Shelf Help

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Shelf Help: 'The Other Slavery'

Not the slavery you learned about in high school.

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Bleak House

Living among renters in a hotbed of evictions to try to understand this complex—and mostly unknown—driver of poverty.

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Shelf Help: 'The South Side'

A look at the powerful forces dividing America's third-largest city into different worlds.

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Silicon Valley Outsiders

Our focus on C-suite executives and venture capital-funded unicorns distracts from the underclass that keeps the San Francisco Bay Area running.

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Shelf Help: 'Hood'

The history of hooding has two intertwined strands: forced and voluntary.

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Shelf Help: 'Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories'

Conspiracy thinking represents a heightening of cognitive tendencies shared by almost everyone.

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Brown as Dirt

How the language of racism is related to the language of cleanliness—even to this day.

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Making It in America

What it's like to survive on developing-world wages in the developed world.

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Shelf Help: 'Reclaiming Conversation'

Our phones are hurting our ability to truly know one another and ourselves.

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Shelf Help: 'The Wrong Hands'

The aura of deviance around mayhem manuals.

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Shelf Help: 'Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men'

Is it possible that, for white men, sex with other men can function as the ultimate re-affirmation of straightness and privilege?

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Shelf Help: 'The Twilight of Human Rights Law'

Are our human rights initiatives too abstract and ineffective?

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Where the Impulse to Suck Smoke Remains Strong

Where are college students and the mentally ill most likely to pick up a cigarette habit?