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Nonfiction Titles Published in January 2020

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Biography

The Art of Resistance: My Four Years in the French Underground: a Memoir by Justus Rosenberg

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In a World War II memoir set in Nazi-occupied France—a story of bravery, daring, adventure, survival and romance—a former Eastern European Jew remembers his flight from the Holocaust and his extraordinary four years in the French underground.

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Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition by P. Carl

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The author explores his gender transition in his 50s, from a woman to a man, amid the rise of the Trump administration and the #MeToo movement.

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Building a Life Worth Living: A Memoir by Marsha M. Linehan

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Traces the author's journey from a suicidal teen to the award-winning developer of the life-saving DBT behavioral therapy, describing the hardscrabble existence she endured to get her education and the beneficial impact of Zen spirituality on her life quality.

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Father of Lions: One Man's Remarkable Quest to Save the Mosul Zoo by Louise Callaghan

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An award-winning journalist puts a human face on life under ISIS, told through the prism of the Mosul zoo.

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Free, Melania: The Unauthorized Biography by Kate Bennett

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A CNN East Wing reporter with significant access offers a behind-the-scenes look at the life of the most enigmatic first lady in U.S. history.

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Hill Women: Finding Family and a Way Forward in the Appalachian Mountains by Cassie Chambers

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After rising from poverty to earn a Harvard degree, an Appalachian lawyer pays tribute to the strong “hill women” who raised and inspired her, and whose values have the potential to rejuvenate a struggling region.

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The Magical Language of Others by E. J. Koh

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Left behind when work requires her parents to return to Korea, a teen poet reconnects with family history to manage the impact of absent caregivers on her sense of self. By the award-winning author of A Lesser Love.

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Mengele: Unmasking the Angel of Death by David G. Marwell

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A gripping portrait of the infamous Nazi doctor, written by the former Justice Department official who proved his death, draws on victim interviews and visits to crime scenes to detail Mengele's university studies and brutal wartime experiments.

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My War Criminal: Personal Encounters With an Architect of Genocide by Jessica Stern

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The author of Terror in the Name of God presents an investigation into the nature of violence, terror and trauma through conversations with a notorious war criminal and hero to white nationalists.

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Normal: A Mother and Her Beautiful Son by Magda Newman

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The mother of a child with severe Treacher Collins syndrome describes their family's courageous experiences with complicated and terrifying health challenges, more than 60 painful surgeries and the social alienation of a facial disfigurement.

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Rachel Maddow: A Biography by Lisa Rogak

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The popular MSNBC host and New York Times best-selling author chronicles her life and career.

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Savage Messiah: How Dr. Jordan Peterson Is Saving Western Civilization by Jim Proser

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An award-winning author offers an in-depth look at the work of best-selling writer and psychologist Jordan Peterson.

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The Measure of Our Lives: A Gathering of Wisdom by Toni Morrison, Toni. Foreword by Zadie Smith.

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A treasury of quotations from Toni Morrison's work is at once the ideal introduction to her and a lovely and moving keepsake for her devoted readers.

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Uncanny Valley: A Memoir by Anna Wiener

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The author chronicles her experience at a big-data startup in the heart of the Silicon Valley bubble: a world of surreal extravagance, dubious success and fresh-faced entrepreneurs hell-bent on domination, glory and, of course, progress.

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BusinesS & Economics

All You Have to Do Is Ask: How to Master the Most Important Skill for Success by Wayne Baker

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A Psychology Today columnist and co-founder of Give and Take Inc. reveals the benefits of asking for help to solve problems, reduce stress and discover new opportunities, outlining strategies used by major companies that facilitate team-based organizational networks.

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Arguing With Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future by Paul Krugman

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An introduction to today's major policy issues by the Nobel Prize-winning columnist clarifies widespread misunderstandings in basic economics while providing thematic explanations of subjects ranging from health care and housing bubbles to tax reform and social security.

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Billion Dollar Brand Club: How Dollar Shave Club, Warby Parker, and Other Disruptors Are Remaking What We Buy by Lawrence Ingrassia

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A leading business journalist takes readers inside a business revolution: the upstart brands taking on the empires that long dominated the trillion-dollar consumer economy.

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Facebook: The Inside Story of Mark Zuckerberg and the Social Network's Fight for Survival by Steven Levy

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Draws on years of exclusive reporting and interviews with key Facebook insiders to present a history of the world's largest social media platform that examines the controversial decisions of founder Mark Zuckerberg, as well as the company's role in present-day security issues.

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The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives by Peter H. Diamandis & Steven Kotler

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From the New York Times best-selling authors of Abundance and Bold comes a practical playbook for technological convergence in our modern era. Exponential Technology Series

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Leadership Strategy and Tactics: Field Manual by Jocko Willink

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A former Navy SEAL and the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Extreme Ownership offers a new guide on leadership.

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The Passion Economy: The New Rules for Thriving in the Twenty-First Century by Adam Davidson

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The award-winning New Yorker staff writer and creator of NPR's Planet Money podcast explains the internal logic of today's dynamic economy while revealing its transformative potential for enabling millions to thrive.

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You Can Have It All, Just Not at the Same Damn Time: A Guide for Women Everywhere by Romi Neustadt

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A best-selling author, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and life and business coach has a message for women: You CAN have it all—just not all at the same time. By the author of Get Over Your Damn Self.

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General Nonfiction

Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life After Which Everything Was Different by Chuck Palahniuk

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The renowned, best-selling author of Fight Club takes readers behind the scenes of the writing life, with postcards from decades on the road and incredible examination of the power of fiction and the art of storytelling.

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Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark Aclu Cases by Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman, eds. Foreword by David Cole.

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A collaboration between the ACLU and authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman features essays by such writers as Jennifer Egan, Neil Gaiman, Marlon James, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Salman Rushdie and more, each writing about a landmark ACLU case.

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Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life's Fundamental Bond by Lydia Denworth

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An investigation of friendship provides profound implications for our understanding of what humans and animals alike need to thrive across a lifetime.

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Martha Stewart Organizing: The Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life, Home & Routines by Martha Stewart

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Complemented by a schedule template and checklists, an organizational reference by the trusted lifestyle expert shares hundreds of practical ideas, projects and tips for home maintenance, from office filing and housecleaning to closets and storage areas.

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A New Way to Age by Suzanne Somers

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The former actress and health guru and author describes life at 72 and offers insights from anti-aging experts to help women keep their hair shiny, heart and bones strong, hormones balanced and minds sharp.

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Physical Intelligence: The Science of How the Body and the Mind Guide Each Other Through Life by Scott Grafton

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A leading neuroscientist draws on findings in behavioral neurology and cognitive neuroscience in a comprehensive examination of the fundamental relationship between the physical world and the mind, explaining how sophisticated "action intelligence" helps humans solve complex problems.

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SAM: One Robot, a Dozen Engineers, and the Race to Revolutionize the Way We Build by Jonathan Waldman

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A true story of innovation centers on a scrappy team of engineers—far from the Silicon Valley limelight—and their quest to achieve a surprisingly difficult technological feat: building a robot that can lay bricks. By the author of RUST.

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Start by Believing: Larry Nassar's Crimes, the Institutions That Enabled Him, and the Brave Women Who Stopped a Monster by John Barr & Dan Murphy

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An investigative reporter for ESPN deconstructs the epic institutional failures that allowed an osteopathic physician to sexually abuse Olympic gymnasts under the guise of medical treatment for years and the brave women who fought back against the dysfunction.

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A Woman Makes a Plan: Advice for a Lifetime of Adventure, Beauty, and Success by Maye Musk

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A 71-year-old international supermodel shares personal stories and lessons learned from a life of “living dangerously—carefully.”

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You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples by Patricia Marx. Illus by Roz Chast.

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A New Yorker writer presents humorous illustrated tips and rejects time-worn clichés for handling conflict between partners, in a follow-up to Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It.

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You're Not Listening: What You're Missing and Why It Matters by Eleanor Kate Murphy

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A reporter exposes why our ultra-connected modern world leaves so many people feeling alone and suicidal, blaming it on a worldwide epidemic of not listening and describes how to re-learn this important skill.

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Health & Fitness

Body Love Every Day: Choose Your Life-changing 21-day Path to Food Freedom by Kelly Leveque. Forewords by Jennifer Garner & Emmy Rossum.

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A flexible 30-day food plan based on the author's best-selling book Body Love is illustrated with 16 pages of color photos and filled with delicious, easy recipes, invaluable advice and inspiration for daily living. The Body Love Series

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Breaking Up With Sugar: A Plan to Divorce the Diets, Drop the Pounds, and Live Your Best Life by Molly Carmel

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In a book with step-by-step meal plans, the founder of the Beacon Program provides a proven strategy to break free from your unhealthy relationship with sugar and reclaim your health and your life for good.

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The Joy of Movement: How Exercise Helps Us Find Happiness, Hope, Connection, and Courage by Kelly McGonigal

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The best-selling author of The Willpower Instinct introduces a science-based book that doesn’t tell us why we should exercise but instead shows us how to fall in love with movement.

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The Switch: Ignite Your Metabolism With Intermittent Fasting, Protein Cycling, and Keto by James Clement, James, with Kristin Loberg.

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Explains how to prime one's metabolism with intermittent fasting, protein restriction and ketosis, so that one can lose weight, reverse chronic conditions and stay healthier longer.

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Why Good Sex Matters: Understanding the Neuroscience of Pleasure for a Smarter, Happier, and More Purpose-Filled Life by Nan Wise

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A cognitive neuroscientist and certified sex therapist examines the growing trend in anxiety-triggering avoidance of once-pleasurable activities while counseling readers on how to achieve one's sexual potential for better life quality and productivity.

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 History

The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties by Christopher Caldwell

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An American intellectual argues that the reforms of the 1960s, reforms intended to make the nation more just and humane, instead left many Americans feeling alienated, despised, misled—and ready to put an adventurer in the White House.

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Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America by Marcia Chatelain

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Traces the lesser-known history of how fast food became one of the greatest generators of black wealth in America, revealing how unexpected collaborations among franchises, black capitalists and civil rights leaders provided effective economic responses to racial inequality.

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A House in the Mountains by Caroline Moorehead

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Drawing on previously untranslated sources, a prize-winning historian tells the little-known story of the women of the Italian partisan movement fight for freedom against fascism in all its forms, while Europe collapsed in ruins around them.

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Sovietistan: Travels in Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan by Erika Fatland

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Draws on the author's undercover visits in a report on the five Central Asian regions that established independent statehoods in 1991 that discusses how ancient history, cultural traditions and Soviet influences have shaped their government experiments in democracy and dictatorship.

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The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory, 1989-2016 by Andrew J. Bacevich

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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Limits of Power comes a thought-provoking and penetrating account of the post-Cold War follies and delusions that culminated in the presidency of Donald Trump.

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The Great Rift: Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, and the Broken Friendship That Defined an Era by James Mann

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The author of Rise of the Vulcans offers a sweeping history of the intertwined careers of Dick Cheney and Colin Powell, whose rivalry and conflicting views of U.S. national security color American political debate to this day.

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Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy by David Zucchino

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Myth of the Welfare Queen documents the events of the 1898 Wilmington Insurrection and its unrecognized role in reversing the city's mixed-race advances, overthrowing local government and promoting white-supremacist agendas.

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Parenting

Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity by Peggy Orenstein

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The author of the groundbreaking, best-selling Girls & Sex turns her attention to young men, discussing and revealing how modern young men understand and navigate the new rules of physical and emotional intimacy.

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Failure to Launch: Why Your Twentysomething Hasn't Grown Up and What to Do About It by Mark McConville

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From an expert in adolescent psychology comes a guide for parents of the 2.2 million young adults in America who are struggling to find their way in the world.

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The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson

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The best-selling authors of The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline draw on the latest understandings in attachment research to explain the importance of a parent's involved presence in helping children feel safe, secure and loved.

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Political Science

American Manifesto: Saving Democracy From Villains, Vandals, and Ourselves by Bob Garfield

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The co-host of public radio's On the Media outlines six strategies for rebuilding American democracy in the face of partisan divides while overcoming the humanity challenges of the Trump administration.

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A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy by Jane Mcalevey

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A longtime labor, environmental and political organizer argues that unions are the only institution capable of fighting back against today’s super-rich corporate class.

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Crime in Progress by Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch.

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Reveals the never-before-told inside story of the high-stakes, four-year-long investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia ties—culminating in the Steele Dossier, and sparking the Mueller report—from the founders of political opposition research company Fusion GPS.

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Harvest the Vote: How Democrats Can Win Again in Rural America by Jane Kleeb

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From the chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party comes an urgent road map showing how the Democratic Party can, and should, engage rural America.

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Running Against the Devil: A Plot to Save America From Trump—and Democrats From Themselves by Rick Wilson

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The veteran Republican strategist and best-selling author of Everything Trump Touches Dies outlines the mistakes made by both parties during throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, identifying the challenges that must be overcome to prevent Trump's reelection.

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Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America's Public Schools by Diane Ravitch

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The former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education and author of the best-selling Reign of Terror presents an impassioned, inspiring look at how today's parents, teachers and activists are combating the forces that are privatizing America's public schools.

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The Fixers: The Bottom-feeders, Crooked Lawyers, Gossipmongers, and Porn Stars Who Created the 45th President by Joe Palazzolo & Michael Rothfeld

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Offers a shocking account of the lawyers and media tycoons who enabled the rise of Donald Trump, featuring new revelations from a Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal team.

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Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office by Susan Hennessey & Benjamin Wittes

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Provides a complete account of how Donald Trump has wielded the powers of the American presidency.

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A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America by Carol Leonnig & Philip Rucker

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A Washington Post national investigative reporter and the White House Bureau Chief share personal revelatory insights into Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, its consequences and the underlying patterns beneath a deceptively chaotic Trump administration.

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Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein

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A journalist, political commentator and cofounder of Vox explains how today’s rigidly partisan politics came to be, why we all participate in it and what it means for America’s future.

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Social Science

Conversations in Black: On Power, Politics, and Leadership by Ed Gordon

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A collection of conversations with such notables as Stacey Abrams, Harry Belafonte, Charlamagne tha God, Michael Eric Dyson, Jemele Hill, Eric Holder, Maxine Waters and others offers sage wisdom for navigating race in a radically divisive America.

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Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender, Race, and Class by Charles Murray

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The New York Times best-selling author of Coming Apart argues that all groups of people are not the same and reveals an investigation of the genetics and neuroscience of human differences.

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Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus by Jennifer S. Hirsch & Shamus Khan

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The co-directors of Columbia University's groundbreaking SHIFT study into campus sexual assault reveal the complex social ecosystem of physical space, alcohol, peer dynamics and cultural norms that influence the experience and interpretations of both sex and sexual assault.

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Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope by Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl Wudunn

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of the best-selling Half the Sky draw on the true experiences of working-class Americans to outline possible solutions to governmental failures behind rising unemployment, poverty and opioid addiction.

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The Violence Inside Us: A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy by Chris Murphy

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The youngest-elected U.S. Senator presents a sweeping history of the origins of humanity's violent impulses and obsession with firearms while exposing the national mythologies that block action against violence in today's America.

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What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She by Dennis Baron

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The University of Illinois linguistics professor and national commentator on language issues explores evolving debates regarding modern pronoun usage, tracing the history of pronouns, the creations of new gender pronouns and the role of pronouns in establishing identity and rights.

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Why We Can't Sleep: Women's New Midlife Crisis by Ada Calhoun

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The award-winning author of Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give presents a generation-defining exploration of the impossible standards being imposed on middle-aged Generation X women and what the author recommends to avoid burnout.

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