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NonFICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN
JuLY 2021

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Biography

After the Fall: Being American in the World We've Made by Ben Rhodes

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The New York Times best-selling author and advisor to former President Obama travels the world speaking to politicians, activists and dissidents to seek ways to fight the nationalist and authoritarianism forces facing America in the wake of the Trump presidency.

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Below the Edge of Darkness: A Memoir of Exploring Light and Life in the Deep Sea by Edith Widder

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An in-depth examination of oceanic bioluminescence, a little-explored scientific field that focuses on how marine life uses light to communicate in the darkness of the deep oceans, including a look at the legendary Giant Squid.

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Better to Have Gone: Love, Death, and the Quest for Utopia in Auroville by Akash
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Explores the lives, and ultimate deaths, of two people in a utopian community in India.

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Changes: An Oral History of Tupac Shakur by Sheldon Pearce

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Told through interviews with both celebrities and less-well known people who knew the late artist, a music writer and editor for The New Yorker tells the story of Shakur’s life and legacy.

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Committed: Dispatches from a Psychiatrist in Training by Adam Stern

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A psychiatrist’s offers a memoir about his residency at Harvard.

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The Director: My Years Assisting J. Edgar Hoover by Paul Letersky with Gordon Dillow

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The first book ever written about FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover by a member of his personal staff offers unprecedented insight into the controversial figure.

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Don't Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body by Savala Nolan Trepczynski

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A collection of essays offers poignant reflections on living between society’s most charged, politicized, and intractably polar spaces—between black and white, rich and poor, thin and fat.

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Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship by Catherine Raven

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Presents a memoir about the friendship between a solitary woman and a wild fox.

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Inside Comedy: The Soul, Wit, and Bite of Comedy and Comedians of the Last Five Decades by David Steinberg

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Discusses the world of comedy and comedians of the last five decades.

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Living Brave: Lessons from Hurt, Lighting the Way to Hope by Shannon Dingle

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A sex trafficking survivor and disability activist, after suffering an imaginable loss, illustrates how to find courage even in the darkest moments, giving women the permission to wrestle with difficult topics, honor the wisdom of their bodies and enact change from a place of strong faith.

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London's Number One Dog-walking Agency: A Memoir by Kate MacDougall

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With sharp wit, delightful observations, and plenty of canine affection, the author, a former Sotheby’s employee turned dog walker, reveals her unique and unconventional coming-of-age story, as told through the dogs she walks, and the London homes and neighborhoods they inhabit.

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Phosphorescence: A Memoir of Finding Joy When Your World Goes Dark by Julia Baird

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A deeply personal exploration of what can sustain us through our darkest moments.

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The Queer Bible by Jack Guinness

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A love letter to the queer community, an essay collection follows contemporary queer icons as they pay homage to those who helped pave their paths, including Susan Sontag, David Bowie, RuPaul, Divine and George Michael.

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Rake's Progress: The Madcap True Tale of My Political Midlife Crisis by Rachel Johnson

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Tells the madcap true story of how Rachel Johnson (known since childhood as “Rake”)—born into one of Britain’s most famous political families—tries and fails to get elected in the 2019 hard-fought effort to stop Brexit, running against her older brother, Boris.

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The Reckoning: Our Nation's Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal by Mary L. Trump

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The #1 best-selling author of Too Much and Never Enough examines America’s national trauma, rooted in our history but dramatically exacerbated by the impact of current events and the Trump administration’s corrupt and immoral policies, and reveals what must be done to rebuild our faith in leadership.

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Steve Kerr: A Life by Scott Howard-Cooper

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In this definitive biography of the championship-winning basketball player and head coach of the record-breaking Golden State Warriors, an award-winning sports journalist looks at the man and the facets of his unusual life that have made him a legend.

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Stories to Tell: A Memoir by Richard Marx

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The legendary musician uses his trademark straight-talking style to look back on his life and career, providing an illuminating look at his songwriting proves and talks honestly about how his personal life has inspired his work.

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Till the End by CC Sabathia with Chris Smith

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The memoir of the life of one of the most beloved baseball players of his generation presents a raw, compelling story of baseball, family, fame, addiction, loss, and a champion’s resilience.

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Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood by Danny Trejo with Donal Logue

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For the first time, the full, fascinating, and inspirational true story of Danny Trejo’s journey from crime, prison, addiction, and loss to unexpected fame as Hollywood’s favorite bad guy with a heart of gold.

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Upper Bohemia: A Memoir by Hayden Herrera

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Set against a backdrop of 1950s New York, Cape Cod and Mexico, this poignant coming-of-age memoir follows the author, the daughter of artistic, bohemian parents, as she recounts an idyllic and surreal childhood at the hands of two narcissists who treated her like an afterthought.

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General Nonfiction

Beautifully Organized at Work: Bring Order and Joy to Your Work Life So You Can Stay Calm, Relieve Stress, and Get More Done Each Day by Nikki Boyd, Paige Tate & Co.

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Bring peace and joy into your workspace as you learn how to declutter your office and mind and create a stress-free work environment.

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The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer by Dean Jobb

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An award-winning author and journalist transports readers to the late nineteenth century, tracing the Dr. Cream’s life—a man who murdered for the sake of murder, against a backdrop of flawed detection methods, bungled investigations, corrupt officials and stifling morality of Victorian society.

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Forgetting: The Benefits of Not Remembering by Scott A. Small

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Discusses how forgetting is not a failure in the brain, but instead a necessary process that benefits our cognitive and creative abilities and is actually required to allow our brains to function best and enhance our sense of well-being.

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Golden Boy: A Murder Among the Manhattan Elite by John Glatt

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Tells the true story of Thomas Gilbert Jr., the handsome and charming New York socialite accused of murdering his father, a Manhattan millionaire and hedge fund founder.

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How to Love Animals: In a Human-shaped World by Henry Mance

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Looks at the relationships between humans and animals in our age of factory farms, climate change and deforestation, and explores how we can more fairly share the planet with them, featuring insights from farmers, activists, politicians and tech visionaries.

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How to Raise Kids Who Aren't Assholes: Science-based Strategies for Better Parenting from Tots to Teens by Melinda Wenner Moyer

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An award-winning science journalist present a guide to raising kids to become honest, kind, generous, confident, independent and resilient people, with scientifically-based strategies that will help parents instill those characteristics in their kids.

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In the Heights: Finding Home by Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Gives readers an inside look at In the Heights, a breakout Broadway debut, soon to be a Hollywood blockbuster.

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Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-human Landscape by Cal Flyn

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An investigative journalist looks at places where nature is flourishing in the absence of humans, such as the irradiated grounds of Chernobyl and a vast forest of extinct and endangered species in the DMZ between North and South Korea.

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It's Elemental: The Hidden Chemistry in Everything by Kate Biberdorf

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In this practical pop science book, a scientist dubbed “the Cooler Bill Nye” looks at how we experience chemistry every day, answering questions such as what makes dough rise and how coffee gives us an energy boost.

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The Life-changing Science of Detecting Bullshit by John V. Petrocelli

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Expanding upon his viral TEDx Talk, and using real-life examples, a psychology professor and social scientist provides invaluable to strategies not only to recognize and protect yourself from everyday bullshit, but to avoid engaging in bullshit just for societal conformity.

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Live Your Life: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero by Amanda Kloots & Anna Kloots

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The author bravely reflects on love, loss, and life with her husband Broadway star and Tony-nominee Nick Cordero, whose public battle with COVID-19 and tragic death made headlines around the world.

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Love After 50: How to Find It, Enjoy It, and Keep It by Francine Russo

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Drawing on interviews with experts in the field and real-life couples, a journalist offers a practical, unassuming and candid guide to finding, keeping and enjoying love after fifty.

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This Is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan

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In this unique blend of history, science and memoir, a #1 New York Times best-selling author examines and experiences three plant drugs—opium, caffeine and mescaline—from several very different angles and contexts, exploring the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants.

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An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination by Sheera Frenkel & Cecilia Kang

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Two award-winning New York Times reporters detail how Facebook has become a conduit for disinformation, hate speech, and political propaganda while still pursuing a strategy of aggressive growth that reinforces this trend.

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History

Across the Airless Wilds: The Lunar Rover and the Triumph of the Final Moon Landings by Earl Swift

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This follow-up to the acclaimed New York Times best-seller Chesapeake Requiem looks at the final three Apollo Moon landings and how they used the revolutionary Lunar Roving Vehicle to reach the pinnacle of Moon exploration.

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Americanon by Jess Mchugh

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Explores the true history of thirteen of the nation’s most popular books, such as How to Win Friends and Influence People and Emily Post’s Etiquette, and what they can tell us about the American people.

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The Burning Blue: The Untold Story of Christa Mcauliffe and NASA's Challenger Disaster by Kevin Cook

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Infused with drama, immediacy and compelling characters, thirty-five years after NASA’s revitalization program ended tragically with the Challenger explosion, this book uncovers the untold story of the disastrous order to launch that ill-fated, unforgettable morning.

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Checkmate in Berlin: The Cold War Showdown That Shaped the Modern World by Giles Milton

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The best-selling author looks at the furious race to seize Berlin after World War II—the first battle in the Cold War—and how that fight had a profound effect on our world that’s still felt today.

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New Women in the Old West: From Settlers to Suffragists, an Untold American Story by Winifred Gallagher

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Drawing on an extraordinary collection of research, this book paints a vibrant picture of the little known and under-reported women who played monumental roles in the history of the Old West—and in the women’s rights movement, forever redefining the “American woman.”

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On Killing Remotely: The Psychology of Killing With Drones by Wayne Phelps & Dave Grossman

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The former commander of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft unit explores the ethics of remote military engagement, the misconceptions of PTSD among RPA operators and the specter of military weaponry controlled by robots.

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The Sacred Band: Three Hundred Theban Lovers Fighting to Save Greek Freedom byJames Romm

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A classicist delves into the last decades of ancient Greek freedom leading up to Alexander the Great’s destruction of Thebes—and the saga of the greatest military corps of the age, the Theban Sacred Band, a unit composed of 150 pairs of male lovers.

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Sleeper Agent: The Atomic Spy in America Who Got Away by Ann Hagedorn

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This gripping true account of an American-born soviet spy in the atom project in World War II follows George Koval, a gifted science student, as he provided the Soviets the information needed to produce the atom bomb years before America.

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Humor

Bring Your Baggage and Don't Pack Light: Essays by Helen Ellis

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The best-selling author of American Housewife and Southern Lady Code returns with a collection of comic essays that reflect on the middle-aged experience of modern women, with characters such as 50-year-old new moms and garage sale swindlers.

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How to Survive America: A Prescription by D. L. Hughley & Doug Moe

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The well-known comic and radio host satirically examines how racism predisposes Blacks and minorities to safety and health risks, including a lack of access to medical care, healthy food and clean air and water.

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Subpar Parks: America's Most Extraordinary National Parks and Their Least Impressed Visitors by Amber Share

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The creator of the wildly popular Instagram account SUBPAR PARKS, sharing her personal love and connection to the outdoors, combines beautiful illustrations celebrating each national park along with the one-star reviews that clueless tourists have left online.

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Political Science

The Authoritarian Moment: How the Left Weaponized America's Institutions Against Dissent by Ben Shapiro

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A New York Times #1 best-selling author asks how far Americans are actually willing to go in forcing each other to fall in line.

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Hatchet Man: How Bill Barr Broke the Prosecutor's Code and Corrupted the Justice Department by Elie Honig

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The CNN legal analyst looks at the ways former Attorney General William Barr turned the Department of Justice into a political arm of the Trump Administration, including his distortion of the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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How I Saved the World by Jesse Watter

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The host of the Fox News shows Watters World and The Five outlines a path to lead our nation forward by following his advice on overcoming left-wing “radicalism” and saving the world from “social justice warriors.”

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The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America by Carol Anderson

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The New York Times best-selling author of White Rage investigates the history and impact of the Second Amendment, how it was designed, and how it has been constructed from the start to keep African Americans powerless and vulnerable.

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Self-Help

Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation by John Robert Lewis. Foreword by Andrew Young.

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The final reflections, words and wisdom of esteemed civil rights champion and late Congressman, John Lewis, who continued to offer inspiration and hope to millions even while he battled the cancer that ultimately ended his life.

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The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

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Incorporating a wealth of sources from across history, science and his own experiences, the New York Times best-selling author of The Midnight Library offers reassurance and encouragement for anyone looking for a more fulfilling, more uplifting way through life.

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Easy Crafts for the Insane: A Mostly Funny Memoir of Mental Illness and Making Things by Kelly Williams Brown

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The New York Times best-selling author of Adulting describes how she used crafting to help her cope with a series of negative events in her life, including a failed marriage, unrelated bodily injuries, and her father's cancer diagnosis.

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Love People, Use Things: Because the Opposite Never Works by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus

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By examining the seven essential relationships that make us who we are—truth, stuff, self, money, values, creativity and people, the Minimalists, drawing from their own experiences, provide a template for how to live a fuller, more meaningful life.

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The Way Forward: Master Life's Toughest Battles and Create Your Lasting Legacy by Robert O'Neill & Dakota Meyer

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Combining the best of military memoirs and straight talking self-help, two New York Times best-selling authors and decorated service members share their philosophy in combat and life, turning their experiences into valuable lessons for every reader.

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Social Science

Controlling Women: What We Must Do Now to Save Reproductive Freedom by Kathryn Kolbert & Julie F. Kay

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The definitive account of the battle for reproductive freedom and how advocates for those rights can fight back against the current assault on Roe v. Wade led by conservative state legislatures and anti-abortion judges.

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Twice As Hard: Navigating Black Stereotypes and Creating Space for Success by Raphael Sofoluke with Opeyemi Sofoluke

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Examines what it means to be black in the working world, with practical steps on how to overcome prejudice to find success.

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Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine by Geoff Manaugh & Nicola Twilley

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Helping us make sense of our new reality, this timely book tracks the history and future of quarantine around the globe, chasing the story of emergency isolation through time and space.

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Sports & Recreation

Can't Knock the Hustle: Inside the Season of Protest, Pandemic, and Progress With the Brooklyn Nets' Superstars of Tomorrow by Matt Sullivan

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An award-winning journalist shares the story of the Brooklyn Nets’ first season with superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in the middle of the wildest year in NBA history, facing COVID-19 and the death of Kobe Bryant.

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Home Waters: A Chronicle of Family and a River by John N. MacLean

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The son of the author of A River Runs Through It presents a memoir of his family’s century-long love affair with fly-fishing in Montana’s Blackfoot River and his own quest to hook the fish of a lifetime.

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Tall Men, Short Shorts: The 1969 NBA Finals: Wilt, Russ, Lakers, Celtics, and a Very Young Sports Reporter by Leigh Montville

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A New York Times best-selling author—and future sports writing legend—presents an exciting account of the 1969 NBA finals—one of the greatest upsets in basketball history.

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