YDS Picks

Autobiography of Malcolm X

$8.00

"It is unfortunate that this country allows people to be born in situations that seem to be hopeless. However, in this beatiful, well-written work, we can read how God is able to use a self-educated minority from the hood, to do great things."

-Mykal Tairu, M.A.R. 2014

Through a life of passion and struggle, Malcolm X became one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. In this riveting account, he tells of his journey from a prison cell to Mecca, describing his transition from hoodlum to Muslim minister. Here, the man who called himself "the angriest Black man in America" relates how his conversion to true Islam helped him confront his rage and recognize the brotherhood of all mankind.
An established classic of modern America, "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" was hailed by the New York Times as "Extraordinary. A brilliant, painful, important book." Still extraordinary, still important, this electrifying story has transformed Malcom X's life into his legacy. The strength of his words, the power of his ideas continue to resonate more than a generation after they first appeared.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780345350688
Publication Date: 
1987-10-12
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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has

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$16.00
An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?
Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America s best ultra-runners against the tribe. McDougall s incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run."
ISBN/SKU: 
9780307279187
Publication Date: 
2011-03-29
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David Copperfield

$9.00

"Guess what?!?! We recently celebrated the 200th anniversary of Chales Dicken's Birth!! What better way to celebrate that by reasing David Copperfield, a charming coming-of-age narrative with many-a-winsome adventure in each chapter! Dickens said he liked it best of all his works- probably because it is reminiscent of his early life. Other David Copperfield fans include: Leo Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, G.K. Chesterton, Virginia Woolf, and Sigmund Freud! Bounus Word: Bildungsroman- Buy the book, get a definition."

-Katherine Arnold, MDiv 2012.

'The most perfect of all the Dickens novels' Virginia Woolf
" David Copperfield" is the story of a young man's adventures on his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among the gloriously vivid cast of characters he encounters are his tyrannical stepfather, Mr Murdstone; his brilliant, but ultimately unworthy school-friend James Steerforth; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble, yet treacherous Uriah Heep; frivolous, enchanting Dora Spenlow; and the magnificently impecunious Wilkins Micawber, one of literature's great comic creations. In David Copperfield - the novel he described as his 'favourite child' - Dickens drew revealingly on his own experiences to create one of the most exuberant and enduringly popular works, filled with tragedy and comedy in equal measure. This edition uses the text of the first volume publication of 1850, and includes updated suggestions for further reading, original illustrations by 'Phiz', a revised chronology and expanded notes. In his new introduction, Jeremy Tambling discusses the novel's autobiographical elements, and its central themes of memory and identity.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-datetranslations by award-winning translators."
ISBN/SKU: 
9780140439441
Publication Date: 
2004-11-30
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Master and Margarita

$15.00

"What happens when the devil shows up in 1930s Moscow, a city and nation famed for rampant anti-Christian and state atheist sentiment!? Enter a large black cat, a subplot starring Pontius Pilate, and the Russian author daring enough to tell the story of the crucifixtion! Love, loss, fantasy, politics, religion, Russian- READ UP! :-)"

Chris Washnock, MAR 2014

Introduction by Simon Franklin; Translation by Michael Glenny
ISBN/SKU: 
9780679760801
Publication Date: 
1996-02-29
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My Antonia

$11.00

Recommended by Professor Fred Simmons

My Antonia is a classic tale of pioneer life in the American Midwest. The novel details daily life in the newly settled plains of Nebraska through the eyes of Jim Burden, who recounts memories of a childhood shared with a girl named Antonia Shimerda, the daughter of a family who have emigrated from Bohemia. As adults, Jim leaves the prairie for college and a career in the east, while Antonia devotes herself to her large family and productive farm. When he returns Jim sees that although Antonia is careworn, she remains "a rich mine of life, like the founders of early races,". Full of stirring descriptions of the prairie's beautiful yet terrifying landscape, and the rich ethnic mix of immigrants and native-born Americans who chose to restart their lives there, My Antonia mythologized a period of American history that was lost before its value could be understood.
This new edition provides a critically up-to-date introduction and detail notes which put the events and themes of the book in full historical context. Also included are Cather's original and revised introductions to her novel.

- The New York Times

My Antonia is a classic tale of pioneer life in the American Midwest. The novel details daily life in the newly settled plains of Nebraska through the eyes of Jim Burden, who recounts memories of a childhood shared with a girl named Antonia Shimerda, the daughter of a family who have emigrated from Bohemia. As adults, Jim leaves the prairie for college and a career in the east, while Antonia devotes herself to her large family and productive farm. When he returns Jim sees that although Antonia is careworn, she remains "a rich mine of life, like the founders of early races, ." Full of stirring descriptions of the prairie's beautiful yet terrifying landscape, and the rich ethnic mix of immigrants and native-born Americans who chose to restart their lives there, My Antonia mythologized a period of American history that was lost before its value could be understood.
This new edition provides a critically up-to-date introduction and detail notes which put the events and themes of the book in full historical context. Also included are Cather's original and revised introductions to her novel.
About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780199538140
Publication Date: 
2009-04-01
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Name of the Rose

$27.00

"The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. A Scholarly romp of a murder mystrey set in a thirteenth-century Italian monastery, starring a Franciscan friar with the wit and paviciche of Sherlock Homles and his wide-eyed novice sidekick. Complete with papal delegations, theological debates, and the coolest fictional library outside of Burges. Warning: will make the rest of your theological study seem deathly boring by comparison."

-Margaret Fox, MDiv/J.D. 2014

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

A spectacular best seller and now a classic, The Name of the Rose catapulted Umberto Eco, an Italian professor of semiotics turned novelist, to international prominence. An erudite murder mystery set in a fourteenth-century monastery, it is not only a gripping story but also a brilliant exploration of medieval philosophy, history, theology, and logic.

In 1327, Brother William of Baskerville is sent to investigate a wealthy Italian abbey whose monks are suspected of heresy. When his mission is overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths patterned on the book of Revelation, Brother William turns detective, following the trail of a conspiracy that brings him face-to-face with the abbey’s labyrinthine secrets, the subversive effects of laughter, and the medieval Inquisition. Caught in a power struggle between the emperor he serves and the pope who rules the Church, Brother William comes to see that what is at stake is larger than any mere political dispute–that his investigation is being blocked by those who fear imagination, curiosity, and the power of ideas.

The Name of the Rose offers the reader not only an ingeniously constructed mystery—complete with secret symbols and coded manuscripts—but also an unparalleled portrait of the medieval world on the brink of profound transformation.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780307264893
Publication Date: 
2006-09-26

Of Mice and Men

$11.00

Reommended By Professor Fred Simmons

 "A thriller, a gripping tale . . . that you will not set down until it is finished. Steinbeck has touched the quick." —The New York Times

While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck's work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing "Of Mice and Men" (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal; a friendship and a shared dream that makes an individual's existence meaningful.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780140177398
Publication Date: 
1993-09-01
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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

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$14.00
A "New York Times" Notable Book
A "Time Magazine" Best Comix of the Year
A "San Francisco Chronicle "and "Los Angeles Times" Best-seller
Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, "Persepolis" is Marjane Satrapi s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.
"Persepolis" paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane s child s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, "Persepolis" is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love."
ISBN/SKU: 
9780375714573
Publication Date: 
2004-06-01
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Savages

$16.00

Recommended By Professor Fred Simmons

Savages is a firsthand account, by turn hilarious, heartbreaking, and thrilling, of a small band of Amazonian warriors and their battle to preserve their way of life. Includes eight pages of photos.

Savages is a firsthand account, by turn hilarious, heartbreaking, and thrilling, of a small band of Amazonian warriors and their battle to preserve their way of life. Includes eight pages of photos.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780679740193
Publication Date: 
1996-08-01
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203.432.6101