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NonFICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN June 2020

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Biography

AOC: The Fearless Rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and What It Means for America by Lynda Lopez

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Tracing the remarkable political career of the New York Congresswoman and her role in a growing Puerto Rican activist movement, a diverse collection features essays by such contributors as Carmen Rita Wong and Maria Cristina González Noguera.

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The Book of Rosy: A Mother's Story of Separation at the Border by Rosayra Pablo Cruz  & Julie Schwietert Collazo

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A searing critique of the Trump administration-induced immigration crisis, written by a mother who was separated from her children and the American who helped reunite the family, shares timely insights into the injustices of today's migrant experience.

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Empty: A Memoir by Susan Burton

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An award-winning This American Life documentary producer shares the story of her battles with anorexia and a binge-eating disorder, describing the painful compulsions that shaped her education, career and relationships.

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Fear Is a Choice: Tackling Life's Challenges with Dignity, Faith, and Determination by James Conner & Tiffany Yecke Brooks

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The record-setting Pittsburgh Steelers running back describes his battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma, his faith-based decision to approach cancer without fear and the guiding principles that supported him through the darkest days of treatment.

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The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg

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A best-selling memoirist describes how, as a married woman with a toddler, she found herself drawn to a female attorney during jury duty and began to question her identity and desires and let go of ideals that no longer fit.

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Galileo: And the Science Deniers by Mario Livio

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The leading astrophysicist and best-selling author of Brilliant Blunders presents a fresh interpretation of the life of the "father of modern physics" that offers new insights into Galileo's discoveries and the challenges he faced from religious opponents.

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Let's Never Talk About This Again by Sara Faith Alterman

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The producer of the Mortified series describes the innocence of her youth in suburban New England before her discovery that her father was a campy sex writer whose career she assumed when he developed early onset Alzheimer's.

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Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy by Edward Ball

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The author of Slaves in the Family presents a trenchant exploration of a family's legacy of white supremacy, detailing how Louisiana carpenter Constant Lecorgne joined the KKK to promote fanatical racism in post-Civil War America.

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My Life As a Villainess: Essays by Laura Lippman

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A New York Times best-selling author, a journalist for many years, collects her recent essays exploring motherhood as an older mom, her life as a reader, her relationships with her parents, friendship and more.

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We're Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy by Elijah Cummings. Afterworld by Maya Rockeymoore Cummings.

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A memoir by the late Congressman details how his experiences as a sharecroppers' son in volatile South Baltimore shaped his life in activism, explaining how government oversight can become a positive part of a just American collective.

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General Nonfiction

American Baby: A Mother, a Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption by Gabrielle Glaser

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A history of adoption in postwar America explores the impact of "Baby Boom" values and limited birth control on the life of a pregnant teen who was forced by the institutions of the 1960s to give up her rights.

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Blue Collar Cash: Love Your Work, Secure Your Future, and Find Happiness for Life by Ken Rusk

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A prescriptive guide to finding success and happiness without a college degree, written by the “million-dollar ditch digger” entrepreneur, shares step-by-step recommendations for finding and enjoying the opportunities of blue-collar, high-skill trades.

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The Cost of My Faith: How a Decision in My Cake Shop Took Me to the Supreme Court by Jack Phillips

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A Christian baker who refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple, and whose case went all the way to the Supreme Court, tells his side of the story.

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Decoding Your Cat: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Cat Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. Ed by Meghan E. Herron, Debra F. Horwitz & Carlo Siracusa.

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Providing in-depth coverage of the underlying reasons for problematic feline behavior, a guide to promoting a cat's physical and psychological health shares science-based anecdotes to explain how cats relate to the world and their environment.

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Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age by Sanjay Gupta

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The Emmy Award-winning CNN chief medical correspondent and best-selling author of Chasing Life draws on cutting-edge scientific research to outline strategies for protecting brain function and maintaining cognitive health at any age.

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A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom by Brittany K. Barnett

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An award-winning attorney presents an urgent call for justice-system reform in the story of a disadvantaged, African-American single mother from the rural South who was separated from her young daughter and sentenced to life in prison for a first-time offense.

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Medical Medium Cleanse to Heal: Healing Plans for Sufferers of Anxiety, Depression, Acne, Eczema, Lyme, Gut Problems, Brain Fog, Weight Issues, Migraines, Bloating, Vertigo, Psoriasi by Anthony William

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From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Celery Juice and Liver Rescue comes everything you need to know about cleansing to transform your health—and your life.

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Why We Drive: Toward a Philosophy of the Open Road by Matthew B. Crawford

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A celebration of open-road driving by the philosopher-mechanic author of Shop Class as Soulcraft explores the road trip as a technology-threatened but enduring path to human reliance, exploration and freedom.

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You Look So Much Better in Person: True Stories of Absurdity and Success by Al Roker

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A Today co-anchor shares his life lessons on success and happiness in a humorous essay collection.

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History

Code Name Madeleine: A Sufi Spy in Nazi-Occupied Paris by Arthur J. Magida

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Documents the story of artist Noor Inayat Khan, the daughter of an Indian Sufi mystic who joined the British SOE during World War II and became an only wireless operator in Paris during the crucial months leading up to D-Day.

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Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the 116 Days that Changed the World by Chris Wallace with Mitch Weiss.

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A Fox News Sunday anchor and a Pulitzer Prize-winning AP investigative journalist present a behind-the-scenes account of the secret meetings, global events, leadership decisions and civilian realities that led to the Hiroshima bombing.

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Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers by Doug J. Swanson

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A history of the Texas Rangers traces their origins on the wild frontier that was once part of Mexico, detailing their wartime and peacetime roles as both a professionally trained police force and officially sanctioned killers.

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The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos by Judy Batalion

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Documents the essential World War II contributions of Jewish-Polish female resistance fighters, sharing the stories of courageous women who risked their lives to work against the Nazis as fighters, intelligence agents and saboteurs.

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Night of the Assassins: The Untold Story of Hitler's Plot to Kill FDR, Churchill, and Stalin by Howard Blum

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The Edgar Award-winning author of American Lightning documents the true story of how a Secret Service agent and his unlikely Soviet partner foiled a Nazi plot to assassinate Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin during the 1943 Tehran conference.

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Promised Land: How the Rise of the Middle Class Transformed America, 1929-1968 by David Stebenne

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The author of Promised Land argues that the American middle class ballooned throughout the mid-20th-century until it dominated the nation, creating a powerful constituency shaped by racism, gender imbalances and economic prioritization over environmental responsibilities.

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The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again by Robert D. Putnam with Shaylyn Romney Garrett

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The Harvard political scientist and best-selling author of Bowling Alone analyzes the economic, social and political trends that have transformed America from an individualistic to a communitarian society, and back again, throughout the past century.

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Nature

Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy by Dani Anguiano & Alistair Gee

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An account of the 2018 Camp Fire that razed the town of Paradise, California draws on hundreds of interviews with residents, firefighters, police and scientific experts to document its horrific impact, including the establishment of an unfolding refugee crisis.

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The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World's Favorite Insect by Wendy Williams

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The New York Times best-selling author of The Horse explores the lives of one of the world’s most resilient creatures—the butterfly—shedding light on the role that they play in our ecosystem and in our human lives.

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Political Science

Break ‘em Up: Recovering Our Freedom from Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big Money by Zephyr Teachout

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Identifying big-platform monopolies that have resulted in the greatest economic and power imbalances since the Gilded Age, a leading anti-corruption scholar and activist shares bold recommendations for addressing major issues by eradicating monopolies and creating better antitrust safeguards.

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Exercise of Power: America and the Post-Cold War World by Robert M. Gates

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The former Secretary of Defense and author of the best-selling Duty offers a candid, sweeping examination of American executive powers and how they have been exercised with positive and negative results by American Presidents throughout the post-Cold War era.

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The Folly and the Glory, The: America, Russia, and Political Warfare 1945-2020 by Tim Weiner

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The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of One Man Against the World presents a contextual history of the development of political warfare between the U.S. and Russia from the Stalin era to today.

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The Impostors: The Terrifying True Tale of How the Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American Democracy by Steve Benen

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The Emmy Award-winning producer of The Rachel Maddow Show reveals how the Republican Party has undergone a disturbing metamorphosis throughout the past decade and has effectively seized power at the cost of American democracy.

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Let Them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality by Jacob S. Hacker

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The authors of Winner-Take-All Politics present a groundbreaking account of how the current alliance between right-wing plutocrats and populists is reversing policies that support the working and middle classes, triggering devastating economic consequences.

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Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America by Stacey Abrams

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The award-winning House Democratic Leader and best-selling author of Lead from the Outside draws on extensive national research to outline an empowering blueprint for ending voter suppression, reclaiming identity and reshaping progressive politics in America.

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Rigged: America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference by David Shimer

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An Oxford Marshall Scholar presents a judicious history of covert foreign interference in world elections since the Cold War that discusses Russia's role in America's 2016 presidential election and why the threat is greater than ever in 2020.

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The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir by John Bolton

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The former National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump offers an inside look at the administration.

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The Trump Effect: Building a Better American Future by Newt Gingrich

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In a call to action, a New York Times best-selling author explains what is at stake in the 2020 elections—and why he believes Donald Trump must be re-elected.

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United States of Socialism: Who's Behind It. Why It's Evil. How to Stop It by Dinesh D'Souza

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The best-selling author of Illiberal Education contrasts the socialist ideologies of today's American progressives against such historical examples as Lenin, Mao and Castro, arguing that socialism has abandoned the working class in favor of trend politics.

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Science

The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move by Sonia Shah

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Reveals how the refugee crises and unusual animal migrations of today's world can be linked to historical migrations in earlier eras, explaining that migration should be recognized as an ancient and lifesaving biological response to environmental change.

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The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World by Sarah Stewart Johnson

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A Georgetown University planetary scientist presents a deeply personal account of the search for life on Mars, tracing her own journey as a scientist while exploring the work of historical scientists and artists whose achievements were inspired by the planet.

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Social Science

Prey: Immigration, Islam, and the Erosion of Women's Rights by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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The New York Times best-selling author of InfidelNomad and Heretic analyzes how waves of Islamic immigration are ushering in massive cultural changes and transforming sexual politics in Western Europe.

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See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love by Valarie Kaur

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A leading Sikh activist blends the approaches of historical civil rights leaders to outline the practice of Revolutionary Love as an effective response to violence and division, explaining how its moral applications can facilitate transformative political and social change.

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Separated by Jacob Soboroff

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The award-winning NBC News and MSNBC correspondent presents a deeply personal report from America's borders on the wrenching human realities behind the Trump administration's infamous decision to systematically separate thousands of children from their migrant families.

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She Proclaims: Our Declaration of Independence from a Man's World by Jennifer Palmieri

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An empowering guide to feminism by the best-selling author of Dear Madam President outlines a blueprint for activism while sharing lessons from her personal choice to live on her own terms instead of embracing toxic patriarchal norms.

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Show Them You’re Good: A Portrait of Boys in the City of Angels the Year Before College by Jeff Hobbs

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The award-winning author of The Tourists traces the academic pursuits of four Los Angeles high school boys with very different backgrounds and resources who navigate challenges in class, race, expectations, cultural divides and luck to attend college.

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The Turnaway Study by Diana Greene Foster

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The principal investigator of the Turnaway Study and internationally renowned expert on contraception presents an illuminating report on the long-term consequences of receiving versus being denied an abortion in accordance with the access of today's America.

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Up All Night: Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of 24-Hour News by Lisa Napoli

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The journalist author of Radio Shangri-La blends media and history in an account of the founding of CNN by Ted Turner and a motley assortment of cable-television visionaries, big-league rejects and non-union newcomers, whose collective successes exceeded their wildest ambitions.

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True Crime

Hunting Whitey: The Inside Story of the Capture & Killing of America’s Most Wanted Crime Boss by Casey Sherman & Dave Wedge

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The best-selling authors of Boston Strong draw on exclusive interviews and in-depth investigative reporting in an account of the pursuit, capture and killing of legendary South Boston mob boss, James “Whitey” Bulger.

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MS-13: The Making of America’s Most Notorious Gang by Steven Dudley

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Looks at the most dangerous street gang in America—the MS13—as seen through the lives of one family caught in its malicious web.

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