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Flappers

by Judith Mackrell Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 14, 2014)

By the 1920s, women were on the verge of something huge. Jazz, racy fashions, eyebrowraising new attitudes about art and sex—all of this pointed to a sleek, modern world, one that could shake off the grimness...


Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design

by Charles Montgomery Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 12, 2013)

A globe-trotting, eye-opening exploration of how cities can—and do—make us happier people

Charles Montgomery's Happy City will revolutionize the way we think about urban life.

After decades of unchecked sprawl,...


O My America!

by Sara Wheeler Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 24, 2013)

In O My America!, the travel writer and biographer Sara Wheeler embarks on a journey across the United States, guided by the adventures of six women who reinvented themselves as they chased the frontier west....


Jackie Under My Skin

by Wayne Koestenbaum Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 17, 2013)

Jackie Under My Skin is a nuanced description of how Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis transformed our definitions of personal identity and style. As Wayne Koestenbaum follows her into America's dreamwork, far from...


The Sexual Revolution

by Wilhelm Reich & Theodore P. Wolfe Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 02, 2013)

In this book, Wilhelm Reich summarizes the criticism of the prevailing sexual conditions and conflicts as it resulted from his sex-economic medical experiences over a period of years. He demonstrates, by way...


People In Trouble

by Wilhelm Reich & Philip Schmitz Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 02, 2013)

First published by Reich in 1953, People in Trouble is an autobiographical work in which Reich describes the development of his sociological thinking from 1927 to 1937. In simple narrative form he recounts his...


The Rule of the Clan

by Mark S. Weiner Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 12, 2013)

A revealing look at the role kin-based societies have played throughout history and around the world

A lively, wide-ranging meditation on human development that offers surprising lessons for the future of modern...


Sidewalk

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 1999

by Mitchell Duneier, Hakim Hasan & Ovie Carter Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 20, 2000)

An exceptional ethnography marked by clarity and candor, Sidewalk takes us into the socio-cultural environment of those who, though often seen as threatening or unseemly, work day after day on "the blocks" of...


The Women

by Hilton Als Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 31, 1998)

A New York Times Notable Book

Daring and fiercely original, The Women is at once a memoir, a psychological study, a sociopolitical manifesto, and an incisive adventure in literary criticism. It is conceived as...


Critical Mass

by Philip Ball Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 16, 2006)

Are there any "laws of nature" that influence the ways in which humans behave and organize themselves? In the seventeenth century, tired of the civil war ravaging England, Thomas Hobbes decided that he would...


The Last Bohemia

by Robert Anasi Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 07, 2012)

A firsthand account of the swift transformation of Williamsburg, from factory backwater to artists' district to trendy hub and high-rise colony

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is now so synonymous with hipster culture...


I've Got a Home in Glory Land

Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction 2007

by Karolyn Smardz Frost Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 24, 2008)

It was the day before Independence Day, 1831. As his bride, Lucie, was about to be "sold down the river" to the slave markets of New Orleans, young Thornton Blackburn planned a daring—and successful—daylight...


First Generations

by Carol Berkin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 01, 1997)

Indian, European, and African women of seventeenth and eighteenth-century America were defenders of their native land, pioneers on the frontier, willing immigrants, and courageous slaves. They were also - as...


The Shape of Things to Come

by Greil Marcus Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 21, 2007)

From the author of Mystery Train and Lipstick Traces, an exhilarating and provocative investigation of the tangle of American identity

"America is a place and a story, made up of exuberance and suspicion, crime...


Americans

by Edward Countryman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 14, 1997)

In this social history, Edward Countryman shows how interactions among America's different ethnic groups have contributed to our sense of nationality. From the earliest settlements along the Atlantic seaboard...


Power, Inc.

by David Rothkopf Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 28, 2012)

The world's largest company, Wal-Mart Stores, has revenues higher than the GDP of all but twenty-five of the world's countries. Its employees outnumber the populations of almost a hundred nations. The world's...


Adventures in the Orgasmatron

by Christopher Turner Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 07, 2011)

One of The Economist's 2011 Books of the Year

A Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Book of 2011

Well before the 1960s, a sexual revolution was under way in America, led by expatriated European thinkers who saw a vast...


Children of Fire

by Thomas C. Holt Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 27, 2011)

Ordinary people don't experience history as it is taught by historians. They live across the convenient chronological divides we impose on the past. The same people who lived through the Civil War and the eradication...


Race, Religion, and the Continuing American Dilemma

by C. Eric Lincoln Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 2011)

A classic work on religion and the racial problems of modern america -now brought up to date.

Since the early days of the Republic, Americans' exuberant, unchastened idealism, their commitment to the notion of...


American Studies

by Louis Menand Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 01, 2003)

At each step of this journey through American cultural history, Louis Menand has an original point to make: he explains the real significance of William James's nervous breakdown, and of the anti-Semitism in...


Rights Gone Wrong

by Richard Thompson Ford Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 25, 2011)

A New York Times Notable Book for 2011

Since the 1960s, ideas developed during the civil rights movement have been astonishingly successful in fighting overt discrimina­tion and prejudice. But how successful...


BITCHfest

by Andi Zeisler, Lisa Jervis & Margaret Cho Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 08, 2006)

In the wake of Sassy and as an alternative to the more staid reporting of Ms., Bitch was launched in the mid-nineties as a Xerox-and-staple zine covering the landscape of popular culture from a feminist perspective....


The Beautiful and the Damned

by Siddhartha Deb Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 30, 2011)

A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 Title

Siddhartha Deb grew up in a remote town in the northeastern hills of India and made his way to the United States via a fellowship at Columbia. Six years after...


Longing to Tell

by Tricia Rose Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 2004)

The Sexual Lives of Black Women, In Their Own Words

In a culture driven by sexual and racial imagery, very few honest conversations about race, gender, and sexuality actually take place. In their absence, commonly...


American Islam

by Paul M. Barrett Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 26, 2007)

Vivid, dramatic portraits of Muslims in America in the years after 9/11, as they define themselves in a religious subculture torn between moderation and extremism

There are as many as six million Muslims in the...


The Chairs Are Where the People Go

by Misha Glouberman & Sheila Heti Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 05, 2011)

Should neighborhoods change? Is wearing a suit a good way to quit smoking? Why do people think that if you do one thing, you're against something else? Is monogamy a trick? Why isn't making the city more fun...


Aerotropolis

by John D. Kasarda & Greg Lindsay Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 01, 2011)

This brilliant and eye-opening look at the new phenomenon called the aerotropolis gives us a glimpse of the way we will live in the near future—and the way we will do business too.

Not so long ago, airports...


West of Kabul, East of New York

by Tamim Ansary Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 01, 2003)

A passionate personal journey through two cultures in conflict

Shortly after militant Islamic terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center, Tamim Ansary of San Francisco sent an e-mail to twenty friends, telling...


Superclass

by David Rothkopf Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 18, 2008)

Each of them is one in a million. They number six thousand on a planet of six billion. They run our governments, our largest corporations, the powerhouses of international finance, the media, world religions,...


No Impact Man

by COLIN BEAVAN Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 01, 2009)

A guilty liberal finally snaps, swears off plastic, goes organic, becomes a bicycle nut, turns off his power, and generally becomes a tree-hugging lunatic who tries to save the polar bears and the rest of the...


Interesting Times

by George Packer Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 15, 2010)

The 2013 National Book Award Winner

A New York Times Bestseller

Throughout his career as a journalist, George Packer has always been attuned to the voices and stories of individuals caught up in the big ideas...


Laurel Canyon

by Michael Walker Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 01, 2010)

In the late sixties and early seventies, an impromptu collection of musicians colonized a eucalyptus-scented canyon deep in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles and melded folk, rock, and savvy American pop into...


The Paranoia Switch

by Martha Stout Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 04, 2007)

On September 11, 2001, the "Fear Switch" in our brains got flicked. How do we turn it off and reclaim our lives?

Five years after September 11, we're still scared. And why not? Terrorists could strike at any...


Not Much Just Chillin'

by Linda Perlstein Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 04, 2003)

A report from the front lines of the most formative-and least understood-years of children's lives

Suddenly they go from striving for A's to barely passing, or obsessing for hours over "boyfriends" they've barely...


Us

by John Bowe Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 05, 2010)

From the wards of New Orleans to the cornfields of Iowa to the slopes of Colorado, from the raves of Los Angeles to the hollows of Appalachia and the canyons of Wall Street, Americans talk about love. Tortured...


Taking Back God

by Leora Tanenbaum Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 23, 2008)

In Taking Back God Leora Tanenbaum recounts the stories of women across the United States, starting with herself, who love their religion but hate their second-class status within it.

If you've witnessed the...


Out of the Shadows

by Walt Odets Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 04, 2019)

A moving exploration of how gay men construct their identities, fight to be themselves, and live authentically

It goes without saying that even today, it’s not easy to be gay in America. While young gay men...


Mother Is a Verb

by Sarah Knott Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 02, 2019)

Welcome to a work of history unlike any other.

Mothering is as old as human existence. But how has this most essential experience changed over time and cultures? What is the history of maternity—the history...


Bringing Down the Colonel

by Patricia Miller Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 13, 2018)

“I’ll take my share of the blame. I only ask that he take his.”

In Bringing Down the Colonel, the journalist Patricia Miller tells the story of Madeline Pollard, an unlikely nineteenth-century women’s...


Amity and Prosperity

by Eliza Griswold Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 12, 2018)

Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

In Amity and Prosperity, the prizewinning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold tells the story of the energy boom’s impact on a small town at the edge...


Two Sisters

by Asne Seierstad & Seán Kinsella Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 03, 2018)

The riveting true story of two sisters’ journey to the Islamic State and the father who tries to bring them home

Two Sisters, by the international bestselling author Åsne Seierstad, tells the unforgettable...


Locking Up Our Own

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2018

by James Forman, Jr. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 18, 2017)

In recent years, America’s criminal justice system has become the subject of an increasingly urgent debate. Critics have assailed the rise of mass incarceration, emphasizing its disproportionate impact on...


Flâneuse

by Lauren Elkin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 28, 2017)

FINALIST FOR THE PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY

A New York Times Notable Book of 2017

The flâneur is the quintessentially masculine figure of privilege and leisure who strides the capitals...


Mirror to America

by John Hope Franklin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 15, 2007)

John Hope Franklin lived through America's most defining twentieth-century transformation, the dismantling of legally protected racial segregation. A renowned scholar, he has explored that transformation in...


Bright Young People

by D. J. Taylor Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 06, 2009)

Before the media circus of Britney, Paris, and our modern obsession with celebrity, there were the Bright Young People, a voraciously pleasure-seeking band of bohemian party-givers and blue-blooded socialites...


The Simpsons

by John Ortved Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 13, 2009)

The Simpsons is one of the most successful shows to ever run on television. From its first moment on air, the series's rich characters, subversive themes, and layered humor resounded deeply with audiences both...


Cowboys Full

by James McManus Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 27, 2009)

From James McManus, author of the bestselling Positively Fifth Street, comes the definitive story of the game that, more than any other, reflects who we are and how we operate.

Cowboys Full is the story of poker,...


What the Eye Hears

by Brian Seibert Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 17, 2015)

Magisterial, revelatory, and-most suitably-entertaining, What the Eye Hears offers an authoritative account of the great American art of tap dancing. Brian Seibert, a dance critic for The New York Times, begins...


The Devil's Horn

by Michael Segell Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 15, 2005)

In The Devil's Horn, Michael Segell traces the 160-year history of the saxophone-a horn that created a sound never before heard in nature, and that from the moment it debuted has aroused both positive and negative...


Somebody Scream!

by Marcus Reeves Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 17, 2009)

For many African Americans of a certain demographic the sixties and seventies were the golden age of political movements. The Civil Rights movement segued into the Black Power movement which begat the Black...