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Written by AARON JAMES

Format: Hardcover, 144 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 05/03/2016

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-54203-6

That Donald Trump is an asshole is a fact widely agreed upon—even by his supporters, who actually like that about him. But his startling political rise makes the question of just what sort of asshole he is, and how his assholedom may help to explain his success, one not just of philosophical interest but of almost existential urgency.

Enter the philosopher Aaron James, author of the foundational text in the burgeoning field of Asshole Studies: the bestselling Assholes: A Theory. In this brisk...

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SEARCHING FOR JAMES BROWN AND THE AMERICAN SOUL
Written by JAMES MCBRIDE

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 04/05/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99350-9

National Book Award winner James McBride goes in search of the “real” James Brown after receiving a tip that promises to uncover the man behind the myth. His surprising journey illuminates not only our understanding of this immensely troubled, misunderstood, and complicated soul genius but the ways in which our cultural heritage has been shaped by Brown’s legacy.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR

Kill ’Em and Leave is more than a book about James Brown. Brown’s rough-and-tumble...

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Written by JEANNE MARIE LASKAS

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 11/24/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98757-7

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Now a major motion picture starring Will Smith, Concussion is the riveting, unlikely story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the pathologist who made one of the most significant medical discoveries of the twenty-first century, a discovery that challenges the existence of America’s favorite sport and puts Omalu in the crosshairs of football’s most powerful corporation: the NFL.
 
Jeanne Marie Laskas first met the young forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu in 2009, while...

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NEW AND SELECTED WRITINGS OF ROBERT HUGHES
Written by ROBERT HUGHES
Introduction by ADAM GOPNIK

Format: Hardcover, 688 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 11/17/2015

Price: $40.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-04445-0

“I am completely an elitist, in the cultural but emphatically not the social sense. I prefer the good to the bad, the articulate to the mumbling, the aesthetically developed to the merely primitive, and full to partial consciousness. I love the spectacle of skill, whether it’s an expert gardener at work, or a good carpenter chopping dovetails . . . I don’t think stupid or ill-read people are as good to be with as wise and fully literate ones. I would rather watch a great tennis player than a...

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ART AND ACTIVISM IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
Written by NATO THOMPSON

Format: Hardcover, 176 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 08/18/2015

Price: $23.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19044-0

A significant meditation on political art and the politics of art by the country’s most celebrated young curator

A fog of information and images has flooded the world: from advertising, television, radio, and film to the information glut produced by the new economy. With the rise of social networking, even our contemporaries, peers, and friends are all suddenly selling us the ultimate product: themselves.

Here curator and critic Nato Thompson interrogates the implications of these developments...

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Written by JILL LEPORE

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 07/07/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-804-17340-7

Wonder Woman, created in 1941, on the brink of World War II, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, she has lasted the longest and commanded the most vast and wildly passionate following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike others, she also has a secret history. 

In Jill Lepore’s riveting work of historical detection, Wonder Woman’s story provides the missing link in the history of the struggle for women’s rights—a...

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Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: The Monacelli Press

On Sale: 10/21/2014

Price: $65.00

ISBN: 978-1-580-93385-8

Architects Philip Johnson, Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, Eliot Noyes, Edward Durell Stone, and others created an extraordinary collection of modern houses in New Canaan, Connecticut, in the 1940s and 1950s.

The bucolic New England town—a suburb of Manhattan—became the site of fervent experimentation by some of the leading lights of the movement in the United States, the architects known as the Harvard Five, whose modern aesthetic could be traced to the Bauhaus school of design. There they...

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BASEBALL IN THE MIDDLE OF EVERYWHERE
Written by LUCAS MANN

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/11/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-94975-2

An unforgettable chronicle of a year of minor-league baseball in a small Iowa town that follows not only the travails of the players of the Clinton LumberKings but also the lives of their dedicated fans and of the town itself.

Award-winning essayist Lucas Mann delivers a powerful debut in his telling of the story of the 2010 season of the Clinton LumberKings. Along the Mississippi River, in a Depression-era stadium, young prospects from all over the world compete for a chance to move up...

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HOW THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION IS SHAPING OUR WORLD
Written by DAVID D. BURSTEIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 02/25/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-03322-7

They’ve been called trophy kids, entitled, narcissistic, the worst employees in history, and even the dumbest generation. But, argues David Burstein, the millennial generation’s unique blend of civic idealism and savvy pragmatism will enable us to overcome a deeply divided nation facing economic and environmental calamities.

With eighty-million millennials (people who are today eighteen to thirty years old) coming of age and emerging as leaders, this is the largest generation in U.S. history,...

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HOW POSITIVE THINKING RESHAPED MODERN LIFE
Written by MITCH HOROWITZ

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 01/07/2014

Price: $24.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-98649-8

Do not order before 1/1/2014
The positive thinking movement is frequently dismissed as philosophical fluff, attracting only New Agers and self-help junkies. One Simple Idea, Mitch Horowitz’s exciting new tome, sets out to correct misperceptions. Drawing on dramatic personalities like Norman Vincent Peale, Horowitz makes the case for a movement that has touched millions.

“Mitch Horowitz has written a powerful, perceptive, and enlightening testament to the idea that a single thought can...

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SPENDING TIME WITH JOHN LENNON AND YOKO ONO
Written by JONATHAN COTT

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 11/05/2013

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-95128-1

Jonathan Cott met John Lennon in 1968 and was friends with him and Yoko Ono until John's death in 1980. He has kept in touch with Yoko since that time, and is one of the small group of writers who understands her profoundly positive influence on Lennon. This deeply personal book recounts the course of those friendships over the decades and provides an intimate look at two of the most astonishing cultural figures of our time. And what Jonathan Cott has to say and tell will be found nowhere...

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DALE CARNEGIE AND SUCCESS IN MODERN AMERICA
Written by STEVEN WATTS

Format: Hardcover, 592 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 10/29/2013

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51502-0

Dale Carnegie was born in rural Missouri, his father a poor farmer, his mother a successful preacher. To make ends meet he tried his hand at various sales jobs, and his failure to convince his customers to buy what he had to offer eventually became the fuel behind his future glory. Carnegie quickly figured out that something was amiss in American education and in the ways businesspeople related to each other. What he discovered was as simple as it was profound: Understanding people’s needs...

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