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  • The Slave Next Doorby Kevin Bales; Ron Soodalter

    University of California Press 2010; US$ 21.95

    In this riveting book, authors and authorities on modern day slavery Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter expose the disturbing phenomenon of human trafficking and slavery that exists now in the United States. In The Slave Next Door we find that slaves are all around us, hidden in plain sight: the dishwasher in the kitchen of the neighborhood restaurant,... more...

  • The Antidoteby Oliver Burkeman

    Canongate Books 2012; US$ 13.29

    Is our search for happiness futile? Or are we just going about it the wrong way? In this fascinating new book, Oliver Burkeman argues that 'positive thinking' and relentless optimism aren't the solution to the happiness dilemma, but part of the problem. And that there is, in fact, an alternative path to contentment and success that involves embracing... more...

  • Reflections Of Our Pastby John H Relethford

    Westview Press 2008; US$ 25.99

    An accessible and absorbing examination of how the genes of living people reveal the history of humankind, from the origins of humans 6 million years ago to the present more...

  • The Cambridge Companion to Modern Chinese Cultureby Kam Louie

    Cambridge University Press 2008; US$ 28.00

    A wide-ranging and accessibly written guide to the key aspects of elite and popular culture in contemporary China. more...

  • Sapiensby Yuval Noah Harari

    HarperCollins 2015; US$ 19.99

    From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity?s creation and evolution?a #1 international bestseller?that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be ?human.? One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet... more...

  • The Happiness Mythby Jennifer Hecht

    HarperCollins 2007; US$ 11.99

    ''We think of our version of a happy life as more like physics than like pop songs; we expect the people of the next century to agree with our basic tenets—for instance, that broccoli is good for a happy life and that opium is bad—but they will not. Our rules for living are more like the history of pop songs. They make weird sense only... more...

  • Our Inner Apeby Frans de Waal

    Penguin Publishing Group 2006; US$ 16.00

    Visit the author's Web site at www.ourinnerape.com It?s no secret that humans and apes share a host of traits, from the tribal communities we form to our irrepressible curiosity. We have a common ancestor, scientists tell us, so it?s natural that we act alike. But not all of these parallels are so appealing: the chimpanzee, for example, can be as... more...

  • Volunteersby Marc A. Musick; John Wilson

    Indiana University Press 2007; US$ 31.95

    Who tends to volunteer and why? What causes attract certain types of volunteers? What motivates people to volunteer? How can volunteers be persuaded to continue their service? Making use of a broad range of survey information to offer a detailed portrait of the volunteer in America, Volunteers provides... more...

  • The Great Transformationby Karl Polanyi

    Beacon Press 2001; US$ 25.00

    In this classic work of economic history and social theory, Karl Polanyi analyzes the economic and social changes brought about by the "great transformation" of the Industrial Revolution. His analysis explains not only the deficiencies of the self-regulating market, but the potentially dire social consequences of untempered market capitalism. New introductory... more...

  • The Omnivore's Dilemmaby Michael Pollan

    Penguin Publishing Group 2006; US$ 13.00

    One of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year Winner of the James Beard Award Author of #1 New York Times Bestsellers In Defense of Food  and Food Rules Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from what can only be described as a national eating disorder. Will it be fast food tonight, or... more...