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NONFICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN FEBRUARY 2018

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Biography

Boys Keep Swinging by Jake Shears
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The lead singer of the multi-platinum band Scissor Sisters explores his development as a young artist, his coming-of-age in the American West, his entry into New York City's dynamic music scene and the band's rise to international fame in the early 2000s.

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Brave by Rose McGowan
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The Charmed star and award-winning director traces her remarkable childhood escape from an Italian cult and her rise in Hollywood, describing how she endured nightmarish exposure and sexualization before committing herself to feminist causes.

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A Dangerous Woman: American Beauty, Noted Philanthropist, Nazi Collaborator — The Life of Florence Gould by Susan Ronald
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A portrait of the wealthy socialite and patron of the arts details her marriage to railroad heir Frank Jay Gould and her role in creating a luxury hotel and casino empire before becoming a Nazi collaborator in World War II Paris, where she avoided prosecution for her role in a notorious money-laundering operation.

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Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin's Moscow by Michael Idov
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The award-winning journalist and author of Ground Up recounts the tempestuous years he spent living alongside the media and cultural elite of Putin's Russia, a tenure marked by a dubious election, mass anti-government rallies and his scripting of a top-grossing domestic film.

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Eat the Apple by Matt Young
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A combat veteran and writing instructor traces the darkly comic story of his youth and masculinity as they were shaped in an age of continuous war, describing how he joined the Marines as a way to temper his reckless nature before enduring three Iraq deployments shaped by Marine Corps culture and the misguided motivations that compel young men in wartime.

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Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
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Traces the author's experiences as a child born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, describing her participation in her family's paranoid stockpiling activities and her resolve to educate herself well enough to earn an acceptance into a prestigious university and the unfamiliar world beyond.

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Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved by Kate Bowler
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A divinity professor and young mother with Stage IV cancer shares her perspectives on friendship, love and death while describing her efforts to remain true to her faith in spite of impossible hardships. By the author of Blessed.

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Full Battle Rattle: My Story as the Longest-Serving Special Forces A-Team Soldier in American History by Changiz Lahidji & Ralph Pezzullo
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The legendary Special Forces veteran and first Muslim Green Beret shares the stories of his contributions to history-shaping operations, including the Iran hostage rescue of 1980, the 1993 conflict that inspired Black Hawk Down and the locating of Osama Bin Laden.

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Halfway by Tom Macher
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A first book by a young addict describes the painful family dynamics that compelled him to escape into alcohol, a choice that got him kicked out of school and his home before he embarked on a recovery effort in a series of halfway houses and boys' homes, where he encountered a diverse community of young men who were struggling with respective demons in order to survive.

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Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives  by Tina Alexis Allen
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An actress and playwright reveals her struggle growing up as a gay woman amidst a strict Catholic upbringing, until, at 18, her dad found out she liked women—and revealed to her that he was gay as well—leading them to live their double lives together without their family's knowledge—until a dark secret about her father was revealed to the author.

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I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O'Farrell
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The award-winning author of The Hand That First Held Mine presents a memoir told entirely in 17 near-death experiences stemming from a dangerous childhood illness, accidents, an encounter with a disturbed person and the author's daily efforts to protect her daughter from the vulnerabilities of a high-risk condition.

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In Full Flight: A Story of Africa and Atonement by John Heminway
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Documents the story of the French-born member of the renowned Flying Doctors Service who became revered throughout Kenya for her treatments of hundreds of thousands of patients over half a century, sharing insights into her controversial past as a Nazi doctor and whether or not her postwar services compensated for her wartime acts. By the award-winning author of Yonder.

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The Kings of Big Spring: God, Oil, and One Family's Search for the American Dream by Bryan Mealer
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The best-selling author of Muck City traces the story of a young family man whose fortunes and prospects became subject to the Texas oil boom of the 1980s and its related glamour, corruption, drug affiliations and risks.

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The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú
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An award-winning writer and former agent for the U.S. Border Patrol describes his upbringing as the son of a park ranger and grandson of a Mexican immigrant, who upon joining the Border Patrol encountered the violence and political rhetoric that overshadows life for both migrants and the police.

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Movie Nights with the Reagans by Mark Weinberg
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The former special advisor and press secretary to Ronald Reagan presents an intimate, behind-the-scenes look inside the Reagan presidency that reveals the iconic 1980s movies they watched during Camp David weekends, what the family was going through at the times of the viewings, what they thought of the films and how they shared laughter and free time together.

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Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad by Krystal A. Sital
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An award-winning writer describes her Trinidad upbringing in the shadow of her revered grandfather, a wealthy Hindu landowner who tyrannized over three generations of women in the author's family and whose life reflected their tranquil island home's history of violence, suppression and racial tension.

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Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir by John Banville
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The award-winning author of the Benjamin Black series presents a vibrant, evocative memoir of his life near Dublin, a city that inspired his imagination and literary life and served as a backdrop for the dissatisfactions of adult years shaped by Dublin's cultural, political, architectural and social history.  

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Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy by Andrew Morton
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A portrait of the woman for whom Edward VIII infamously abdicated the British throne draws on journal entries, letters and other previously unseen records to analyze her complex personality against the backdrop of Jazz Age London. By the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Diana: In Her Own Words and 17 Carnations.

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Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times by Joel Richard Paul
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A portrait of the influential chief justice, statesman and diplomat illuminates his pivotal role in the establishment of the Constitution and Supreme Court, recounting his work as an advisor to multiple Presidents and his establishments of the independence of the judiciary and the supremacy of the federal Constitution and courts. By the author of Unlikely Allies.

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Business and Economics

Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley by Emily Chang
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The host of Bloomberg Technology reveals how Silicon Valley got so sexist despite its utopian ideals, why bro culture endures despite decades of companies claiming the moral high ground, and how women are finally starting to speak out and fight back.

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How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars: The Snapchat Story by Billy Gallagher
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Documents the improbable rise of Snapchat to an influential, billion-dollar tech company, describing how and why CEO Evan Spiegel and co-founder Bobby Murphy turned down Facebook's lucrative offer and how Snapchat is navigating challenging transitions to position itself as one of today's preeminent public companies.

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Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger & Thomas Ramge
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The Oxford professor and best-selling author of Big Data shares predictions for how data will revolutionize the market economy and make cash, banks and big companies obsolete.

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That's What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together by Joanne Lipman
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An award-winning journalist and publisher outlines anecdotal solutions for harmonious working relationships between the sexes, citing the unique contributions of professional women and how their male counterparts can implement a healthier business culture that bridges gender gaps.

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Family & Relationships

Enough as She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives by Rachel Simmons
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The best-selling author of Odd Girl Out counsels today's young women on how to recognize and reject perfectionist messages that lead to self-doubt, unfulfilling relationships and fears of failure, drawing on two decades of research to share practical counsel on healthy risk-taking and finding support.

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The Heart Is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai by Elizabeth Flock
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A deeply reported and revelatory examination of love, marriage and the state of modern India traces the experiences of three very different Mumbai couples whose realities are shaped by disparate views regarding independence, parenthood, gender roles and religion.

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I Know How You Feel: The Joy and Heartbreak of Friendship in Women’s Lives by F. Diane Barth
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The popular Psychology Today blogger and therapist shares expert insights into the complicated landscape of women's friendships, drawing on the real-life experiences of clients from all walks of life, as well as examples in literature and pop culture to offer counsel on a range of issues, from betrayal to rejection to difficult personalities.

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Mommy Burnout: How to Reclaim Your Life and Raise Healthier Children in the Process by Sheryl G. Ziegler
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A practical handbook for modern moms outlines positive, liberating recommendations for avoiding debilitating social messages that impose impossible standards of perfection, sharing relatable anecdotes and real-world suggestions for breaking burnout cycles and protecting children from the damage of overwhelmed-parenting dynamics.

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General Nonfiction

All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire by Jonathan Abrams
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A definitive oral history of the iconic HBO crime drama features interviews with the production's actors, writers and directors and provides exclusive, behind-the-scenes takes on how the show was created, how it addressed major world issues and how it is establishing an influential legacy. By the award-winning author of Boys Among Men.

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Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure by Amy Kaufman
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Presents an unauthorized, behind-the-scenes cultural history of the Bachelor franchise.

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Black Girls Rock!: Owning Our Magic. Rocking Our Truth. by Beverly Bond
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A lavishly designed tribute to the achievements of black women throughout the world shares anecdotes, affirmations and inspirational essays from a diverse range of contributors, including Kerry Washington, Serena Williams and Michelle Obama.

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Close Encounters With Humankind: A Paleoanthropologist Investigates Our Evolving Species by Sang-Hee Lee with Shin-Young Yoon
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An international best-seller by Korea's first paleoanthropologist explores how the field enables new insights into some of the world's leading evolutionary questions, drawing on cutting-edge findings to explore such topics as the life cycles of ancient people, the origins of social nature and the common traits between today's humans and Neanderthals.

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Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker
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A follow-up to The Better Angels of Our Nature challenges the doom-and-gloom outlooks of today's media to present dozens of graphs and charts demonstrating that life quality, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge and happiness are actually on the rise throughout the world as a result of the philosophies about an Enlightenment era that uses science to improve human existence.

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A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America by T. Christian Miller & Ken Armstrong
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Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists present the true story of two detectives who teamed up to discern the truth about a case involving a teen who was charged with falsely reporting a rape, an investigation that revealed the work of a serial rapist in multiple states.

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Farewell to the Horse: A Cultural History by Ulrich Raulff. Trans by Ruth Ahmedzai.
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A scholarly history of the relationship between horses and humans traces their essential roles in early civilization through the transformations of an increasingly mechanized modern world, exploring how horses have been sources of artistic, military and athletic inspiration.

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Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind by Michael Massing
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The Harvard-educated author of Now They Tell Us presents an intellectual assessment of the rivalry between Desiderius Erasmus and Martin Luther that examines their respective characters and belief systems, sharing insights into their enduring influence and proper historical roles in western tradition.

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Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith
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In a collection of essays arranged into five sections—In the World, In the Audience, In the Gallery, On the Bookshelf, and Feel Free—the best-selling author of Swing Time discusses important questions about our world that readers will immediately recognize.

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The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth by Michio Kaku
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The co-founder of string field theory and best-selling author of The Future of the Mind traverses the frontiers of astrophysics, artificial intelligence and technology to outline a remarkable vision of humanity's future in space, from colonizing Mars to traveling to distant galaxies.

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The Genius Within: Unlocking Your Brain's Potential by David Adam
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Draws on the latest research in cognitive enhancement to explore how new revelations in neuroscience are changing the way the mind works to render it more focused and more intelligent, sharing case studies and stories from the author's own personal experimentations with "smart pills" and electrical brain stimulation. By the author of The Man Who Couldn't Stop.

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Homey Don't Play That!: The Story of In Living Color and the Black Comedy Revolution by David Peisner
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Engaging behind-the-scenes stories about the boundary-breaking sketch comedy show draw on interviews with cast members, writers, producers and network executives to celebrate its enduring influence on comedy, race relations and the careers of some of today's biggest stars. By the co-author of Professional Idiot.

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How New York Breaks Your Heart by Bill Hayes
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The Guggenheim Fellowship recipient and author of Insomniac City presents a collection of evocative, candid portraits of lovers, shopkeepers, skateboarders and other everyday people navigating the ceaseless rhythms of the artist's beloved New York City.

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I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara. Intro by Gillian Flynn. Afterword by Patton Oswalt.
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An account of the unsolved Golden State Killer case, written by the late author of the TrueCrimeDiary.com website and featuring an afterword by her husband, comedian Patton Oswalt, traces the rapes and murders of dozens of victims and the author's determined efforts to help identify the killer and bring him to justice.

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It's Not Always Depression: Working the Change Triangle to Listen to the Body, Discover Core Emotions, and Connect to Your Authentic Self by Hilary Jacobs Hendel. Foreword by Diana Fosha.
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Illuminating patient stories and step-by-step exercises by the mental health consultant for Mad Men outline tools for developing an authentic relationship with emotions and recognizing negative responses that become obstacles to healthy change.

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I've Got This Round: More Tales of Debauchery by Mamrie Hart
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The popular YouTube personality shares stories from her life inspired by her experiences with turning 30 and finding herself single for the first time since college, a period marked by her resolve to live life fully, pursue bucket-list goals, meet celebrities and venture back into the dating world.

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Limits of the Known by David Roberts
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The mountaineer and award-winning author of Alone on the Ice and The Lost World of the Old Ones recounts his search for meaning in the quests of history's famed explorers, drawing partially on his own relationship with extreme-risk adventure and serious illness to share insights into what may have motivated landmark expeditions and ascents.

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The Rub of Time: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump: Essays and Reportage, 1994-2017 by Martin Amis
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The acclaimed author of The Zone of Interest presents a definitive collection of essays and reportage from the past 30 years, in a volume that explores subjects ranging from sports and celebrity to the literary masters who inspired him and today's contentious political climate. 

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The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control over Their Lives by William Stixrud & Ned Johson
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A clinical psychologist and a test-prep expert combine cutting-edge brain science with insights from their work with families to outline a radical case for giving kids more freedom to unleash their full potential.

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Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Black Swan comes a new work that challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibility.

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Stay Hungry by Sebastian Maniscalco
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An uplifting, laugh-out-loud collection of essays traces the acclaimed comedian's rise from boxing rings and bowling alleys to the pinnacles of comedy success, reflecting on his Italian-immigrant heritage, the hardscrabble early years of his career and his relationships with such fellow performers as Andrew Dice Clay, Vince Vaughn and Jerry Seinfeld.

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Superfans: Into the Heart of Obsessive Sports Fandom by George Dohrmann
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The Sports Illustrated writer and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Play Their Hearts Out draws on cutting-edge sports psychology in an immersive assessment of American sports fandom that is based on his visits with fans from diverse walks of life.

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The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World by Bart D. Ehrman
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The best-selling author of Misquoting Jesus traces the history of how Christianity evolved from the faith of a handful of peasants in rural Galilee to a dominant Western religion in less than four centuries, exploring how it was nearly fated to become an obscure sect of Judaism and how it has revolutionized culture, economics and law.

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Up Up, Down Down: Essays by Cheston Knapp
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An anthology of seven linked essays by the managing editor of Tin House explores the nature of identity as it can be understood through eclectic venues, from a pro-wrestling ad that illuminates a complicated father-son relationship, to a UFO enthusiast group that reflects the nature and limits of religious faith. A first book.

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Vogue Knitting the Essential Knitting Book. Revised & Updated Edition by The Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine
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A knitting reference from the world’s most recognized knitting magazine gets a thorough update—including 1,600 color images and brand-new sections with techniques and designs.

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We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights by Adam Winkler
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Traces the 200-year history of Citizens United and corporate America's battle to achieve constitutional freedom from federal control, examining the civil rights debates, key events and lawyers that shaped the controversial 2010 Supreme Court decision to extend the same constitutional protections to businesses that are in place for people. By the author of Gunfight.

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What Are We Doing Here?: Essays by Marilynne Robinson
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A new essay collection by the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Gilead assesses today's political climate and the mysteries of faith, from the influence of intellectual minds on society's political consciousness to the way that beauty informs and disciplines daily life.

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Health & FITNESS

The Food Therapist: Break Bad Habits, Eat with Intention, and Indulge Without Worry by Shira Lenchewski
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The popular media personality and registered dietician shares insights into the sources of chronic unhealthy dietary choices, counseling readers on how to establish a healthier relationship with food while working through cravings and psychological factors.

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Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? by Mark Hyman
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The best-selling author of The Blood Sugar Solution demystifies conflicting dietary advice to explain the crucial role of food in health, examining each food group to reveal what popular opinions have gotten right and wrong so that dieters can make informed choices to lose weight and promote wellness.

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Hormonal: The Hidden Intelligence of Hormones—How They Drive Desire, Shape Relationships, Influence Our Choices, and Make Us Wiser by Martie Haselton
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Identifies the sources of behavioral and physiological changes attributed to a woman's hormone cycles, revealing a hidden adaptive intelligence in the body's hormones and how an awareness of protective hormonal activity can help women to make better-informed decisions about sex, relationships, contraception and more.

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Metabolism Revolution: Lose 14 Pounds in 14 Days and Keep It Off for Life by Haylie Pomroy with Eve Adamson
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A 14-day weight-loss program by the celebrity nutrition expert and author of the #1 New York Times best-selling The Fast Metabolism Diet shares recipes and detailed instructions for resetting the metabolism and losing weight in accordance with her "food as medicine" techniques.

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History

Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World by Joshua B. Freeman
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A global history of the rise of the factory and its positive and negative effects on society traces the Industrial Revolution textile mills, through the massive steel and car plants of the 20th century, to the massive retail producers of today's world, offering insights into the views, debates and innovations of Alexander Hamilton, Henry Ford, Charlie Chaplin and others.

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The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko & Tucker Carrington
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An award-winning journalist and the director of the Mississippi Innocence Project describe the stories of two innocent men who were wrongly accused and convicted of crimes due largely to the legally condoned failures perpetrated by invalid forensic science colored by race and class.

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The Great Stain: Witnessing American Slavery by Noel Rae
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The author of The People's War draws on personal accounts from the transatlantic slave trade era to share poignant, firsthand insights into what slavery was actually like from the perspectives of former slaves, slave owners and African slavers.

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In the Enemy's House: The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies by Howard Blum
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The New York Times best-selling author of Dark Invasion and The Last Goodnight chronicles the incredible true story of a critical, recently declassified counterintelligence mission and two remarkable agents whose story has been called “the greatest secret of the Cold War.”

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The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War by Benn Steil
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The award-winning author of The Battle of Bretton Woods traces the dramatic history of the Marshall Plan and the ambitious efforts of Secretary of State George C. Marshall to reconstruct western Europe as a bulwark against communist authoritarianism, tracing a two-year period that shaped the collapse of postwar U.S.-Soviet relations and the beginning of the Cold War.

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Searching for the Amazons: The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World by John Man
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A sweeping history of Amazon culture draws on decades of new research and archaeological studies in the grasslands of central Asia to confirm the tribe's existence, exploring its traditions and ancient legends into the modern world while examining its enduring significance. By the author of Ninja.

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Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance by Mark Whitaker
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Chronicles the lesser-known African-American renaissance in Pittsburgh from the 1920s through the 1950s, assessing how it rivaled Harlem and Chicago as the site of the most widely read black newspaper in the nation, the two leading Negro Leagues baseball teams and the childhood homes of forefront jazz pioneers. By the author of My Long Trip Home.

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The Source: How Rivers Made America and America Remade Its Rivers by Martin Doyle
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An environmental history of the role of rivers in shaping American politics, economics and society touches on subjects ranging from conservation and the New Deal to the Hoover Dam and Hurricane Katrina, drawing on experts from diverse backgrounds to explore how the natural and human transformations of rivers have made a significant impact on the nation.

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The Watergate: Inside America’s Most Infamous Address by Joseph Rodota
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An absorbing history features the remarkable cast of politicians, journalists, socialites and spies who made the Watergate the most infamous private address in Washington.

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Political Science

Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2016 by Steve Coll
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A follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars traces America's intelligence, military and diplomatic efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the years since 9/11.

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Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America by Vegas Tenold
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Traces the dark story of how white supremacist and nationalist groups rose in influence to achieve political support at the highest levels of government, examining in particular the contributions of Traditionalist Workers Party leader Matthew Heimbach to transforming once-small groups into threatening mainstream organizations.

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Killing the Deep State: The Fight to Save President Trump by Jerome R. Corsi
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The #1 New York Times best-selling author of Unfit for Command and The Obama Nation argues that there is a secret conspiracy to destroy the Trump presidency and explains what Trump must do to prevail.

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Media Madness: Donald Trump, the Press, and the War Over the Truth by Howard Kurtz
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A former media critic for The Washington Post argues that Donald Trump's criticism is, at least partially, justified and explains how he believes most journalists have gone from neutral truth-tellers to pure pundits.

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Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations by Amy Chua
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The Yale Law School professor and best-selling author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother outlines bold recommendations for reversing America's foreign policy failures and overcoming destructive political tribalism at home.

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Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet by Yasha Levine
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An investigative journalist documents the lesser-known history of the internet and how he believes the government has played a significant role its development for the specific purpose of spying on citizens at home and abroad.

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The Unmaking of the President 2016: The Case Against FBI Director James Comey and How He Cost Hillary Clinton the Presidency by Lanny J. Davis
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A longtime Washington insider argues that FBI Director James Comey's fateful letter to Congress, sent in the crucial days leading up to the presidential election, was an ultimate factor in how the election shifted to a Trump victory, revealing how the letter violated long-standing justice department policies.

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Self-Help

At Peace: Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life by Samuel Harrington
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A practical follow-up to Being Mortal cites current practices in aggressive medical intervention that are compromising end-of-life quality, counseling older patients and their health-care proxies on the patterns of six chronic diseases while sharing compassionate advice on recognizing a terminal diagnosis, dementia, and hospice care.

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I've Been Thinking: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life by Maria Shriver
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A notable journalist presents a book of reflections for those seeking wisdom, guidance, encouragement and inspiration on the road to a meaningful life.

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Journey Through Trauma: A Trail Guide to the 5-Phase Cycle of Healing Repeated Trauma by Gretchen Schmelzer
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A guide for survivors of PTSD and their loved ones, written by a therapist and trauma survivor, challenges common perspectives about healing being an insurmountable or solitary process, outlining strategic steps for recovery based on five phases that acknowledge the progressive and cyclical nature of the journey.

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Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation by Bob Roth
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A practical guide to meditation by a leading authority and celebrity therapist shares insights into the scientific principles behind why and how transcendental meditation works to reduce stress, access inner power and build resilience without gimmicks and mystical verbiage.

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Social Science

Don't Call Me Princess: Essays on Girls, Women, Sex, and Life by Peggy Orenstein
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The best-selling author of Girls & Sex presents a first collection of essays, drawn from three decades of writing, that traces the progress and setbacks of feminism as reflected in areas ranging from princess culture and miscarriage to breast cancer and motherhood.

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Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
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A leading young black feminist illuminates how organized anger, friendship and faith can be powerful sources of positive feminist change, explaining how targeted rage has shaped the careers of such African-American notables as Serena Williams, Beyoncé and Michelle Obama.

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Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn by Chris Hughes
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A co-founder of Facebook makes the case that one percenters like him should pay their fortune forward in a radically simple way: a guaranteed income for working people.

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The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats by Daniel Stone
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Documents the adventures and legacy of 19th-century botanist and food explorer David Fairchild to reveal the stories of how diverse crops ranging from avocadoes and mangoes to seedless grapes and pomegranates were introduced to America from faraway cultures.

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High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing by Ben Austen
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Blends personal narrative, city politics and national history in the story of Chicago's iconic public-housing project to trace its evolution from a 1940s slum to a towering community only blocks from the Gold Coast, where crime and government failures impacted the lives of countless families before the razing and dispersals of 2011.

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How to Fix the Future by Andrew Keen
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A leading Internet commentator and author of The Cult of the Amateur showcases global solutions for preserving the fundamentals of humanity and civilized society in an increasingly perilous digital world.

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Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World's Next Superpower by Roseann Lake
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A narrative report on China's first generation of only daughters after the lift of the one-child policy examines the accomplishments and prospects of high-achieving young women who are postponing or avoiding marriage for the sake of professional careers that have rendered them less compatible with their rural-resident male counterparts.

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Selfie: How We Became So Self-obsessed and What It's Doing to Us by Will Storr
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The Amnesty International Award-winning investigative journalist and author of The Unpersuadables examines how our world's establishment of an impossible standard of perfection is leading to unprecedented levels of depression and suicide, tracing the sources of unrealistic human ideals from the ancient world to the present realities of hyper-individualism.

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Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship by Kayleen Schaefer
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A personal and sociological examination of the evolution of female friendship in pop culture and modern society draws on the experiences of diverse women and the author's own life to celebrate how the bonds between women have evolved to have as much significance as relationships with romantic partners and family members.

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