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All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson by Mark Griffin

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Offers a biography of a deeply complex and widely misunderstood matinee idol of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

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Being John Lennon: A Restless Life by Ray Connolly

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Provides an intimate yet unsparing biography of one of the greatest and most mythologized musicians of the 20th century.

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Congo Stories: Battling Five Centuries of Exploitation and Greed by John Prendergast & Fidel Bafilemba. Photos by Ryan Gosling. Illus by Sam Ilus. Afterword by Chouchou Namegabe.

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The humanitarian co-author of Beyond Mindfulness investigates the role of western prosperity on 500 years of Congolese history, sharing the poignant experiences of everyday people whose lives have been upended by regional violence.

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Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food by Ann Hood

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A collection of personal essays and recipes by the best-selling author of The Knitting Circle reflects on the culinary experiences that shaped her Italian-American childhood and adult family life and includes the award-winning piece, "The Golden Silver Palate."

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Never Grow Up by Jackie Chan

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The martial artist, actor, director and stuntman from Rush Hour and The Karate Kid reflects on his life, including his childhood at the China Drama Academy, his lucky breaks, setbacks and near death experiences both on and off movie sets.

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Nothing Is Lost: Selected Essays by Ingrid Sischy. Foreword by Laurie Anderson.

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An expansive collection of 35 essays by the distinguished late writer, critic and editor of such publications as Artforum and Interview includes profiles of a range of contemporary artists, including Nicole Kidman, Calvin Klein and John Galliano.

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The Secret Ingredient: Recipes for a Successful Life by Gigi Butler with Bud Schaetzle

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A first book by the chief brand officer of Gigi's Cupcakes traces her personal success story while offering inspirational insights into how she used what she learned from failure to create fulfilling new opportunities.

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The Dean: The Best Seat in the House by John David Dingell & David Bender

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The longest-serving United States congressman in history, and one of the House's most powerful chairmen, offers a candid behind-the-scenes account of government and politics over the past 80 years.

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General Nonfiction

Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages by Gaston Dorren

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The celebrated author of Lingo presents a whistle-stop tour of the world's 20 most-spoken languages, exploring the history, geography, linguistics and cultures that have been shaped by languages and their customs.

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A Call for Revolution: A Vision for the Future by Dalai Lama XIV & Sofia Stril-Rever

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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama presents an urgent call for a "revolution of compassion" that focuses on reshaping institutions, natural-world attitudes and how we treat each other to facilitate a healthier world and build a better future.

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Calm the F*ck Down: How to Control What You Can and Accept What You Can't So You Can Stop Freaking Out and Get on With Your Life by Sarah Knight

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The best-selling author of Get Your Sh*t Together outlines a customizable "emotional insurance" plan for navigating life's inevitable setbacks, sharing warm and irreverent advice for calming anxiety and moving forward.

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The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports by Joshua Robinson & Jonathan Clegg

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An inside account of how English soccer's Premier League became an extreme entertainment empire draws on 100 interviews with major decision-makers to explore its traditional English origins and its rise from a billionaire experiment to global prominence.

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Dreaming in Turtle: A Journey Through the Passion, Profit, and Peril of Our Most Coveted Prehistoric Creatures by Peter Laufer

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Traces the ongoing challenges to today's endangered turtle populations, evaluating the global trade practices, limited supply and increasing demand in high-population world regions that have compromised conservation efforts.

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Fed Up: Emotional Labor, Women, and the Way Forward by Gemma Hartley

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Asserts that carrying the thankless day-to-day anticipating of needs and solving of problems large and small is adversely affecting women’s lives and feeding gender inequality, and shows the way forward for better balancing their lives.

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Feel Better Fast and Make It Last: Unlock Your Brain's Healing Potential to Overcome Negativity, Anxiety, Anger, Stress, and Trauma by Daniel G. Amen

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A psychiatrist, physician and New York Times best-selling author offers innovative, brain-based techniques and strategies to help readers feel happier, more positive and more resilient fast and make it last without turning to self-medicating behaviors.

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Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive by Square Enix

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This visually stunning volume collects the concept art, design notes, creator retrospectives and more from Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII and Final Fantasy IX, providing a detailed history of the creation of these newest games.

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From Russia with Blood: The Kremlin's Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladamir Putin's Secret War on the West by Heidi Blake

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The award-winning Buzzfeed UK Investigations Editor documents the 2014 death of a British fixer for a ring of exiled Russian oligarchs believed to have been targeted for assassination by Putin in a campaign that has gone unchecked by western governments.

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The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties by Paul Collier

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The renowned economist and prize-winning author of The Bottom Billion presents a candid diagnosis of the failures of capitalism while outlining pragmatic, ethical recommendations for how to heal essential divides.

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Game Changers: What Leaders, Innovators, and Mavericks Do to Win at Life by Dave Asprey

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The Bulletproof Radio podcaster and best-selling author of The Bulletproof Diet outlines proven techniques for promoting personal happiness, health and success in accordance with the examples of today's game changers, from David Perlmutter to Arianna Huffington.

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God in the Qur'an by Jack Miles

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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of God: A Biography comes an informative portrait of the God of Islam, the world’s second largest, fastest-growing and perhaps most tragically misunderstood religion.

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How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations by Marc Freedman

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The founder of traces his 30-year quest to meet the challenges of a society with more older than younger members, sharing insights into longevity, age segregation and the experiences of remarkable, everyday people.

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The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life by Joshua Becker

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The popular blogger and author of The More of Less outlines practical guidelines for simplifying a home lifestyle and rendering spaces both peaceful and purposeful while addressing the underlying issues that contribute to home clutter problems.

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Rare, Medium, or Done Well: Make the Most of Your Life by Mike Huckabee

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Perfect for anyone wondering how to make a difference in today’s culture, the politician guides readers through different aspects of life, showing them how to be an example that others will follow and carry forward to the future.

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The Inequality Paradox: How Capitalism Can Work for Everyone by Douglas McWilliams

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A leading economist presents a timely challenge to dominant theories on global inequality.

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The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors by Charles Krauthammer

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Compiled by Charles Krauthammer before his passing, an intimate collection of his most notable works and writings includes never-before-published speeches on his political philosophy and personal history and a major, new essay about the state of global democracy.

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Health & Fitness

The 6 Keys: Unlock Your Genetic Potential for Ageless Strength, Health, and Beauty by Jillian Michaels with Myatt Murphy

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The certified personal trainer and best-selling author of Master Your Metabolism challenges myths and misunderstandings associated with aging, drawing on insights from cutting-edge geroscientists to share recommendations for targeting six major inciters of aging.

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The Bloated Belly Whisperer: See Results Within a Week and Tame Digestive Distress Once and for All by Tamara Duker Freuman

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A leading digestive diagnostician shares consultation methods to outline a program for eliminating uncomfortable bloat, helping readers to identify specific needs from an informed perspective based on the latest research and patient stories.

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The Clean Plate: Eat, Reset, Heal by Gwyneth Paltrow

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The Oscar-winning actress and author of the best-selling My Father's Daughter shares clean, flexible recipes for the week's most time-challenged meals and explains how to promote healing and rebalance in accordance with specialist recommendations.

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The DASH Diet Mediterranean Solution: The Best Eating Plan to Control Your Weight and Improve Your Health for Life by Marla Heller

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Outlines new approaches to the time-tested diet program that highlights the benefits of whole foods, addressing the major health concerns and modern dietary preferences of today's readers. By the author of The Everyday DASH Diet Cookbook.

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The Greenprint: Change Your Diet, Change Your Health, Change the Planet by Marco Borges

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A New York Times best-selling author and CEO of 22 Days Nutrition introduces one of the most inclusive, practical and revolutionary plant-based lifestyle plans, which has 22 proven effective guidelines and aims to shift your mindset, improve your health, help you lose weight and impact the planet for the better.

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The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox: The Essential DIY Guide to a Healthier, Cleaner, All-Natural Life by Katie Wells

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The award-winning blogger outlines a simple detox plan for reducing unhealthy exposures in foods and household products, sharing recipes for a variety of whole foods, natural medicines, personal-care products and household cleaners.

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The Betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots: Elizabeth I and Her Greatest Rival by Kate Williams

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From the New York Times best-selling author of Becoming Queen Victoria comes a new history of Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I that reveals how the most important relationship of their life—their friendship—changed them forever.

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Big Week: Smashing the Luftwaffe, February 1944 by James Holland

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Tells the vivid and largely untold story of the dramatic Allied air campaign against Germany that was a turning point in World War II and ultimately crucial to the success of D-Day and the Allied invasion of Europe.

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Burning the Sky: Project Argus, the Most Dangerous Scientific Experiment in History by Mark Wolverton

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Draws on extensive research into the sociological and political impact of Cold War science as well as recently declassified sources in an account of the controversial Project Argus experiment and the unconventional vision of physicist Nicholas Christofilos.

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The Deadly Deep: The Definitive History of Submarine Warfare by Iain Ballantyne

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Traces the evolution of the submarine from its ancient beginnings through its culmination as a military vessel, discussing such topics as the buoyancy discoveries of Archimedes, the designs of David Bushnell and the role of subs in nuclear warfare.

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Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018 by David Kipen, ed.

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A rich mosaic of diary entries and letters by famous residents and visitors draws on three centuries of writing and includes pieces by such notables as Marilyn Monroe, Cesar Chavez, Susan Sontag and Albert Einstein.

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The Eternal City: A History of Rome by Ferdinand Addis

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A historian describes the history of Rome through its most dramatic moments, including the city's mythic founding in 753 BC, the murder of Caesar, the coronation of Charlemagne and the painting of the Sistine Chapel.

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The Great War in America: World War I and Its Aftermath by Garrett Peck

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A chronicle of the American experience during World War I reexamines its role in shaping America's position on the global stage and triggering such changes as the Red Scare, the race riots, women's suffrage and Prohibition.

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The Longest Line on the Map: The United States, the Pan-American Highway, and the Quest to Link the Americas by Eric Rutkow

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The award-winning author of American Canopy chronicles the epic quest to connect the Americas via the Pan American Highway, detailing how its construction and evolution reflected two centuries of divergent history.

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Smoky the Brave: How a Feisty Yorkshire Terrier Mascot Became a Comrade-in-Arms During World War II by Damien Lewis

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Documents the amazing story of the U.S. military's first therapy dog, a four-pound Yorkshire Terrier noted for remarkable acts of courage, including her famous jump from a plane using a specially designed parachute.

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Theater of the World: The Maps That Made History by Thomas Reinertsen Berg. Trans by Alison McCullough.

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A highly visual chronicle of mapmaking, from the symbols of the Stone Age to Google Earth, traces the role of visionary geographers in shaping and recording history's major exploration periods.

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This Is Cuba: An American Journalist Under Castro's Shadow by David Ariosto

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Traces the author's two-year photojournalism assignment in 2009 Havana, where he was confronted by the realities of Fidel Castro's police state before witnessing the fallout of America's trade embargo, Castro's death, suspected sonic attacks and a massive political transition.

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Unruly Waters: How Rains, Rivers, Coasts, and Seas Have Shaped Asia's History by Sunil Amrith

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The prize-winning author of Crossing the Bay of Bengal explores Asia's history through the stories of its rains, rivers and seas, demonstrating how efforts to control water shaped regional politics, economics and foreign relations.

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Victory City: A History of New York and New Yorkers During World War II by Jon Strausbaugh

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A cultural history of World War II-era New York explores how the city emerged as a world capital and became the home of famed politicians, gangsters and celebrities. By the award-winning author of City of Sedition.

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Are U OK?: A Guide to Caring for Your Mental Health by Kati Morton

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The licensed family therapist and YouTube personality clarifies the difference between mental health and mental illness, answering common questions to reduce stigmas while offering advice on how to pursue beneficial therapy.

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Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum by Jennifer O'Toole

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The best-selling author of the Asperkids series offers an intimate memoir about her life and her diagnosis with autism, in a book that aims to dispel myths about the condition.

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The Inflamed Mind: A Radical New Approach to Depression by Edward Bullmore

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A University of Cambridge Professor of Psychiatry draws on new findings on the link between depression and inflammation to outline targeted treatments for breaking disabling cycles of inflammation-sourced stress and illness.

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The Social Leap: The New Evolutionary Science of Who We Are, Where We Come From, and What Makes Us Happy by Bill von Hippel

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Draws on evolutionary science to offer new perspectives on human psychology, revealing how major challenges from our past have shaped some of the most fundamental aspects of our being.

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