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NonFICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN
DECEMBER 2019

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Biography

The Broken Road: George Wallace and a Daughter’s Journey to Reconciliation by Peggy Wallace Kennedy

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The activist daughter of Alabama Governors George and Lurleen Wallace describes her upbringing in the face of her father's virulent segregationist policies and her efforts to repair the damage of his administration when he renounced his views later in life.

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Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge by Sheila Weller

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A candid portrait of the beloved Hollywood actress and writer discusses her complicated relationships with her famous parents, her Star Wars fame and her struggles with bipolar disorder and drug addiction. By the best-selling author of Girls Like Us.

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Full Circle: From Hollywood to Real Life and Back by Andrea Barber

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She grew up on the sitcom Full House, but then actress Andrea Barber abruptly left Hollywood, and now she explains why she left and what she did for 20 years out of the spotlight before returning to television.

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Is Today the Day?: Not Another Political Memoir by Tulsi Gabbard

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The decorated military soldier and first Hindu woman to be elected to Congress shares life lessons gleaned from her career in service in the Hawaiian National Guard and her two tours of duty in the Middle East.

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Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford—the Biography by Laura Thompson

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A New York Times best-selling author turns her eye to the iconic and enigmatic Nancy Mitford.

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Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America by Karine Jean-Pierre

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In a memoir and progressive political handbook the chief public affairs officer of MoveOn.org describes her childhood in a Haitian community in New York and her blossoming interest in politics that led to her career.

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Nash: The Official Biography by Nash Grier

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In the first biography of one of the biggest digital superstars in the world1, a popular Vine star shares never-before-told stories about life behind the camera, showing how he found his voice—and how readers can find their own.

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Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed With Alcohol by Holly Whitaker

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The founder of a female-focused recovery program offers a radical new path to sobriety.

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Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin’s Most Dangerous Hackers by Andy Greenberg

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The award-winning Wired senior writer and author of This Machine Kills Secrets documents the story of the hunt to identify and track an elite team of Russian agents behind the world’s most dangerous digital attacks.

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The Shadow of Vesuvius: A Life of Pliny by Daisy Dunn

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Interweaves Pliny the Younger's Letters with extracts from Pliny the Elder's seven-volume Natural History, in a wide-reaching dual portrait that places their lives against a backdrop of dynamics changes in the first- and second-century Roman Empire.

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Sidney Lumet: A Life by Maura Spiegel

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A portrait of the influential, 14-time Oscar-nominated director shares insights into his use of gritty realism in his stage and television productions as well as his acclaimed work on such Hollywood films as 12 Angry Men and Serpico.

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This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Medical Resident by Adam Kay

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A best-selling author tells readers the humorous, and sometimes horrifying, truth about life and work in a hospital.

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Trump as President: The Inside Story of His First Years in the White House by Doug Wead

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Offers a sweeping history of President Donald J. Trump's first years in the White House, covering everything from election night to the news of today.

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Virginia Woolf: And the Women Who Shaped Her World by Gillian Gill

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Presents a witty look at Virginia Woolf through the lens of the extraordinary women closest to her.

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The Wonders: The Extraordinary Circus Performers Who Transformed the Victorian Age by John Woolf

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The co-author of Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets presents a history of the role of “freak” circus artists in helping define the Victorian era, sharing insights into the human stories behind internationally famous unique and disabled performers.

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Business & Economics

Disney's Land: Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park That Changed the World by Richard Snow

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A history of the conception and development of the iconic California theme park chronicles how Walt and Roy Disney and a small group of artists endured innumerable setbacks to create one of the world's most popular destinations.

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Don’t Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles—and All of Us by Rana Foroohar

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A Financial Times columnist and CNN analyst presents a critical indictment of how today’s largest tech companies are complicit in perpetuating privacy infringements, identity theft, the spread of misinformation and hate speech.

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The Harder You Work, the Luckier You Get: An Entrepreneur's Memoir by Joe Ricketts

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The founder of TD Ameritrade shares the inside story of his rise from a working-class Nebraska prairie youth to a Wall Street billionaire, discussing the challenges, mistakes and sacrifices his family endured along the way.

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General Nonfiction

All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon’s Perspective on Climate Change by Michael Klare

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The author of Resource Wars reveals how the American military regards climate change as a top threat to national security and is developing new strategies for responding to catastrophic weather, droughts and food shortages.

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The Art of Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen Order by Lucasfilm Ltd. & Respawn Entertainment.

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Complemented by artist and production insights, a full-color, oversized companion to the action-adventure video game shares detailed, behind-the-scenes concept art depicting its characters, weapons, equipment and worlds.

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The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker by Phil Szostak. Foreword by Doug Chiang.

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An official behind-the-scenes companion to the final Star Wars trilogy gathers concept, production and post-production art to share insights into the creative process behind its epic worlds, creatures, characters, costumes, weapons and vehicles.

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Heaven on Earth: How Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, and Galileo Discovered the Modern World by J. S. Fauber

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A narrative group portrait of how four great astronomers discovered, refined and popularized the civilization-altering reality that the Earth moves around the Sun includes discussions of additional contemporaries whose collective contributions helped make the scientific revolution possible.

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Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference, and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls by Jessica McDiarmid

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A journalist's investigation into unsolved disappearances and murders of Indigenous women along rural British Columbia's Highway 16 exposes the racism, incompetence and indifference that have enabled more than 1,000 deaths. A first book.

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How to Speak Machine: Computational Thinking for the Rest of Us by John Maeda

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A visionary designer and technologist defines the fundamental laws of how computers think, and why a person should care even if he or she isn't a programmer.

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Imperiled Ocean: Human Stories From a Changing Sea by Laura Trethewey

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An ocean journalist from the Vancouver Aquarium’s multi-media site Ocean.org shares gripping stories of scientists, immigrants, fishing communities and unlikely activists whose lives are being upended by climate change as it impacts essential water sources.

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Inside Outside: A Sourcebook of Inspired Garden Rooms by Linda O'Keeffe

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Using the principles and language of interior design, the author offers a fresh and inspirational look at creating inviting, beautiful and personalized outdoor rooms.

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Mud and Stars: Travels in Russia With Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Other Geniuses of the Golden Age by Sara Wheeler

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A timely, lighthearted tour of contemporary Russia draws on the regional tributes of Golden Age writers, from Pushkin to Tolstoy, to explore the country’s sociopolitical history outside of its major cities.

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The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It by John Tierney & Roy F. Baumeister

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The best-selling authors of Willpower present a revelatory analysis of the negativity bias to explain its inherent role in social, political and professional conflicts, sharing recommendations for balancing phobias with rational strategies.

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Radical Compassion: Learning to Love Yourself and Your World With the Practice of RAIN by Tara Brach

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The mindfulness instructor and author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge outlines a four-step medication practice designed to counter the difficult emotions and limited belief systems stemming from the anxieties of today's world.

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Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration by Giles Whittell

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An anecdotal history of snow traces the migrations of prehistoric humans through the multibillion-dollar snowmaking industry of today, sharing compelling facts on such subjects as avalanches, the legend of the yeti and the 1960 winter Olympics.

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Health & Fitness

The Align Method: 5 Easy Steps for a Stronger Body, Sharper Mind, and Stress-Proof Life by Aaron Alexander. Foreword by Kelly Starrett.

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The founder of Align Therapy outlines a mindfulness-oriented workout to demonstrate how correct posture and body alignment can be powerful tools for building strength, achieving peak performance and reducing pain.

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The Brain Health Book: Using the Power of Neuroscience to Improve Your Life by John Randolph

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A Dartmouth clinical neuropsychologist and brain consultant draws on lessons from multiple disciplines to outline comprehensive, science-based and affordable lifestyle strategies for promoting cognitive functioning and brain health through exercise, social activities, nutrition and positive self-care.

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CLEAN7: Supercharge the Body's Natural Ability to Heal Itself—The One-Week Breakthrough Detox Program by Alejandro Junger

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The best-selling cardiologist author of Clean and Clean Gut presents a medically proven, seven-day plan for eliminating toxins from the body to reduce weight and minimize chronic illness.

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The Collagen Diet: A 28-day Plan for Sustained Weight Loss, Glowing Skin, Great Gut Health, and a Younger You by Josh Axe

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The best-selling author of Keto Diet and Eat Dirt explains how to lose weight, prevent disease, improve your digestion and renew your youth by taking advantage of dietary collagen.

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Dr. Kellyann's Cleanse and Reset: Detoxify, Nourish, and Restore Your Body for Sustained Weight Loss...in Just 5 Days by Kellyann Petrucci

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The New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The 10-Day Belly Slimdown is back with a gentle, nourishing cleanse that she promises will take you from sick, tired and overweight to rested, restored and revitalized in just days. Includes 60 recipes.

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The Fast800 Diet: Discover the Ideal Fasting Formula to Shed Pounds, Fight Disease, and Boost Your Overall Health by Michael Mosley

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The best-selling author of The FastDiet draws on the latest research and personal experience to outline a program based on an 800 calories-per-day diet for weight loss, bolstering the metabolism and improving resilience to disease.

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Grit & Grace: Train the Mind, Train the Body, Own Your Life by Tim McGraw

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For the first time ever, the Grammy Award-winning music superstar and actor shares his transformation story along with encouragement, practical advice and mental approach together with exercise tips to help readers become healthy, strong and fit in mind and body.

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How Not to Diet: The Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss by Michael Greger

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The best-selling author of How Not to Die draws on the latest research into the scientific causes of obesity and weight loss to outline revisionist, plant-based strategies involving calorie density, the insulin index and intestinal microbiota.

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Keto for Life: Reset Your Biological Clock in 21 Days and Optimize Your Diet for a Longer Healthspan by Mark Sisson & Brad Kearns

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The best-selling author of The Keto Reset Diet, and publisher of the number one paleo blog, reveals a new ketogenic eating and lifestyle plan that promotes longevity and includes 80 recipes.

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The Mediterranean Method: Your Complete Plan to Harness the Power of the Healthiest Diet on the Planet—Lose Weight, Prevent Heart Disease, and More! by Steven Masley

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A fresh approach to the Mediterranean diet focuses on low-glycemic foods that benefit the heart, brain, gut and microbiome.

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The New Keto-friendly South Beach Diet: Put Your Body Into Fat-burning Mode, Boost Your Metabolism, and Improve Your Health With a Simple 28-day Plan by Arthur Agatston

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Combines the good fats and healthy carbs of the world-famous heart-healthy program with the advanced nutrition science of keto—all in a doctor-approved plan that is easier than strict keto diets.

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The Self-Care Solution: A Year of Becoming Happier, Healthier, and Fitter—One Month at a Time by Jennifer Ashton

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The ABC News chief medical correspondent outlines a year-long plan for improving emotional and physical health that cites the potential benefits of specific month-long practices, from exercise and earlier bedtimes to minimized alcohol and technology.

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History

999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz by Heather Dune Macadam. Foreword by Caroline Moorehead.

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The acclaimed internationally best-selling author of Rena's Promise reveals the poignant stories of the 999 women on the first official transport to Auschwitz, drawing on extensive interviews with survivors, and consulting with historians, witnesses and relatives of those first deportees.

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All Blood Runs Red: The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard-boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy by Phil Keith. Contributions by Tom Clavin.

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Describes the life of the first African-American military pilot to fly in combat, the son of a former slave, who left the racial tensions of Georgia for Europe and became a celebrated boxer before the war.

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American Demagogue: The Great Awakening and the Rise and Fall of Populism by J. D. Dickey

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The author of the best-selling Empire of Mud examines how modern demagoguery and the positive and negative populism it inspires can be traced to the fervent religious agendas of 18th-century preacher George Whitefield and his many supporters and detractors.

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Cheaters Always Win: The Story of America by J. M. Fenster

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The award-winning author of Packard: The Pride presents a social history of how cheating and rigging in America's real estate, financial, sports, academic and political arenas have weakened national ethics and enabled dysfunctional leadership.

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Fighting Churchill, Appeasing Hitler: Neville Chamberlain, Sir Horace Wilson, & Britain’s Plight of Appeasement: 1937-1939 by Adrian Phillips

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The author of The King Who Had to Go presents a controversial revisionist examination of the British policy of appeasement in the late 1930s to identify key miscalculations and fateful concessions that rendered World War II inevitable.

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God’s Hand on America: Divine Providence in the Modern Era by Michael Medved

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The conservative radio host presents a sweeping follow-up to The American Miracle that reveals the instruments of fate that the author credits with elevating America from the divisions of the Civil War to a dominant global player.

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Medieval Bodies: Life and Death in the Middle Ages by Jack Hartnell

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A richly illustrated history of the role of the divine in medieval health uncovers the remarkably sophisticated ways that the people of the Middle Ages thought about, experienced and treated the physical body.

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A New World Begins: The History of the French Revolution by Jeremy Popkin

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A comprehensive analysis of the principles, events and influences of the French Revolution examines the roles of such contributors as Mirabeau and Robespierre while explaining the violent debates that led to modernism and the rise of Napoleon.

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Revolutionary Brothers: Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, and the Friendship That Helped Forge Two Nations by Tom Chaffin

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The author of Giant’s Causeway offers a panoramic analysis of the four-decade friendship between Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette, drawing on primary sources to explore the role of their political strategies and interventions in two major revolutions.

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The Season: A Social History of the Debutante by Kristen Richardson

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A history of the debutante ritual and its role in contemporary traditions chronicles how the exclusive presentations of husband-seeking noblewomen in the Tudor era expanded into London’s courtship seasons and beyond.

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This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving by David J. Silverman

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The author of Thundersticks presents an account of the Plymouth colony’s founding that incorporates the perspectives of Wampanoag witnesses and contributors, documenting the events that led to the creation and violent dissolution of essential peace agreements.

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Literary Collections

Incidental Inventions by Elena Ferrante. Illus by Andrea Ucini. Trans by Ann Goldstein.

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Featuring a new introduction, an illustrated gift edition of the author's short columns, written during a year-long collaboration with The Guardian, explores subjects ranging from first love and climate change to female enmity and the screen adaptations of her novels.

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Little Weirds by Jenny Slate

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The actress, stand-up comedian and best-selling children's book author explores her internal self, dreams and insecurities through bursts of writing on a wide range of subjects from heartbreak and divorce, to the smell of honeysuckle and a French-kissing rabbit.

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Think, Write, Speak: Uncollected Essays, Reviews, Interviews, and Letters to the Editor by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov. Ed by Brian Boyd & Anastasia Tolstoy.

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A rich compilation of previously uncollected Russian and English prose and interviews by the iconic 20th-century writer explores Nabokov’s views on literature, culture and democracy as they evolved from his Cambridge years through his literary successes.

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Political Science

The Great Democracy: How to Fix Our Politics, Unrig the Economy, and Unite America by Ganesh Sitaraman

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An award-winning legal scholar and policy expert documents the end of the neoliberal era in America while profiling two possible political paths of the near future involving either a nationalist oligarchy or a transformative democracy.

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The Politics of Pain: Postwar England and the Rise of Nationalism by Fintan O’Toole

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An award-winning literary journalist reveals the role of World War II in England’s seemingly irrational shift toward nationalism, analyzing factors ranging from the dynamics of the European Union to public and political overreactions to perceived threats.

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Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us by Donald Trump, Jr.

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The eldest son of President Donald J. Trump exposes all the tricks that the left uses to smear conservations and push them out of the public square, from online “shadow banning” to fake accusations of “hate speech.”

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Trump and His Generals: The Cost of Chaos by Peter Bergen

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From one of America’s preeminent national-security journalists comes an account of Donald Trump’s collision with the American national security establishment, and with the world.

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Why You Should Be a Socialist: How the Left Can Dream Big and Win Again by Nathan J. Robinson

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The editor of Current Affairs presents a skeptic's primer to Democratic Socialism that charts its rise in today's America, explaining what it is and isn't and how it can effect real and positive change on a national scale.

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Self-Help

The Book of Ichigo Ichie: The Art of Making the Most of Every Moment, the Japanese Way by Héctor García & Francesc Miralles

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The best-selling authors of Ikigai present a guide to the Japanese art of ichigo ichie that outlines everyday mindfulness approaches for recognizing and finding happiness in the extraordinary and magically coincidental elements of everyday life.

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F*ck No!: How to Stop Saying Yes When You Can't, You Shouldn't, or You Just Don't Want to by Sarah Knight

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Filled with tips, techniques and practical strategies that will arm readers with not only permission to decline, but plenty of ammunition for doing so.

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Older, but Better, but Older: From the Authors of How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Caroline De Maigret & Sophie Mas

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Capturing moments of everyday life that will make readers nod, cringe and laugh out loud, the best-selling authors of How to be Parisian, focusing on the French woman’s mindset as she hits 40, address beauty, love, seduction as well as lifestyle, family, work and living alone.

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Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by B. J. Fogg & Doug Abrams

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An expert of habit formation and behavior science describes how to harness the power of transformation, whether it be to lose weight, exercise more or de-stress, through making tiny changes that we can feel good about.

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