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  • 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$ 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...

  • 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...

  • Civic Work, Civic Lessonsby Thomas Ehrlich; Ernestine Fu

    UPA 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...

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

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2000; US$ 31.99

    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$ 23.99

    "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...

  • 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...

  • Over the Edgeby Harlan Ellison

    Open Road Media 2014; US$ 9.99

    Over the Edge , a collection of twelve short stories and essays from Harlan Ellison, is a must?read for any fan of the wild abandon and laser focus of one of the century?s most brilliant authors. Complex, alluring, audacious, sublime?it is not hyperbole when applied to the Hugo and Nebula Award?winning author whom the Washington Post calls ?one... more...