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Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 01/03/2017

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-141-39595-1

A collection of rare texts from Ancient Egypt, newly translated for this essential edition
 
The fascination that Ancient Egypt holds in our minds has many sources, but at the heart of it lie hieroglyphics. This extraordinary writing system was for many years seen as the ultimate puzzle, before finally being cracked in the 1820s. Preserved carved in stone or inked on papyri, hieroglyphic writings give a unique insight into an awe-inspiring but also deeply mysterious culture.
 
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FIFTEEN HUNDRED YEARS OF SUPERNATURAL ENCOUNTERS
Edited by SCOTT G. BRUCE

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 09/27/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-143-10768-2

The walking dead from 15 centuries haunt this compendium of ghostly visitations through the ages, exploring the history of our fascination with zombies and other restless souls.
 
Since ancient times, accounts of supernatural activity have mystified us. Ghost stories as we know them did not develop until the late nineteenth century, but the restless dead haunted the premodern imagination in many forms, as recorded in historical narratives, theological texts, and personal letters. The Penguin...

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ON THE CREATION OF THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA'S CELEBRATED ELEVENTH EDITION, 1910-1911
Written by DENIS BOYLES

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 06/07/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-26917-1

The publication of the Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica in 1911 marked the last stand of the Enlightenment and a turbulent end to an era. The Eleventh Edition summed up the high point of optimism and belief in human progress that dominated Anglo-Saxon thought from the time of the Enlightenment.

Eagerly embraced by hundreds of thousands of middle-class Americans, the Eleventh Edition was read as a twenty-nine-volume anthology of some of the best essays written in English. Among...

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Written by DAVID SIBLEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 03/29/2016

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-95791-7

Flexibound

Now completely revised and updated--the indispensable resource for all birders seeking an authoritative guide to the birds of the East in a portable format they will want to carry into the field. 

Compact and comprehensive, this guide features 650 bird species, plus regional populations, found east of the Rocky Mountains. Entries include stunningly accurate illustrations--more than 4,601 in total--with descriptive captions pointing out the most important field marks. Each entry has...

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Written by DAVID SIBLEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 504 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 03/29/2016

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-95792-4

Flexibound

Now completely revised and updated--the indispensable resource for all birders seeking an authoritative guide to the birds of the West in a portable format they will want to carry into the field.  

Compact and comprehensive, this guide features 715 bird species, plus regional populations, found west of the Rocky Mountains. Entries include stunningly accurate illustrations--more than 5,046 in total--with descriptive captions pointing out the most important field marks. Each entry has...

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THE MADNESS AND MEDICAL GENIUS OF DR. PERRY BAIRD, AND HIS DAUGHTER'S QUEST TO KNOW HIM
Written by MIMI BAIRD, EVE CLAXTON

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 02/16/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-13749-2

Soon to be a major motion picture, from Brad Pitt and Tony Kushner

A Washington Post Best Book of 2015

A mid-century doctor's raw, unvarnished account of his own descent into madness, and his daughter's attempt to piece his life back together and make sense of her own.

 
Texas-born and Harvard-educated, Dr. Perry Baird was a rising medical star in the late 1920s and 1930s. Early in his career, ahead of his time, he grew fascinated with identifying the biochemical root of manic depression, just...

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THE MAKING OF A POSTDENOMINATIONAL PRIEST
Written by MATTHEW FOX

Format: Trade Paperback, 504 pages

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

On Sale: 11/10/2015

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-583-94935-1

Matthew Fox's stirring autobiography, Confessions, reveals his personal, intellectual, and spiritual journey from altar boy, to Dominican priest, to his eventual break with the Vatican. Five new chapters in this revised and updated edition bring added perspective in light of the author's continued journey, and his reflections on the current changes taking place in the Catholic church.

Instead of living out his vows as a Dominican brother Matthew Fox was expelled from the Order after 34...

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FROM "SINNING WITH THE CHOIR" TO "THE UNTIED STATES"
Written by DRUMMOND MOIR

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

On Sale: 07/08/2014

Price: $11.99

ISBN: 978-0-385-34660-3

Just My Typo is a collection of typographical errors and misprints in texts ranging from the Bible to insurance advertisements to political slogans. Editors, proofreaders, and writers everywhere work to eliminate mistakes, to no avail. Legal documents are marred with error, political slogans and headlines of respectable publications mix up vital spellings, and books need a few reprints to eradicate errors. Honoring the humanity of our errors and the timelessness of mistakes, Just My Typo is...

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Written by DAVID ALLEN SIBLEY

Format: Hardcover, 624 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 03/11/2014

Price: $40.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-95790-0

“Undoubtedly the finest guide to North American birds.”—Guy McCaskie, Birding

The publication of The Sibley Guide to Birds in 2000 quickly established David Allen Sibley as the author and illustrator of the nation’s supreme and most comprehensive guide to birds. Used by millions of birders from novices to the most expert, The Sibley Guide became the standard by which natural history guides are measured. The highly anticipated second edition builds on this foundation of excellence, offering...

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AN ABRIDGED AND UPDATED EDITION OF MODERN CATHOLIC DICTIONARY
Written by JOHN HARDON

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages

Publisher: Image

On Sale: 06/25/2013

Price: $19.99

ISBN: 978-0-307-88634-7

John Hardon's comprehensive, one-volume work of reference defining the key terms of Catholicism; updated to include the most recent developments in the Catholic Church.

Clear, concise, and faithful, with over 2,000 entries, Catholic Dictionary is the essential Catholic lexicon in the areas of faith, worship, morals, history, theology, and spirituality. Now revised to include the statements of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II, new movements and devotions, and other recent developments...

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Written by VERLYN KLINKENBORG

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 08/07/2012

Price: $22.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-26634-7

Most of what you think you know about writing is useless. It’s the harmful debris of your education—a mixture of half-truths, myths, and false assumptions that prevents you from writing well. Drawing on years of experience as a writer and teacher of writing, Verlyn Klinkenborg offers an approach to writing that will change the way you work and think. There is no gospel, no orthodoxy, no dogma in this book. What you’ll find here isn’t the way to write. Instead, you’ll find a way to clear your...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: National Geographic

On Sale: 11/01/2011

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-426-20890-4

From the first civilizations to the 21st century, this wide-ranging, compulsively readable book encompasses all of world history--great ages and monumental events; the rise and fall of cultures; names, dates, and statistics, and stories galore. Designed as an authoritative reference that’s also irresistible to browse, it’s a brilliant blend of narrative, analysis, detailed facts, and visual variety including sidebars, time lines, and more than 200 maps and illustrations.

The book offers four...

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