Barrie Olmstead

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Matrimony, Inc.: From Personal Ads to Swiping Right, a Story of America Looking for Love

An amusing history that charts the progression of the personals, and which makes “swiping right” seem less newfangled than it is.
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Bad Medicine: Catching New York’s Deadliest Pill Pusher

Bismuth has made an important contribution to the growing landscape of books documenting the opioid epidemic (Beth Macy’s Dopesick; Ryan Hampton’s American Fix; Ben Westhoff’s Fentanyl, Inc.). Readers horrified by the effects of the opioid crisis will appreciate.
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Eleanor

Roosevelt’s life does not necessarily lend itself well to concision. Blanche Wiesen Cook’s excellent volumes remain the definitive record.
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Somewhere in the Unknown World: A Collective Refugee Memoir

This title joins a growing body of vital refugee literature, including Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Displaced and Dina Nayeri’s The Ungrateful Refugee.

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Think Like a Feminist: The Philosophy Behind the Revolution

Recommended for all readers, especially those new to feminism.
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Poisoned at the Priory

Although the book is billed as true crime, this is a bloodless mystery that will appeal to fans of cozies and Agatha Christie, as well as those who enjoyed Eleanor Herman’s The Royal Art of Poison.
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The Best New True Crime Stories: Small Towns

Given the range of crimes, locales, time periods, and writing styles, this collection is uneven and the analyses often feel pat, if not absent altogether. For hard-core true crime fans only.
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The Cold Vanish: Seeking the Missing in North America’s Wildlands

For fans of true crime, this book will likely reinforce the admonition of My Favorite Murder podcast hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark to “stay out of the forest.”
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Is Rape a Crime? A Memoir, an Investigation, and a Manifesto

Chanel Miller’s Know My Name demonstrated that coming forward to tell one’s story is in itself a powerful form of victim advocacy; Bowdler does the same in this affecting account. [See Prepub Alert, 12/9/19.]
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