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SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

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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

AWARD 2015 - MacArthur 'Genius' Award¶
FINALIST 2016 - Kirkus Prize for Non-Fiction¶
SHORTLIST 2017 - Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction¶
FINALIST 2017 - PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction¶
SHORTLIST 2016 - 800-CEO-READ Business Book Award¶

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 •...

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Translator TOBY WILKINSON
Introduction by TOBY WILKINSON

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.
 
For this...

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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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THE EVOLUTION OF THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS HUMAN FOSSILS
Written by LYDIA PYNE

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Viking

On Sale: 08/16/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-525-42985-2

An irresistible journey of discovery, science, history, and myth making, told through the lives and afterlives of seven famous human ancestors

Over the last century, the search for human ancestors has spanned four continents and resulted in the discovery of hundreds of fossils. While most of these discoveries live quietly in museum collections, there are a few that have become world-renowned celebrity personas—ambassadors of science that speak to public audiences. In Seven Skeletons,...

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TWO COLD WARS AND A THIRTY-YEAR JOURNEY THROUGH ROMANIA AND BEYOND
Written by ROBERT D. KAPLAN

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 02/09/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99681-4

From the New York Times bestselling author Robert D. Kaplan, named one of the world’s Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, comes a riveting journey through one of Europe’s frontier countries—and a potent examination of the forces that will determine Europe’s fate in the postmodern age.

Robert Kaplan first visited Romania in the 1970s, when he was a young journalist and the country was a bleak Communist backwater. It was one of the darkest corners of Europe, but few Westerners...

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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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Written by TA-NEHISI COATES

Format: Hardcover, 176 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 07/14/2015

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99354-7

Winner, National Book Award in Nonfiction
Winner, Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction
Winner, ALA Alex Award
Finalist, Pulitzer Prize (Nonfiction)
Selected for the Green Mountain Book Award Master List

Selected for common reading at:

Adelphi University
Amherst College
Brooklyn College
College of the Redwoods
Davidson College
Framingham State University
Gustavus Adolphus College
Hiram College
Jackson State University
Kansas University
Kresge College
Lafayette College
Lesley University
Mount Holyoke College
New York...

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FINDING INSPIRATION FROM ENTREPRENEURS WHO DO THE MOST WITH THE LEAST
Written by JESSICA JACKLEY
Foreword by JEFFREY D. SACHS

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 06/23/2015

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-679-64376-0

In the tradition of Kabul Beauty School and Start Something That Matters comes an inspiring story of social entrepreneurship from the co-founder of Kiva, the first online microlending platform for the working poor. Featuring lessons learned from successful businesses in the world’s poorest countries, Jessica Jackley’s Clay Water Brick will motivate readers to more deeply appreciate the incredible entrepreneurial potential that exists in every human being on this planet—especially...

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ON TECHNOLOGY, STUPIDITY, AND THE SECRET JOYS OF BUREAUCRACY
Written by DAVID GRAEBER

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 02/24/2015

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19374-8

From the author of the international bestseller Debt: The First 5,000 Years comes a revelatory account of the way bureaucracy rules our lives  

Where does the desire for endless rules, regulations, and bureaucracy come from? How did we come to spend so much of our time filling out forms? And is it really a cipher for state violence?
 
To answer these questions, the anthropologist David Graeber—one of our most important and provocative thinkers—traces the peculiar and unexpected ways we...

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Written by PAOLO VIRNO
Translator DAVID BRODER

Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 02/03/2015

Price: $12.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68612-6

Déjà vu, which doubles and confuses our experience of time, is a psychological phenomenon with peculiar relevance to our contemporary historical circumstances. From this starting point, the acclaimed Italian philosopher Paolo Virno examines the construct of memory, the passage of time, and the “end of history.” Through thinkers such as Bergson, Kojève and Nietzsche, Virno shows how our perception of history can become suspended or paralysed, making the distinction between “before” and...

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A TRUE STORY OF MURDER IN AMERICA
Written by JILL LEOVY

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 01/27/2015

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-52998-3

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 crimes.
 
But as soon as...

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RACE, EMPIRE, AND THE NEW MUSLIM YOUTH CULTURE
Written by HISHAM AIDI

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 12/02/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-27997-2

In this pioneering study, Hisham Aidi—an expert on globalization and social movements—takes us into the musical subcultures that have emerged among Muslim youth worldwide over the last decade.  He shows how music—primarily hip-hop, but also rock, reggae, Gnawa and Andalusian—has come to express a shared Muslim consciousness in face of War on Terror policies. 

This remarkable phenomenon extends from the banlieues of Paris to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, from the park jams of the South Bronx...

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