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The Death and Life of Great American Cities
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
by Jane Jacobs
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Ever wonder why we have suburbs? Or why we wanted them in the first place? What about the lovely ideal of the Parisian street lined with cafes and shops? Why don't we have more of those? Or would we want them at all? Then read this! If you live in, near,... (read more)

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The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Reshape the World in the Next 20 Years
The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Reshape the World in the Next 20 Years
by James Canton
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James Canton, Ph.D.and#160; is a renowned global futurist, author, keynote presenter, and sought-after business advisor. He is known for his accurate and bold forecasts about the future. Dr. Canton is chairman and CEO of the Institute for Global Futures,... (read more)

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The Art of the Public Grovel: Sexual Sin and Public Confession in America
The Art of the Public Grovel: Sexual Sin and Public Confession in America
by Susan Wise Bauer
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"Interesting, well-written, and well-researched, this book should have wide appeal. Who doesn't want to read about sex and confession and how the mighty fall and, in some cases, get up again?"--Stephen Prothero, author of Religious Literacy: What Every... (read more)

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The Elementary Forms of Religious Life
The Elementary Forms of Religious Life
by Emile Durkheim
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Emile Durkheim (1858and#8211;1917) was a French sociologist who formally established the academic discipline and, with Karl Marx and Max Weber, is commonly cited as the principal architect of modern social science.... (read more)

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The Wordy Shipmates
The Wordy Shipmates
by Sarah Vowell
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In this New York Times bestseller, the author of Assassination Vacation "brings the [Puritan] era wickedly to life" (Washington Post). To this day, America views itself as a Puritan nation, but Sarah Vowell investigates what that means — and what... (read more)

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The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
by George Packer
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A riveting examination of a nation in crisis, from one of the finest political journalists of our generation American democracy is beset by a sense of crisis. Seismic shifts during a single generation have created a country of winners and losers... (read more)

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Detroit: An American Autopsy
Detroit: An American Autopsy
by Charlie Leduff
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An explosive exposé of America's lost prosperity — from Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Charlie LeDuff Back in his broken hometown, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff searches the ruins of Detroit for clues to his family... (read more)

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Diffusion of Innovations, 5th Edition
Diffusion of Innovations, 5th Edition
by Everett M. Rogers
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andlt;Iandgt;Technology and Cultureandlt;/Iandgt; A classic work....Full of interesting insights, solid examples, and good common sense.... (read more)

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American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics
American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics
by Dan Savage
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From bestselling author and host of HBO's Real Time, Bill Maher's new book of political riffs serves up a savagely funny set of rules for preserving sanity in an insane world A follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The New Rules, The New New Rules... (read more)

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Learning from Strangers: The Art and Method of Qualitative Interview Studies
Learning from Strangers: The Art and Method of Qualitative Interview Studies
by Robert S Weiss
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Lisa R. Peathie Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Studies, M.I.T This is a wonderful book. Robert Weiss brings the reader into the interviewing process by showing how to recognize what works and what does not in some real interviews, and by... (read more)

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Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now
Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now
by Douglas Rushkoff
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People spent the twentieth century obsessed with the future. We created technologies that would help connect us faster, gather news, map the planet, and compile knowledge. We strove for an instantaneous network where time and space could be compressed... (read more)

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Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
by Andrew Solomon
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Andrew Solomon's gorgeous prose is always a pleasure, and this book, 10 years in the making, is his masterpiece. With empathy and grace, Far from the Tree explores the lives of people who are significantly different from their parents and often the rest... (read more)

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The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong
The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong
by Judith Rodin
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Building resilience—the ability to bounce back more quickly and effectively—is an urgent social and economic issue. Our interconnected world is susceptible to sudden and dramatic shocks and stresses: a cyber-attack, a new strain of virus, a... (read more)

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Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time
Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time
by Jeff Speck
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A Best Book of the Year according to Planetizen and the American Society of Landscape Architects Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive, and he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. The very idea of... (read more)

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Beautiful Souls: The Courage and Conscience of Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times
Beautiful Souls: The Courage and Conscience of Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times
by Eyal Press
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“A fascinating study in the better angels of our nature.”—George Packer, The New Yorker A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice History has produced many specimens of the banality of evil, but what about its flip side,... (read more)

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Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnological Revolution
Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnological Revolution
by Francis Fukuyama
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A decade after his now-famous pronouncement of “the end of history,” Francis Fukuyama argues that as a result of biomedical advances, we are facing the possibility of a future in which our humanity itself will be altered beyond recognition... (read more)

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Growing Up Absurd: Problems of Youth in the Organized Society (New York Review Books Classics)
Growing Up Absurd: Problems of Youth in the Organized Society (New York Review Books Classics)
by Paul Goodman
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Paul Goodman’s Growing Up Absurd was a runaway bestseller when it was first published in 1960 and it became one of the defining texts of the nascent New Left. Goodman, at the time well into middle age, was a maverick anarchist who broke every mold,... (read more)

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The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream
The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream
by Thomas Dyja
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A critically acclaimed history of Chicago at mid-century, featuring many of the incredible personalities that shaped American culture and#160; Before air travel overtook trains, nearly every coast-to-coast journey included a stop in Chicago, and this... (read more)

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Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
by Robert D Putnam
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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, which The Economist hailed as “a prodigious... (read more)

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Planet of Slums
Planet of Slums
by Mike Davis
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"A profound enquiry into an urgent subject ... a brilliant book." Arundhati... (read more)

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