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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 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. Louis Post-Dispatch • Politico • Kirkus Reviews • Library...

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THE NEW SCIENCE OF CRIMINAL INJUSTICE
Written by ADAM BENFORADO

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 06/14/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-770-43778-7

"A law professor sounds an explosive alarm on the hidden unfairness of our legal system." Kirkus Reviews, starred
 

A child is gunned down by a police officer; an investigator ignores critical clues in a case; an innocent man confesses to a crime he did not commit; a jury acquits a killer. The evidence is all around us: Our system of justice is fundamentally broken.
 
But it’s not for the reasons we tend to think, as law professor Adam Benforado argues in this eye-opening, galvanizing book....

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POVERTY AND PROFIT IN THE AMERICAN CITY
Written by MATTHEW DESMOND

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 03/01/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-44743-9

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. Louis Post-Dispatch • Politico • Kirkus Reviews Library...

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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: $16.00

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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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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A HISTORY OF THE MOVEMENT FROM STONEWALL TO SLUTWALK
Written by MELINDA CHATEAUVERT

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 03/10/2015

Price: $22.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-06123-7

Documenting five decades of sex-worker activism, Sex Workers Unite is a fresh history that places prostitutes, hustlers, escorts, call girls, strippers, and porn stars in the center of America’s major civil rights struggles. Although their presence has largely been ignored and obscured, in this provocative history Melinda Chateauvert recasts sex workers as savvy political organizers—not as helpless victims in need of rescue.
 
Even before transgender sex worker Sylvia Rivera threw a brick and...

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DEMOCRATIZING HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA
Written by LANI GUINIER

Format: Hardcover, 176 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 01/13/2015

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-00627-6

Standing on the foundations of America’s promise of equal opportunity, our universities purport to serve as engines of social mobility and practitioners of democracy. But as acclaimed scholar and pioneering civil rights advocate Lani Guinier argues, the merit systems that dictate the admissions practices of these institutions are functioning to select and privilege elite individuals rather than create learning communities geared to advance democratic societies. Having studied and taught at...

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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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TRANSFORMING LIVES, CREATING OPPORTUNITY

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/23/2014

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-34991-8

From the authors of the #1 New York Times best-selling Half the Sky, a unique and essential narrative about making a difference in the world—a road-map to becoming a conscientious global citizen. Soon to be the basis of a PBS four-hour series.

Equal in urgency and compassion to Half the Sky, this galvanizing new book from the acclaimed husband-and-wife team is even more ambitious in scale: nothing less than a deep examination of people who are making the world a better place, and the myriad...

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THE WORK OF SEX WORK
Written by MELISSA GIRA GRANT

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 03/11/2014

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68323-1

Recent years have seen a panic over “online red-light districts,” which supposedly seduce vulnerable young women into a life of degradation, and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s live tweeting of a Cambodian brothel raid. But rarely do these fearful, salacious dispatches come from sex workers themselves, and rarely do they deviate from the position that sex workers must be rescued from their condition, and the industry simply abolished — a position common among feminists and...

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STORIES FROM THE FRONT LINES OF AN INNER-CITY E.R.

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 02/11/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98234-3

A riveting personal exploration of the healthcare crisis facing inner-city communities, written by an emergency room physician who grew up in the very neighborhood he is now serving

Sampson Davis is best known as one of three friends from inner-city Newark who made a pact in high school to become doctors. Their book The Pact and their work through the Three Doctors Foundation have inspired countless young men and women to strive for goals they otherwise would not have dreamed they could...

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