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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
by Malcolm Gladwell
Staff Pick
Somewhere along the way to guru-dom, Malcolm Gladwell got tagged as a business writer. Fair enough — The Tipping Point speaks more powerfully to the principles of succesful marketing than any pedestrian semester in the classroom. But while raves from... (read more)

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Cheap: High Cost of Discount Culture (09 Edition)
Cheap: High Cost of Discount Culture (09 Edition)
by Ellen Ruppel Shell
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A myth-shattering investigation of the true cost of America's passion for finding a better bargain From the shuttered factories of the Rust Belt to the strip malls of the Sun Belt-and almost everywhere in between-America has been transformed by its... (read more)

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Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story
Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story
by Chuck Klosterman
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“Record Collecting for Girls is an invitation for all of you stereophiles (who happen to be female), to make your own top-five lists, and then, armed and ready with the books fun facts, to argue their merits to the ever-present boys club of music... (read more)

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Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
by Tony Horwitz
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From Chapter One There never will be anything more interesting in America than that Civil War never. --Gertrude Stein In 1965, a century after Appomattox, the Civil War began for me at a musty apartment in New Haven, Connecticut. My great-grandfather... (read more)

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Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology
Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology
by Lawrence Weschler
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From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games
From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games
by Justine Cassell
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Many parents worry about the influence of video games on their children's lives. The game console may help to prepare children for participation in the digital world, but at the same time it socializes boys into misogyny and excludes girls from all but... (read more)

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Hot Stuff : Disco and the Remaking of American Culture (10 Edition)
Hot Stuff : Disco and the Remaking of American Culture (10 Edition)
by Alice Echols
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Alice Echols reveals the ways in which disco transformed popular music, propelling it into new sonic territory and influencing rap, techno, and trance. She probes the complex relationship between disco and the era's major movements: gay liberation... (read more)

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The Gospel According to America: A Meditation on a God-Blessed, Christ-Haunted Idea
The Gospel According to America: A Meditation on a God-Blessed, Christ-Haunted Idea
by David Dark
About the Author
David Dark is a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is the author of Everyday Apocalypse: The Sacred Revealed in Radiohead, The Simpsons, and Other Pop Culture Icons and The Sacredness of Questioning Everything. He has also written for Books... (read more)

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On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (and Always Have) in the Future Tense
On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (and Always Have) in the Future Tense
by David Brooks
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"Brooks is a clever and insightful inspector of the American scene....His earlier book, Bobos in Paradise, was a well-deserved bestseller. On Paradise Drive is just as funny and perceptive." -- The Wall Street Journal... (read more)

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Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping--Updated and Revised for the Internet, the Global Consumer, and Beyond
Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping--Updated and Revised for the Internet, the Global Consumer, and Beyond
by Paco Underhill
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"Why We Buy is a funny and insightful book for people on both sides of the retail counter." -- Michael Gould, CEO, Bloomingdale... (read more)

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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
by Eric Schlosser
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"What we eat has changed more in the last forty years than in the last forty thousand," Schlosser observes, yet most Americans know very little about how that food is made, where, by whom, and at what cost. Fast Food Nation traces the industry's... (read more)

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I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)
I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)
by Chuck Klosterman
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One-of-a-kind cultural critic and New York Times bestselling author Chuck Klosterman “offers up great facts, interesting cultural insights, and thought-provoking moral calculations in this look at our love affair with the anti-hero” (New York... (read more)

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NO LOGO: No Space, No Choice, No Jobs
NO LOGO: No Space, No Choice, No Jobs
by Naomi Klein
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NO LOGO was an international bestseller and "a movement bible" (The New York Times).  Naomi Klein's second book, The Shock Doctrine, was hailed as a "master narrative of our time," and has over a million copies in print worldwide. In the last... (read more)

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Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
by Chuck Klosterman
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Klosterman understands your life. Intimately. Through this seemingly meandering and always hilarious critique of modern pop culture, he exposes how unlikely cultural minutiae make our society tick and dictate how we live our lives.... (read more)

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Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: a Reader (4TH 09 Edition)
Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: a Reader (4TH 09 Edition)
by John Storey
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  The new 4th edition of John Storey’s successful reader in Cultural Theory and Popular Culture is a companion volume to Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction, now in its 5th edition. The Reader offers students the opportunity to... (read more)

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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
by Malcolm Gladwell
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Somewhere along the way to guru-dom, Malcolm Gladwell got tagged as a business writer. Fair enough — The Tipping Point speaks more powerfully to the principles of succesful marketing than any pedestrian semester in the classroom. But while raves from... (read more)

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Cute, Quaint, Hungry and Romantic: The Aesthetics of Consumerism
Cute, Quaint, Hungry and Romantic: The Aesthetics of Consumerism
by Daniel Harris
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First time in paperback: "An exhilarating collection by a brilliant writer . . . a penetrating observer of things so familiar that they're in danger of not being noticed."-Steven... (read more)

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Secular Scripture (76 Edition)
Secular Scripture (76 Edition)
by Northrop Frye
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Frye discerns in the innumerable romantic narratives of the Western tradition an imaginative universe stretching from an idyllic world to a demonic one, and a pattern of action taking the form of a cyclical descent into and ascent out of the demonic... (read more)

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Popular Culture in American History (2ND 13 Edition)
Popular Culture in American History (2ND 13 Edition)
by Jim Cullen
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Introducing almost half a century of the best scholarship on popular culture in the USA, this fully revised second edition has a more focused historical remit, with analysis and primary source material from the 1830s to the present. Each main essay... (read more)

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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
by Eric Schlosser
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New York Times Bestseller,   With a New Afterword “Schlosser has a flair for dazzling scene-setting and an arsenal of startling facts . . . Fast Food Nation points the way but, to resurrect an old fast food slogan, the choice is yours... (read more)

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