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NonFICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN
September 2018

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Biography

Acid for the Children: A Memoir by Flea

A co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers chronicles his life from his birth in Australia and upbringing on the streets of Los Angeles through his rise to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

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Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time by Ian O'Connor

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A New York Times best-selling author offers a biography of the NFL’s most enigmatic, controversial and yet successful coach, Bill Belichick.

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Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer by Lisa McCubbin. Foreword by Susan Ford Bales.

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The #1 New York Times best-selling co-author of Five Presidents and Mrs. Kennedy and Me presents a biography of Betty Ford, the groundbreaking, candid and resilient first lady and wife of President Gerald Ford.

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Buseyisms: Gary Busey's Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth by Gary Busey with Steffanie Sampson.

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The Academy Award-nominated actor redefines everyday words as inspirational acronyms with deeper meanings while sharing personal anecdotes and life lessons about the art of healing and living successfully in the face of hardships.

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Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker and immigration-rights activist presents a debut memoir about how he unknowingly entered the United States with false documents as a child.

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Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton by Tilar J. Mazzeo

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From the New York Times best-selling author of Irena’s Children comes a comprehensive and riveting biography of the extraordinary life and times of Eliza Hamilton, the wife of founding father Alexander Hamilton, and a powerful, unsung hero in America’s early days.

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Every Day Is Extra by John Kerry

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John Kerry tells the story of his life—from son of a diplomat to decorated Vietnam veteran, five-term United States senator, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee and secretary of state for four years.

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The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters: The Tragic and Glamorous Lives of Jackie and Lee by Sam Kashner & Nancy Schoenberger

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Draws on candid interviews with Jackie Kennedy Onassis' sister, Lee, to share dramatic insights into the complicated relationship the two shared, discussing their artistic interests and the rivalries that complicated their bond. By the New York Times best-selling authors of Furious Love.

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Fashion Climbing: A Memoir With Photographs by Bill Cunningham. Foreword by Hilton Als.

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The iconic New York Times photographer and creative force behind the columns On the Street and Evening Hours presents a sophisticated, visual account of his early education in New York City's high-fashion circles.

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The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King

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Drawing on original interviews, oral histories and archival documents, the author traces Mr. Rogers’ personal, professional and artistic life through decades of work.

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Handcrafted: A Woodworker’s Story by Clint Harp

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The maverick carpenter on HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper and the star of Wood Work on the DIY Network presents a memoir that celebrates meaningful work, turning your craft into a career and recognizing the importance of the journey itself.

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Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh

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Reveals one woman's experience of working-class poverty with a startlingly observed, eye-opening and topical personal story.

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I Should Have Honor: A Memoir of Hope and Pride in Pakistan by Khalida Brohi

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The founder of the Sughar nonprofit presents a memoir about tribal life in Pakistan that describes how her father's nontraditional beliefs about education saved her from an arranged marriage and helped her become her village's first woman doctor.

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If You Love Me: A Mother's Journey Through Her Daughter's Opioid Addiction by Maureen Cavanagh

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The founder of the Magnolia New Beginnings nonprofit peer-support group shares the gripping story of her confrontation with the opioid epidemic in the wake of her daughter's sudden and brutal battle with substance abuse.

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In Pieces by Sally Field

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The Academy Award-winning actress shares insights into her difficult childhood, the artistic pursuits that helped her find her voice and the powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and mother.

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Kafka's Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy by Benjamin Balint

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Traces the story of the international struggle to preserve Kafka's legacy, revealing how his closest friend could not obey a deathbed edict to destroy the literary genius' surviving papers and devoted his life to protecting Kafka's work from obscurity.

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Live Long and ...: What I Learned Along the Way by William Shatner with David Fisher

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The Star Trek legend and New York Times best-selling author reflects on his career and the health scare that informed and reinforced his beliefs about living a good life, sharing engaging stories about his childhood, personal setbacks and iconic successes.

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The Man I Never Met by Adam Schefter with Michael Rosenberg

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The influential ESPN personality describes how his wife lost her first husband during the World Trade Center attacks, how he bonded with his young stepson and how their family has made September 11 an anniversary of hope and healing.

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Play By Play: Calling The Wildest Games In Sports—From SEC Football to College Basketball, The Masters and More  by Verne Lundquist

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An award-winning sportscaster chronicles his life and career, touching on such iconic sports moments as Jack Nicklaus' 1986 Masters victory, the attack on Nancy Kerrigan and the Dallas Cowboy victories of the 1970s.

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Rush: Revolution, Madness, and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father by Stephen Fried

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A portrait of the medical pioneer and Founding Father discusses his creation of America's national healthcare system and provocative advocacy of changes to treatments for patients with mental illness and addiction. By the award-winning author of Appetite for America.

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Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

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The daughter of Steve Jobs offers a firsthand account of the difficult relationship she had with her father and the poignant story of a childhood spent between two imperfect but extraordinary homes.

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To Obama: With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope by Jeanne Marie Laskas

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Reveals how every night of his presidency, Barack Obama read 10 letters from his constituents, in an account that describes the contents of remarkable letters that profoundly shaped his administration. By the author of The Exact Same Moon.

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Untitled Autobiography by Ralph Lauren

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A candid memoir by the legendary founder of the company credited with bringing American style to the world shares the inside story of his rise from a low-level designer to the head of one of the nation's most iconic brands.

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We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time by José Andrés with Richard Wolffe. Foreword by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Luis A. Miranda, Jr.

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The founder of World Central Kitchen describes how his culinary network challenged broken government systems while feeding tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans who lost their homes and livelihoods to Hurricane Maria.

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Who Is Michael Ovitz? by Michael Ovitz

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The successful talent agent known for ruthless negotiation and client loyalty describes his path from the William Morris mailroom to co-founder of Creative Artists Agency to become one of the most powerful people in Hollywood.

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Business & Economics

The Dichotomy of Leadership: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin

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The #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Extreme Ownership draw on their SEAL-team experiences to counsel today's leaders on the art of balancing the essential qualities of being a responsible leader with being a good follower.

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Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most by Steven Johnson

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The best-selling author of How We Got to Now and Where Good Ideas Come From presents a book about making once-in-a-lifetime decisions.

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Fins: Harley Earl, the Rise of General Motors, and the Glory Days of Detroit by William Knoedelseder

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The best-selling author of Bitter Brew chronicles the origins and rise of the American auto industry through the remarkable life of Harley Earl, from his post-Civil War designs through his transformative 20th-century innovations.

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Sell It Like Serhant: How to Sell More, Earn More, and Become the Ultimate Sales Machine by Ryan Serhant

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The co-star of Million Dollar Listing: New York draws on his expertise as a regular closer of seven-figure deals to counsel salespeople on how to dominate any market, manage multiple goals and stay clearheaded in high-volume businesses.

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You Are a Mogul: How to Do the Impossible, Do It Yourself, and Do It Now by Tiffany Pham

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The founder of the Mogul platform for women chronicles her path to becoming one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the millennial generation, offering actionable advice for overcoming self-doubt and forging a path in an age of disruption.

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General Nonfiction

7 Secrets of the Newborn: Secrets and Happy Surprises of the First Year by Robert Hamilton

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An experienced pediatrician and father provides new parents with clear, sensible and warm advice about sleeping, vaccinations, breast feeding, eating, crying, clothes, toys and screen time during the first year of their baby's life.

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Basketball: A Love Story by Jackie Macmullan & Rafe Bartholomew

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A revelatory history of basketball, published to coincide with a major ESPN and ABC series, draws on hundreds of interviews with leading athletes, coaches, executives and journalists from the NBA, WNBA, NCAA and international leagues.

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Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount

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A vibrantly illustrated love letter to all things bookish by the founder of Ideal Bookshelf includes a tour of some of the world's most beautiful bookstores, quizzes for testing one's literary knowledge, recipes for famous fictional meals and more.

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BoJack Horseman: The Art Before the Horse by Chris McDonnell. Foreword by Lisa Hanawalt. Intro by Raphael Bob-Waksberg.

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An official companion to the hit series draws on original interviews with cast and crew members to discuss its creative process, in a fan's reference complemented by sketches, storyboards and background art.

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Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times by Mark Leibovich

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The award-winning New York Times Magazine chief national correspondent, best-selling author of This Town and lifelong Patriots fan presents a scathing analysis of professional football in the present climate of high success, dangerous injuries and scandal.

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The Class: A Life-Changing Teacher, His World-Changing Kids, and the Most Inventive Classroom in America by Heather Won Tesoriero

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Traces a year in the life of a visionary high school science teacher, describing how he left a successful corporate career to guide a diverse range of students through prestigious science competitions, personal challenges and college applications.

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Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-Connected World by Bruce Schneier

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A leading security expert and best-selling author of Data and Goliath reveals the shortcomings of smart technologies from driverless cars and thermostats to autonomous stock-trading systems and drones, outlining common-sense recommendations for safety-related policies and oversight.

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Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling by Philip Pullman

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The internationally best-selling author of the His Dark Materials trilogy shares insights into the art of writing while exploring how education, religion and science, as well as his favorite classics, helped shaped his literary life.

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Dinosaur by Dan Kainen, creator. Text by Kathy Wollard.

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The creator of such best-selling Photicular books as Safari and Polar presents a dinosaur-themed series entry that features animated images of species ranging from the T. Rex to the triceratops. Photicular series

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Estrogen Matters: Why Taking Hormones in Menopause Can Improve Women's Well-Being and Lengthen Their Lives—Without Raising the Risk of Breast Cancer by Avrum Bluming

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An award-winning oncologist and the psychologist author of Anger present a defense of hormone-replacement therapy that argues that faulty science is behind its fall from prominence as an effective treatment for the symptoms of menopause.

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Feminasty: The Complicated Woman's Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself to Death by Erin Gibson

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A riotous debut collection of personal essays and political commentary by the Emmy-nominated feminist co-creator of the Throwing Shade podcast shares empowering advice for combating the hidden, discriminatory rules that limit today's women.

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Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL by Jeff Pearlman

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From a multiple New York Times best-selling author comes the rollicking, outrageous, you-can’t-make-this-up story of the USFL.

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Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar

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The leading cardiologist and author of Doctored and Intern examines the recent dismantling of historical taboos and the development of transformative heart procedures that have changed how we live and what we understand about illness.

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How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery. Illus by Rebecca Green.

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A National Book Award finalist discusses the personalities and quirks of 13 animals—her friends—who have profoundly affected her, in a poetic and life-affirming memoir.

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How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler by Ryan North

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A best-selling author and time-travel enthusiast details the science, engineering, mathematics, art, music, philosophy, facts and figures required for even the most clueless time traveler to build a civilization from the ground up.

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Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness by Ingrid Fetell Lee

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The founder of the popular Aesthetics of Joy blog counsels readers on how to cultivate a happier, healthier life by making small environmental changes, revealing the unexpected impact of everyday spaces and objects on mood.

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Math With Bad Drawings: Ideas + Stick Figures = Enlightenment by Ben Orlin

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The creator of the Math With Bad Drawings blog explains how math works in everyday life and how it can be better understood, using lighthearted cartoon illustrations, jokes and anecdotes that demystify essential concepts.

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None of My Business by P. J. O'Rourke

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The best-selling author of How the Hell Did This Happen? shares his signature humorous observations about the illogical world of finance in such essays as "How I Learned Economics by Watching People Try to Kill Each Other."

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Perfectly Clear: Escaping Scientology and Fighting for the Woman I Love by Michelle Leclair & Robin Gaby Fisher

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The former president of Scientology's international humanitarian organization reveals her decision to leave the church in view of its anti-gay ideologies and how her decision triggered a discriminatory backlash that destroyed her business and challenged her custody rights.

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The Power of Presence: Be a Voice in Your Child's Ear Even When You're Not With Them by Joy Thomas Moore. Foreword by Wes Moore.

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The mother of best-selling memoirist Wes Moore outlines seven specific strategies—including faith, courage and financial freedom—for ensuring that children consistently feel a positive caregiver's presence regardless of distance.

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Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free by Linda Kay Klein

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An insider's assessment of the devastating effects of evangelical Christianity on a generation of young woman describes the extreme, shame-oriented tactics of the religious "purity" cultures of the 1990s and her own subsequent journey of investigation and healing.

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Run for Your Life: How to Run, Walk, and Move Without Pain or Injury and Achieve a Sense of Well-Being and Joy by Mark Cucuzzella

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A competitive marathon runner and creator of the Air Force's Efficient Running program shares illustrated, comprehensive instructions for running efficiently without injury or pain by avoiding common mistakes and tailoring goals to individual needs.

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The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind by Justin Driver

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An award-winning constitutional law scholar and clerk to such justices as Stephen Breyer and Sandra Day O'Connor presents a cautionary assessment of public schools to reveal how Supreme Court rulings in recent decades are undermining the constitutional rights of students.

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This Is the Day: Reclaim Your Dream, Ignite Your Passion, Live Your Purpose by Tim Tebow with A. J. Gregory

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The NFL star, media icon and best-selling author of Shaken shares motivational advice on how readers can tap their inner courage and overcome fear-based obstacles in order to pursue their dreams.

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Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity Is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free by Wednesday Martin

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The #1 New York Times best-selling author of Primates of Park Avenue reveals sanctioned practices of infidelity in diverse cultures and historical periods to assert that female sexual autonomy is an ultimate metric of gender equality.

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Your Healthiest Healthy: 8 Easy Ways to Take Control, Help Prevent and Fight Cancer, and Live a Longer, Cleaner, Happier Life by Samantha Harris. Foreword by Dennis Slamon.

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The Emmy-nominated co-host of Dancing with the Stars draws on her experiences as a breast-cancer survivor to outline an eight-step roadmap for recovery and prevention through nutrition, fitness and the reduction of environmental toxins.

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History

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

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The New York Times best-selling author of Sapiens and Homo Deus shares probing insights into such present-day issues as the role of technology in transforming humanity, the epidemic of false news and the modern relevance of nations and religion.

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The Battle of Arnhem: The Deadliest Airborne Operation of World War II by Antony Beevor

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The prize-winning historian and internationally best-selling author of D-Day reconstructs the devastating airborne battle of Arnhem.

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Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates by Eric Jay Dolin

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A chronicle of America's lesser-known "Golden Age" of piracy describes how exploration-era colonists initially supported, and then violently opposed, pirates that targeted the North American coast, citing the contributions of such figures as Blackbeard, John Winthrop and Benjamin Franklin.

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The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty That Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation by Miriam Pawel

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Crusades of Cesar Chavez presents a panoramic history of California and its impact on the nation from the Gold Rush to Silicon Valley, told through the lens of Governor Jerry Brown's family dynasty.

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Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall by Tim Mohr

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Traces how East German fans of The Sex Pistols found enough inspiration in the expressiveness of punk rock to launch underground movements that helped bring down the Berlin Wall in spite of violent targeting by the Stasi secret police.

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Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation by Ken Starr

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A former special prosecutor shares behind-the-scenes perspectives into the divisive impeachment of Bill Clinton to discuss key events and how they inform today's debates about presidential power, sexual harassment and what actions justify impeachment.

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The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War by Neal Bascomb

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A New York Times best-selling author delivers the story of the downed Allied airmen who masterminded the remarkably courageous—and ingenious—breakout from Germany’s most devilish POW camp.

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The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War by Joanne B. Freeman

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Documents the lesser-known violence that marked legislative sessions in the decades before the American Civil War, detailing acts of physical fighting, duels and mortal threats over disagreements about key issues, particularly slavery. By the award-winning author of Affairs of Honor.

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Frank and Al: FDR, Al Smith, and the Unlikely Alliance That Created the Modern Democratic Party by Terry Golway

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Traces the surprising political partnership between the 32nd president and his Tammany Hall rival, revealing how their disparate perspectives and uncharacteristic support of each other transformed the Democratic Party and led to the New Deal.

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How Do We Look: The Body, the Divine, and the Question of Civilization by Mary Beard

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A companion to PBS' Civilizations chronicles the intertwined histories of art and religion to explain the irreconcilable problems that all faiths have navigated while trying to represent the divine. By the award-winning author of Women & Power.

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The Improbable Wendell Willkie: The Businessman Who Saved the Republican Party and His Country, and Conceived a New World Order by David Levering Lewis

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of God's Crucible presents the story of the 1940s Wall Street attorney and presidential candidate to explore his advocacy of civil rights, promotion of America's involvement in international politics and enduring legacy.

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Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard

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Traces the daring of Nazi hunters after World War II, revealing the contributions of legal experts, intelligence agents and concentration-camp survivors in tracking down and capturing high-profile Nazis. By the #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Killing the Rising Sun.

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The King and the Catholics: England, Ireland, and the Fight for Religious Freedom, 1780-1829 by Antonia Fraser

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The award-winning author of Marie Antoinette traces the high-suspense story of how the Gordon Riots of the late-18th century helped secure key protections for Catholics after two centuries of legal discrimination.

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Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of No Ordinary Time draws on five decades of scholarship to offer an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth and exercise of leadership as demonstrated by Presidents Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, FDR and Johnson.

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The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben MacIntyre

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The New York Times best-selling author of A Spy Among Friends and Rogue Heroes traces the story of Russian intelligence operative Oleg Gordievsky, revealing how his secret work as an undercover MI6 informant helped hasten the end of the Cold War.

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These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore

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The award-winning author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman chronicles the origins and rise of today's divided America while investigating whether the nation has delivered on its promises of political equality, natural rights and the sovereignty of the people.

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They Fought Alone: The True Story of the Starr Brothers, British Secret Agents in Nazi-occupied France by Charles Glass

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From the best-selling author of Americans in Paris and The Deserters comes the untold story of Britain’s Special Operations Executive, one of World War II’s most important secret fighting forces.

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Tigerland: 1968-1969: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing by Wil Haygood

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The best-selling author of The Butler and Showdown presents an inspiring account of how the baseball and basketball teams of Columbus' segregated East High School navigated racial turbulence to win the Ohio state championships in the 1968-1969 season.

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"What the Hell Do You Have to Lose?": Trump's War on Civil Rights by Juan Williams

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The political analyst, civil-rights expert and best-selling author of We the People presents a forceful critique of how key decisions by the Trump administration are rolling back advances in voting rights, integration and racial discrimination.

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POLITICAL SCIENCE

American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer

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The National Magazine Award-winning investigative journalist and co-author of A Sliver of Light draws on his experiences working in a Louisiana private prison to connect today's brutal for-profit prison system to the Civil War-era mass incarcerations of African-American workers.

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Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution by Ben Fountain

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The best-selling author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk presents a cautionary work of reportage that ties 2016's complicated political events to two other periods of American existential crises.

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The Bodies in Person: An Account of Civilian Casualties in American Wars by Nick McDonell

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A best-selling novelist and internationally acclaimed reporter investigates the true price of America’s wars to innocents on the ground.

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The Deep State: How an Army of Bureaucrats Protected Barack Obama and Is Working to Destroy Donald Trump by Jason Chaffetz

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A former chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform presents a scathing indictment of today's liberal media, arguing that the Executive Branch actively protects Democrats and undermines the Trump administration.

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Every Man a King: A Short, Colorful History of American Populists by Chris Stirewalt

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The politics editor and co-host of Perino & Stirewalt: I'll Tell You What examines America's populist traditions as reflected by leaders ranging from Andrew Jackson and Teddy Roosevelt to Pat Buchanan and Donald Trump.

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Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever by Rick Wilson

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A well-respected Republican strategist and contributor for The Daily Beast, using his trademark dark humor and biting analysis, exposes the damage Trump has done to the country and explains why he believes him to be the worst president in U.S. history.

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How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them by Jason Stanley

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The Yale philosopher and author of How Propaganda Works reveals the fascist politics behind today's ethnic, racial and religious divides, identifying 10 key examples of fascist politics that are used by today's leaders to hold onto power.

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Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment by Francis Fukuyama

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The New York Times best-selling author of The Origins of Political Order shares a provocative examination of modern identity politics that assesses its origins, effects and implications for domestic and international affairs of state.

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Mr. Trump's Wild Ride: The Thrills, Chills, Screams, and Occasional Blackouts of His Extraordinary First Year in Office by Major Garrett

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The CBS News chief White House correspondent chronicles the Trump administration's first year, detailing the triumphs, tragedies and potential fallout of key events in 2017.

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One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson. Foreword by Dick Durbin.

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The New York Times best-selling author of White Rage presents a timely history of voter suppression that exposes America's insidious history of policies that have blocked African-American voting participation, placing particular focus on the Supreme Court's 2013 Shelby ruling.

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The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century by Deborah Blum

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A Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author tells the dramatic true story of how food was made safe in the United States and the heroes, led by the inimitable Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, who fought for change.

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Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Eli Saslow

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Ten Letters traces the story of prominent white supremacist Derek Black and how his college and adult encounters with diverse perspectives changed his heart and mind.

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An Uncivil War: Taking Back Our Democracy in an Age of Trumpian Disinformation and Thunderdome Politics by Greg Sargent

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The writer of the Washington Post's influential Plum Line blog presents a cautionary assessment of the subversion of democracy by corrupt politicians, plutocrats, foreign governments, racism, propaganda and the vulnerabilities of the electoral system.

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Science

Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military by Neil deGrasse Tyson & Avis Lang

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From early celestial navigation to satellite-enabled warfare, a well-researched book provides a thought-provoking exploration of the centuries-old relationship between science and military power.

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The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth's Ultimate Trophy by Paige Williams

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A New Yorker staff writer analyzes the perilous world of the international fossil trade through the story of one man's devastating effort to sell a Gobi Desert dinosaur skeleton from a nation that forbids natural-history trafficking.

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Don't Give Guns to Robots: Choosing Our Future Before It Chooses Us by Adam Savage & Drew Curtis

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The co-host of MythBusters and the founder of Fark.com evaluate seven of the biggest technological changes slated to reshape society in the immediate future, sharing recommendations on how to mitigate unintended consequences.

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Sleepyhead: The Neuroscience of a Good Night's Rest by Henry Nicholls

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A science writer recounts his life dealing with chronic narcolepsy and explores the world of sleeping disorders and its victims—including insomniacs, fellow narcoleptics and sleep-apnea sufferers—and uncovers the secrets of a good night's rest.

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Social Science

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt

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The author of the best-selling The Righteous Mind and his co-author controversially link rising rates of depression and anxiety to today's culture of safety, social media and political divides, arguing in favor of traditional wisdom that promotes grit and antifragility.

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The Next American City: The Big Promise of Our Midsize Metros by Mick Cornett & Jayson White

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From the four-term Oklahoma City mayor comes a hopeful and illuminating look at the dynamic and inventive urban centers that will lead the United States in coming years.

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On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope by Deray Mckesson

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The internationally recognized civil rights activist and popular host of Pod Save the People presents a meditative call to arms on resistance, justice and freedom on the front lines of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life by Eric Klinenberg

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The co-author of the best-selling Modern Romance explains how the resilience of communities can be found not in shared values but in such shared spaces as libraries, child-care centers and gardens that enable life-transforming human connections.

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