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  • Welcome to Utopiaby Karen Valby

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 25.00

    BONUS: This edition contains a new Afterword and a reading group guide. Utopia, Texas: It?s either the best place on earth, or it?s no place at all.   In the twenty-first century, it?s difficult to imagine any element of American life that remains untouched by popular culture, let alone an entire community existing outside the empire of pop. But Karen... more...

  • Intersectional Approachby Michele Tracy Berger; Kathleen Guidroz

    The University of North Carolina Press 2010; US$ 21.00

    Intersectionality, or the consideration of race, class, and gender, is one of the prominent contemporary theoretical contributions made by scholars in the field of women's studies that now broadly extends across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Taking stock of this transformative paradigm, The Intersectional Approach guides... more...

  • Fly Fishing with Darth Vaderby Matt Labash

    Simon & Schuster 2010; US$ 16.00

    O ne of the most gifted and entertaining journalists writing today, Matt Labash can extract comic humanity from even the most wary politicians, con artists, and rogues?while shedding wisdom about the rich corners of our American experience. Fly Fishing with Darth Vader pulls together the best of Labash?s feature writing and includes his masterful... more...

  • How Evil Worksby David Kupelian

    Threshold Editions 2010; US$ 16.00

    David Kupelian, veteran journalist and bestselling author of The Marketing of Evil, probes the millennia-old questions of evil?what it is, how it works, and why it so routinely and effortlessly ruins our lives?once again demonstrating his uncanny knack for demystifying complex, elusive, and intimidating subjects with fresh insights into the hidden... more...

  • Saints and Sinnersby Lawrence Wright

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 15.00

    In this fascinating book about religion in America, one of this country's most probing yet sympathetic journalists puts forth stories not only of real grace but of despair, sexual scandal, and attempted murder. Lawrence Wright's Saints and Sinners are Jimmy Swaggart, who preached a hellfire gospel with rock 'n' roll abandon before he was caught with... more...

  • Masscult and Midcultby Dwight Macdonald; John Summers; Louis Menand

    New York Review Books 2011; US$ 16.95

    A New York Review Books Original An uncompromising contrarian, a passionate polemicist, a man of quick wit and wide learning, an anarchist, a pacifist, and a virtuoso of the slashing phrase, Dwight Macdonald was an indefatigable and indomitable critic of America?s susceptibility to well-meaning cultural fakery: all those estimable, eminent, prizewinning... more...

  • The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Babyby Tom Wolfe

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2009; US$ 16.99

    In his first book (1965) Wolfe introduces us to the sixties, to extravagant new styles of life that had nothing to do with the "elite" culture of the past. more...

  • Pulpheadby John Jeremiah Sullivan

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 16.99

    A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 One of Entertainment Weekly 's Top 10 Nonfiction Books of the Year 2011 A Time Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction book of 2011 A Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Book of 2011 One of Library Journal 's Best Books of 2011   A sharp-eyed, uniquely humane tour of America?s cultural landscape?from... more...

  • The Strange Music of Social Lifeby Michael Bell; Ann Goetting

    Temple University Press 2011; US$ 29.95

    The Strange Music of Social Life presents a dialogue on dialogic sociology, explored through the medium of music. Sociologist and composer Michael Mayerfeld Bell presents an argument that both sociology and classical music remain largely in the grip of a nineteenth-century totalizing ambition of prediction and control. He provides the refreshing... more...

  • The Fiddler in the Subwayby Gene Weingarten

    Simon & Schuster 2010; Not Available

    GENE WEINGARTEN IS THE O. HENRY OF AMERICAN JOURNALISM Simply the best storyteller around, Weingarten describes the world as you think it is before revealing how it actually is?in narratives that are by turns hilarious, heartwarming, and provocative, but always memorable. Millions of people know the title piece about violinist Joshua Bell,... more...