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New Nonfiction July 2022

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Biography

Agent Josephine: American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy by Damien Lewis

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This story of the world’s richest and most glamorous entertainer looks at her heroic stint during World War II as an Allied spy in occupied France and her efforts to combat Nazism.

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Choices: To the Hills and Back Again by Audrina Patridge

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From the star of MTV’s The Hills and The Hills: New Beginnings, a candid and insightful reflection on aughts tabloid fame, the powerlessness and loss of self in toxic situations, and the life-changing power of even our smallest choices.

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The Church of Baseball: The Making of Bull Durham: Home Runs, Bad Calls, Crazy Fights, Big Swings, and a Hit by Ron Shelton

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The award-winning screenwriter and director of the cult classic Bull Durham, the breakthrough 1988 film about a minor league baseball team, brings to life the making this beloved American movie, explaining the rarely revealed ins and outs of moviemaking.

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Crying in the Bathroom: A Memoir by Erika Sanchez

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The New York Times best-selling author of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter returns with an and honest and often hilarious memoir-in-essays that looks back on her wild youth and journey to becoming an award-winning novelist, poet and essayist.

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Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?: A Memoir by Séamas O'Reilly

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A book about a family of loud, argumentative, musical, sarcastic, grief-stricken siblings, shepherded into adulthood by a man whose foibles and reticence were matched only by his love for his children and his determination that they would flourish.

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Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional by Isaac Fitzgerald

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The founding editor of BuzzFeed Books searches for a more expansive vision of masculinity in a collection of personal essays—with “life mistakes are my copilot” as his motto.

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Game: An Autobiography by Grant Hill

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The full, frank story of a remarkable life’s journey—to the pinnacle of success as a basketball player, icon, and entrepreneur, to the depths of personal trauma and back, to a place of flourishing and peace—made possible above all by a family’s love.

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George Michael: A Life by James Gavin

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The biography of George Michael offers an expansive look at the troubled life of the legendary singer, songwriter, and pop superstar.

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Hollywood Ending: Harvey Weinstein and the Culture of Silence by Ken Auletta

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This biography of the disgraced Hollywood mogul looks at both his meteoric rise and how he used his position to indulge his sexual appetites for decades before facing a swift and dramatic downfall.

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Invisible Storm: A Soldier's Memoir of Politics and PTSD by Jason Kander

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The former army intelligence officer and politician discusses his decade-long battle with depression and PTSD from his service in Afghanistan and how his family helped through the challenging treatments that helped him to heal.

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The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

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Interweaving spellbinding family stories, resurrected Colombian history and her own deeply personal reckonings with the bounds of reality, the author shares her inheritance of “the secrets”—the power to talk to the dead, tell the future, treat the sick and move the clouds.

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Normal Family: On Truth, Love, and How I Met My 35 Siblings by Chrysta Bilton

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A riveting, nuanced portrait of unforgettable characters thrown together by chance and DNA.

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Pretty Baby: A Memoir by Chris Belcher

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A queer teen rebel escapes small-town Appalachia and becomes Los Angeles’s Renowned Lesbian Dominatrix in a darkly humorous memoir that upends our understanding of sexuality, class, and power.

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Proving Ground: The Untold Story of the Six Women Who Programmed the World’s First Modern Computer by Kathy Kleiman

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This untold, WWII-era story restores the six women who programmed the world’s first modern computer to their rightful place as technological revolutionaries.

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Split Decision: Life Stories by Ice-T, Spike & Douglas Century

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Award-winning actor, rapper, and producer Ice-T unveils a compelling and astonishing memoir of his early life robbing jewelry stores until he found fame and fortune—while a handful of bad choices sent his former crime partner down an incredibly different path.

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Tanqueray by Brandon Stanton & Stephanie Johnson

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One of Humans of New York's most followed stories, the tale of Stephanie Johnson, better known as Tanqueray.

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Watchmakers: The Story of Brotherhood, Survival, and Hope Amid the Holocaust by Harry Lenga & Scott Lenga

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Drawing from more than 10 years of interviews with watchmaker Harry Lenga, this dramatic first-person account details his inspiring life before, during and after WWII, as he and his brothers endured, bartered, worked, prayed and lived to see liberation.

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Where You End and I Begin: A Memoir by Leah McLaren

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When her mercurial mother reveals she, from the ages of 12 to 15, was the lover of her 45-year-old married pony club instructor, the basis of all her ill-conceived life choices, Leah, haunted by this revelation, searches for the truth of what became of her mother’s rapist.

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General Nonfiction

Between Us: How Cultures Create Emotions by Batja Mesquita

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A pioneer of cultural psychology argues that emotions are not innate, but made as we live our lives together.

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How to Create a Wildlife Garden: Bringing Nature In: What to Plant Where by Christine Lavelle & Mick Lavelle

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An inspiring and accessible award-winning book shows how simple gardening techniques can provide a dazzling plant display while helping the native wildlife.

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Quarterlife: The Search for Self in Early Adulthood by Satya Doyle Byock

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Utilizing personal storytelling, mythology, Jungian psychology, pop culture, literature and client case studies, a trailblazing psychotherapist explores the overlooked stage of Quarterlife—the years of adulthood between adolescence and midlife—and presents a compassionate road map to finding understanding, happiness and wholeness in adulthood.

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The Self-Healing Mind: An Essential Five-step Practice for Overcoming Anxiety and Depression, and Revitalizing Your Life by Gregory Scott Brown

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A leading psychiatrist offers a holistic approach to emotional and psychological healing that utilizes a combination of conventional treatments along with the Five Pillars of Self-Care—breathing mindfully, sleep, spirituality, nutrition and movement.

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Somewhere We Are Human: Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings by Reyna Grande & Sonia Guiñansaca. Foreword by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

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Seeking to shift the immigration debate to humanity and justice, this groundbreaking collection of essays, poetry and art from migrants, refugees and Dreamers—including award-winning writers, artists and activists—reveal what it is like living undocumented today.

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The World's Worst Assistant by Sona Movsesian. Foreword by Conan O'Brien.

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Part satire based on her and Conan O’Brien’s beloved alter egos, part memoir that evidences their sincere mutual trust and respect built over 12 years, this hilarious how-to-guide shows readers how to get away with being a terrible, yet unfireable employee.

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History

The Divorce Colony: How Women Revolutionized Marriage and Found Freedom on the American Frontier by April White

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From a historian and senior editor at Atlas Obscuracomes an account of the daring 19th-century women who moved to South Dakota to divorce their husbands and start living on their own terms.

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France: An Adventure History by Graham Robb

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A history of France is filled with a lifetime’s knowledge and passion—by the author of the New York Times best-seller Parisians.

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The Pope at War: The Secret History of Pius XII, Mussolini, and Hitler by David I. Kertzer

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Based on newly opened Vatican archives, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Vatican scholar paints a new, dramatic portrait of what Pope Pius XII, one of the most controversial popes in Church history, did and did not do during WWII as the Nazis began their systematic mass murder of Europe’s Jews.

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The School That Escaped from the Nazis: The True Story of the Schoolteacher Who Defied Hitler by Deborah Cadbury

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The true story of a courageous school principal, Anna Essinger, who saw the dangers of Nazi Germany and took drastic steps to save those in harm’s way.

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NATURE

Endless Forms: The Secret World of Wasps by Seirian Sumner

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A Professor of Behavioral Ecology examines the highly complex and diverse secret world of wasps and how they hold our fragile ecosystem in balance despite their reputation as winged assassins with formidable stings.

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An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times best-selling author of I Contain Multitudes examines how the world of animal senses can help us understand and transform the way we perceive our world.

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Pig Years by Ellyn Gaydos

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An itinerant farmhand chronicles the wonders hidden within the ever-blooming seasons of life, death, and rebirth.

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Political Science

The Arc of a Covenant: The United States, Israel, and the Fate of the Jewish People by Walter Russell Mead

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Citing examples from the earliest pilgrims to the present day, a Wall Street Journal columnist illuminates the place of Israel in American foreign policy, investigates the changing politics around the U.S.-Israel relationship, and unlocks the connection between that relationship and the upheavals reshaping American life.

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The Big Lie: Election Chaos, Political Opportunism, and the State of American Politics After 2020 by Jonathan Lemire

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An analysis of current state of American politics by the White House Correspondent for the Associated Press focuses on Donald Trump’s lie about election fraud.

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Defeating Big Government Socialism: Saving America's Future by Newt Gingrich

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A best-selling author and former speaker of the House reveals how "Big Government" socialism is crippling America—and offers strategies and insights for everyday citizens to overcome its influence.

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Scorpions' Dance: The President, the Spymaster, and Watergate by Jefferson Morley

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Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, an intelligence expert and investigative journalist sheds new light on this scandal—as the culmination of a concealed, deadly power struggle between President Richard Nixon and CIA Director Richard Helms.

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Suppression, Deception, Snobbery, and Bias: Why the Press Gets So Much Wrong—and Just Doesn't Care by Ari Fleischer

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A media consultant and former Bush Administration Press Secretary accuses American journalism of becoming the domain of the woke young urban elite who are shutting down the very conversations which we must have to bring the country back together.

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They Want to Kill Americans: The Militias, Terrorists, and Deranged Ideology of the Trump Insurgency by Malcolm Nance

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Offers a detailed look into the heart of the active Trump-led insurgency, setting the stage for a second nation-wide rebellion on American soil.

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SCIENCE

Before the Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe and What Lies Beyond by Laura Mersini-Houghton

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One of the world’s leading experts on the multiverse and the origins of the universe presents a revolutionary new account of the events leading up to the Big Bang.

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Fantastic Numbers and Where to Find Them: A Cosmic Quest from Zero to Infinity by Antonio Padilla

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A leading theoretical physicist and cosmologist explores the most extraordinary numbers in physics and how they can help us better understand mind-boggling phenomena as black holes and relativity.

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How the Mind Changed: A Human History of Our Evolving Brain by Joseph Jebelli

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This definitive account of how the human brain has evolved explores the development of memory, language, consciousness, intelligence, neurodiversity and emotions and examines what the future may hold for our brains.

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Transformer: The Deep Chemistry of Life and Death by Nick Lane

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From the renowned biochemist and author of The Vital Question comes an illuminating inquiry into the Krebs cycle and the origins of life.

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Social Science

The Inheritors: An Intimate Portrait of South Africa's Racial Reckoning by Eve Fairbanks

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Weaves together the stories of three ordinary South Africans over five tumultuous decades in a sweeping and exquisite look at what really happens when a country resolves to end white supremacy.

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My Boy Will Die of Sorrow: A Memoir of Immigration from the Front Lines by Efrén C. Olivares

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Sharing gripping family separation stories alongside his own, a human rights lawyer gives voice to immigrants who have been punished and silenced for seeking safety and opportunity, discussing what nationhood means in America and challenging us to question our own empathy and compassion.

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The Pornography Wars: The Past, Present, and Future of America’s Obscene Obsession by Kelsy Burke

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An authoritative, big-think look at pornography in all its facets—historical, religious, and cultural.

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TRUE CRIME

Butler to the World: How Britain Helps the World's Worst People Launder Money, Commit Crimes, and Get Away With Anything by Oliver Bullough

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Unravels the dark secret of how Britain placed itself at the center of the global offshore economy and at the service of the worst people in the world.

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Cults: Inside the World's Most Notorious Groups and Understanding the People Who Joined Them by Max Cutler with Kevin Conley

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Discusses what goes on inside the minds of cult leaders and the people who join them.

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Killers Amidst Killers: Hunting Serial Killers Operating Under the Cloak of America's Opioid Epidemic by Billy Jensen

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The co-host of the hit podcast The Murder Squad and true-crime investigator takes on serial killers who are walking among us and planning their next moves in real time by focusing on the unsolved murders of 18 women in Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio.

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Return to Uluru: The Hidden History of a Murder in Outback Australia by Mark McKenna

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In this book that recounts a cold case that strikes at the heart of Australia’s white supremacy, one of Australia’s leading historians uncovers new evidence in regard to the death of an Aboriginal man in 1934 at the continent’s most sacred and mysterious landmark.

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