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

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2000; US$ 28.99

    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$ 19.99

    "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...

  • Women Change the Worldby Michelle Patterson

    BenBella Books, Inc. 2014;

    Women Change the World is a collection of world-changing women—from actresses, recording artists, and writers to businesswomen and other high-profile female professionals—on women?s unique contributions to society. Women Change the World will be released in conjunction with the California Women?s Conference, which offers its attendees inspiration,... more...

  • The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeupby Susan Orlean

    Random House Publishing Group 2001; US$ 16.00

    The bestselling author of The Orchid Thief is back ? and she's brought some friends ? in this wonderfully entertaining collection of the acclaimed New Yorker writer's best and brightest profiles. Meet more than thirty-five of Susan Orlean's favorite people ? from the well known (Bill Blass and Tonya Harding) to the unknown (a typical ten-year-old... more...

  • Monkeyluvby Robert M. Sapolsky

    Scribner 2005; US$ 14.00

    The human animal in all its fascinating quirks of nature is showcased in this thoughtful and entertaining essay collection from America's most beloved neurobiologist/primatologist. In these essays -- updated for this volume -- Robert M. Sapolsky once again applies his curiosity, compassion, and generous insight into the human condition to make a... more...

  • Before the Mortgageby Christina Amini; Rachel Hutton

    Gallery Books 2006; US$ 14.95

    The swank apartment, the killer job, and the perfect boyfriend/girlfriend haven't yet fallen into place. Is this really adulthood? Welcome to life before the mortgage. Here's what you need to know. Christina Amini and Rachel Hutton have brought together the very best writing on this unpredictable -- and often hilarious -- time. This book features... more...

  • Bob Schieffer's Americaby Bob Schieffer

    Penguin Group Inc. 2008; US$ 16.00

    The Face the Nation commentator delivers "a fitting companion to his career memoir, This Just In " ( Texas Monthly ). Bob Schieffer's America brings together 171 of his smart, humorous, and pitch-perfect essays: from today's hard issues to the human stories that show readers who they are; from politics and presidents and tragedy to the things... more...

  • X Saves the Worldby Jeff Gordinier

    Penguin Group US 2008; US$ 12.99

    Read Jeff Gordinier's posts on the Penguin Blog In this simultaneously hilarious and incisive "manifesto for a generation that's never had much use for manifestos," Gordinier suggests that for the first time since the "Smells Like Teen Spirit"breakthrough of the early 1990s, Gen X has what it takes to rescue American culture from a state of... more...

  • Life Storiesby David Remnick

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 18.00

    One of art's purest challenges is to translate a human being into words. The New Yorker has met this challenge more successfully and more originally than any other modern American journal. It has indelibly shaped the genre known as the Profile . Starting with light-fantastic evocations of glamorous and idiosyncratic figures of the twenties and thirties,... more...

  • Rhetorical Occasionsby Michael Bérubé

    The University of North Carolina Press 2006; US$ 26.00

    A nationally known scholar, essayist, and public advocate for the humanities, Michael Berube has a rapier wit and a singular talent for parsing complex philosophical, theoretical, and political questions. Rhetorical Occasions collects twenty-four of his major essays and reviews, plus a sampling of entries on literary theory and contemporary culture... more...