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Story of the Eye
Georges Bataille
Only Georges Bataille could write, of an eyeball removed from a corpse, that "the caress of the eye over the skin is so utterly, so extraordinarily gentle, and the sensation is so bizarre that it has something of a rooster's horrible crowing."...



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The History of Sexuality
An Introduction, Volume 1
Michel Foucault
The author turns his attention to sex and the reasons why we are driven constantly to analyze and discuss it. An iconoclastic explanation of modern sexual...



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A Brief History of Time
Stephen Hawking
A Brief History of Time, published in 1988, was a landmark volume in science writing and in world-wide acclaim and popularity, with more than 9 million copies in print globally.



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History as Mystery
Michael Parenti
Essays on how history's victors distort and suppress the documentary record in order to perpetuate their power and privilege, and how historians are influenced by the professional and class environment in which they work."Michael Parenti, always...



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Lost Illusions
Honoré de Balzac
"Balzac [was] the master unequalled in the art of painting humanity as it exists in modern society," wrote George Sand. "He searched and dared everything." Written between 1837 and 1843, Lost Illusions reveals, perhaps better than any other of...



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On the Natural History of Destruction
W. G. Sebald
During World War Two, 131 German cities and towns were targeted by Allied bombs, a good number almost entirely flattened. Six hundred thousand German civilians died—a figure twice that of all American war casualties. Seven and a half million...



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A Field Guide to Getting Lost
Rebecca Solnit
A Field Guide to Getting Lost is about the stories we use to navigate our way through the world and the places we traverse, from wilderness to cities, in finding ourselves or losing ourselves. Written as a series of autobiographical essays, it draws on...



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A People's History of the Supreme Court
The Men and Women Whose Cases and Decisions Have Shaped Our Constitution, Revised Edition
Peter Irons
Recent changes in the Supreme Court have placed the venerable institution at the forefront of current affairs, making this comprehensive and engaging work as timely as ever.



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Local Girl Makes History
Exploring Northern California's Kitsch Monuments
Dana Frank
A Bay Area historian's nostalgic journey to childhood tourist attractions reveals their hidden stories and universal relevance.



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A Little History of the World
E. H. Gombrich
In 1935, with a doctorate in art history and no prospect of a job, the 26-year-old Ernst Gombrich was invited by a publishing acquaintance to attempt a history of the world for younger readers. Amazingly, he completed the task in an intense six weeks...



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Invisible History
Afghanistan's Untold Story
Elizabeth Gould, Paul Fitzgerald
A fresh and comprehensive analysis of Afghanistan's political history emphasizing the impact of US interventions



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The Story of a Marriage
A Novel
Andrew Sean Greer
A Today Show Summer Reads PickA Washington Post Book of the Year "We think we know the ones we love." So Pearlie Cook begins her indirect, and devastating exploration of the mystery at the heart of every relationship--how we can ever truly know...



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A Young People's History of the United States
Howard Zinn
Now in paperback with illustrations, this is the new, revised, and updated single volume young adult edition of Howard Zinn's classic telling of American history. A Young People’s History of the United States brings to US history the viewpoints of...



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The Lost City of Z
A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
David Grann
A fascinating tale of travel, intrigue, and finding a lost city of gold in the Amazon jungle. The author tries to retrace the steps made by Percy Fawcett (the great explorer from the early 1900's), who went searching for the lost city with his son—neither



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The Black History of the White House
Clarence Lusane
The untold history and politics of the White House from the perspective of African Americans