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NONFICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN
August 2019

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Biography

All the Wrong Moves: A Memoir About Chess, Love, and Ruining Everything by Sasha Chapin

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An award-winning journalist explores the consequences of obsessive addiction through his experiences as an amateur chess enthusiast, revealing how the game consumed his life, compelling two years of international travels in search of grandmaster challenges.

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America's Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr. by Steven M. Gillon

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A leading historian who was also a close friend of John F. Kennedy, Jr., offers a deeply researched, personal, surprising and revealing portrait of the Kennedy heir the world lost too soon.

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Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention by Donna Freitas

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The university lecturer and author of The Body Market chronicles her toxic relationship with her mentor, an acclaimed professor whose unwanted abusive attentions transformed her life and compelled her advocacy work.

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Finding Zsa Zsa: The Gabors Behind the Legend by Sam Staggs

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A biographer, film historian and Gabor family friend reveals that, behind the headlines, is a true story more dramatic, fabulous and surprising than the Gabors' self-styled legend indicates.

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Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law by Haben Girma

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Documents the incredible story of the first deaf and blind graduate of Harvard Law School, tracing her refugee parents' harrowing experiences in the Eritrea-Ethiopian war and her development of innovations that enabled her remarkable achievements.

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Into the Planet: My Life As a Cave Diver by Jill Heinerth

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A renowned cave diver and expert consultant presents a firsthand account of a trailblazing career spent exploring the hidden depths and sunken caves of the world's oceans, detailing the field's important scientific and historical discoveries.

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Is There Still Sex in the City? by Candace Bushnell

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A group of female friends navigates the ever-modernizing phenomena of midlife dating and relationships between The Village and Manhattan's Upper East Side. By the critically acclaimed author of Sex and the City.

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The Last Ocean: A Journey Through Memory and Forgetting by Nicci Gerrard

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The award-winning journalist and coauthor of the Nicci French best-sellers presents a lyrical, humane investigation into dementia that explores the journeys of both patients and their loved ones, exposing misguided protocols that contribute to unnecessary end-of-life pain.

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The Long Accomplishment: A Memoir of Struggle and Hope in Matrimony by Rick Moody

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The award-winning author of The Ice Storm shares a month-by-month account of a harrowing year of his life, marked by his second marriage, depression, addiction, miscarriages, robberies and the deaths of friends.

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Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing by Elissa Altman

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A gay, taciturn writer and her narcissistic Manhattan singer mother are forced to navigate their codependent relationship when an accident places the latter in the former's care. The James Beard Award-winning blogger and author of Poor Man's Feast.

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Nights in White Castle: A Memoir by Steve Rushin

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A follow-up to Sting-Ray Afternoons traces the author's rise from an ambitious young Minnesota teen to a professional writer at the legendary Time & Life building. By the award-winning author of Road Swing.

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River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey by Helen Prejean

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An activist nun known for campaigning to end the death penalty describes her spiritual journey from a person who prayed for God to solve the problems of the world to someone who works to transform social injustices herself.

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Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan by Alan Paul & Andy Aledort. Epilogue by Jimmie Vaughan.

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An unstinting account of the guitar legend's life and career draws on firsthand insights from family members and loved ones to discuss topics ranging from Vaughan's creative endeavors and battles with addiction to his tumultuous marriage and fatal helicopter crash.

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Travel Light, Move Fast by Alexandra Fuller

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The best-selling author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight explores how her late father's service during the Rhodesian War, work as a banana farmer in Zambia and preference of unpredictability over security inspired her life.

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Vibrate Higher: A Rap Story by Talib Kweli

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The gifted, socially-conscious rapper describes his childhood and the people and events that shaped his life, like collaborating with hip hop legends Mos Def, Common and Kendrick Lamar, to selling books from the oldest African American bookstore in Brooklyn.

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When I Was White: A Memoir by Sarah Valentine

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A coming-of-age memoir traces the author's childhood as a white girl in the suburbs of Pittsburgh before she discovered that her father was a black man, a revelation that transformed her sense of identity and raised questions about family choices.

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Education

The Assault on American Excellence by Anthony T. Kronman

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A former dean of Yale Law School argues that the feverish egalitarianism gripping college campuses today is out of place at institutions whose job is to prepare citizens to live in a vibrant democracy.

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The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America's Broken Education System--and How to Fix It by Natalie Wexler

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An education journalist reveals how the modern elementary school's curriculum focuses on decontextualized reading comprehension skills instead of actual knowledge and offers the hopeful stories of innovative educators who are righting this wrong and making a difference.

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Normal Sucks: How to Live, Learn, and Thrive Outside the Lines by Jonathan Mooney

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A writer diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD as a child explores the toll the system takes on kids who are not "normal" and advocates for a revolution in the way we think about diversity, abilities and disabilities.

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General Nonfiction

Boss Up!: This Ain’t Your Mama’s Business Book by Lindsay Teague Moreno

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The millionaire podcaster and stay-at-home mother of three counsels women from all walks of life on how to gain the skills and confidence to create businesses that enable flexibility, fulfillment and financial security.

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Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die: Bioethics and the Transformation of Health Care in America by Amy Gutmann & Jonathan D. Moreno

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An incisive examination of bioethics in American healthcare throughout the past six decades offers straightforward insights into the moral challenges of medical progress in light of escalating costs, shorter life expectancies and higher infant mortality rates.

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Have You Eaten Grandma?: Or, the Life-Saving Importance of Correct Punctuation, Grammar, and Good English by Gyles Brandreth

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A style manual for English-language speakers on both sides of the Atlantic, written by the author of the Oscar Wilde Mystery series, identifies the common mistakes and correct usage of everything from dangling participles to transitive verbs.

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How the Brain Lost Its Mind: Sex, Hysteria, and the Riddle of Mental Illness by Allan H. Ropper & Brian Burrell

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A neurology professor at Harvard describes how syphilis and hysteria confounded doctors throughout the centuries, affecting infamous people like Vincent van Gogh and Friedrich Nietzsche, and led to the proliferation of mental institutions, lobotomies, electroshock therapy and psychotropic drugs.

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Human Relations and Other Difficulties: Essays by Mary-Kay Wilmers

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The editor of the London Review of Books provides an incisive collection of essays exploring a concern with the relation between the genders—the effect men have on women, and the ways in which men limit and frame women’s lives.

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The Immoral Majority: Why Evangelicals Chose Political Power Over Christian Values by Ben Howe

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A conservative columnist assesses how his fellow Evangelicals have tolerated diminishing standards of leadership, drawing on Scripture to remind Christians of the importance of character and the dangers of partisan victories over biblical tenets.

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Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don't Know You Have by Tatiana Schlossberg

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The New York Times science writer explains the impact of climate change and environmental pollution on everyday life, examining largely unrecognized consequences in the specific areas of technology, food, fashion and fuel.

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Know-It-All Society: Truth and Arrogance in Political Culture by Michael P. Lynch

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The author of True to Life examines how a growing culture of narcissism is behind the fragmented political landscapes of today, drawing on the works of classic philosophers to explain the essential role of truth and humility in democracy.

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Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America by Christopher Leonard

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Uses the extraordinary account of how the biggest private company in the world grew to be that big to tell the story of modern corporate America.

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The Nature Cure: A Doctor's Guide to the Science of Natural Medicine by Andreas Michalsen. Preface by Valter Longo.

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A leading professor of clinical complementary medicine reveals natural approaches to improving health, drawing on cutting-edge scientific research and practical case studies to identify the wellness benefits of sunshine, water, fresh air, proper nourishment, medicinal plants and companion animals.

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The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age by Bina Venkataraman

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A Harvard and MIT global policy director and advisor to the Obama White House draws on myriad disciplines to explain why people typically do not plan for their futures, outlining counterintuitive approaches to making decisions that prove beneficial over time.

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The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier by Ian Urbina

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A Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times investigative reporter profiles the rampant criminal and exploitative activities of the world's unmonitored ocean regions, uncovering a vast global network of industry corruption, piracy and trafficking.

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Strange Harvests: The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects by Edward Posnett

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Explores the possibility of a more mutually beneficial relationship with nature through the stories of the small-scale harvests of seven uncommon products.

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Tiny but Mighty: Kitten Lady's Guide to Saving the Most Vulnerable Felines by Hannah Shaw

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The professional animal advocate best known as the "Kitten Lady" provides expert guidelines for caring for vulnerable newborn kittens, sharing the stories of remarkable rescues while discussing topics ranging from feline overpopulation to animal welfare.

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Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino

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A New Yorker writer presents nine original essays examining the fractures at the center of culture today, offering insights into the conflicts, contradictions, incentives and changes related to the rise of toxic social networking.

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Vern Yip's Vacation at Home: Design Ideas for Creating Your Everyday Getaway by Vern Yip

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The veteran Trading Spaces interior designer and author of the best-selling Vern Yip's Design Wise shares expert tricks and tips for infusing serenity and luxury-retreat elements into home environments.

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History

Alexander the Great: His Life and His Mysterious Death by Anthony Everitt

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A reconstruction of the life of the ancient Greek conqueror highlights his contradictory depictions throughout history, placing his achievements against a backdrop of his own historical time to discuss his growing empire, respect for regional traditions and mysterious death.

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Escalante's Dream: On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest by David Roberts

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The award-winning co-author of Alone on the Wall retraces the 1,700-mile Domínguez-Escalante expedition of 1776, revealing how the historical team discovered vast regions previously unknown to Europeans while barely surviving dangerous natural hazards.

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Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait by Bathsheba Demuth

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A Brown University environmental historian draws on her experiences with living among the indigenous people of Beringia in a comprehensive exploration of the relationship between capitalism, communism and Arctic ecology since the dawn of the industrial age.

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A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century by Jason Deparle

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An investigative reporter describes the lives of the Comodas family over several decades and three generations and shows the impact of global migration and how it has reordered economics, politics and culture around the world.

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The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator by Timothy C. Winegard

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Follows the history of the nefarious and pesky mosquito and its impact on humanity throughout the ages and around the globe, explaining how the tiny insect influenced the results of wars, colonization and the modern world order.

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Sudden Courage: Youth in France Confront the Germans, 1940-1945 by Ronald C. Rosbottom

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The author of When Paris Went Dark describes the contributions of young adults to the French Resistance, revealing how teen revolutionaries acquired skills ranging from sabotage and patrol evasion to intelligence smuggling and lethal self-defense.

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Tonight We Bombed the U.S. Capitol: The Explosive Story of M19, America's First Female Terrorist Group by William Rosenau

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Describes how six veteran women extremists joined together in the late 1970s to create M19, a terrorist organization that carried out acts of domestic terrorism, including prison breaks, armed robberies and a bombing campaign on the nation's capital.

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Political Science

America Is Better Than This: Trump's War Against Migrant Families by Jeff Merkley

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The junior senator from Oregon exposes the cruelty and chaos on America's southern border brought on by the family separation policies of the Trump administration and demands an end to what is effectively a gulag system.

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Crisis on the Border: An Eyewitness Account of Illegal Aliens, Violent Crime, and Cartels by Matt C. Pinsker

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An Army captain who was deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border for six months argues that the situation at the border was far more dangerous than most Americans realized, simultaneously creating a massive humanitarian crisis both at home and abroad.

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How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

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A best-selling author, National Book Award-winner and professor combines ethics, history, law and science with a personal narrative to describe how to move beyond the awareness of racism and contribute to making society just and equitable.

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Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court by Mollie Hemingway/ Carrie Severino

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Offering a deep dive into the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, two women with behind-the-scenes access—a senior editor of The Federalist and a Judicial Crisis Network senior counsel—reveal what really happened and give their views on what the bitterly divisive hearings mean for the future of the Court and the battle for the soul of America.

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Proof of Conspiracy: How Trump's International Collusion Is Threatening American Democracy by Seth Abramson

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The best-selling author of Proof of Collusion reveals how George Nader and several Middle Eastern leaders orchestrated Donald Trump's election, revealing the Trump family's role in a multinational agreement to marginalize hostile nations at the cost of democracy.

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The Russia Trap: How Our Shadow War with Russia Could Spiral Into Nuclear Catastrophe by George Beebe

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A former head of the CIA's Russia analysis examines the potential for a catastrophic nuclear war between Washington, D.C. and Moscow, revealing how new strategic weapons, world power shifts and regional conflicts are escalating tensions to dangerous levels.

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See Jane Win: The Inspiring Story of the Women Changing American Politics by Caitlin Moscatello

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The award-winning journalist best known for New York magazine's "The Cut" shares insider perspectives into the female candidates who fought back and won crucial elections in 2018, from Abigail Spanberger and Catalina Cruz to Anna Eskamani and London Lamar.

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Psychology

Gender and Our Brains: How New Neuroscience Explodes the Myths of the Male and Female Minds by Gina Rippon

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A leading cognitive neuroscience researcher draws on cutting-edge discoveries to challenge the myth that there is a biological distinction between male and female brains, offering scientific proof that brains are adaptable mosaics comprised of both male and female components.

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The Intelligence Trap: Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes by David Robson

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Draws on cutting-edge understandings in expertise and intelligence to reveal how smart people are equally or more prone to making mistakes, citing lessons that can be learned from the setbacks of intellectuals ranging from Benjamin Franklin to Richard Feynman.

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A Liberated Mind: How to Pivot Toward What Matters by Steven C. Hayes

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The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy originator shares key insights into the problem-solving mind, outlining psychological flexibility skills that can be adapted into treatments for mental illness, physical pain, social processes and natural performance enhancement.

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Science

The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes by Donald David Hoffman

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Challenging leading scientific theories that claim our senses are objective, a groundbreaking examination of human perception reveals its evolutionary importance and how it is used today in marketing, design and personal safety.

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The Deep History of Ourselves: The Four-billion-year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains by Joseph Ledoux

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A leading neuroscientist offers a history of the evolution of the brain from unicellular organisms to the complexity of animals and human beings today. By the author of Anxious.

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End Times: A Brief Guide to the End of the World by Bryan Walsh

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The founder of the award-winning Ecocentric blog on TIME.com provides answers to some of the most-feared catastrophic threats to the human race, including full-scale nuclear war, an asteroid collision and artificial intelligence that renders humans obsolete.

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Opium: How an Ancient Flower Shaped and Poisoned Our World by John Halpern & David Blistein

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A psychiatrist on the frontlines of addiction medicine presents a history of the poppy flower that traces its use in ancient civilizations through the opioid epidemic of today, outlining compassionate recommendations for necessary changes.

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Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are by Bill Sullivan

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A professor of pharmacology and microbiology uses cutting-edge research and humor to describe how genetics, microbiology and psychology combine to influence our personality and actions, including why we like certain foods, prefer certain personalities and hold the beliefs we do.

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True Crime

Chase Darkness with Me: How One True-Crime Writer Started Solving Murders by Billy Jensen

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The journalist and co-author of the best-selling I'll Be Gone in the Dark reveals how he has used social media and other less-monitored online sources to help detectives solve cold cases as a digital consultant.

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The Family Next Door: The Heartbreaking Imprisonment of the 13 Turpin Siblings and Their Extraordinary Rescue by John Glatt

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An investigative journalist details the disturbing case of Louise and David Turpin who outwardly displayed the perfect picture of domestic bliss, but in reality perpetrated shocking abuse, including isolation, torture and near starvation on their 13 children..

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The Girls: An All-American Town, a Predatory Doctor, and the Untold Story of the Gymnasts Who Brought Him Down by Abigail Pesta

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The inside story of how serial predator Larry Nassar got away with abusing hundreds of gymnasts for decades -- and how a team of brave women banded together to bring him down.

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My Friend Anna: The True Story of the Fake Heiress Who Conned Me and Half of New York City by Rachel DeLoache Williams

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Tells the true story of Anna Delvey, a young con artist posing as a German heiress in New York City—as told by the former Vanity Fair photo editor who got seduced by her friendship and then scammed out of more than $62,000.

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