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Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth: New and Selected Poems, 2001–2021

For those unfamiliar with Komunyakaa, this volume offers a rich sampling of his postmillennial work. For his fans, it further enforces his reputation as an important and necessary American poet.

Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said

While there is a great deal of theory in this sweeping biography, Brennan has succeeded in writing an account that is both an act of love and a solid study of a fascinating man.

Second Place

A gorgeously sculpted story of living and learning; for all readers.

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The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War

Readers of The New Yorker or The Atlantic will appreciate this detailed look into the Cold War. This sweeping synthesis evinces a polymath’s range and grasp but treads familiar ground with its focus on the Western canon.
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Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch

In this compelling look at women’s rights and the invented crime of witchcraft, the surprise is that the perseverance of the accused shifts the focus from victimhood to basic mortality and the challenge of dealing with death and illness before a coherent understanding of disease existed. Highly recommended for fans of history, science, and the human condition.
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The Book of Difficult Fruit: Arguments for the Tart, Tender, and Unruly (with Recipes)

A genre-blending work that will intrigue readers of literary nonfiction, personal essays, or food history.

Painting Time

There’s only one word for it: superbe.

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Refugee

With this heartfelt account, Mbolela succeeds in humanizing often-forgotten people trying to live a more fruitful and safe existence. A welcome memoir.
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The World Turned Upside Down: A History of the Chinese Cultural Revolution

This detailed and thoroughly researched work is essential reading for all students of modern Chinese history.

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