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POVERTY AND PROFIT IN THE AMERICAN CITY
Written by MATTHEW DESMOND

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 02/28/2017

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-44745-3

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction | Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction | Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction | Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction Finalist | Shortlisted for The PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction | Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review • The Boston Globe • The Washington Post • NPR • Fortune • San Francisco Chronicle • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel • St....

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THE 400-YEAR UNTOLD HISTORY OF CLASS IN AMERICA
Written by NANCY ISENBERG

Format: Hardcover, 480 pages

Publisher: Viking

On Sale: 06/21/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-670-78597-1

The New York Times bestseller
A New York Times Notable and Critics’ Top Book of 2016
Longlisted for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction
One of NPR's 10 Best Books Of 2016 Faced Tough Topics Head On
NPR's Book Concierge Guide To 2016’s Great Reads
San Francisco Chronicle's Best of 2016: 100 recommended books
A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2016
Globe & Mail 100 Best of 2016

Formidable and truth-dealing . . . necessary. The New York Times

“This eye-opening investigation...

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A JOURNEY TO JUSTICE IN PRISONS AROUND THE WORLD
Written by BAZ DREISINGER

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 02/09/2016

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51727-7

Baz Dreisinger travels behind bars in nine countries to rethink the state of justice in a global context
 
Beginning in Africa and ending in Europe, Incarceration Nations is a first-person odyssey through the prison systems of the world. Professor, journalist, and founder of the Prison-to-College-Pipeline, Dreisinger looks into the human stories of incarcerated men and women and those who imprison them, creating a jarring, poignant view of a world to which most are denied access, and...

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ELEMENTARY STRUCTURES OF RACE
Written by PATRICK WOLFE

Format: Trade Paperback, 306 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 01/12/2016

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68917-2

Traces of History presents a new approach to race and to comparative colonial studies. Bringing a historical perspective to bear on the regimes of race that colonizers have sought to impose on Aboriginal people in Australia, on Blacks and Native Americans in the United States, on Ashkenazi Jews in Western Europe, on Arab Jews in Israel/Palestine, and on people of African descent in Brazil, this book shows how race marks and reproduces the different relationships of inequality into which...

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A TRUE STORY OF MURDER IN AMERICA
Written by JILL LEOVY

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-52999-0

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A masterly work of literary journalism about a senseless murder, a relentless detective, and the great plague of homicide in America.

 
On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man is shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home, one of the thousands of black Americans murdered that year. His assailant runs down the street, jumps into an SUV, and vanishes, hoping to join the scores of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their...

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Written by ERIK OLIN WRIGHT

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 09/15/2015

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68945-5

Leading sociologist examines how different readings of class enrich our understanding of capitalism

Few ideas are more contested today than “class.” Some have declared its death, while others insist on its centrality to contemporary capitalism. It is said its relevance is limited to explaining individuals’ economic conditions and opportunities, while at the same time argued that it is a structural feature of macro-power relations. In Understanding Class, leading left sociologist Erik Olin...

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A STORY OF JUSTICE AND REDEMPTION
Written by BRYAN STEVENSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 08/18/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98496-5

New York Times Bestseller | Named one of the Best Books of the Year byThe New York Times • The Washington Post • The Boston Globe • The Seattle Times • Esquire • Time
 
Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction | Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction | Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award | Winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize | Finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize | Finalist for the Kirkus Reviews Prize | An American Library Association Notable Book 

Selected for common...

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THE RISE OF THE POST-APARTHEID GENERATION IN DEMOCRATIC SOUTH AFRICA

Format: Trade Paperback, pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 03/24/2015

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-04750-7

Twenty years after the end of apartheid, a new generation is building a multiracial democracy in South Africa but remains mired in economic inequality and political conflict.
 
The death of Nelson Mandela in 2013 arrived just short of the twentieth anniversary of South Africa’s first free election, reminding the world of the promise he represented as the nation’s first Black president.  Despite significant progress since the early days of this new democracy, frustration is growing as...

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A BITING HISTORY OF PEDIGREE DOGS AND HOW THE QUEST FOR STATUS HAS HARMED MAN'SBEST FRIEND
Written by MICHAEL BRANDOW

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 02/03/2015

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-03343-2

 A provocative look at the “cult of pedigree” and an entertaining social history of purebred dogs
 
In this illuminating and entertaining social history, social critic Michael Brandow probes the “cult of pedigree” and traces the commercial rise of the purebred dog. Combining consumer studies with sharp commentary, A Matter of Breeding reveals the sordid history of the dog industry and shows how our brand-name pets—from Labs to French bulldogs and everything in between—pay the price with...

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Written by MARTIN LUTHER KING
Edited by CORNEL WEST

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 01/13/2015

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-01282-6

“The radical King was a democratic socialist who sided with poor and working people in the class struggle taking place in capitalist societies. . . . The response of the radical King to our catastrophic moment can be put in one word: revolution—a revolution in our priorities, a reevaluation of our values, a reinvigoration of our public life, and a fundamental transformation of our way of thinking and living that promotes a transfer of power from oligarchs and plutocrats to everyday people...

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VIOLENCE, GOODNESS, AND JUSTICE IN AMERICAN CULTURE AND POLITICS

Format: Hardcover, 184 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 01/06/2015

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-09191-3

Over the centuries American society has been plagued by brutality fueled by disregard for the humanity of others: systemic violence against Native peoples, black people, and immigrants. More recent examples include the Steubenville rape case and the murders of Matthew Shepard, Jennifer Daugherty, Marcelo Lucero, and Trayvon Martin. Most Americans see such acts as driven by hate. But is this right? Longtime activists and political theorists Kay Whitlock and Michael Bronski boldly assert that...

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A STORY OF JUSTICE AND REDEMPTION
Written by BRYAN STEVENSON

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 10/21/2014

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99452-0

Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
Winner of the NAACP Image Award (Outstanding Literary Work - Nonfiction)
Winner of the Carla Furstenberg Cohen Literary Prize (Nonfiction)
Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize (Current Interest)
Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

Selected for common reading at:

High Schools:
Boston College High School
The Browning School
 
Colleges/Universities:
Auburn University
Carthage College
Colorado College
Loyola...

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