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NonFICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN
DECEMBER 2019

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Biography

All the Young Men by Ruth Coker Burks/ Kevin Carr O'Leary

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A gripping and triumphant tale of human compassion follows a young single mother in Hot Springs, Arkansas, who was driven to the forefront of the AIDS crisis, becoming a pivotal activist in America’s fight against AIDS.

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The Book Collectors: A Band of Syrian Rebels and the Stories That Carried Them Through a War by Delphine Minoui. Trans by Lara Vergnaud.

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The award-winning journalist and author of I'm Writing You from Tehran documents the achievements of Syrian Civil War survivors who built a secret library from thousands of books that survived the four-year siege that decimated their community.

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Once a Warrior: How One Veteran Found a New Mission Closer to Home by Jake Wood

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The co-founder and CEO of the Team Rubicon volunteer disaster response organization explains how he found healing and renewed purpose after traumatizing tours in Iraq and Afghanistan by helping communities recover from disaster.

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An Onion in My Pocket: My Life With Vegetables by Deborah Madison

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From the author of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone comes a warm, bracingly honest memoir that also gives us an insider’s look at the vegetarian movement.

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A Promised Land by Barack Obama

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A deeply personal account of history in the making—from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy.

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Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy by Leslie Brody

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The award-winning playwright behind the Harriet the Spy stage adaptation traces the life story of author Louise Fitzhugh, discussing her upbringing in segregated Memphis, experiences as a closeted lesbian and influential creative relationships.

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General NonFiction

Big Kibble: The Hidden Dangers of the Pet Food Industry and How to Do Better by Our Dogs by Shawn Buckley & Oscar Chavez

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The co-owners of Just Food for Dogs reveal how minimum regulation enables diseased, toxic and non-food ingredients into high-cost feed-grade dog foods, sharing recommendations for improving a canine companion's health and life quality through human-grade alternatives.

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Biohack Your Brain: How to Boost Cognitive Health, Performance & Power by Kristen Willeumier

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The Your Brain Health neuroscience podcaster outlines recommendations for promoting brain health and resilience throughout a lifetime, outlining helpful techniques for preventing memory loss and other neurodegenerative disorders.

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The Changing World Order: Why Nations Succeed and Fail by Ray Dalio

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From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Principles and a legendary investor comes an examination of history’s most turbulent economic and political periods to reveal why the times ahead will likely be radically different from those we’ve experienced in our lifetimes.

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The Greatest Secret by Rhonda Byrne

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Shares the most direct way out for those experiencing hardship and the path to end pain and suffering endured by so many, and shines a light on a future without anxiety or fear.

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Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good by Tina Turner

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The iconic performing artist provides spiritual tools and advice for self-empowerment and fulfillment while examining the role of her enduring Buddhist faith in helping her overcome poverty, loss and other personal and professional obstacles.

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I Would Leave Me If I Could: A Collection of Poetry by Halsey

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Pop star Halsey reveals never-before-seen poetry of longing, love, and the nuances of bipolar disorder.

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Love, Kurt: The Vonnegut Love Letters, 1941-1945 by Kurt Vonnegut. Ed by Edith Vonnegut.

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A collection of intimate letters from the literary humorist to his first wife spans Kurt's college years, World War II deployment and early development as a writer, offering insight into his views on such subjects as love, family and mortality.

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Modern Warriors: Real Stories from Real Heroes by Pete Hegseth

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Collects real stories from American military heroes.

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The One Wild and Precious Life: The Path Back to Connection in a Fractured World by Sarah Wilson

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The best-selling author of First, We Make the Beast Beautiful addresses the chronic loneliness affecting a high percentage of Americans today, discussing the vulnerabilities of high-pressure, tech-driven environments and how to view solitude through a spiritual lens.

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The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention by Simon Baron-Cohen

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The director of Cambridge's Autism Research Centre identifies the evolutionary link between autism and ingenuity, revealing that people on the spectrum have played an essential role in human progress, often at the expense of their social well-being.

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The Tale of a Niggun by Elie Wiesel. Illus by Mark Podwal. Intro by Elisha Wiesel.

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An evocative narrative poem based on true events from World War II traces the powerful sacrifice of a Persian rabbi and his community, who stood together to sing a wordless song of joy as they were massacred by the Nazis.

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Wild Minds: The Artists and Rivalries that Inspired the Golden Age of Animation by Reid Mitenbuler

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A historical account of the Golden Age of classic animation includes coverage of the less-remembered work of Winsor McCay while exploring the stories behind and enduring influences of iconic 20th-century characters, from Betty Boop to Popeye.

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Health & Fitness

The Cancer Code: A Revolutionary New Understanding of a Medical Mystery by Jason Fung

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The best-selling author of The Diabetes Code argues that cancer is a primarily metabolic condition related to obesity and insulin dysregulation, outlining recommendations for cancer prevention through intermittent fasting and a calorie-restricted diet. Wellness Code series

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Eat Smarter: Use the Power of Food to Reboot Your Metabolism, Upgrade Your Brain, and Transform Your Life by Shawn Stevenson

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Lose weight, boost your metabolism, and start living a happier life with this transformative 30-day plan for healthy eating from the host of the hit podcast The Model Health Show.

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The Future of Nutrition: An Insider's Look at the Science, Why We Keep Getting It Wrong, and How to Start Getting It Right by T. Colin Campbell with Nelson Disla

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A follow-up to the best-selling Whole presents a critique of the nutrition institution that identifies the systematic ways that even well-intentioned companies perpetuate misinformation, overlook key nutritional deficiencies and promote unhealthy levels of animal protein dependence.

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History

The Age of Wood: Our Most Useful Material and the Construction of Civilization by Roland Ennos

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A scholarly and scientific examination of the unrecognized role of trees in the planet's ecosystem reveals wood's unexpected influence on human evolution, civilization and the global economy. By the author of Trees.

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Rock Force: The American Paratroopers Who Took Back Corregidor and Exacted MacArthur's Revenge on Japan by Kevin Maurer

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The award-winning author of No Easy Day documents how three years after being forced to abandon his troops at Manila Bay's Corregidor, General Douglas MacArthur launched the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment to capture the island's Japanese-occupied fortress.

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Sicily '43: The First Assault on Fortress Europe by James Holland

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A major new history of one of World War II’s most crucial campaigns—the first Allied attack on European soil—by the acclaimed author of Normandy ’44 and a rising star in military history.

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Unsinkable: Five Men and the Indomitable Run of the U.S.S. Plunkett byJames Sullivan

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Documents the true story of a U.S. Navy destroyer that inspired the writings of John Ford and Herman Wouk, drawing on the journals and other writings of five shipmates who witnessed the Anzio attacks and D-Day invasion.

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Humor

The Best of Me by David Sedaris

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The American humorist, author and radio contributor presents shares his most memorable work in a collection of stories and essays that feature him shopping for rare taxidermy, hitchhiking with a quadriplegic and hand-feeding a carnivorous bird.

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Survival of the Thickest: Essays by Michelle Buteau

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The stand-up comedian, actress and host of the Late Night Whenever podcast shares an unapologetic collection essays that reflect on her Caribbean heritage, her September 11 newsroom work and her experiences with IVF, surrogacy and motherhood.

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A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection by Steve Martin. Illus by Harry Bliss.

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The Academy, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning comedian and the syndicated New Yorker cartoonist and cover artist blend their creative talents in an uproarious treasury of original cartoons and comic strips that celebrates the cartooning world's evocative power.

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Religion

Begin Again: Your Hope and Renewal Start Today by Max Lucado

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A religious approach aims to help people struggling with sadness, pain, or disappointment.

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Empty Out the Negative: Make Room for More Joy, Greater Confidence, and New Levels of Influence by Joel Osteen

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A #1 New York Times best-selling author and Lakewood Church pastor aims to help people to release the negative thoughts and feelings that are weighing them down.

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Forgiving What You Can't Forget: Discover How to Move On, Make Peace with Painful Memories, and Create a Life That's Beautiful Again by Lysa TerKeurst

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Compassionate, Bible-based therapeutic advice by the best-selling author of It's Not Supposed to Be This Way shares step-by-step recommendations for letting go of the past, understanding the meaning of true forgiveness and moving ahead in healthy relationships.

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Science

The Janus Point: A New Theory of Time by Julian Barbour

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The best-selling author of The End of Time challenges applications of the second law of thermodynamics to posit that the big bang was a minimal-order point that may have triggered a flow of time in two directions.

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Metazoa: Animal Life and the Birth of the Mind by Peter Godfrey-Smith

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The scuba-diver author of Other Minds blends philosophical reflections with the latest biological research in an investigation into the evolution of subjective awareness in animals that describes his remarkable encounters with undersea life.

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An Outsider's Guide to Humans: What Science Taught Me About What We Do and Who We Are by Camilla Pang

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An investigation into human nature and its social norms, written by a scientist with Asperger's syndrome perspectives, includes coverage of such subjects as the role of proteins in promoting relationships and what thermodynamics can reveal about life balance.

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Self-Help

Badass Habits: Cultivate the Awareness, Boundaries, and Daily Upgrades You Need to Make Them Stick by Jen Sincero

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The motivational coach and best-selling author of You Are a Badass shares illustrative case studies to outline a step-by-step, 21-day guide for overcoming self-sabotaging behaviors while cultivating habits that support healthy priorities and personal goals.

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Blowing My Way to the Top: How to Break the Rules, Find Your Purpose, and Create the Life and Career You Deserve by Jen Atkin

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The celebrity stylist and social media influencer discusses the challenges faced by today's women entrepreneurs and the foundational values that shaped her rise from a conservative, isolated teen to the head of a multi-million-dollar empire

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It’s Never Too Late: Make the Next Act of Your Life the Best Act of Your Life by Kathie Lee Gifford

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The four-time Emmy Award-winning Today host and best-selling author of The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi draws on personal experience to counsel women on how to navigate life-changing milestones while speaking out and staying true to oneself.

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More Than a Body: Your Body Is an Instrument, Not an Ornament by Lexie Kite & Lindsay Kite

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The twin-sister founders of the Beauty Redefined nonprofit draw on extensive research to outline practical alternative approaches to body image resilience, covering subjects ranging from toxic media messages to the constraints of self-objectification.

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Rude: Stop Being Nice and Start Being Bold by Rebecca Reid

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The London-based Telegraph columnist identifies the societally imposed gender limits that prevent women from having equal footing in careers and relationships, counseling readers on how to use the power of courageous decisions to advance personal goals.

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Walk Through This: Harness the Healing Power of Nature and Travel the Road to Forgiveness by Sara Schulting Kranz

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The certified wilderness guide, life coach and TEDx speaker shares step-by-step guidelines for recognizing the symptoms of nature deficit disorder, outlining therapeutic exercise prompts and meditation guidelines for how to heal by reconnecting with the natural world.

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Social Science

Black Futures by Kimberly Drew & Jenna Wortham

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A curated collection of essays, photography, memes, recipes, poems and dialogues explores what it means to be Black and alive in today's world from the perspectives of academics, activists and other prominent cultural and social-media influencers.

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Girl Gurl Grrrl: On Womanhood and Belonging in the Age of Black Girl Magic by Kenya Hunt

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The award-winning Grazia UK fashion director presents an evocative anthology of essays celebrating the timeless, thriving potential of being a Black woman, mother and global citizen in today's dynamic world.

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Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo

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A history of American white male identity by the best-selling author of So You Want to Talk About Race imagines a merit-based, non-discriminating model while exposing the actual costs of successes defined by racial and sexual dominance.

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White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo/ Michael Eric Dyson

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Explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

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