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Conquistadores: A New History of Spanish Discovery and Conquest

A richly provocative retelling of the deeds of the conquistadores and the spirit of their age. Cervantes is a gifted scholar and storyteller who offers readers no easy moral clarity.

Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages

While this work does not break new ground, it will satisfy readers of popular history, particularly of the epic variety.

The Plant Hunter: A Scientist’s Quest for Nature’s Next Medicines

Quave’s inviting memoir demonstrates grit and determination and explains some of the fascinating and critical uses of plants for healing (including possible uses against antimicrobial resistance and even COVID-19).

The Book of Form and Emptiness

Rich to overflowing and utterly engaging, Ozeki’s work wants us to listen to the world.

Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey To End Gender Violence

With searing insight, Hill shows how much and how little things have changed since 1991. Her book gives hope, inspires activism, and discourages complacency.

Reign of Terror: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump

An essential work that encapsulates the trajectory of American politics in the first two decades of the 21st century, and the lasting impact on everyday life.


China Room

In descriptive but never flowery prose, Sahota (The Year of the Runaways) intersects the two stories in clever and unexpected ways, reminding readers how they are connected to those who came before. Readers of literary historical fiction will enjoy this powerful, evocative novel.

The Stone Loves the World

Hall’s latest novel about these brilliant characters, who are all tangled up in multiple battles between their off-the-charts IQs and their uncomfortable but determined need to find meaningful relationships, will lead readers on a glorious literary ride. Prepare for demand for his 1996 prequel The Saskiad, about 12-year-old Saskia’s life on a commune.

Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy

This enjoyable read, as intensely researched as all of Philbrick's books, offers insight into the motivations and career of the author (a self-described history geek), and the vision, character, and impact of Washington. For history readers at all levels.


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