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  1. Zombie Holocaust

    Zombie Holocaust


    How the living dead devoured pop culture. Learn More
  2. You Are Not So Smart

    You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself


    An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise, based on the popular blog of the same name. Learn More
  3. Worst Book I Ever Read

    Worst Book I Ever Read


    Seventy-seven contributors from New York City's downtown bohemian beat offer the most searing, scandalous and scurrilous denunciations of fellow writers ever to appear in print! Learn More
  4. Word Nerd

    Word Nerd: Dispatches from the Games, Grammar, and Geek Underground


    In this zany, one-of-a-kind memoir, former executive director of the National SCRABBLE Association John D. Williams Jr. brings to life the obsessions, madness, and glory of the SCRABBLE® culture―from living-room players to world champions. Learn More
  5. Word Freak
  6. Why Are Faggots So Afraid Of Faggots?

    Why Are Faggots So Afraid Of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform


    Gay culture has become a nightmare of consumerism, whether it's an endless quest for Absolut vodka, Diesel jeans, rainbow Hummers, pec implants, or Pottery Barn. Whatever happened to sexual flamboyance and gender liberation, an end to marriage, the military, and the nuclear family? Learn More
  7. Weaver On Strategy

    Weaver on Strategy: The Classic Work on the Art of Managing a Baseball Team


    During his career as the manager of the Baltimore Orioles, Earl Weaver was called “baseball’s resident genius.” Learn More
  8. Waste (Object Lesson)

    Waste (Object Lessons)


    Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. Learn More
  9. Transgender 101

    Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue


    Written by a social worker, popular educator, and member of the transgender community, this well-rounded resource combines an accessible portrait of transgenderism with a rich history of transgender life and its unique experiences of discrimination. Learn More
  10. Toilets Of The World

    Toilets of the World


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    Powder room, comfort station, privy, loo, dunny - the infinite variety of names we invent for this universal necessity, the toilet, is matched by an extraordinary variety of designs worldwide, from miniature log cabins in the Canadian wilderness to state-of-the-art cubicles in Japan, and from huts on stilts in the Caribbean to solar-powered sanitaryware in New Zealand. Learn More
  11. This Love Is Not For Cowards

    This Love Is Not For Cowards: Salvation and Soccer in Ciudad Juarez


    More than ten people are murdered every day in Ciudad Juárez, a city about the size of Philadelphia. As Mexico has descended into a feudal narco-state-one where cartels, death squads, the army, and local police all fight over billions of dollars in profits from drug and human trafficking-the border city of Juárez has been hit hardest of all. And yet, more than a million people still live there. They even love their impoverished city, proudly repeating its mantra: "Amor por Juárez." Learn More
  12. Thirty-One Nil

    Thirty-One Nil: On the Road With Football's Outsiders: A World Cup Odyssey


    In a tiny, decaying aluminium smelting town in southern Tajikistan, a short drive from a raging war zone, Afghanistan take on Palestine in the first Asian qualifier for 2014’s World Cup in Brazil. Learn More
  13. The Pirates of Somalia

    The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World


    Somalia, on the tip of the Horn of Africa, has been inhabited as far back as 9,000 BC. Its history is as rich as the country is old. Caught up in a decades-long civil war, Somalia, along with Iraq and Afghanistan, has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Getting there from North America is a forty-five-hour, five-flight voyage through Frankfurt, Dubai, Djibouti, Bossaso (on the Gulf of Aden), and, finally, Galkayo. Somalia is a place where a government has been built out of anarchy. Learn More
  14. The Painted Word

    The Painted Word: A Treasure Chest of Remarkable Words and Their Origins


    To untangle the knot of interlocking meanings of these painted words, logophile and mythologist Phil Cousineau begins each fascinating word entry with his own brief definition. Learn More
  15. The Compleat Motherfucker: A History of the Mother of All Dirty Words cover

    The Compleat Motherfucker: A History of the Mother of All Dirty Words


    'I've had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane!' shouted Samuel Jackson in the movie Snakes on a Plane. It was the use of the famous expletive that brought on huge promotional buzz. Learn More
  16. The Call of the Weird

    The Call Of The Weird


    Encounters with Survivalists, Porn Stars, Alien Killers, and Ike Turner. Learn More
  17.  Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

    Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things


    What possesses someone to save every scrap of paper that's ever come into his home? What compulsions drive a woman like Irene, whose hoarding cost her her marriage? Or Ralph, whose imagined uses for castoff items like leaky old buckets almost lost him his house? Or Jerry and Alvin, wealthy twin bachelors who filled up matching luxury apartments with countless pieces of fine art, not even leaving themselves room to sleep? Learn More
  18. Street Smart

    Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars


    On a Saturday morning in December 1973, a section of New York’s West Side Highway collapsed under the weight of a truck full of asphalt. Learn More
  19. Soccernomics

    Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Spain, Germany, and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia - and Even Iraq - Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World’s Most Popular Sport


    Soccernomics pioneers a new way of looking at soccer through meticulous, empirical analysis and incisive, witty commentary. Learn More
  20. So You've Been Publicly Shamed

    So You've Been Publicly Shamed


    From the internationally bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world’s most overlooked forces. Learn More
  21. Silence (Object Lessons)

    Silence (Object Lessons)


    Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. Learn More
  22. Shutting Out the Sun

    Shutting Out the Sun: How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation


    The world's second-wealthiest country, Japan once seemed poised to overtake America as the leading global economic powerhouse. Learn More
  23. Scorecasting

    Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won


    In Scorecasting, University of Chicago behavioral economist Tobias Moskowitz teams up with veteran Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim to overturn some of the most cherished truisms of sports, and reveal the hidden forces that shape how basketball, baseball, football, and hockey games are played, won and lost. Learn More
  24. Refrigerator (Object Lessons)

    Refrigerator (Object Lessons)


    Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. Learn More
  25. Reading Comics cover

    Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work And What They Mean


    Suddenly, comics are everywhere: a newly matured art form, filling bookshelves with brilliant, innovative work and shaping the ideas and images of the rest of contemporary culture. Learn More

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