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NONFICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN May 2020

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Biography

Atomic Spy: The Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs by Nancy Thorndike Greenspan

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The author of The End of the Certain World draws on German archives and family correspondence in a portrait of the Cold War scientist that explores how Fuchs' views about peace likely shaped his decision to commit espionage.

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The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir by Andre Leon Talley

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A deeply revealing memoir by a noted style icon captures the fashion world from the inside out, in its most glamorous and most cutthroat moments.

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The Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America's Urban Heartland by Walter Thompson-Hernández

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Tells the story of The Compton Cowboys—a group of African-American men and women who defy stereotypes and continue the proud, centuries-old tradition of black cowboys in the heart of one of America’s most notorious cities.

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Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy by Larry Tye

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Draws on unprecedented access to personal and professional records and recently unsealed transcripts to share insights into McCarthy's complicated personality and contradictory views, tracing his wartime heroics and the rise of his controversial anti-communist campaigns.

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El Jefe: The Stalking of Chapo Guzmán by Alan Feuer

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A full-length account of the rise and fall of Mexican narco "El Chapo," written by the New York Times reporter who originally covered the story, includes coverage of Joaquin Guzmán's humble origins and daring capture by law enforcement.

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Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss by Jenna Bush Hager

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The former first daughter and granddaughter, best-selling author, and co-anchor of the Today show, shares moving, funny stories about her beloved grandparents and the wisdom they passed on that has shaped her life.

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The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty, and War by John Donohue & J. T. Molloy

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A U.S. Marine Corps veteran-turned-merchant mariner recounts how in 1967 he accepted a neighborhood challenge to sneak into Vietnam, track down local friends on the front line and share beer over messages of love from home.

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Growing Old: Notes on Aging With Something Like Grace by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

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Part memoir and part life-affirming map all of us may follow to embrace our later years with grace and dignity, this look at the social and historical traditions related to aging explores a wide range of issues connected with growing older.

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Hollywood Park: A Memoir by Mikel Jollett

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The front man of indie band The Airborne Toxic Event reveals his upbringing in the infamous Church of Synanon cult, where he endured poverty, addiction and emotional abuse before slowly working his way toward college and a music career.

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Lou Gehrig: The Lost Memoir by Alan Gaff

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Published for the first time as a book, this lost memoir from the baseball legend, written at the age of 24, tells the extraordinary story of his life and career—and how he became one of the most revered baseball players of all time.

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The Luckiest Man: Life with John McCain by Mark Salter

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One of the late Senator John McCain's closest and most trusted confidants, friends and political advisors offers a deeply personal and candid remembrance of the man.

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The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III by Peter Baker & Susan Glasser

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A portrait of the influential White House chief of staff and secretary of state includes coverage of the family tragedy that spurred his political career, his brokering of the reunification of Germany and his indelible role in the Gulf War.

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My Vanishing Country: A Memoir by Bakari Sellers

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The CNN analyst and record-setting South Carolina State Representative chronicles the past, present and likely future of the American South, discussing his father's civil rights heroism and the ignored harsh realities of the black working class.

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Officer Clemmons: A Memoir by François S. Clemmons

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An intimate debut memoir by the Grammy Award-winning artist who famously played "Officer Clemmons" on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood traces his Oberlin College music studies, his embrace of his sexual orientation and his life-changing chance encounter with Fred Rogers.

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Pelosi by Molly Ball

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The award-winning TIME Magazine national political correspondent presents an intimate portrait of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that illuminates her leadership, less-recognized career accomplishments and her decisions throughout Donald Trump's impeachment.

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Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina by Chris Frantz

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The drummer and co-founder of the iconic 1970s and 80s band traces his relationship with bassist Tina Weymouth and lead singer David Byrne throughout the creations of iconic hit songs and the concert film, Stop Making Sense.

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The Spymasters: How the CIA’s Directors Shape History and the Future by Chris Whipple

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The best-selling author of The Gatekeepers presents a behind-the-scenes tour of the inner workings of the CIA and how it often operates as an essential counterforce against presidents who would overstep the powers of the executive office.

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Stephen Hawking: A Memoir of Friendship and Physics by Leonard Mlodinow

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The award-winning theoretical physicist and best-selling co-author of A Briefer History of Time presents an intimate account of his personal and professional relationship with the late Stephen Hawking throughout nearly two decades of collaborative work.

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Stray: A Memoir by Stephanie Danler

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From the best-selling author of Sweetbitter comes a memoir of growing up in a family shattered by lies and addiction, and of one woman’s attempts to find a life beyond the limits of her past.

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This Is Not My Memoir by André Gregory  & Todd London

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The iconic star of My Dinner with André shares semi-autobiographical and fantastical stories spanning wartime Paris and golden-age Hollywood to avant-garde theater and the monasteries of India, detailing his celebrity collaborations and late-in-life discovery of love.

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This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman by Ilhan Omar

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The first African refugee, the first Somali-American and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress offers an intimate and rousing memoir of how she went from refugee to progressive trailblazer.

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Trump: A Presidential Portrait by White House Photographers

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Featuring archival images by official White House photographers and complemented by speech quotes, a visual portrait of the 45th President includes private pictures taken on Air Force One and during behind-the-scenes interactions with world leaders.

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Whatever It Took: An American Paratrooper's Extraordinary Memoir of Escape, Survival, and Heroism in the Last Days of World War II by Henry Langrehr & Jim DeFelice

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Published to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, a never-before-told first-person account of World War II tells the true story of an American paratrooper who survived D-Day, was captured and imprisoned in a Nazi work camp and made a daring escape to freedom.

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Business & Economics

How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom by Matt Ridley

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The award-winning, best-selling author of The Rational Optimist describes the history of innovation and how it differs from invention through lively stories about steam engines, jet engines, search engines, airships, coffee, potatoes, vaping, antibiotics and mosquito nets.

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Lights Out: Pride, Delusion, and the Fall of General Electric by Thomas Gryta & Ted Mann

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Explains how General Electric—perhaps America’s most iconic corporation—suffered such a swift and sudden fall from grace.

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Reprogramming the American Dream: From Rural America to Silicon Valley—Making AI Serve Us All by Kevin Scott & Greg Shaw. Foreword by J. D. Vance.

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Microsoft’s chief technology officer tackles one of the most critical issues facing society today: the future of artificial intelligence and how it can be realistically used to promote growth, even in a shifting employment landscape.

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Family & Relationships

And Then They Stopped Talking to Me: Making Sense of Middle School by Judith Warner

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Citing the convergence of developmental changes that often render the middle-school years difficult, a compassionate guide draws on student testimonies and professional insights to counsel parents on how to help middle-school children thrive.

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Creative Care: A Revolutionary Approach to Dementia and Elder Care by Anne Basting

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The MacArthur Grant recipient and author of The Stages of Age outlines radical approaches to drug-free elder care that uses theater, improv and other medically supported therapies to promote engagement and better life quality.

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Grand: A Grandparent's Wisdom for a Happy Life by Charles Johnson

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A National Book Award winner and MacArthur Genius Fellow reflects on the joys of being a grandparent in a collection of wisdom and life lessons.

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What Makes a Marriage Last: 42 Celebrated Couples Share the Secrets to a Happy Life Together by Marlo Thomas & Phil Donahue

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The Presidential Medal of Freedom-winning actress and activist and the Emmy Award-winning Donahue host share intimate, engaging conversations with celebrity couples, from Sting and Trudy Styler to Billy and Janice Crystal, that illuminate the secrets of a healthy marriage.

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General Nonfiction

24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid by Willie Mays & John Shea. Foreword by Bob Costas.

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A man widely regarded as one the greatest all-around players in baseball history reflects on his lifetime of experience meeting challenges with positivity, integrity and triumph.

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The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think by Jennifer Ackerman

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The best-selling author of The Genius of Birds draws on paradigm-changing scientific research into bird emotions and intelligence to explore advanced behaviors ranging from communicating and giving gifts to forming cooperative groups and dancing.

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The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World by Patrik Svensson

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A first book by the Sydsvenskan arts and culture journalist draws on research in literature, history and marine biology in a portrait of the enigmatic European eel that share insights into the species' complicated origins and nature.

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The Buddhist on Death Row: How One Man Found Light in the Darkest Place by David Sheff

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Explores the spiritual transformation of death-row inmate Jarvis Jay Masters, describing the brutal suffering that led him to the discipline of meditation and his embrace of the philosophies of Buddhism.

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Chronic: The Hidden Cause of the Autoimmune Pandemic—and How to Get Healthy Again by Steven Phillips & Dana Parish; with Kristin Loberg.

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A Yale-trained zoonotic disease specialist and his award-winning music artist wife identify the role of microbes in recurrent conditions and autoimmune disease, outlining strong recommendations for shifting focus from symptom treatment to making correct diagnoses.

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Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, & Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake

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Citing the ubiquitous role of fungi in the environment, a scientific tour of examples ranging from yeast to psychedelics reveals the complex fungi networks that link plants together and make most biological life processes possible. A first book.

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Fit Gurl: The Total-Body Turnaround Program by Melissa Alcantara

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A no-nonsense fitness and nutrition plan by the Fitgurlmel Instagram star and Kim Kardashian's personal trainer outlines a four-step process for understanding one's body and its responses while committing to better health.

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Modern Family: The Untold Oral History of One of Television's Groundbreaking Sitcoms by Marc Freeman

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Presents an oral history, with the full participation of cast and crew, of one of the most popular sitcoms in television history.

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The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer: Everything You Need to Know About Craft, Inspiration, Agents, Editors, Publishing, and the Business of Building a Sustainable Writing Career by Kevin Larimer & Mary Gannon

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A Poets & Writers guide draws on the insights of published authors, literary agents and editors in an authoritative reference that includes coverage of pursuing an MFA, preparing submissions and marketing in today’s digital world.

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Sideshow and Other Carnival Curiosities by Believe It or Not!

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A complete compendium of curiosities is rich in history and packed with full-color photography.

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The Socrates Express: In Search of Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers by Eric Weiner

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The New York Times best-selling author of The Geography of Bliss follows in the footsteps of history’s greatest thinkers and shows us how each—from Epicurus to Gandhi, Thoreau to Beauvoir—offers practical and spiritual lessons for today’s unsettled times.

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Sunny Days: The Children's Television Revolution That Changed America by David Kamp

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Reveals the behind-the-scenes story of the cultural heroes who created the beloved children’s TV programs Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Free to Be ... You and Me and Schoolhouse Rock!—which collectively transformed American childhood for the better, teaching kids about diversity, the ABCs and feminism through a fun, funky 1970s lens.

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The Wellness Remodel: A Guide to Rebooting How You Eat, Move, and Feed Your Soul by Christina Anstead & Cara Clark

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The star of HGTV’s Flip or Flop Christina Anstead partners with celebrity nutritionist Cara Clark to help women remodel their lives—in mind, body and spirit.

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History

1939: A People's History of the Coming of the Second World War by Frederick Taylor

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The best-selling author of Dresden draws on contemporary sources in an account of the fateful months between the Munich Agreement and Hitler's invasion of Poland that offers insight into the decisions of key leaders and the experiences of everyday citizens.

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The Black Cabinet: The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics During the Age of Roosevelt by Jill Watts

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Describes the group of African-Americans that joined the Roosevelt administration during the Great Depression, forming the Black Cabinet, who worked to devise and recommend solutions to the exclusion and racism they faced as part of the New Deal.

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Coffeeland: One Man’s Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug by Augustine Sedgewick

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A Harvard-educated economist documents the epic history of the role of coffee in connecting and dividing the modern world, tracing coffee’s unexpected 500-year evolution from an ingredient in a mysterious Muslim ritual to a major influencer in modern El Salvador.

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Iron Empires: Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America by Michael Hiltzik

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A four-decade history of America's Gilded Age traces how empire builders and robber barons shaped the Transcontinental Railroad industry and its role in stock-market dynamics, labor strikes and the relationship between government and business.

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Killing Crazy Horse: The Merciless Indian Wars in America by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard

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The authors of Killing the SS document the fraught history of America's founding on previously occupied lands, covering events ranging from the presidential ordered destruction of Tecumseh's alliance of tribes to the Trail of Tears.

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The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America's 16th President—and Why It Failed by Brad Meltzer & Josh Mensch

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The best-selling authors of The First Conspiracy share the lesser-known story of the 1861 assassination attempt on the 16th president by a secret pro-Southern society that organized an elaborate plot targeting a newly elected Lincoln on his inaugural train journey.

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The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World—and Globalization Began by Valerie Hansen

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The author of The Silk Road draws on extensive research in a groundbreaking history of the explorations and trade commissions that connected the world’s most advanced societies for the first time 1,000 years ago.

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Political Science

Active Measures: Secret History of Disinformation and Political Warfare by Thomas Rid

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The author of Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History traces the rise of secret organized deception and disinformation operations from the Russian Revolution to contemporary internet troll farms.

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Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All by Suzanne Nossel

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The CEO of PEN America and former executive director of Amnesty International USA outlines vital steps for maintaining open democratic debates that respect diversity while defending free speech and cultivating a more inclusive society.

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Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State by Barton Gellman

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The best-selling author of Angler and three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist reveals how he has been chillingly targeted for his role in helping Edward Snowden, sharing firsthand insights into today's surveillance-industrial revolution and the fight for personal privacy.

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The Hispanic Republican: The Shaping of an American Political Identity, from Nixon to Trump by Geraldo Cadava

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A history of the growth of Hispanic-American Republican voters throughout the past half century discusses how the unlikely partnership between Latino voters and the Republican party has had a surprising impact on U.S. politics.

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The Hunting of Hillary: The Forty-year Campaign to Destroy Hillary Clinton by Michael D'Antonio

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of A Consequential President explores the right-wing conspiracy that operated for decades to continually discredit Hillary Clinton, sharing insight into the unique opposition she encountered behind the scenes.

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It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump by Stuart Stevens

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A leading Republican political operative presents an unflinching exposé of today's Republican party that argues that the Trump administration is a logical outcome for a morally bankrupt party still largely motivated by racism, political grandstanding and fiscal inequality.

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The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle Between the White House and the Media—from the Founding Fathers to Fake News by Harold Holzer

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An award-winning presidential historian offers an authoritative account of how America's presidents have maintained controversial relationships with the press, sharing stories about how executive power has been wielded to overturn press freedoms, prosecute critical reporters and reward loyal newspapers.

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Shadow State: Murder, Mayhem, and Russia's Attack on the West by Luke Harding

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The award-winning Guardian correspondent and author of The Snowden Files draws on in-depth investigative reporting to reveal the shadow surveillance currently shaping the Western world, including Russia's covert spying practices.

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Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy by David Frum

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The best-selling author of Trumpocracy weighs the corrupting and divisive influence of the Trump administration while outlining recommendations for restoring productive, nonpartisan relationships that address racism and economic inequality.

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Psychology

The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe

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The host of the podcast The Hilarious World of Depression offers a moving portrait of what it means to be depressed.

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The Kindness of Strangers: How a Selfish Ape Invented a New Moral Code by Michael E. McCullough

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A professor of psychology at the University of California, San Diego, offers a sweeping psychological history of human goodness.

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Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World by Vivek Murthy

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The 19th surgeon general of the United States identifies the growing public health issue of loneliness, offering connection-based solutions for combating the forces driving current epidemics in anxiety, violence and addiction.

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Self-Help

Dare to Fly by Martha McSally

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The first American woman combat jet pilot and Arizona Senator presents a motivational life guide that explains how she overcame formidable boundaries by following a set of key principles based on making courage a choice.

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How We Change: And Ten Reasons Why We Don't by Ross Ellenhorn

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A pioneering expert in substance abuse and psychiatric trauma challenges assumptions about change by encouraging readers to embrace their resistance to it, explaining how to better understand primal instincts that lead to self-destructive behavior.

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I Tried to Change So You Don't Have to: True Life Lessons by Loni Love

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The Emmy Award-winning cohost of Fox's The Real and SiriusXM's Café Mocha presents a laugh-out-loud memoir about learning to resist the pressures of conformity while unlocking personal potential through self-acceptance.

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Life Is in the Transitions: Mastering Change in a Nonlinear Age by Bruce Feiler

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The best-selling author of Council of Dads presents a pioneering study of the disruptions that are upending contemporary life, outlining bold recommendations for how to manage today's incremental transitions with more meaning, balance and satisfaction.

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Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Reinvention by Patricia Heaton

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Patricia Heaton—Emmy Award-winning star of Everybody Loves Raymond; The Middle; and, most recently, Carol’s Second Act—offers a book about second acts in life and reinventing oneself.

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SOCIAL Science

Afropessimism by Frank Wilderson

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The award-winning author of Incognegro offers an account of the non-analogous experience of being black by theorizing the black experiences through a lens of perpetual and incomparable slavery that flourishes in today’s world.

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Biography of Resistance: The Epic Battle Between People and Pathogens by Muhammad H. Zaman

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An award-winning Boston University educator and researcher provides a chilling look at the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, explaining how we got here and what we must do to address this growing global health crisis.

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Troop 6000: The Girl Scout Troop That Began in a Shelter and Inspired the World by Nikita Stewart

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Describes how hardworking mother of five Giselle Burgess rose from poverty and homelessness to establish Girl Scout troops in 15 New York City shelters to bring pride, life-skill training and community to disadvantaged urban girls.

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