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Seeing Serena

At times, Mazorati’s critical tone takes away from the reading experience. Readers might get a fuller picture of Williams’s career by accompanying this book with the HBO series Being Serena, which is told in her own voice.

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Freeing Jesus: Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence

As with mysticism, highly personal accounts of Jesus run the risk of portraying the Jesus one wants to see, rather than encountering the transformative power of the Spirit. Bass neatly avoids most of this and so provides a portrait of Jesus for progressive Christians of all stripes that is as tangible, compelling, and biblical as the Christ of their more fundamentalist counterparts.

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Dance and Authoritarianism: These Boots Are Made for Dancing

An important resource for students and anyone interested in world cultures, dance and performing arts, or the intersection of art and politics.

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This Is How You Make a Movie

Those new to the language of filmmaking will emerge with a deeper appreciation of this complex, intricate process.

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How Art Heals: Exploring Your Deep Feelings Using Collage

This isn’t a traditional “how-to” book; readers looking for explicit instructions for collage-making will be better served by Roxanne Evans Stout’s Storytelling with Collage. However, it will inspire readers interested in the ways artists use the creative process as a means for healing.

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The Act of Sewing: How To Make and Modify Clothes To Wear Every Day

This would be a useful addition to public library craft collections, especially for teens and tweens, but it is not an essential purchase due to the omission of certain important sewing elements.

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Appropriate: A Provocation

Highly recommended for creative writing students or readers interested in this extremely relevant topic.
 

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Cheated: The Inside Story of the Astros Scandal and a Colorful History of Sign Stealing

This disturbing tale will satisfy baseball fans, but will also be of great interest to many other sports followers.

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The Lighter Step-By-Step Instant Pot Cookbook

A handy resource that will most likely be as popular as Eisner’s previous books; this one has something for everyone.
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Letter to a Young Female Physician: Notes from a Medical Life

A candid account that will spark the interest of aspiring physicians.
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Good Dog: Celebrating Dogs Who Change, and Sometimes Even Save, Our Lives

A loving look at how dogs care for people.
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The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort to Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self

Despite some flaws, this is an engaging read, recommended for those who enjoy outdoor writing, as well as for armchair (therefore very comfortable) critics of the modern lifestyle.
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Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race

Well-researched, with an extensive bibliography and a useful glossary of key concepts. A fast-paced account that offers myriad recommendations for lifestyle changes to reduce exposure to the chemicals that Swan and Colino identify as threats to the future of humankind.
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Norman Jewison: A Director’s Life

A thoroughly enjoyable and detailed look at a memorable life in film.
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Why Wakanda Matters: What Black Panther Reveals About Psychology, Identity, and Communication

While academic in nature, these essays are accessible to general readers. Howard’s work is a solid addition to media studies sections in both public and academic libraries.
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You’re History: The Twelve Strangest Women in Music

Those interested in music criticism will enjoy this in-depth study of unique women voices in pop music.
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In Teachers We Trust: The Finnish Way to World-Class Schools

For all readers, especially educators and parents, seeking a persuasive explanation for the excellent results of Finnish schools.
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Crime Time: Twenty True Tales of Murder, Madness, and Mayhem

This entertaining, concise collection will entice fans of true crime and history. Readers may also enjoy Mike Rothmiller’s True Crime Chronicles: Serial Killers, Outlaws, and Justice…Real Crime Stories from the 1800s.
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Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency

Readers who enjoy political coverage of the election process and want to know more about Joe Biden’s campaign will be well informed by this book.
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Twilight Man: Love and Ruin in the Shadows of Hollywood and the Clark Empire

This is a definite must-read for fans of early Hollywood, and those interested in LGBTQ history, with plenty of scandals and gossip to grab interest.
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Psychiana Man: A Mail-Order Prophet, His Followers, and the Power of Belief in Hard Times

This bizarre, gripping, yet balanced account of a charismatic man and an enterprise that prospered under the guise of religion will appeal to true crime fans and those interested in religious cults, including readers of Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief.
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Kin

Rodenberg writes with an evocative and unflinching style, despite sometimes jarring shifts in narrative. This is a richly nuanced portrait of people and place, along with the bounds of forgiveness. Good for biography readers eager to explore the complexities of family relationships, or readers interested in women’s lives in Appalachia.
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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.

The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America

A candid, even-handed account that is highly recommended for popular collections. A natural fit for libraries where The Turnaround circulated well.
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The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany

A fast-paced account that is strongly recommended for lovers of action-oriented narrative nonfiction, and for women’s history collections.
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A Fire in the Wilderness: The First Battle between Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee

Reeves shows that battles can reveal heroism not through victories but at a basic level of survival. He has produced an evocative account of the human costs of the Civil War.

A Lot Can Happen in the Middle of Nowhere: The Untold Story of the Making of Fargo

Much like the movie it dissects, this book is quirky and intelligent, with surprising revelations. A treat for cinephiles and fans of the Coen brothers.

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Dissent: The Radicalization of the Republican Party and Its Capture of the Court

This exhaustively detailed book will engage general readers interested in civic duty and privacy. Contemporary journalistic treatments of the confirmation will have to suffice until historical perspective produces what scholars may consider a definitive account.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Great Vegetables

Enthusiastically recommended for new and novice gardeners who want a straightforward, unfussy guide to growing their own food.
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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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Out of the Shadows: Six Visionary Victorian Women in Search of a Public Voice

Brisk and entertaining, this biography should draw the attention of readers interested in the social effects of the Spiritualist movement, or in 19th-century women’s history.
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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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Meade at Gettysburg: A Study in Command

An instructive book about Civil War generalship that will engage and inform anyone interested in the dynamics of command from the perspective of those in charge.
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Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell

Based on interviews and ideas replete in Sowell’s innumerable books, this biography is seasoned with selections from the economist’s sardonic quips. While many will disagree with his proposals, few should disregard his impact.
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The Hidden Curriculum: First Generation Students at Legacy Universities

Gable’s suggestions are well written and thoughtfully conveyed; university administrators and others interested in higher education will find much to consider.
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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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Music, Math, and Mind: The Physics and Neuroscience of Music

Spending time inside the brain of this talented scholar and artist is worth the price of admission; a truly joyful experience.
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Todd Webb in Africa: Outside the Frame

Although it’s fascinating as a history, Webb’s body of work is artistically underwhelming; it resembles a really good Life magazine photo-essay, but it lacks the éclat of photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson or Malick Sidibé. This narrative of Webb’s photos and their creation will engage primarily readers who are already interested in the medium and the message.
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Elizabeth and Monty: The Untold Story of Their Intimate Friendship

A well-researched work that will appeal to readers who like their celebrity biographies juicy.
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A Wonderful Guy: Conversations with the Great Men of Musical Theater

This funny, charming, and inspiring look into the world behind the footlights will delight fans of musical theater and those hoping to see their own names in lights someday.
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The Most Beautiful Disaster: How God Makes Miracles out of Our Mistakes

While there is a bit of a reliance on “the enemy” to explain bad behavior, Carpenter’s message is basically a hopeful one that emphasizes her concept of God’s love.

I Believe I’ll Go Back Home: Roots and Revival in New England Folk Music

Curren’s work is both historically important and vital reading for the present moment. Our need for a spiritual and cultural revival is, it would seem, as essential and natural as our need to sing. Highly recommended.
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Summer Movies: 30 Sun-Drenched Classics

This fun compendium will delight trip planners who like their vacations movie-oriented, as well as everyone who loves classic films.

X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II

Readers interested in World War II tales of bravery and heroism or Jewish studies will enjoy this.

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Soundbite: The Admissions Secret That Gets You into College and Beyond

Occasionally the author’s promotion of her approach comes across like an infomercial. Overall, however, the inclusion of exercises, examples, and Soundbites from real students results in an extremely useful guide for parents, students, counselors, and educators.
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American Republics: A Continental History of the United States, 1783–1850

This insightful and engaging survey is essential reading for scholars as well as casual readers of history.
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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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Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR

Readers interested in feminism, women’s history, and biography will be rewarded with a great story that deserves to be widely known.
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How to Be Human: An Autistic Man’s Guide to Life

A unique memoir showing the importance of diversity of thought. Fleming also makes clear the lasting impacts of language. An ideal complement to I Have Been Buried under Years of Dust, by Valerie Gilpeer and Emily Grodin.
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Besharam: On Love and Other Bad Behaviors

A phenomenal debut, ideal for readers interested in women’s issues and women’s voices.
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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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Low Country

Jones’s gift for spinning a tale is readily apparent, and her intertwining the history of the Low Country with her own familial history gives the book depth. A haunting memoir with poetic prose that will appeal to a large audience, owing to its interesting subject and skillful writing.
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Permission to Dream

This fable-like tale, which blends biography and self-help, is an inspirational reminder to dream big and dream often. Gardner’s latest memoir will especially resonate with readers of Mitch Albom and Paulo Coelho.
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Crying in H Mart

Zauner has created a memoir that is distinctly her own, but it will leave a mark on anyone who reads it
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Everything Is Fine

Granata’s skills, as a writer and former English teacher, shine here; he not only brings a personal perspective to living alongside a family member with mental illness, but also shows that there isn’t a right way to grieve. A welcome memoir.

A Cure for Darkness: The Story of Depression and How We Treat It

An essential book that brings much-needed awareness to depression and the lingering stigma and misinformation surrounding it.
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Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II

Combining social and military history, Brown’s latest book gives readers a heartbreaking picture of all that Japanese Americans sacrificed for their country during World War II.
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The Beauty of Living Twice

A welcome memoir of finding your way when life doesn’t go according to plan. Stone’s vulnerability and rediscovery will resonate with many readers.

Central America’s Forgotten History: Revolution, Violence, and the Roots of Migration

A compelling historical synthesis, told with style and moral clarity.

Leaving Isn’t the Hardest Thing

Although presented in essay format, this reads as a poignant, gripping memoir. A page-turning account of belonging and not belonging, and what it means to start over.
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Sensational: The Hidden History of America’s “Girl Stunt Reporters.”

Todd’s comprehensive account rightly sheds light on the many women who changed the face of journalism and helped jump-start the newspaper industry. Her accessible writing draws in readers from the first page.
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Little Matches: A Memoir of Grief and Light

O’Hara shares her sorrow with honesty and elegance, and her compelling story will resonate with anyone seeking a light in the darkest depths of grief.
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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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Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica’s Journey Into the Dark Antarctic Night

Belying its sensational title, this detail-rich account is a sober and humane chronicle of relationships among the explorers and their struggle for survival in the long polar night. Armchair travelers will enjoy.

A Short History of Humanity: A New History of Old Europe

Scientific yet accessible, this original book offers much insight to readers of European history.

First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

DeSilva provides a scholarly yet accessible conversation on the origins of human bipedalism. A great introduction to human origins, anthropology, and primatology for general audiences. Includes recent discoveries that are updates to previous popular works.
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Hawking Hawking

This thorough biography reveals Hawking’s life beyond his celebrity, and is recommended for anyone interested in learning more about the scientist’s legacy and life.
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Holding Back the River: The Struggle Against Nature on America’s Waterways

Kelley’s engaging work will draw in those interested in personal stories of the effects of climate change, and use of natural resources.
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The Ecological Gardener: How To Create Beauty and Biodiversity from the Soil Up

Those with a serious desire to learn more about creating ecologically friendly gardens will find much to muse over in Rees-Warren’s bracing mix of philosophical and practical landscape advice.
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Voting in America: Examining the Facts

A fine primer on voting that students will find particularly useful for reports; general readers will value its excellent content and balanced approach.
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The Madman’s Library: The Strangest Books, Manuscripts and Other Literary Curiosities from History

A feast (if not always palatable) for bibliophiles.
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The Science and Psychology of Music: From Beethoven at the Office to Beyoncé at the Gym

Intended to “inspire the next generation of researchers,” this volume provides plenty of stand-alone independent resources, in concise language that will be useful to students of music or psychology.
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Work-from-Home Hacks: 500+ Easy Ways To Get Organized, Stay Productive, and Maintain a Work-Life Balance While Working from Home!

Highly recommended for all public libraries.
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Breath Taking: The Power, Fragility, and Future of Our Extraordinary Lungs

Will appeal to listeners who enjoy popular science about human anatomy, such as Bill Bryson’s The Body, James Nestor’s Breath, and Alice Roberts’s Don’t Die Young. Recommended mostly for public libraries; academic libraries supporting medical school curricula may prefer to stick with textbooks.
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This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing

Will appeal to fans of memoir, history, or the author herself.
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Kraftwerk: Future Music from Germany

This provocative and stimulating, yet readable narrative unearths the social and musical importance of an iconic band, both for general readers and fans.

Being a Ballerina: The Power and Perfection of a Dancing Life

Dancing “full out” means going all out during practice rather than saving energy for the performance. In this memoir Larsen is writing full out, and we are the lucky audience of her performance. Balletomanes, dance students, and aspiring dancers will applaud this absorbing account.
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Broadway Goes to War: American Theater During World War II

An engaging, thorough, slightly academic work about an overlooked period of American drama, perhaps best reserved for theater historians and course-specific studies.
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Kengo Kuma: My Life as an Architect in Tokyo

With observations on urbanism that are more inspiring than those in the late, peripatetic architect Michael Sorkin’s Twenty Minutes in Manhattan, this text benefits from monochromatic photographs and delicate, understated, textural pencil sketches, which will inspire design students to express their ideas more abstractly. For all architecture libraries.
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Brat: An ’80s Story

Students of acting will appreciate learning about McCarthy’s versions of method acting and his struggles with performing for a camera. Fans of ’80s cinema will love the chance to reminisce.
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Driven: Rush in the ’90s and “In the End.”

This third installment’s heartfelt exploration of the hobbies, obsessions, and families of the members of Rush more than compensates for missing some of the sparkle evident in the first two volumes. Popoff is to be congratulated for this herculean effort.
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Songbooks: The Literature of American Popular Music

For readers interested in music media or cultural scholarship.
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The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000–2020

There is a great deal of variety and personality in this essay collection, especially for readers with an eye for art, music, and literature. Those who enjoy Kushner’s novels will gravitate to this collection, and readers new to the author’s writing will be drawn in as well.

The Golden Age of the American Essay: 1945–1970

In this collection, readers might see the value of the essay format as a way to share opinions. Lopate’s collection is a worthwhile slice of the history of the essay and its lasting contribution to American writing.
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Lev’s Violin: A Story of Music, Culture and Italian Adventure

Lyrical and exquisitely detailed. For listeners and players of violin music and readers interested in the history of things.
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Radical Vision: A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry

A scholarly yet accessible account of the life of a singular American artist and activist. Recommended for enthusiasts of American literature, and anyone who is interested in learning more about this transformational woman, whose vision for the country is as relevant today as ever.
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Word for Word: A Writer’s Life

Lisle’s limited discussion of her own creative process may leave some readers wanting, but others will enjoy the frank discussion of her successes and disappointments pursuing a “writer’s life.”
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Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life

A deeply reflective narrative that will appeal to both Margulies’s fans and anyone who enjoys a warm and well-crafted memoir.
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Family of Origin, Family of Choice: Stories of Queer Christians

These moving narratives, offering firsthand perspectives from a racially diverse group of LGBTQ Christians and their families, will resonate with many.
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The Reshaping of America’s Game: Major League Baseball After the Players’ Strike

Soderholm-Difatte’s great strength lies in his examination of the steroid era and the damages it wrought, representation of non-white people in baseball management, and new baseball analytics which look for the most productive players through statistical scrutiny. An engaging overview of the sport.
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Turning Pointe: How a New Generation of Dancers Is Saving Ballet from Itself

Required reading for anyone who loves ballet and cares about its future.
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Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance and Repair

A thoughtful approach to a vital topic. It will especially appeal to fans of Jemar Tisby’s The Color of Compromise.
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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 Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Renaissance

Standout narrative nonfiction that will engage bibliophiles and readers who enjoy historical nonfiction.
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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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Underserved Patrons in University Libraries: Assisting Students Facing Trauma, Abuse, and Discrimination

Offering a nuanced look at how patrons’ lived experiences impact their interactions with libraries, this book is widely applicable to people working in any college or university setting
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