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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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The 2013 National Book Award Winner A New York Times Bestseller Selected by New York Times critic Dwight Garner as a Favorite Book of 2013 One of Amazon's Best Books of 2013 A New York Times Notable Book of 2013 A Washington Post Best Political... (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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Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt
by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco
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Chris Hedges's writing and reportage is consistently trenchant and unequivocal, notable for its discerning examinations and penetrating insights. Joe Sacco's award-winning work as a cartoonist is as distinctive as it is compassionate. Combining the... (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 Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
by Wes Moore
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The Other Wes Moore is the fascinating tale of two men who shared a name and a birthplace; their lives started out in similar circumstances and ended up very differently (one a Rhodes Scholar, the other serving a life sentence in jail). A moving... (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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The Last American Man
The Last American Man
by Elizabeth Gilbert
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Elizabeth Gilbert first met Eustace Conway in New York City, on the sidewalk in front of her apartment. He'd traveled from North Carolina, dressed in handmade buckskin clothing and "carrying an impressive knife on his belt." Gilbert, a regular... (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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Unfamiliar Fishes
Unfamiliar Fishes
by Sarah Vowell
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Unfamiliar Fishes is a lively examination of America's influence in the Hawaiian Islands, from the early-19th-century conversion efforts of Christian missionaries to the coup led by their grandchildren. Vowell keeps the story moving with rich... (read more)

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Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army
Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army
by Jeremy Scahill
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Enter the secretive world of the most powerful private army on the planet. Here Scahill exposes the disturbing story of Blackwater, a shadowy private company offering specialized military services for hire. A dark study of both the organization and the... (read more)

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American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville
American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville
by Bernard Henri Levy
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Hoping to gauge the success of America's experiment in democracy, France's leading journalist follows Tocqueville's journey across our once nascent nation to rediscover what it means to be an American. Here in opposing and quick succession, we meet... (read more)

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The Working Poor: Invisible in America
The Working Poor: Invisible in America
by David K Shipler
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The Working Poor is a deeply impressive book, a thorough and balanced study of the millions of Americans living at or around the poverty line. Shipler's varied portraits and interviews are insightful and moving, and his analysis of causes and suggestions... (read more)

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The Cannabis Grow Bible: The Definitive Guide to Growing Marijuana for Recreational and Medical Use
The Cannabis Grow Bible: The Definitive Guide to Growing Marijuana for Recreational and Medical Use
by Greg Green
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My coworkers and I often joke about how most marijuana horticulture books look like they were published in someone’s garage. Poor print quality, black-and-white photos, and countless typos can turn an otherwise useful and informative guide into a white... (read more)

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The Men Who Stare at Goats
The Men Who Stare at Goats
by Jon Ronson
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Ever since Tina Fey adapted a nonfiction book into the successful Mean Girls, a desperate Hollywood has been hard at play turning serious works of nonfiction into the next goofy romp. While the collision of military black ops and new-age thought, as... (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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Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists
Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists
by A. V. Club
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The Onion can do little wrong, in my eyes, and this hilarious collection of pop-culture lists from the writers of the A. V. Club proves it once again. This book is perfect for anyone with a sense of humor who's ingested any pop culture in the last 30... (read more)

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War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning
War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning
by Chris Hedges
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"The title might give the impression that this book would be at home on Patton's shelf, but a glance at the chapter headings shows the book's true heart and mind: 'The Myth of War,' 'The Plague of Nationalism,' 'The Highjacking and Recovery of Memory... (read more)

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The Men Who Stare at Goats
The Men Who Stare at Goats
by Jon Ronson
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Military secrets are hard to come by, but when they reveal plans as bizarre as those of the U.S. Army's First Earth Battalion, just be grateful that Jon Ronson is doing the digging. His last book, Them, revealed Ronson to be an expert at revealing the... (read more)

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Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
by Sudhir Venkatesh
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Sudhir Venkatesh's work was featured prominently in Freakonomics; here his research is fleshed out and humanized, telling his remarkable and unusual story. For seven years, Venkatesh was granted unprecedented access to one of Chicago's most notorious... (read more)

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The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot
The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot
by Naomi Wolf
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The End of America should be required reading for every American. Rather than giving us a partisan 600-page tome on the crimes of the Bush administration, Naomi Wolf lays out clearly and concisely how we as a people have allowed our government to move... (read more)

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