Cultural Studies

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  1. Book ImageA History of Future Cities

    Daniel Brook

    "[An] inspired tour of the post modern city…Invigorating." —Mark Kingwell, Harper’sMore

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Book ImageThe Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning

    Maggie Nelson

    “This is criticism at its best.”—Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles TimesMore

  10. Book ImagePrairie Fever: British Aristocrats in the American West 1830–1890

    Peter Pagnamenta

    The extraordinary story of the British aristocracy's encounter with American frontier life in the nineteenth century.More

  11. Book ImageCosa Nostra: An Illustrated History of the Mafia

    Massimo Picozzi

    Stunning photographs illuminate the bloody story of the first 150 years.More

  12. Book ImageMightier than the Sword: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Battle for America

    David S. Reynolds

    “Fascinating . . . a lively and perceptive cultural history.” —Annette Gordon-Reed, The New YorkerMore

  13. Book ImageDNA USA: A Genetic Portrait of America

    Bryan Sykes

    Crisscrossing the continent, a renowned geneticist provides a groundbreaking examination of America through its DNA.More

  14. Book ImageThe Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation Is Remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the Way We Tell Stories

    Frank Rose

    "A broad and deep look at how electronic media are changing storytelling…Completely fascinating." —Booklist, starred reviewMore

  15. Book ImageThe Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess: Race, Religion, and DNA

    Jeff Wheelwright

    A brilliant and emotionally resonant exploration of science and family history.More

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