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NONFICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN
August 2020

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Biography

And in the End: The Last Days of the Beatles by Ken McNab

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A Scotland Evening Times journalist and lifelong fan reconstructs the seismic events of 1969 that shaped The Beatles' acrimonious final collaborations, from filmed rehearsals and the Get Back documentary to creative disagreements and Lennon's heroin use.

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The Answer Is . . .: Reflections on My Life by Alex Trebek

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Longtime Jeopardy! host and television icon Alex Trebek reflects on his life and career.

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Being Lolita: A Memoir by Alisson Wood

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A lonely and vulnerable high-school senior who finds solace in her writing is given a copy of Lolita by her charismatic young English teacher before the girl becomes the victim of a deeply abusive, forbidden relationship.

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The Black Arts: How Opposition Research Weaponized the Truth and Changed Politics Forever by John Burton

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The influential campaign operative and former Obama staff member explores the role of political opposition research in today's campaigns, sharing coverage of how campaigns and journalists interact, the "fake news" debate and the rise of populism.

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The Book of Atlantis Black: The Search for a Sister Gone Missing by Betsy Bonner

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The author of Round Lake describes the abuse and mental illness her sister and she navigated in childhood and her investigation into social-media postings, emails and an unidentified death in Tijuana to reconstruct the last months of her sister's life.

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Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family by Omid Scobie & Carolyn Durand

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With unique access and written with the participation of those closest to the couple, the insider authors offer an honest, up-close and disarming portrait of a confident, influential and forward-thinking couple who are unafraid to break with tradition, determined to create a new path away from the spotlight, and dedicated to building a humanitarian legacy that will make a profound difference in the world.

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Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda by Jean Guerrero

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The author charts Stephen Miller's rise to power—drawing from more than one hundred interviews with his family, friends, adversaries and government officials, as well as years of reporting from the U.S. border.

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How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower's Biggest Decisions by Susan Eisenhower

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The DC policy strategist and granddaughter of the 34th President examines Dwight D. Eisenhower's leadership throughout a transformational time in America, covering such topics as the Korean War, the Cold War and the Missile Gap controversy.

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Inferno: A Memoir of Motherhood and Madness by Catherine Cho

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Traces the debut author's identity-shattering experience with postpartum psychosis, describing her commitment into a New Jersey psychiatric ward and her efforts to reconstruct her sense of self as a London wife and daughter of Korean immigrants.

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Inventory: A Memoir by Darran Anderson

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The award-winning author of Imaginary Cities traces his coming-of-age during the final years of the Troubles in Ireland and the war deaths of his family members along the banks of a history-laden Foyle River.

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Live in Love: Growing Together Through Life's Changes by Lauren Akins/ Mark Dagostino

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The wife of country music star Thomas Rhett shows what it’s really like to be “the perfect couple” fans imagine, and reveals what it actually takes to live in love, stay in love and grow together.

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Notes on a Silencing: A Memoir by Lacy Crawford

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The author of Early Decision traces her healing journey after a traumatizing sexual assault at infamous St. Paul's boarding school, describing how she helped police uncover proof of the school's institutionalized mandate of silence.

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Olive the Lionheart: Lost Love, Imperial Spies, and One Woman's Journey into the Heart of Africa by Brad Ricca

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Draws on personal writings in an account of Olive MacLeod's search for her missing fiancé, naturalist Boyd Alexander, in 1910 Africa, a quest shaped by dangerous natural elements, a murderous leopard cult and two adorable lion cubs.

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Riding With the Ghost: A Memoir by Justin Taylor

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The acclaimed author of The Gospel of Anarchy describes how his father's unsuccessful suicide attempt amidst struggles to keep his marriage together while fighting long-term illness and depression forced him to confront and reckon with troubles in his own life.

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Say Your Word, Then Leave: The Assassination of Jamal Khashoggi and the Power of the Truth by Karen Attiah

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A behind-the-scenes account of Jamal Khashoggi's final year at The Washington Post includes coverage of his self-exile after speaking out against crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and how the journalist's assassination revealed links between Saudi Arabia and the Trump administration.

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Who Is Alex Trebek?: A Biography by Lisa Rogak

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A best-selling biographer gives readers a look at Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek's early life, his career and his personal life.

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You Ought to Do a Story About Me: Addiction, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Endless Quest for Redemption by Ted Jackson

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Documents the photojournalist author's 30-year friendship with former NFL star Jackie Wallace, describing the losses and addiction that led the three-time Super Bowl star to homelessness on the streets of New Orleans.

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Business & Economics

2030: How Today's Biggest Trends Will Collide and Reshape the Future of Everything by Mauro F. Guillen

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An award-winning Wharton School management authority presents a revolutionary analysis of the global trends that he predicts will permanently change the world's economy and population dynamics, from robot workforces to a reduced prioritization of Western consumers.

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Finding Work You Love: 3 Steps to Getting Your Perfect Job After College by Kirk Snyder

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The Fortune 500 speaker and author of Lavender Road to Success outlines a three-step system to creating a deeply meaningful and engaging career, counseling readers on how to identify and match personal strengths to more fulfilling jobs.

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Money for Nothing: The Scientists, Fraudsters, and Corrupt Politicians Who Reinvented Money, Panicked a Nation, and Made the World Rich by Thomas Levenson

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Provides the sweeping story of how the greatest minds of the Scientific Revolution applied their new ideas to people, money and markets—and, along the way, invented modern finance.

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Soul Full of Coal Dust: A Fight for Breath and Justice in Appalachia by Chris Hamby

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In a devastating and urgent work of investigative journalism, a Pulitzer Prize winner uncovers the tragic resurgence of black lung disease in Appalachia, its Big Coal cover-up, and the resilient mining communities who refuse to back down.

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General Nonfiction

25 Great Sentences and How They Got That Way by Geraldine Woods

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A master writing instructor reveals the underlying craft that goes into the creation of a memorable sentence, sharing analytical insights into the lasting power of well-written lines by such literary intellects as Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison and Jack Kerouac.

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A Good Apology: Four Steps to Make Things Right by Molly Howes

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Through the book's four essential steps, the author gives groundbreaking advice on how best to make an effective apology toward rebuilding any relationship.

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Heart Breath Mind: Train Your Heart to Conquer Stress and Achieve Success by Leah Lagos

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An internationally known expert in biofeedback and sport and performance psychology shares with readers for the first time the same program that she uses with top athletes, CEOs, business leaders—anyone who wants and needs to perform at their best.

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Making Sense: Conversations on Consciousness, Morality, and the Future of Humanity by Sam Harris

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The best-selling neuroscientist and author of The End of Faith shares transcripts of 12 top-selected conversations from his controversial podcast to explore such topics as the nature of consciousness, free will, political extremism and ethical living.

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The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad by Mike Birbiglia with J. Hope Stein.

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With humorous parenting observations, a New York Times best-selling author and award-winning comedian delivers a book for anyone who has ever raised a child, been a child, or refuses to stop acting like one.

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Outraged: Why Everyone Is Shouting and No One Is Talking by Ashley Dotty Charles

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A rapper and the radio host on BBC Radio One describes how current cultural, online outrage has detracted from actual activism for things that are still actionable, like the gender pay gap, racial bias and gun control.

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The Plus: Self-help for People Who Hate Self-help by Greg Gutfeld

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A Fox News host teaches you how to brainwash yourself into better behavior, retaining the pluses in your life and eliminating the minuses.

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So Many Ways to Lose: The Amazin' True Story of the New York Mets, the Best Worst Team in Sports by Devin Gordon

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A good-natured assessment of the "best worst team" in baseball celebrates the Mets' strong championship records and two World Series wins as well as the unique and spectacular losses that have further cemented fan support.

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Vesper Flights by Helen MacDonald

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The award-winning author of H Is for Hawk presents a collection of top-selected essays about humanity's relationship with nature, exploring subjects ranging from captivity and immigration to ostrich farming and the migrations of songbirds from the Empire State Building.

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What Girls Need: How to Raise Bold, Courageous, and Resilient Women by Marisa Porges

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The former White House strategist and jet pilot turned headmaster of Philadelphia's Baldwin School for girls draws on career insights to counsel parents and educators on how to support audacity and ambition in girls everywhere.

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Health & Fitness

The End of Alzheimer's Program: The First Protocol to Enhance Cognition and Reverse Decline at Any Age by Dale Bredesen. Foreword by David Perlmutter.

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The New York Times best-selling author of The End of Alzheimer’s lays out a specific plan to help everyone prevent and reverse cognitive decline or simply maximize brainpower.

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This Is Your Brain on Food: An Indispensable Guide to the Surprising Foods that Fight Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, and More by Uma Naidoo

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A Harvard-trained psychiatrist, Cornell nutrition specialist and professional chef shares actionable dietary recommendations and brain-healthy recipes for foods that can support the treatments of common psychological and cognitive health challenges, from anxiety to sleep disorders.

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History

12 Seconds of Silence: How a Team of Inventors, Tinkerers, and Spies Took Down a Nazi Superweapon by Jamie Holmes

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The World War II story of “Section T”, a team of physicists, engineers, and everyday people created one of the world’s first smart weapons that helped neutralize the Nazi superweapon that threatened countless lives.

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Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party by Julian E. Zelizer

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Tells the story of how Newt Gingrich and his allies tainted American politics, launching an enduring era of brutal partisan warfare.

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Carville's Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice by Pam Fessler

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Explores the hidden history of Carville, the only leprosy colony in the continental United States which lasted from 1894 and 1999, and the shameful treatment of the thousands of Americans who were needlessly exiled there.

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Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America -- A Recent History by Kurt Andersen

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The best-selling author of Fantasyland presents a deeply researched history of America's 20th-century transition toward government-sanctioned, normalized inequalities that favor big business and resist progressive change while rendering everyday workers increasingly powerless.

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Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-Up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World by Lesley M. Blume

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The author of Everybody Behaves Badly reveals the information suppression campaign that followed the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, detailing how reporter John Hersey saved millions of lives by exposing the bombings' long-term radiation effects.

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A Furious Sky: The Five-hundred-year History of America's Hurricanes by Eric Jay Dolin

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A best-selling author tells the history of America itself through its 500-year battle with the fury of hurricanes.

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Last Mission to Tokyo: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raiders and Their Final Fight for Justice by Michel Paradis

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A narrative account of the less-remembered Doolittle Raids of World War II traces the daring Raiders attack on mainland Japan and the international war crimes trials that defined Japanese-American relations and changed legal history.

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The Nazi Menace: Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Road to War by Benjamin Carter Hett

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The author of The Death of Democracy presents a narrative account of the years leading up to World War II, examining the racial conflicts and challenges to democracy that compromised Europe's early response to growing Nazi extremism.

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Operation Vengeance: The Astonishing Aerial Ambush That Changed World War II by Dan Hampton

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The best-selling author of Viper Pilot presents a narrative account of America's secret World War II mission to assassinate Isoroku Yamamoto, the Japanese commander who masterminded the Pearl Harbor attacks.

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The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South by Chip Jones

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An investigation into how racial inequality has shaped the heart transplant race describes how in 1968 an injured black man checked into a hospital before his heart was removed and donated without his family's knowledge or consent.

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Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980 by Rick Perlstein

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The award-winning author of The Invisible Bridge and Before the Storm connects the activities and influence of today's conservative movements to a deliberate shift toward right-wing policies that began during the Carter administration.

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We Should Have Seen It Coming: From Reagan to Trump -- A Front-Row Seat to a Political Revolution by Gerald F. Seib

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The executive Washington editor of The Wall Street Journal chronicles the astonishing 40-year rise and decline of the conservative movement in America, sharing insights into the roles of such contributors as the Federalist Society, the NRA and Fox News.

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Political Science

The End of White Politics: How to Heal Our Liberal Divide by Zerlina Maxwell

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A political analyst discusses how Donald Trump tapped into white male angst in his winning campaign and what progressives can do to help forge a new coalition that more accurately reflects the diversity of the American electorate.

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Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth by Brian Stelter

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The CNN correspondent, subject of the Page One documentary and author of Top of the Morning examines the 45th President's complicated relationship with the media and his controversial relationship with the Fox News network.

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How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps by Ben Shapiro

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The #1 New York Times best-selling author argues that the Left’s assault on history, language and culture is destroying the truths that bring Americans together.

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Live Free or Die: America (and the World) on the Brink by Sean Hannity

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The Fox News host and best-selling author of Conservative Victory argues that the leftist radicalism that he believes undermined American democracy in the 1960s must be purposefully fought again during the 2020 election to prevent progressive changes.

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The Madman Theory: Trump Takes on the World by Jim Sciutto

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A CNN chief national security correspondent shows how Donald Trump has disrupted the world order, and lays out just how difficult it will be to restore it.

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Sisters in Hate: Women on the Front Lines of White Nationalism by Seyward Darby

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The editor-in-chief of The Atavist Magazine presents a revelatory portrait of white nationalism that traces the lives of three present-day women supporters whose respective experiences with the far right shaped their radicalization.

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You're Fired: The Perfect Guide to Beating Donald Trump by Paul Begala

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Lays out the strategy that will defeat Donald Trump in the 2020 election and send him out of the White House.

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Science

The Book of Unconformities: Speculations on Lost Time by Hugh Raffles

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The award-winning author of Insectopedia shares the remarkable stories behind historical stones, drawing on years of research to profile examples ranging from Neolithic stone circles and Icelandic lava to mica from a Nazi concentration camp and Manhattan Lenape marble.

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The Butterfly Effect: Insects and the Making of the Modern World by Edward D. Melillo

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Draws on research in laboratory science, agriculture, international cuisine and other disciplines to trace the historical relationship between humans and insects, detailing the role of insects in medical science, the world's food supply and other essential aspects of modern life.

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The End of Everything: (Astrophysically Speaking) by Katie Mack

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From one a dynamic rising star in astrophysics comes an accessible and eye-opening look at five ways the universe could end, and the mind-blowing lessons each scenario reveals about the most important concepts in cosmology.

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Grasp: The Science Transforming How We Learn by Sanjay Sarma & Luke Yoquinto

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The head of MIT's Open Learning draws on neuroscience, cognitive psychology and other disciplines to explore the scientific processes of learning, the conditions that are most conducive to learning, the role of forgetting and whether traditional classroom approaches are effective.

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The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy's Vanishing Explorers by Emily Levesque

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An award-winning astronomer shares findings from her remarkable career, detailing how today's scientists are going beyond mechanical limitations to innovate creative new approaches to exploring space and her own role in discovering a new species of star.

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Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain by David Eagleman

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The Stanford University professor, host of the Emmy-nominated The Brain and best-selling author of Incognito draws on the latest scientific findings in a revelatory portrait of the human mind that explores how it continually adapts, recreates and forges new understandings.

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Shuttle, Houston: My Life in the Center Seat of Mission Control by Paul Dye

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NASA's longest-serving flight director explores how the high-stakes work of Mission Control and the Space Shuttle program has redefined humanity's relationship with the universe, describing the global impact of split-second decisions in dozens of high-risk missions.

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Tales from the Ant World by Edward O. Wilson

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvard professor emeritus and author of Anthill shares eloquent descriptions of his natural-world encounters with ants, from his boyhood explorations in the Alabama woods to his perilous journeys into the Brazilian rainforest.

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Social Science

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns identifies the qualifying characteristics of historical caste systems to reveal how a rigid hierarchy of human rankings, enforced by religious views, heritage and stigma, impact everyday American lives.

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COVID-19: The Pandemic That Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One by Debora Mackenzie

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In an accessible narrative, a veteran science journalist lays out the shocking story of how the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic happened and how to make sure this never happens again.

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Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots by Morgan Jerkins

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From an acclaimed cultural critic and the New York Times best-selling author of This Will Be My Undoing comes the story of her journey to understand her northern and southern roots, the Great Migration and the displacement of black people across America.

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True Crime

Dopeworld: Adventures in the Global Drug Trade by Niko Vorobyov

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A Russia Today journalist and former dealer explores the use of recreational drugs in cultures throughout the world and how humanity's intimate relationship with psychoactive substances has played a major role in history.

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Eliot Ness and the Mad Butcher: Hunting America's Deadliest Unidentified Serial Killer at the Dawn of Modern Criminology by Max Allan Collins & A. Brad Schwartz

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The authors of Scarface and the Untouchable document Prohibition agent Eliot Ness' years-long and possibly fatal manhunt for "The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run" against a backdrop of the 1936 World's Fair in Cleveland.

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Six Days in August: The Story of Stockholm Syndrome by David King

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The author of Vienna 1814 presents a groundbreaking account of the six-day hostage crisis in 1973 Stockholm during which altercations between a notorious outlaw, the prime minister of Sweden and psychologically traumatized captives inspired the term, "Stockholm syndrome."

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True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump by Jeffrey Toobin

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The CNN chief legal analyst and best-selling author of American Heiress presents a behind-the-scenes account of the Mueller investigation to explain how in spite of associate convictions and an impeachment, Donald Trump has survived to run for reelection.

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