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The Power of Strangers: The Benefits of Connecting in a Suspicious World

An eye-opening account blending sociology and self-help. After this enlightening and uplifting exploration, readers will undoubtedly view strangers in a different way.
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When the Stars Begin To Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America

Johnson supports his argument with a mix of stories, both personal and historical, which brings a personal aspect to a work that can be academic at times. While the book covers the same territory as recent works by Isabel Wilkerson and Ibram X. Kendi, Johnson’s particular point-of-view makes his call to action feel like a patriotic duty.
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¡Hola Papi!: How To Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons

Brammer’s worldview is grounded in realism and self-deprecating humor; his book is likely to be a well-loved addition to any collection of personal essays or memoirs.
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The Natural Mother of the Child: A Memoir of Nonbinary Parenthood

A wholly unique memoir that will speak to readers navigating nonbinary parenthood, as well as those who seek to understand the limitations of the U.S. legal system when it comes to nonbinary and trans parenthood.
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Fat and Queer: An Anthology of Queer and Trans Bodies and Lives

This must-have title is a radically necessary addition that will bring joy and understanding to readers. The contributors revel in their identities, thrive despite challenges, and claim the space they deserve.

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The Ex-Girlfriend of My Ex-Girlfriend Is My Girlfriend: Advice on Queer Dating, Love, and Friendship

While many of these questions come from people in their twenties, the valuable advice and relatable anecdotes will have YA crossover appeal. LGBTQ+ people of all ages will find stories that resonate deeply, and will appreciate Court’s candor and humor throughout.
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Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal

Packer extends an evaluative eye towards every corner of the United States and offers a path for recovery and renewal. A thought-provoking work recommended for history, sociology, and politics readers everywhere.
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To Poison a Nation: The Murder of Robert Charles and the Rise of Jim Crow Policing in America

This straightforward recounting of a notable, sometimes forgotten moment in American history deserves attention; the riots’ lingering effects are still felt in the 21st century.
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There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness

Godin covers a lot of ground in this wide-ranging account. Though sometimes dense with detail, her writing stands out for the way it emphasizes that disability is often an afterthought when it comes to diversity, and that disabled people are not a monolith.

Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy’s America in Black and White

This is the best work to date on Kennedy’s civil rights record; it is a must for all historians of the 1960s, and for activists working for a more just society.

The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid

While there are already several other books about COVID-19 and its sociological impact on the United States, this wide-ranging yet deeply personal account is a great starting point. At times infuriating, unbelievable, heartbreaking, and even witty, Wright’s narrative is sorely needed.
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The Outlier: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter

This engaging political biography, similar in scope to Jonathan Alter’s His Very Best, will introduce Carter to a new generation, and will remind other readers of a truly transitional time in U.S. politics.

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Women and the Military: Global Lives in Focus

This work’s wide range (albeit limited by data availability) will make it a useful initial source for students of sociology, women’s studies, and the military.

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House of Sticks

Readers will fall into this memoir by a talented new author. It will appeal to many, as a coming-of-age story and a firsthand look into the psyche of a young immigrant.

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Love Lockdown: Dating, Sex, and Marriage in America’s Prisons

This work by Greenwood (Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud) offers an engaging, informative, open-minded account of family dynamics that are often overlooked.
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The Architecture Lover’s Guide to Paris

Lively prose and great photography bring the architecture of Paris to travelers and armchair explorers alike.
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The Fashion Lover’s Guide to Milan

Perfect for fashion lovers, armchair travelers, and those making plans to visit Milan.
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All Made Up: The Power and Pitfalls of Beauty Culture, from Cleopatra to Kim Kardashian

While at times this book can feel jumbled because of how much content it seeks to cover, the topic and analysis are welcome and insightful, and the global nature of the coverage is especially appreciated.

Everybody: A Book about Freedom

There are moments in this book that may feel too theoretical; yet, when Laing explores and expresses the ways in which our bodies are full of power, she offers a form of support we could all use more of as we navigate our own bodies and relearn what it means to value them. This is worthwhile, reflective reading.
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Notes on Grief

A worthwhile mediation on coming to terms with grief. Especially as we continue to reckon with loss, this reflective account will be valuable to the many people unexpectedly grieving from afar.

The Day the World Stops Shopping: How Ending Consumerism Saves the Environment and Ourselves

An insightful account offering a starting point for change that is highly recommended for all libraries.

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How To Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes: Science-Based Strategies for Better Parenting—From Tots to Teens

Moyer shows readers how to grow alongside their child and effect positive change. However, the book would benefit from a greater variety of perspectives.
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The Psychology of Parenting Teenagers: Thriving Throughout Their Teenage Years

Not every case study or suggestion will work for every child’s situation, which this book acknowledges. Cullen’s self-reflective guide will nevertheless aid parents in multiple ways.

The 2000s Made Me Gay: Essays on Pop Culture

A funny, accessible analysis of pop culture that will benefit nonfiction collections; it informs about gay history and grounds its importance in real experience. And for many gay readers, even if the cultural touchstones aren’t their own, Perry’s anecdotes will still be relatable and uplifting.
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Parenting for Social Justice: Tips, Tools, and Inspiration for Conversations and Action with Kids

A must-have in the field of anti-bias education. This work gives ideas for having conversations with young people about social justice and putting knowledge into action.
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License To Parent: How My Career as a Spy Helped Me Raise Resourceful, Self-Sufficient Kids

With tips for staying safe online, living by one’s principles, and finding a healthy balance with risk, this is a fascinating and useful take on parenting.

Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn’t Ours

Sentilles writes candidly and humanely about her experience of building a family beyond immediate kin and discovering the depths of love and protection. Essential reading for those hoping to be foster parents.

On the Job: An Encyclopedia of Unique Occupations Around the World

With engrossing subject matter, excellent writing, and thorough, up-to-date research, this reference work will enrapture high school students, undergraduates, and curious browsers.

Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization

An illuminating yet conversational study that takes an anthropological approach to a widespread and often puzzling human behavior.
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The Sandbox Revolution: Raising Kids for a Just World

The range of narrators is representative and inclusive; their perspectives and expertise add value to this work, which is sure to be of ongoing interest.

The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice

A thoughtful exploration of the importance of collective memory. It is particularly poignant as 2021 marks the centennial of the massacre. A must-read for all who are interested in how history continues to impact the present.
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Let’s Talk about Hard Things

Besides listeners of her podcast, this will appeal to any adult struggling to broach these topics.

On Juneteenth

This beautifully written memoir makes the case that the history of Black Texas is central to the history of the United States. Gordon-Reed’s writing will move all readers of U.S. history.
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Raised in the Kitchen: Making Memories from Scratch One Recipe at a Time

Filled with fun family recipes and ideas for even the pickiest of eaters, this book is sure to be a hit with both parents and children.
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How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

An excellent travelogue and introduction to slavery’s impact on both the United States and its people. It will hold the interest of readers who are only starting to grapple with the topic.
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Booth Girls: Pregnancy, Adoption, and the Secrets We Kept

With its vivid historical detail, and careful examination of the emotional lives of parents on either side of the adoption process, this book is recommended for parents of adopted children, and for readers of memoir.
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The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years

This quick read can help parents form a decision making framework. Some of the book’s topics (camp, cell phones, etc.) don’t adequately address an economically diverse readership, limiting the audience for this book.
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My Time Will Come: A Memoir of Crime, Punishment, Hope, and Redemption

Manuel provides a firsthand account of the U.S. prison system’s inhumanity for minors, and he writes a compelling call for change. A raw look at the intersection of the U.S. legal system, racism, and trauma.
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The Word Gobblers: A Handbook for Parents Working with Children Struggling To Read

A helpful volume for parents, caregivers, and teachers of children who struggle with reading.

You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience

Within these pages, Black readers in general, and Black women in particular, will find at least one essay they can relate to, or that offers validation for their lived experience. An essential read.

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The Zen Mama Guide to Finding Your Rhythm in Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond

An attractive volume with beautiful photos and easy-to-implement ideas; it’s sure to be a hit. However, its perspective is often limited; it discusses adoption, financial precarity, and being uninsured, but there is little to address specific challenges faced by families of color or queer families.

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Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy: The New Science for a Safe Birth and a Healthy Baby

A helpful guide for expectant parents, with information both practical and scientific.
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Take More Vacations: How To Search Better, Book Cheaper, and Travel the World

Highly recommended for frequent travelers or travelers who are flexible and would like to travel more often.

America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s

Readers interested in social movements in the United States, past or present, will not want to miss this illuminating work.

The Invention of Miracles: Language, Power, and Alexander Graham Bell’s Quest To End Deafness

A stunning biography that documents the Deaf people’s lengthy and ongoing efforts to have ASL acknowledged as a valid language. Booth’s writing stands apart and sheds insight on disability history in the 20th century.
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The Passenger: How a Travel Writer Learned to Love Cruises & Other Lies from a Sinking Ship

This powerful memoir about making tough choices and finding new directions will appeal to a variety of travel readers.
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Nothing Personal: My Secret Life in the Dating App Inferno

Refreshingly candid throughout, Sales’s memoir and investigation of the history of love and intimacy will engage readers who have found themselves dating later than they expected.
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Wish You Were Here: The Stories Behind 50 of the World’s Greatest Destinations

Travelers looking for well-organized tourist spots with no surprises can find new ideas for post-pandemic travel in this guidebook.
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Black Snake: Standing Rock, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and Environmental Justice

A humanistic investigative documentation of the legal and political battle of DAPL. It will appeal to readers interested in Indigenous movements, environmental movements, and the historical significance of this protest.
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The Border: A Journey Around Russia Through North Korea, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Norway, and the Northeast Passage

Will appeal to fans of travel books who enjoy additional background and history of destinations; particularly good for readers familiar with the areas around Russia.
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What Kind of Ancestor Do You Want To Be?

Recommended for readers interested in environmentalism, anthropology, sociology, history, philosophy, and Indigenous peoples in the U.S.
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Pregnant Girl: A Story of Teen Motherhood, College, and Creating a Better Future for Young Families

Lewis interweaves her own account of being a pregnant teen and her extensive research, to tie proposed solutions directly to facts. A complementary work is Melanie Watkins’s Taking My Medicine, although Watkins’s book is more memoir than research.
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Downeast: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America

A sensitive paean to an oft-overlooked region of the United States and the young women who live there. Recommended for readers seeking books with a strong sense of place or about girls facing the challenges of the 21st century.
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Behold the Land: The Black Arts Movement in the South

A scholarly work recommended for readers interested in Black history and culture in the U.S.
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Digital Body Language: How To Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance

Written in an approachable style, and organized such that readers can pick and choose sections that apply to their situation, this will be a useful resource for anyone who struggles with online communication.
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Wait, I’m Working with Who?!? The Essential Guide to Dealing with Difficult Coworkers, Annoying Managers, and Other Toxic Personalities

A very practical book. Highly recommended for anyone in the workforce, as well as business students who are studying management techniques and organizational behavior.
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The Holly: Five Bullets, One Gun, and the Struggle to Save an American Neighborhood

An informed analysis of the complex intersections between police and the community, which will especially draw in readers involved in community organizing and anti-racist activism.
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The School I Deserve: Six Young Refugees and Their Fight for Equality in America

This uplifting story, which played out during bleak years for refugees in the U.S., will resonate with readers concerned about immigration and education policy, and those engaged by courtroom narratives.
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The Non-Obvious Guide to Virtual Meetings and Remote Work

Don’t be scared by the title
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Ages of American Capitalism: A History of the United States

Levy makes a cohesive argument that provides a new perspective on the trajectory of the U.S. but will still feel familiar to any student of history.
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On Violence and on Violence against Women

This is an urgent book that deserves to be read in classes on feminist theory and gender studies. It’s also meant for all readers who are interested in learning more about the ways in which power is literally mapped onto our bodies.

Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987–1993

This engaging, accessible book will find a wide audience among readers interested in activism from the ground up. It will also be a foundational document for historians for generations to come. A must-read.

Press Reset

This standout book will appeal to readers of Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN, as well as viewers of NoClip’s YouTube documentaries. Beyond gamers, this well-researched account will also interest labor advocates.
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Food Cultures of Israel: Recipes, Customs, and Issues

Fascinating and of interest to kitchen hobbyists and students of anthropology, nutrition, food sciences, or religion/divinity/ministry. Consider placing this book in the circulating nonfiction section for maximum usage.

Social Chemistry: Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection

Essential for all university libraries supporting psychology and human resources development curricula.

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Managing Generation Z: How To Recruit, Onboard, Develop, and Retain the Newest Generation in the Workplace

The book’s pragmatic, realistic approach will appeal to HR professionals and general managers.

The Life and Times of Louis Lomax: The Art of Deliberate Disunity

Aiello’s searching spotlight shows general readers and scholars a formidable figure and further illuminates the role and power of journalism and television during the civil rights movement. A welcome study of a pioneering man and his times.
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Artistic Places

A worthwhile option for its distinctive look and interpretation of international artists and their works.
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Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods

Spanning biography, business, and sociology, this well-reported and well-researched account of labor practices shows the impact of the demand for global goods. It will especially interest consumers and labor advocates.
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Within Our Grasp: Childhood Malnutrition Worldwide and the Revolution Taking Place To End It

Russell’s passion for citizen science, the important subject she explores, and her jargon-free presentation of information relating to malnutrition will open worlds for most readers, from high school students to sociologists.
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Lost in Summerland: Essays

This wide-ranging work is part literary collection, part cultural examination; it should appeal to armchair travelers interested in learning about different worldviews and finding meaning in the everyday.
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Prague: Belonging in the Modern City

Recommended for travelers interested in the history and politics of Prague.

Second Thoughts: On Having and Being a Second Child

Recommended for parents contemplating a second or third child, as well as readers interested in family dynamics.
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Uprooted: Recovering the Legacy of the Places We’ve Left Behind

While Olmstead successfully creates a full portrait of her family, especially her grandpa, her calls to rediscover the land fall a little short.
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Visual Encyclopedia

Containing an enormous range of knowledge throughout human history, this attractive guide is highly recommended for public libraries.

Information: A Historical Companion

A fascinating multidisciplinary essay collection that will appeal to information history junkies as well as history, journalism, and library science students.
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Finding Rhythm: An International Dance Journey

A welcome travel memoir documenting one woman’s journey of discovery and reinvention
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New York, New York, New York: Four Decades of Success, Excess, and Transformation

This engaging book has the potential to become a classic text, thanks to the detailed work and references that have gone into its creation. Recommended for libraries in larger institutions or for others with an interest in New York or urban studies.

No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice

This is an invaluable study of all-too-frequently misplaced genealogical and regional venerations. Highly recommended for U.S., antebellum, Civil War, African American, and Southern historians and scholars, and for all readers.

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

Essential reading for everyone working on incorporating more anti-racist thought leaders and perspectives into their collection.
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Little and Often

A thoughtful and well-written memoir, this book will appeal to readers who have difficult relationships with family and those who find craftwork healing.
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Paris Without Her

Although slated as a memoir, this touching work is just as much a love story and travel diary. It processes the pain of loss through the lens of beautiful scenery and will appeal to many readers, but especially fellow Francophiles eager to follow the road less traveled.

Names of New York: Discovering the City’s Past, Present, and Future through Its Place-Names

While toponymy, or the study of place-names, may appear to be an overwhelming topic, Jelly-Schapiro’s writing is informative, accessible, and entertaining. He is engaging throughout, and will leave readers thinking twice about the place-names they encounter on a daily basis.

The Mark of Slavery: Disability, Race, and Gender in Antebellum America

This original work adds an important new voice to conversations about slavery, disability, and medical history. Exceptional analysis of an understudied topic.

The Hospital: Life, Death, and Dollars in a Small American Town

The time Alexander spent embedded in the community gives continuity and depth to the stories of the individuals he connected with and puts a human face on broader issues of social inequality. This expertly reported account will resonate and find a wide audience.
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Three Dreamers

Fans of Carcaterra’s novels and reporting will appreciate the background on his life and inspiration, and this reflective memoir gives nuance to the dark world he portrays in his novels.
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New Yorkers: A City and Its People in Our Time

A varied book that will appeal to armchair travelers and others curious about New York. Highly recommended for public libraries as well as large academic libraries the world over.

To Raise a Boy: Classrooms, Locker Rooms, Bedrooms, and the Hidden Struggles of American Boyhood

Brown’s reporting on a variety of such initiatives tempers the gut-punch of stories documenting the ubiquity and ugliness of sexual harassment and the harm of sexual violence to people of all genders. A groundbreaking exploration with clear recommendations on how to better raise and support boys.

We Are Each Other’s Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy

This noteworthy book, the first of its kind, brings an untold history to the forefront and succeeds in showing how land and legacy are interconnected.

This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends about Racism

A thoughtful analysis which deserves a place on readers’ anti-racist reading lists. Recommended for those interested in trying to enact systemic change.
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Breaking the Social Media Prism: How to Make Our Platforms Less Polarizing

A wide-ranging academic work for readers curious about how social media has impacted conversation, online and offline, and the increasing overlap of political engagement and technology.

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But You’re Still So Young: How Thirtysomethings Are Redefining Adulthood

This book will appeal to those who enjoy human interest stories and non-judgmental writing about the millennial generation
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White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America

While the history Butler shares will be familiar to many scholars, her clear and forceful synthesis provides a useful entry point for evangelicals and non-evangelicals alike seeking to learn the history and contemporary reality of white evangelical political power in the United States.

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Afro-Nostalgia: Feeling Good in Contemporary Black Culture

Though a scholarly work, this account is an important dissection of looking beyond the traumas of the past to find the happiness that existed (and exists) within the Black community.

Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration

A worthy companion to the lauded Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, this is essential reading for all who care about justice in contemporary America.
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In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities Are Plundering Our Cities

Those interested in trends in urban planning or ethnic studies will appreciate Baldwin’s thoughtful exploration of urban campus sprawl.
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The Girl Explorers: The Untold Story of the Globetrotting Women Who Trekked, Flew, and Fought Their Way Around the World

Zanglein comprehensively covers a wide range of accomplished women, and does all of them justice. This book is perfect for those interested in women’s history and adventure stories.
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The Ten Year War: Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Coverage

An extensive and definitive account of competing visions of American health care that will be of particular interest to readers curious about the process of creating policy and those interested in reform. Cohn’s accessible writing makes for an absorbing, fast-paced narrative

Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence

A searing, yet sensitive account of vulnerability and redemption that will find a wide audience.

You’re Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility

The latest from Gurwitch will have readers rolling with laughter one minute and picking up the phone to commiserate with friends or family the next. The author is a delightful eccentric aunt-to-all with her wit, caring, and unbeknown-to-her wisdom. For fans of Nora Ephron and Sloane Crosely alike.
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