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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • State, Space, Worldby Henri Lefebvre; Stuart Elden; Neil Brenner; Gerald Moore

    University of Minnesota Press 2009; US$ 86.00

    One of the most influential Marxist theorists of the twentieth century, Henri Lefebvre pioneered the study of the modern state in an age of accelerating global economic integration and fragmentation. Shortly after the 1974 publication of his landmark book The Production of Space, Lefebvre embarked on one of the most ambitious projects of his career:... more...

  • Intellectuals and their Publicsby Christian Fleck; Andreas Hess; E. Stina Lyon

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2009; US$ 124.95

    The ever changing role of an intellectual in this new age of political uncertainty is innovatively focused on within this exciting collection of essays. Its provocative studies and multifaceted responses promote a vigorous debate of individual case studies and will be of particular interest for sociologists, political theorists and historians of ideas. more...

  • The Sociology of Zygmunt Baumanby Michael Hviid Jacobsen; Poul Poder

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2008; US$ 119.95

    Zygmunt Bauman is one of the most inspirational and controversial thinkers on the scene of contemporary sociology. This collection introduces and critically appraises Bauman's contributions to the field, illuminating how he challenges conventional wisdom in sociology. It concludes with an original contribution by Bauman about himself, never before... more...

  • From a Cause to a Styleby Nathan Glazer

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 24.95

    Modernism in architecture and urban design has failed the American city. This is the decisive conclusion that renowned public intellectual Nathan Glazer has drawn from two decades of writing and thinking about what this architectural movement will bequeath to future generations. In From a Cause to a Style , he proclaims his disappointment with modernism... more...