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New Nonfiction

November 2022

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Biography

Bibi: My Story by Benjamin Netanyahu

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Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu tells the story of his family, his path to leadership and his commitment to defending Israel and securing its future

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The Book of Jose: A Memoir by Fat Joe

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The Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling artist, entrepreneur and philanthropist, in this gritty, no-holds-barred memoir, recounts how he came of age in the South Bronx during its darkest years of drugs, violence and abandonment, and how, through music, friendship, luck and fierce determination, walked down a rocky path to a different life

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The Coastline is an Immeasurable Thing: A Memoir Across Three Continents by Mary-Alice Daniel

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An American African poet recalls her journey from Nigeria to England to America and the racial, religious and cultural challenges she faced while confronting the bonds and boundaries of Blackness

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Defend Us in Battle: The True Story of Ma2 Navy Seal Medal of Honor Recipient Michael A. Monsoor by George Monsoor

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This story of a US Navy SEAL who sacrificed his own life by throwing himself on a live grenade to shelter his fellow soldiers from the explosion is told from the point of view of his own father.

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Do Let's Have Another Drink: The Dry Wit and Fizzy Life of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother by Gareth Russell

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A collection of 101 fascinating and funny anecdotes about Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother—one for each year of her life

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Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A Memoir of Food, Fat, and Family by Rabia Chaudry

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From the best-selling author and host of the popular Undisclosed podcast comes a warm, intimate memoir about food, body image and growing up in a loving but sometimes oppressively concerned Pakistani immigrant family.

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Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir by Matthew Perry

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The beloved Friends star shares candid behind the scenes stories from the legendary sitcom, as well as detailing his own struggles with addiction that threatened to derail his career.

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Hangry: A Startup Journey by Mike Evans

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The founder of GrubHub reveals the unconventional and sometimes tortured journey he took from turning a pizza craving one night into the world’s premier online ordering website.

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Have I Told You This Already?: Stories I Don't Want to Forget to Remember by Lauren Graham

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The New York Times best-selling author and star of Gilmore Girls returns with a second collection of personal and entertaining essays about her life and career, from her early days in Hollywood to worldwide fame.

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I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki: The South Korean Hit Therapy Memoir Recommended by BTS’s RM by Baek Sehee

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The Korean runaway bestseller, recommended by K-pop group BTS, translated by the International Booker Prize shortlisted Anton Hur.

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The Lego Story: How a Little Toy Sparked the World's Imagination by Jens Andersen

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Through interviews with the founding family that still owns the company – and with access to the vast LEGO archive, this definitive story behind one of the most beloved brands on the planet doubles as a cultural history of changing generations’ view of childhood and the importance of play.

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The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times by Michelle Obama

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A former first lady offers practical wisdom and powerful strategies for staying hopeful and balanced in today’s highly uncertain world.

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The Lives of Brian: A Memoir by Brian Johnson

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Brian Johnson’s memoir from growing up in a small town to starting his own band to ultimately replacing Bon Scott, the lead singer of one of the world biggest rock acts, AC/DC.

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Mr. B: George Balanchine's 20th Century by Jennifer Homans

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Based on more than 100 interviews and research in archives across Russia, Europe and the Americas, this first major biography of the greatest choreographer who ever lived takes us through his tumultuous and dramatic life during the 20th century, showing us how he became a legend who reinvented the art of ballet.

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One Jump at a Time: My Story by Nathan Chen

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The three-time World Champion, Olympic gold medalist and the first Asian-American man to stand at the highest podium in figure skating reflects on the events that led him to where he is today, in this testament to the love of a family and the power of persistence, grit and passion.

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The Peacemaker: Ronald Reagan, the Cold War, and the World on the Brink by William Inboden

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This riveting story of the eight years of Ronald Reagan’s presidency recounts how he and his foreign policy team managed multiple crises around the globe, overseeing the worldwide expansion of democracy, globalization, free trade and the information revolution, and ending the Cold War, laying the foundation for the 21st century.

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Remember the Ramrods: An Army Brotherhood in War and Peace by David Bellavia

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The Iraq War’s only living Medal of Honor recipient shares how his medal ceremony reunited him with his fellow Ramrods, which became a healing event for all as they revisited what they had seen and done in battle and revealed to each other their journeys back into civilian life.

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Revenge: Meghan, Harry, and the War Between the Windsors by Tom Bower

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Reveals the inside story about Meghan Markle’s journey from minor actress and attempted activist to the woman powerful enough to drive a wedge within the British Royal Family.

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So Help Me God by Mike Pence

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The autobiography of former Vice President Mike Pence focuses on his faith and his public service.

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Surrender: 40 Songs, 1 Story by Bono

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One of the music world’s most iconic artists writes about his remarkable life for the first time, from his early days growing up in Dublin, to U2’s meteoric rise to fame, to his more than twenty years of activism dedicated to the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty.

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Transformer: A Story of Glitter, Glam Rock, and Loving Lou Reed by Simon Doonan

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Paying homage to Lou Reed’s groundbreaking album Transformer on its 50th anniversary, this first-hand account of this album’s impact on the LGBTQIA+ community captures a pivotal moment when those long silenced were finally given a voice. 

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The Wind at My Back: Resilience, Grace, and Other Gifts from My Mentor, Raven Wilkinson by Misty Copeland

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The first African-American principal ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre honors her mentor, Raven Wilkinson, the only teacher who could truly understand the obstacles she faced, sharing a story of two unapologetically Black ballerinas, their friendship and how they changed each other – and the dance world – forever.

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You Don't Know What War Is: The Diary of a Young Girl from Ukraine by Yeva Skalietska 

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An important, harrowing and ultimately hopeful memoir about the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war as told through the diary entries of a young Ukrainian girl.

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General Nonfiction

The 12-hour Art Expert: Everything You Need to Know About Art in a Dozen Masterpieces by Noah Charney

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Provides a fun, full-color, crash course in art appreciation in a down-to-earth, quirky, and personal manner by one of the world’s best-known art historians.

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Guide to Redstone by Mojang AB

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From the creator of the game, this revised illustrated guide includes new information for the latest version of the game and features tips on creating working circuits and complex builds.

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Marie Kondo's Kurashi at Home: How to Organize Your Space and Achieve Your Ideal Life by Marie Kondo

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Inspired by the Japanese concept of kurashi, or “way of life,” the #1 best-selling sensation and Netflix star, in this beautiful guide, empowers you to embrace what you love about your life and then reflect it in your home, activities and relationships.

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Novelist as a Vocation by Haruki Murakami

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In this highly personal look at the craft of writing, an internationally best-selling author and famously reclusive writer shares his own creative process as well as his thoughts on the sparks of creativity that inspire other writers, artists and musicians.

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Pride of a Nation: A Celebration of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team by Gwendolyn Oxenham

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Drawing from extensive photo and print archives, this first official history of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team pays tribute to one of the most beloved teams in sports, revisiting their historic four World Cup titles and four Olympic gold medals, as well as unforgettable players across the generations.

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Silent Spring Revolution: John F. Kennedy, Rachel Carson, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and the Great Environmental Awakening by Douglas Brinkley

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Crucial to understanding the battle to protect America’s land, water, wildlife and air, this book pays tribute to environmental activists who literally saved the natural world under the leadership of John F. Kennedy due in part to Silent Spring, a book that launched an eco-revolution among the American people.

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Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions by Temple Grandin

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Temple Grandin, who forever changed how the world understood autism, draws on cutting-edge research to take us inside visual thinking, proposing new approaches to education, parenting, employing and collaborating with the special minds and contributions of visual thinkers.

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Yellen: The Trailblazing Economist Who Navigated an Era of Upheaval by Jon Hilsenrath

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Chronicling the past 50 years of American economic and social upheaval, an award-winning economics writer examines what happened, viewing events through the experiences of two historic figures: Janet Yellen, Treasury Secretary, Federal Reserve Chairwoman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and her husband, an imaginative Nobel prize-winning economist. 

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History

The Evolution of Charles Darwin: The Epic Voyage of the Beagle That Forever Changed Our View of Life on Earth by Diana Preston

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Drawing on a vast array of revealing letters, diary entries, recollections of those who encountered him, and Darwin’s and FitzRoy’s own accounts of what transpired, a prize-winning historian chronicles Charles Darwin’s journey on HMS Beagle that formed the basis of his revolutionary theories about the origin of species and natural selection.

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The Great Air Race: Glory, Tragedy, and the Dawn of American Aviation by John Lancaster

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Reclaiming one of the most important moments in American aviation history, this incredible, untold story recounts the transcontinental air race of October 1919, which riveted a nation as the aviators pioneered the first coast-to-coast air route, despite much drama and tragedy. 

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The Island of Extraordinary Captives: A Painter, a Poet, an Heiress, and a Spy in a World War II British Internment Camp by Simon Parkin

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Offers the untold story of a Jewish orphan who fled Nazi Germany for London, only to be arrested there by the British government and sent to an internment camp for suspected foreign agents on the Isle of Man, alongside a renowned group of refugee musicians, intellectuals, artists and—possibly—genuine spies.

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The Last Campaign: Sherman, Geronimo and the War for America by H. W. Brands

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A best-selling historian and Pulitzer Prize finalist follows the lives of two war chiefs – General William Tecumseh Sherman and Geronimo – over the course of the 1870s and 1880s during which they confronted each other in the final battle for the American West would be.

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The Last Hill: The Epic Story of a Ranger Battalion and the Battle That Defined WWII by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

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Offers the untold story of one Ranger battalion's heroism and courage in World War II.

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The Lighthouse of Stalingrad: The Hidden Truth at the Heart of the Greatest Battle of World War II by Iain MacGregor

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A thrilling, vivid and highly detailed account of the epic siege during one of World War II’s most important battles, told by the brilliant British editor-turned-historian and author of Checkpoint Charlie.

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Myth America: Historians Take on the Biggest Legends and Lies About Our Past by Kevin Kruse

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Based on a firm foundation of historical scholarship, America’s top historians replace myths with research and reality, debunking narratives that portray the New Deal and Great Society as failures, immigrants as hostile invaders and feminists as anti-family warriors, among other partisan lies.

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Nero: Matricide, Music, and Murder in Imperial Rome by Anthony Everitt and Roddy Ashworth

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An acclaimed biographer and historian, in this nuanced biography of the cruel, vain and incompetent ruler, reveals the contradictions inherent in the reign of Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus and offers a reappraisal of his life, bringing ancient Rome to life – a city rife with political intrigues that could turn deadly in an instant.

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Our Man in Tokyo: An American Ambassador and the Countdown to Pearl Harbor by Steve Kemper

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Drawing on the diary of the ambassador to Japan in 1932, as well as U.S. embassy correspondence, diplomatic dispatches and firsthand Japanese accounts, this gripping book recounts his time in Tokyo during the volatile decade that led to WWII – and how he risked everything to avert another world war.

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Over My Dead Body: Unearthing the Hidden History of America's Cemeteries by Greg Melville

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Exploring what it really means to memorialize, this lively and wide-ranging history of U.S. cemeteries unearths how these places have influenced architecture, literature and politics – and how they’ve been used as important symbols of our country’s ambition and reach.

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Personality and Power: Builders and Destroyers of Modern Europe by Ian Kershaw

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Chronicles the modern era, which saw the emergence of individuals who had command over a terrifying array of instruments of control, persuasion and death, while attempting to understand these rulers and the times in which they lived that allowed them such unrestrained and murderous power and what brought that era to an end.

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The Pirate's Wife: The Remarkable True Story of Sarah Kidd by Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos

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In this incredible work of narrative nonfiction, filled with romance and high seas adventure, a historian and journalist charts the life of Sarah Kidd, who secretly aided and abetted her infamous husband, pirate Captain Kidd, from within the strictures of polite society in 17th- and 18th-century New York.

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Taking Berlin: The Bloody Race to Defeat the Third Reich by Martin Dugard

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Recounts the race between the Allies and Soviets to conquer the heart of Nazi Germany in the final, desperate months of WWII, chronicling a moment in history when allies become adversaries

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Vigilance: The Life of William Still, Father of the Underground Railroad by Andrew K. Diemer

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Establishing the man known as “the Father of the Underground Railroad” in his rightful place in American history, this remarkable and inspiring story of William Still, an abolitionist who dedicated his life to antislavery work, shows how he helped to lay the groundwork for long-lasting activism in the Black community.

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Humor

The Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Book by Jerry Seinfeld

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Hand-picking the keenest insights and funniest exchanges from 84 episodes of the groundbreaking streaming series, this gorgeously designed and carefully curated book collects casual yet intimate conversations with the funniest people alive, becoming the most important historical archive about the art of comedy ever amassed.

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The Funny Stuff: The Official P. J. O’Rourke Quotationary and Riffapedia by P. J. O’Rourke

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A compendium of quotes and riffs by P.J. O’Rourke on subject to be published on what would have been his 75th birthday.

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Number One Is Walking: My Life in the Movies and Other Diversions by Steve Martin

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In this illustrated memoir of his forty years in the movie biz, the Academy Award-winning actor, using his unparalleled wit, shares anecdotes from the sets of his beloved films, bringing readers directly into his world, capturing the everyday moments that make up a movie star’s life.

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The World Record Book of Racist Stories by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar

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The host of The Amber Ruffin Show and writer/cast member on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers and her sister present a hilarious, intergenerational look at the absurdity of everyday racism as experienced across age, gender and appearance.

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Literary Collections

A Book of Days by Patti Smith

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In a companion to her Instagram account, this photography book from the acclaimed singer, songwriter, poet, painter and National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids showcases a year of her life through personal images of 365 days.

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Heretic: A Memoir by Jeanna Kadlec

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Married to an evangelical paster's son with a comfortable life, the author describes her reckoning with religious trauma and Midwestern values as she shed years of indoctrination, piety and repression and came out as queer.

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Performing Arts

Cinema Speculation by Quentin Tarantino

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The celebrated contemporary filmmaker and obsessive movie lover presents his first work of non-fiction combing film criticism, film theory and personal history in an entertaining and insightful discussion of the films he first saw in the 1970s. 

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Finale: Late Conversations with Stephen Sondheim by D. T. Max

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Conducted during the last years of the iconic composer's life, a deeply personal collection of interviews highlights the legend's work and his opinions and thoughts on music, movies, family, New York, aging and the creative process.

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Hollywood: The Oral History by Jeanine Basinger and Sam Wasson

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A legendary film scholar and a best-selling author present the oral history of Hollywood through candid remarks from stars both in front and behind the camera including Bette Davis, Meryl Streep and Frank Capra.

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Political Science

Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology by Chris Miller

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An economic historian looks at the decades-old battle to control the microchip industry, which has emerged as the world’s most critical resource, and how it will define the conflict between the United States and China in the upcoming decades. 

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How to Stand Up to a Dictator: The Fight for Our Future by Maria Ressa 

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A Philippine Journalist who received the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize presents strategies for speaking truth to power, challenging corruption and standing up against authoritarians to battle information and lies. 

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Only the Strong: Reversing the Left's Plot to Sabotage American Power by Tom Cotton 

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A New York Times best-selling author and conservative U.S. senator exposes what he sees as the progressive left’s decades-long plot to sabotage American power, culminating in a behind-the-scenes look at the dangerous failures of Presidents Barack Obama and Joe Biden—and explains what we must do to recover America’s strength.

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Self-Help

Two Old Broads: Stuff You Need to Know That You Didn’t Know You Needed to Know by Dr. M. E. Hecht and Whoopi Goldberg

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Both hilarious and helpful, this practical and unapologetic health and lifestyle guide tells it like it is for all of us who left middle age in the dust and want to be present, positive and as extraordinary as ever in our golden years.

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Win Every Argument: The Art of Debating, Persuading, and Public Speaking by Mehdi Hasan

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A riveting and practical guide to the art of argument and rhetoric, from the award-winning MSNBC journalist, anchor and expert debater.

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Social Science

Cheap Land Colorado: Off-gridders at America’s Edge by Ted Conover

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The Pulitzer Prize finalist and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author recounts his experiences living off the grid in Colorado with vivid depictions of the diversity of people he encountered on his journey.

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How Sex Changed the Internet and the Internet Changed Sex : A History by Samantha Cole

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This history of the development of sex and sexuality on the internet illustrates how it has informed issues we commonly face such as free speech, privacy, online banking, dating and data mining.

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Marked for Life: One Man's Fight for Justice from the Inside by Isaac Wright Jr.

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An empowering memoir of courage and hope in the face of injustice—and the basis for the ABC television show, For Life—Marked for Life is the true story of Isaac Wright Jr.’s battle to win his freedom after being wrongfully imprisoned for crimes he didn’t commit, and a critical indictment of America’s judicial system.

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No Choice: The Destruction of Roe V. Wade and the Fight to Protect a Fundamental American Right by Becca Andrews

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Taking us to the states and communities hardest-hit by Roe v. Wade reversal, this important book tells the stories of those most at risk, but also profiles the people who are doing groundbreaking, inspiring work to ensure safe, legal access to the fundamental part of health care.

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True Crime

Deliberate Cruelty: Truman Capote, the Millionaire's Wife, and the Murder of the Century by Roseanne Montillo

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Describes how author Truman Capote became obsessed with the true crime story of a Manhattan socialite who shot her banking heir husband in 1955 and discusses how publication of his book led to her suicide and his own scandalous downfall.

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The Forever Witness: How DNA and Genealogy Solved a Cold Case Double Murder by Edward Humes

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After 30 years, Detective Jim Scharf and CeCe Moore solve the murder of a teenage couple with the help of genetic genealogy, which brings up questions of consent and privacy despite the fact we have the tools to catch the many killers responsible for approximately 250,000 murders in the U.S.

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Tracers in the Dark: The Global Hunt for the Crime Lords of Cryptocurrency by Andy Greenberg

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With unprecedented access to the major players in federal law enforcement and private industry who have cracked the Bitcoin blockchain, a veteran cybersecurity reporter presents this thrilling, globe-spanning story of dirty cops, drug bazaars, trafficking rings and the biggest takedown of an online narcotics market in the history of the internet.

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