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NonFICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN
October 2019

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BIOGRAPHY

3 Dimensional by Dwayne Wade

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A memoir by the 13-time NBA All-Star features never-before-seen images and discusses such topics as his difficult childhood in South Side Chicago, his three Miami Heat championships and the principles that have guided his career.

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All the President's Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator by Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy

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A researched report on Donald Trump's relationships with women reveals new accusations of sexual misconduct, the origins of his alleged predatory behavior and how the Trump administration has catalyzed women's activism and the #MeToo movement.

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Barack and Joe: The Making of an Extraordinary Partnership by Steven Levingston

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An uplifting portrait of the extraordinary partnership between Barack Obama and Joe Biden explores how their contrasting characters and styles formed a dynamic, highly effective working relationship based on mutual respect and deep friendship. 

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Beautiful on the Outside by Adam Rippon

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The medal-winning Olympics figure skater reveals the early poverty and discrimination that challenged his career as an openly gay athlete, describing his homeschooled childhood in Pennsylvania and the setbacks and successes that shaped his achievements. 

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Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead by Jim Mattis

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A former secretary of Defense and a former assistant secretary of defense and combat Marine join forces to offer an account of how they learned to lead in a chaotic world.

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The Contender: The Story of Marlon Brando by William Mann

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The award-winning author of The Wars of the Roosevelts presents a complex portrait of the influential 20th-century actor that includes coverage of Brando's civil rights activism and the childhood traumas that shaped his personal and professional life.

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Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Iconic Poet by Marta McDowell

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A revised edition of the illustrated exploration of how gardening and plants inspired the works of Emily Dickinson reveals the roles of winter hyacinth bulbs, saved seeds and pressed flowers in shaping cherished poems.

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Face It by Debbie Harry

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Complemented by rare photos, a memoir by the iconic front woman traces seven decades in the entertainment industry while discussing her professional collaborations, struggles with addiction, near-escape from Ted Bundy and Blondie alter-ego.

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For Small Creatures Such As We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World by Sasha Sagan

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The daughter of astronomer Carl Sagan and writer Ann Druyan describes how motherhood inspired her investigations into the phenomena behind treasured human milestones to provide her daughter with a secular appreciation of the natural world.

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Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares by Aarti Mamdev Shahani

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An award-winning NPR correspondent presents a heartfelt memoir about the immigrant experience in modern America, detailing her education as a scholarship student at an elite Manhattan prep school and her father's victimization by a notorious drug cartel.

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Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years by Julie Andrews

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In a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Home, the beloved performing artist reflects on her Hollywood career and the creations of three of her most iconic films, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and Victor/Victoria. 

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It's How We Play the Game: Build a Business. Take a Stand. Make a Difference. by Ed Stack

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The CEO of DICK’s Sporting Goods explains how he built a multibillion dollar business, came to the defense of embattled youth-sports programs and took a principled—and highly controversial—stand against the types of guns that are too often used in mass shootings and other tragedies.

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It's Up to Us: Ten Little Ways We Can Bring About Big Change by John Kasich

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The two-term governor of Ohio and best-selling author of Two Paths outlines prescriptive advice for how to heal today's divided America, reminding readers of the role of civilians in enabling historical changes.

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Jeff Buckley: His Own Voice by Mary Guibert

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The journals, notebooks and early song drafts of the late singer best known for his definitive version of "Hallelujah" and his classic album, Grace, includes dozens of personal photos and discussions of his artistry in multiple genres.

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Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Ever by Gavin Edwards

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The best-selling author of 'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy celebrates the enduring legacy of Fred Rogers and his award-winning show, discussing how his messages about kindness, compassion and curiosity are particularly relevant today.

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Long Way Home by Cameron Douglas

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The son of Michael Douglas, grandson of Kirk Douglas offers a moving, often shocking, ultimately inspiring memoir detailing his struggle to regain his dignity, humanity and place in society after many years of drug abuse and almost eight years in prison.

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Me: Elton John Official Autobiography by Elton John

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An official autobiography by the influential music artist, published to coincide with the release of Rocketman, includes coverage of John's complicated upbringing in a London suburb, his celebrity collaborations, his struggles with addiction and the establishment of his AIDS Foundation.

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Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms by John Hodgman

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The Judge John Hodgman podcaster and best-selling author of Vacationland reflects on his unlikely career, the surreal dynamics of moderate fame, the cancellation of his television job and his relationship with his young son.

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Molly: The True Story of the Amazing Dog Who Rescues Cats by Colin Butcher

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A veteran of the Royal Navy and longtime police officer describes how he rescued a willful but unusually intelligent dog who became his invaluable partner in The UK Pet Detective Agency helping owners track down their beloved lost pets.

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No Surrender: A Father, a Son, and an Extraordinary Act of Heroism That Continues to Live on Today by Christopher Edmonds

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The Piney Grove Baptist Church senior pastor documents the true story of his father, a devout Christian who risked his life to protect hundreds of Jewish-American GIs who were brutally targeted by the Nazis.

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Ordinary Girls: A Memoir by Jaquira Diaz

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A biographical debut by a Pushcart Prize-winning writer traces her upbringing in the housing projects of Puerto Rico, her mother's battle with schizophrenia, her personal struggles with sexual assault and her efforts to pursue a literary career.

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Out Loud: A Memoir by Mark Morris

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The acclaimed choreographer traces his rise from humble origins to the pinnacle of the performing-arts world, discussing his formation of the Mark Morris Dance Group and his celebrated collaborations with such artists as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Yo-Yo Ma.

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Passing: A Memoir of Love and Death by Michael Korda

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A legendary editor an author offers an unflinching love song about his wife, Margaret, and her battle with cancer. 

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She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters who broke the story of Harvey Weinstein's sexual abuses discuss the suspenseful untold story of their investigation, the way it changed their careers and whether or not the #MeToo movement changed things for the better.

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Stealing Green Mangoes: Two Brothers, Two Fates, One Indian Childhood by Sunil Dutta

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An Indian refugee turned LAPD terrorism expert describes his complicated relationship with his brother, a fugitive and terrorist who the author sought to understand in the wake of a terminal cancer diagnosis.

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Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch by Alexandra Jacobs

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A full chronicle of the Tony Award-winning star's life and career includes coverage of her upbringing in Depression-era Detroit, her psychologically fraught creative collaborations, her struggles with addiction and her Tony Award-winning performances.

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Toil & Trouble by Augusten Burroughs

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The best-selling author of Running with Scissors documents his lifelong capacity for causing impossible manifestations, exploring his mother's revelations about their witch ancestry and his efforts to understand himself and his powers.

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Touched by the Sun: My Friendship With Jackie by Carly Simon

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The celebrated music artist and author of Boys in the Trees presents a meditative account of her unlikely friendship with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, sharing intimate insights into how they supported each other through decades of loss and public scrutiny.

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Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper

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The activist granddaughter of the founder of Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church describes her work as their Twitter spokeswoman and how her dialogues with critics challenged her to question and eventually denounce the church's extreme views on homosexuality.

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Wham!, George Michael, and Me: A Memoir by Andrew Ridgeley

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The music artist second half of the famous 1980s band breaks decades of silence to trace his lifelong friendship with the late George Michael, the meteoric successes of Wham! and the iconic Wembley Stadium concert that ended their partnership.

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What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence by Stephen Schwarzman

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From the Blackstone chairman, CEO and co-founder comes a book that uses impactful episodes from Schwarzman's life to show readers how to build, transform and lead thriving organizations.

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When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith, and Funny People by Jeannie Gaffigan

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The wife of acclaimed comic Jim Gaffigan shares an uplifting account of her fight to survive a brain tumor, the toll its treatment took on her family and the lessons she learned along the way.

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A Wild and Precious Life by Edie Windsor

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The LGBT rights activist and lead plaintiff for the United States v. Windsor Supreme Court case chronicles decades of gay life in New York City while exploring her advocacy role in promoting marriage equality. By the author of Pill Head.

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Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith

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From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train comes a memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.

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A Year Without a Name: A Memoir by Cyrus Grave Dunham

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Describes the author's experiences as a gender-fluid individual who endured unbearable alienation and how the process of transitioning to their true gender shaped their views on queer identity, family and desire.

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You Are Worth It: Building a Life Worth Fighting for by Kyle Carpenter

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The youngest living recipient of the Medal of Honor presents an inspirational memoir that describes the selfless act that protected his brothers in arms in Afghanistan and his motivational battle to recover from catastrophic injuries.

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Family & Relationships

Before and After: The Incredible Real-life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society by Lisa Wingate & Judy Christie

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The best-selling author of Before We Were Yours and an award-winning journalist document the true stories of the victims of a notorious adoption scandal who discovered that they were kidnapped as infants before eventually reuniting with their birth families.

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Dad's Maybe Book by Tim O'Brien

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The best-selling author of The Things They Carried shares wisdom from a life in letters; lessons learned in wartime; and the challenges, humor and rewards of raising two sons.

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Good Things Happen to People You Hate: Essays by Rebecca Fishbein

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An unstinting essay collection by the former senior editor at Gothamist reflects on the imbalances of modern life, describing her struggles with challenges ranging from anxiety and addiction to dysfunctional relationships and impossible female beauty standards.

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General Nonfiction

America's Game: The NFL at 100 by Jerry Rice and Randy O. Williams

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The best-selling authors of 50 Years, 50 Moments celebrate the first 100 years of the National Football League, interweaving history, personal stories, and observations by leading contributors to chronicle the NFL's rise to a multi-billion-dollar brand. 

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Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer

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A completely revised and updated second edition of the best-selling guide to the planet's most unusual and mysterious locations incorporates 120 new entries and a full-color gatefold road trip map outlining an itinerary for ultimate enthusiasts

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The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

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The award-winning author of A Short History of Nearly Everything presents an engaging head-to-toe tour of the human body that shares anecdotal insights into its functions, ability to heal and vulnerability to disease. 

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Erosion: Essays of Undoing by Terry Williams

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Timely essays by the award-winning conservationist and author of The Hour of Land explore the concept of erosion, the paradox of desert landscapes and the environmental hazards of present-day American politics. 

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Good Habits, Bad Habits: The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick by Wendy Wood

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Revealing how a high percentage of everyday life is spent performing unconscious habits, a report based on extensive research into behavioral science reveals how to transition to better habits without exclusive reliance on willpower.

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The Hidden World of the Fox by Adele Brand

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A mammal ecologist's intimate portrait of the fox draws on scientific research in multiple countries to share insights into the species' evolution, its highly adaptable nature and the cultural history it has inspired.

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I Really Needed This Today: Words to Live By by Hoda Kotb

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An inspiring collection of quotes by the Emmy-winning Today anchor and best-selling author of Hoda features personal selections from her popular Instagram account and urges readers to establish connections and find meaning in everyday life.

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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: A Visual History by Melissa Wagner

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Complemented by exclusive photographs and rare ephemera, a behind-the-scenes, anecdotal tour of the iconic preschool show's storied history draws on original celebrity interviews to trace its inner workings and enduring legacy.

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Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings by Joni Mitchell

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A full-color compendium of Joni Mitchell’s handwritten lyrics and drawings, originally handcrafted as a gift for a select group of friends in 1971, is now available to the public for the first time.

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Outgrowing God: A Beginner's Guide by Richard Dawkins

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The best-selling author of The God Delusion shares enlightening insights into how the natural world evolved without a designer, challenging the basic assumptions of world religions to argue that faith is not a necessary component of good behavior.

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When Should Law Forgive? by Martha Minow

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The former Harvard Law School dean and Pro Bono Task Force chair of the Legal Services Corporation explores contradictions in how criminal acts and financial debts are forgiven and how offering pardon for justified grievances can render laws more just.

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Yes We Did: Photos and Behind-the-scenes Stories Celebrating Our First African American President by Lawrence Jackson

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The former official White House Photographer shares intimate photographs and reflections on his unexpected deep personal connection with the 44th President, celebrating the administration's open practice of inclusivity and how it reflected momentous national changes.

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History

A Castle in Wartime: One Family, Their Missing Sons, and the Fight to Defeat the Nazis by Catherine Bailey

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The best-selling author of The Secret Rooms documents the experiences of ambassador's daughter Fey von Hassell, whose family made the brave decision to forfeit their privileged existences to resist the Nazis during the occupation of northern Italy.

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Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands by Dan Jones

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The best-selling author of The Templars presents a wide-ranging, narrative history of the Crusades that examines 8th-century Christian-Muslim relations from the perspectives of diverse people on all sides of the wars.

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Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West by H. W. Brands

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The best-selling author of Traitor to His Class presents a sweeping history of the settling of the American west, revealing how migrant dreams and the promises of riches inspired both courage and violence.

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The End Is Always Near: Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses by Dan Carlin

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The award-winning creator of the "Hardcore History" podcast presents a humanizing chronicle of history that also considers events that nearly happened, providing insights into the possible alternate fates of major wars, empires and leaders.

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The Greatest Fury: The Battle of New Orleans and the Rebirth of America by William Davis

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The award-winning author of Crucible of Command presents a comprehensive account of the Battle of New Orleans that examines how a ragtag fledgling American Republic fought elite British soldiers for regional control, shifting the outcome of the War of 1812.

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Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War by S. C. Gwynne

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From the New York Times best-selling and award-winning author of Empire of the Summer Moon and Rebel Yell comes an epic account of the dramatic conclusion of the American Civil War.

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Leadership in War: Essential Lessons from Those Who Made History by Andrew Roberts

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The award-winning author of Churchill presents a comparison of nine world leaders, from Napoleon and Hitler to FDR and Thatcher, whose strengths and weaknesses shaped the course of major wars and human history.

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One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America by Gene Weingarten

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning "Below the Beltway" columnist and author of I'm with Stupid explores a random day in U.S. history, offering a diorama of American life that illuminates what has and has not changed in the last three decades.

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A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith by Timothy Egan

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author of The Immortal Irishman traces an ancient pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome, visiting some of Christianity's most important shrines to explore the faith's past, present and future.

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The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History by Nathalia Holt

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The best-selling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls draws on extensive research to trace the role of women employees at Walt Disney Studios, who endured sexism, domestic abuse and workplace intimidation to create iconic films.

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Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home by Richard Bell

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A gripping and true story about five boys who were kidnapped in the North and smuggled into slavery in the Deep South also chronicles their daring attempt to escape and bring their captors to justice.

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Thomas Jefferson's Education by Alan Taylor

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From a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian comes a study of Thomas Jefferson’s campaign to save Virginia through education.

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Three Days at the Brink: Fdr's Daring Gamble to Win World War II by Bret Baier

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The Fox political anchor and best-selling author of Three Days in Moscow presents a suspenseful history of the secret, highly influential 1943 Tehran Conference between the 32nd American President, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. 

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Humor

Do You Mind If I Cancel?: (Things That Still Annoy Me) by Gary Janetti

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The acclaimed Instagram comedian and television writer and producer of such series as Will & Grace and Family Guy presents a collection of essays chronicling the highs, lows and laugh-out-loud indignities of his early life and career.

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F**k, Now There Are Two of You by Adam Mansbach

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The humorist cultural critic and award-winning author of The End of the Jews uses his signature profane truth-telling in a loving monologue delivered to an older sibling when their family life is upended by the arrival of a new baby.

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How to: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-world Problems by Randall Munroe

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The creator of the web comic xkcd and best-selling author of What If? and Thing Explainer shares inadvisable advice for responding to today’s problems, from using social-media for weather forecasts to powering a home by destroying the fabric of space-time. 

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Idiot: Life Stories from the Creator of Help Helen Smash by Laura Clery

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The YouTube and Facebook Video sensation traces her journey from a recklessly impulsive drug addict to a vegan yogi with a fantastic career, a loving spouse and four rescue animals.

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My Drunk Kitchen Holidays!: How to Savor and Celebrate the Year: a Cookbook by Hannah Hart

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The Food Network star and best-selling author of My Drunk Kitchen presents a humorous cookbook that provides thematically arranged ideas and recipes for celebrating throughout the year, from New Year's and Pride Month to Oktoberfest and Thanksgiving.

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The Way I Heard It: True Tales for the Curious Mind With a Short Attention Span by Mike Rowe

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An Emmy Award winner presents a collection of transcripts from his favorite episodes from his popular short-form podcast The Way I Heard It, along with a host of memories, ruminations, illustrations and insights. 

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Medical

Bedlam: An Intimate Journey into America's Mental Health Crisis by Kenneth Rosenberg

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A psychiatrist and award-winning documentarian illuminates the mental-health crisis in the U.S., revealing how a high percentage of Americans are incarcerated for mental illness and what needs to be done for more compassionate and effective change.

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The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last by Azra Raza

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A world-class oncologist and coeditor of the 3QuarksDaily website explores the medical, scientific, cultural and personal impact of cancer while outlining more beneficial alternatives to today's high-cost, largely ineffective treatments.

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Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America by Kate Pickert

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A journalism professor, former Time health-care writer and breast cancer survivor identifies the differences between popular conceptions and patient realities, sharing insight into breast cancer's high occurrence rates and role in shaping America's medical culture.

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Who Says You're Dead?: Medical & Ethical Dilemmas for the Curious & Concerned by Jacob Appel

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A Huffington Post bioethics columnist presents a provocative exploration of ethical issues in society, discussing the hotly contested debates surrounding such issues as embryo custody, the medical treatment of children and life-support termination.

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Political Science

Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation by Andrew Marantz

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A New Yorker staff writer presents a deeply immersive chronicle of how well-intentioned entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley created a democratic internet where freedoms have been exploited by propagandists who have shifted extreme ideologies into the mainstream.

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Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth by Rachel Maddow

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A popular MSNBC host and author of the #1 New York Times best-seller Drift explains how Big Oil and Gas adversely affect democracy.

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Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration by Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael Shear

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Two New York Times Washington correspondents provide an inside account with never-before-told stories of the defining issue of Donald Trump’s presidency: his steadfast opposition to immigration to the U.S.

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Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud by Tom Mueller

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A riveting account of the heroes who are combating corporate, medical and government fraud traces the rise of whistleblowing through a series of important cases that reflect fundamental questions about the balance between free speech and state power.

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The Cult of Trump: A Leading Cult Expert Explains How the President Uses Mind Control by Steven Hassan

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The author of Combating Cult Mind Control identifies the common traits between infamous cult leaders and the 45th President, revealing how the current administration uses indoctrination tactics designed to promote fanatical devotion among Trump supporters.

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Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law by James B. Stewart

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A Pulitzer Prize-winning author tells his story of the war between President Trump and America’s principal law enforcement agencies, answering the questions that he believes the Mueller report couldn’t—or wouldn’t.

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Foxocracy: Inside the Fox News Network Playbook of Tribal Warfare by Tobin Smith

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The Fox News contributor and best-selling author of Billion Dollar Green presents an insider's account of Fox's production secrets as well as the network strategies used for manipulating addicted viewers into hating and acting against perceived partisan enemies.

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Hate Inc.: Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another by Matt Taibbi

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The award-winning Rolling Stone contributing editor and author of I Can't Breathe reveals how much of what is presented as news is actually intentional propaganda by a distorted wing of the Internet age entertainment industry.

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Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It by Richard Stengel

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The former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs presents an insider's account of how the U.S. tried, and failed, to combat the disinformation that directly influenced the 2016 election and continues to impact global society.

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Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right by Anne Nelson

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The award-winning journalist and author of Red Orchestra documents the four-decade activities of the Council for National Policy, a coalition of Republican operatives, evangelicals, oil barons and gun lobbyists who finance media campaigns and colleges to promote extremist ideas.

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Trump vs China: America's Greatest Challenge by Newt Gingrich

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The former Speaker of the House and presidential candidate outlines urgent measures for protecting American interests, revealing how such practices as economic infiltration, propaganda and intellectual property theft have enabled China's reemergence as a world power.

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When They Come for You: How Police and Government Are Trampling Our Liberties--And How to Take Them Back by David Kirby

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The award-winning author of Evidence of Harm reveals how zealous government, law enforcement and bureaucratic interests are using incrementally forceful measures to restrict fundamental rights, outlining effective recommendations for fighting back to protect basic civil liberties.

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Witch Hunt: The Story of the Greatest Mass Delusion in American Political History by Gregg Jarrett

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The best-selling author of The Russia Hoax continues his examination of the latest findings about the alleged collusion between the Trump administration and the Russians, arguing that the Mueller investigation has been a politically motivated smear campaign.

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Self-Help

24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week by Tiffany Shlain

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The award-winning Internet pioneer and filmmaker chronicles the past, present and future of ideas about time and technology, outlining a strategy for clarity and life-quality based on disconnecting from technology for one restful day of the week. 

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The Art of Making Memories: How to Create and Remember Happy Moments by Meik Wiking

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The best-selling author of The Little Book of Hygge shares advice for creating positive memories for overall lasting happiness, drawing on extensive research to explain how to forge positive memories and let go of negative experiences. 

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Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential by Deepak Chopra

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The best-selling author of You Are the Universe draws on wisdom traditions and the latest research into the human brain, artificial intelligence and biometrics to explain what higher consciousness is and its role in health and spirituality.

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Social Science

Fair Play: A Game-changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do - and More Life to Live by Eve Rodsky

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A first book by the founder of the Philanthropy Advisory Group and expert consultant for Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine project outlines revolutionary, real-world solutions to the equal distribution of unpaid and unrecognized domestic labor typically performed by women.

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Holding the Line: Inside Trump's Pentagon With Secretary Mattis by Guy Snodgrass

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A chief speechwriter under James Mattis shares insights into the Defense Secretary's political career, military leadership during key global challenges and complicated role in discreetly reinterpreting controversial Trump administration initiatives.

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No Stopping Us Now: A History of Older Women in America by Gail Collins

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A lively social history of women and aging in America by the acclaimed New York Times columnist and author of When Everything Changed explores key transformations in perceptions about a woman's marriageability, fertility and employability.

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