determine food access in urban areas, highlighting Black residents' navigation of and resistance to unequal food distribution systems. Linking these local food issues to the national problem of systemic racism, Reese examines the history of the majority-Black Deanwood neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Based on extensive ... Read more

    $20.99 USD