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Avidly Reads Opera

Explaining a musical genre’s appeal for the uninitiated is a tricky feat, but Kinney’s personal approach and passion for her subject distinguish this book from other “opera 101” attempts. An appealing primer by a fan, for (potential) fans.
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Leonard Cohen: The Mystical Roots of Genius

An intriguing and specific look at the traditions and stories that influenced a brilliant songwriter.
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Light on Fire: The Art and Life of Sam Francis

An engaging read, avoiding hagiography. This biography of a mercurial rogue has something to amuse or annoy most aficionados.
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Cannelle et Vanille Bakes Simple: A New Way To Bake Gluten-Free

Goyoaga’s latest baking book continues her reputation for quality. Recommended for bakers with gluten-free diets but could easily be used by others too.
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Attacks on the American Press: A Documentary and Reference Guide

A well-curated compilation of important primary documents representing more than 200 years of American aggression toward the media. General readers and students of journalism, communications, history, and political science will find this work useful.
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From Warsaw with Love: Polish Spies, the CIA, and the Forging of an Unlikely Alliance

A decent foray into post–World War II intelligence that should appeal to readers interested in Cold War espionage or 20th-century Polish history.

1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows

Ai creates a vivid portrait of two generations grappling with their place in the Chinese cultural and political landscape, and gives readers a glimpse of his approach to art and the creative process. Highly recommended for those interested in art, memoir, politics, and history.
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The Gilded Edge: Two Audacious Women and the Cyanide Love Triangle That Shook America

This well-organized biography reads almost like historical fiction; readers are reminded that this is a true story when Prendergast inserts her witty intellectual commentary.
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The Sinner and the Saint: Dostoevsky and the Gentleman Murderer Who Inspired a Masterpiece

Equal parts biography, literary analysis, and true crime, Birmingham’s book entrances and entertains from the first page.
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Belonging and Betrayal: How Jews Made the Art World Modern

Readers of Dellheim’s book will learn more about the history of modern art and European cultural history during times of upheaval and turmoil. Those who enjoy history and art history will enjoy this deep dive.
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The Approaching Storm: Roosevelt, Wilson, Addams, and Their Clash over America’s Future

Lanctot offers a well-written presentation on a familiar topic, which general readers might compare to Justus Doenecke’s Nothing Less Than War and G. J. Meyer’s The World Remade.

American Made:What Happens to People When Work Disappears

A well-crafted nonpartisan study of the American working class that is a desirable addition to any nonfiction collection and will find a wide audience.
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Science Fiction Literature Through History: An Encyclopedia

Although there are other similar guides to science fiction (from Routledge and Cambridge, for example), Westfahl’s clear and lively presentation and comprehensive knowledge and background will appeal to fans of the genre, as well as students (middle school through college) who are researching specific sci-fi authors, works, or themes.
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Hooked: How Crafting Saved My Life

Crafters and fans of Foster will enjoy this tender memoir about creative coping as a way to say yes to personal ambitions big and small.

Unprotected

This memoir, as exceptional as Porter himself, should please not only devotees of the actor and his work but readers interested in a story of perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds.
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There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century

Readers interested in Hill’s life and in international relations will be well informed by this book; her reporting of behind-the-scenes activity in the Trump White House will also fascinate.
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The Recruiter: Spying and the Lost Art of American Intelligence

This mostly fast-moving account is at times slowed by jargon and acronyms. It will appeal to general readers and specialists intrigued by the modern CIA.

Between the Lines: Stories from the Underground

A vibrant, varied love note to New York. Readers will feel hopeful after hearing from Cohen’s delightful subjects, and perhaps emboldened to engage a stranger in conversation.
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Murder Maps USA: Crime Scenes Revisited; Bloodstains to Ballistics, 1865–1939

Due to the graphic nature of some of the photographs, this book is not recommended for everybody, but readers interested in true crime and forensics will appreciate Selzer’s singular volume.
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Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves To Walk Outside

A great mix of wit and perceptive observation from travels in the United States and the United Kingdom just before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a surprising amount of history, nature, and ecology thrown in.

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story

Like the magazine version of the 1619 Project, this invaluable book sets itself apart by reframing readers’ understanding of U.S. history, past and present.
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Treasures of the Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local Secrets

For home cooks looking for recipes that go beyond Tex-Mex, Jinich’s cookbook offers delicious insights about the rich and varied culinary culture of Mexico. Longtime viewers of her PBS cooking show will be drawn in, as will new fans.
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Like Some Forgotten Dream: What If the Beatles Hadn’t Split Up?

A solid synopsis of the Beatles in 1969, though the information won’t be new to die-hard fans. When Peter Jackson’s Get Back movie releases later this year, Rachel’s book will be an excellent backgrounder.

The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from the New Yorker

Recommended for all libraries, this anthology offers an engaging and highly relevant selection for American audiences.
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True Story: What Reality TV Says About Us

An insightful and thoughtful study of reality TV that fans of the genre will appreciate.

White Borders: The History of Race and Immigration in the United States from Chinese Exclusion to the Border Wall

A highly recommended, in-depth history of migration that accounts for the lives affected by American border policing and immigration restrictions.
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The Writing of the Gods: The Race To Decode the Rosetta Stone

Dolnick presents a fast-paced intellectual adventure for general readers that surveys the invention of writing and the processes of deciphering and decoding. Highly recommended for anyone who relishes challenging puzzles.
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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.
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From Parchment to Dust: The Case for Constitutional Skepticism

General readers interested in the U.S. Constitution, its shortcomings, its history, and the concept of constitutional skepticism will be interested in this book.

Race Relations in America: Examining the Facts

A balanced and thorough look at the United States’ most important contemporary race issues, with timely content and excellent supporting documentation.

Fun City Cinema: New York City and the Movies That Made It

A superb study of films set in and representative of the Big Apple. Anyone interested in the history of American film will find much to savor here.
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Woody Guthrie: Songs and Art * Words and Wisdom

Light on commentary and context, this is a book to browse for insight and inspiration. Enthusiasts of American folk could open this book to any page and find something of interest, and it’s sure to delight Woody Guthrie fans. Recommended for public and academic library collections.
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The Greeks: A Global History

The book’s wide historic focus offers something for general readers interested in any period of Greek history; particularly good for enthusiasts of Greek antiquity who want to expand their knowledge.

Grains for Every Season: Rethinking Our Way with Grains

McFadden’s latest is destined to become a go-to cookbook.
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Sunbelt Blues: The Failure of American Housing

This book will have particular interest for libraries in the Sunbelt, but it’s not just about Florida: full-time minimum wage workers can barely afford rent anywhere in the nation. Ross calls to end market-driven housing and empower residents to make reform; for dwellers and policy-makers, reading this book may be a first step toward that empowerment.
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In the Midst of Civilized Europe: The Pogroms of 1918–1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust

Highly recommended as a critical history analyzing the factors that led to the Holocaust and for readers interested in post–Great War Europe and the Russian Civil War.
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Eruption: Conversations with Eddie Van Halen

Fans and guitar enthusiasts will appreciate this fresh look at the legendary Van Halen, with an emphasis on his technical wizardry; their work will supplement other books about the Van Halen legacy.
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White Hot Hate: A True Story of Domestic Terrorism in America’s Heartland

A strong addition to true crime sections, this disturbing work will also appeal to readers interested in the development of modern hate groups.
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Neil Young on Neil Young: Interviews and Encounters

This fascinating account of a wildly productive, sometimes brilliant, sometimes self-absorbed rock icon will supplement Jimmy McDonough’s well-received Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography and Young’s autobiography, Waging Peace: A Hippie’s Dream.
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Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama

Odenkirk’s account of triumph, struggle, and his firm belief that comedy is a unifying source of connection will inspire his fans and motivate aspiring entertainers.
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Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet

General readers will benefit from Nhat Hanh’s focus on mindfulness and positive at the individual level. Recommended for anyone wanting a better world for future generations.
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Northern Exposure: A Cultural History

Fans will appreciate Samuel’s focus on the real town that provided Northern Exposure’s scenic locations, as well as his useful episode guide. TV historians will benefit from his research and compelling examination of a show truly ahead of its time.
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America

With subject matter as contemporary as today’s headlines, Valverde shows that poetry has never been more relevant and immediate.
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The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel

A fascinating look at a highly influential leader. Recommended for readers interested in world politics.
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American Kleptocracy: How the U.S. Created the World’s Greatest Money Laundering Scheme in History

Recommended for general readers who want to understand how kleptocracy is rooted in American politics and policy-making.

Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City

An unforgettable account, both heartrending and heartbreaking, of structural racism and inequality. Like Matthew Desmond’s Evicted, Elliott’s tour de force is destined to become a classic.
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The Lighted Window: Evening Walks Remembered

This evocative work will appeal to lovers of nocturnal sources of light, especially in landscapes near or far.
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Good Company: How To Build a Business Without Losing Your Values

This book will appeal to managers and would-be entrepreneurs seeking practical advice on integrating humanistic concerns and business success.

The Correspondents: Six Women Writers on the Front Lines of World War II

A must-read for those interested in women’s history and the Second World War.
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Plant Powered Mexican: Fast, Fresh Recipes from a Mexican-American Kitchen

Ramos’s cookbook looks at Oaxacan and southern Mexican cuisine through a fresh, plant-focused lens. Home cooks seeking inspiration will benefit from her easygoing recipes for a family or a crowd.
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Personal Effects: What Recovering the Dead Teaches Me about Caring for the Living

Jensen’s thoroughly engrossing personal account invites readers to witness an almost unseen arena of disaster management.

A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries (2003–2020)

Entertaining reading in itself, with references to some of the books he published in this era; a must-read for Sedaris’s many fans.
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Sisters in Art: The Biography of Margaret, Esther, and Helen Bruton

From their chubby-cheeked “Gibson Girl” childhood through their sunlit dotage, the Brutons were exemplars of many aspects of California history and, in recent years, overlooked. Good’s book corrects this.

A Killer by Design: Murderers, Mindhunters, and My Quest To Decipher the Criminal Mind

An empathetic, insightful behind-the-scenes look at criminal profiling that will be appreciated by true crime fans and readers curious about forensic or criminal psychology.
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Artists on Art: How They See, Think & Create

With its particular focus on a diverse, international group of contemporary artists, this monograph will serve large public libraries, academic libraries, and museum libraries that support art programs.
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The Cold War on Film

It’s difficult to decide whom this volume is suited to. The history is accurate but very brief, while the film discussion is largely consumed by plot synopses. Not recommended.
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It’s Better To Be Feared: The New England Patriots Dynasty and the Pursuit of Greatness

A skilled journalist analyzes the success of the NFL’s premier team over the last two decades, in both its laudable and unsavory aspects; will be of interest to all sports fans.

Swamplands: Tundra Beavers, Quaking Bogs, and the Improbable World of Peat

A powerful, impressive feat of popular science that is vitally needed in an era of climate change. Highly recommended for all libraries.
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Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation

This thoughtful book will appeal to anyone involved in assessing, developing, and refining general education curricula.
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Intellectual Freedom Manual

Library administrators will find that the guidance included in the 10th edition supersedes that of the ninth edition, particularly in the “Deeper Look” sections, and is thus a crucial replacement. Librarians of all kinds will appreciate the continuing reflection on our professional principles and values.

Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America

A must-read for those interested in culinary or women’s history and the evolution of American cookbooks.
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Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised: A Memoir of Survival and Hope

This is not a standard sports biography of a rise to fame. Instead, Anthony brings honesty and humility to a reflective account that is well worth the read.
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The Unseen Body: A Doctor’s Journey Through the Hidden Wonders of Human Anatomy

An engaging book likely to pique the curiosity of readers interested in a wide range of medical conditions or naturalistic medicine.
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Every Day the River Changes: Four Weeks Down the Magdalena

This enchanting travelogue will appeal to readers with a love of South America, as well as those interested in a good travel adventure, wherever it leads.
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The Lie About the Truck: Survivor, Reality TV, and the Endless Gaze

A light and diverting read, but only for devoted fans of the show.

Private Lives: Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis, Paris, 1889–1900

With its introductory overview of Les Nabis, written in clear, readable language, this book is recommended for readers who know little about the subject as well as those who are passionate about 19th-century French art and culture.
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The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth

Henning’s incisive book is highly recommended for readers interested in sociology, African American studies, criminal justice reform, and activism.
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Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home

Will appeal to company leaders looking for new organizational models and workers looking to advocate for change in their organizations.
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The Last Emperor of Mexico: The Dramatic Story of the Habsburg Archduke Who Created a Kingdom in the New World

Crisply written and meticulously researched, Shawcross’s engaging book tells a lively story that will appeal to most history buffs.
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Lidia’s “A Pot, a Pan, and a Bowl”: Simple Recipes for Perfect Meals

Readers who are familiar with homestyle Italian cooking will be reminded of its simple joys, while those looking to make something attainable in their kitchen will enjoy the simplicity offered here. Note that this is the companion cookbook for the forthcoming TV series Lidia’s Kitchen: Home Cooking.
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Cuba: An American History

A captivating history of Cuba, highly recommended for general readers and specialists alike.

The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth

Highly recommended for those interested in social justice and the strength of communities. Quinones argues that community can and must save “the least of us.”
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The Kitchen Whisperers: Cooking with the Wisdom of Our Friends

Kalins has written a timeless culinary memoir that allows readers to experience her life in food. Recommended for foodies and cooks of all ages.
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The Monastic Heart: 50 Simple Practices for a Contemplative and Fulfilling Life

For readers seeking solace and a deeper spiritual practice, or anyone with an interest in Benedictine monastic practices. With its advice on contemplation, this is also a helpful guide for groups.

Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora

Whether read straight through or browsed section by section, this meaningful book brings Black foodways into focus and will leave a lasting impact.
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On Animals

Fans of Orlean’s prolific writing will be happy to have these favorites in one set.
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The Forgotten First: Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Marion Motley, Bill Willis, and the Breaking of the NFL Color Barrier

This account brings much-needed attention to the pioneers who integrated football; a must-read for any football fan interested in digging into the sport’s past.

Only the Rich Can Play: How Washington Works in the New Gilded Age

Wessel has done a great deal of research and writes a fast-paced but careful account that is a major contribution to the study of the political process; readers interested in political science and economics will gain a great deal from it. Highly recommended.

Super Volcanoes: What They Reveal about Earth and the Worlds Beyond

With references to pop culture (like Doctor Who) and a literary flair, this is the Baedeker of volcanoes, guiding readers through the world of volcanology.
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The Joy of Pizza: Everything You Need To Know

For serious pizza aficionados, this cookbook gives step-by-step instructions to achieve the perfect Margherita pie from scratch; less committed bakers can up their game with the innovative toppings.
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Following the Call: Living the Sermon on the Mount Together

Individual readers and discussion groups interested in Gospel-based spirituality will appreciate this book’s broad-based approach to a familiar scripture passage.
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Library Programming for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Librarians and organizations serving adults with developmental disabilities will find this volume a valuable reference for programming and for guidance in creating a culture of inclusion.
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The Pain Gap: How Sexism and Racism in Healthcare Kill Women

Hossain synthesizes a great deal of qualitative and quantitative data in this effective overview of bias in American medicine, particularly women’s and material healthcare. An especially welcome addition to healthcare policy, women’s studies, and race studies collections at public or special libraries.
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Bittman Bread: No-Knead Whole Grain Baking for Every Day

Another cookbook in which Bittman thoroughly learns a kitchen task, then deftly explains it to readers. Recommended for anyone interested in whole grains or easy, no-knead, naturally fermented bread.

The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music

Grohl bares his soul and shares his passion in this must-read memoir, which will resonate with music lovers and his fans.

The Trouble with White Women: A Counterhistory of Feminism

Schuller’s highly recommended feminist counterhistory is inspiring, and her arguments persuasive. She excels in letting the voices and lived experiences of women of color, trans women, and otherwise marginalized women come to the fore.

The Redemption of Bobby Love: A Story of Faith, Family, and Justice

The Loves’ warmth, humor, and honesty shine from the pages. Their Christian faith plays a large role in their lives, but their struggles and triumphs will resonate with a wide range of readers. The couple were featured on the Humans of New York Instagram account in 2020 and received worldwide attention, so expect some demand. Highly recommended.
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Milk Street Vegetables: 250 Bold, Simple Recipes for Every Season

Besides fans of Milk Street’s magazine or videos, cooks of all levels will appreciate the variety of vegetable dishes in this handy guide. It’s an ideal complement to Milk Street: Cookish, but it can also stand on its own.
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The Loneliest Americans

Kang’s book adeptly blends history, memoir, and current affairs in an attempt to make sense of the individual’s place in the current map of the United States.
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This Is Ear Hustle: Unflinching Stories of Everyday Prison Life

Even readers unfamiliar with the podcast will be absorbed by Poor and Woods’s storytelling and their ability to draw out intimate conversations on hope and humanity.
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The Three Death Sentences of Clarence Henderson: A Battle for Racial Justice During the Dawn of the Civil Rights Era

A compelling account of “justice” in the Jim Crow South. Recommended for readers interested in true crime and race.
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Feasting and Fasting in Opera: From Renaissance Banquets to the Callas Diet

A rich and rewarding read for opera fans and anyone interested in Western European cultural and culinary history.
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Helping Library Users with Legal Questions: Practical Advice for Research, Programming, and Outreach

This guide would be helpful to anyone who provides reference services, especially those new to legal reference.
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Life Is Simple: How Occam’s Razor Set Science Free and Shapes the Universe

In a conspiracy-laden world, McFadden’s argument, that simple explanations hold true, will appeal to historians and the scientifically minded.

Robots in Popular Culture: Androids and Cyborgs in the American Imagination

Fun, thought-provoking examination of contemporary society’s use of robots and the continual evolution of AI and robotics. Will fascinate sci-fi buffs, ethicists, computer scientists, programmers, and robotics engineers.
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Georgia O’Keeffe

For those who can’t travel to Madrid, Paris, or Basel to see the O’Keeffe retrospective, this beautifully designed volume will satisfy. Also for readers who want to learn about O’Keeffe’s technique, studio practice, mentors, and the art world around her; soak in her particular response to nature; or merely spend time with the soothing qualities of her oeuvre.
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Boys Enter the House: The Victims of John Wayne Gacy and the Lives They Left Behind

Heartrending and poignant, this is an excellent sociological examination of life in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood in the 1970s.

All of the Marvels: A Journey to the Ends of the Biggest Story Ever Told

Wolk’s light and humorous style appeals, and this work would be a marvelous addition to any library’s collection. It will likely become a bible for serious comics fans and a useful introduction and reference guide for all others. Highly recommended.
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Miss Dior: A Story of Courage and Couture

Outstanding scholarship reveals Catherine Dior’s participation in the French Resistance. Overall, this is a haunting biography that carefully examines Catherine’s largely unexplored life and will have broad appeal to fashion or World War II enthusiasts.
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Once a Bitcoin Miner: Scandal and Turmoil in the Cryptocurrency Wild West

Lou’s book will immediately capture readers’ attention with its deep dive into legal and illegal uses of cryptocurrency.
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