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The Penguin Book of Witches

Katherine Howe

Chilling real-life accounts of witches, from medieval Europe through colonial America From a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper covera...

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Published: Sep 2014

The Housekeeper's Tale: The Women Who...

Tessa Boase

Working as a housekeeper was one of the most prestigious jobs a nineteenth and early twentieth century woman could want - and also one of the toughest. A far cry from the Downton Abbey fiction, the real life Mrs. Hughes was up against...

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Published: Mar 2015

Jane Austen's England: Daily Life in ...

Roy Adkins

An authoritative account of everyday life in Regency England, the backdrop of Austen's beloved novels Nearly two centuries after her death, Jane Austen remains the most cherished of all novelists in the English language, incomparable ...

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Published: Jul 2014

Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Huma...

Erez Aiden

“One of the most exciting developments from the world of ideas in decades, presented with panache by two frighteningly brilliant, endearingly unpretentious, and endlessly creative young scientists.” – Steven Pinker, author of Th...

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Published: Dec 2014

Where We Lived: Essays on Places

Henry Allen

"Henry Allen is the truest chronicler of our American dream. By taking us into the homes of his history, he reveals our own lives in shafts of sunlit prose streaming through the windows of time and place."―James Grady, aut...

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Published: Oct 2017

Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire...

Kurt Andersen

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “The single most important explanation, and the fullest explanation, of how Donald Trump became president of the United States . . . nothing less than the most important book that I have read this year....

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Published: Jun 2018

Dancing with the Devil in the City of...

Juliana Barbassa

From prizewinning journalist and Brazilian native Juliana Barbassa comes a deeply reported and beautifully written account of the seductive and chaotic city of Rio de Janeiro as it struggles with poverty and corruption on the brink of...

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Published: Jul 2016

The Ghosts of Happy Valley: Searching...

Juliet Barnes

Happy Valley was the name given to the Wanjohi Valley in the Kenya Highlands, where a small community of affluent, hedonistic white expatriates settled between the wars. While Kenya's early colonial days have been immortalised by farm...

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Published: Jun 2014

Life at the Dakota: New York's Most U...

Stephen Birmingham

Life at the Dakota is a deliciously entertaining social history which describes the lives of the rich and trendy who have lived at the Dakota, a New York apartment house daringly erected in 1884, "too far up" and on the wron...

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Published: Aug 2016

The Grandees: America's Sephardic Eli...

Stephen Birmingham

Tracing their origins to medieval Portugal and Spain, the Sephardic Jews consider themselves ‘the nobility of Jewry,’ in contrast to their pushier and more aggressive German counterparts. They were also the first Jews to inhabit t...

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Published: Aug 2016

The Grandes Dames: The wonderfully un...

Stephen Birmingham

Astor. Rockefeller. McCormick. Belmont. All family names that still adorn buildings, streets and charity foundations. While the men blazed across America with their oil, industry, and railways, the matriarchs founded art museums, oper...

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Published: Aug 2016

Thin Mint Memories: Scouting for Empo...

Shelley Johnson Carey

Thin Mint Memories: Scouting for Empowerment through the Girl Scout Cookie Program celebrates an American treasure by examining the first century of the cookie's history and explores how participating in the Girl Scout cookie program ...

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Published: Dec 2016

Exeter Girls: Letters from a Feeble-M...

Jason R. Carpenter

At the turn of the last century, it was widely accepted by conventional science that feeble-mindedness was one of the greatest threats to society in the modern era. But while hereditary diseases or defects of the mind and body were mo...

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Published: Apr 2014

Sport: A Very Short Introduction

Mike Cronin

Sport is big business; international in nature and the focus of much media and cultural attention. In this Very Short Introduction, Mike Cronin charts the history of sport, from its traditional origins in folk football and cock fighti...

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Published: Jan 2015

Vulgar Tongues: An Alternative Histor...

Max Decharne

This rollercoaster ride through the colorful history of slang―from highwaymen to hip-hop―is a fresh and exciting take on the subject: entertaining and authoritative without being patronizing, out-of-touch or voyeuristic. Slang is ...

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Published: Aug 2018

Executions in America: Over Three Hun...

Frederick Drimmer

From the first Pilgrim hanged in 1630 right up to Ted Bundy in 1989, legal execution has been a facet of the American justice system. Now, for the first time ever, the dramatic history of the men and women who have been put to death i...

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Published: Aug 2014

Across the Pond: An Englishman's View...

Terry Eagleton

An irreverent trip through American culture by a critic who "cracks jokes as easily as one would crack walnut shells" (Washington Post). Americans have long been fascinated with the oddness of the British, but the English, s...

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Published: May 2014

The Gay Revolution: The Story of the ...

Lillian Faderman

The sweeping story of the struggle for gay and lesbian rights—based on amazing interviews with politicians, military figures, and members of the entire LGBT community who face these challenges every day: “This is the history of th...

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Published: Sep 2016

The Million Dollar Duchesses: How Ame...

Julie Ferry

POWER, SCANDAL, GLAMOUR, FAME  On 6th November 1895, the beautiful and brilliant heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt was wedded to the near-insolvent Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough in a dazzling yet miserable match – ...

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Published: May 2018

To the Letter: A Celebration of the L...

Simon Garfield

The New York Times bestselling author of Just My Type and On the Map offers an ode to letter writing and its possible salvation in the digital age. Few things are as exciting—and potentially life-changing—as discovering an old le...

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Published: Nov 2014

Project India: How College Students W...

Judith Kerr Graven

It is 1952. Communism is spreading through Asia. Students at UCLA develop a bold new idea - a youth ambassador program that will send a diverse group of real Americans to the politically strategic country of India to speak directl...

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Published: Aug 2014

Prince Hall Freemasonry: "The Secret ...

Warrior Hawk

UNLOCK THE SECRETS OF PRINCE HALL FREEMASONRY... An aura of mystery surrounds the Masonic tradition Prince Hall founded. Part of this aura comes from the false perception, held even by many fellow Masons, that Prince Hall Freemasonry ...

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Published: Feb 2014

Noise

David Hendy

Noise explores the human dramas that have revolved around sound at various points in the last 100,000 years, allowing us to think in fresh ways about the meaning of our collective past.

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Published: Aug 2014

Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Elem...

Johan Huizinga

In Homo Ludens, Johan Huizinga defines play as the central activity in flourishing societies. He identifies five characteristics of play: it is free; it is not "ordinary" or "real" life; it is distinct from "o...

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Published: Sep 2014

Common as Air

Lewis Hyde

Common as Air offers a stirring defense of our cultural commons, that vast store of art and ideas we have inherited from the past and continue to enrich in the present. Suspicious of the current idea that all creative work is "in...

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Published: Aug 2011

The Little Girl Who Fought the Great ...

John F. Kasson

"[An] elucidating cultural history of Hollywood's most popular child star . . . a must-read."―Bill Desowitz, USA Today Her image appeared in periodicals and advertisements roughly twenty times daily; she rivaled FDR and Ed...

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Published: Apr 2015

Diaspora: A Very Short Introduction

Kevin Kenny

What does diaspora mean? Until quite recently, the word had a specific and restricted meaning, referring principally to the dispersal and exile of the Jews. But since the 1960s, the term diaspora has proliferated to a remarkable exten...

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Published: Jul 2013

Ready For a Brand New Beat: How "Danc...

Mark Kurlansky

Can a song change a nation? In 1964, Marvin Gaye, record producer William "Mickey" Stevenson, and Motown songwriter Ivy Jo Hunter wrote "Dancing in the Street." The song was recorded at Motown's Hitsville USA Studi...

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Published: Jul 2014

The Making of Asian America: A Histor...

Erika Lee

A "comprehensive…fascinating" (TheNew York Times Book Review) history of Asian Americans and their role in American life, by one of the nation's preeminent scholars on the subject.In the past fifty years, Asian Americans h...

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Published: Sep 2016

Low Country Shamanism: An Exploration...

Paul J. Leslie

Designed to educate readers of the rich history and functionality of the art of hoodoo/conjure as practiced in the low country areas of South Carolina and Georgia, "Low Country Shamanism" will clear up misunderstandings that...

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Published: Dec 2014
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