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  • 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...

  • Talcott Parsonsby Sandro Segre

    University Press of America 2012; US$ 28.99

    Talcott Parsons (1902-1979) is one of the most influential and best-known sociologists of the past century. This introduction dwells on Parsons' conceptual apparatus and offers a compendium of his research. His works are subdivided into three distinct periods, each characterized by specific concepts and theoretical developments. Parsons utilized... more...

  • Waltzing at the Doomsday Ball: the best of Joe Bageantby Joe Bageant; Ken Smith

    Scribe Publications 2011; US$ 24.99

    ‘Essentially, it comes down to the fact that a very large portion of Americans are crazier than shithouse rats and are being led by a gang of pathological misfits, most of whom are preachers and politicians.’ In 2004, at the age of 58, writer Joe Bageant sensed that the internet could give him editorial freedom. Without having to... more...

  • Your Money or Your Lifeby Neil Cavuto

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    As the host of Fox News Channel's Your World with Neil Cavuto and Cavuto on Business , Neil Cavuto reports on today's most influential business leaders and newsmakers. His great talent is to get beneath the issues, connecting people to the events that define them and changing the way that Americans think about their money. Ending each show with... more...

  • This Is Running for Your Lifeby Michelle Orange

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2013; US$ 16.99

    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$ 16.99

    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, he... more...

  • American Savageby Dan Savage

    Penguin Group US 2013; US$ 12.99

    On the heels of his Emmy-winning It Gets Better campaign, columnist and provocateur Dan Savage weighs in on such diverse issues as healthcare, gun control, and marriage equality with characteristic straight talk and humor. Dan Savage has always had a loyal audience, thanks to his syndicated sex-advice column ?Savage Love,? but since the incredible... more...

  • Best Sex Writing 2013by Rachel Kramer Bussel; Carol Queen

    Cleis Press 2013; US$ 15.95

    The Best Sex Writing series has has fundamentally changed the way people think?and what they say?about sexuality. Once again, Rachel Kramer Bussel has collected the year?s most challenging and provocative nonfiction articles on this endlessly evocative subject. The essays here comprise a detailed, direct survey of the contemporary American sexual... more...

  • Vermeer in Bosniaby Lawrence Weschler

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 15.00

    From the master chronicler of the marvelous and the confounding?author of Mr. Wilson?s Cabinet of Wonder ?here is a much-anticipated new collection of more than twenty pieces from the past two decades, the majority of which have never before been gathered together in book form. Lawrence Weschler is not simply a superb reporter, essayist, and cultural... more...

  • Civic Work, Civic Lessonsby Thomas Ehrlich; Ernestine Fu

    University Press of America 2013; US$ 15.99

    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...