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Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard
Believe Me
A wide-ranging memoir by the critically acclaimed British comedian details his childhood in multiple countries, his first performances on the streets of London and the achievements that have marked his international success.

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The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs
The Bright Hour
Exploring motherhood, marriage, friendship and memory—even as she wrestles with the legacy of her great-great-great grandfather, Ralph Waldo Emerson—an author who has been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer explores what makes a meaningful life when one has limited time.

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Called to Rise by David O. Brown with Michelle Burford
Called to Rise
The Dallas police chief who inspired a nation with his compassionate, community-focused response to the killing of five of his officers shares his story and a blueprint for the future of policing.

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Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening by Manal al-Sharif
Daring to Drive
An intimate memoir by a devout Saudi Arabian woman who became the unexpected leader of a movement to support women's rights describes how fundamentalism influenced her radical religious beliefs until her education, a job and legal contradictions changed her perspectives and made her an accidental activist.

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Healing Children: A Surgeon's Stories from the Frontiers of Pediatric Medicine by Kurt Newman
Healing Children
A medical memoir by a forefront pediatric surgeon presents a case for treating children very differently from adults, tracing decades of advancement in pediatrics to counsel parents and caregivers on how to recognize the unique health needs and healing potential of young patients.

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I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart with Neil Strauss
I Can't Make This Up
The award-winning actor and comedian presents an inspirational memoir on the importance of believing in oneself, sharing stories about the addiction and abuse that marked his childhood and how his unique way of looking at the world enabled his survival and successful career.

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I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet
I Was Told to Come Alone
The Washington Post national security correspondent who broke the "Jihadi John" story draws on her personal experience as a multicultural woman with unique access to the world of jihad to share insights into the rise of Islamic radicalism and the gap between the Muslim world and the West.

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Iron Ambition: My Life with Cus D'Amato by Mike Tyson with Larry Sloman
Iron Ambition
The former heavyweight champion and best-selling memoirist presents an intimate look at the life and leadership lessons of the legendary boxing trainer, exploring D'Amato's pivotal role in the careers of multiple world champions and his legal adoption of Tyson in the aftermath of the latter's mother's death.

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Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle over Civil Rights by Steven Levingston
Kennedy and King
A revelatory account of the contentious relationship between the 35th president and Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the tumultuous early years of the Civil Rights movement shares insights into their profound influence on one another and the important decisions that were inspired by their rivalry.

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Mean Dads for a Better America: Tales from My 1950s Childhood in the 1970s by Tom Shillue
Mean Dads for a Better America
The stand-up comedian and host of Red Eye presents a nostalgic memoir of his childhood in 1970s America, describing how his family's traditional Irish-Catholic values shaped his worldview and can offer practical disciplinary approaches to today's parents.

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My Glory Was I Had Such Friends by Amy Silverstein
My Glory Was I Had Such Friends
The award-winning author of Sick Girl traces the story of her second heart transplant, celebrating an extraordinary group of friends who flew across the country to support her throughout a wrenching wait and subsequent medical procedure.

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Never Call Me a Hero: A Legendary American Dive-Bomber Pilot Remembers the Battle of Midway by N. Jack Kleiss, Timothy Orr & Laura Orr
Never Call Me a Hero
In an eyewitness account of the Battle of Midway by one of its key participants, timed to the 75th anniversary, an American dive-bomber pilot discusses how he sank two Japanese carriers, struck a third, received the Navy Cross and is credited with playing a decisive individual role in determining the outcome of a battle that is considered a turning point in World War II.

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Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me by Janet Mock
Surpassing Certainty
The transgender activist and best-selling author of Redefining Realness presents a memoir of her search for purpose, love and self-realization in an early adulthood marked by her education at the University of Hawaii, a defining relationship and her entry into journalism.

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Through a Glass, Darkly: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Quest to Solve the Greatest Mystery of All by Stefan Bechtel & Laurence Roy Stains
Through a Glass, Darkly
A chronicle of the Spiritualism era in America discusses how it was largely instigated by a grieving public in the aftermath of the Civil War and how it was supported by famous notables including Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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The Women Who Flew for Hitler: A True Story of Soaring Ambition and Searing Rivalry by Clare Mulley
The Women Who Flew for Hitler
A dual biography of the first two women flight captains for the Nazis describes how, in spite of Hitler's dictates against women in the military, Aryan poster girl Hanna Reitsch and Jewish aeronautical engineer Melitta Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenger were awarded the Iron Cross. By the award-winning author of The Woman Who Saved the Children.

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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
The National Book Award-winning author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian presents a literary memoir of poems, essays and intimate family photos that reflect his complicated feelings about his disadvantaged childhood on a Native American reservation with his siblings and alcoholic parents.

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Business & Economics

The End of Advertising: Why It Had to Die, and the Creative Resurrection to Come by Andrew Essex
The End of Advertising
The CEO of the Tribeca Film Festival and former founding CEO of the award-winning Droga5 advertising agency hails the end of traditional advertising while outlining new marketing approaches designed to meet the needs of today's brands and consumers.

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A History of the United States in Five Crashes: Stock Market Meltdowns that Defined a Nation by Scott Nations
A History of the United States in Five Crashes
A financial executive and CNBC contributor examines the five most significant stock market crashes over the past century to reveal how they happened and shaped the present-day United States.

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Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing the Digital Revolution by Andrew McAfee & Erik Brynjolfsson
Machine, Platform, Crowd
The authors of the best-selling The Second Machine Age present a guide to leadership success in today's dynamic, counter-intuitive economy, explaining the importance of rebalancing organizations away from traditional models in favor of the actual sources of profitable innovation.

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One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams by Chris Fussell with C. W. Goodyear. Foreword by Stanley McChrystal.
One Mission
From the co-author of the New York Times best-seller Team of Teams, comes a military-inspired guide for leaders looking to make their organizations more interconnected.

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Weird in a World That's Not: A Career Guide for Misfits, F*ckups, and Failures by Jennifer Romolini
Weird in a World That's Not
A practical guide to getting and keeping one's dream job, written by a former misfit who became the head of some of the world's most popular websites, shares advice for facing one's fears, navigating office politics and staying true to one's beliefs.

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General Nonfiction

The Coffee Lover's Diet: Change Your Coffee ... Change Your Life by Bob Arnot
The Coffee Lover's Diet
The best-selling author of The Aztec Diet draws on counterintuitive new research to reveal the health potential of coffee, counseling readers on how to consume coffee strategically to enable specific benefits, including weight loss and resilience against disease.

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Dirt Is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child's Developing Immune System by Jack Gilbert & Rob Knight with Sandra Blakeslee
Dirt Is Good
A Q&A guide sifts through today's misinformation to counsel parents on how to understand the actual risks and benefits of the human body's microbiome system, explaining its role in disease and health so that caregivers can make informed choices for their children.

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The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions by Peter Brannen
The Ends of the World
A vivid tour of Earth's five mass extinctions profiles the vibrant worlds that were destroyed and rebuilt during each cycle, explaining what today's scientists are learning from ancient fossils about 21st-century climate change.

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The Hidden School: Return of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
The Hidden School
A conclusion to the saga that began with Way of the Peaceful Warrior follows Dan through a range of exotic locales before his arrival in a secluded forest, where he uncovers the mystery of The Hidden School and the secrets of achieving an inspired life in the eternal present.

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How to Fall in Love With Anyone: A Memoir in Essays by Mandy Len Catron
How to Fall in Love With Anyone
A memoir by the author of the popular New York Times essay, "To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This," shares the love stories that impacted her life and explores the romantic myths people create, explaining how implausible fantasies limit one's ability to achieve and sustain real intimacy.

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If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating by Alan Alda
If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?
The Emmy Award-winning actor and founder of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science traces his personal quest to understand and teach others how to relate and communicate better, from practicing empathy and using improv games to storytelling and developing better intuitive skills.

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The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road by Finn Murphy
The Long Haul
A rollicking assessment of life on the Big Slab by a decades-experienced long-haul trucker reflects on the changing realities of the working class as witnessed during journeys ranging from the I-95 Powerland and the Florida Everglades to the truck stops of the Midwest and the Rocky Mountains.

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Open Heart: A Cardiac Surgeon's Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table by Stephen Westaby
Open Heart
A veteran Oxford heart surgeon imparts the hard-won lessons of a life lived on the brink, sharing the stories of remarkable cases from his career while revealing why heart procedures have never become routine.

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Return to Glory: The Story of Ford's Revival and Victory in the Toughest Race in the World by Matthew DeBord
Return to Glory
A veteran transportation journalist chronicles the development and racing achievement of the new 2015 Ford GT, exploring how the company has been returning to the successes of the Le Mans after successfully implementing the decade-long "One Ford" plan of CEO Alan Mulally.

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The Salt Fix: Why the Experts Got It All Wrong--and How Eating More Might Save Your Life by James DiNicolantonio
The Salt Fix
A respected cardiovascular research scientist challenges popular misconceptions about low-sodium diets to reveal the health dangers of having too little dietary salt, sharing additional insights into how salt can help improve sports performance, fight sugar cravings and stave off common illnesses.

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The Secret Life of the Mind: How Your Brain Thinks, Feels, and Decides by Mariano Sigman
The Secret Life of the Mind
A leading neuroscientist provides a complete and accessible layperson's guide to all that the human mind is capable of.

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Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen
Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud
A popular BuzzFeed columnist examines the phenomenon of popular provocative womanhood to discuss the rise of such counterculture stars as Amy Schumer, Nicki Minaj and Caitlyn Jenner, exploring why they are popular in spite of negative behaviors and what makes and breaks today's divas.

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Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film by Sharon Gosling
Wonder Woman
A companion book to the upcoming movie provides readers with an intimate view of the filmmaking process, showcasing the original concept art, sketches, storyboards and set and costume design as well as interviews with cast and crew members.

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Going Deep: John Philip Holland and the Invention of the Attack Submarine by Lawrence Goldstone
Going Deep
A history of the controversial attack sub traces the lesser-known story of the submarine's invention, exploring how self-taught innovator John Philip Holland's obsession with the idea of controlled undersea navigation led to decades of skepticism, setbacks and innovation. By the author of Birdmen.

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The Great Rescue: American Heroes, an Iconic Ship, and Saving Europe During WWI by Peter Hernon
The Great Rescue
Published in commemoration of America's centennial entry into World War I, the story of the legendary liner-turned-warship Leviathan traces its multiple voyages of tens of thousands of soldiers, crewpeople, Spanish flu victims and more.

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Lincoln and the Abolitionists: John Quincy Adams, Slavery, and the Civil War by Fred Kaplan
Lincoln and the Abolitionists
Explores how the differing experiences and viewpoints of two presidents shaped slavery and race relations in America for more than a century.

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Murder in the City: New York, 1910-1920 by Wilfried Kaute. Intro by Joe Bausch.
Murder in the City
Surveys a decade of murder and violent crime in early 20th-century New York, drawing on photos, medical records, police reports, testimonies and period analysis to explore how crime in the 1910s impacted the lives of everyday citizens and how murder victims experienced their deaths.

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One Nation Under Gold: How One Precious Metal Has Dominated the American Imagination for Four Centuries by James Ledbetter
One Nation Under Gold
An account of America's historical obsession with gold documents events ranging from the search for El Dorado to FDR's ban on private gold ownership, sharing insights into its current influences on the economy and human psyche.

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The Prisoner in His Palace: Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid by Will Bardenwerper
The Prisoner in His Palace
Documents the story of 12 young American soldiers deployed to Iraq in the summer of 2006 who were assigned to guard Saddam Hussein in the months before his execution, a responsibility that raised life-changing questions about their beliefs and Hussein's character.

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The Trial of Adolf Hitler: The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of Nazi Germany by David King
The Trial of Adolf Hitler
Documents the lesser-known story of the scandalous courtroom drama that paved the way for the rise of the Nazi Party, recounting the 1923 trial of Hitler and nine associates who successfully threw off charges of high treason and used the trial to gain international attention and launch an improbable path to power.

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Young Radicals: In the War for American Ideals by Jeremy McCarter
Young Radicals
The co-author of Hamilton: The Revolution explores the lives and achievements of five American radicals who fought for political, social and cultural reform, including social critic Randolph Bourne, poet-propagandist Max Eastman, liberal icon Walter Lippmann, suffragist Alice Paul and revolutionary John Reed.

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Political Science

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean
Democracy in Chains
A scholarly exposé of the ideas of Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan and multibillionaire Charles Koch explores their role in the radical right's six-decade campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education and minimize restrictions on the wealthy.

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Drone Warrior: An Elite Soldier's Inside Account of the Hunt for America's Most Dangerous Enemies by Brett Velicovich & Christopher S. Stewart
No cover
A former Delta Force black ops member takes us inside America’s covert drone war in a never-before-told account, told by a Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal writer and filled with eye-opening, and sure to be controversial, details.

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The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote by Sharyl Attkisson
The Smear
The veteran journalist and best-selling author of Stonewalled exposes the practices of opposition research to reveal how political leaders use their influence to shape public opinion, connecting popular misconceptions to strategic smear campaigns that have influenced voters.

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The Swamp: Washington's Murky Pool of Corruption and Cronyism--and How Trump Can Drain It by Eric Bolling
The Swamp
The New York Times best-selling author of Wake Up America and cohost of Fox News' The Five chronicles various stories of political scandal in Washington, DC, and ends by offering recommendations on how President Trump can rid America's capital of political corruption.

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Understanding Trump by Newt Gingrich
Understanding Trump
A former speaker of the House and Fox News contributor explains why Donald Trump is different from previous presidents and offers advice to the newest commander-in-chief.

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American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World by David Baron
American Eclipse
Documents the efforts of three late-19th-century scientists to observe the rare total solar eclipse of 1878, citing how the respective ambitions of James Craig Watson, Maria Mitchell and Thomas Edison, juxtaposed against the challenges of the Wild West, helped America's early pursuits as a scientific superpower.

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A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution by Jennifer A. Doudna & Samuel H. Sternberg
A Crack in Creation
Two award-winning Berkeley scientists explore the potential of a revolutionary genetics technology capable of easily and affordably manipulating DNA in human embryos to prevent specific diseases, addressing key concerns about related ethical and societal repercussions.

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Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death by Adrian Owen
Into the Gray Zone
A world-renowned neuroscientist reveals his controversial, groundbreaking work with patients believed to be brain dead to explain how up to 20 percent of them were still vibrantly alive, sharing his team's insights into what life may be like for such patients and the moral implications for religious organizations, politicians and families.

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The Seeds of Life: From Aristotle to da Vinci, from Shark's Teeth to Frog's Pants, the Long and Strange Quest to Discover Where Babies Come from by Edward Dolnick
The Seeds of Life
An upbeat history of the early scientists who engaged in genius or quack experiments in their effort to explain human conception profiles the remarkable theories that reflected period innovation, religious beliefs and personal biases.

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