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Psychology, February 2019 | Best Sellers

Embracing Serenity | Social Sciences Reviews

Not Having It All | Social Sciences Reviews, December 2018

New Perspectives on the Opioid Epidemic


Bluff City: The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers

This fascinating glimpse behind the creation of iconic civil rights photos never quite flushes out the main thesis exploring Withers's FBI informant career. Marc Perrusquia's A Spy in Canaan offers a more thorough exploration.

Commuter Spouses: New Families in a Changing World

With few comparison works, this book will appeal to those interested in modern social trends and family dynamics.

The Broken Circle: A Memoir of Escaping Afghanistan

The inspirational nature of this memoir will appeal to readers desiring an uplifting chronicle of the resilience of the human spirit.

Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship To Drive Successful Businesses

This insightful, engaging work is an essential guidebook for friends considering a business collaboration.

The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot To Kill George Washington. Flatiron: Macmillan

Highly recommended for popular history fans, this work adds to the knowledge presented in David McCullough's 1776 and makes a great companion volume to John A. Nagy's Invisible Ink: Spycraft of the American Revolution.

Information Literacy and Libraries in the Age of Fake News

This engaging and intellectually stimulating read is highly recommended for all librarians as well as those interested in exploring the issue of fake news.

The Story of Greece and Rome

While the pacing might overwhelm at times, this is overall a worthy and enjoyable introduction for readers seeking a general sense of the interwoven world of ancient Greece and Rome.

We Want To Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages and Ransom

This readable and well-argued book is essential for ethics, journalism, and international relations collections, and a valuable rubric for assessing hostage policy, whether by governments, individuals, or businesses.

Burned: A Story of Murder and the Crime That Wasn't

may lead to a reexamination of other cases involving wrongful convictions. VERDICT This sobering, enlightening read is true crime at its best, with just the right blend of justice and intrigue that will leave readers searching for truth in the criminal justice system. Fans of the genre can expect to be drawn into this story.

The Darkest Year: The American Home Front 1941–1942

This thoroughly researched and accessible text will prove elucidating to anyone curious about social history, World War II, or the rhetoric of a country in crisis.

Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets

Recommended for university-level courses on gender studies and new media studies as well as for general readers interested in the intersections of pop culture, feminist theory, racial justice, and activism.

Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side

A stimulating and provocative study that may be suitable for cutting-edge book discussion groups and ardent students of deviant behavior.

The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After

Similar to Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air, this page-turner will be hard to keep on the shelves.

American Cipher: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan

The authors raise important questions about the psychological fitness of servicemen and -women and the diminishing chances for fair trials and treatment in a nation as polarized as ours today. This will resonate with readers gripped by C.J. Chivers's The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.

I've Been Meaning To Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter

Slim but not slight, this touching read will be valuable for all parents, especially families with multiracial children, as well as those interested in viewing the politics of race and racial identity through a personal lens.

Siri, Alexa, and Other Digital Assistants: The Librarian's Quick Guide

Those completely unfamiliar with voice computing will gain a basic understanding of the technology and its potential uses in library settings. However, they may question whether the information gained from such a slim volume is worth the hefty cost. Librarians already aware of the technology and its ramifications can skip this title.

Staying Healthy Abroad: A Global Traveler's Guide

An ideal text for all public library collections.

See You in the Piazza: New Places To Discover in Italy

Recommended for those who look for the unexpected when they travel. [See Prepub Alert, 9/24/18.]

Short-Term Staff, Long-Term Benefits: Making the Most of Interns, Volunteers, Student Workers, and Temporary Staff in Libraries

Library managers will find this useful information for designing rewarding short-term work experiences.

Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution

The stories of these refugees offer a window into Chinese culture, family life, and the history of this tumultuous period, resulting in a beautiful and emotional work that should be essential reading for those interested in 20th-century Chinese history.

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence

Overall, Ghodsee provides a provocative argument for democratic socialism. Recommended for readers interested in socialism and politics.

Antisemitism: Here and Now

Lipstadt's insight and perspective contextualizes current events that mark the recent resurgence of anti-Semitic speech and violence in the United States and Europe, crafting an informative read for those interested in social justice and political and Jewish history.

The Make-or-Break Year: Solving the Dropout Crisis One Ninth Grader at a Time

One of the few comprehensive accounts of Chicago's remarkable educational triumph, this title deserves a place on the shelves of college, public, and high school libraries.

Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring

Gergel reintroduces oft-forgotten civil rights heroes in this captivating, deeply researched work that is likely to draw in general readers, historians, and legal scholars alike.

Brown, White, Black: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion

Mehra's nuanced and thought-provoking work resonates on multiple levels—from the immigrant experience and race relations to accepting one's sexuality, adoption, parenthood, and more. Excellent for readers interested in family and issues of identity in America.

The Introvert's Complete Career Guide: From Landing a Job, to Surviving, Thriving, and Moving on Up

For job searchers, professionals seeking advancement, and the career development specialists who serve them.

The Polar Bear Expedition: The Heroes of America's Forgotten Invasion of Russia, 1918–1919

Nelson adeptly integrates the individual experiences of the regiment with the wider events of the expedition, though sometimes the narrative is overdramatized. Still, this largely overlooked event will interest readers of military history.

Cuba Libre! Che, Fidel, and the Improbable Revolution That Changed World History

An excellent new entry on the subject, with a memorable opening line and highly enjoyable chapters. If you read only one recent book on Cuba, have it be this delightful popular history.

El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America

A thorough, relevant, and insightful survey of Hispanic North America.

Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution—and Why America Might Miss It

Crawford presents a compelling call to action for politicians and concerned citizens about the promise of fiber connections and the roadblocks that may stand in the way.

American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts

Although McGreal treads the same ground as Beth Macy in Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America (a 2018 LJ Best Book), she offers here a brisk, persuasive, and sobering account of an epidemic that is unlikely to abate any time soon.

Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family

Jackson's eloquent account is as much about a writer struggling to understand life's jubilations, mistakes, and losses, as it is a chronicle of a black man's place in America, appealing to fans of Kiese Laymon and Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

Keefe deftly turns a complicated and often dark subject into a riveting and informative page-turner that will engage readers of both true crime and popular history.

Women Warriors: An Unexpected History

This strong-voiced treatment nicely introduces readers to the lives of less-familiar historical women.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

Written with grace, humor, wisdom, and compassion, this heartwarming journey of self-discovery should appeal to fans of Mitch Alborn and Nicholas Sparks. [See Prepub Alert, 10/29/18.]

The Girls Next Door: Bringing the Home Front to the Front Lines

This well-researched and well-written work delves into an aspect of women's service in wartime that is not often portrayed, resulting in a refreshingly critical narrative that might appeal more to scholars than armchair historians.

Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk

Greenberg's sensitive portrait should appeal to a wide audience, from serious historians to general readers interested in the lives of first ladies and achieving women.

We the People: A Progressive Reading of the Constitution for the Twenty-First Century

Those troubled by the Court's trending rightward can take solace in Chemerinsky's learned articulation of a different outlook. His valuable counterpoint to the current Court's dominant view is recommended for all collections.

Code Name: Lise; The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy

Reading like a thrilling spy novel and the most exciting sort of nonfiction—well researched, well written, and fast paced enough to keep the pages turning—this will interest fans of the history of espionage, World War II history, military history, women's history, and biography.

Thick: And Other Essays

Cottom offers a skimming discussion on the challenges of being black and a woman in America while making excellent points. Readers interested in social justice will find a number of quotable passages, whether for casual or academic use.

Archival Futures

Highly recommended for archivists, records managers, and other information professionals.

The Rhine: Following Europe's Greatest River from Amsterdam to the Alps

This travelog is a great companion volume to traditional guide books and might direct readers to areas they wouldn't normally visit. Anyone interested in European travel, history, and rivers will enjoy.

I Am Yours

Memoir fans will appreciate Zaman's journey.

Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster

This gripping nonfiction account is highly recommended for Russophiles and fans of real-life dystopias.

Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation

In the sweeping style of Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns, this work will be enthusiastically received by informed readers and historians and is likely to become the seminal work on this crucial Supreme Court decision.

This Is Cuba: An American Journalist Under Castro's Shadow

Cuba watchers should read this informative new work, as should all interested in a country that is geographically closer to the United States than some might realize.

Nature's Mutiny: How the Little Ice Age of the Long Seventeenth Century Transformed the West andShaped the Present

Appropriate for readers already fascinated with the history of Europe between 1570 and 1816 as well as enthusiasts of general historical survey works.

Headcase: LGBTQ Writers & Artists on Mental Health and Wellness

This terrific and essential work will benefit all readers, especially therapists and anyone concerned with the mental health of sexual minorities as fellow human travelers.

The Good Immigrant

These insightful essays from well-known and upcoming writers will appeal to both adult and young adult readers.

Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future

Buttigieg, a rising political star who was reelected mayor in 2016, offers an engaging story and guidance for nontraditional approaches to municipal leadership. Readers interested in politics, urban planning, and coming-of-age stories will especially enjoy this personal history.

Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium

This timely account will interest advocates and concerned citizens. Inglis's skillful command of style will please them all.

The Restless Kings: Henry II, His Sons and the Wars for the Plantagenet Crown

A highly readable exploration of a strong-willed family who left an indelible mark on European history.

Unruly Waters: How Rains, Rivers, Coasts, and Seas Have Shaped Asia's History

An enjoyable read for those interested in modern Asian history, and an essential text for Indian history enthusiasts. See also Philip Ball's The Water Kingdom: A Secret History of China.

To Have and To Hold: Motherhood, Marriage, and the Modern Dilemma

Miller's resonant message is that everyone should acknowledge all facets of motherhood, including the negative. Mothers-to-be and parents of babies and young children may find it reassuring that it's typical to feel conflicted and even angry owing to the upheaval and transformation of their lives.

Ike's Mystery Man: The Secret Lives of Robert Cutler

Recommended for researchers of the NSC and its major Cold War activities as well as students of LGBTQ history in American government.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape

With an approach reminiscent of Meg Jay (Supernormal), Abdulali achieves extraordinary success with this compulsively readable and effortlessly diverse first book no doubt guaranteed to become an important part of the canon on gender studies and sexual assault.

Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight That Broke the Democratic Party

Recommended for those interested in American political history and the dawn of the Reagan era.

The Longest Line on the Map: The United States, the Pan-American Highway, and the Quest To Link the Americas

A powerful argument against Washington's growing embrace of isolationist policies at home and abroad. Highly recommended for U.S. and diplomatic historians, geopolitical scholars, and general readers.

Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974

This highly readable, compelling book should be required reading for all Americans of voting age.

Downhill from Here: Retirement Insecurity in the Age of Inequality

Strongly recommended for policymakers, business and nonprofit leaders, and general readers concerned (and who isn't?) about their retirement.

Generation Citizen: The Power of Youth in Our Politics

A useful resource for aspiring political activists with YA crossover appeal.

The Deadly Deep: The Definitive History of Submarine Warfare

Ballantyne's latest is for anyone interested in naval history, presenting a solid work on the topic.

The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties

Collier's wide-ranging work presents challenging concepts from a British viewpoint, providing a meaningful perspective that will reward thoughtful readers. A noteworthy addition to works such as Douglas McWilliams's The Inequality Paradox and Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

Never Too Late: The Adult Student's Guide to College

Highly recommended for collections focused on student success, career planning, or academic advising, and a superb option for adult learners interested in returning to or starting college.

Victory City: A History of New York and New Yorkers During World War II

While academics might find the broad scope unsatisfying, this is nonetheless a captivating and well-researched New York history bound to please anyone interested in World War II, New York, as well as general popular history readers.

The Banker and the Blackfoot: An Untold Story of Friendship, Trust, and Broken Promises in the Old West

A well-told narrative with a cast of fascinating characters provides a true accounting of Western and frontier settlement and cultural change. Recommended for libraries with regional and biographical collections.

Bad with Money:The Imperfect Art of Getting Your Financial Sh*t Together

A helpful money guide for twenty- to thirtysomethings, feminist or queer readers looking for better advice than what their parents gave (or maybe didn't give) them.

The Children of Harvey Milk: How LGBTQ Politicians Changed the World

Despite this shortcoming, the book's group portrait of LGBTQ leaders who have labored for change is a reminder that representation matters. A scholarly analysis that will also appeal to politically engaged generalist readers.

Army of Empire:The Untold Story of the Indian Army in World War I.

This sweeping history of the Indian Army would be a welcome addition to any history collection and appreciated by readers of World War I, India, and the British Empire.

It Was All a Dream: A New Generation Confronts the Broken Promise to Black America

A thoughtful account depicting the lives of a marginalized yet optimistic generation, recommended for readers interested in race and identity.

Fraternity: An Inside Look at a Year of College Boys Becoming Men

Readers would be better off with John Hechinger's True Gentlemen: The Broken Pledge of America's Fraternities.

The Caesar of Paris: Napoleon Bonaparte, Rome, and the Artistic Obsession That Shaped an Empire

While collection facts and figures occasionally stray from the narrative, overall this substantial work is an enjoyable read for French and art history buffs alike.

The Struggle Is Eternal: Gloria Richardson and Black Liberation

An important book for readers at a time in history when the rights of African Americans are again being questioned.

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive

Land has perhaps succeeded in having her story told by virtue of her eventual triumph in escaping the grind of poverty. Her journey offers an illuminating read that should inspire outrage, hope, and change.

The Writer's Practice: Building Confidence in Your Nonfiction Writing

An essential guidebook in or outside the classroom for anyone who wants to think, act, and communicate as a writer.

Memes to Movements: How the World's Most Viral Media Is Changing Social Protest and Power

This work is a first purchase that provides a thought-provoking examination of an important aspect of social media and digital communication.

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Career Defense 101: How To Stop Sexual Harassment Without Quitting Your Job

Important holistic legal advice that advocates for women facing sexual harassment.

William Penn: A Life

Well crafted and thoroughly researched, the writing style here is more academic than narrative. Yet, for anyone desiring comprehensive knowledge of Penn's life, this is the book to read.—Glen Edward Taul, formerly with Campbellsville Univ., KY

Where Did You Go? A Life-Changing Journey To Connect with Those We've Lost

A fascinating read for those open to paranormal experiences.

13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don't Do: Own Your Power, Channel Your Confidence, and Find Your Authentic Voice for a Life of Meaning and Joy

Exemplary guidance for women of all ages.

Success Habits: Proven Principles for Greater Wealth, Health, and Happiness

Hill's writing continues to prove timeless, and his advice remains on target for readers today.

Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson's Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism

Fans of Thompson, those unfamiliar with him, as well as journalists and scholars will enjoy this breezy but ultimately cautionary tale.—Karl Helicher, formerly with Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA

Winter War: Hoover, Roosevelt, and the First Clash over the New Deal

This valuable and insightful read offers a vivid glimpse into the political and economic world of Depression-era America.—Philip Shackelford, South Arkansas Community Coll.

Stop Staring at Screens! A Digital Detox for the Whole Family

This beautifully laid-out book provides everything one needs to regulate screen time and increase in-person interactions.

Better Balance for Life: Banish the Fear of Falling with Simple Activities Added to Your Everyday Routine

These excellent illustrated instructions that can easily be performed will help seniors increase their strength and avoid injury.

Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny

Watts's latest offers a solid argument and serves as a fine historical companion to Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt's How Democracies Die. It will appeal to audiences interested in both popular Roman history and contemporary American affairs.—Evan M. Anderson, Kirkendall P.L., Ankeny, IA

Airborne in 1943: The Daring Allied Air Campaign over the North Sea

A fitting historical tribute to the soldiers whose invaluable memories inspired this remarkable account. Highly recommended for U.S., European, military, and aviation historians, as well as general readers.—John Carver Edwards, formerly with Univ. of Georgia Libs.

The Allies: Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II

While this history doesn't offer new material for readers already familiar with the story, Groom's credibility will ensure its demand among readers interested in military history and World War II.—Frederick J. Augustyn Jr., Lib. of Congress, Washington, DC

Getting Real About Getting Older: Conversations About Aging Better

A realistic yet optimistic guide to the "golden" years.

Mastering Adulthood: Go Beyond Adulting To Become an Emotional Grown-Up

Great for mindfulness devotees but otherwise an optional purchase.

The Annotated Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

Libraries that want the full complement of Grant's works will profit from Samet's edition; those who own Marszalek's still have the best to date.—Randall M. Miller, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia

Girl Talk: What Science Can Tell Us About Female Friendship

With a solid balance of science talk and anecdotes, despite some of the overall concepts being repeated, this quick and intriguing read will provide women with plenty of insight into their actions.—Natalie Browning, Longwood Univ. Lib., Farmville, VA

Churchill: Walking with Destiny

This compelling book is likely to become a standard text on Churchill and will be difficult to keep on the shelves.—David Keymer, Cleveland

Coping with Critical, Demanding, and Dysfunctional Parents: Powerful Strategies To Help Adult Children Maintain Boundaries and Stay Sane

Highly recommended for anyone who has suffered the effects of a dysfunctional family.

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