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  • David and Goliathby Malcolm Gladwell

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 15.98

    David and Goliath is the dazzling and provocative new book from Malcolm Gladwell, no.1 bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw Why do underdogs succeed so much more than we expect? How do the weak outsmart the strong? In David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a scintillating and surprising... more...

  • Excellent Sheepby William Deresiewicz

    Free Press 2014; US$ 16.00

    A groundbreaking manifesto about what our nation?s top schools should be?but aren?t?providing: ?The ex-Yale professor effectively skewers elite colleges, their brainy but soulless students (those ?sheep?), pushy parents, and admissions mayhem? ( People ). As a professor at Yale, William Deresiewicz saw something that troubled him deeply. His students,... more...

  • Savage Spawnby Jonathan Kellerman

    Random House Publishing Group 2003; US$ 14.00

    This thought-provoking and timely book from a #1 New York Times bestselling novelist and noted child psychologist reveals the factors that often lead to explosive and shocking juvenile violence.   ?Ethically and morally, kids are works in progress. Throw in psychopathy and you?ve got a soul that will never be complete.?   In this powerful,... more...

  • Walt Disney: A Biographyby Louise Krasniewicz

    ABC-CLIO 2010; US$ 39.00

    This insightful biography takes a balanced and thoughtful look at the creative and enigmatic man who has had a greater influence on American culture than almost any other individual: Walt Disney. more...

  • White Breadby Aaron Bobrow-Strain

    Beacon Press 2012; US$ 27.95

    What can the history of America's one-hundred-year love-hate relationship with sliced white bread tell us about contemporary efforts to change the way we eat? Fluffy industrial loaves are about as far from slow, local, and organic as you can get, but the story of social reformers, food experts, and diet gurus who believed that getting people to eat... more...

  • The Psychopath Testby Jon Ronson

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 8.79

    What if society wasn't fundamentally rational, but was motivated by insanity? This thought sets Jon Ronson on an utterly compelling adventure into the world of madness. Along the way, Jon meets psychopaths, those whose lives have been touched by madness and those whose job it is to diagnose it, including the influential psychologist who developed... more...

  • The Road Outby Deborah Hicks

    University of California Press 2013; US$ 29.95

    Can one teacher truly make a difference in her students? lives when everything is working against them? Can a love for literature and learning save the most vulnerable of youth from a life of poverty? The Road Out is a gripping account of one teacher?s journey of hope and discovery with her students?girls growing up poor in a neighborhood that was... more...

  • Cultural Revolution in Iranby Annabelle Sreberny; Massoumeh Torfeh

    I.B.Tauris 2013; US$ 14.95

    The Islamic Republic of Iran is several decades into its existence and the values and legacy of the Revolution upon which it was founded continue to have profound and contradictory consequences for everyday Iranian life. Despite a powerful system of surveillance and control, an extremely lively cultural milieu exists in the country, utilising many... more...

  • I Am a Womanby Ann Bannon

    Cleis Press Start 2011; US$ 16.95

    The classic 1950s novel from the Queen of Lesbian Pulp. "For contemporary readers the books offer a valuable record of gay and lesbian life in the 1950s. Most are set in Greenwich Village, and Ms. Bannon?s descriptions of bars, clubs and apartment parties vividly evoke a vanished community. Her characters also have historical value. Whereas most... more...

  • On the Origin of Superheroesby Chris Gavaler

    University of Iowa Press 2015; US$ 18.00

    Most readers think that superheroes began with Superman?s appearance in Action Comics No. 1, but that Kryptonian rocket didn?t just drop out of the sky. By the time Superman?s creators were born, the superhero?s most defining elements?secret identities, aliases, disguises, signature symbols, traumatic origin stories, extraordinary powers, self-sacrificing... more...