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Keeping Inquiry Alive Through College & Beyond

Thinking critically and engaging in lively discussions are skills that all of us can practice and enjoy throughout our lives. In keeping with our mission to create a world of readers and thinkers, we publish high-quality anthologies of classic and contemporary writing from around the globe and across the disciplines. All of our offerings include suggested discussion questions. Many also include facts about the authors and other information. Review copies are available for college professors who are interested in adding one of our anthologies to a course syllabus. Please contact us to request a review copy.


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Big Ideas in Popular Culture

The great ideas are all around us! Across music, film, and television, popular culture is a rich source of vibrant and provocative writing on ideas central to our modern world. These three anthologies showcase some of the best short stories, poems, memoirs, essays, and journalism on popular culture topics over the last 70 years.

Her Own Accord

Explore the experiences, challenges, and achievements of women from a contemporary point of view through the 27 selections in Her Own Accord: American Women on Identity, Culture, and Community. Delve into how gender informs every aspect of a woman’s life – self and identity, family, sex and relationships, work and creativity, and activism and politics.


Counterparts presents pairs of contrasting texts that interact with one another in different and surprising ways. These 20 texts offer a range of perspectives on topics such as art and war, love and fidelity, gender, aspiration, and death.

Imperfect Ideal

The selections in Imperfect Ideal: Utopian and Dystopian Visions illustrate the best and worst of what can happen when we attempt to mold the complex communities in which we live into our vision of a perfect state. All 23 selections in this anthology challenge readers to question how society should be structured and governed, as well as what kinds of communities are most conducive to human fulfillment, both privately and in the civic arena.

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