Holiday travel

Have Books, Will Travel: An eBook Special

As you start planning your holiday travel, we’ve got your plane, train, or car reading covered. Check out the books below to find fascinating reads to help your travels fly by, or fill the downtime between holiday festivities. Now through the end of December, get any of these eBooks for just $1.99!

Wherever you’re headed (or whether you’re enjoying time at home), we hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Click on any of the covers to find the eBook for your device available for order online for $1.99*

*offer good through  12/31/2019, only available through US retailers


 

A Rich Brew

A Rich Brew

How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture

By Shachar M. Pinsker

“[H]ugely entertaining and intimidatingly well researched, with scarcely a café in which a Jewish writer raised a cup of coffee from Warsaw to New York left undocumented.” —Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker

“Pinsker . . . believes that cafés in six cities created modern Jewish culture. Its the kind of claim that sounds as if it might be a game-changer, and there are enough grounds and gossip in A Rich Brew to keep this customer engrossed from cup to cup.” —Wall Street Journal

“A captivating tale of Jewish intellectual life, fueled by caffeine and good company in cities across the world.” —Metropole

 

Cecil Dreeme

A Novel

By Theodore Winthrop

Introduction by Peter Coviello

Cecil Dreeme is one of the queerest American novels of the 19th century. This edition, which includes a new introduction contextualizing the sexual history of the period and queer longings of the book, brings a rare, almost forgotten, sensational gothic novel set in New York’s West Village back to light. Full of romantic entanglements, mistaken identity, blackmail, and the dramas of temptation and submission, Cecil Dreeme is a gothic novel at its finest. Poetically written—with flashes of Walt Whitman, Charles Dickens, and Oscar Wilde—Cecil Dreeme is an early example of that rare bird, a queer novel from the 19th century.

 

Cecil Dreeme is remarkable, compelling, and completely unclassifiable…This prophetic and rich novel whose very existence must be seen as surprising against the backdrop of 21st century skepticism as to the possibility of ‘gay’ literature in pre-modern times.  It deserves the widest possible readership.” —The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review

 

Eight Stories

Tale of War and Loss

By Erich Maria Remarque

German-American novelist Erich Maria Remarque captured the emotional anguish of a generation in his World War I masterpiece, All Quiet on the Western Front, as well as in an impressive selection of novels, plays, and short stories. This exquisite collection revives Remarque’s unforgettable voice, presenting a series of short stories that have long ago faded from public memory. In this collection, we follow the trials of naïve war widow Annette Stoll, reflect on the power of small acts of kindness toward a dying soldier, and join Johann Bartok, a weary prisoner of war, in his struggle to reunite with his wife.

“The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.” The New York Times Book Review

 

Water

Water

Abundance, Scarcity, and Security in the Age of Humanity

By Jeremy J. Schmidt

“Jeremy Schmidt’s Water examines how these water worlds are conceived by anthropological theory. A bold and remarkable book, it offers a profound reassessment of central tenets within the anthropology of water… The book is an intellectual history, but it hews closer to science and technology studies than history of science in its philosophical concerns and theoretical ambition. It is required reading for anthropologists of water, as well as geographers, conservationists, and others interested in the management of water resources.” —PoLar Online

“I heartily recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the nexus between ideas and water, writ large. It is an impressive and incisive look into the minds of those who control a substance that is essential to all forms of life.” —American Historical Review

 

HabitatsHabitats

Private Lives in the Big City

By Constance Rosenblum

“Rosenblum writes evocatively about a city where ‘neighborhoods, streets, even individual buildings are saturated with memory.’ Reading these pieces is like walking down a street at dusk and glancing into people’s illuminated living rooms…From these fragments of lives she weaves an intimate portrait of a city and its inhabitants.” —The Guardian

“A book rich with poignant, colorful, and endearing portraits of the common New Yorker.” —Lauren Palmer, Urban Omnibus

“Rosenblum’s nimble portraits are written from the perspective of a sharp outsider, and personal details bleed between the individuals she interviews and the spaces they inhabit until you realize that there isn’t any border between them.” —The New Republic

 

A Body, UndoneA Body, Undone

Living On After Great Pain

By Christina Crosby

“[S]harp and transformative A Body, Undone is about a calamitous accident, yes, but its also about the accident of all our lives, and the inevitable mortality that informs every one of our days.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

“Most memoirs about life with a disability ‘almost always move toward a satisfying conclusion of lessons learned, Crosby writes. But Crosby knows that there are no satisfying conclusions when one lives ‘a life beyond reason’–and that bit of wisdom alone is cause to read this elegant and harrowing book.” —The Washington Post

“[I]nher surgically incisive descriptions of how it feels to live in her ravaged body and to redefine herself within extreme new limits, Crosby resists both self-pity and the too-easy narrative of hardship overcome. Instead, she asks readers to recognize how messy, precarious, and queer, in every sense of the word, life in a body can be.” —The New Yorker

 

The Life and Death of Latisha King

A Critical Phenomenology of Transphobia

By Gayle Salamon

“With transness facing the threat of possible governmental erasure, I can think of no book more important than Gayle Salamon’s The Life and Death of Latisha King. . . . Salamon brilliantly renders how gendered violence, trans erasure, and what the phenomenologist Edmund Husserl calls ‘retroactive crossing out’ can produce a transphobic imagination.” —The Paris Review
“This beautifully crafted work in slow and critical phenomenology allows us to understand the fatal consequences of skewed gender perception. … This book is a model of careful and thoughtful philosophy and cultural criticism, bringing to life the resources of a phenomenological tradition that can name, describe, and oppose the obliteration of queer and trans lives. This work is as electric as it’s slow, making us think, and teaching us to see.” —Judith Butler, author of Gender Trouble

 

 

Why Jury Duty MattersWhy Jury Duty Matters

A Citizen’s Guide to Constitutional Action

By Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

“Ferguson, a veteran lawyer and law professor, outlines the importance of the jury in the legal system, how the right to trial by jury helped push the American Revolution forward, and how civil rights advances that created a more balanced jury pool have resulted in fairer trials for all…the dedicated and wonk-minded will learn a great deal about our legal system.” —Publishers Weekly

“Ferguson is an artful booster for community involvement and social connection and an advocate for the ability to challenge any perceived infringement of rights; a copy of the Constitution is always ready at his hand. This is a book that makes you feel good about a system that requires this type of participation, in which we must reflect with clarity on the guilt or innocence of an individual. A genuine encouragement that speaks to the role juries play in our constitutional structure.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

Must We Defend Nazis?Must We Defend Nazis?

Why the First Amendment Should Not Protect Hate Speech and White Supremacy

By Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic

“Delgado and Stefancic are leading figures in the ‘critical race theory’ movement, a legal approach that sees law through the prism of race. They are, of course, correct in pointing to racial inequality in all areas of American life and to the abuse some minority students suffer at the hands of some insensitive white students.” —The Washington Post

“Delgado and Stefancic have written a deeply insightful book about the regulation of hate speech. It is filled with penetrating insights and understandings that come from two scholar steeped in the literature. No doubt I’ll turn to it often. The careful analysis of free speech, race, and equality should influence a generation of scholars and students.” —Alexander Tsesis, author of Destructive Messages: How Hate Speech Paves the Way for Harmful Social Movements

 

Click on any of the covers to find the eBook for your device available for order online for $1.99*

*offer good through 12/31/2019, only available through US retailers

Feature photo by Johannes Hofmann on Unsplash