Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

BIG IDEAS//small books

Big Ideas/Small Books is a series of powerful, compact volumes designed to shatter conventional thinking on our most fundamental concerns. 

Morality.  Identity.  Conflict.  Violence.  The Body.  Time. 

What is the Big Idea?

Books in this Series

Privacy
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Privacy

BIG IDEAS//small books
Garret Keizer
Picador

American essayist and Harper's contributing editor Garret Keizer offers a brilliant, literate look at our strip-searched, over-shared, viral-videoed existence.

Body scans at the airport,...

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Humiliation
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Humiliation

BIG IDEAS//small books
Wayne Koestenbaum
Picador

Wayne Koestenbaum considers the meaning of humiliation in this eloquent work of cultural critique and personal reflection.

The lives of people both famous and obscure are filled with...

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Time

BIG IDEAS//small books
Eva Hoffman
Picador

Novelist, cultural commentator, memoirist, and historian Eva Hoffman examines our ever-changing perception of time in this inspired addition to the BIG IDEAS/small books series

Time...

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The Sixties
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The Sixties

BIG IDEAS//small books
Jenny Diski
Picador

A brilliant, alternative take on sixties swinging London, Jenny Diski offers radical reconsiderations of the social, political, and personal meaning of that turbulent era.

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Bodies
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Bodies

BIG IDEAS//small books
Susie Orbach
Picador

Esteemed Psychotherapist and writer Susie Orbach diagnoses the crisis in our relationship to our bodies and points the way toward a process of healing.

Throughout the Western...

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Moral Relativism
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Moral Relativism

BIG IDEAS//small books
Steven Lukes
Picador

Moral relativism attracts and repels. What is defensible in it and what is to be rejected? Do we as human beings have no shared standards by which we can understand one another? Can we abstain from...

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Violence
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Violence

BIG IDEAS//small books
Slavoj Zizek
Picador

Philosopher, cultural critic, and agent provocateur Slavoj Žižek constructs a fascinating new framework to look at the forces of violence in our world.

Using history,...

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Susie Orbach on CBS Evening News "Barbie's 50th Anniversary"

Susie Orbach comments on body image and the iconic Barbie doll.