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New Nonfiction

January 2023

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Biography

Children of the State: Stories of Survival and Hope in the Juvenile Justice System by Jeff Hobbs

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From the best-selling and critically acclaimed author of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace comes a look at the school-to-prison pipeline and life in the juvenile “justice” system.

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Courtiers: Intrigue, Ambition, and the Power Players Behind the House of Windsor by Valentine Low

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The gripping account of how the Royal family really operates, from the journalist who has spent years studying them.

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A Few Days Full of Trouble: Revelations on the Journey to Justice for My Cousin and Best Friend, Emmett Till by Wheeler Parker & Christopher Benson

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The last surviving eyewitness to the 1955 lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till tells the story of the case that ignited the civil rights movement, as well as memories of Till as a boy and insights into the investigation.

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The Fight of His Life: Inside Joe Biden's White House by Chris Whipple

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Taking readers behind the scenes of one of America’s most consequential presidencies, a prizewinning journalist, with unprecedented access to the White House, reveals how President Joe Biden and his seasoned team have battled to achieve their agenda, delivering a surprising portrait of politics on the edge.

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I Curse You With Joy by Tiffany Haddish

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In this hilarious, and, at times, heartbreaking, memoir in essays where no topic is off limits, the comedian, actress and New York Times best-selling author, speaking the truth as only she can, shares her highs, lows and everything in between.

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Love and Justice: A Story of Triumph on Two Different Courts by Maya Moore Irons & Jonathan Irons. Foreword by Bryan Stevenson.

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The basketball icon – a two-time NCAA champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist, four-time WNBA champion and WNBA MVP – and an advocate for prosecutorial changes – shares her journey for justice as she stepped away from her career in women’s basketball to help free an innocent man – her now husband – from a wrongful conviction.

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The Love You Save by Goldie Taylor

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An acclaimed journalist and human rights activist shares the harrowing yet deeply hopeful story of her troubled childhood in East St. Louis—a memoir of family, faith and the power of books.

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Love, Pamela by Pamela Anderson

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A heartrending, intimate memoir from the iconic pin-up and former star of Baywatch.

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Rough Sleepers: Dr. Jim O'Connell's Urgent Mission to Bring Healing to Homeless People by Tracy Kidder

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Tells the story of an inspiring doctor who made a difference by helping to create a program to care for Boston’s homeless community.

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Unraveling: What I Learned About Life While Shearing Sheep, Dyeing Wool, and Making the World's Ugliest Sweater by Peggy Orenstein

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The author sets out to make a sweater from scratch—shearing, spinning, dyeing wool—and in the process discovers how we find our deepest selves through craft.

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General Nonfiction

8 Rules of Love: How to Find It, Keep It, and Let It Go by Jay Shetty

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The author of the #1 New York Times best-seller Think Like a Monk offers a revelatory guide to every stage of romance, drawing on ancient wisdom and new science.

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Bloodbath Nation by Paul Auster

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Traces centuries of America’s use and abuse of guns, exploring the bitter divide between our gun control and anti-gun control camps and how gun violence has become so prevalent and out of proportion to the rest of the world.

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Code Name Blue Wren: The True Story of America's Most Dangerous Female Spy—and the Sister She Betrayed by Jim Popkin

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Describes the true crime story of Ana Montes, a superstar of the US Intelligence community who had recently won a prestigious fellowship at the CIA was arrested and publicly exposed as a secret agent for Cuba.

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How Medicine Works and When It Doesn't: Learning Who to Trust to Get and Stay Healthy by F. Perry Wilson

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Blending personal anecdotes with hard science, an accomplished physician, researcher, and science communicator pulls back the curtain on medicine and medical research, revealing how progress is made—and how to rebuild trust between doctors and patients.

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Koala: A Natural History and an Uncertain Future by Danielle Clode

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An Australian biologist combines evolutionary biology, natural history, and ecology and takes readers on a surprising and delightful journey into the world of koalas, exploring their complex relationship with their modern habitat and their unexpected connections with humans.

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Reckoning: Writing into Existence by Eve Ensler

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The work of a lifetime from the Tony Award-winning, bestselling author of The Vagina Monologues—political, personal, profound, and more than 40 years in the making.

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Health and Fitness

The Galveston Diet: The Doctor-Developed, Patient-Proven Plan to Burn Fat and Tame Your Hormonal Symptoms by Mary Claire Haver

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Providing 40 delicious recipes, six weeks of easy-to-follow meal plans, shopping lists and success stories, a practicing OB/GYN offers a unique plan that will help women in midlife lose weight permanently while enjoying newfound energy, better sleep, less brain fog and fewer hot flashes.

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Living in the Light: Yoga for Self-Realization by Deepak Chopra & Sarah Platt-Finger

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Combining a practical 30-day program with an in-depth exploration of 50 stimulating and restorative yoga poses, this ultimate guide to an exciting, bright and enlightening future shows you how to deliberately and consciously accept your true self as a being of infinite possibilities, unfettered by worry or self-doubt.

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The Spark Factor: The Secret to Supercharging Your Cells, Optimizing Your Health, and Feeling Better Than Ever by Molly Maloof

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Developed by a forward-thinking Stanford faculty member and top concierge doctor, a proven, breakthrough approach to biohacking that empowers women to reclaim their health and revive their vital spark.

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 History

The Declassification Engine: What History Reveals About America's Top Secrets by Matthew Connelly

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Drawing on the latest techniques in data science, a historian analyzes state secrets to not only unearth what the government really does not want us to know, but why, critically examining the self-defeating nature of secrecy and the dire state of our nation’s archives.

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Flora MacDonald: Pretty Young Rebel: Her Life and Story by Flora Fraser

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The story of the young Scotswoman whose decision to help “Bonnie” Prince Charlie, the Stuart claimant to the British throne, evade capture and flee the country, inspiring countless novels, poems and songs.

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In the Garden of the Righteous: The Heroes Who Risked Their Lives to Save Jews During the Holocaust by Richard Hurowitz

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A collection of inspiring profiles pay tribute to the incredible deeds of the Righteous Among the Nations, little-known heroes who saved countless lives during the Holocaust.

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Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom by Ilyon Woo

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The remarkable true story of Ellen and William Craft, who escaped slavery through daring, determination, and disguise, with Ellen passing as a wealthy, disabled White man and William posing as “his” slave.

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The Nazi Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill by Brad Meltzer & Josh Mensch

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In this gripping true story of daring rescues, body doubles and political intrigue, the New York Times best-selling authors of The First Conspiracy and The Lincoln Conspiracy reveal the Nazi’s plans to kill FDR, Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill – an assassination plot that would’ve changed history.

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On Savage Shores: How Indigenous Americans Discovered Europe by Caroline Dodds Pennock

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Drawing on surviving their literature and poetry, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Mesoamerica presents a sweeping account of the Indigenous American presence in, and impact on, early modern Europe, shattering our previous Eurocentric understanding of the Age of Discovery.

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A Woman's Life Is a Human Life by Felicia Kornbluh

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A Professor of History and of Gender examines two movement victories in New York that forever changed the politics of reproductive rights nationally both before and after the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

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Political Science

Cobalt Red: How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our Lives by Siddharth Kara

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An unflinching investigation reveals the human rights abuses behind the Congo’s cobalt mining operation—and the moral implications that affect us all.

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The Fresh Prince Project: How the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Remixed America by Chris Palmer

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A cultural history of the beloved 90s sitcom that launched Will Smith to superstardom—The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

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Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love by Mike Pompeo

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A former CIA director under President Trump finally shares his memoir.

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Pegasus: How a Spy in Your Pocket Threatens the End of Privacy, Dignity, and Democracy by Laurent Richard & Sandrine Rigaud

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The story of one of the most sophisticated and invasive surveillance weapons ever created, which is now used by governments around the world.

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Pirate Enlightenment, or the Real Libertalia by David Graeber

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The author discusses the results of his investigation into Madagascar's Zana-Malata, an ethnic group descended from 19th-century pirates.

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Untouchable: How Powerful People Get Away With It by Elie Honig

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A CNN senior legal analyst and nationally best-selling author explores America’s two-tier justice system, explaining how the rich, the famous, and the powerful— including, most notoriously, Donald Trump—manipulate the legal system to escape justice and get away with vast misdeeds.

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SCIENCE

The Matter of Everything: How Curiosity, Physics, and Improbable Experiments Changed the World by Suzie Sheehy

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Celebrating human ingenuity, creativity and curiosity, an accelerator physicist introduces us to the people who, through a combination of genius, persistence and luck, staged the experiments that changed the course of history, giving rise to the technology that ushered us into the modern world.

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The Parrot and the Igloo: Climate and the Science of Denial by David Lipsky

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The New York Times best-selling author explores how “anti-science” became so virulent in American life—through a history of climate denial and its consequences.

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What's Gotten into You: The Story of Your Body's Atoms, from the Big Bang Through Last Night's Dinner by Dan Levitt

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Tells the awe-inspiring story of the elements that make up the human body, and how these building blocks of life travelled billions of miles and across billions of years to make us who we are.

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Self-Help

The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin

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From the legendary music producer, a master at helping people connect with the wellsprings of their creativity, comes a book many years in the making that offers that same deep wisdom to all of us.

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The Good Life: Lessons from the World's Longest Scientific Study of Happiness by Robert Waldinger & Marc Schulz

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Looks at what science has to say about what a person needs for a happy, fulfilling life.

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Heart to Heart: A Conversation on Love and Hope for Our Precious Planet by the Dalai Lama XIV & Patrick McDonnell

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The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists and the cartoonist and award-winning author of MUTTS join forces to call for a Compassionate Revolution that encourages everyone to work together to heal our relationships with each other and with the planet.

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Outsmart Your Brain: Why Learning Is Hard and How You Can Make It Easy by Daniel T. Willingham

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Steeped in scientifically backed practical advice, this groundbreaking guide provides real-world practices and the latest research on how to train your brain for better learning.

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The Perfectionist's Guide to Losing Control: A Path to Peace and Power by Katherine Morgan Schafler

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A psychotherapist extends an invitation to every “recovering perfectionist” to challenge the way they look at perfectionism, and the way they look at themselves.

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Start, Stay, or Leave: The Art of Decision Making by Trey Gowdy

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The Fox News host and #1 New York Times best-selling author of Doesn't Hurt to Ask shares his trusted framework for decision-making, a revolutionary method for anyone at a crossroads in life.

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