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  • Saints and Sinnersby Lawrence Wright

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.00

    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$ 18.95

    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

    "An excellent book by a genius," said Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., of this now classic exploration of the 1960s from the founder of new journalism. "This is a book that will be a sharp pleasure to reread years from now, when it will bring back, like a falcon in the sky of memory, a whole world that is currently jetting and jazzing its way somewhere or other."--... 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$ 30.95

    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...

  • Talcott Parsonsby Sandro Segre

    UPA 2012; US$ 30.99

    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...

  • This Is Running for Your Lifeby Michelle Orange

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2013; US$ 22.99

    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,... 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...

  • The Leader's Companion: Insights on Leadership Through the Agesby J. Thomas Wren

    Free Press 2013; US$ 18.99

    This book serves as a guided introduction to the richly diverse perspectives on leadership throughout the ages and throughout the world. Each of the selections, introduced by the editor, presents enlightening thoughts on a different aspect of leadership. Writings by Plato, Aristotle, Lao-tzu and others demonstrate that the challenges of leadership... more...