Nonfiction Titles Published in January 2019
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All the Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf by Katharine Smyth
An intimate work of memoir and literary criticism describes how the author found literary solace and insights in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse while mourning a beloved parent's death. A first book.
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The Banished Immortal: A Life of Li Bai, Li Po by Ha Jin
A narratively driven, deeply human portrait of the Tang Dynasty poet discusses his early life, travels, rebel history and controversial death, offering further insights into the Daoist influences on his themes. By the National Book Award-winning author of Waiting.
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Black Is the Body: Stories From My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine by Emily Bernard
A collection of deeply personal essays explores the complexities and paradoxes of growing up black in the South with a white surname as well as the author's experiences with interracial marriage, international adoption and teaching at a Northern white college.
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Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called Alien by Jeremy N. Smith
Dives into a dark world that touches us all, as seen through the breakneck career of an accomplished hacker—a woman known only as Alien.
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Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country by Pam Houston
The author of Contents May Have Shifted draws on her travels and homestead life in the Colorado Rockies in an essay collection on her ties to nature that explores the symbiotic relationship between humans and the earth.
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Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A by Lili Anolik
A portrait of the Hollywood artist details the iconic photograph that catapulted Eve Babitz to notoriety, her high-profile affairs, her unheralded literary achievements, her years in seclusion and her recent re-emergence.
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An Indefinite Sentence: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex by Siddharth Dube
A revelatory memoir about sex, oppression and the universal struggle for justice by the executive director of UNAIDS describes his personal quest for love and self-respect as a gay youth in mid-20th-century India and Harvard.
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Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro
The acclaimed author of Hourglass describes her staggering recent discovery that she is not biologically related to her father, tracing her efforts to uncover the truth from a half-century web of family secrets to reestablish her sense of identity.
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Joy Enough by Sarah McColl
An editor-in-chief of Yahoo Food presents a life-affirming memoir of her experiences with dual loss, recounting how she endured the end of her marriage and her mother's cancer diagnosis by reconnecting with her childhood home and preparing elaborate, nourishing meals.
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Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive by Stephanie Land. Foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich.
An economic hardship journalist describes the years she worked in low-pay domestic work under wealthy employers, contrasting the privileges of the upper-middle class to the realities of the overworked laborers supporting them.
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Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison—Solitary Confinement, a Sham Trial, High-Stakes Diplomacy, and the Extraordinary Efforts It Took to Get Me Out by Jason Rezaian
The former Tehran bureau chief describes how he was kept hostage for 18 months on trumped-up charges of espionage and rendered a pawn in high-stakes diplomatic talks that became a part of the Iran nuclear deal.
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Queen of the World: Elizabeth II, Sovereign and Stateswoman by Robert Hardman
The author of Monarchy draws on privileged access to the Royal Family and Royal Household in a portrait of the longtime British monarch that shares insights into her considerable diplomatic and dignitary work in more than 130 countries.
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Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow by Lucy Worsley
The BBC historian presenter and best-selling author of Courtiers explores the life and myriad roles of Queen Victoria as they reflected her defiance of gender conventions and defining position in a time of extraordinary change and political resistance.
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The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump by Andrew G. McCabe
The former deputy director of the FBI details how law enforcement battles terror threats, Russian crime and attacks by the White House itself on the U.S. Constitution.
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The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris
The civil rights leader, senator and former attorney general of California draws on the lessons of her activist immigrant family to make recommendations for the universal issues of today, including economic inequality, health care and national security.
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The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After by Julie Yip-Williams
An unconventional memoir by a young mother with Stage IV metastatic cancer describes her experiences as a blind Vietnamese political refugee-turned-Harvard-educated lawyer before terminal illness inspired her blog to share the real-world guidance she wished she had.
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When Death Becomes Life: Notes From a Transplant Surgeon by Joshua D. Mezrich
A portrait of the extraordinary field of organ transplantation draws on a century of advancement to discuss its pioneers, science and ethical challenges as well as the ways that organ transplants have revolutionized medical care.
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The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers by Bridgett M. Davis
A memoir by the director of Naked Acts and the author of Shifting Through Neutral describes how her mother cleverly played Detroit's illegal lottery in the 1970s to support the family.
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