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New Nonfiction April 2021

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Biography

Beyond: The Astonishing Story of the First Human Being to Leave Our Planet and Journey into Space by Stephen Walker

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A 60th-anniversary tribute to Russia's history-making first space mission documents the story of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the program's repurposing of a nuclear ballistic missile and the Cold War challenges that shrouded the mission in secrecy.

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Broken (in the Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson

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The award-winning humorist and author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened shares candid reflections on such topics as her experimental treatment for depression, her escape from three bears and her business ideas for Shark Tank.

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Buses Are a Comin': Memoir of a Freedom Rider by Charles Person with Richard Rooker

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A surviving original Freedom Rider recounts his firsthand experiences with the South's historical and ongoing resistance to racial equality, sharing insights into what is required for progressive change to become possible in America.

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A Coat of Yellow Paint: Moving Through the Noise to Love the Life You Live by Naomi Davis

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The Juilliard graduate and blogger behind the Love Taza platform presents a collection of intimate essays that draws on her experiences with an authentic life in New York City, discussing such topics as marriage, parenthood and faith.

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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner

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The Japanese Breakfast indie pop star presents a full-length account of her viral New Yorker essay to share poignant reflections on her experiences of growing up Korean-American, becoming a professional musician and caring for her terminally ill mother.

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Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe

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The award-winning author of Say Nothing presents a narrative account of how a prominent wealthy family sponsored the creation and marketing of one of the most commonly prescribed and addictive painkillers of the opioid crisis.

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Eva and Eve: A Search for My Mother's Lost Childhood and What a War Left Behind by Julie Metz

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The author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Perfection returns with an unforgettable account of her late mother’s childhood in Nazi-occupied Austria and the parallels she sees in present-day America.

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Every Day Is a Gift by Tammy Duckworth

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The U.S. senator and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth presents her incredible story.

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Everything Is Fine: A Memoir by Vince Granata

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A Pushcart Prize-nominated writer describes the circumstances of his mother's death at the hands of his younger brother, a patient with uncontrolled schizophrenia, whose disease the author painstakingly researched throughout a devastating murder trial.

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Festival Days by Jo Ann Beard

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A new collection from the award-winning author of The Boys of My Youth and In Zanesville.

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Finding Freedom: A Cook's Story; Remaking a Life from Scratch by Erin French

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The award-winning chef from The Lost Kitchen in Maine shares the story of how she overcame severe anxiety, addiction and the challenges of single parenthood to become the proprietor of a world-class restaurant.

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F*ck It, I’ll Start Tomorrow: A True Story by Action Bronson

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An entirely original and empowering memoir meets self-help guide from the best-selling author, rapper, artist and chef.

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Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter's Story by Mazie K. Hirono

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An intimate biography of the first Asian-American woman and only immigrant serving in the U.S. Senate describes her upbringing in rural Japan and Hawaii, firsthand experiences with economic insecurity and dedicated advocacy of progressive change.

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Hype: How Scammers, Grifters, and Con Artists Are Taking Over the Internet—and Why We're Following by Gabrielle Bluestone

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The former Vice journalist and Emmy-nominated producer of the Netflix documentary, Fyre, presents a revelatory examination of the con-artists, grifters and scammers of the digital age that outlines recommendations for protecting today's consumers.

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I Am a Girl from Africa by Elizabeth Nyamayaro

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The award-winning humanitarian and former United Nations Senior Advisor on Gender Equality describes how an aid volunteer saved her life and inspired her work as an advocate for positive change in communities throughout the world.

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The Invention of Miracles: Language, Power, and Alexander Graham Bell's Quest to End Deafness by Katie Booth

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A biography of Alexander Graham Bell tells the true—and troubling—story of the inventor of the telephone.

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Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life's Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union by Ruth Bader Ginsburg & Amanda L. Tyler

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Tracing the long history of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s work for gender equality and a “more perfect Union.”

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Little and Often by Trent Preszler

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The founder of Preszler Woodshop discusses his long-time estrangement from his father and how he overcame the grief and loss of his father's death through a carpentry project completed with inherited tools.

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My Broken Language by Quiara Alegría Hudes

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A Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright shares her lyrical coming-of-age story against a backdrop of her devastated barrio home and the idiosyncratic, troubled and fiercely loving Puerto Rican family that inspired her literary voice.

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On the House: A Washington Memoir by John Boehner

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The former Speaker of the House shares candid tales from Washington, D.C.'s halls of power, offering insight into America's Republican Party and the leadership successes and failures of Presidents from the past half century.

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Sensational: The Hidden History of America's "Girl Stunt Reporters" by Kim Todd

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The award-winning author of Tinkering with Eden presents a vivid social history of the Gilded Age that examines the stories of women journalists who went undercover to champion women's rights and expose corruption and abuse in America.

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Second Chances: A Marine, His Dog, and Finding Redemption by Craig Grossi

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The author of Craig and Fred describes how his devoted canine companion and he visited Maine State Prison to work beside inmates who serve purposeful time in prison by training service dogs for disabled veterans.

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Three Dreamers: A Memoir of Family by Lorenzo Carcaterra

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The best-selling author of Sleepers presents a tribute to his mother, grandmother and late wife that celebrates their accomplishments as strong women role models and survivors of history who imparted lessons in courage, kindness and the power of storytelling.

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The Triumph of Nancy Reagan by Karen Tumulty

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A Washington Post political columnist presents a portrait of the former First Lady that includes coverage of her traumatic early childhood, marriage to Ronald Reagan and crucial role in shaping the Reagan White House.

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The Unfit Heiress: The Tragic Life and Scandalous Sterilization of Ann Cooper Hewitt by Audrey Clare Farley

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Documents the sobering 1934 court battle between Ann Cooper Hewitt and her socialite mother, citing the eugenics law that permitted the former to be declared unfit for promiscuity and sterilized without her knowledge.

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Untitled Johnnyswim Book by Johnnyswim

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A first book by the husband-and-wife singer-songwriter duo shares intimate details about their marriage and successful music partnership, from their first encounters in 2005 Nashville to their stage and television appearances.

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General Nonfiction

At Any Cost: A Father's Betrayal, a Wife's Murder, and a Ten-Year War for Justice by Rebecca Rosenberg & Selim Algar

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An account of the 2009 murder of Wall Street millionaire Shele Danishefsky also describes how the killer, her estranged husband, concocted a series of violent and increasingly unhinged schemes to claim his late wife's fortune.

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The Better Brain: Overcome Anxiety, Combat Depression and Reduce ADHD and Stress with Nutrition by Bonnie J. Kaplan & Julia J. Rucklidge. Foreword by Andrew T. Weil.

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Two leading scientists draw on original, groundbreaking research to outline approaches to treating common mental illnesses with nutrition, sharing insights into the role of minerals and vitamins in brain health while providing more than 30 mood-bolstering recipes.

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Dusk, Night, Dawn: On Revival and Courage by Anne Lamott

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The New York Times bestselling author, drawing from her own experiences, shows us the intimate and human ways we can adopt to move through life’s dark places and toward the light of hope that still burns ahead for all of us.

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Fast Burn!: The Power of Negative Energy Balance by Ian K. Smith

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A motivational plan for sustainable weight loss by the best-selling author of Clean & Lean expands on the author's philosophies about intermittent fasting, outlining a nine-week plan for rapid results.

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The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000-2020 by Rachel Kushner

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A career-spanning anthology of essays on politics and culture by the best-selling author of The Flamethrowers includes entries discussing a Palestinian refugee camp, an illegal Baja Peninsula motorcycle race and the 1970s Fiat factory wildcat strikes.

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The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story by Kate Summerscale

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The Edgar Award-winning author of The Wicked Boy documents the story of 1930s Hungarian ghost hunter Nandor Fodor and the traumatic details surrounding the case of a London housewife's bizarre supernatural experiences.

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Holding Back the River: The Struggle Against Nature on America's Waterways by Tyler J. Kelley

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Reports on the men and women wrestling to harness and preserve America’s most vital natural resource: our rivers.

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How Y'all Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived by Leslie Jordan

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A viral sensation and Emmy Award-winner regales fans with entertaining stories about the odd, funny, and unforgettable events in his life in an essay collection that echoes his droll, irreverent voice.

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Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power by Brooke Baldwin

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The Peabody finalist CNN Newsroom anchor and creator of the American Woman digital series explores the powerful phenomenon that enables activist women of all backgrounds to work collaboratively and effectively for positive change.

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I Have Been Buried Under Years of Dust: A Memoir of Autism and Hope by Valerie Gilpeer & Emily Grodin

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A poet with nonverbal autism and her mother recount their shared 25-year struggle with unsuccessful therapies before an astonishing breakthrough led to a communication awakening and remarkable insights into the neurological science of the autism experience.

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The National Audubon Society Trees of North America by National Audubon Society

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From the creators of the world’s the trusted field guides comes a source for millions of nature lovers, a comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date guide to the trees of North America.

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The New Breed: What Our History With Animals Reveals About Our Future With Robots by Kate Darling

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The MIT Media Lab researcher and robot ethicist offers an optimistic look at our future with robots based on our historical relationships with animals.

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Our Team: The Epic Story of Four Men and the World Series That Changed Baseball by Luke Epplin

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Tells the story of four men—Larry Doby, Bill Veeck, Bob Feller, and Satchel Paige—whose improbable union on the Cleveland Indians in the late 1940s would shape the immediate postwar era of Major League Baseball and beyond.

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Permission to Dream by Chris Gardner with Mim Eichler-Rivas

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Inspired by a girlfriend's death to make the most of his remaining time, Chris assists his granddaughter's search for the harmonica of her dreams while revisiting an old ambition. By the best-selling author of The Pursuit of Happyness.

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Skywalker: A Family at War by Kristin Baver

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Uncover the secrets of the Skywalkers: the family that shaped a galaxy far, far away in the popular Start Wars film series.

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Sure, I'll Be Your Black Friend: Notes from the Other Side of the Fist Bump by Ben Philippe

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The award-winning author of The Field Guide to the North American Teenager presents an adult essay collection that frankly recounts his lifetime of experience as an only Black person in predominantly white school, work and social environments.

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Think Like a Breadwinner: A Wealth-Building Manifesto for Women Who Want to Earn More and Worry Less by Jennifer Barrett

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The CEO of the Acorns financial wellness app reframes traditional views on what it means to be a primary breadwinner, counseling working women on how to achieve freedom and security through practical approaches to financial independence.

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The Third Pole: Mystery, Obsession, and Death on Mount Everest by Mark Synnott

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The veteran Pararescuemen trainer and author of The Impossible Climb recounts how the unknown achievements of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine's ill-fated 1924 ascent inspired his own unlikely summit up Mount Everest.

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This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism by Don Lemon

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Don Lemon brings his vast audience and experience as a reporter and a black man to today’s most urgent question: How can we end racism in America in our lifetimes?

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World Travel: An Irreverent Guide by Anthony Bourdain & Laurie Woolever

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A guide to some of the world’s most interesting places, as seen and experienced by writer, television host and relentlessly curious traveler Anthony Bourdain.

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Your Turn: How to Be an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims

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The author of the New York Times best-selling How to Raise an Adult is back with a book for the adult children of hovering parents—and for everyone who struggles to be a grown-up in these challenging times.

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History

Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America's First Frontier by Tom Clavin & Bob Drury

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A narrative account of the life of historical frontiersman Daniel Boone goes beyond pop-culture depictions to offer insight into his Revolutionary War heroism and nation-shaping achievements as witnessed by 18th-century colonists and Native Americans.

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A Short History of Humanity: A New History of Old Europe by Johannes Krause & Thomas Trappe. Trans by Caroline Waight.

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A founding director of the Max Planck Institute and the editor-in-chief of Berlin's Tagesspiegel introduce the revolutionary science of archaeogenetics while explaining how new DNA sequencing technologies are revealing essential details about human evolution.

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Stampede: Gold Fever and Disaster in the Klondike by Brian Castner

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A gripping account of the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-1898 sets the experiences of tens of thousands of desperate people against a backdrop of the period's economic depression while tracing the stories of the era's most iconic characters.

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Psychology

The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence by Jessica Lahey

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A comprehensive reference for parents and educators explains the origins of substance abuse while offering advice for how to identify risk factors and take steps to prevent vulnerable teens from developing an addiction disorder.

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A Cure for Darkness: The Story of Depression and How We Treat It by Alex Riley

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A fascinating look at the treatment of depression, blending journalism, science, history and memoir, by an award-winning science writer.

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High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out by Amanda Ripley

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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Smartest Kids in the World comes the first major book to use cutting-edge science and investigative reporting to explain the lure of malignant conflict in our private and public lives—and to reveal how we can escape it.

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The Quick Fix: Why Fad Psychology Can't Cure Our Social Ills by Jesse Singal

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The investigative journalist and former editor of New York magazine's "Science of Us" online vertical challenges the scientific assumptions behind successful pop psychology approaches, explaining why they are insufficient for addressing trauma and systemic inequalities.

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Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex, and Death in a World That's Lost Its Mind by Jamie Wheal

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The co-author of the Pulitzer-nominated Stealing Fire draws on principles in neuroscience and psychology to outline an intensive program of breathing, movement and sexuality to heal trauma, promote inspiration and strengthen relationship bonds.

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What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Oprah Winfrey & Bruce D. Perry

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Oprah Winfrey and a renowned brain development and trauma expert discuss the impact of trauma and adversity and how healing must begin with a shift to asking, “what happened to you?” rather than “what’s wrong with you?”

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Science

A Brief History of Earth: Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters by Andrew H. Knoll

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An acclaimed Harvard geologist presents a narrative chronicle of the Earth's 4.6-billion-year evolution that places the environmental crises of today's world in a context that explains the planet's fragile capacity to support life.

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Cosmic Queries: Startalk's Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We're Going by Neil deGrasse Tyson & James Trefil

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A legendary astrophysicist offers a unique spin on the mysteries and curiosities of the cosmos, building on rich material from his beloved StarTalk podcast, while a renowned physicist takes on a big questions that humanity has been posing for millennia.

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The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything by Michio Kaku

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A renowned theoretical physicist and New York Times best-selling author of Hyperspace and The Future of Humanity, tells the story of one of the greatest quests in all of science.

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Mom Genes: Inside the New Science of Our Ancient Maternal Instinct by Abigail Tucker

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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Lion in the Living Room comes a fascinating and provocative exploration of the biology of motherhood.

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SELF-HELP

Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson

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The sequel to 12 Rules for Life offers further guidance along the perilous path of modern life.

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Effortless: Make It Easy to Do What Matters by Greg McKeown

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From the New York Times best-selling author of Essentialism comes a book devoted to a simple principle: getting great results doesn’t have to be so hard.

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The Hero Code: Lessons Learned from Lives Well Lived by William H. McRaven

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The Four-Star Admiral, retired Commander of U.S. Special Operations Forces and best-selling author of Make Your Bed shares succinct, inspirational lessons about the character qualities of everyday true heroes.

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The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self by Martha Beck

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The best-selling author and life coach draws inspiration from Dante's classic hero's journey as depicted in The Divine Comedy to outline a four-stage process for using integrity and purpose for emotional healing and relief from suffering.

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Social Science

First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human by Jeremy DeSilva

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A Dartmouth anthropologist whose team discovered two ancient human species explores how our evolution toward bipedalism rendered us dominant, innovative, more compassionate and more susceptible to health problems.

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Jackpot: How the Super-rich Really Live—and How Their Wealth Harms Us All by Michael Mechanic

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A senior editor at Mother Jones dives into the lives of the extremely rich, showing the fascinating, otherworldly realm they inhabit—and the insidious ways this realm harms us all.

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Man Enough: Undefining My Masculinity by Justin Baldoni

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The actor, director and social activist builds on his popular TED talk to speak openly about the consequences of toxic masculinity, sharing insight into how to create a system of accountability to help men develop more compassionately.

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Truth About Lies: The Illusion of Honesty and the Evolution of Deceit by Aja Raden

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The author of Stoned illuminates the scientific, historical and psychological sources of human deceit, sharing informed insights into how lies told to oneself, to others and among groups may be part of a healthy survival mechanism.

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