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From the River to the Sea: The Untold Story of the Railroad War That Made the West

This is not just the story of two bitterly determined railroad companies; it’s also a portrait of a violent and visionary strain of the American psyche, one that Sedgwick argues is very much still with us. This will primarily appeal to readers interested in railroad history.

Dedicated: The Case for Commitment in an Age of Infinite Browsing

This title is an excellent purchase for all public libraries.

Falling

Newman keeps up an extreme pace from the first page—a near-impossible task, considering that the hero is locked in a cockpit, unable to take action himself. This novel is like the films Die Hard and Speed on steroids, creating one of the year’s best thrillers.
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Holding Back the River: The Struggle Against Nature on America’s Waterways

Kelley’s engaging work will draw in those interested in personal stories of the effects of climate change, and use of natural resources.
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Pipe Dreams: The Urgent Global Quest To Transform the Toilet

A surprisingly lively read about the science and history of waste that will engage fans of Mary Roach and popular science.

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Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote

This narrative presents an engaging and enlightening perspective on the history of the presidency; also suggest Seth Cotlar and Richard J. Ellis’s Historian in Chief.

SAM: One Robot, a Dozen Engineers, and the Race To Revolutionize the Way We Build

Fans of applied iterative trial and error, common to all innovation work, will appreciate this latest piece of popular science and technology.

The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini

Imbued with Posnanski’s infectious passion for all things Houdini, this is a rollicking look at one of the 20th century’s most influential and enigmatic entertainers.

Three Women

Readers of women’s history and of memoir will be better served elsewhere.

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