Cultural Studies

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  1. Book ImagePalimpsest: A History of the Written Word

    Matthew Battles

    A profound, eloquent meditation on the history of writing, from Mesopotamia to multimedia.More

  2. Book ImageLibrary: An Unquiet History

    Matthew Battles

    “Engrossingly saturated with fascinating lore, colorful anecdotes and deft portraits.”—Hilarie M. Sheets, New York TimesMore

  3. Book ImageGates of Eden: American Culture in the Sixties

    Morris Dickstein

    Widely admired as the definitive cultural history of the 1960s, this groundbreaking work finally reappears in a new edition.More

  4. Book ImageThe Italian Americans: A History

    Maria Laurino

    This gorgeous companion book to the PBS series illuminates an important, overlooked part of American history.More

  5. Book ImageWilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity

    David M. Friedman

    The story of Oscar Wilde’s landmark 1882 American tour explains how this quotable literary eminence became famous for being famous.More

  6. Book ImageAcross the Pond: An Englishman's View of Ameica

    Terry Eagleton

    An irreverent trip through American culture by a critic who “cracks jokes as easily as one would crack walnut shells” (Washington Post).More

  7. Book ImageItalian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo

    Tim Parks

    “So inviting you might find yourself tempted to give the experience a whirl and ride the Italian trains yourself, book in hand.”—Liesl Schillinger, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  8. Book ImageA History of Future Cities

    Daniel Brook

    One of The Washington Post's "Favorite Books of 2013"

    A pioneering exploration of four cities where East meets West and past becomes future: St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Dubai.More

  9. Book ImageSwoon: Great Seducers and Why Women Love Them

    Betsy Prioleau

    "Lose yourself: Swoon has wicked fun answering that age-old query: What do women want?"—Chicago TribuneMore

  10. Book ImageSincerity: How a moral ideal born five hundred years ago inspired religious wars, modern art, hipster chic, and the curious notion that we all have something to say (no matter how dull)

    R. Jay Magill, Jr.

    “A serious and engaging cultural history painted on an admirably large canvas.”—Laura Kipnis, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  11. Book ImageThe Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google

    Nicholas Carr

    “Magisterial. . . . Draws an elegant and illuminating parallel between the late-19th-century electrification of America and today’s computing world.”—SalonMore

  12. Book ImageAtrocities: The 100 Deadliest Episodes in Human History

    Matthew White, Steven Pinker

    “An amusing (really) account of the murderous ways of despots, slave traders, blundering royals, gladiators and assorted hordes.”—New York TimesMore

  13. Book ImageThe Dancing Goddesses: Folklore, Archaeology, and the Origins of European Dance

    Elizabeth Wayland Barber

    A fascinating exploration of an ancient system of beliefs and its links to the evolution of dance.More

  14. Book ImageSweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country In Between

    Jeff Sharlet

    “A master investigative stylist and one of the shrewdest commentators on religion’s underexplored realms.”—Michael Washburn, Washington PostMore

  15. Book ImageDarkest America: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-Hop

    Yuval Taylor, Jake Austen, Mel Watkins

    An exploration and celebration of a controversial tradition that, contrary to popular opinion, is alive and active after more than 150 years.More

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