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  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry David Thoreau (English, Hardback) Laura Dassow Walls

    "Walden. Yesterday I came here to live." That entry from the journal of Henry David Thoreau, and the intellectual journey it began, would by themselves be enough to place Thoreau in the American pantheon. His attempt to "live deliberately" in a small woods at the edge of his hometown of Concord has been a touchstone for individualists and seekers since the publication of Walden in 1854....

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  • Out of the Wreck I Rise
    Out of the Wreck I Rise (English, Hardback) Neil Steinberg, Sara Bader

    Overcoming alcoholism or other addiction is often the hardest thing a person will ever try to do. But one central truth of addiction is as lonely as you feel, you are not really alone. Millions are struggling with the same problem, now and in the past. Among them are writers and philosophers, poets and playwrights who have thought about?and have struggled with? this fight for thousands of years. Their hard-won insights are the beating heart of Out of the Wreck I Rise. This book walks the reader through the stages of the path from the hell of addiction to the frequent bliss of recovery. Each chapter takes up a stage of the recovery process, beginning with a short commentary by Neil Steinberg?the nationally known Chicago Sun-Times columnist and author of Drunkard: A Hard-Drinking Life?followed by quotes that are, by turns, illuminating, bracing, and consoling. It draws upon the perspectives of writers from Seneca to Shakespeare to David Foster Wallace, and includes the voices of popular figures such as Billie Holiday, Keith Richards, and Patti Smith. Notorious drinkers?John Cheever, Charles Bukowski, Ernest Hemingway, Eugene O'Neill, and Raymond Carver, among others?share dearly paid for wisdom. The quotes not only inspire, individually, but are assembled to form a mosaic, fitted together to create a narrative of how recovery works, and the emotional, intellectual, and physical odyssey that people undertake when they get better.  Out of the Wreck I Rise is a unique and remarkably creative recovery guide designed to help those people?and their friends and families?to navigate and persevere on the path to recovery.

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  • The Craft of Research
    The Craft of Research (English, Paperback) Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb

    With more than 600,000 copies now in print, The Craft of Research is the unrivaled resource for researchers at every level, from first-year undergraduates to research reporters at corporations and government offices. Seasoned researchers and educators Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams present a fundamental and accessible text that explains how to build an argument that engages and persuades readers, how to effectively anticipate and respond to the reservations of readers, and how to find and evaluate sources and integrate them into an argument. The fourth edition has been carefully and respectfully revised by Joseph Bizup and William T. FitzGerald. It retains all the wisdom and sound advice of earlier editions but now reflects the way research and writing practices are taught today, as well as how students find and engage with sources in the digital age, and the extensive bibliography of subject area resources has been thoroughly updated. Throughout, The Craft of Research, Fourth Edition, preserves the amiable tone, the reliable voice, and the sense of directness that have made this book an indispensable guide for anyone undertaking a research project.

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  • The Wounded Storyteller
    The Wounded Storyteller (English, Paperback) Arthur W. Frank

    Drawing on the work of authors such as Oliver Sacks, Anatole Broyard, Norman Cousins, and Audre Lorde, as well as the people he met during the years he spent among different illness groups, the author recounts a collection of illness stories.

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  • Politics of Resentment
    Politics of Resentment (English, Paperback) Katherine J. Cramer

    How is it that people who benefit from governmental services not only vote against candidates who are in favor of those services, but are vehemently against the idea of big government itself? And why do people who are in economic distress vote for candidates whose policies hurt them but help the wealthy? Typical answers are that people are voting against their interests because they don't understand politics or perhaps out of allegiance to principles like limited government. Cramer has a different answer. In listening closely to people across the state of Wisconsin for over five years, she discovered the powerful role played by resentment. What can look like disagreements about basic political principles can be rooted in something even more fundamental: ideas about who gets what, who has power, what people are like, and whom is to blame. The state of Wisconsin has come to be ground zero for debates over the appropriate role of government. The ascent of Scott Walker to the governorship, his policies targeting public employees, and the historic protests and recall election?threw into sharp relief resentment rooted in a rural/urban divide. Cramer's book illuminates the contours of rural consciousness?how people use it to make sense of politics and how these processes fit into a broader politics of resentment and one's social identity. Whether or not urban elites really do shortchange or look down upon those living in the country, placed-based identities profoundly influence people's understanding of political issues. An original and bold recasting of the ?What Divides America Debate,? Cramer's book shows that rural resentment?no less than partisanship, race, and class?can be a critical factor.

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  • The Chicago Manual of Style
    The Chicago Manual of Style (English, Hardback) University of Chicago Press

    Technologies may change, but the need for clear and accurate communication never goes out of style. That is why for more than one hundred years The Chicago Manual of Style has remained the definitive guide for anyone who works with words....

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  • Why the Wheel is Round
    Why the Wheel is Round (English, Hardback) Steven Vogel

    The human body is an assemblage of parts that don't fully rotate. Anyone who has sprained an ankle, torn a rotator cuff, or tried to view behind them in an owl-like fashion can attest to the limits of human design. And these limitations pervade natural systems. With the exception of flagella, true wheels don't exist in the natural world. There are two modes of locomotionthe first is simple rolling, and the second is fixed rotation, such as a wheel or propeller. Humans have a created a world of that relies on rotationmany objects that require human muscle to move, from the knobs on a stove, to a steering wheel, to the track ball on a computer mouse. To the mind of a biomechanist, this point of connection between the human muscular-skeletal system and the world in which we use it to navigate is a terrain for marrying human functioning, development, and history. Cranks and Cranes does just that. Steven Vogel employs his love of history and his remarkable understanding of how things work to look at wheels and other rotational devices and how they are powered by the muscle and skeletal systems of humans and other domesticated animals.

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  • Tough Enough
    Tough Enough (English, Paperback) Deborah Nelson

    This book focuses on six brilliant women who are often seen as particularly tough-minded: Simone Weil, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Diane Arbus, and Joan Didion. Aligned with no single tradition, they escape straightforward categories. Yet their work evinces an affinity of style and philosophical viewpoint that derives from a shared attitude toward suffering. What Mary McCarthy...

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  • A Very Queer Family Indeed
    A Very Queer Family Indeed (English, Hardback) Simon Goldhill

    This is a book about a prominent Victorian family of writers in Englandthe Bensons. The cast of characters includes Edward White Benson, the archbishop of Canterbury (1883-1896); his wife, the lesbian writer Mary Sidgwick Benson, to whom he proposed marriage when she was only twelve; and their six children, none of whom, Goldhill says, ever had heterosexual intercourse, as far as we can tell; certainly none of them ever married.? Apart from two children who died young, the rest grew up to become prominent writers or go nutsor both. Every one of them was high-strung, precocious, rebellious, and quirky. The most famous of the siblings was Fred Benson, who was openly gay and a competitive figure skater and who wrote a line of successful comic novels that was eventually made into the BBC TV series Mapp and Lucia in the 1980s. But Goldhill is skeptical of the veracity of standard biographical narrative. So he lets the family tell their own story as much as he can: after all, together they wrote more than 200 books, many intended to present a public picture of the famous family. More importantly, they wrote many thousands of intimate letters among themselves, and they obsessively corrected oversights and lies in the books through hand-written marginalia in family copies. Goldhill stresses how this family of graphomaniacs constantly used their writing to tell and retell the stories of their lives, to themselves, to each other and to a broader public.?

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  • A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations
    A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (English, Paperback) Kate L. Turabian

    Offers guidelines to help students understand how to write, cite, and formally submit research writing. This title provides an overview of citation practices with detailed information on the two main scholarly citation styles, an array of source types with contemporary examples, and detailed guidance on citing online resources.

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  • From Dissertation to Book
    From Dissertation to Book (English, Paperback) William Germano

    Includes a chapter arguing that the future of academic writing is in the hands of young scholars who meet the broader expectations of readers rather than the narrow requirements of academic committees. This title reveals to PhDs the secrets of careful and thoughtful revision.

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  • Music as Social Life
    Music as Social Life (English, Paperback) Thomas Turino

    People around the world and throughout history have used music to express their inner emotions, reach out to the divine, woo lovers, celebrate weddings, inspire political movements, and lull babies to sleep. This title explores why it is that music and dance are so often at the center of our profound personal and social experiences.

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  • Paying the Price
    Paying the Price (English, Hardback) Sara Goldrick-Rab

    For the last decade, sociologist Sara Goldrick-Rab has been studying what happens when economically vulnerable people try to make their way through public higher education. Of the 3,000 young adults she tracked who began college in 2008, half dropped out, and less than one in five finished a bachelor's degree in four years. Additional grant money helped some, but what is clear here is that when college students' costs are not fully covered, they rarely finish college. If they do, it takes them longer than it should, and they graduate with a substantial amount of debt. In addition to marshaling her date and national data, Goldrick-Rab also adds a human dimension to this story. She focuses in on six students in particular to help make plain the human and financialsometimes to the dollarcosts of our convoluted financial aid policies. Their stories really drive the point home. Though Chloe Johnson, an aspiring veterinarian, sold her beloved horse, took out loans, shared an off-campus apartment with a friend, and worked two jobs, she ends up dropping out of college. She had to work so many hours at Kohl's and PetSmartoften the night shiftto pay for her Expected Family Contribution? that she could not stay awake in classes and still did not have enough money for food or gas. When she finally dropped a class to help her performance in other classes, she found out at the end of the semester that her reduced load made her ineligible for financial aid. After leaving school, she still owed thousands of dollars; she had nothing to show for her college years but debt. Goldrick-Rab closes the book with possible solutions, from changing the timing of FAFSA forms, to more flexibility about how students can use aid money, and she makes a strong case for making the first two years of college free.

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  • Bourgeois Equality
    Bourgeois Equality (English, Hardback) Deirdre N. McCloskey

    The last 200 years have witnessed a 100-fold leap in well-being.  Deirdre McCloskey argues that most people today are stunningly better off than their forbearers were in 1800, and that the rest of humanity will soon be.  A purely materialist, incentivist view of economic change does not explain this leap.  We have now the third in McCloskey's three-volume opus about how bourgeois values transformed Europe.  Volume 3 nails the case for that transfiguration, telling us how aristocratic virtues of hierarchy were replaced by bourgeois virtues (more precisely, by attitudes toward virtues) that made it possible for ordinary folk with novel ideas to change the way people, farmed, manufactured, traveled, ruled themselves, and fought.  It is a dramatic story, and joins a dramatic debate opened up by Thomas Piketty in his best-selling Capital in the 21st Century.  McCloskey insists that economists are far too preoccupied by capital and saving, arguing against the position (of Piketty and most others) that capital induces a tendency to get more, that money reproduces itself, that riches are created from riches.  Not so, our intrepid McCloskey shows.  Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, among the biggest wealth accumulators in our era, didn't get rich through the magic of compound interest on capital.  They got rich through intellectual property, creating billions of dollars from virtually nothing.  Capital was no more important an ingredient to the original Apple or Microsoft than cookies or cucumbers.  The debate is between those who think riches are created from riches versus those who, with McCloskey, think riches are created from rags, between those who see profits as a generous return on capital, or profits coming from innovation that ultimately benefits us all.

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  • Planet of the Bugs
    Planet of the Bugs (English, Paperback) Scott R. Shaw

    Beginning in the shallow oceans of the Cambrian Period and ending in the hyperdiverse rain forests of our own Cenozoic Era,Planet of the Bugs spins a sweeping account of the insects' evolution from humble arthropod ancestors into the bugs we love or hate to see today. It shows how the evolutionary innovations which bombinate across the geologic agessuch as small body size, wings, metamorphosis, and parasitic behaviorenabled the insects to disperse widely, occupy increasingly smaller niches, and survive global catastrophe in their rise to species dominance. Along the way, the book introduces us to a fascinating repertoire of insects, from caddisflies that weave silken aquatic nets, which they use to catch floating debris and construct portable houses, to parasitic wasp larvae that develop inside the blood of host insects and, by accumulating waste products in their rear end, defecating only after they emerge, show how it's possible not to pee in the pool. Shaw not only explores the history of insect evolution and behavior, he also reveals how changes in Earth's geology, flora, and fauna contributed to the insect's success and how, in return, the insects helped shape terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity, becoming so essential that without them, our terrestrial ecosystems would be vastly diminished, if not entirely destroyed. He ultimately turns his eyes toward the stars and wonders if insect-like creatures exist on other habitable planets, but not before passionately calling attention to the current extinction crisis here on Earth, one that could potentially extinguish the majority of insects along with the rain forests they inhabit.

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  • The Great Derangement
    The Great Derangement (English, Paperback) Amitav Ghosh

    Are we deranged? The acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that future generations may well think so. How else to explain our imaginative failure in the face of global warming? In his first major book of nonfiction since In an Antique Land, Ghosh examines our inability?at the level of literature, history, and politics?to grasp the scale and violence of climate change....

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  • Black Metropolis
    Black Metropolis (English, Paperback) St. Clair Drake, Horace R. Cayton

    Ground-breaking when first published in 1945, Black Metropolis remains a landmark study of race and urban life. Few studies since have been able to match its scope and magnitude, offering one of the most comprehensive looks at black life in America. Based on research conducted by Works Progress Administration field workers, it is a sweeping historical and sociological account of the people of...

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  • House of Debt
    House of Debt (English, Paperback) Atif Mian, Amir Sufi

    Why do severe recessions happen? Could we have prevented the Great Recession and its consequences? And what actions are needed to prevent such crises going forward? This book offers convincing answers to some of the most important questions faced by the economy.

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  • On the Run
    On the Run (English, Paperback) Alice Goffman

    War on Drugs has done almost nothing to prevent drugs from being sold or used, but it has nonetheless created a little-known surveillance state in America's most disadvantaged neighborhoods. The author introduces you to an unforgettable cast of young African American men who are caught up in this web of warrants and surveillance.

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  • On the Run
    On the Run (English, Hardback) Alice Goffman

    Over the years, the War on Drugs has done almost nothing to prevent drugs from being sold or used, but it has nonetheless created a little-known surveillance state in America's most disadvantaged neighborhoods. The author introduces us to a cast of young African American men who are caught up in this web of warrants and surveillance.

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