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The Absent Moon: A Memoir of a Short Childhood and a Long Depression by Luiz Schwarcz
A literary sensation in Brazil and now a global publishing event, Luiz Schwarcz's wise and tender memoir bravely interrogates the story of his own ordeal of depression in the context of a family story of murder, dispossession, and silence-the long echo of the Holocaust across generations.
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B.F.F.: A Memoir of Friendship Lost and Found by Christie Tate
The author of the New York Times bestseller Group reflects on her lifelong struggles to sustain female friendship and how the return of an old friend helped her explore the reasons she has avoided attachment.
Choosing Family: A Memoir of Queer Motherhood and Black Resistance by Francesca T. Royster
A professor of English literature presents a memoir of family, identity and acceptance that examines the messiness and complexity of adoption and parenthood from a black, queer and feminist perspective.
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Dyscalculia: A Love Story of Epic Miscalculation by Camonghne Felix
The acclaimed author of Build Yourself a Boat examines a painful breakup and subsequent healing through the prism of her childhood “dyscalculia” — a disorder that makes it difficult to learn math.
The Education of Kendrick Perkins: A Memoir by Kendrick Perkins
An intimate memoir about race, fatherhood, and basketball, from former NBA player and outspoken cultural critic.
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The Exceptions: Nancy Hopkins, Mit, and the Fight for Women in Science by Kate Zernike
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist tells the powerful — and inspiring — story of Nancy Hopkins, a reluctant feminist who, in 1999, became the leader of 16 female scientists who forced MIT to publicly admit it had been discriminating against its female faculty for years.
The Hard Parts: A Memoir of Courage and Triumph by Oksana Masters
The United States’ most decorated winter Paralympic or Olympic athlete tells how she overcame Chernobyl disaster-caused physical challenges through sheer determination and a drive to succeed to win the world’s best in elite rowing, biathlon, cross-country skiing and road cycling competitions.
Hijab Butch Blues by Lamya H.
A queer Muslim immigrant recalls her coming of age and how she drew inspiration from the stories in the Quran throughout her lifetime search for safety and belonging.
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I Am the Storm: Inspiring Stories of People Who Fight Against Overwhelming Odds by Janice Dean
The New York Times best-selling author tells the stories of whistleblowers, revolutionaries, underdogs and ordinary people who chose to fight for what’s right in the face of overwhelming odds and obstacles.
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Liliana's Invincible Summer: A Sister's Search for Justice by Cristina Rivera Garza
The award-winning Mexican author recounts the story of her younger sister’s murder by an abusive ex-boyfriend and her struggles to come to terms with the pain of a life cut short.
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Lives of the Wives: Five Literary Marriages by Carmela Ciuraru
A witty look at the complex and fascinating but tumultuous marriages of five well known figures in the literary world, including British theatre critic Kenneth Tynan, and authors Roald Dahl and Kingsley Amis.
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Never Far from Home: My Journey from Brooklyn to Hip Hop, Microsoft, and the Law by Bruce Jackson
In this incredible and inspirational memoir, Microsoft’s associate general counsel, who has kept his past a secret until now, reveals an impoverished childhood in the criminal justice system and drug trade, and how he was saved by an offer that set him on a better path.
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Paradise Now: The Extraordinary Life of Karl Lagerfeld by William Middleton
This delightful tribute to a cultural icon and the creative director for the storied House of Chanel reveals a side the elusive designer kept private from the world while introducing readers to some of the most unforgettable figures of fashion’s inner circle for the past four decades.
The Parenting Map: Step-by-Step Solutions to Consciously Create the Ultimate Parent-child Relationship by Shefali Tsabary
Combining her unique blend of clinical psychology and eastern mindfulness, the New York Times bestselling author introduces a proven 9-step method to address key behavioral issues and milestones at every stage of childhood that will allow the child and parent to grow and flourish together.
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The Ship Beneath the Ice: The Discovery of Shackleton's Endurance by Mensun Bound
A renowned marine biologist presents this extraordinary firsthand account of the discovery of Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance a century to the day after Shackleton’s death that captures the intrepid spirit that joins two mariners across the centuries — both of whom accomplished the impossible.
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Sink by Joseph Earl Thomas
In a series of exacting and fierce vignettes, the author, who found salvation in geek culture, takes readers through the unceasing cruelty of his impoverished childhood toward an understanding of what it means to lose the desire to fit in and build community and love on your own terms.
Spare by Prince Harry
With its raw, unflinching honesty, Prince Harry’s memoir—in which he discusses the effect of his mother Princess Diana’s death on his life—is full of insight, revelation, self-examination and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.
Spillane: King of Pulp Fiction by Max Allan Collins
The first-ever biography of the most popular and most influential pulp writer of all time, written by the collaborator who knew him best.
Transitional: How to Live Your Authentic Life by Munroe Bergdorf
Part memoir, part big idea book, the model and activist, reflecting on individuality, evolution and the ever-changing nature of identity, uses an intersectional approach to deconstruct the stigma, bias and prejudice within ourselves and one another, redefining what it means to be “transitional.”
The Urgent Life: My Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Bozoma Saint John
Taking readers through the dizzying, numbing days of multiple griefs, the author shares her journey forward through the highs and lows as she negotiates life as a woman determined to learn from tragedies to build a remarkable life worth living even in her brokenness.
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Walk the Blue Line: No Right, No Left—just Cops Telling Their True Stories to James Patterson. by James Patterson and Mat Eversmann
Presents the dramatic true stories, told in their own words, of the patrol officers and K9 handlers, sheriffs and detectives who risk their lives every day to protect and serve, revealing what it’s really like to wear the uniform and carry the weight of the responsibility they’ve been given.
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Whatever Next?: Lessons from an Unexpected Life by Anne Glenconner
Now in her ninth decade and at her happiest, the New York Times best-selling author of Lady in Waiting — and the eldest daughter of the 5th Earl of Leicester — shares everything her extraordinary and unexpected life has taught her, in this richly entertaining treasury of hard-won wisdom.
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Windfall: The Prairie Woman Who Lost Her Way and the Great-granddaughter Who Found Her by Erika Bolstad
After receiving a mysterious inheritance, journalist Erika Bolstad sets out on a tumultuous journey through her family's buried past and its dark connection to the Promised Land of the American West.
Business & Economics
For Blood and Money: Billionaires, Biotech, and the Quest for a Blockbuster Drug by Nathan Vardi
A gripping business narrative and scientific thriller about what it takes to bring a wonder drug to market—and save countless lives.
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It's Not About the Money: A Proven Path to Building Wealth and Living the Rich Life You Deserve by Scarlett Cochran
An attorney, financial expert and entrepreneur offers a holistic approach to those who consider themselves “bad with money” and explains how to redefine wealth, change their money story and plan to create an individualized, wealth-growing money practice.
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Unscripted: The Epic Battle for a Media Empire and the Redstone Family Legacy by James B. Stewart
Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists recount the shocking struggle for power and control of Paramount and the dysfunction, misconduct and deceit that threatened the future of this media empire.
The Darkness Manifesto: On Light Pollution, Night Ecology, and the Ancient Rhythms That Sustain Life by Johan Eklöf
A Swedish conservationist and bat scientist, in this persuasive, meticulously researched book, urges us to appreciate natural darkness, its creatures and its unique benefits for the sake of the environment, our own wellbeing and all life on earth.
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Don't Think, Dear: On Loving and Leaving Ballet by Alice Robb
A former student at the elite School of American Ballet describes how the strict codes of that world, which included thinness, stoicism and submission, forced her to grapple with the contradictions and challenges of modern womanhood.
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Drama Free: A Guide to Managing Unhealthy Family Relationships by Nedra Glover Tawwab
The author of the New York Times bestseller Set Boundaries, Find Peace presents a guide for overcoming family struggles such as the trauma of emotional neglect, the legacy of addicted parents and mental health issues.
The Emotional Lives of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable, and Compassionate Adolescents by Lisa Damour
With clear, research-informed explanations alongside illuminating, real-life examples, this must-have guide provides parents of teens dealing with academic pressure, social media stress, worries about the future and their own mental health with the essential information for supporting them through the transformational journey into adulthood.
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A Hacker's Mind: How the Powerful Bend Society's Rules, and How to Bend Them Back by Bruce Schneier
The legendary cybersecurity expert and New York Times best-selling author discusses ways that developing a hacker’s mindset can help us better understand the systems and institutions that underpin our society.
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The Immunity Solution: Seven Weeks to Living Healthier and Longer by Leo Nissola
Optimize your natural defenses with this essential, science-based guide and its simple program of practical strategies to help support your immune system.
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Oscar Wars: A History of Hollywood in Gold, Sweat, and Tears by Michael Schulman
Chronicling the remarkable, sprawling history of the Academy Awards and the personal dramas that have played out on the stage and off camera, this entertaining exploration of the Oscars features a star-studded cast of some of the most powerful Hollywood players of today and yesterday.
The Pornography Wars: The Past, Present, and Future of America's Obscene Obsession by Kelsy Burke
An authoritative, big-think look at pornography examines all its facets—historical, religious and cultural.
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We over Me: The Counterintuitive Approach to Getting Everything You Want from Your Relationship by Khadeen Ellis
The stars of the social media show The Ellises and hosts of the Webby Award-winning podcast Dead Ass with K&D, with their trademark transparency and humor, share one surprising, essential truth: If you’re looking for a healthy relationship and a fulfilling life, focus on your partner’s needs instead of your wants.
We Should Not Be Friends: The Story of a Friendship by Will Schwalbe
Tracing an extraordinary, life-changing college friendship over decades of challenge and change, this warm, funny and irresistible book follows the author as he, joining a little-known secret society at Yale, finds an unlikely friend in a physically imposing, loud, star wrestler determined to become a Navy SEAL.
Africatown: America's Last Slave Ship and the Community It Created by Nicholas Tabor
Tells the story of the enslaved people brought over on America’s last slave ship Clotilda, and the community they established outside Mobile, Alabama, that still exists today.
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American Inheritance: Liberty and Slavery in the Birth of a Nation, 1765-1795 by Edward J. Larson
From a Pulitzer Prize winner comes a history that reveals how the twin strands of liberty and slavery were joined in the nation’s founding.
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The Diary Keepers: World War II in the Netherlands, As Written by the People Who Lived Through It by Nina Siegal
Based on select writings from a collection of more than 2,000 Dutch diaries written during World War II, this remarkable book seeks to understand the nature of resistance, the workings of memory and the ways we reflect on, commemorate and re-envision the past.
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Driving the Green Book: How Black Resistance Lit a Path Through Jim Crow and Beyond by Alvin Hall
An award-winning broadcaster and educator presents the vivid stories of African-Americans who traveled the country during the age of segregation, using The Green Book, a guide which helped black people travel safely.
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Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain by Sathnam Sanghera
An award-winning journalist tracks the roots of the British empire and how imperial domination still continues to shape the modern-day United Kingdom as well as their former colonies, including the United States.
Empress of the Nile: The Daredevil Archaeologist Who Saved Egypt's Ancient Temples from Destruction by Lynne Olson
Tells the story of Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt, a French archaeologist who led the international effort to save ancient Egyptian temples from the floodwaters of the Aswan Dam as well as her activities during the French Resistance in World War II.
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Fragile Cargo: The World War II Race to Save the Treasures of China's Forbidden City by Adam Brookes
The story of a group of museum curators who spent 16 years protecting the vast imperial art collections of China’s Forbidden City in their collections from Japanese threats during World War II
The Lincoln Miracle: Inside the Republican Convention That Changed History by Edward Achorn
Bringing to life arguably the most consequential political story in America’s history, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Commentary chronicles Abraham Lincoln’s nomination to lead the Republican Party in the 1860 presidential election, showing how a seemingly impossible long shot prevailed to the nation’s benefit.
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Myth America: Historians Take on the Biggest Legends and Lies About Our Past by Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer
America’s top historians set the record straight on the most pernicious myths about our nation’s past.
The New Guys: The Historic Class of Astronauts That Broke Barriers and Changed the Face of Space Travel by Meredith Bagby
Telling their stories for the first time ever, NASA’s barrier-breaking Astronaut Class of 1978, dubbed “The New Guys,” share their experiences pioneering the Shuttle program, which defined a generation of space travel, and helped build a dream of a new American century in space.
Waco: David Koresh, the Branch Davidians, and a Legacy of Rage by Jeff Guinn
A former investigative reporter Jeff Guinn, best-selling author of Manson and The Road to Jonestown provides an account of the disastrous siege at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, featuring never-before-seen documents, photographs and interviews.
The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens by Richard Haass
A provocative guide to how we must reenvision citizenship if American democracy is to survive.
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The Courage to Be Free: Florida's Blueprint for America's Revival by Ron Desantis
The Republican governor of Florida offers a memoir of his life.
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Shielded: How the Police Became Untouchable by Joanna Schwartz
In the wake of high-profile murders that have brought much-needed attention to the pervasiveness of police misconduct, a UCLA law professor exposes the many ways in which our legal system protects police at all costs, shedding light on our failing criminal justice system.
Trust the Plan: The Rise of Qanon and the Conspiracy That Unhinged America by Will Sommer
A journalist who has followed the rise of QAnon explains what it is, how it has gained a mainstream following among Republican lawmakers and ordinary citizens, the threat it poses to democracy, and how we can reach those who have embraced the conspiracy and are disseminating its lies.
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While Time Remains: A North Korean Defector's Search for Freedom in America by Yeonmi Park
The North Korean defector, human rights advocate and best-selling author of In Order to Live sounds the alarm on the culture wars, identity politics and authoritarian tendencies tearing America apart.
Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life by Dacher Keltner
From a foremost expert on the science of emotions and consultant to Pixar’s Inside Out comes a groundbreaking and essential exploration into the history, science and greater understanding of awe.
Fool Proof: How Fear of Playing the Sucker Shapes Our Selves and the Social Order, and What We Can Do About It by Tess Wilkinson-Ryan
Drawing on evidence from studies in psychology, sociology and economics, a moral psychologist examines the ways that the fear of being suckered creates terrible feelings of self-recrimination and how it can be exploited.
Malady of the Mind: Schizophrenia and the Path to Prevention by Jeffrey A. Lieberman
Of the many myths and misconceptions that obscure our understanding of schizophrenia, the most pernicious is that there is no effective treatment or cure; and, though that may have been true in the past, the current reality couldn’t be more different: today’s treatments have the potential to be game-changing—and often lifesaving.
The Climate Book: The Facts and the Solutions by Greta Thunberg
Gathering together the wisdom of over 100 experts, the world’s leading climate activist arms us with the knowledge we need to combat climate disaster, showing there is hope, but only if we listen to the science before it’s too late.
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Jellyfish Age Backwards: Nature's Secrets to Longevity by Nicklas Brendborg
Offers a revelatory scientific deep dive into how plants and animals have already unlocked the secrets to immortality—and the lessons they hold for us all.
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Reading the Glass: A Captain's View of Weather, Water, and Life on Ships by Elliot Rappaport
A professional captain of traditional sailing ships who has spent 30 years at sea offers a sailor’s-eye-view of the moving parts of our atmosphere, unveiling the larger patterns it holds: global winds, storms, air masses, jet streams and the longer arc of our climate.
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Slime: A Natural History by Susanne Wedlich
Takes us on a sticky scientific adventure through the 3-billion-year history of slime, exploring its part in the evolution of life and its cultural and emotional significance, from its starring role in the horror genre to its subtle influence on Art Nouveau.
Upshift: Turning Pressure into Performance and Crisis into Creativity by Ben Ramalingam
From an international innovation and crisis specialist comes a breakthrough book introducing—for the first time ever—the concept of Upshift: a life-changing way to transform pressure into performance and fundamentally alter how you handle stress.
We Are Electric: Inside the 200-year Hunt for Our Body's Bioelectric Code, and What the Future Holds by Sally Adee
An award-winning science journalist takes us through the thrilling history of bioelectricity — the electric currents that run through our bodies and every living thing — to show how the next scientific frontier might be decrypting the bioelectric code, much the way we did the genetic code.
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We the Scientists: How a Daring Team of Parents and Doctors Forged a New Path for Medicine by Amy Dockser Marcus
A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter follows a group of parent advocates who collaborate with researchers and doctors in search of a cure for a rare and genetic condition, becoming citizen scientists in an extraordinary social experiment that reveals new pathways for treating disease and conducting research.
The Origins of You: How Breaking Family Patterns Can Liberate the Way We Live and Love by Vienna Pharaon
Complete with guided introspection, personal experiences, client stories and more, a licensed therapist and popular Instagram relationship expert helps us understand our Family of Origin — the family and framework we grew up within — to meaningfully improve our relationships and our lives in the future.
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Permission to Speak: How to Change What Power Sounds Like, Starting with You by Samara Bay
Blending anecdotes with eye-opening research in leadership, linguistics and social science, a communication expert who’s worked with Hollywood’s biggest stars, political powerhouses and businesspeople offers a fresh perspective on public speaking and a new definition of what power sounds like.
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Win Every Argument: The Art of Debating, Persuading, and Public Speaking by Mehdi Hasan
An award-winning journalist, anchor and expert debater, who thrives on arguments as a surefire way to establish the truth, shows how anyone can communicate with confidence, rise above the tit-for-tats on social media and triumph in a successful and productive debate in the real world.
The Curse of the Marquis De Sade: A Notorious Scoundrel, a Mythical Manuscript, and the Biggest Scandal in Literary History by Joel Warner
Told with gripping reporting and flush with deceit and scandal, this narrative shows how the Marquis de Sade’s original manuscript of 120 Days of Sodom, a work that inspired the word “sadism,” landed at the heart of one of the biggest scams in modern literary history.
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I Know Who You Are: How an Amateur DNA Sleuth Unmasked the Golden State Killer and Changed Crime Fighting Forever by Barbara Rae-Venter
A retiree researching her family history explains how she used her knowledge of DNA data to uncover the culprit of the Golden State Killer crime spree, a cold case that had baffled law enforcement for decades.