• ROCK ON

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    The mainstream music industry is an easy target these days, wracked not just by the old mediocrity but also by diving sales and deep layoffs as the assault of the MP3s continues. So Rock On, Dan Kennedy's account of working at Atlantic Records as the bottom fell out, could be construed as piling on if Kennedy weren't so damn funny and, despite a good-sized ego, occasionally self-deprecating and even sweetly human as he describes his time inside the belly of the corporate beast. (Actually, you'd better be self-deprecating if you're writing print ads for Phil Collins and creating TV spots for Jewel.) A McSweeneys.net contributor and spoken-word performer with a laserlike wit, Kennedy deploys his considerable snark with deadly precision.

    -Keith Goetzman,Utne Reader, May-June 2008


    May 2008 Conversations Collection selection of the month!

    Item: 3707
  • SALONS: THE JOY OF CONVERSATION

    Salons are lively gathering places where people engage in talk that amuses, challenges, amazes and is sometimes passionately acted upon. They have been the incubators of provocative and at times even dangerous ideas: the frontiers of cultural change. This book tells you all you need to know about joining salons, organizing them, how to attract new members, where to meet and what topics to explore.


    Out of print. Quantities limited. Gently used.


    List price: $16.95. Our price: $8.50

    Item: 3214
  • DIPLOMACY LESSONS (available in Sept)

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    John Brady Kiesling, a twenty-year veteran of the foreign service, publicly resigned his position as political counselor of the U.S. Embassy in Athens in February 2003 to protest the Bush administration’s impending invasion of Iraq. He believed that the security, economic, and moral costs of this war, including the blackening of America’s image abroad, would far outweigh any benefit to the American people. In Diplomacy Lessons, Kiesling reminds readers that U.S. power does not rest on military might alone and that anger at America has real consequences for U.S. national interests.

    The security and prosperity of the American people depend on efficient cooperation with foreigners on a range of issues, not only terrorism and nuclear nonproliferation but also trade policy, environmental protection, and even public health. The policy decisions of America’s foreign partners are driven by domestic politics, just as they are in the United States, and effective U.S. diplomacy requires understanding these political realities. An unloved superpower faces significant costs, both economic and strategic, in the pursuit of its interests. Kiesling calls for a return to realist policy making that recognizes the limits of U.S. power and uses thoughtful diplomacy to legitimize our security requirements in the eyes of our international partners.

    This book is, at heart, an argument for how to best achieve America’s goals abroad. Kiesling’s passionate critique of current U.S. foreign policy and his prescriptions for restoring American influence and legitimacy will interest anyone concerned about the future of U.S. and world affairs.

    Available in September 2007.

    Item: 3159
  • THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE MICROWAVED

    An instant classic for a new generation of monkey-wrenching food activists.

    Food in America is cheap and abundant, yet the vast majority of it is diminished in terms of flavor and nutrition, anonymous and mysterious after being shipped thousands of miles and passing through inscrutable supply chains, and controlled by multinational corporations. In our system of globalized food commodities, convenience replaces quality and a connection to the source of our food. Most of us know almost nothing about how our food is grown or produced, where it comes from, and what health value it really has. It is food as pure corporate commodity. We all deserve much better than that.

    In The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved, author Sandor Ellix Katz profiles grassroots activists who are taking on Big Food, creating meaningful alternatives, and challenging the way many Americans think about food. From community-supported local farmers, community gardeners, and seed saving activists, to underground distribution networks of contraband foods and food resources rescued from the waste stream, this book shows how ordinary people can resist the dominant system, revive community-based food production, and take direct responsibility for their own health and nutrition.

    Chapter Topics Include:

    • Local and Seasonal Food versus Constant Convenience Consumerism
    • Seed Saving as a Political Act
    • Holding Our Ground: Land and Labor Struggles
    • Slow Food for Cultural Survival
    • The Raw Underground
    • Beware the Nutraceutical: Food and Healing
    • Plant Prohibitions: Laws Against Nature
    • Vegetarian Ethics and Humane Meat
    • Feral Foragers: Scavenging and Recycling Food Resources
    • Water: The Source of All Life

    About the Author Sandor Ellix Katz is a self-taught fermentation experimentalist. He wrote Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods—which Newsweek called "the fermenting bible"—in order to share the fermentation wisdom he had learned, and demystify home fermentation. Since the book's publication in 2003, Katz has taught hundreds of fermentation workshops across North America and beyond, taking on a role he describes as a "fermentation revivalist."

    Item: 3054
  • NEVER GIVE UP

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    The lives and conditions depicted in this 220-page book are a strong call to action for all of us to respond to this devastating disease with compassion and determination. It puts the AIDS pandemic into a cultural context.

    Item: 2952
  • FOOD FIGHT: THE CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO THE NEXT FOOD & FARM BILL

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    If you are interested in reforming America’s food system, we highly recommend this new guide. Informed input from concerned citizens is the only thing that will counter the powerful vested interests and bring us a fresh food/farm policy that serves public health, job creation, land stewardship and even national security.

    Every five years, the U.S. Congress passes complex legislation called the Farm Bill. Primarily accountable for setting the budgets and work plans for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Farm Bill is the essential economic and policy engine that drives our food and farming system and provides nutritional assistance to tens of millions of Americans—many of them children. In recent years, more and more citizens are realizing just how much is at stake in this political chess game.

    Originally published in 2007, Food Fight is Daniel Imhoff's highly acclaimed primer on the complex issues contained within the Farm Bill. Now in an updated and expanded edition, Imhoff looks at this important issue. Food Fight offers a critical resource that can help concerned citizens deconstruct this challenging bill, organize in their communities and press their elected representatives to serve the public good, rather than vested interests.

    The Guide explains:
    • The Farm Bill’s connection to the national obesity epidemic…
    • The problems with subsidizing the expansion of corn-based ethanol…
    • The myths of “cheap food”…
    • Who wins and who loses from heavily subsidized industrial ag systems.
    If you eat, pay taxes, and care about the health of our citizenry, the fate of family farmers or our country’s food security, this book is for you.

    Includes a foreword by Michael Pollan.

    Item: 2950
  • BODY PIERCING SAVED MY LIFE

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    This revealing book is the first in-depth journalistic investigation into the growing Christian Rock subculture. Profiles such successful Christian rock bands as P.O.D., Switchfoot, Creed, Sixpence None the Richer and more.

    Item: 2948
  • NATURE'S OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS: THE TRUE BIOTECHNOLOGIES

    This second volume in Sierra Club Books' Bioneers Series, Bioneers founder Kenny Ausubel has gathered reports from scientific innovators on such diverse topics as biomimicry, "living technologies" and ecologically sound design for industries and buildings.
    Item: 2943
  • HAVING FAITH

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    Biologist Sandra Steingraber shares a passionate story of her pregnancy while revealing the alarming extent to which environmental hazards threaten each stage of a child's development.

    Item: 2003
  • ACEEE'S GREEN BOOK: THE ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDE TO CARS & TRUCKS

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    This 163-page book ranks all model year 2003 cars and trucks according to environmental friendliness. Shoppers can compare cars, vans, pickups and SUVs.

    Item: 1744