What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human
Presents a cultural exploration of the superhero in America that offers insight into the historical and creative aspects of the phenomenon.
A former senior editor of The Paris Review recounts his participation in a family effort to buy and run a Korean convenience store for his in-laws, a pursuit that raised issues about work and family while he shuttled between two divergent cultural arenas. 50,000 first printing.
A narrative on politics throughout the final decades of the nineteenth century focuses on the career of Speaker of the House Thomas Reed while offering insight into the influence of corruption, industrial growth, and populist protests.
Depicts the lives of three French women who became unwitting celebrities after being committed to the hysteria ward of Salpetrière Hospital in 1870s Paris and delves into what they really were suffering from and the notions of femininity behind it. 20,000 first printing.
Traces the near-fatal 1989 Central Park attack on a woman and the ensuing media frenzy and public hysteria that culminated in the wrongful convictions of five minority teens, in a report that analyzes regional class and race struggles and the failures of local government and law enforcement.
The best-selling author of The Overachievers explores how group identity theories play out among high-school cliques and the students they exclude, offering insight into the ostracism of categorized students while analyzing the long-term positive and negative effects of peer marginalization. 75,000 first printing.
The cohost of NPR's On the Media narrates, in cartoon form, two millennia of the influence of the media on the populace, from newspapers in Caesar's Rome to the penny press of the American Revolution to today. 30,000 first printing.
Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
Describes the actions of both whites and Comanches during a 40-year war over territory, in a story that begins with the kidnapping of a white girl who grew up to marry a Comanche chief and have a son, Quanah, who became a great warrior.
How Racing Up Mountains, Running With the Bulls, or Just Taking on a 5-K Makes You a Better Person and the World a Better Place
The best-selling author of The Last Voyage of Columbus draws on his experiences in races throughout the world to illustrate how running fulfills the human desire to achieve one's potential, in a provocative account that shares advice for beginning runners. 35,000 first printing.
Presents a history of the most famous secret military installation in the world, assembled from interviews with the people who served there and formerly classified information.