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NonFICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN
September 2020

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Biography

Dancing with the Octopus: A Memoir of a Crime by Debora Harding

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Traces the author's remarkable counterintuitive healing journey in the aftermath of trauma, relating how she survived a violent abduction, only to endure her family's denial, an abandonment that compelled her to learn her imprisoned attacker's story.

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The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Les Payne & Tamara Payne

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A portrait of the iconic civil rights leader draws on hundreds of hours of interviews with surviving family members, intelligence officers and political leaders to offer new insights into Malcolm X's Depression-era youth, religious conversion and 1965 assassination.

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Eat a Peach: A Memoir by David Chang & Gabe Ulla

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The chef behind Momofuku and star of Netflix’s Ugly Delicious gets uncomfortably real in his debut memoir.

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Family in Six Tones: A Refugee Mother, an American Daughter by Lan Cao & Harlan Margaret Van Cao

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The author of Monkey Bridge describes her experiences of being a refugee immigrant and mother, reflecting on how her family has been impacted by war while exploring how cultural differences have shaped her relationship with her American daughter.

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Finding My Father: His Century-long Journey from World War I Warsaw and My Quest to Follow by Deborah Tannen

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A New York Times best-selling author traces her father’s life from turn-of-the-century Warsaw to bustling New York City, in an intimate memoir about family, memory and the stories we tell.

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Good Company by Arthur M. Blank, Arthur M. Intro by Jimmy Carter

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The Home Depot co-founder and owner of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons draws on his experiences with revitalizing troubled organizations to outline practical approaches to a values-based business that utilizes the cooperative potential of purpose and profit.

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Grounded: A Senator's Lessons on Winning Back Rural America by Jon Tester

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The Montana senator and organic farmer outlines accountability-oriented strategies for reconnecting rural and red-state voters to the Democratic Party, offering insights into the issues of greatest concern to working-class Americans.

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The Happily Ever After: A Memoir of an Unlikely Romance Novelist by Avi Steinberg

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Presents a journalist’s journey through the lands of popular romance lit and a soulful and hilarious memoir about writing a novel and searching for love.

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His Truth Is Marching on: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham. Afterword by John Lewis.

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hope of Glory presents a timely portrait of veteran congressman and civil rights hero John Lewis that details the life experiences that informed his faith and shaped his practices of non-violent protest.

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His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life by Jonathan Alter

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An intimate portrait of the 39th President draws on fresh archival material to trace Jimmy Carter's improbable rise from a humble peanut farmer and complex man of faith to an American president and Nobel Prize-winning humanitarian.

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I Am These Truths: A Memoir of Identity, Justice, and Living Between Worlds by Sunny Hostin & Charisse Jones

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The Emmy Award-winning View co-host and ABC News senior legal correspondent traces her journey from a biracial child in a South Bronx housing project to a successful and influential Washington, D.C. attorney and journalist.

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Love, Zac: Small-town Football and the Life and Death of an American Boy by Reid Forgrave

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An award-winning sportswriter examines what lead to the suicide of a high school football player.

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Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains by Kerri Arsenault

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Traces the author's working-class upbringing in a rural New England paper mill community among three generations who unwittingly contributed to environmental destruction and the catastrophic decline of the community's economic, moral and emotional health. A first book.

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More Than a Woman by Caitlin Moran

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The best-selling author of How to Be a Woman presents an uproarious confessional memoir that reflects on the lighter side of the patriarchy while exploring topics ranging from adolescence and strip clubs to feminism and middle age.

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Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America by Maria Hinojosa

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The Emmy Award-winning journalist and anchor of NPR's Latino USA documents the story of immigration in America through the human lens of her family's experiences and her decades in the media.

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Saving Colleen: A Memoir of the Unbreakable Bond Between a Brother and Sister by Ed Henry

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The award-winning co-anchor of Fox News Channel's America's Newsroom shares the uplifting story of his close relationship with his sister, to whom he donated part of his liver to save her life from degenerative illness.

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The Smallest Lights in the Universe: A Memoir by Sara Seager

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An MIT astrophysicist must reinvent herself in the wake of tragedy and discovers the power of connection on this planet, even as she searches our galaxy for another Earth.

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Those Who Forget: My Family's Story in Nazi Europe--a Memoir, a History, a Warning by Geraldine Schwarz. Trans by Laura Marris.

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A book published to international awards and acclaim offers an account of the author's German and French grandparents’ lives during World War II, an in-depth history of Europe’s post-war reckoning with fascism, and an urgent appeal to remember as a defense against today’s rise of far-right nationalism.

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Three-ring Circus: Kobe, Shaq, Phil, and the Crazy Years of the Lakers Dynasty by Jeff Pearlman

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Tells the story of the Lakers dynasty from 1996 through 2004, when Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal combined—and collided—to help bring the Lakers three straight championships and restore the franchise as a powerhouse.

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Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas by Roberto Lovato

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A journalistic memoir detailing the author's firsthand experiences with immigration, gang life and guerilla warfare explores the violence that shaped generations of his impoverished Salvadoran family to connect today's immigration crisis to the realities of everyday families.

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What Can I Do?: My Path from Climate Despair to Action by Jane Fonda

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The Oscar- and Emmy award-winning actress and activist describes how she relocated to Washington, D.C. to lead thousands in weekly demonstrations advocating for urgent responses to climate change, including fairer laws that acknowledge its human toll.

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Wild Thing: The Short, Spellbinding Life of Jimi Hendrix by Philip Norman

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Published to mark the 50th anniversary of Hendrix's death, a commemorative portrait by the best-selling author of Shout! draws on interviews with friends, lovers, bandmates and family members to include coverage of Hendrix's segregated early performances and historic appearances.

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Business & Economics

Big Dirty Money: The Shocking Injustice and Unseen Cost of White Collar Crime by Jennifer Taub

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A Harvard Law School visiting scholar and banking law advocate reveals how unchecked white-collar crimes, from fraud and embezzlement to obstruction of justice and bribery, continue to benefit the wealthy at the expense of everyday Americans.

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How I Built This: The Unexpected Paths to Success from the World’s Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs by Guy Raz

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A book based on the highly acclaimed NPR podcast How I Built This offers priceless insights and inspiration from the world’s top entrepreneurs on how to start, launch and build a successful venture.

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How to Lead: Wisdom from the World's Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers by David M. Rubenstein

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A leadership playbook by the author of The American Story shares the principles and guiding philosophies that shaped the careers of such forefront visionaries as Bill Gates, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Oprah Winfrey.

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Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing by Jacob Goldstein

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The co-host of NPR's "Planet Money" shares a painstakingly researched, irreverent history of how humanity's invention of currency has shaped societies for thousands of years through collective choices that continue to impact everyday personal security.

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The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations by Daniel Yergin

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The global energy expert and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Shattered Peace shares revelatory insights into how energy revolutions, climate battles and geopolitics are mapping a near future already complicated by the coronavirus pandemic and related economic fallout.

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No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention by Reed Hastings & Erin Meyer

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The co-founder of Netflix and the author of The Culture Map trace the former DVD mail rental service's meteoric rise, explaining how Hastings's practices of innovation, adaptation and top-market employee compensation have been a major part of Netflix's revolutionary successes.

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General Nonfiction

Cubed: The Puzzle of Us All by Erno Rubik

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The inventor of the iconic puzzle toy discusses the creative process that went into the development of his eponymous cube, the inherent challenges of any invention and his beliefs about why he considers himself an amateur.

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Daddy: Stories by Emma Cline

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An anthology of 10 stories by the award-winning author of The Girls includes three original entries and follows a theme of how fateful choices and other disturbances reveal the perversity and violence beneath the surface of everyday life.

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The Deepest South of All: True Stories from Natchez, Mississippi by Richard Grant

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An engaging portrait of Natchez, Mississippi, traces its rich cultural heritage and remarkable contradictions, sharing the stories of history-shaping locals, from FBI informant and brothel madam Nellie Jackson to enslaved West African prince Abd al Rahman Ibrahima.

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The Essential Scalia: On the Constitution, the Courts, and the Rule of Law by Antonin Scalia. Ed by Jeffrey S. Sutton & Edward Whelan. Foreword by Elena Kagan.

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A definitive collection of the Supreme Court Justice's writings, speeches and articles on the most essential legal questions of today's world includes selections exploring such issues as free speech, marriage, abortion, the right to bear arms and religious liberty.

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Fault Lines: Fractured Families and How to Mend Them by Karl Pillemer

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Combines social science research with advice from successfully reunited family members to share findings from the author's decade-long Cornell Reconciliation Project, counseling readers on how to overcome past mistakes to build a mutually beneficial future with estranged loved ones.

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Gods at Play: An Eyewitness Account of Great Moments in American Sports by Tom Callahan

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The sports columnist and author of the best-selling Johnny U celebrates defining moments in sports throughout four decades of American history, from Roberto Clemente's 3,000th hit to Joe Morgan's whispered thanks to Jackie Robinson at the 1972 World Series.

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Good Morning, Monster: A Therapist Shares Five Heroic Stories of Emotional Recovery by Catherine Gildiner

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The best-selling author of Too Close to the Falls draws on her experiences as a clinical psychologist to profile five of her most courageous patients, including a Chinese immigrant musician battling sexual dysfunction and a woman who was abandoned as a young child.

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The Home Edit Life: The No-Guilt Guide to Owning What You Want and Organizing Everything by Clea Shearer & Joanna Teplin

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The stars of Home Edit outline holistic, tech-friendly approaches to rendering everyday work more productive and fulfilling through organization, offering customizable, guilt-free recommendations for everything from office spaces and holiday storage to luggage and pet supplies.

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How to Educate a Citizen: The Power of Shared Knowledge to Unify a Nation by E. D. Hirsch

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The best-selling author of Cultural Literacy addresses the failures and consequences of America's early education system, advocating for a shared knowledge curriculum that provides an educational foundation for all students to strengthen American unity, identity and democracy.

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Nala's World: One Man, His Rescue Cat, and a Bike Ride Around the Globe by Dean Nicholson with Garry Jenkins.

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The @1bike1world Instagram sensation shares the full story of his life-changing relationship with his rescue cat, Nala, and their inspiring bicycle journeys through the refugee camps, remarkable terrains and animal shelters of the world.

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Overstated: A Coast-to-Coast Roast of the 50 States by Colin Quinn

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The comedian star of the one-man Broadway show Red State, Blue State lampoons the idiosyncrasies of the 50 United States, sharing sharp-witted observations about their contradictory interpretations of the Constitution and a representative government.

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Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh, auth & illus.

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The creator of the award-winning Hyperbole and a Half presents a new collection of comedic, autobiographical and deceptively illustrated essays on topics ranging from childhood and very bad pets to grief, loneliness and powerlessness in modern life.

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Think Like a Feminist: The Philosophy Behind the Revolution by Carol Hay

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An accessible guide to feminist philosophy and its present-day directions tackles essential questions of interest, from the role of nature versus nurture in sexual identity and how gender is connected to oppression to the role of women in perpetuating sexism.

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Unrestricted Access: New and Classic Short Fiction by James Rollins

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A first anthology of short fiction by the best-selling author of the Sigma series includes 11 previously published stories as well as a new full-length novella featuring Captain Tucker Wayne and his military war dog, Kane.

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Welcome Home: A Cozy Minimalist Guide to Decorating and Hosting All Year Round by Myquillyn Smith

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The expert home stylist shares step-by-step instructions on how to adapt the principles of her best-selling Cozy Minimalist Home for the rest of the year, outlining strategies to tasteful home decorating that can be readily adapted for impromptu gatherings.

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Whale Day: And Other Poems by Billy Collins

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A latest collection by the former Poet Laureate of the United States gathers more than 50 new poems that reflect the writer's signature mix of playful and serious language. By the author of The Rain in Portugal.

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Who Gets in and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions by Jeffrey J. Selingo

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An award-winning higher-education journalist draws on insider access to explain the nuts and bolts of college admissions today, outlining the unexpected agendas that reflect which and why prospective students receive admission into better schools.

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Win at All Costs: Inside Nike Running and Its Culture of Deception by Matt Hart

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A behind-the-scenes journalistic exposé of the illicit activities of the Nike Oregon Project reveals how a company insider and two Olympic athletes risked their careers to expose cheating by Nike-sponsored runners, including top world athletes.

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The Writer's Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives by Nancy Pearl & Jeff Schwager, Jeff. Intro by Susan Orlean.

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Interviews with 23 of today's most accomplished authors reveal the books that inspired their literary careers, in an illustrated volume that includes contributions by such leading writers as T.C. Boyle, Michael Chabon and Louise Erdrich.

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You Are Never Alone: Trust in the Miracle of God's Presence and Power by Max Lucado

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The best-selling author of How Happiness Happens draws on the Gospel of John in an impassioned guide to finding biblical inspiration, strength and comfort in the face of life's more daunting challenges.

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History

American Rule: How a Nation Conquered the World but Failed Its People by Jared Yates Sexton

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The political analyst and author of The Man They Wanted Me to Be challenges common views about America's positive history of human rights, identifying patterns in subjugation and leadership corruption that sharply contrast with its mainstream beliefs about liberty.

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The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: a Story of Love and War by Catherine Grace Katz

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Reveals the story of the three intelligent and glamorous young women who accompanied their famous fathers to the Yalta Conference with Stalin, and the fateful reverberations in the waning days of World War II.

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The Great Secret: The Classified World War II Disaster that Launched the War on Cancer by Jennet Conant

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Traces how the 1943 Luftwaffe bombing of the Allied port of Bari and the ensuing military cover-up of a massive biotoxin spill led to discoveries about the toxin's impact on the body and the development of the first chemotherapy drug.

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If Then: How Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future by Jill Lepore

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The Pulitzer Prize-finalist author of These Truths traces the Cold War origins of today's data-driven world to the Simulmatics Corporation, describing how its scientists mined data, targeted voters, manipulated consumers, and destabilized politics decades before the era of Silicon Valley.

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The Last Million: Europe's Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War by David Nasaw

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Documents the experiences of the Last Million concentration camp survivors, POWs, slave laborers and political prisoners after World War II who spent years as displaced refugees in unsupported, segregated and poorly converted buildings while the world's nations refused shelter.

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The Virginia Dynasty: Four Presidents and the Creation of the American Nation by Lynne Cheney

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A group portrait of America's first four Virginia Presidents focuses on a series of key historical episodes that illustrate how the myriad leadership roles of Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe promoted transcendental, if contradictory, national views about freedom and equality.

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Political Science

As the World Burns: The New Generation of Activists and the Landmark Legal Fight Against Climate Change by Lee Van Der Voo

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An award-winning investigative journalist reports on Juliana v. the United States, combining unparalleled access to the plaintiffs and reporting on the natural disasters that form an urgent backdrop to the story.

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Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-driven World by Carl T. Bergstrom & Jevin T. West

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Two science professors give people the tools to dismantle misinformation and think clearly in a data-saturated world.

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Dead Doubles: The Extraordinary Worldwide Hunt for One of the Cold War's Most Notorious Spy Rings by Trevor Barnes

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A high-suspense account of one of the most notorious spy cases from the Cold War traces the 1961 international manhunt for five Soviet spies whose activities exposed the shadowy world of deep-cover KGB operatives.

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Divided We Fall: America's Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation by David French

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The National Review senior writer and co-author of the best-selling Rise of ISIS examines the growing ideological divide in America, drawing on up-to-date research about the nation's possible separation and what is needed to prevent it.

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Kleptopia: How Dirty Money Is Conquering the World by Tom Burgis

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The award-winning investigative journalist and author of The Looting Machine draws on insider interviews to expose the role of international corruption and organized crime on the political arenas of today's world.

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Liar's Circus: A Strange and Terrifying Journey into the Upside-Down World of Trump's MAGA Rallies by Carl Hoffman

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The award-winning author of Savage Harvest presents an immersive report from deep within Donald Trump's rallies to offer insight into the sociological phenomena represented by the President's fervent base, its motivations and its formidable collective power.

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The Nine Lives of Pakistan: Dispatches from a Precarious State by Declan Walsh

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A former New York Times Pakistan bureau chief paints an arresting, up-close portrait of a fractured country.

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A Perfect Phone Call: The Impeachment of Donald Trump by Rachael Bade & Karoun Demirjian

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Washington Post journalists Rachael Bade and Karoun Demirjian draw on insider access and official sources in a detailed report on the major contributors, essential issues and inner workings of the 45th President's historical impeachment.

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Proof of Corruption: Bribery, Impeachment, and Pandemic in the Age of Trump by Seth Abramson

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The Harvard-educated defense attorney and Newsweek political columnist presents an in-depth account of the Ukraine scandal that exposes years of clandestine activities, explaining why Trump's corrupt international deals have been particularly consequential during the COVID-19 pandemic. Proof No. 3

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Rise Up: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads by Al Sharpton

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The respected civil-rights leader and host of PoliticsNation presents a rousing call to action that examines the administrations of Barack Obama and Donald Trump while heralding the movements that have emerged in response to today's political turbulence.

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Speaking for Myself: Faith, Freedom, and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House by Sarah Huckabee Sanders

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A portrait of the Trump Administration by the former White House Press Secretary examines the battle between the 45th President and his critics, sharing related insights into her faith and experiences as a working mother.

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Standoff: Race, Policing, and a Deadly Assault that Gripped a Nation by Jamie Thompson

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An award-winning journalist documents the July 2016 shooting outside El Centro College in Dallas, offering character portraits of its first responders, negotiator, doctors and victims while examining how the tragedy reflects ongoing challenges in racial injustice and law enforcement.

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Superman's Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do About It by Erin Brockovich

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The environmental activist and consumer advocate, whose case against Pacific Gas and Electric was dramatized in an Oscar-winning film, looks at our present situation with water and reveals the imminent threats and shows us how we can each take action.

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The Trump Century by Lou Dobbs

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The Fox Business personality argues that Donald Trump has recreated the American economy and set the nation back on a path to prosperity through unconventional initiatives that will reverberate throughout the next century.

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Science

All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis by Ayana Johnson & Katherine Wilkinson, eds; with Sherri Mitchell & Catherine Pierce.

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Curated by two climate leaders, an anthology of provocative essays and illuminating artwork by dozens of women at the forefront of the climate change movement provides representative, nuanced and solution-oriented recommendations for fast and appropriate responses.

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Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding by Daniel Lieberman

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A natural history of exercise by the Harvard University paleoanthropologist and best-selling author of The Story of the Human Body challenges popular myths about the evolution of physical activity while outlining anthropological approaches to exercising effectively in the modern world.

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How to Astronaut: An Insider's Guide to Leaving Planet Earth by Terry Virts

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A behind-the-scenes look at the training, basic rules, lessons and procedures of space travel by the former astronaut, space-shuttle pilot and International Space Station commander includes coverage of the realities of living long-term in space.

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The Human Cosmos: Civilization and the Stars by Jo Marchant

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Revealing how early cultures celebrated the mysteries of a night sky now hidden by today's pollution and tech, the best-selling author of Cure invites readers to reconnect the human experience to the remarkable cosmic cycles that shaped it.

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Self-Help

Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide by John Cleese

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The Monty Python comic master shares lighthearted advice on how anyone can learn the skill of creativity, drawing on whimsical personal experience to explain how to get into the right frame of mind, develop worthwhile ideas and overcome blocks.

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The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life by Edith Eva Eger

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The award-winning author of The Choice draws on her experiences as a Holocaust survivor to offer practical, uplifting advice about how to recognize and stop destructive, self-sabotaging patterns to find freedom and greater life fulfillment.

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Total Meditation: Practices in Living the Awakened Life by Deepak Chopra

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The humanitarian founder of The Chopra Foundation nonprofit and best-selling author of Metahuman reinterprets and clarifies the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of an effective meditation practice while explaining how to use meditation to treat stress and heal suffering.

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Social Science

Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation by Anne Helen Petersen

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Argues that the millennial generation is experiencing burnout and looks at the cultural shifts that caused it, the pressures that sustain it and the need for drastic change.

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Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes by Elizabeth Lesser

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The Omega Institute co-founder and best-selling author of Broken Open explores how humanity has outgrown the male-dominated mythologies of childhood fairytales, in a guide that encourages women to trust their instincts and find new guiding stories.

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Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America by Laila Lalami

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A Pulitzer Prize finalist recounts her unlikely journey from Moroccan immigrant to U.S. citizen, using it as a starting point for her exploration of the rights, liberties, and protections that are traditionally associated with American citizenship.

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How to Argue With a Racist: And Why Science Is on Your Side by Adam Rutherford

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Argues that race is not a biological reality, and that racism thrives on most people not knowing this.

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A Peculiar Indifference: The Neglected Toll of Violence on Black America by Elliott Currie

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A Pulitzer Prize finalist offers a devastating exploration of the racial disparities in violent death and injury in America and a blueprint for ending this fundamental social injustice.

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True Crime

Doctor Dealer: A Doctor High on Greed, a Biker Gang High on Opioids, and the Woman Who Paid the Ultimate Price by George Anastasia & Ralph Cipriano

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Dr. James Kauffman and his wife, April, were the perfect couple—a respected endocrinologist and a beautiful radio host—but under the surface lurked a world of drugs, sex, and biker gangs; and Dr. Kauffman would kill to keep it secret.

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The Modern Detective: How Corporate Intelligence Is Reshaping the World by Tyler Maroney

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An insider's tour of the world of 21st-century private investigators examines how today's detectives use unique creativity and resources to help catch corrupt politicians, international embezzlers and corporate purveyors of human-rights abuses.

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Murder Thy Neighbor by James Patterson with Andrew Bourelle & Max Dilallo.

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A bind-up of two true-crime thrillers includes Murder Thy Neighbor, depicting a man's violent retaliation against a local who would protect property values; and Murder IRL, in which an isolated girl's social-media war upends the target of her misguided affections.

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Veritas: A Harvard Professor, a Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus's Wife by Ariel Sabar

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From National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author comes the gripping true story of a sensational religious forgery and the scandal that shook Harvard.

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