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  • This Is Running for Your Lifeby Michelle Orange

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2013; US$ 6.79

    Michelle Orange uses the lens of pop culture to decode the defining characteristics of our media-drenched times In This Is Running for Your Life , Michelle Orange takes us from Beirut to Hawaii to her grandmother's retirement home in Canada in her quest to understand how people behave in a world increasingly mediated?for better and for worse?by... more...

  • My 1980s and Other Essaysby Wayne Koestenbaum

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2013; US$ 11.20

    Wayne Koestenbaum returns with a zesty and hyper-literate collection of personal and critical essays Wayne Koestenbaum has been described as "an impossible lovechild from a late-night, drunken three-way between Joan Didion, Roland Barthes, and Susan Sontag" ( Bidoun ). In My 1980s and Other Essays , a collection of extravagant range and style,... more...

  • Civic Work, Civic Lessonsby Thomas Ehrlich; Ernestine Fu

    UPA 2013; US$ 24.99

    Civic Work, Civic Lessons explains how and why people of all ages, and particularly young people, should engage in public service. Its authors are 57 years apart in age, but united in their passion for public service. Their experiences range from volunteering, to non-profit work, to federal foreign aid. more...

  • Devil's Nightby Ze'ev Chafets

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 15.95

    A New York Times Notable Book On Devil?s Night, the night before Halloween, some citizens of Detroit try to burn down their neighborhoods for an international audience of fire buffs. This gripping and often heartbreaking tour of the ?Murder Capital of America? often seems lit by those same fires. But as a native Detroiter, Ze?ev Chafets also shows... more...

  • The Essential Civil Society Readerby Don E. Eberly; Don E. Eberly

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2000; US$ 34.99

    In The Civil Society Reader Don Eberly presents the classic writings of the leading scholars and organizers who have brought the civil society debate to the forefront of American politics. more...

  • Off Rampby Hank Stuever

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 6.79

    "I'm the one they send to the trailer park outside Chimayo, New Mexico, to see the place where the guy went crazy and shot somebody. I'm the one who gets sent to the monster truck show, Lollapalooza concerts, the world's biggest bridal fair. Readers warm to my style . . . unless it drives them to apoplexy." -H.S. Take the off ramp to the world... more...

  • Griffith REVIEW 44by Julianne Schultz

    The Text Publishing Company 2014; US$ 19.99

    Homelessness, family violence, drug abuse, and alienation: have our leaders and policy makers been going about it all wrong? What if karaoke could create cultural cohesion in fractured communities; or if hospitality helped house people; or if troubled kids could turn their lives around by telling stories? At a time when austerity informs economic... more...

  • Love Undetectableby Andrew Sullivan

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 15.00

    "I intend to be among the first generation that survives this disease." That was former New Republic editor Andrew Sullivan's first public statement about his HIV diagnosis. Speaking to heterosexual and homosexual audiences alike, this book is about the first steps in that journey of survival. If Sullivan's acclaimed first book, Virtually Normal... more...

  • The Other Glass Teatby Harlan Ellison

    Open Road Media 2014; US$ 9.99

    In the late 1960s, Harlan Ellison launched a weekly column for the Los Angeles Free Press , where he uncompromisingly discussed the effects of television on modern society. He assaulted everything from television sitcoms to corrupt politicians, talk shows to military massacres. Today, more than four decades later, almost all of his criticism still... more...

  • The New Negroby Alain Locke

    Touchstone 2014; US$ 18.00

    From the man known as the father of the Harlem Renaissance comes a powerful, provocative, and affecting anthology of writers who shaped the Harlem Renaissance movement and who help us to consider the evolution of the African American in society. With stunning works by seminal black voices such as Zora Neale Hurston, Countee Cullen, and W.E.B. DuBois,... more...