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NonFICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN
November 2020

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Biography

Catching the Wind: Edward Kennedy and the Liberal Hour, 1932-1975 by Neal Gabler

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Offers an immersive journey through the life of a complicated man and a sweeping history of the fall of liberalism and the collapse of political morality.

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The Girl with the Self-Esteem Issues: A Memoir by Rosie Mercado. Trans by Jose Reyes Rivera.

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The influential former co-host of Face the Truth documents her improbable rise to fame as an overweight teen divorcee, sharing hard-won advice on such topics as abuse, weight loss and the motivational power of small victories.

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Golem Girl: A Memoir by Riva Lehrer

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The vividly told, full-color memoir of an artist born with disabilities who searches for freedom and connection in a society afraid of strange bodies.

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Gray Matters: The Moments You Remember and the Stories You Never Heard by Jim Gray

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The 12-time Emmy Award-winning sportscaster and Hall of Fame inductee draws on four decades of reporting to share inside stories, memorable anecdotes and rare interview moments with such figures as Muhammad Ali, Kobe Bryant and Barack Obama.

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Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

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From the Academy Award-winning actor comes an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.

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How Did I Get Here?: A Memoir by Bruce McCall. Foreword by Adam Gopnik.

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A memoir by the celebrated New Yorker cartoonist and former Saturday Night Live writer describes his upbringing in post-World War II Ontario and the people and places who shaped his storied career in New York City.

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How I Learned to Understand the World: A Memoir by Hans Rosling with Fanny Härgestam

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The late WHO advisor, co-founder of Sweden's Doctors Without Borders and best-selling author of Factfulness traces his remarkable career spent in environments ranging from an emergency clinic in Mozambique to the World Economic Forum at Davos.

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HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style by Elizabeth Holmes

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The veteran fashion journalist blends commentary, essays and hundreds of photographs in an expansion of her award-winning "So Many Thoughts" Instagram series to reveal the political statements within the style, branding and positioning of prominent British royals.

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I'll Be Seeing You by Elizabeth Berg

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The New York Times bestselling author, in this moving memoir, shares her experiences caring for her parents in their final years, charting the passage from the anguish of loss to the understanding that even in the most fractious of times, love can heal.

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The Last American Aristocrat: The Brilliant Life and Improbable Education of Henry Adams by David S. Brown

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The author of Richard Hofstadter illuminates the less-recognized achievements the 20th-century writer and intellectual, discussing Adams's relationships with political leaders inside and outside his family and his witness to the dawn of modern America.

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Mad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck by William Souder

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The Pulitzer Prize-finalist author of Under a Wild Sky explores how John Steinbeck's complicated persona and firsthand struggles through the depths of the Great Depression gave him deeply empathic perspectives that shaped his politics and his evocative characters and themes.

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Man Who Ate Too Much: The Life of James Beard by John Birdsall

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A full-length biography inspired by the viral essay, "America, Your Food Is So Gay," recasts the iconic food personality as a closeted gay man who found acceptance and passion through a culturally rich career spent informing America's increasingly sophisticated palate.

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No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality by Michael J. Fox

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The award-winning actor shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality.

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One Life by Megan Rapinoe with Emma Brockes

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The Olympic gold medalist and two-time Women's World Cup champion describes her childhood in a conservative California town, her athletic achievements and her public advocacy of civil rights and urgently needed social change.

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Our Last Season: A Writer, a Fan, a Friendship by Harvey Araton

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The veteran sportswriter and best-selling author of Driving Mr. Yogi documents his friendship with a businesswoman and single parent who dispensed wise counsel to team insiders as the season ticket holder behind the Knicks bench for 45 years.

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Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things that Last by Wright Thompson

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Documents the story of the highly respected Kentucky bourbon magnate behind the $3,000-per-bottle Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve, chronicling the remarkable story of his fight to protect the authentic, founder-inspired legacy of his family's distillery.

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The Power of Adrienne Rich: A Biography by Hilary Holladay

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A comprehensive portrait of the lesbian-feminist icon and National Book Award-winning poet draws on a wealth of unpublished materials, including personal correspondence, to discuss Rich's creative motivations and barrier-breaking achievements within the male-dominated literary establishment.

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Prince Philip: A Biography by Ingrid Seward

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The editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine presents a biography of the British consort to discuss his aristocratic childhood in Paris, more than seven-decade marriage to Elizabeth II and loyal service as a statesman and philanthropist.

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Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath by Heather Clark

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Focuses on Sylvia Plath's remarkable literary and intellectual achievements, while restoring the woman behind the long-held myths about her life and art.

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The Sediments of Time: My Lifelong Search for the Past by Meave Leakey / Samira Leakey

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Encapsulates Maeve Leakey's distinguished life and career on the front lines of the hunt for our human origins, a quest made all the more notable by her stature as a woman in a highly competitive, male-dominated field.

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Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway by Michael Riedel

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The New York Post theater columnist draws on more than 150 insider interviews to celebrate the productions, artists and movements that shaped Broadway in the years spanning Sunset Boulevard through The Lion King.

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This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing by Jacqueline Winspear

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This deeply personal portrayal of a post-War England we rarely see, the best-selling author reflects on her childhood in the English countryside, of working class indomitability and family secrets, of artistic inspiration and the price of memory.

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Undaunted: My Fight Against America’s Enemies, at Home and Abroad by John O. Brennan

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A revelatory memoir from former CIA director John Brennan spans his more than 30 years in government.

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Young Bucks: Killing the Business from Backyards to the Big Leagues by Matt Jackson / Nick Jackson

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An electric and daring independent wrestling tag team tells their inspiring story, revealing how two undersized, ambitious amateur athletes from Southern California became the idols of millions of popular sports fans and coveted among the ranks of AEW’s elite wrestling lineup.

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Business & Economics

Believe in People: Bottom-Up Solutions for a Top-Down World by Charles Koch & Brian Hooks

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Two of America's most successful entrepreneurs identify the societally imposed barriers that compromise success, explaining how today's leaders and companies can promote unprecedented levels of achievement by empowering, supporting and providing opportunities to everyday workers.

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The Company I Keep: My Life in Beauty by Leonard A. Lauder

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The chairman emeritus and former CEO of The Estée Lauder Companies shares the business and life lessons he learned throughout the six decades when he transitioned the mom-and-pop business his mother founded into a multi-billion-dollar empire.

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The Hidden Habits of Genius: Beyond Talent, IQ, and Grit—Unlocking the Secrets of Greatness by Craig Wright

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The creator of Yale University's popular "Genius Course" examines how 14 key habits of genius, from curiosity and creative maladjustment to rebelliousness and obsession, have been effectively demonstrated by history's most influential and change-promoting intellectuals.

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Humor, Seriously: Why Humor Is a Secret Weapon in Business and Life (And How Anyone Can Harness It. Even You.) by Jennifer Aaker / Naomi Bagdonas

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A book based on the popular class at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business will teach readers how to harness the power of humor in business (and life).

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Invent and Wander: The Collected Writings of Jeff Bezos by Jeff Bezos. Intro by Walter Isaacson.

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A collection of writings by the founder and CEO of Amazon includes a selection of Bezos's unusual annual shareholder letters, speeches and interviews that offer insight into his background, his professional approaches and the evolutions of his ideas.

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Personal Finance 101: From Saving and Investing to Taxes and Loans, an Essential Primer on Personal Finance by Alfred Mill with Michele Cagan.

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A comprehensive beginner's guide to personal finances covers basics ranging from selecting a bank and understanding employment benefits packages to refinancing student loans and establishing mortgage-worthy credit.

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The Practice: Shipping Creative Work by Seth Godin

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The best-selling author of Lynchpin draws on the approaches of his pioneering Akimbo workshops to challenge today's entrepreneurs, writers and artists to commit themselves to sharing their best work with the world in spite of personal insecurities.

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Rethinking Competitive Advantage: New Rules for the Digital Age by Ram Charan & Geri Willigan

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The best-selling authors of The High-Potential Leader dissect the changing nature of competitive advantage to reveal the secrets of algorithm-driven digital giants, from team building to strategic investments, while revealing what today's companies must do to compete effectively.

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Social Chemistry: Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection by Marissa King

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Aims to utterly transform the way people think about “networking.”

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Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms by Shellye Archambeau. Foreword by Ben Horowitz.

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IBM's first woman African-American CEO shares the empowering lessons she learned while climbing the ranks of the corporate world, from risk taking and balancing family life to network building and developing financial literacy.

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General Nonfiction

The Art of Training Your Dog: How to Gently Teach Good Behavior Using an E-Collar by Monks of New Skete & Marc Goldberg

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The German shepherd breeders and authors of The Art of Raising a Puppy outline a cutting-edge program for using compassionate remote electronic collars, strategic walks and mindful stimulation activities to establish foundations of positive canine behavior.

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The Bright Book of Life: Novels to Read and Reread by Harold Bloom

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The Yale University humanities professor and award-winning author of Possessed by Memory shares trenchant critiques of 52 master works of literature, from Don Quixote and Wuthering Heights to Les Misérables and Vanity Fair.

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The Colorwork Bible: Techniques and Projects for Colorful Knitting by Jesie Ostermiller

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Master colorwork knitting techniques with this comprehensive colorwork guide for beginners and advanced knitters alike.

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Dearly: New Poems by Margaret Eleanor Atwood

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The internationally acclaimed, award-winning and bestselling author presents her first collection of poetry in over a decade that addresses themes such as love, loss, the passage of time, nature – and zombies.

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Fast Asleep: Improve Brain Function, Lose Weight, Boost Your Mood, Reduce Stress, and Become a Better Sleeper by Michael Mosley

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A science-based program by the best-selling author of The Clever Gut Diet combines in-depth research with personal insights as a doctor prone to insomnia to share illuminating case studies, sleep-promoting recipes and practical tips for healthy sleep.

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Forever Wandering: Hello Emilie's Guide to Reconnecting With Our Natural World by Emilie Ristevski

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Showcases Instagram sensation Hello Emilie's beautiful images of the natural world, including many never-before-seen snaps.

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Glory: Magical Visions of Black Beauty by Kahran Bethencourt & Regis Bethencourt with Amanda Seales

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The husband-and-wife team behind CreativeSoul Photography and the acclaimed AfroArt series combine striking photography of natural Black hairstyles with visual storytelling in a celebration of Black culture, heritage and self-acceptance.

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I Wanna Be Where the Normal People Are by Rachel Bloom

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A laugh-out-loud anthology by the star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend collects essays, poems and other personal creations to explore such subjects as her perceptions of "normal," struggles with depression and life-shaping female friendships.

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Kill Shot: A Shadow Industry, a Deadly Disease by Jason Dearen

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An award-winning investigative journalist’s horrifying true crime story of America’s deadliest drug contamination outbreak and the greed and deception that fueled it.

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The Language of Thieves: My Family's Obsession with a Secret Code the Nazis Tried to Eliminate by Martin Puchner

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The author of The Written Word describes how he was raised speaking a middle-Europe hybrid language passed down from regional underworld vagrants, refugees and thieves, revealing how the patois was violently targeted by Nazis, including the author's own grandfather.

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Living Without Plastic: More Than 100 Easy Swaps for Home, Travel, Dining, Holidays, and Beyond by Brigette Allen & Christine Wong

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An illustrated guide to reducing personal plastic waste counsels readers on how to understand plastic terminology, listing more than 100 alternatives to everyday single-use items, from water bottles and straws to cosmetics and grocery bags.

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Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travel List: The Best Places on the Planet… Ranked. Second Edition Lonely Planet. by Lonely Planet

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A follow-up to Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travel incorporates new rankings and updated entries for 150 additional experiences and adventures for today's visitors and armchair adventurers, from Rio's Museum of Tomorrow to New Orleans' French Quarter.

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Minecraft - Epic Bases by Mojang Ab

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Discover new and exciting Minecraft base builds, with construction tips, blueprint spreads, and fun locations—written in official partnership with the experts at game-creator Mojang.

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Nobody Ever Asked Me About the Girls: Women, Music and Fame by Lisa Robinson

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Organized by subjects ranging from personal branding to abuse, a collection of intimate interviews by the famed journalist draws on exchanges with such artists as Tina Turner, Alanis Morrissette and Rihanna to reveal what inspired their careers.

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Our Only Home: A Climate Appeal to the World by Dalai Lama XIV & Franz Alt

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An appeal for environmental action by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and spiritual leader of Tibet urges decision-makers to fight climate change ignorance while encouraging younger readers to assert their right to a climate-friendly future.

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Right Place, Right Time: The Life of a Rock & Roll Photographer by Bob Gruen

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The veteran rock-and-roll photographer and author of John Lennon: The New York Years shares anecdotes from nearly half a century in the industry, from his cross-country trip with the Ike and Tina Turner band to his backstage encounters with KISS.

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Rules of Estrangement: Why Adult Children Cut Ties and How to Heal the Conflict by Joshua Coleman

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A guide for parents whose adult children have cut off contact examines the logic and cultural origins of estrangement, sharing practical advice for managing related complexities, pursuing reconciliation and moving on if a healthy relationship is not possible.

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Shit, Actually by Lindy West

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The best-selling author of Shrill reexamines iconic movies from the past 40 years to identify laugh-worthy plot holes and fictional misrepresentations in such esteemed blockbusters as Forrest Gump, The Lion King and Top Gun.

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Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things by Josh Clark / Chuck Bryant

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From the duo behind the massively successful and award-winning podcast Stuff You Should Know comes an unexpected look at things you thought you knew.

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History

America and Iran: A History, 1720 to the Present by John Ghazvinian

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A portrait of the two-centuries-long entwined histories of Iran and America, and the first book to examine, in all its aspects, the rich and fraught relations between these two powers—once allies, now adversaries.

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Britain at Bay: The Epic Story of the Second World War, 1938-1941 by Alan Allport

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The award-winning author of Demobbed examines the military and political dimensions of World War II's early years to illuminate the marked differences between peacetime and wartime British culture and consider if England demonstrated its own values.

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The Domestic Revolution: How the Introduction of Coal into Victorian Homes Changed Everything by Ruth Goodman

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The author of How to Be a Victorian presents an immersive account of how English women helped launch the Industrial Revolution by adapting outdated culinary approaches to reflect the 16th-century transition from wood to coal-based kitchens.

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First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country by Thomas E. Ricks

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fiasco examines how the educations of America's founders, and in particular their scholarly devotion to ancient Greek and Roman classics, informed the beliefs and ideals that shaped the nation's constitution and government.

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The Hardest Place: The American Military Adrift in Afghanistan's Pech Valley by Wesley Morgan

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A deeply reported history of the American war in Afghanistan told through the infantry battalions and commando teams who fought in one of the country’s most violent regions: the Pech valley.

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The Lenin Plot: The Untold Story of America's Midnight War Against Russia by Barnes Carr

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An espionage history of the "midnight war" to depose Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin describes the Wilson administration's military invasion of Russia to install an Allied-friendly dictator in Moscow, a plot that caused thousands of military and civilian deaths.

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Magic, a History: From Alchemy to Witchcraft, from the Ice Age to the Present by Chris Gosden

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An Oxford professor of archaeology explores the history of magic and the propaganda campaigns behind the practice's current notoriety while describing the magic-themed traditions of historical cultures and magic's less-recognized role in modern civilization.

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Metropolis: A History of the City, Humankind's Greatest Invention by Ben Wilson

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The award-winning author of What Price Liberty? charts 7,000 years of urban innovation to reveal how city living has enabled human culture to flourish, producing new careers, art forms, religious venues and trades that shaped modern civilization.

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Nazi Wives: The Women at the Top of Hitler's Germany by James Wyllie

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The award-winning author of Codebreaker examines the personal lives and psychological profiles of the wives of Hitler's inner-circle officers, discussing how their realities were shaped by Nazi ideologies, slave labor and their husbands' murderous acts.

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Paper Bullets: Two Artists Who Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis by Jeffrey H. Jackson

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Documents the story of the French activist couple best known by their artistic pseudonyms, Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, describing their "paper bullet" anti-Nazi PSYOPS campaign and role in promoting resistance, Jewish culture and LGBTQ awareness.

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Saving Freedom: Truman, the Cold War, and the Fight for Western Civilization by Joe Scarborough

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The host of MSNBC's Morning Joe examines the 33rd President's diplomatic and military strategies to support democracy, chronicling the passage of the "Truman Doctrine" policy of containment and its ongoing role in international affairs.

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South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War by Alice L. Baumgartner

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Shares the lesser-known story of how pre-American Civil War slaves escaped to freedom in the south, discussing Mexico's abolishment of slavery in 1837 and the impact of Mexico's strong antislavery policies on destabilizing practices in America.

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We Gather Together: A Nation Divided, a President in Turmoil, and a Historic Campaign to Embrace Gratitude and Grace by Denise Kiernan

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A narrative account of the life and achievements of 19th-century magazine publisher Sarah Hale explores her cultural influence, advocacy of women's education and 36-year campaign to establish a national day of thanks. By the best-selling author of The Last Castle.

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White Fright: The Sexual Panic at the Heart of America's Racist History by Jane Dailey

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The historian author of Before Jim Crow presents a major history of the fight for racial equality in America that argues that fear of Black sexuality has played a major factor in the endurance of white supremacy.

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A World Beneath the Sands: The Golden Age of Egyptology by Toby Wilkinson

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The Egyptologist author of The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt documents the history of the West's scramble to claim the discoveries of Egypt and how the past 200 years of archaeology have informed our understandings of the ancient world.

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The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom by H. W. Brands

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Follows the epic struggle over slavery as embodied by John Brown and Abraham Lincoln—two men moved to radically different acts to confront our nation’s gravest sin.

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Political Science

Red Line: The Unraveling of Syria and America's Race to Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World by Joby Warrick

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From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Black Flags comes the thrilling unknown story of America’s mission in Syria: to find and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons and keep them out of the hands of the Islamic State.

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Slanted: How the News Media Taught Us to Love Censorship and Hate Journalism by Sharyl Attkisson

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The five-time Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter and best-selling author of Stonewalled draws on insider accounts to detail how partisan bias, corporate interests and popular narratives are compromising journalistic integrity in today's newsrooms.

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Science

Fossil Men: The Quest for the Oldest Skeleton and the Origins of Humankind by Kermit Pattison

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Profiling remarkable contributing scientists from Tim White to Owen Lovejoy, a behind-the-scenes account of the 1994 discovery of Ardipithecus ramidus, a 4.4 million-year-old early human, explains how her fossil remains inform current understandings about human evolution.

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The Fragile Earth: Writing from The New Yorker on Climate Change by David Remnick & Henry Finder

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A wide-ranging anthology of The New Yorker's groundbreaking reporting on the front lines of climate change includes Bill McKibben's seminal "The End of Nature," the Pulitzer Prize-winning work of Elizabeth Kolbert and more.

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The Light Ages: The Surprising Story of Medieval Science by Seb Falk

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An illuminating guide to the scientific and technological achievements of the Middle Ages through the life of a crusading astronomer-monk.

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Operation Moonglow: A Political History of Project Apollo by Teasel Muir-Harmony

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A political history of the Apollo program reveals how its primary goal was to establish an international coalition that rapidly proved central to American foreign relations, prompting formal diplomatic practices of global unity.

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Science and Cooking: Physics Meets Food, from Homemade to Haute Cuisine by Michael P. Brenner

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Based on the popular Harvard University and edX course, an analysis of the basic scientific principles behind effective cooking methods shares hands-on experiments and recipes that illustrate the mouthwatering physics and chemistry of food that tastes good.

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Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett

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The author of How Emotions Are Made shares seven concise essays on such topics as how the human mind evolved, common misunderstandings about the brain and what is being discovered on the front lines of neuroscience research.

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Self-Help

Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual Mk1-mod1 by Jocko Willink

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A former Navy SEAL describes the mental and physical disciplines he imposes on himself in order to achieve freedom in all aspects of life.

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Fly into the Wind: How to Harness Faith and Fearlessness on Your Ascent to Greatness by Dan Rooney

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An F-16 fighter pilot, American hero, Folds of Honor founder and family man delivers a code for living—an inspirational call to action to help ordinary people ascend to their highest level in life.

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Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change by Maggie Smith

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An award-winning author of the viral poem Good Bones, in this deeply moving book of quotes and essays, writes about new beginnings as opportunities for transformation, celebrating the beauty and strength on the other side of loss.

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Looking Back Life Was Beautiful: A Celebration of Love from the Creators of Drawings for My Grandchildren by Chan Jae Lee & Kyon Ja Ahn

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Based on the award-winning Instagram account, "Drawings for My Grandchildren," a heartwarming illustrated tribute to the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren celebrates the life milestones that unite families across generations.

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Nothing Much Happens: Cozy and Calming Stories to Soothe Your Mind and Help You Sleep by Kathryn Nicolai. Illus by Léa Le Pivert.

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The creator of the successful podcast of the same name shares evocative, soothing bedtime stories specifically written to help facilitate qualitative and restful sleep, in a collection that includes whimsical artwork, recipes, meditation prompts and 16 original stories.

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Social Science

Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused by Melissa Maerz

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Written in cooperation with Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater, an oral history of the Dazed and Confused cult classic provides behind-the-scenes cast and crew stories about its unlikely production and commercial successes.

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Counting: How We Use Numbers to Decide What Matters by Deborah Stone

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The award-winning author of Policy Paradox reveals the inescapable link between quantifying and classifying to explain how humanity's approaches to numbers shape every facet of perception, from political opinions to how we are evaluated at work.

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The National Road: Dispatches from a Changing America by Tom Zoellner

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The author takes to the highways and byways of the United States in search of the soul of its people.

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True Crime

A Brotherhood Betrayed: The Man Behind the Rise and Fall of Murder, Inc. by Michael Cannell

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The author of Incendiary documents the violent career of mob executioner-turned-informant Abe Reles, who accepted police protection in exchange for testimony against 1941 New York's most brutal kingpins before his mysterious death. Murder, Inc. No. 1

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Murder of Innocence by James Patterson with Max DiLallo & Andrew Bourelle

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A latest series entry published in partnership with Discovery ID includes "Murder of Innocence," in which a global effort captures a serial predator; and "A Murderous Affair," in which a rookie FBI agent is set up by his informant. Discovery ID True Crime No. 5

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We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence by Becky Cooper

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Documents the unsolved 1969 murder of Harvard student Jane Britton, sharing insights into how the case was clouded by false rumors and the realities of gender inequality and institutional silence in period academic circles.

Order a copy of We Keep the Dead Close