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  1. The Pirates of Somalia

    The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World

    $26.95

    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
  2. The Painted Word

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

    $16.95

    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
  3. The Hidden Mathematics of Sport

    The Hidden Mathematics of Sport

    $15.95

    How to beat the odds, how to always win at tennis, and how to take a penalty and score every time—all using the power of mathematics. Learn More
  4. 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

    $13.00

    '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
  5. The Call of the Weird

    The Call Of The Weird

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

    Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

    $14.95

    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
  7. Spccernomics

    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

    $16.99

    Soccernomics pioneers a new way of looking at soccer through meticulous, empirical analysis and incisive, witty commentary. Learn More
  8. Shutting Out the Sun

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

    $16.00

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

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

    $26.00

    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
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    Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work And What They Mean

    $16.95

    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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