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THE LOTTERY OF BIRTH, THE ILLUSION OF CONSENT, AND THE FIGHT FOR OUR FUTURE
Written by RAOUL MARTINEZ

Format: Hardcover, 512 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 01/31/2017

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-91164-3

The ideal of freedom is at the heart of our political and economic system. It is foundational to our sense of justice, our way of life, our conception of what it is to be human. But are we free in the way that we think we are?

In Creating Freedom, Raoul Martinez brings together a torrent of mind-expanding ideas, facts, and arguments to dismantle sacred myths central to our society—myths about free will, free markets, free media, and free elections. From the lottery of our birth to the...

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Written by FRIEDRICH SCHILLER
Introduction by ALEXANDER SCHMIDT
Translator KEITH TRIBE

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 12/06/2016

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-0-141-39696-5

German poet and philosopher Friedrich Schiller’s famous text on art, politics, and society

The artist is certainly the child of his age, but all the worse for him if he is at the same time its pupil, even worse its minion.”

One of the most profound works of German philosophy, Friedrich Schiller’s On the Aesthetic Education of Man examines politics, revolution, and the history of ideas in order argue that art should have a greater role in shaping society. Deeply disillusioned with the course...

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Written by HAROLD S. KUSHNER

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 09/06/2016

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17345-2

In this compassionate and deeply personal work, Rabbi Harold S. Kushner distills his experiences as a twenty-first-century rabbi into nine essential takeaways. Offering readers a lifetime’s worth of spiritual food for thought, pragmatic advice, and strength for trying times, he gives fresh, vital insight into belief, conscience, mercy, and more. Grounded in Kushner’s brilliant readings of scripture, history, and popular culture, Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned About Life is practical,...

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PHILOSOPHICAL ESSAYS
Written by BENJAMIN FONDANE
Edited by BRUCE BAUGH
Translator BRUCE BAUGH
Introduction by BRUCE BAUGH

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 05/17/2016

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17898-0

Benjamin Fondane—who was born and educated in Romania, moved as an adult to Paris, lived for a time in Buenos Aires, where he was close to Victoria Ocampo, Jorge Luis Borges’s friend and publisher, and died in Auschwitz—was an artist and thinker who found in every limit, in every border, “a torture and a spur.” Poet, critic, man of the theater, movie director, Fondane was the most daring of the existentialists, a metaphysical anarchist, affirming individual against those great abstractions...

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Written by OLIVER SACKS

Format: Hardcover, 64 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 11/24/2015

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-451-49293-7

“My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” —Oliver Sacks

No writer has succeeded in capturing the medical and human drama of illness as honestly and as eloquently as Oliver Sacks.  

During the last few months of his life, he wrote a set of essays in...

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Written by FRANZ KAFKA
Foreword by DANIEL FRANK

Format: Hardcover, 144 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 11/17/2015

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-0-805-21265-5

The aphorism eludes definition: it can appear to be a random jotting or a more polished observation. Whether arbitrary fragment or crystalline shard, an aphorism captures the inception of a thought. Franz Kafka composed aphorisms during two periods in his life. A series of 109 was written between September 1917 and April 1918, in Zürau, West Bohemia, while Kafka was on a visit to his sister Ottla, hoping for a brief respite following the diagnosis of the tuberculosis virus that would...

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A GRAPHIC BIOGRAPHY OF ROSA LUXEMBURG
Written by KATE EVANS
Edited by PAUL BUHLE

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 11/03/2015

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-784-78099-9

A graphic novel of the dramatic life and death of German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg

A giant of the political left, Rosa Luxemburg is one of the foremost minds in the canon of revolutionary socialist thought. But she was much more than just a thinker. She made herself heard in a world inimical to the voices of strong-willed women. She overcame physical infirmity and the prejudice she faced as a Jew to become an active revolutionary whose philosophy enriched every corner of an incredibly...

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TOWARDS A NEW FOUNDATION OF DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM
Written by SLAVOJ ZIZEK

Format: Trade Paperback, pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 10/06/2015

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-784-78199-6

Philosophical materialism in all its forms – from scientific naturalism to Deleuzian New Materialism – has failed to meet the key theoretical and political challenges of the modern world. This is the burden of philosopher Slavoj Žižek’s argument in this pathbreaking and eclectic new work. Recent history has seen developments such as quantum physics and Freudian psychoanalysis, not to speak of the failure of twentieth-century communism, shake our understanding of existence.

In the process, the...

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Written by KAHLIL GIBRAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 07/21/2015

Price: $9.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-97078-2

Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece, The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics of our time. Published in 1923, it has been translated into more than twenty languages, and the American editions alone have sold more than nine million copies.

The Prophet 
is a collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual, and, above all, inspirational. Gibran’s musings are divided into twenty-eight chapters covering such sprawling topics as love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking,...

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THE DALAI LAMA'S VISION FOR OUR WORLD
Written by DANIEL GOLEMAN
Introduction by DALAI LAMA

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Bantam

On Sale: 06/23/2015

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-39489-4

For more than half a century, in such books as The Art of Happiness and The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Inner Peace, the Dalai Lama has guided us along the path to compassion and taught us how to improve our inner lives. In A Force for Good, with the help of his longtime friend Daniel Goleman, the New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence, the Dalai Lama explains how to turn our compassionate energy outward. This revelatory and inspiring work provides a singular vision for...

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HOW CHRISTIANS HAVE USED THE BIBLE'S FIRST MAN TO OPPRESS, INSPIRE, AND MAKE SENSE OF THE WORLD
Written by KARL W. GIBERSON

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 06/09/2015

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-01251-2

A scientist and former evangelical argues that holding onto a belief in a literal, historical Adam has forced many Christians to reject science and become intellectually isolated from the modern world. 
 
The Bible’s first man stands at the center of a crisis that is shaking much of Christianity. In the evangelical world, scholars have been ostracized and banished from their academic communities for endorsing a modern scientific understanding of the world, even as they remained strong...

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Written by W.G. SEBALD
Translator JO CATLING

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Modern Library

On Sale: 06/09/2015

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-97954-1

A Place in the Country is W. G. Sebald’s meditation on the six artists and writers who shaped his creative mind—and the last of this great writer’s major works to be translated into English.
 
This edition includes more than 40 pieces of art, all originally selected by W. G. Sebald.

This extraordinary collection of interlinked essays about place, memory, and creativity captures the inner worlds of five authors and one painter. In his masterly and mysterious style—part critical essay, part...

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