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Bobos in Paradise

by David Brooks Simon & Schuster (May 11, 2010)

Do you believe that spending $15,000 on a media center is vulgar, but that spending $15,000 on a slate shower stall is a sign that you are at one with the Zenlike rhythms of nature? Do you work for one of those...


The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East

by Juan Cole Simon & Schuster (July 01, 2014)

Renowned blogger and Middle East expert Juan Cole takes us “inside the youth movements in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, showing us how activists used technology and social media to amplify their message and connect...


A Panoramic View of Chinese Culture

by Wu Dingming Simon & Schuster (May 06, 2014)

A Panoramic View of Chinese Culture is an accessible introduction to the beautiful, vibrant world of Chinese customs, history, and civilization. Written for English speakers, with simplified Chinese translations...


Parentology

by Dalton Conley Simon & Schuster (March 18, 2014)

An award-winning scientist offers his unorthodox approach to childrearing: “Parentology is brilliant, jaw-droppingly funny, and full of wisdom…bound to change your thinking about parenting and its conventions”...


A Call to Action

by Jimmy Carter Simon & Schuster (March 25, 2014)

In the highly acclaimed bestselling A Call to Action, President Jimmy Carter addresses the world’s most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: the ongoing discrimination and violence...


Second Wind

by Dr. Bill Thomas Simon & Schuster (March 11, 2014)

From one of the most original and innovative thinkers in medicine, this “stirring and splendid book” (Wall Street Journal) offers groundbreaking insight to the postwar generation on facing their second coming...


Bowling Alone

by Robert D. Putnam Simon & Schuster (August 01, 2001)

Once we bowled in leagues, usually after work -- but no longer. This seemingly small phenomenon symbolizes a significant social change that Robert Putnam has identified in this brilliant volume, Bowling Alone...


No Excuses

by Stephan Thernstrom & Abigail Thernstrom Simon & Schuster (July 14, 2009)

Black and Hispanic students are not learning enough in our public schools. Their typically poor performance is the most important source of ongoing racial inequality in America today. Thus, say Abigail and Stephan...


Sick Societies

by Robert B. Edgerton Simon & Schuster (June 15, 2010)

Author and scholar Robert Edgerton challenges the notion that primitive societies were happy and healthy before they were corrupted and oppressed by colonialism. He surveys a range of ethnographic writings,...


Peninsula of Lies

by Edward Ball Simon & Schuster (June 15, 2010)

Peninsula of Lies is a nonfiction mystery, set in haunting locales and peopled with fascinating characters, that unwraps the enigma of a woman named Dawn Langley Simmons, a British writer who lived in Charleston,...


Place at the Table

by Bruce Bawer Simon & Schuster (June 30, 2008)

Bruce Bawer exposes the heated controversy over gay rights and presents a passionate plea for the recognition of common values, "a place at the table" for everyone.


American Voyeur

by Benoit Denizet-Lewis Simon & Schuster (January 05, 2010)

BENOIT DENIZET-LEWIS, one of the most perceptive and interesting journalists writing today, takes us into some unusual precincts of American society in American Voyeur.

Denizet-Lewis made news with his New York...


Take the Cannoli

by Sarah Vowell Simon & Schuster (December 17, 2013)

A wickedly funny collection of personal essays from popular NPR personality Sarah Vowell.

Hailed by Newsweek as a "cranky stylist with talent to burn," Vowell has an irresistible voice -- caustic and sympathetic,...


Gimme Shelter

by Mary Elizabeth Williams Simon & Schuster (March 03, 2009)

"Of course I want a home," writes Mary Elizabeth Williams, "I'm American." Gimme Shelter is the first book to reveal how this primal desire, "encoded into our cultural DNA," drove our nation to extremes, from...


Hechinger's Field Guide to Ethnic Stereotypes

by Kevin Hechinger & Curtis Hechinger Simon & Schuster (February 17, 2009)

Can you differentiate between the Amish and the Hasidic Jew?

Do you know the single, shocking difference between the Redneck and the Appalachian? Can you successfully identify -- and avoid -- the Charismatic,...


Snark

by David Denby Simon & Schuster (January 13, 2009)

What is snark? You recognize it when you see it -- a tone of teasing, snide, undermining abuse, nasty and knowing, that is spreading like pinkeye through the media and threatening to take over how Americans...


Beatles vs. Stones

by John McMillian Simon & Schuster (October 29, 2013)

In the 1960s an epic battle was waged between the two biggest bands in the world—the clean-cut, mop-topped Beatles and the badboy Rolling Stones. Both groups liked to maintain that they weren’t really “rivals”—that...


Walk in Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World?

by Jim Ziolkowski & James S. Hirsch Simon & Schuster (September 17, 2013)

Jim Ziolkowski gave up his career in corporate finance to create buildOn, a service-oriented program that goes into high-risk areas around the world to work with students in their communities. Under Jim’s...


The War Against Boys: How Misguided Policies are Harming Our Young Men

by Christina Hoff Sommers Simon & Schuster (August 20, 2013)

An updated and revised edition of the controversial classic—now more relevant than ever—argues that boys are the ones languishing socially and academically, resulting in staggering social and economic costs....


Out For Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in Ame

by Dudley Clendinen & Adam Nagourney Simon & Schuster (July 30, 2013)

With a New Preface Written in 2016 by Adam Nagourney

This is the definitive account of the last great struggle for equal rights in the twentieth century. From the birth of the modern gay rights movement in 1969,...


Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity

by Emily Matchar Simon & Schuster (May 07, 2013)

Emily Matchar offers a smart, measured investigation into the cultural, social, and economic implications of a return to domesticity in this fascinating book “chock-full of historical context, strong research...


Exile: Cuba in the Heart of Miami

by David Rieff Simon & Schuster (February 19, 2013)

This is a fascinating portrait of Miami's Cuban population, the most successful group of immigrants to settle in the United States since the Jews of the nineteenth century.

David Rieff has provided an engrossing...


The Way the World Works: Essays

by Nicholson Baker Simon & Schuster (August 07, 2012)

Nicholson Baker, who “writes like no one else in America” (Newsweek), here assembles his best short pieces from the last fifteen years.

The Way the World Works, Baker’s second nonfiction collection, ranges...


Good and Mad

by Rebecca Traister Simon & Schuster (October 02, 2018)

Journalist Rebecca Traister’s New York Times bestselling exploration of the transformative power of female anger and its ability to transcend into a political movement is “a hopeful, maddening compendium...


Norwich: One Tiny Vermont Town's Secret to Happiness and Excellence

by Karen Crouse Simon & Schuster (January 23, 2018)

The extraordinary story of the small Vermont town that has likely produced more Olympians per capita than any other place in the country, Norwich gives “parents of young athletes a great gift—a glimpse at...


The Gaggle

by Jessica Massa Simon & Schuster (May 21, 2012)

Who cares if he’s just not that into you? You’ve got a gaggle.

It’s easy to feel like your love life is nonexistent. You know you’re great, so why haven’t you been on a classic dinner-and-a-movie date...


The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners Is Transforming Sex, Love and Family

by Liza Mundy Simon & Schuster (March 20, 2012)

A REVOLUTION IS UNDER WAY.

Within a generation, more households will be supported by women than by men. In The Richer Sex, Liza Mundy takes us to the exciting frontier of this new economic order: she shows us...


Janesville

by Amy Goldstein Simon & Schuster (April 18, 2017)

* Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year * Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize​ * 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year * A New York Times Notable Book * A Washington Post Notable Book...


America in Black and White

by Stephan Thernstrom & Abigail Thernstrom Simon & Schuster (July 14, 2009)

In a book destined to become a classic, Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom present important new information about the positive changes that have been achieved and the measurable improvement in the lives of the...


Greedy Bastards

by Dylan Ratigan Simon & Schuster (January 10, 2012)

The host of the eponymous MSNBC show, Dylan Ratigan offers a bold and original post-partisan program to resuscitate the American Dream.

At a time of deep concern with the state of America’s economy and government,...


When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost

by Joan Morgan Simon & Schuster (April 25, 2017)

“Morgan has given an entire generation of black feminists space and language to center their pleasures alongside their politics.” —Janet Mock, New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness

“All...


The Unmade Bed

by Stephen Marche & Sarah Fulford Simon & Schuster (March 07, 2017)

“Satisfying food for thought on the ever-changing dynamics of men and women as they interact and go about their individual lives” (Kirkus Reviews) as cultural commentator Stephen Marche examines contemporary...


The Perfect Thing

by Steven Levy Simon & Schuster (October 24, 2006)

On October 23, 2001, Apple Computer, a company known for its chic, cutting-edge technology -- if not necessarily for its dominant market share -- launched a product with an enticing promise: You can carry an...


Rising Tide

by John M. Barry Simon & Schuster (September 17, 2007)

An American epic of science, politics, race, honor, high society, and the Mississippi River, Rising Tide tells the riveting and nearly forgotten story of the greatest natural disaster this country has ever known...


Our Endangered Values

by Jimmy Carter Simon & Schuster (November 01, 2005)

In Our Endangered Values, Jimmy Carter describes quite personally his own involvement and reactions to some disturbing societal trends that have taken place during the past few years. These changes involve both...


Why Marriage Matters

by Evan Wolfson Simon & Schuster (November 01, 2007)

Why Marriage Matters offers a compelling and clear discussion of a question at the forefront of our national consciousness. It is the work of a brilliant civil rights litigator who has dedicated his life to...


Catching Out

by Dick J. Reavis Simon & Schuster (February 16, 2010)

Reavis reported to a labor hall each morning hoping to “catch out,” or get job assignments. To supplement his savings for retirement, the sixty-two-year-old joined people dispatched by an agency to manual...


The Foie Gras Wars

by Mark Caro Simon & Schuster (March 10, 2009)

In announcing that he had stopped serving the fattened livers of force-fed ducks and geese at his world-renowned restaurant, influential chef Charlie Trotter heaved a grenade into a simmering food fight, and...


Dating the Greek Gods

by Brad Gooch Simon & Schuster (June 06, 2003)

From the author of the highly successful and influential Finding the Boyfriend Within comes an inspirational guide for gay men seeking spiritual fulfillment.

When Brad Gooch began promoting his self-help book...


A Class Apart

by Alec Klein Simon & Schuster (August 21, 2007)

Enter Stuyvesant High, one of the most extraordinary schools in America, a place where the brainiacs prevail and jocks are embarrassed to admit they play on the woeful football team. Academic competition is...


Warrior Girls

by Michael Sokolove Simon & Schuster (June 03, 2008)

Amy Steadman was destined to become one of the great women's soccer players of her generation. "The best of the best," Parade magazine called her as she left high school and headed off to the University of North...


No Way Renee

by Renee Richards & John Ames Simon & Schuster (February 06, 2007)

In 1975, at the age of forty, Richard Raskind, a renowned eye surgeon and highly ranked amateur tennis player, "died," and Renée Richards was "born," in what was to become the most public and highly scrutinized...


Living History

by Hillary Rodham Clinton Simon & Schuster (June 09, 2003)

Author of the Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller What Happened

The Phenomenal #1 Worldwide Bestseller—With a New Afterword

Hillary Rodham Clinton is known to hundreds of millions of people around the world....


I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen

by Amy Wilentz Simon & Schuster (August 15, 2006)

From one of our most astute contemporary writers, Amy Wilentz, comes an irreverent, inventive portrait of the state of California and its unlikely governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The prizewinning author, a...


Life's Work

by Lisa Belkin Simon & Schuster (May 30, 2002)

Life's Work is the story of one woman's search for balance -- and the realization that it can't be found. It is the story of modern motherhood, where true happiness is often reached when you finally give up...


Branded Nation

by James B. Twitchell Simon & Schuster (September 08, 2004)

Branding, says James Twitchell, is nothing more than commercial storytelling; brands are the stories that are associated with products. (For example, the special taste of Evian, says Twitchell, is in the brand,...


Can't Find My Way Home

by Martin Torgoff Simon & Schuster (May 13, 2004)

Can't Find My Way Home is a history of illicit drug use in America in the second half of the twentieth century and a personal journey through the drug experience. It's the remarkable story of how America got...


Shopping for God

by James B. Twitchell Simon & Schuster (September 18, 2007)

Not so long ago religion was a personal matter that was seldom discussed in public. No longer. Today religion is everywhere, from books to movies to television to the internet-to say nothing about politics....


Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women

by Christine B. Whelan Simon & Schuster (October 17, 2006)

For years, it's been "common knowledge" that once a woman hits thirty, her chances of finding a husband diminish to the point of despair. That men are intimidated by a woman's career success, preferring docile...


Better Together

by Robert D. Putnam, Lewis Feldstein & Donald J. Cohen Simon & Schuster (December 01, 2009)

In his acclaimed bestselling book, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, Robert Putnam described a thirty-year decline in America's social institutions. The book ended with the hope...