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New Nonfiction

September 2022

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Biography

All the Women in My Brain: And Other Concerns by Betty Gilpin

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The Award-nominated actress and writer presents a collection of hilarious and intimate essays from the scores of different women in her brain, with discussions on modern womanhood, life in Hollywood and more.

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Becoming FDR: The Personal Crisis That Made a President by Jonathan Darman

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This biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt focuses on how his struggles with polio helped forged the strength and wisdom that helped him guide America and the world through the twin crises of the Great Depression and World War II.

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The Black Period: On Personhood, Race, and Origin by Hafizah Augustus Geter

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Reclaiming her origin story as the queer daughter of a Muslim Nigerian immigrant and a Black American visual artist, the author creates a space for the beauty of Blackness, Islam, disability and queerness to flourish, emerging from the erasures America imposes to exist proudly and unabashedly as herself.

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Faith, Hope and Carnage by Nick Cave & Seán O'Hagan

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Based on more than forty hours of intimate conversations, the legendary songwriter discusses what drives his life and creativity, and examines questions of faith, art, music, freedom, grief and love. 

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Killing the Legends by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard

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Explores the lives, legacies and tragic deaths of three of the most famous people of the 20th century—Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Muhammad Ali—whose lives spun out of control at the hands of those they most trusted. 

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Life's Work: A Memoir by David Milch

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Both a masterclass on his unique creative process and a revelatory memoir, the creator of Deadwood and NYPD Blue explores how chance encounters, self-deception and luck shape the people we become, and wrestles with what it means to have felt and caused pain, even and especially with those we love.

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Live Wire: Long-winded Short Stories by Kelly Ripa

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The beloved daytime talk show host shares sharp-witted and insightful stories about her life as a professional, wife, daughter and mother, bringing hard-earned wisdom and an eye for the absurdity of life to every minute of the day.

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A Man of Iron: The Turbulent Life and Improbable Presidency of Grover Cleveland by Troy Senik

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Based on in-depth research and newly uncovered details, this biography examines Grover Cleveland’s dizzying journey from obscure lawyer to president of the United States in just three years and his leadership during a transformational era in U.S. history.

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Me and Paul: Untold Stories of a Fabled Friendship by Willie Nelson

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Shares the untold stories and unbreakable bond between country music icon Willie Nelson and his longtime drummer, bodyguard, accountant, partner-in-crime and right-hand man, Paul English, bringing to colorful life their legendary misadventures throughout their decades-long careers.

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Solito by Javier Zamora

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A young poet reflects on his 3,000-mile journey from El Salvador to the United States when he was nine years old, during which he was faced with perilous boat trips, relentless desert treks, pointed guns, arrests and deceptions during two life-altering months alongside a group of strangers who became an unexpected family.

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Stay True by Hua Hsu

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A New Yorker staff writer, in this gripping memoir on friendship, grief, the search for self and the solace that can be found through art, recounts his close friendship with Ken, with whom he endured the successes and humiliations of everyday college life until Ken was violently, senselessly taken away from him.

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They Called Me a Lioness: A Palestinian Girl's Fight for Freedom by Ahed Tamimi & Dena Takruri

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Seen by some as a freedom-fighting hero and by others as a naive agitator, a Palestinian activist recounts her well-publicized interactions with Israeli solders and her unwavering commitment to family—and her fearless command of her own voice despite threats, intimidation and even incarceration.

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Uncultured by Daniella Mestyanek Young

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In this unforgettable memoir, the author recounts her escape from the religious cult The Children of God, and how she worked her way up to become a military intelligence officer, soon discovering her new world is remarkably similar to the one she desperately tried to leave behind.

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A Visible Man: A Memoir by Edward Enninful

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One of fashion's most important changemakers, a Black, gay, working-class refugee discusses how he forged a career in fashion and rose to become the first Black editor in chief of British Vogue.

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Wise Gals: The Spies Who Built the CIA and Changed the Future of Espionage by Nathalia Holt

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Meticulously researched, the New York Times best-selling author, drawing on firsthand interviews with past and present officials and declassified government documents, tells the never-before-told story of four female agents who were critical in helping to build a new organization that we now know as the CIA.

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Wolf Hustle: A Black Woman on Wall Street by Cin Fabré

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The author, who became one of the youngest Black female stockbrokers in the history of Wall Street, examines her years spent trading frantically—and hustling successfully—in a world where she had to endure sexual harassment and racism until she beat Wall Street at its own game.

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You've Been Chosen: Thriving Through the Unexpected by Cynt Marshall

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One of the most influential Black business leaders in America today shares “the good, the great, the bad, and the ugly” of her journey through both cancer and everything that led up to it, offering hope and practical guidance for navigating life’s most difficult challenges.

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General Nonfiction

Abominations: Selected Essays from a Career of Courting Self-Destruction by Lionel Shriver

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This collection of essays from the prize-winning New York Times best-selling author examines a wide range of topics, such as religion, politics, illness, mortality, gender, health care and taxes.

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American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America's Jack the Ripper by Daniel Stashower

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Eliot Ness investigates the Cleveland Torso Murderer, who left thirteen bodies scattered across the city in the 1930s in a historical true crime story from the biographer, historian and award-winning author of The Hour of Peril.

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By Hands Now Known: Jim Crow's Legal Executioners by Margaret A. Burnham

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The director of Northeastern University’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project examines the legal apparatus that helped sustain Jim Crow-era violence, focusing on a series of harrowing cases from 1920 to 1960.

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Catholicism: A Global History from the French Revolution to Pope Francis by John T. McGreevy

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The award-winning author of three books on Catholicism presents the story of the centuries-long conflict between “progress” and “tradition” in the church and traces its complex role in modern history.

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Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be by Becky Kennedy

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A popular parenting expert discusses a new paradigm for parents in how to raise children, based on a model that prioritizes connecting with our kids over correcting them.

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Happier Hour: How to Beat Distraction, Expand Your Time, and Focus on What Matters Most by Cassie Holmes

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The antidote to overscheduling and feeling like your days aren’t your own, Happier Hour reframes your time around life’s happiest moments to build days that aren’t just full—but fulfilling.

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Like, Comment, Subscribe: Inside Youtube's Chaotic Rise to World Domination by Mark Bergen

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In this first-of-its-kind book, a top technology reporter at Bloomberg reveals the inside story of YouTube’s technology and business, detailing how it helped Google, its parent company, achieve unimaginable power, unleashing an outrage and addiction machine that that spun wildly out of the company’s control and forever changes the world.

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Mother Brain: How Neuroscience Is Rewriting the Story of Parenthood by Chelsea Conaboy

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In this powerful narrative, a journalist and mother delves into the major brain changes that come with being new parents, delving into the neuroscience to reveal unexpected upsides and how this science is mostly absent from the public conversation about parenthood.

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Platonic: How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make—and Keep—Friends by Marisa G. Franco

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Drawing on the latest scientific research on friendship, an acclaimed psychologist helps us understand our attachment style by providing a blueprint for forging strong, lasting connections with others to become our happiest, most fulfilled selves in the process.

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Remodelista Low-impact Living: A Sourcebook for Stylish, Eco-conscious Living by Margot Guralnick & Fan Winston

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Provides students with updated writing genres, as well as new reasons to write.

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The Six Phase Meditation Method: The Proven Technique to Supercharge Your Mind, Manifest Your Goals, and Make Magic in Minutes a Day by Vishen Lakhiani

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Leading a revolution in meditation, an entrepreneur and New York Times best-selling author, after interviewing nearly 1,000 neuroscientists, monks, yogis and meditation experts over years of study, creates The 6 Phase Meditation Method, a magic-making, joy-creating, productivity-inducing protocol empowering you to get focused, find peace and manifest your goals. 

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Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us by Rachel Aviv

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Raising fundamental questions about how we understand ourselves in periods of crisis and distress, the author draws on deep, original reporting as well as unpublished journals and memoirs to write about people who have come up against the limits of psychiatric explanations for who they are.

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This Is What It Sounds Like: What the Music You Love Says About You by Ogi Ogas & Susan Rogers

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One of the most successful female record producers of all time and an award-winning professor of cognitive neuroscience leads readers to musical self-awareness, explaining that we each possess a unique “listener profile” based on our brain’s natural response to seven key dimensions of any song.

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What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

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Filled with crazy science, endless curiosity and the author’s signature stick-figure comics, this practical guide for impractical ideas consults the latest research to concisely answer reader’s questions, demonstrating you can learn a lot from examining how the world might work in very specific extreme circumstances.

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The Year of the Puppy: How Dogs Become Themselves by Alexandra Horowitz

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The author of the classic Inside of a Dog, by observing her puppy Quid from week to week, makes new sense of a dog’s behavior, keeping a lens on the puppy’s point of view as she researches the science of early dog development.

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You Are Not Alone: The Nami Guide to Navigating Mental Health—with Advice from Experts and Wisdom from Real Individuals and Families by Ken Duckworth

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This first-and-only book fully supported by the National Alliance on Mental Illness provides practical guidance on dealing with mental health conditions and navigating care, research-based evidence on what treatments and approaches work, insight and advice from renowned clinical experts and practitioners and real-life stories.

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You Owe You: Ignite Your Power, Your Purpose, and Your Why by Eric Thomas

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Telling you to stop waiting for inspiration to strike and take control of your life, a celebrated motivational guru shares his secrets of success, showing you that no matter where you are on your journey toward greatness, you owe it to yourself to become fully, authentically you.

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History

Black Snow: Curtis Lemay, the Firebombing of Tokyo, and the Road to the Atomic Bomb by James M. Scott

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The story of the most destructive air attack in history, orchestrated by Major General Curtis LeMay, when nearly 300 American B-29s rained destruction upon Tokyo on the night of March 9-10, 1945.

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Blood & Ink: The Scandalous Jazz Age Double Murder That Hooked America on True Crime by Joe Pompeo

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This investigation of the notorious 1922 double murder of a high-society minister and his secret mistress in New Jersey chronicles the sensational trial and how it propelled tabloid news in the 20th century.

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Bridge to the Sun: The Secret Role of the Japanese Americans Who Fought in the Pacific in World War II by Bruce Henderson. Afterword by Gerald Yamada.

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The best-selling author of Sons and Soldiers tells the story of the Japanese American U.S. Army soldiers who fought in the Pacific theater while their families were back home in America held in government internment camps.

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The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021 by Peter Baker & Susan Glasser

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Based on unprecedented access to key players, two top journalists and the best-selling authors of The Man Who Ran Washington tell the inside story of the four years when Donald Trump went to war with Washington, from the chaotic beginning to the violent finale.

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Hitler’s Girl: The British Aristocracy and the Third Reich on the Eve of WWII by Lauren Young

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This alternative history of 1930s Britain examines how fascist sympathizers in the aristocracy nearly helped authoritarianism take hold in Great Britain as it did in Italy and Germany through secret organizations like the Right Club.

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Magnificent Rebels: The First Romantics and the Invention of the Self by Andrea Wulf

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In 1790s Germany, an extraordinary group of young rebels—poets, novelists and philosophers—incited a revolution of the mind that launched Romanticism, transforming our world forever, in this inspiring book that explores the extremely modern tension between the dangers of selfishness and the thrilling possibilities of free will.

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The Mosquito Bowl: A Game of Life and Death in World War II by Buzz Bissinger

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This extraordinary, never-before-told story of WWII follows two U.S. Marine Corps regiments, comprised of some of the greatest football talent, as they played each other in a football game in the dirt and coral of Guadalcanal known as “The Mosquito Bowl” before they faced the darkest and deadliest days at Okinawa.

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Need to Know: World War II and the Rise of American Intelligence by Nicholas Reynolds

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A historian, former CIA officer and New York Times best-selling author explores the birth, infancy and adolescence of modern American intelligence, combining little-known history and gripping spy stories to illuminate its key role in securing Allied victory, which laid the foundation for all other conflicts to come.

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Prisoners of the Castle: An Epic Story of Survival and Escape from Colditz, the Nazis' Fortress Prison by Ben MacIntyre

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Tracing the arc of World War II from within the walls of one of history’s most notorious prisons—Colditz Castle—that held the most defiant Allied prisoners, this gripping narrative shows how a remarkable cast of POWs concocted ingenious ways to escape their Nazi captors.

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Russia: Revolution and Civil War, 1917-1921 by Antony Beevor

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Drawing upon the most up-to-date scholarship and archival research, this gripping narrative forms the complete picture of the conflict that reshaped Eastern Europe between 1917 and 1921, a struggle that became a world war by proxy, as told through the eyes of those individuals who experienced it firsthand.

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The Third Reconstruction: America's Struggle for Racial Justice in the Twenty-first Century by Peniel E. Joseph

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A distinguished historian of race and democracy offers a powerful and personal new interpretation of recent history that traces the Third Reconstruction, which offers a new chance to achieve Black dignity and citizenship at last—and an opportunity to choose hope over fear.

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Nature

Fen, Bog and Swamp: A Short History of Peatland Destruction and Its Role in the Climate Crisis by Annie Proulx

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The history of the wetlands, a vital source of storing carbon emissions, their degradation over centuries and the serious ecological consequences that have resulted are explored in the second work of nonfiction from the multiple award-winning author of Brokeback Mountain.

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How to Speak Whale: A Voyage into the Future of Animal Communication by Tom Mustill

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Drawing from his experience as a naturalist and wildlife filmmaker, the author, who survived a whale encounter, examines how scientists and start-ups around the world are decoding animal communications and what the consequences of such human interaction could be.

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Sacred Nature: Restoring Our Ancient Bond With the Natural World by Karen Armstrong

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A best-selling historian of religion, drawing on her vast knowledge of the world’s religious traditions, describes nature’s central place in spirituality across the centuries, showing modern readers how to rediscover nature’s potency and form a connection to something greater than ourselves.

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Political Science

2,000 Mules: They Thought We'd Never Find Out. They Were Wrong. by Dinesh D'Souza

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A best-selling author asserts that there was major voter fraud in the last presidential election.

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American Psychosis: An Historical Investigation of How the Republican Party Went Crazy by David Corn

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Tells the story of the Republican Party’s decades-long relationship with far-right extremism, bigotry and paranoia.

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The Big Fix: Seven Practical Steps to Save Our Planet by Hal Harvey & Justin Gillis

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Sharing first-hand accounts of people already making needed changes, an energy policy advisor and longtime New York Times reporter offers everyday citizens a guide to the seven essential changes our communities must enact to bring our greenhouse gas emissions down to zero.

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Black Skinhead: Reflections on Blackness and Our Political Future by Brandi Collins-Dexter

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A life-long fighter for racial justice and progressive politics presents a series of essays examining the breakdown of the bonds between Black voters and the Democratic party through both a political and a cultural lens.

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Justice Corrupted: How the Left Weaponized Our Legal System by Ted Cruz

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A conservative Republican senator gives readers a tour of the American justice system and offers his views on it.

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The Long Alliance: The Imperfect Union of Joe Biden and Barack Obama by Gabriel Debenedetti

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Examines the past, present and future of the historic partnership between Joe Biden and Barack Obama, a bond between them that has been, at times, tense, affectionate, nonexistent and ironclad, shaping a second presidential administration, and the future of Democratic politics as we know it.

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Meme Wars: The Untold Story of the Online Battles Upending Democracy in America by Joan Donovan, Emily Dreyfuss, & Brian Friedberg

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Three brilliant tech and media experts investigate the digital underworld where far-right operatives use memes and social medial to seek out new recruits, spread ideologies and remake our country according to their desires, stressing the importance of recognizing these undercurrents to save the soul of America.

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Servants of the Damned: Giant Law Firms, Donald Trump, and the Corruption of Justice by David Enrich

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In this eye-opening new work of narrative fiction, the Business Investigations Editor at the New York Times focuses on Jones Day, one of the world’s largest law firms who has become a highly effective enabler of the business world’s worst behavior by protecting powerful bad actors in our society.

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The Storm Is Here: An American Crucible by Luke Mogelson

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An award-winning war correspondent, after years of living abroad, returns to the U.S., presenting an eyewitness account of how—during a season of sickness, economic uncertainty and violence—Americans started to breakdown, in this unique record of a pivotal moment in history and an urgent warning about those to come.

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Taking Back Trump’s America: Why We Lost the White House and How We’ll Win It Back by Peter Navarro

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Explains why Trump lost the White House in 2020 and asserts that he will win it back in 2024 and explains how.

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Science

The Biggest Ideas in the Universe: Space, Time, and Motion by Sean Carroll

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A theoretical physicist—and a genius for making complex notions entertaining—shows how physics offers deep insights into the workings of the universe, in this inspiring introduction to a way of seeing that will resonate across cultural and generation boundaries for many years to come.

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Flush: The Remarkable Science of an Unlikely Treasure by Bryn Nelson

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An award-winning science writer examines the untapped potential of human feces as a source of potent medicine, sustainable power and natural fertilizer to restore the world’s depleted lands.

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Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Bringing his cosmic perspective to civilization on Earth, an astrophysicist discusses the scientific palette that sees and paints the world differently, sharing insights on resolving global conflict to reminders of how precious it is to be alive in a universe stimulating a deeper sense of unity for us all.

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Thinking 101: How to Reason Better to Live Better by Woo-Kyoung Ahn

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A psychologist explains why our judgement is so often wrong and offers strategies to help us respond to the challenges we all face as individuals and in society at large.

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Social Science

The Bonobo Sisterhood: Revolution Through Female Alliance by Diane Rosenfeld

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Inspired by the bonobo culture, which meets any attempt at sexual violence with swift, unified collective defense, a Harvard Law professor and powerhouse attorney transforms her new vision for equality into action, successfully deconstructing the legal and social framework that supports patriarchy and violence.

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The Gospel of Wellness: Gyms, Gurus, Goop, and the False Promise of Self-care by Rina Raphael

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Argues that wellness promises women the one thing they desperately desire: control.

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A Place Called Home by David Ambroz

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A national poverty and child welfare expert who was raised homeless in New York City discusses how he escaped poverty to become a powerful child welfare advocate for the Obama administration and major U.S. companies.

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