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NONFICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN May 2019

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Biography

After Life: My Journey From Incarceration to Freedom by Alice Marie Johnson

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The convicted drug trafficker whose controversial life sentence was commuted by Donald Trump after serving 21 years in prison shares the story of her life, her faith and the advocacy work of Kim Kardashian West.

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The Apology by Eve Ensler

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The best-selling author of The Vagina Monologues examines the themes of abuse and atonement via her own experience being both physically and sexually abused.

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At Home With Muhammad Ali by Hana Ali

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Muhammad Ali's daughter presents a candid and intimate family memoir based on personal recordings he kept throughout his adult life, detailing the everyday adventures their family shared and their collective experiences with pain, laughter and love.

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Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination by Brian Jay Jones

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A full-scale portrait of Theodor Geisel, best known as American icon Dr. Seuss, shares insights into his successful early career as a radical political cartoonist and the complicated genius that informed his beliefs on such subjects as empathy and environmentalism.

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The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont by Shawn Levy

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The best-selling author of Rat Pack Confidential presents a deeply researched history of the iconic Hollywood hotel that explores its storied role in wild celebrity revelries, scandalous liaisons and creative breakthroughs.

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Challenge Accepted!: 253 Steps to Becoming an Anti-it Girl by Celeste Barber

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In a book that is part memoir, part comedy routine and part advice manual, an Instagram star reveals her secrets to love, friendship, family and marriage, as well as how to deal with life’s many challenges.

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Comedy Sex God by Pete Holmes

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The host of the You Made It Weird podcast and star of HBO's Crashing describes how an ex's infidelity transformed his evangelical Christian views, compelling him to embrace a model of faith that incorporates laughter and honest fulfillment.

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Darkness to Light by Lamar Odom with Chris Palmer

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The two-time NBA champion presents a candid account of the highs and lows of his life, sharing insights into his marriage to Khloe Kardashian, his struggles with addiction and the watershed event that transformed his perspectives.

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The Edge of Every Day: Sketches of Schizophrenia by Marin Sardy

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A debut by a Best American Essays notable and Pushcart Prize nominee shares moving, highly informed meditations into how her childhood in Anchorage, her literary career and the lives of beloved family members have been impacted by hereditary schizophrenia.

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Everyone Can Be a Ninja: Find Your Inner Warrior and Achieve Your Dreams by Akbar Gbajabiamila

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The host of the Emmy-nominated American Ninja Warrior builds on the examples of show competitors, inspiring underdogs and modern-day achievers to outline essential recommendations for reaching personal goals.

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The Farmer's Son: Calving Season on a Family Farm by John Connell

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A U.S. release of an award-winning memoir from Ireland traces a calving season on the author's family farm, where, after a decade's absence, he found hope and healing in his family, routines, faith and community.

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Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher by David Cone with Jack Curry

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A Mets and Yankees All-Star pitcher shares lessons from the World Series and beyond in an essential memoir for baseball fans everywhere.

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Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey N. Cep

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Documents the remarkable story of 1970s Alabama serial killer Willie Maxwell and the true-crime book on the Deep South's racial politics and justice system that consumed Harper Lee in the years after To Kill a Mockingbird. A first book.

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How to Forget: A Daughter's Memoir by Kate Mulgrew

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The award-winning actress known for her roles in such productions as Orange Is the New Black describes how, after attending her parents' deaths, she uncovered painful secrets that challenged her understanding of her unconventional Irish-Catholic family.

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The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation by Brenda Wineapple

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An account of the impeachment of Andrew Johnson shares insights into the 17th President's disregard of Congress, opposition to civil rights and anti-Reconstruction stance, exploring the roles of such impeachment contributors as Ulysses S. Grant and Thaddeus Stevens.

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KD: Kevin Durant's Relentless Pursuit to Be the Greatest by Marcus Thompson

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The author of the best-selling Golden presents the story of the NBA Finals MVP, discussing his impoverished childhood, remarkable AAU achievements and controversial decision to play for the Golden State Warriors.

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Ladysitting: My Year With Nana at the End of Her Century by Lorene Cary

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The author of Black Ice shares the story of her relationship with her remarkable grandmother, describing the latter's youth in the Jim Crow South, devotion to black causes and management of her own business until age 100.

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Lake of the Ozarks: My Surreal Summers in a Vanishing America by Bill Geist

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An Emmy Award-winning CBS Sunday Morning correspondent reflects on his coming of age in the American Heartland resort the Lake of the Ozarks and traces his evolution as a man and a writer.

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The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years by John Paul Stevens

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One of the most prominent jurists of our time provides a personal account of life on the Supreme Court that offers a unique understanding of American history. By the author of Fire Chiefs.

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Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football by John Urschel & Louisa Thomas

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The former offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens reveals the lesser-known passion for mathematics that inspired his double life as an athlete and scholar, sharing insights into how his bifurcated insights impacted pivotal events, including the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

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Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder by John Waters

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A latest essay collection by the cult-film director and best-selling author of Role Models shares morbidly offbeat insights into subjects ranging from how to fail upwardly in Hollywood to decorating the ultimate ugly-but-trendy home.

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My Dad, Yogi: A Memoir of Family and Baseball by Dale Berra

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A candid and nostalgic family memoir by Yogi Berra's son provides a unique perspective on his legendary Baseball Hall of Fame dad.

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The Naked Truth: A Memoir by Leslie Morgan

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The best-selling author of Mommy Wars describes how, in the wake of a divorce and her 50th birthday, she dedicated a year to the pursuit of taking lovers to recapture her passions and rediscover her self-worth.

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Naturally Tan: A Memoir by Tan France

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The Queer Eye star and designer recounts his complicated early life as a closeted gay youth from a traditional South Asian family in Yorkshire, sharing insights into his coming of age, emergence as an artist and happy marriage.

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No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir by Ani DiFranco

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The celebrated singer-songwriter and social activist recounts the fiercely independent spirit that shaped her early life and career, discussing such subjects as her first album release and the creation of her Righteous Babe Records label.

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Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas by Stephen Budiansky

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A portrait of the influential U.S. Supreme Court justice includes coverage of his achievements as a legal scholar, his Civil War service and his often-dissenting but prophetic views on free speech, criminal justice and economic reform.

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Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir by Jayson Greene

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Devastated by his 2-year-old daughter's accidental death, a father in Upper West Side Manhattan navigates unendurable pain and taps the healing power of love to rebuild his shattered family. A first book.

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Riding the Elephant: A Memoir of Altercations, Humiliations, Hallucinations, and Observations by Craig Ferguson

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The comedian, actor and former host of The Late Late Show presents an irreverent memoir in essays that explores subjects ranging from his childhood and family life to his career and his devotion to Glasgow.

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Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America by Jacquelyn Dowd Hall

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The author of Revolt Against Chivalry traces the parallel lives of the three Lumpkin sisters, describing how one remained a believer in the white-supremacy culture of their Southern upbringing, while the others became progressive supporters of race and labor initiatives.

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Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark

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A dual memoir by the hosts of the My Favorite Murder podcast share never-before-heard stories about their battles with depression, eating disorders and addiction, as well as insights into the cultural forces that prevent people from being their own advocates.

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Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman

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Whimsical essays by the best-selling author of A Man Called Ove celebrate the first steps, milestones and foibles of modern parenthood, sharing father-to-son advice on everything from finding a place to belong to beating Monkey Island 3.

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Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter's Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times by Scott Pelley

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The award-winning CBS Evening News anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent presents an uplifting memoir from the frontlines of international journalism that includes firsthand insights into major historical events and world leaders.

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Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself by Jill Biden

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The former second lady describes her marriage to Joe Biden and the role of politics in her life and teaching career, sharing intimate insights into the traditions, resilience and love that have helped her family establish balance and endure tragedy.

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Business & Economics

Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption by Ben Mezrich

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The best-selling author of The Accidental Billionaires traces the story of Harvard twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, who in the aftermath of their infamous legal battle with Facebook became tycoons in the obscure and sometimes sinister world of cryptocurrency.

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Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley From Building a New Global Underclass by Mary L. Gray & Siddharth Suri

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Reveals the vast human network responsible for the successes of such internet giants as Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Uber, sharing cautionary insights into how an absence of labor laws is enabling massive worker exploitation.

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The Latte Factor: Why You Don't Have to Be Rich to Live Rich by David Bach & John David Mann

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The best-selling author of The Automatic Millionaire and the award-winning author of The Go-Giver outline three inspirational secrets to financial freedom that explain how readers can use their current resources to pursue their dreams.

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Priced Out: The Economic and Ethical Costs of American Health Care by Uwe Reinhardt with Tsung-Mei Cheng. Foreword by Paul Krugman & William H. Frist.

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The late Economix columnist and Princeton economics professor explains the pivotal role of social ethics in American health-care costs and quality, outlining the working examples of other nations while making strategic recommendations for system improvement.

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Family & Relationships

All the Rage: Mothers, Fathers, and the Myth of Equal Partnership by Darcy Lockman

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The author of Brooklyn Zoo examines why parental work is still largely performed by women regardless of profession or class, drawing on a range of expert insights to identify three sources of unequal labor division in parenting.

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How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results by Esther Wojcicki

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The co-author of Moonshots in Education outlines simple, counterintuitive approaches to raising happy, healthy and successful children through parental demonstrations of respectful examples and child-directed activities that facilitate early independence and problem-solving skills.

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No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Louise Snyder

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An award-winning journalist explores America's epidemic of domestic violence and how it has been misunderstood, sharing insights into what domestic violence portends about other types of violence and what countermeasures are needed today.

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General Nonfiction

Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom by Katherine Eban

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A narrative investigation into the generic drug boom by an award-winning Fortune reporter draws on exclusive accounts and extensive confidential FDA documents to expose life-threatening practices of global fraud, data manipulation and unsafe medicine production.

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A Dog Named Beautiful: A Marine, a Dog, and a Long Road Trip Home by Rob Kugler

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A medically retired Marine describes the indelible role of his beloved chocolate lab in his recovery from war injuries and the loss of his brother, recounting the poignant road journey they shared in the final months of his dog's life.

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Just Show Up: And Other Enduring Values From Baseball's Iron Man by Cal Ripken, Jr.

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The record-breaking All-Star draws on stories from his remarkable career and the life of his legendary father to outline lessons in how to achieve true success through consistency, loyalty and fair play.

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The Killer Across the Table: Unlocking the Secrets of Serial Killers and Predators With the FBI's Original Mindhunter by John E. Douglas & Mark Olshaker

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The FBI criminal profiler and inspiration for the Mindhunter series shares the stories of four of the most complex predatory killers of his career, offering previously undisclosed insights into his strategies and profiling process.

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Melt Performance: A Step-by-Step Program to Accelerate Your Fitness Goals, Improve Balance and Control, and Prevent Chronic Pain and Injuries for Life by Sue Hitzmann

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A follow-up to the best-selling The MELT Method outlines a scientifically based training program for regularly active athletes to help improve balance, performance and control while preventing pain and injuries.

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Picnic Comma Lightning: The Experience of Reality in the Twenty-First Century by Laurence Scott

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Drawing on the intersection of philosophy, politics and memoir, an existential meditation on personal loss and the role of digital tech in how we find meaning in today's world illuminates our ongoing transition into self-defined but vulnerable intangible realities.

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The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth by Josh Levin

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An editor for Slate provides an account of the life of one of America's most notorious welfare cheats, who also committed much darker crimes.

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Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein

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The Sports Illustrated senior writer and author of the best-selling The Sports Gene shares counterintuitive advice on the most effective path to success in any domain while revealing the essential contributions of generalist, not specialist, team members.

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The Scandal of the Century: And Other Writings by Gabriel Garcia Márquez. Trans by Anne McLean.

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A journalism anthology by the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude is comprised of selections Márquez considered the most important to his legacy, including his articles for international papers and his columns for Spain's El País.

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Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic by Matt McCarthy

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The best-selling author of Odd Man Out chronicles the race to find new treatments against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, sharing insights from the front lines of a groundbreaking clinical trial involving dangerously sick patients, innovative medicines and cutting-edge DNA technologies.

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Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste by Nolan Gasser

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The chief architect of the Pandora Radio song-recommendation engine presents a groundbreaking examination of how the body and mind affect music tastes, discussing how the brain processes music and what qualities trigger such human responses as humming and dancing.

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History

Aloha Rodeo: Three Hawaiian Cowboys, the World's Greatest Rodeo, and a Hidden History of the American West by David Wolman & Julian Smith

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Traces the lesser-known role of three Hawaiian cowboys who indelibly shaped the early-20th century West, detailing how their careers influenced post-annexation Hawaiian identity, island ranching and the rodeo culture of Cheyenne.

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Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America From the Bubonic Plague by David K. Randall

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The best-selling author of Dreamland traces the massive effort to contain an outbreak of bubonic plague in 1900 San Francisco, detailing how the process was complicated by virulent racism, pseudoscience and political cover-ups.

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The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Liberation Trilogy presents the first volume in a new series on the American Revolution that draws on perspectives from both sides to chronicle the first 21 months of America's violent war for independence. The Revolution Trilogy No. 1

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Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 by Mitchell Zuckoff

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The New York Times best-selling author of 13 Hours and Lost in Shangri-La weaves together a variety of accounts to create a complete portrait of 9/11.

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The First Wave: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II by Alex Kershaw

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The New York Times best-selling author of The Liberator and Avenue of Spies returns with an action-heavy account of D-Day combat.

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Four Hours of Fury: The Untold Story of World War II's Largest Airborne Operation and the Final Push into Nazi Germany by James M. Fenelon

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A paratrooper-turned-historian chronicles World War II's largest airborne operation, describing how more than 17,000 paratroopers dropped into Nazi Germany, smashing the final defense line of Hitler's war machine and setting the stage for the war's end in Europe.

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The Ghost Ships of Archangel: The Arctic Voyage That Defied the Nazis by William Geroux

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Documents the extraordinary journey of four Allied ships who in 1942 became separated from their convoy and navigated a perilous maze of Arctic ice, Nazi bombers and U-boats to deliver much-needed supplies to the Soviet war effort.

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Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad by Gordon H. Chang

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A history of the Chinese human laborers who were pivotal to the construction of the American Transcontinental Railroad details the construction perils that cost innumerable lives before survivors were almost instantly lost to public memory.

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A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father by David Maraniss

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A timely account of the mid-20th-century Red Scare and its impact on everyday families describes how the author's World War II veteran father was spied on by the FBI, accused of communist sympathies, fired from his job and blacklisted.

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The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America by Daniel Okrent

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The author of the Pulitzer finalist, Great Fortune, examines how eugenics and government-supported anti-immigration initiatives in the 1920s changed policies to ban discriminated-against groups from the U.S. for more than 40 years.

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Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century by George Packer

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The National Book Award-winning author of The Unwinding draws on firsthand writings in a narrative portrait of the influential American diplomat that explores how his achievements over half a century of history were complicated by his political ambitions.

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The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough

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The Pulitzer Prize-, National Book Award- and Presidential Medal of Freedom-winning author of Mornings on Horseback chronicles the lesser-known settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers whose community ideals shaped a fledgling America.

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Sacred Duty: A Soldier's Tour at Arlington National Cemetery by Tom Cotton

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The conservative Arkansas senator presents an intimate and uplifting portrait of Arlington National Cemetery's Old Guard, in a historical memoir that draws on his tradition-inspired service as a unit platoon leader in wartime.

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Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations by William H. McRaven

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The #1 New York Times best-selling author of Make Your Bed tells amazing stories of bravery and heroism from his career as a Navy SEAL and commander of America's Special Forces.

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The Second Most Powerful Man in the World: The Life of Admiral William D. Leahy, Roosevelt's Chief of Staff by Phillips Payson O'Brien

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A portrait of the influential presidential advisor explores his less-recognized but pivotal role in shaping administrative and military decisions during World War II, revealing his evolving leadership throughout the critical transition to the Truman White House.

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Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide by Tony Horwitz

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yorker writer and best-selling author of Confederates in the Attic retraces Frederick Law Olmstead's epic journey across the pre-Civil War American South in search of common ground in today's dangerously divided nation.

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Surprise, Kill, Vanish: The Secret History of CIA Paramilitary Armies, Operators, and Assassins by Annie Jacobsen

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Tells the untold story of the CIA's Special Activities Division, a highly-classified branch of the CIA and the most effective black-operations force in the world.

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Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save His Legacy by Dan Abrams & David Fisher

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The best-selling authors of Lincoln's Last Trial vibrantly chronicle the epic 1915 libel case in which Theodore Roosevelt, weighing a last presidential run, turned on former allies to challenge corruption in the political party that made him.

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Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis by Jared Diamond

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse offers a new theory of how and why some nations recover from national trauma and others don't.

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The White Devil's Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco's Chinatown by Julia Flynn Siler

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A revelatory history of the trafficking of young Asian girls throughout the first century of Chinese immigration in San Francisco shares insights into the activities of the Occidental Mission Home and its work as a refuge for freedom-seeking victims.

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The World's Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America's First Black Sports Hero by Michael Kranish

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The award-winning author of Flight From Monticello traces the lesser-known story of Major Taylor, who broke racial barriers at the height of the Jim Crow era by becoming the world's fastest and most famous bicyclist.

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Political Science

Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World by Shannon Watts. Foreword by Julianne Moore.

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The "NRA's Worst Nightmare" founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America traces the story of how her rallying call to action grew into a powerful women's movement for protecting children from gun violence.

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Kissinger on Kissinger: Reflections on Diplomacy, Grand Strategy, and Leadership by Winston Lord. Intro by Henry Kissinger.

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Faithfully transcribed interviews with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning former secretary of state discuss the challenges of directing foreign policy during times of escalating global tension, sharing insight into how the approaches of 50 years ago may be appropriate today.

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The Shadow War: Inside Russia's and China's Secret Operations to Undermine America by Jim Sciutto

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CNN's Chief National Security Correspondent reveals the less-recognized fronts of 21st-century warfare, identifying ongoing battles currently being waged, from disinformation campaigns to advanced satellite weaponry, often without public awareness.

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Science

The Age of Living Machines: How the Convergence of Biology and Engineering Will Build the Next Technology Revolution by Susan Hockfield

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The former president of MIT outlines the next technology revolution and how it will change our lives, drawing on the latest discoveries in biology and engineering to profile such innovations as computer-engineered crops, protein-based water filters and cancer-detecting nanoparticles.

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Cosmological Koans: A Journey to the Heart of Physical Reality by Anthony Aguirre

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A leading physicist builds on koan vignettes from ancient Zen tradition to explore universal philosophical questions, including the meaning of quantum theory, the nature of time and the origin of multiple universes.

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Every Tool's a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It by Adam Savage

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A first book by the MythBusters special-effects artist draws on projects from his remarkable career and interviews with famous and visionary colleagues to distill essential rules of creativity, from finding inspiration to following through.

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Self-Help

The Art of Noticing: 131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy in the Everyday by Rob Walker

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Complemented with creativity-sparking illustrations, a thought-provoking gift book by the author of Buying In shares dozens of playful exercises for promoting mental clarity, improving listening skills and rediscovering one's passions.

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Finding the Bright Side: The Art of Chasing What Matters by Shannon Bream

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The host of Fox News @ Night presents a deeply personal account about finding purpose amid life's unpredictability that traces her blue-collar upbringing, the high-pressure environments that shaped her career and the role of her faith in her achievements.

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It's Great to Suck at Something by Karen Rinaldi

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Citing the inherent shortcomings of today's prioritization of productivity over play, a guide to building resilience through imperfection shares counsel on how to have fun trying new things without the expectation of being good at them.

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Let Love Have the Last Word by Common with Tracy McMillan.

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The Grammy Award-, Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning musician, actor and activist presents a follow-up to One Day It'll All Make Sense that explores how love and mindfulness can build communities and inspire positive empowerment.

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Life After Suicide: Finding Courage, Comfort & Community After Unthinkable Loss by Jennifer Ashton

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The chief medical officer of ABC News presents an eloquent memoir about surviving the suicide of a loved one, sharing firsthand insights into the process of navigating taboos, making sense of loss and finding ways to heal.

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Stop Doing That Sh*t: End Self-Sabotage and Demand Your Life Back by Gary John Bishop

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The best-selling author of Unfu*k Yourself builds on his signature "urban philosophy" approach in an empowering, no-holds-barred guide to recognizing and ending patterns of self-sabotaging behaviors that get in the way of productivity and success.

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