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NonFICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN June 2021

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Biography

Better, Not Bitter: Living on Purpose in the Pursuit of Racial Justice by Yusef Salaam

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An inspirational memoir serves as a call to action from prison reform activist Yusef Salaam, of the Exonerated Five, that will inspire us all to turn our stories into tools for change in the pursuit of racial justice.

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Cack-handed: A Memoir by Gina Yashere

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The producer and writer of the CBS hit series I Heart Abishola tells the story of growing up as child of Nigerian immigrants in London and her career as a stand-up comic and eventual Hollywood success.

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Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir by Akwaeke Emezi

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A New York Times-best-selling author offers a provocative memoir in letters.

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Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy by Anne Sebba

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This biography of the wife and mother executed for espionage-related crimes tells how despite the flimsy evidence against her, refused to incriminate her husband and faced the death penalty for a crime she didn’t commit.

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The Great Dissenter: The Story of John Marshall Harlan, America's Judicial Hero by Peter S. Canellos

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Presents a sweeping biography of an American hero who stood against all the forces of Gilded Age America to fight for civil rights and economic freedom: Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan.

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Here, Right Matters: An American Story by Alexander Vindman

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The former U.S. Army lieutenant, whose decision to report a phone call from former President Donald Trump to the President of Ukraine led to an impeachment, recounts his Ukrainian childhood and career as an intelligence official.

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Hola Papi: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons by John Paul Brammer

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From an LGBTQ advice columnist and writer comes a memoir-in-essays chronicling his journey growing up as a queer, mixed-race kid in America's heartland to becoming the Chicano Carrie Bradshaw of his generation.

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Home Made: A Story of Grief, Groceries, Showing Up—and What We Make When We Make Dinner by Liz Hauck

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The story of a daughter’s choice to honor his father’s legacy by starting a weekly cooking program for teenage boys in state care and how she helped form a community by cooking dinners together.

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House of Sticks: A Memoir by Ly Tran

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An intimate, beautifully written coming-of-age memoir recounting a young girl’s journey from war-torn Vietnam to Ridgewood, Queens, and her struggle to find her voice amid clashing cultural expectations.

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Kin by Shawna Kay Rodenberg

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A Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award Winner, in this mesmerizing memoir of survival, shares her experiences growing up Appalachia – a community ravaged by the coal industry, but for all that, rich in humanity, beauty and the complex knots of family love.

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Leaving Breezy Street: A Memoir by Brenda Myers-Powell & April Reynolds

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The co-founder of Chicago’s Dreamcatcher Foundation takes readers into her brutal, beautiful life as she, at fourteen with two babies to feed and clothe, worked the streets around the country until she found her way home to a place of dignity, self-respect, truth and loving kindness.

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Letters to a Young Athlete by Chris Bosh/ Pat Riley

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A legendary NBA player shares his remarkable story, infused with hard-earned wisdom about the journey to self-mastery from a life at the highest level of professional sports.

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Life on the Line: Young Doctors Come of Age in a Pandemic by Emma Goldberg

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A New York Times reporter, weaving together in-depth interviews with doctors, their diaries and notes, this page-turning account follows the medical students who received their degrees early to help treat thousands of critically ill COVID-19 patients in New York City during the height of the pandemic.

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The Man I Knew: The Amazing Story of George H. W. Bush's Post-presidency by Jean Becker

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A heartfelt portrait of President George H.W. Bush—and his post-presidential life—by a confidante who knew him well.

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Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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From the globally acclaimed, best-selling novelist and author of We Should All Be Feminists comes a timely and deeply personal account of the loss of her father.

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Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood by Cheryl Diamond

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In this impossible-to-believe true story of self-discovery and triumph, the author, born into a family of outlaws with no proof that she even existed, shares her escape from the only people she had in the world in order to survive.

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The Outlier: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter by Kai Bird

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An expert biographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Prometheus, drawing on interviews with members of Carter’s administration as well as recently unclassified documents from his presidential library, reevaluated the complex triumphs and tragedies of Jimmy Carter’s presidential legacy.

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Please Please Tell Me Now: The Duran Duran Story by Stephen Davis

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Featuring exclusive interviews with the band and never-before-published photos from personal archives, this definitive account, written by a best-selling rock biographer, tells the story of the quintessential band of the 1980s, which has cemented its legacy in the pop pantheon.

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Pops: My Dad, Our Journey, and What I'm Still Learning About Being a Dad by Craig Melvin

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The news anchor of NBC News’ Today tells the story of the father figures in his life as well as his reconciliation and understanding of his own father, and how all these experiences and encounters have information his understanding of his own role as a dad.

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The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America by Bill Bratton / Peter Knobler

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Looks at the transformative career of Bill Bratton, police commissioner and police reformer, in Boston, Los Angeles and New York.

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A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars by Hakeem Oluseyi & Joshua Horwitz

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This memoir of the renowned astrophysicist tells the story of how he overcame his personal demons, including an impoverished childhood and life of crime as well as an addiction to crack cocaine and entrenched racism.

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Rememberings: Scenes from My Complicated Life by Sinéad O'Connor

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Complete with anecdotes told in singular form, the acclaimed, controversial singer-songwriter recounts her troubled childhood and musical triumphs, revealing the enduring power of song.

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Somebody's Daughter by Ashley C. Ford

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One of the prominent voices of her generation, the author presents this coming-of-age recollection of a childhood defined by the ever looming absence of her incarcerated father and a traumatic event, revealing the threads between who you are and what you are born into.

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Thanks for Waiting: The Joy & Weirdness of Being a Late Bloomer by Doree Shafrir

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In her debut memoir, the co-host of the podcast Forever 35 explores the enormous pressures women feel to hit certain milestones at certain times and how we can redefine what it means to be a late bloomer.

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This Country: My Life in Politics and History by Chris Matthews

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A sweeping memoir of American politics and history from a New York Times bestselling author and former host of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews.

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The Ugly Cry by Danielle Henderson

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An humorous, moving memoir about a grandmother’s ferocious love and redefining what it means to be family.

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The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear by Kate Moore

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In 1860, Elizabeth Packard, committed to an insane asylum by her traitorous husband, becomes a champion for the many rational women on her ward, discovering that the merit of losing everything is that you then have nothing to lose.

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General Nonfiction

Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire by Brad Stone

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From the best-selling author of The Everything Store comes an unvarnished picture of Amazon’s unprecedented growth and its billionaire founder, Jeff Bezos, revealing the most important business story of our time.

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Big Vape: The Incendiary Rise of Juul by Jamie Ducharme

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The story of how two graduate students started Juul, the company that led the explosion of ecigarette use in America and how and how it crumbled after the discovery of a lung illness linked to their products.

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Chasing the Thrill: Obsession, Death, and Glory in America's Most Extraordinary Treasure Hunt by Daniel Barbarisi

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An intrepid treasure hunter documents his chaotic, 4-year search for a chest of jewels concealed in the wilderness, its location described in a cryptic poem and hidden by an eccentric millionaire art dealer upon his fatal cancer diagnosis in 2010.

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Cheated: The Inside Story of the Astros Scandal and a Colorful History of Sign Stealing by Andy Martino

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This insider's look at the 2019 cheating scandal tells the story of how the Houston Astros developed a pitch sign-stealing scheme that may have fueled their 2017 World Series win as well as the fallout from the scandal.

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Glory Days: The Summer of 1984 and the 90 Days That Changed Sports and Culture Forever by L. Jon Wertheim

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Looks at the sports stories that converged in the summer of 1984—the rise of Michel Jordan, ESPN’s increasing media dominance, the Los Angeles Olympics and more—that shaped sports into the multimillion dollar industry of today.

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The Heartbeat of Trees: Embracing Our Ancient Bond With Forests and Nature by Peter Wohlleben. Trans by Jane Billinghurst.

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Drawing on science and cutting-edge research, a renowned forester proves that, despite an era of cell phone addiction, climate change and urban life, the age-old ties linking humans to the forest remain alive and intact.

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How to Tell Stories to Children by Joseph Sarosy/ Silke Rose West

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Two early childhood educators with thousands of storytelling hours between them—distill the key ingredients of storytelling into a surprisingly simple method that can make anyone an expert storyteller.

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License to Parent: How My Career As a Spy Helped Me Raise Resourceful, Self-sufficient Kids by Christina Hillsberg/ Ryan Hillsberg

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Told through honest and relatable parenting anecdotes, the author shares their distinctive approach to raising confident, security-conscious, resilient children, giving practical takeaways rooted in CIA tradecraft along the way.

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Never Pay the First Bill: And Other Ways to Fight the Health Care System and Win by Marshall Allen

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From an award-winning ProPublica reporter comes a primer for anyone who wants to fight the predatory health care system—and win.

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Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment by Daniel Kahneman/ Olivier Sibony/ Cass R. Sunstein

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From the Nobel Prize-winning author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, coauthor of Nudge and author of You Are About to Make a Terrible Mistake! comes an exploration of why people make bad judgments.

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She Memes Well: Essays by Quinta Brunson

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A stand-up comedian, who plays the lead role in the HBO sketch series A Black Lady Sketch Show, presents an earnest, laugh-out-loud collection of essays about her weird road to internet notoriety.

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Technically Food: Inside Silicon Valley's Battle to Change What We Eat by Larissa Zimberoff

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Through news-breaking revelations, the author examines the trade-offs of replacing real food with technology-driven approximations.

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Trusting the Gold: Uncovering Your Natural Goodness by Tara Brach

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This wonderful gift book, filled with beautiful illustrations, explores the three qualities – truth, love and freedom – that we must bring into everyday life to help us uncover and trust the innate goodness in ourselves and others.

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Victim F: From Crime Victims to Suspects to Survivors by Denise Huskins/ Aaron Quinn/ Nicole Weisensee Egan

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Presents the shocking true story of a bizarre kidnapping and the victims’ re-victimization by the justice system.

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History

The Confidence Men: How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History by Margalit Fox

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This gripping nonfiction thriller follows two British officers who team up to con their iron-fisted captors by using a Oujia board – and their keen understanding of the psychology of deception – to build a trap for their captors that will ultimately lead them to freedom.

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Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth by Bryan Burrough/ Chris Tomlinson / Jason Stanford

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Three noted Texan writers combine forces to tell the real story of the Alamo, dispelling the myths, exploring why they had their day for so long, and explaining why the ugly fight about its meaning is now coming to a head.

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From the River to the Sea: The Untold Story of the Railroad War That Made the West by John Sedgwick

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A sweeping and lively history of one of the most dramatic stories never told—of the greatest railroad war of all time, fought by the daring leaders of the Santa Fe and the Rio Grande to seize, control and create the American West.

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Geniuses at War: Bletchley Park, Colossus, and the Dawn of the Digital Age by David A. Price

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Tells the story of how an English engineer’s team decoded the Nazi high command’s infamous Enigma code during a pivotal moment in World War II by building the world’s first digital electronic computer.

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How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith

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A staff writer and poet at The Atlantic offers a revealing and contemporary portrait of America as a slave owning nation.

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Kennedy's Avenger: Assassination, Conspiracy, and the Forgotten Trial of Jack Ruby by Dan Abrams & David Fisher

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Two New York Times best-selling authors examine the story behind the bizarre trial of Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner who murdered Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, live on national television.

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Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the New Battleground of the Cold War by Jeff Shesol

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Drawing on new archival sources, personal interviews and previously unpublished notes, this riveting history of the epic orbital flight that put America back into the space race reveals how one astronaut’s heroics lifted the nation’s hopes.

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The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany by Gwen Strauss

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Presents the previously untold World War II story of nine female resistance fighters who banded together to survive the camps and ultimately escaped from a final death march across war-torn Germany.

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Operation Pedestal: The Fleet That Battled to Malta, 1942 by Max Hastings

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In this action-packed story of courage, fortitude, loss and triumph, a renowned historian recreates one of the most thrilling events of World War II – the British action to save its troops from starvation on Malta.

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The Ride of Her Life: The True Story of a Woman, Her Horse, and Their Last-chance Journey Across America by Elizabeth Letts

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The #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Perfect Horse and The Eighty-Dollar Champion presents the triumphant true story of 63-year-old Maine farmer Annie Wilkins who, in 1954, rode her horse across America, fulfilling her dying wish to see the Pacific Ocean.

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The Sack of Detroit: General Motors, Its Enemies, and the End of American Enterprise by Kenneth Whyte

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This vivid story of politics, business and a sudden, seismic shift in American priorities that is still felt today recounts the epic rise and unnecessary fall of the American auto industry.

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Unwell Women: Misdiagnosis and Myth in a Man-made World by Elinor Cleghorn

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A trailblazing, conversation-starting history of women’s health—from the earliest medical ideas about women’s illnesses to hormones and autoimmune diseases—brought together in a sweeping narrative

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Political Science

Breaking the News: Exposing the Establishment Media's Hidden Deals and Secret Corruption by Alex Marlow

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The editor-in-chief of Breitbart News Network, in this firsthand account, explains how the establishment press destroyed its own credibility with a relentless stream of “fake news” designed to smear Donald Trump and his supporters while advancing a leftist agenda.

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Nightmare Scenario by Yasmeen Abutaleb/ Damian Paletta

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Looks at the Trump administration's response to the pandemic.

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The Plague Year: America in the Time of COVID by Lawrence Wright

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Honoring to the medical professionals around the country who’ve risked their lives to fight the virus, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author provides essential information—and fascinating historical parallels—examining the medical, economic, political, and social ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response by Andy Slavitt

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The former head of Obamacare presents an inside account of the US’s failed response to the Coronavirus pandemic, chronicling what he saw and how much could have been prevented, and investigating the cultural, political and economic drivers that led to unnecessary loss of life.

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Spooked: The Trump Dossier, Black Cube, and the Rise of Private Spies by Barry Meier

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A Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist’s explosive examination of the booming industry shaping our modern world: former journalists and spies going for hire—and financed by companies, politicians, lawyers, and the rich and powerful to excavate the lives of their enemies and opponents for dirt and secrets.

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Science

Brainscapes: The Warped, Wondrous Maps Written in Your Brain - and How They Guide You by Rebecca Schwarzlose

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A path-breaking journey into the brain shows how perception, thought and action are products of “maps” etched into your gray matter—and how technology can use them to read your mind. 

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Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization by Edward Slingerland

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Offers a deep dive into the alcohol-soaked origins of civilization—and the evolutionary roots of humanity’s appetite for intoxication.

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The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain by Annie Murphy Paul

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Reveals how we can tap the intelligence that exists beyond our brains—in our bodies, our surroundings, and our relationships.

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Projections: A Story of Human Emotions by Karl Deisseroth

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In a portrait of the human mind, a renowned psychiatrist and neuroscientist explores the biological and physical nature of our inner worlds through poignant, and at times shocking, clinical stories. 

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Social Science

Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal by George Packer

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An acclaimed National Book Award-winning author diagnoses America’s descent into a failed state and envisions a path toward overcoming our injustices, paralyses and divides.

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Letters to My White Male Friends by Dax-Devlon Ross

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A book aimed at the millions of middle-aged white men who are suddenly awakening to race and racism helps readers understand what it meant to be America’s first generation raised after the civil rights era.

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Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm by Robin Diangelo

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Building on the groundwork laid in the New York Times best-seller White Fragility, the author explores how a culture of niceness inadvertently promotes racism.

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When the Stars Begin to Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America by Theodore Roosevelt Johnson

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Drawing on his own and his family’s multi-generational experiences with racism, the author makes a compelling, ambitious case for a pathway to the national solidarity necessary to mitigate racism.

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