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Almost Brown: A Memoir by Charlotte Gill
A bestselling and award-winning writer traces the complexities of her life within a multicultural household and her unconscious bias favoring one parent over the other in our society’s racial tug of war.
The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession by Michael Finkel
This riveting true story of art, crime, love and an insatiable hunger to possess beauty at any cost draws us into the strange and fascinating world of prolific art thief, Stéphane Breitwieser, who stole and kept more than 300 objects until one final act of hubris brought everything crashing down.
Better Living Through Birding: Notes from a Black Man in the Natural World by Christian Cooper
The Central Park birder at the center of a racially- charged viral video reflects on his lifetime journey towards self-acceptance while offering insights into the wonderful world of birds and what they can teach us about life.
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By All Means Available: Memoirs of a Life in Intelligence, Special Operations, and Strategy by Michael G. Vickers
A veteran member of the intelligence community recounts his remarkable career, from his days leading the CIA’s secret war against the Soviets in Afghanistan to his role in the global war on terror.
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First Family: George Washington's Heirs and the Making of America by Cassandra A. Good
An award-winning historian examines how the step- grandchildren of George Washington played an overlooked role in the development of American society and politics, from the Revolution to the Civil War.
The In-Between: Unforgettable Encounters During Life's Final Moments by Hadley Vlahos
A hospice nurse shows that end-of- life care can teach us just as much about how to live as it does about how we die, sharing moving stories of joy, wisdom and redemption from her patients’ final moments while offering wisdom and comfort for those dealing with loss.
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The Last Action Heroes: The Triumphs, Flops, and Feuds of Hollywood's Kings of Carnage by Nick de Semlyen
This entertaining behind-the-scenes account of the action heroes who ruled 1980s and ‘90s Hollywood charts Stallone and Schwarzenegger’s carnage-packed journey from enmity to friendship against the backdrop of Reagan’s America and the Cold War and reveals untold stories of the colorful characters who ascended in their wake.
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Lincoln's God: How Faith Transformed a President and a Nation by Joshua Zeitz
Chronicles Abraham Lincoln’s evolution from a spiritual skeptic to an evangelical Christian believer, which played an instrumental role on the battlefield of the Civil War and home front, and in the corridors of government.
My Friend Anne Frank: The Inspiring and Heartbreaking True Story of Best Friends Torn Apart and Reunited Against All Odds by Hannah Pick-Goslar with Diana Kraft
In a long‑awaited memoir, a Holocaust survivor shares an intimate look into her life and friendship with Anne Frank.
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Never Give Up: A Prairie Family's Story by Tom Brokaw
In this heartfelt story of his own family’s greatest generation: his parents, the legendary broadcast journalist relates his mother’s can-do spirit and his father’s philosophy of “never give up, which enabled them to survive the Great Depression and WWII – and help build the American century.
Pageboy by Elliot Page
The Oscar-nominated star who, after the success of Juno, became one of the world’s most beloved actors, reveals how his career turned into a nightmare as he navigated criticism and abuse in Hollywood until he had enough and stepped into who he truly is with defiance, strength and joy.
Rocky Mountain High: A Tale of Boom and Bust in the New Wild West by Finn Murphy
Sharing his manufacturing misadventures, the bestselling author of The Long Haul takes us on a rollicking ride through the hemp growing and processing boom as he follows his Great American Dream, gradually losing his shirt but not his spirit.
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Sixty-One: Life Lessons from Papa, On and Off the Court by Chris Paul with Michael Wilbon
An NBA superstar offers a memoir of family, family, community and basketball.
Through the Wilderness: My Journey of Redemption and Healing in the American Wild by Brad Orsted
An award-winning Yellowstone photographer and documentary filmmaker chronicles his seven-year search for refuge and redemption in America's greatest wilderness.
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White House by the Sea: A Century of the Kennedys at Hyannis Port by Kate Storey
Tells the story of the Kennedy family as seen through their Hyannis Port compound on Cape Cod—based on more than a hundred in-depth interviews by a Rolling Stone editor.
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Why Fathers Cry at Night: A Memoir in Love Poems, Recipes, Letters, and Remembrances by Kwame Alexander
A #1 New York Times best-selling author and Newbery Medalist offers a memoir that poetry, letters, recipes and other personal artifacts that provide an intimate look into his life and the loved ones he shares it with.
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Young and Restless: The Girls Who Sparked America's Revolutions by Mattie Kahn
Recounting one of the most foundational and underappreciated forces in moments of American revolution – teenage girls, an award-winning writer uncovers how they have leveraged their unique strengths to organize and lay serious political groundwork for movements that often sidelined them.
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100 Places to See After You Die: A Travel Guide to the Afterlife by Ken Jennings
From a New York Times best-selling author and Jeopardy! champion and host comes a humorous travel guide to the afterlife, exploring destinations to die for from literature, mythology, and pop culture ranging from Dante’s Inferno to Hadestown to NBC’s The Good Place.
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American Whitelash: A Changing Nation and the Cost of Progress by Wesley Lowery
Interweaving deep historical analysis with gripping firsthand reporting on both victims and perpetrators of violence, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist charts the return of the American cycle of racial progress and white backlash and how the federal government has failed to intervene.
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Burn It Down: Power, Complicity, and a Call for Change in Hollywood by Maureen Ryan
An exposé of patterns of harassment and bias in Hollywood looks at the grassroots reforms under way and the labor and activist revolutions that recent scandals
Girls and Their Monsters: The Genain Quadruplets and the Making of Madness in America by Audrey Clare Farley
A harrowing exploration of violence against children and its psychological and political consequences. By the author of The Unfit Heiress.
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I Feel Love: MDMA and the Quest for Connection in a Fractured World by Rachel Nuwer
Tells the unlikely story of how the psychedelic drug MDMA emerged from the shadows to the forefront of a medical revolution—and the potential it may hold to help us thrive.
Just Action: How to Challenge Segregation Enacted Under the Color of Law by Leah Rothstein & Richard Rothstein
This follow-up to The Color of Law, which brilliantly recounted how government at all levels created segregation, describes activities readers and supports can do in their communities to challenge residential segregation and help remedy America’s profoundly unconstitutional past.
Kiss Me in the Coral Lounge: Intimate Confessions from a Happy Marriage by Helen Ellis
In this collection of surprising, sexy and comically candid essays, the New York Times bestselling humorist invites readers into the Coral Lounge, a room in her apartment where all the parties happen until it becomes a place of refuge during the pandemic for her and her husband.
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March to the Majority: The Real Story of the Republican Revolution by Newt Gingrich with Joe Gaylord
In March to the Majority, a New York Times best-selling author takes readers behind the scenes of the Republican Revolution in 1994 and the rise of the modern GOP.
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The Power of One: How I Found the Strength to Tell the Truth and Why I Blew the Whistle on Facebook by Frances Haugen
The inside story of one woman’s quest to bring transparency and accountability to Big Tech, by the Facebook whistleblower who is determined to help us all retake control of our lives.
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The Questions That Matter Most: Reading, Writing, and the Exercise of Freedom by Jane Smiley
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and one of America’s preeminent novelists, who draws inspiration from across the literary spectrum, offers penetrating essays on some of the aesthetic and cultural issues that mark any serious engagement with reading and writing.
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You: A Writer's Guide to Craft Through Memory by Ruta Sepetys
A #1 New York Times best-selling author explains how life experiences help shape a writer.
The 272: The Families Who Were Enslaved and Sold to Build the American Catholic Church by Rachel L. Swarns
Following one family through nearly two centuries of indentured servitude and enslavement, this powerful account illustrates how the Catholic Church relied on slave labor and slave sales to help finance its expansion, bringing to light the people whose forced labor helped to build the largest denomination in the nation.
Anne Boleyn & Elizabeth I: The Mother and Daughter Who Forever Changed British History by Tracy Borman
In a book that recasts British history, a Tudor expert argues that Anne Boleyn's greatest legacy lies in the path- breaking reign of her daughter, Elizabeth.
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Battle of Ink and Ice: A Sensational Story of News Barons, North Pole Explorers, and the Making of Modern Media by Darrell Hartman
The story of American explorers Robert Peary and Frederick Cook, who both claimed to have discovered the North Pole and the two New York City newspapers that fanned the flames of the so- called polar controversy.
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Black Folk: The Roots of the Black Working Class by Blair Kelley
An award-winning historian shows how the experiences of the Black working class, from the earliest days of the republic to the essential worker of the Covid pandemic, is essential to a full understanding of the American story.
The Last Honest Man: The CIA, the FBI, the Mafia, and the Kennedys and One Senator's Fight to Save Democracy by James Risen with Thomas Risen
As witnesses were mysteriously murdered and the FBI, NSA, CIA and even the IRS were on the warpath in 1975, a senator named Frank Church stood almost alone in the face of extraordinary abuses of power.
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The Last Secret of the Secret Annex: The Untold Story of Anne Frank, Her Silent Protector, and a Family Betrayal by Joop Van Wijk-Voskuijl with Jeroen de Bruyn
A historical investigation and family memoir intertwines the narrative of Anne Frank with the untold story of Bep Voskuijl, her protector and closest confidante in the Annex, bringing us closer to understanding one of the great secrets of World War II.
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Say Anarcha: A Young Woman, a Devious Surgeon, and the Harrowing Birth of Modern Women’s Health by J. C. Hallman
A dual biography reckons with the birth of women’s health and brings forth the forgotten black woman who was at its center.
Sleeping With the Ancestors: How I Followed the Footprints of Slavery by Joseph McGill and Herb Frazier
The personal account of one man's groundbreaking project to sleep overnight in the countless oft- overlooked former slave dwellings that still stand across the country.
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The Soldier's Truth: Ernie Pyle and the Story of World War II by David Chrisinger
Drawing on access to all of Pyle’s personal correspondences, an acclaimed writer paints a vivid portrait of the life and world of legendary journalist Ernie Pyle, an ordinary American hero who gave WWII a human face for millions of Americans, and interweaves his own travels searching for the landmarks Pyle wrote about.
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The Sullivanians: Sex, Psychotherapy, and the Wild Life of an American Commune by Alexander Stille
Explores the devolution of the Sullivan Institute, from psychoanalytic organization to insular, radical cult.
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Science & Nature
The Experience Machine: How Our Minds Predict and Shape Reality by Andy Clark
Drawing on new discoveries in neuroscience and psychology, a widely acclaimed philosopher and cognitive scientist presents a provocative new theory that the brain is a powerful, dynamic prediction engine, mediating our experience of both body and world, which is one of the most significant developments in our understanding of the mind.
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Many Things Under a Rock: The Mysteries of Octopuses by David Scheel
A behavioral ecologist’s chronicles his decades-long obsession with octopuses: his discoveries, adventures and new scientific understanding of their behaviors.
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The Power of Trees: How Ancient Forests Can Save Us If We Let Them by Peter Wohlleben
Sharing emerging scientific research about how forests shape climates both locally and across continents, the international bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees shows how ancient forests pass their wisdom through generations and why our future lies in protecting
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Starstruck: A Memoir of Astrophysics and Finding Light in the Dark by Sarafina El-Badry Nance
Egyptian-American astrophysicist Sarafina Nance shares her personal story of overcoming sexism, racism and adversity, and appreciating the most important moments and people in her life by focusing on her lifelong love of the stars.
What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World's Most Enigmatic Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Genius of Birds comes a scientific investigation into owls—the most elusive of birds—and why they exert such a hold on human imagination.
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Little, Crazy Children by James Renner
The author of True Crime Addict and host of “True Crime This Week” explores the tragic unsolved 1990 murder of Lisa Pruett in the privileged enclave of Shaker Heights, Ohio, its troubling aftershocks and the dark secrets teens tell—and keep.
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A Thread of Violence: A Story of Truth, Invention, and Murder by Mark O'Connell
An award-winning author tells the true crime tale of a Dublin socialite who squandered all his money and planned and executed a 1982 bank robbery that left two innocent people dead and whose conviction created an infamous political scandal.
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What the Dead Know: Learning About Life as a New York City Death Investigator by Barbara Butcher
A deeply personal memoir of more than 20 years of death-scene investigations by New York City death investigator Barbara Butcher.
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