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Landmarks
Macfarlane, Robert

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Landmarks is Robert Macfarlane's joyous meditation on words, landscape and the relationship between the two. Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. Landmarks is about the power of language to shape our sense of place. It is a field guide to the literatur...


No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII
Weintraub, Robert

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NO BETTER FRIEND tells the story of Air Force technician Frank Williams and Judy, a purebred pointer, who met in WWII and were POWs in a camp in the Pacific. Judy was loyal, with a keen sense for who was friend and who was foe, and the pair's relationship deepened throughout their captivity. When...


A Brief History of Vice: How Bad Behavior Built Civilization
Evans, Robert

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"Mixing science, humor, and grossly irresponsible self-experimentation, Evans paints a vivid picture of how bad habits built the world we know and love." --David Wong, author of John Dies at the End History has never been more fun--or more intoxicating. Guns, germs, and steel might have transfo...


The Drowned and the Saved
Levi, Primo

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In his final book before his death, Primo Levi returns once more to his time at Auschwitz in a moving meditation on memory, resiliency, and the struggle to comprehend unimaginable tragedy.Drawing on history, philosophy, and his own personal experiences, Levi asks if we have already begun to forge...


And the Pursuit of Happiness
Kalman, Maira

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Energized and inspired by the 2008 elections, celebrated illustrator Maira Kalman traveled to Washington, D.C., launching a year-long investigation of American democracy and its workings. The result is an artist’s idiosyncratic vision of history and contemporary politics. Whether returnin...


The House of the Pain of Others: Chronicle of a Small Genocide
Herbert, Julian

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A brilliant work of historical excavation with profound echoes in an age redolent with violence and xenophobia.Early in the twentieth century, amid the myths of progress and modernity that underpinned Mexico’s ruling party, some three hundred Chinese immigrants - close to half of the Cantonese re...


On Democracy
White, E. B.

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"I am a member of a party of one, and I live in an age of fear."These words were written by E. B. White in 1947.Decades before our current political turmoil, White crafted eloquent yet practical political statements that continue to resonate. "There’s only one kind of press that’s any good", he p...


Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution
Fountain, Ben

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In a sweeping work of reportage set over the course of 2016, New York Times bestselling author Ben Fountain recounts a surreal year of politics and an exploration of the third American existential crisis.Twice before in its history, the United States has been faced with a crisis so severe it was ...


The Time of Our Lives
Noonan, Peggy

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Peggy Noonan is one of the most brilliant and influential political thinkers and writers of our time. The author of five bestselling books (What I Saw at the Revolution is now a classic), her column in The Wall Street Journal is a must-read for millions of Americans. Witty, incisive and always or...


Memphis Rent Party: The Blues, Rock & Soul in Music's Hometown
Gordon, Robert

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The fabled city of Memphis has been essential to American music--home of the blues, the birthplace of rock and roll, a soul music capital. We know the greatest hits, but celebrated author Robert Gordon takes us to the people and places history has yet to record. A Memphis native, he whiles away t...


Death Across Oceans: Archaeology of Coffins and Vaults in Britain, America, and Australia
Mytum, Harold (Edt)

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Death Across Oceans: Archaeology of Coffins and Vaults in Britain, America, and Australia brings together the leading researchers in historic mortuary practice from Britain, North America, and Australia. It is the first book dedicated to the material culture associated with burial in the historic...


Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells: The Best of Early Vanity Fair
Carter, Graydon (Edt)

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Offering readers an inebriating swig from the great cocktail shaker of the Roaring Twenties—the Jazz Age, the age of Gatsby—Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells showcases unforgettable writers in search of how to live well in a changing era. Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter i...


Where We Are: The State of Britain Now
Scruton, Roger

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Addressing one of the most politically turbulent periods in modern British history, philosopher Roger Scruton asks how, in these circumstances, we can come to define our identity, and what in the coming years will hold us together. To what are our duties owed and why? How do we respond to the pul...


Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire
Chomsky, Noam

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In this new collection of conversations, conducted from 2010 to 2012, Noam Chomsky explores the most immediate and urgent concerns: the future of democracy in the Arab world, the implications of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the European financial crisis, the breakdown of American mainstream po...


When the Facts Change: Essays, 1995-2010
Judt, Tony

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A great thinker's final testament: a characteristically wise and forthright collection of essays spanning a career of extraordinary intellectual engagement   In an age in which the lack of independent public intellectuals has often been sorely lamented, Tony Judt played a rare and ...


When the Facts Change: Essays, 1995-2010
Judt, Tony

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A great thinker's final testament: a characteristically wise and forthright collection of essays spanning a career of extraordinary intellectual engagement   In an age in which the lack of independent public intellectuals has often been sorely lamented, Tony Judt played a rare and ...


The One True Barbecue: Fire, Smoke, and the Pitmasters Who Cook the Whole Hog
Fertel, Rien

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In the spirit of the oral historians who tracked down and told the stories of America's original bluesmen, this is a journey into the southern heartland to discover the last of the great roadside whole-hog pitmasters who hold on to the heritage and the secrets of America's traditional barbecue.In...


American Rhapsody: Writers, Musicians, Movie Stars, and One Great Building
Pierpont, Claudia Roth

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Ranging from the shattered gentility of Edith Wharton's heroines to racial confrontation in the songs of Nina Simone, American Rhapsody presents a kaleidoscopic story of the creation of a culture. Here is a series of deeply involving portraits of American artists and innovators who have helped...


Wounded Titans: American Presidents and the Perils of Power
Lerner, Max

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Max Lerner taught generations of Americans about their government. For almost half a century, the office of the presidency preoccupied his prodigious energies and unparalleled expertise. Lerner not only wrote about the men who inhabited the Oval Office during that time, he knew them personally, f...


Arguably: Essays
Hitchens, Christopher

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For nearly four decades, Hitchens showed readers how to grapple with the principles of reason, tolerance, and skepticism that define the formations of civilization. Legions of readers, admirers and detractors alike, have learned to read Hitchens with awe at his felicity of language, his enviable ...


The Time of Our Lives: Collected Writings (Large Print)
Noonan, Peggy

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Peggy Noonan is one of the most brilliant and influential political thinkers and writers of our time. The author of five bestselling books ("What I Saw at the Revolution" is now a classic), her column in "The""Wall Street Journal"is a must-read for millions of Americans. Witty, incisive and alway...


Piece By Piece: Stories About Fitting Into Canada
Toten, Teresa

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This anthology features stories by Canada’s finest authors who were born in another country and who went through the experience of trying to “fit in.” The stories explore fourteen journeys and their telling incidents, from the shock of first impressions to the writers’ first stirrings of “becomin...


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