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America the Beautiful?: One Woman in a Borrowed Prius on the Road Most Traveled by Blythe Roberson
The author of How to Date Men When You Hate Men presents a travelogue that takes a humorous and sometime cynical look at Americans’ obsession with freedom, travel and the open road.
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An Amerikan Family: The Shakurs and the Nation They Created by Santi Elijah Holley
This examination of Black liberation groups in America is told through the history of the Shakur family, from Assata Shakur, an author who spent three decades in Cuban exile, to the late rapper Tupac.
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Brave the Wild River: The Untold Story of Two Women Who Mapped the Botany of the Grand Canyon by Melissa L. Sevigny
The story of two pioneering female botanists and their historic 1938 boat trip down the Colorado River which led them to be the first to survey and catalog the plant life of the Grand Canyon.
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Building: A Carpenter's Notes on Life & the Art of Good Work by Mark Ellison
A carpenter regarded by many as the best in New York looks back on his experiences constructing some of the city’s most iconic spaces and reflects on the nature of work, creativity and design.
Camera Girl: The Coming of Age of Jackie Bouvier Kennedy by Carl Sferrazza Anthony
Set primarily during the years from 1949 to 1953, this biography of Jackie Bouvier Kennedy covers her early years in Paris, her life as a writer and photographer and her romance with John F. Kennedy.
The Daddy Diaries: The Year I Grew Up by Andy Cohen
A New York Times best-selling author goes from bottle service to baby bottles in a humorous, heartwarming and name-dropping account of the most important year of his life.
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Fatherland: A Memoir of War, Conscience, and Family Secrets by Burkhard Bilger
A New Yorker staff writer tells the story of his nearly ten-year quest to uncover the truth about his grandfather, a Nazi Party Chief, and the questions it raises about reckoning with the pasts of our families.
Homegrown: Timothy McVeigh and the Rise of Right-wing Extremism by Jeffrey Toobin
The New York Times best-selling author presents the definitive account of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, its enduring legacy and how it helped lead to the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol.
The Joy of Politics: Surviving Cancer, a Campaign, a Pandemic, an Insurrection, and Life's Other Unexpected Curveballs by Amy Klobuchar
From a U.S. senator and former presidential candidate comes an intimate memoir about personal challenges, political turmoil and the state of American democracy.
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King: A Life by Jonathan Eig
Mixes new research with accessible storytelling to offer a new biography of the legendary civil-rights leader.
A Life of One's Own: Nine Women Writers Begin Again by Joanna Biggs
A divorced writer examines both her own journey toward intellectual freedom as well as those of other women writers such as Sylvia Plath, Mary Wollstonecraft, Virginia Woolf, George Eliot and Toni Morrison.
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Look for Me There: Grieving My Father, Finding Myself by Luke Russert
After his news legend father died unexpectedly, the Emmy Award-winning journalist embarked on a three-plus-year odyssey across six continents to discover the world and, ultimately, find himself, in this poignant reflection offering encouragement to examine our choices, take risks and discover our truest selves.
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A Renaissance of Our Own: A Memoir & Manifesto on Reimagining by Rachel E. Cargle
A modern voice in feminism and racial justice describes her own journey and approach to dismantling the frameworks and systems that no longer serve us while building liberating new ones that better affirm our individuality.
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Talk of Champions: Stories of the People Who Made Me: A Memoir by Kenny Smith
The host of top-rated Inside the NBA and two-time NBA champion relates memorable stories about each of the extraordinary people who taught him valuable life lessons, including Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Kobe Bryant and many others, while interweaving personal material about his upbringing and his family.
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Tell Me Everything by Minka Kelly
Minka Kelly takes readers behind the shiny silver- screen facade and reveals just how good an actress she really is.
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To Anyone Who Ever Asks: The Life, Music, and Mystery of Connie Converse by Howard Fishman
In this real-life musical mystery, the author, writing as both a fan and a detective, recounts the disappearance of Connie Converse, a mid-century NYC singer/songwriter, who, after years of trying to make it as a musician, drove off one day and was never heard from again.
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Uncle of the Year: & Other Debatable Triumphs by Andrew Rannells
In essays drawn from his life and career, the star of The Book of Mormon, Girls and Big Mouth reflects on anxiety, ambition and the uncertain path to adulthood, challenging us to take a long look at who we’re pretending to be, who we know we are and who we want to become.
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Walking With Sam: A Father, a Son, and Five Hundred Miles Across Spain by Andrew McCarthy
An intimate, humorous and poignant travel memoir follows a New York Times best-selling author and actor as he walks the Camino de Santiago with his son, Sam, in an effort to get to know each other as adults.
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We Are Too Many: A Memoir Kind by Hannah Pittard
Presents a genre-bending memoir about a marriage- ending affair between the award-winning author's husband and her captivating best friend.
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When the World Didn't End: A Memoir by Guinevere Turner
An acclaimed screenwriter, drawing from the diaries she kept throughout her youth, tells the story of her childhood growing up with the infamous Lyman Family cult and how she was unexpectedly thrust into the world she’d been raised to believe was evil, facing challenges and horrors she couldn’t have imagined.
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Wildflower: A Memoir by Aurora James
A leading social justice activist and fashion pioneer, and the first Black American female designer to win a CFDA award, tells the story of how she got to where she is now, which came from a desire to forge a new creative path—and to lift others up alongside her.
Women We Buried, Women We Burned by Rachel Louise Snyder
An award-winning journalist, in this necessary story of family struggle, female survival and the passionate drive to bear witness, relates her personal journey from teenage runaway to reporter on the global epidemic of violence against women.
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The Yards Between Us: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Football by R. K. Russell
Told through the people and moments that have shaped him, the first out active NFL player to identify as bisexual shares his story, showing us the life-changing power of embracing who you are and fighting to make space so others can do the same.
Banana Ball: The Unbelievably True Story of the Savannah Bananas by Jesse Cole & Don Yaeger
Describes the meteoric rise of the sub-minor Savannah baseball team who became an internet sensation and is selling out full seasons with their brand of super-fun baseball that includes dancing, stilts, banana suits and real bananas.
The Cat's Meow: How Cats Evolved from the Savanna to Your Sofa by Jonathan B. Losos
A leading evolutionary biologist and great cat lover lays out the past, present and future of one of the world's most popular and beloved pets.
Deliver Me from Nowhere: The Making of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska by Warren Zanes
A Grammy-nominated producer and New York Times best- selling author of a Tom Petty biography describes the fascinating story behind the creation of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska album, which consists of a series of dark, stark songs he recorded by himself.
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Fancy Bear Goes Phishing: The Dark History of the Information Age, in Five Extraordinary Hacks by Scott J. Shapiro
Explains the philosophy and technology of hacking—and why we all need to understand it.
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Hot and Bothered: What No One Tells You About Menopause and How to Feel Like Yourself Again by Jancee Dunn
The New York Times best-selling author of How to Not Hate Your Husband After Kids recounts how she was completely surprised by the symptoms of menopause and researched a guide to help other women cope with the changes.
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Lessons Learned and Cherished: The Teacher Who Changed My Life by Deborah Roberts
A giftable collection of essays from celebrity contributors, each of which celebrates the great work of teachers or a teacher they admire, is curated by an ABC journalist. Contributors include Oprah Winfrey, Jenna Bush Hager, Octavia Spencer and more.
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Life Sentence: The Brief and Tragic Career of Baltimore's Deadliest Gang Leader by Mark Bowden
Takes readers inside a Baltimore gang, offers an in-depth portrait of its notorious leader and chronicles the 2016 FBI investigation that landed eight gang members in prison.
Our Migrant Souls: A Meditation on Race and the Meanings and Myths of "Latino" by Hector Tobar
A new book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer discusses the 21st- century Latino experience and identity.
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Power and Progress: Our Thousand- year Struggle over Technology and Prosperity by Daron Acemoglu & Simon Johnson
Demonstrating that the path of technology was once—and may again be—brought under control, this bold interpretation of economics and history and manifesto for a better society provides the vision needed to reshape how we innovate and who really gains from technological advances.
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Quantum Supremacy: How the Quantum Computer Revolution Will Change Everything by Michio Kaku
The best-selling author of The God Equation offers a tour of humanity's next great technological achievement—quantum computing—which may eventually illuminate the deepest mysteries of science and solve some of humanity's biggest problems, like global warming, world hunger and incurable disease.
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Radical Inclusion: Seven Steps to Help You Create a More Just Workplace, Home, and World by David Moinina Sengeh
An inspiring young leader issues a call to action for anyone who seeks to make the world a better place. Moment of Lift Books
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Raw Dog: The Naked Truth About Hot Dogs by Jamie Loftus
In a book that is park travelogue, part culinary history and all capitalist critique, a popular podcaster and comedian takes readers on a cross- country road trip in the summer of 2021, explaining what the creation, culture and class influence of hot dogs says about America now.
Serenity in the Storm: Living Through Chaos by Leaning on Christ by Kayleigh McEnany
A former White House press secretary brings to life the key cultural and political issues of our time, from the fall of Afghanistan to the Supreme Court’s abortion decision, analyzing world events through the lens of faith.
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The Shadow Docket: How the Supreme Court Uses Stealth Rulings to Amass Power and Undermine the Republic by Stephen Vladeck
An acclaimed legal scholar exposes the Supreme Court’s use of the behind-the-scenes “shadow docket,” regularly making decisions affecting millions of Americans without public hearings, and issues an urgent call to bring the Court back into the light.
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Up to Speed: The Groundbreaking Science of Women Athletes by Christine Yu
Looks at how the latest science can help women achieve their athletic potential.
The Yellow Pad: Making Better Decisions in an Uncertain World by Robert E. Rubin
The former U.S. Treasury Secretary and co- chairman of Goldman Sachs, armed with his most trusted tool—a simple yellow legal pad, offers this essential guide for anyone looking to make better decisions in life, work and public policy against the backdrop of a fundamentally uncertain world.
Built from the Fire: The Epic Story of Tulsa's Greenwood District, America's Black Wall Street by Victor Luckerson
Focusing on one family’s experiences, this history of Tulsa’s Greenwood district, known as the "Black Wall Street" traces its origins, the 1921 race massacre that decimated the area and its eventual urban renewal and gentrification.
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The First Lady of World War II: Eleanor Roosevelt's Daring Journey to the Frontlines and Back by Shannon McKenna Schmidt
A veteran journalist brings to life, in intimate detail, the untold story of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s 5-week mission to the South Pacific to support and report back on the troops on the front lines during WWII while Americans believed she was secluded at home.
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His Majesty's Airship: The Life and Tragic Death of the World's Largest Flying Machine by S. C. Gwynne
The best-selling author of Empire of the Summer Moon looks at the tragic story of the British airship R101 which was destroyed by a hydrogen-fueled fireball in 1930, killing more people than died in the Hindenburg disaster.
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The LGBTQ+ History Book by DK Publishing
Showcasing the breadth of the LGBTQ+ experience, this diverse, global account explores the most important moments, movements and phenomena, celebrating the victories and untold triumphs of LGBTQ+ people throughout history as well as commemorating moments of tragedy and persecution. Big Ideas series
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Road to Surrender: Three Men and the Countdown to the End of World War II by Evan Thomas
Offers an account of the decision to use nuclear weapons against Japan—a crucial turning point in World War II and geopolitical history.
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The Summer of 1876: Outlaws, Lawmen, and Legends in the Season That Defined the American West by Chris Wimmer
From the creator of the Legends of the Old West podcast, a book exploring the overlapping narratives of the biggest legends in frontier mythology.
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Tomorrow Perhaps the Future: Writers, Outsiders, and the Spanish Civil War by Saran Watling
Discovering a treasure trove of work by writers and outsiders, including lost journals, letters and manifestos, this extraordinary account shines a much-needed light on the women artists and activists whose determination to live and to create with courage and conviction took them as far as the Spanish Civil War of 1936.
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The Trial of the Century by Gregg Jarrett and Don Yaeger
Meticulously researched, this riveting and comprehensive history of the famed liberal attorney Clarence Darrow who defended John Scopes in a blockbuster legal proceeding that caught the attention of the nation calls upon our past to unite Americans in the defense of the free exchange of ideas, especially in this divided time.
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Undaunted: How Women Changed American Journalism by Brooke Kroeger
Chronicling the lives of journalists and newsroom leaders in every medium, this essential history of American women in journalism, including Margaret Fuller, Ida B. Wells, Joan Didion and Cokie Roberts, discusses the huge and singular impact they have had on a vital profession still dominated by men.
V Is for Victory: Franklin Roosevelt's American Revolution and the Triumph of World War II by Craig Nelson
A New York Times best-selling historian, in this fascinating and meticulously researched account, chronicles how, under Franklin D. Roosevelt’s resolute leadership, America’s top industrialists and the American people joined in the war effort, building “the arsenal of democracy” that won WWII.
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The Watchdog: How the Truman Committee Battled Corruption and Helped Win World War Two by Steve Drummond
Drawing on records of the Truman Committee as well as other materials, an award-winning senior editor and executive producer at NPR recounts how Harry Truman cobbled together a bipartisan team of men and women that took on powerful corporate entities and the Pentagon, paving his path to the White House.
You Have to Be Prepared to Die Before You Can Begin to Live: Ten Weeks in Birmingham That Changed America by Paul Kix
A journalist Paul Kix describes the 1963 Birmingham Campaign—10 weeks that would shape the course of the Civil Rights Movement and the future of America.
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Allergic: Our Irritated Bodies in a Changing World by Theresa MacPhail
A medical anthropologist makes a holistic examination of the increasing amount of allergies in our modern world, from the first medical description in 1819 to the latest biologics and immunotherapies and discusses the impact created by pollution and climate change.
The Possibility of Life: Science, Imagination, and Our Quest for Kinship in the Cosmos by Jaime Green
A cultural and scientific exploration of alien life and the cosmos examines how the possibility of life on other planets shapes our understanding of humanity.
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When the Heavens Went on Sale: The Misfits and Geniuses Racing to Put Space Within Reach by Ashlee Vance
The New York Times best-selling author of Elon Musk looks at the private companies building a revolutionary new economy in space.
Anatomy of a Breakthrough: How to Get Unstuck When It Matters Most by Adam Alter
A groundbreaking guide explains how to break free from the thoughts, habits, jobs, relationships and even business models that prevent us from achieving our full potential.
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Bold Move: A 3-step Plan to Transform Anxiety into Power by Luana Marques
A Harvard-based psychotherapist offers her three-step method to living boldly, and turning anxiety into strength, in a clinically-proven approach that inspires patients from CEOs to at- risk teens and echoes lessons that she learned growing up in poverty in Brazil.
The Book of Charlie: Wisdom from the Remarkable American Life of a 109-year-old Man by David Von Drehle
One of our nation’s most prominent writers finds the truth about how to live a long and happy life in the centenarian next door.
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Excellent Advice for Living: Wisdom I Wish I'd Known Earlier by Kevin Kelly
A writer who helped launch Wired magazine recorded for his children some things that he had learned in life, but wished he'd known sooner, and kept adding to it creating this optimistic guide to navigating life with grace and creativity.
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The Search: Finding Meaningful Work in a Post-career World by Bruce Feiler
From the New York Times best-selling author of Life Is in the Transitions comes a bold new road map for finding meaning and purpose at work, based on insights drawn from hundreds of life stories of Americans from all backgrounds and vocations.
The Well-Lived Life: A 102-year-old Doctor's Six Secrets to Health and Happiness at Every Age by Gladys McGarey
Dr. Glady McGarey, a centenarian still- practicing doctor and the mother of holistic medicine, reveals her powerful and life- changing secrets for how to live with joy, vitality, and purpose at any age.