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NONFICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN May 2018

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Biography

American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
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The son and namesake of Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy shares poignant memories from his turbulent childhood and the lessons he has learned from family mentors, including JFK and his father, that shaped his firm democratic belief system.

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Beauty in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience by Allison Pataki. Foreword by Lee Woodruff.
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The best-selling author of The Accidental Empress describes how, while on a vacation during her pregnancy, her healthy 35-year-old surgical resident husband suffered a rare and life-threatening stroke that placed everything they had worked for in jeopardy, a struggle she navigated by writing daily letters to her husband that helped her make sense of challenges and fall in love with him all over again.

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Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian, My Story of Rescue, Hope, and Triumph by Yusra Mardini
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Traces the author's life-changing rescue of a boatload of fellow refugees and how it inspired her to compete on the 2016 Refugee Olympic Team in Rio de Janeiro, tracing her subsequent work with the UN as a Goodwill Ambassador and her advocacy on behalf of people who have been forced from their homes by war.

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Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling by Amy Chozick
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Trailing Hillary Clinton through all of the highs and lows of the most noxious and wildly dramatic presidential election in American history, the author came to understand what drove Clinton, how she accomplished what no woman had before and why she ultimately failed.

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Crash Test Girl: An Unlikely Experiment in Using the Scientific Method to Answer Life's Toughest Questions by Kari Byron
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A former co-host of MythBusters demonstrates how to use the scientific method—the logical process she employed while testing urban legends: question, hypothesize, experiment, analyze and conclude—for solving everyday problems, from unhappy relationships to depression and debt.

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Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence by James R. Clapper with Trey Brown.
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The former director of National Intelligence and senior advisor to Barack Obama traces his five-decade career, detailing his relationships with multiple presidents, the truth about Russia's alleged role in the election of Donald Trump, his efforts to make intelligence more transparent and his decision to step down in January 2017.

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A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey
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The former FBI director shares previously undisclosed experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career throughout the past two decades, from Mafia prosecutions and the Martha Stewart scandal to the Bush administration's electronic surveillance and the Clinton e-mail investigation, exploring the qualities of ethical leadership and how it drives sound decisions.

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House of Nutter: The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row by Lance Richardson
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Describes the life and career of the Savile Row tailor and his photographer brother who influenced the fashion of the swinging cultural revolution that took place in the late 60s and early 70s, influencing everyone from Bianca Jagger to the Beatles.

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I'm Just Happy to Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering by Janelle Hanchett
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From the creator of the blog "Renegade Mothering" comes a forthright, darkly funny and ultimately empowering memoir chronicling her tumultuous journey from young motherhood to abysmal addiction and a recovery she never imagined possible.

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I'm Keith Hernandez: A Memoir by Keith Hernandez
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The legendary first baseman best known for his World Series win with the New York Mets tells all.

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Kickflip Boys: A Memoir of Freedom, Rebellion, and the Chaos of Fatherhood by Neal Thompson
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The critically acclaimed author of Driving with the Devil presents a lighthearted memoir about the challenges and concerns he navigated as the father of two strong-willed skateboarder and counterculture sons.

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Life After Darkness: Finding Healing and Happiness After the Cleveland Kidnappings by Michelle Knight
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Published on the fifth anniversary of the author's escape, an uplifting memoir about healing and resilience shares insights into the decade she and two other women were held captive by Ariel Castro as well as the resolve that has led her to become a volunteer and advocate for changes to prevent her experiences from happening to others.

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Like Brothers by Mark Duplass & Jay Duplass. Foreword by Mindy Kaling.
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The critically acclaimed writers, directors, producers and stars of such hit projects as The League, Transparent and The Mindy Project share the secrets behind their creative partnership, offering insight into their balance between innovation and commercial viability, the dynamics of the Hollywood machine and the challenges of collaborating professionally with a loved one.

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The Lost Pilots: The Spectacular Rise and Scandalous Fall of Aviation's Golden Couple by Corey Mead
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Describes the affair between pilots Jessie Miller and William Lancaster, who few from London to Melbourne in 1927 setting the long distance flying record and falling in love despite both being married to other people.

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Madame Claude: Her Secret World of Pleasure, Privilege, and Power by William Stadiem
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Traces the remarkable life of the head of post-World War II Paris' most exclusive finishing school, tracing her origins as an impoverished Jewish girl from the city of Angers, her concentration-camp survival, the controversies that rendered her one of the world's most wanted women and her celebrated role in famous marriages. By the author of Mr. S.

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Meghan: A Hollywood Princess by Andrew Morton
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From the New York Times best-selling author of Diana: Her True Story comes a biography of Meghan Markle, the American actress who won Prince Harry's heart.

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My Country, My Life: Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace by Ehud Barak
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A definitive memoir by one of Israel's most influential soldier-statesmen and former prime minister traces the history of Israel's first seven decades, his landmark decisions while negotiating with Palestine in 2000 and his insights into what will be required to forge peace in the Middle East.

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Paul Simon: The Life by Robert Hilburn
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An intimate, candid portrait of the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and first songwriter recipient of the Gershwin Prize, written with rare input by Simon himself, discusses his creative process, his marriages, his decision to leave Simon and Garfunkel and the challenges and sacrifices of living life at an ultimate level of music artistry.

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The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations by John McCain & Mark Salter
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A candid new political memoir by the former Republican presidential nominee and author of Faith of My Fathers chronicles the election of Barack Obama through the divisive 2016 election of Donald Trump, offering no-holds-barred opinions of the current developments coming out of Washington as well as his recommendations for ongoing international challenges, from Russia and NATO to ISIS and the wars in the Middle East.

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Robert F. Kennedy: Ripples of Hope: Kerry Kennedy Interviews World Leaders, Activists, and Celebrities About Her Father's Influence in Their Lives by Kerry Kennedy
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The daughter of Robert F. Kennedy shares personal remembrances of her father and—through interviews with politicians, media personalities, celebrities and leaders—explores the influence that he continues to have on the issues at the heart of America's identity.

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Robin by Dave Itzkoff
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The New York Times culture reporter and author of Mad as Hell presents a compelling portrait of Robin Williams that illuminates his comic brilliance, conflicting emotions and often misunderstood character, sharing insights into the gift for improvisation that shaped his wide range of characters, his struggles with addiction and depression and his relationships with friends and family members.

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The Seasons of My Mother: A Memoir of Love, Family, and Flowers by Marcia Gay Harden
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A lyrical, uplifting memoir by the Academy- and Tony Award-winning actress traces the story of her childhood and career while using the imagery of flowers and the art of Ikebana as metaphors to represent the unique creative bond she shares with her mother, who has been succumbing in recent years to Alzheimer's.

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The Shadow Emperor: A Biography of Napoleon III by Alan Strauss-Schom
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Written by an American, this biography of the French emperor details the impact of his achievements in politics, commerce, social change, infrastructure, education, finance, cultural change and the military that ultimately led to the creation of modern France.

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So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know by Retta
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The Hollywood star of such hit series as Parks and Recreation and Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce presents an uproarious collection of essays that trace her upbringing by hardworking Liberian parents, the events that shifted her career focus from medicine to comedy and the ways that her successes have been shaped by fear and circumstance.

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Spring by Karl Ove Knausgaard
 
A Swedish father describes life with his newborn daughter, discussing the lightness and joy of the beginning of a new life, but also the creeping darkness and struggles in this new work from the author of Out of the World.

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There Are No Grown-Ups: And Other Things It Took Me 40 Years to Learn by Pamela Druckerman
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The best-selling author of Bringing Up Bébé charts the largely unexplored realities of being a 40-something in today's world, in a latest collection of laugh-out-loud essays that examines the decade as a milestone less associated with midlife than by the disconnects of social media, the French perspectives about libido and the challenges of raising kids while caring for aging parents.

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The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran by Masih Alinejad
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An Iranian journalist in exile discusses leaving her country, challenging tradition and sparking an online movement against compulsory hijab.

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Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America's Founding Father by Peter Stark
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A portrait of the first U.S. president's early years shares insights into how his service in the British military and his stationing in the brutal wilderness of the Ohio Valley shaped his nascent leadership and indirectly fed the conflict that led to the French and Indian War.

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General Nonfiction

AIQ: How People and Machines Are Smarter Together by Nick Polson & James Scott. Foreword by Steven D. Levitt.
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Two statistics professors describe how intelligent machines are changing the world and use stories, rather than equations, to help readers understand the mathematical language they use, and provide a better grasp on concepts in data and probability.

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Birds of a Feather: A True Story of Hope and the Healing Power of Animals by Lorin Lindner
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The clinical supervisor for Clinica Sierra Vista Behavioral Health traces her unlikely founding of the Serenity Park exotic bird sanctuary and veteran PTSD center, describing how her relationship with an abandoned Moluccan cockatoo led to her use the deep bonds that birds are capable of forming to establish a beneficial therapy practice for traumatized veterans.

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Calypso by David Sedaris

A latest collection of personal essays by the best-selling author of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls and Me Talk Pretty One Day shares even more revealing and intimate memories from his upbringing and family life.

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The Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life by Richard Russo
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A collection of personal essays from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Everybody’s Fool describes his broad interests and experiences, from an analysis on the value of Mark Twain, to accompanying a good friend on her pursuit of gender reassignment surgery.

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How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan
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The best-selling author of The Omnivore's Dilemma presents a groundbreaking investigation into the medical and scientific revolution currently taking place in the field of psychedelic drugs, drawing on a range of experiences to trace the criminalization of such substances as LSD and psychedelic mushrooms and how they may offer treatment options for difficult health challenges.

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The Man Who Climbs Trees by James Aldred
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A BBC and National Geographic wildlife cameraman and professional tree climber shares the stories of some of his most remarkable encounters with the world's exotic animals, tracing the story of his youth as an avid outdoorsman while describing how his treetop explorations have given him unique perspectives into the natural world.

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Masters of Modern Soccer: How the World's Best Play the Twenty-First-Century Game by Grant Wahl
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The forefront Sports Illustrated soccer journalist and best-selling author of The Beckham Experiment profiles master players in every key position to reveal how elite athletes and coaches strategize on and off the field and perform in high-pressure game situations.

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The Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica: A Suboptimal Guide to Soccer, America's Sport of the Future Since 1972 by Roger Bennett & Michael Davies
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Right before the start of the 2018 World Cup, two popular British soccer experts who host a podcast and a television show fill in the gaps for newly minted fans of the sport with great moments in the sport’s history.

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Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America by James Fallows & Deborah Fallows.
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A revelatory portrait of the civil and economic renewal currently underway in American towns and under the radar of the media draws on the authors' visits with the nation's civic leaders, factory workers, recent immigrants and young entrepreneurs, who are observing and understanding the beginnings of important transitional dynamics and opportunities.

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Pick Three: You Can Have It All - Just Not Every Day by Randi Zuckerberg
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In a motivational handbook—both a business how-to and self-help guide—a New York Times best-selling author of Dot Complicated takes on the fallacy of the “well-balanced” life, arguing that the key to success is learning to be well-lopsided.

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Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces by Michael Chabon
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh presents a full-length collection of essays on fatherhood, including his viral 2016 GQ piece about his 13-year-old son's immersion in Paris Men's Fashion Week.

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Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life by Francesca Gino
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An award-winning Harvard Business School professor shows readers why creative rebellion is essential at work and in life, and why the most successful among them are those who break the rules.

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Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood, and Betrayal by Jonathan Green
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A searing portrait of the crack epidemic and violent drug wars of the Bronx in the late 1980s and early 1990s documents the surge of crack cocaine's popularity and the murderous territory disputes among its dealers, tracing the rise and fall of notorious gang Sex Money Murder and its impact on regional families and law enforcement.

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Still Waters: The Secret World of Lakes by Curt Stager
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An exploration of the world's most remarkable lakes and our ancient connection to them draws on firsthand investigations to examine the significance of humanity's impact on iconic inland waters, sharing their stories and how they represent history, culture and the importance of conservation.

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Tip of the Iceberg: My 3,000-mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great American Frontier by Mark C. Adams
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From the acclaimed, best-selling author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu comes a fascinating and funny journey into Alaska, America’s last frontier, retracing the historic 1899 Harriman Expedition.

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Tyrant by Stephen Greenblatt
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A world-renowned Shakespeare scholar from Harvard explores the bard's insight into history's controversial, often mentally unstable, rulers, illuminating how Shakespeare's plays reflected his investigations into the social causes, psychological roots and twisted consequences of tyranny. By the National Book Award-winning author of The Swerve.

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Visualizing the Beatles: A Complete Graphic History of the World's Favorite Band by John Pring & Rob Thomas. Foreword by Rob Sheffield.
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A visual history of The Beatles illustrates the evolution of their style and sound through full-color infographics that examine the songs on every album, cover designs, chart positions, instruments used and much more.

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Health and Fitness

Anticancer Living: Transform Your Life and Health with the Mix of Six by Lorenzo Cohen & Allison Jefferies
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Arguing that daily choices and habits can be conclusively linked to cancer, a integrative program for minimizing personal risks outlines a "Mix of Six" lifestyle plan for overall health and well-being that focuses on the key areas of social support, stress management, sleep, exercise diet, and environmental toxins.

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The Autoimmune Solution Cookbook: Over 150 Delicious Recipes to Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases by Amy Myers

An acclaimed international doctor and star of the BBC program Doctor in the House presents a much-needed program to prevent and reverse disease and discover a path to sustainable, long-term health.

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How to Make Disease Disappear by Rangan Chatterjee

A functional medical specialist and cancer survivor outlines a customized program for identifying and taking control of the sources of chronic health issues, sharing simple, proven guidelines for optimizing cell regeneration, eating healthfully, exercising effectively and eliminating toxic fat.

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Rebuild: Five Proven Steps to Move from Diagnosis to Recovery and Be Healthier Than Before by Robert Zembroski
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The companion cookbook to the New York Times best-seller The Autoimmune Solution is filled with more than 150 nutritious, easy-to-prepare, every day recipes to heal symptoms of inflammation and autoimmune disorders, including Graves’ Disease, Psoriasis, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Celiac disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Multiple sclerosis.

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History

Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna by Edith Sheffer
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The prizewinning author of Burned Bridge: How East and West Germans Made the Iron Curtain presents an exploration of the sobering history behind Asperger's Syndrome that reveals child psychiatrist Hans Asperger's influence by Nazi psychiatry and his use of one of the Reich's deadliest killing centers to experiment on disabled children.

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Beyond the Call: Four Women on the Front Lines in Iraq and Afghanistan by Eileen Rivers
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Follows the experiences of four women who fought in active combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and also worked to gather intelligence about the Taliban from local Afghani women, with whom they were able to cultivate relationships with, unlike their male counterparts.

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Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York by Stacy Horn
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Describes the history of modern day Roosevelt Island, originally called Blackwell’s Island, which was bought in 1828 by New York City and used as a lunatic asylum, prison, hospital, workhouse and poorhouse and recreates what daily life was like for those trapped there.

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Energy: A Human History by Richard Rhodes
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A Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award winning author describes five centuries of progress through the history of energy sources, from wood to coal to oil to electricity and beyond and highlights the successes and failures that led to each innovation.

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The Mirage Factory: Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los Angeles by Gary Krist

Describes how the visions of three people: William Mulholland, an engineer; D.W. Griffith, an early filmmaker; and Aimee Semple McPherson, an evangelist and faith healer combined to turn sleepy, near-desert farmland into the city of Los Angeles.

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Origin Story: A Big History of Everything by David Christian
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Offers a captivating history of the universe—from before the dawn of time through the far reaches of the distant future.

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The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World by Simon Winchester
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The best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the crucial role of precision in advancement, in a chronicle that stands as both an homage and cautionary assessment for the future.

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Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin de Siecle Paris by Caroline Weber
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Describes the glittering lives and fabled salons of three members of fin-de-siècle Parisian high society who acted as muses to several generations of writers, artists, composers designers and journalists, ultimately influencing a composite character in The Remembrance of Things Past.

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RAF: The Birth of the World's First Air Force by Richard Overy
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The forefront historian and prize-winning author of The Dictators chronicles the origins of air power in the Royal Air Force during World War I, analyzing the German bombing raids that spurred political and public support of new technologies that created an independent air ministry that launched effective wartime campaigns, enforced imperial control in the Middle East and shaped development in other nations.

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RFK: His Words for Our Times by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Ed & intro by C. Richard Allen & Edwin O. Guthman
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Published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his assassination and featuring commentary by notable historians and public figures, an inspiring collection of Bobby Kennedy's most famous speeches shares intimate perspectives into his views on such subjects as civil rights, social justice, foreign policy, poverty and the Vietnam War.

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Rising Star, Setting Sun: The Departure of Ike, the Arrival of J.F.K., and the Continuing Battle for America's Future by Jonathan Shaw
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A timely revisionist examination of the transition of power from Eisenhower to Kennedy reveals its culmination of a generational shift in national politics, policy and culture as well as its establishment of a major turning point that is being echoed by the watershed changes of today's world.

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Ruthless Tide: The Tragic Epic of the Johnstown Flood by Al Roker
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The Emmy Award-winning NBC host and weather authority presents a gripping narrative history of the 1889 Johnstown Flood to chronicle key events, the damage that rendered the flood one of America's worst disasters and the pivotal contributions of key period figures, from dam engineer John Parke to American Red Cross founder Clara Barton.

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A Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean by Roland Philipps
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Drawing on a wealth of previously classified files and unseen family papers, the author meticulously documents the extraordinary story of one of the most treacherous spies of the Cold War era and a key member of the infamous "Cambridge Five" spy ring.

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Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire by Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney
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The #1 best-selling author of Three Days in January and anchor of the #1 rated Special Report With Bret Baier on Fox News Channel reveals as never before President Ronald Reagan’s battle to end the Cold War, framed around the historic, three-day 1988 Moscow Summit.

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Political Science

From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia by Michael McFaul
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A former ambassador to Russia during the Obama administration describes how the progress made between the two countries was destroyed when Vladimir Putin returned to power and recounts how the Kremlin actively sought to discredit and undermine him.

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The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics by Salena Zito & Brad Todd
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A syndicated columnist and an experienced Republican strategist delve into what makes Trump supporters tick through interviews with over 300 of them in 10 swing counties and discover that they have diverse jobs, income brackets, education levels and party allegiances.

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How Bernie Won: Inside the Revolution That's Taking Back Our Country--and Where We Go from Here by Jeff Weaver
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The president of the Our Revolution nonprofit and manager of Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign shares insights into how Bernie Sanders and his run for office effectively rose above typical negative practices and affiliations with big money to reconnect the Democratic party to its populist roots, triggering important, revolutionary changes in American politics.

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The Killing of Uncle Sam: The Demise of the United States of America by Rodney Howard-Browne & Paul L. Williams

Drawing from over 2,000 footnotes and quotes from former presidents, prime ministers and state officials, the authors capture details of the last 200 years of U.S. history that they assert the mainstream media does not want people to know, dissecting the "legalized" system of the private central banks that has gone unchecked, and delivering the truth about the real domestic and foreign enemies of the U.S.

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Political Risk: How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity by Condoleezza Rice  & Amy B. Zegart
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Examines the topic of political risk, the authors look at the essential lessons, corrective measures and counterintuitive insights for executives, entrepreneurs and investors to navigate an uncertain, volatile world.

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Sh*tshow!: The Country's Collapsing . . . and the Ratings Are Great by Charlie LeDuff
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author of Detroit presents an assessment of today's America based on his experiences while recording the television series, The Americans, to reveal how technology, social media, opioid addiction, economic imbalance and other hot-button issues are inflicting real-world harm on a mass scale.

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Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall--and Those Fighting to Reverse It by Steven Brill
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The award-winning journalist and best-selling author of America's Bitter Pill explores the reasons why major American institutions are no longer able to function as intended and are triggering deep economic divides, in a sobering report that also traces the stories of individuals and organizations who are laying the foundations for sustainable change.

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War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence by Ronan Farrow
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A notable journalist presents a harrowing exploration of the collapse of American diplomacy and the abdication of global leadership.

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Science

Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto by Alan Stern & David Grinspoon
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A New Horizons Principal Investigator and an award-winning NASA advisor share a behind-the-scenes account of the science, politics, egos and public expectations that shaped the New Horizons' mission to Pluto and beyond, citing the endeavor's boundary-breaking achievements and how they reflect the collective power of shared human goals.

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Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes by Nathan H. Lents
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A lighthearted, illuminating tour of the physical imperfections that make us human seeks to explain the human body's counter-intuitive tendency to fall ill, break down and generate superfluous parts, exploring human evolutionary history as a virtual litany of errors and compromises that reveal how human intelligence has proven adept at maneuvering around the body's design flaws.

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The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli
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The best-selling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics presents an accessible exploration of the nature of time that illuminates the questions debated by physicists and philosophers, challenging assumptions that time is linear or even measurable while explaining the critical role of perception.

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She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer
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The award-winning columnist and author of Parasite Rex presents a history of our understanding of heredity and how it has shaped human society, chronicling the transitions brought about by genetic research and sharing anecdotal insights into his own family's experiences while making predictions about how evolving understandings are likely to impact the future.

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When Einstein Walked With Godel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought by Jim Holt
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An accessible guide introduces readers to some of science’s least understood ideas, including the mysteries of quantum mechanics, the foundations of mathematics and the nature of logic and truth.

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Self-Help

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker
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A conflict-resolution facilitator describes why most of the gatherings in our lives are boring and unproductive and uses examples ranging from conferences, meetings, a courtroom and a flash mob to demonstrate how simple, but specific changes can energize any gathering.

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Bella Figura: How to Live, Love, and Eat the Italian Way by Kamin Mohammadi
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An Iranian exile and British journalist describes how in spite of her successful career she began to experience stress-related health setbacks and accepted a friend's invitation to Florence, where she discovered the Italian approach to slowing down and enjoying everyday life.

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Choose Wonder over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential by Amber Rae
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Aims to help each reader face his or her fears, navigate discomfort and rewrite the "worry" narratives in his or mind that hide the best and truest self.

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Happier Now: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Embrace Everyday Moments (Even the Difficult Ones) by Nataly Kogan

A nationally recognized expert and frequent guest speaker counsels readers on how to stop treating happiness as an elusive goal that is dependent on external factors, drawing on science, Eastern traditions and her own experiences as a refugee to outline simple practices for improving emotional resilience and living more happily in the present.

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The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 by Jonathan Rauch
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Using cutting-edge scientific studies, an award-winning journalist discusses the U-shaped trajectory of happiness, which is high in our 20s and declines in our 40s before surging upward again after age 50 and offers ways to endure the slump during midlife.

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The Sex Issue: Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Sexuality, Seduction, and Desire by The Editors of GOOP. Foreword by Gwyneth Paltrow.
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An eye-catching, conversation-sparking book from the editors of GOOP aims to answer all of one's questions on sexuality, seduction and sex.

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The Stuff: Unlock Your Power to Overcome Challenges, Soar, and Succeed by Sharlee Jeter & Sampson Davis, Sampson. Foreword by Derek Jeter & Marcus Brotherton
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The sister of baseball legend Derek Jeter and an emergency-room physician and best-selling author of Dying in Brick City share compassionate, non-judgmental stories from their personal experiences with tragedy as well as the inspiring stories of more than two dozen people who found the courage to keep going in the aftermath of loss.

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Social Science

Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston. Ed & intro by Deborah G. Plant
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Presents a never-before-published work from the author of the American classic Their Eyes Were Watching God that illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of one of the last known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade—abducted from Africa on the last “Black Cargo” ship to arrive in the United States.

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From Broken Glass: My Story of Finding Hope in Hitler's Death Camps to Inspire a New Generation by Steve Ross with Brian Wallace.

A survivor of the Holocaust describes how—by observing and enduring inconceivable cruelty as well as by receiving compassion from caring fellow prisoners—he learned of the human capacity to rise above even the bleakest circumstances, and later used that knowledge to help underprivileged youth in Boston for more than 40 years.

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The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West by John Branch

The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and award-winning author of Boy on Ice presents a portrait of the Wright family of Smith Mesa and their generations-long achievements as some of the world's most successful cattle ranchers and rodeo champions, tracing three generations of their battles against natural obstacles, federal regulation and injuries and how the changes of the 21st century are challenging their future.

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