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Broken People

Set within the vividly realized framework of addiction recovery and gay life in America, this remains the story of one man’s deep personal struggles while at the same time speaking to and for all the broken people in this world. Some readers may twitch at the long drug trip, but it’s a deeply felt journey that many will want to take. [See Prepub Alert, 12/1/19.]

Swimming in the Dark

German born of Polish parents, debut author Jedrowski here writes in English, and his lyrical prose reveals a complete command of the language. Readers who enjoy this impressive work will eagerly anticipate the author’s next book. Highly recommended for all who enjoy a tale of love under the most difficult circumstances. [See Prepub Alert, 10/7/19.]
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Perfect Tunes

Gould’s second novel (after Friendship) is essentially about how parenting can be rewarding but also challenging; the music angle alluded to in the title is secondary. The character development is uneven, and the parenting angle is often tedious, but fans of women’s fiction about young mothers, daughters, and life dreams might enjoy it.
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Fifty-Two Stories

Though some readers may prefer a more straightforward, colloquial style, fans of heightened language will enjoy this translation, which should appeal to a wide audience. A comprehensive volume that will satisfy the needs of many libraries.
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Darling Rose Gold

It’s chilling enough to read about Rose Gold’s suffering, but it’s just as chilling—and at times uncomfortably satisfying
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That’s Not a Thing

This new adult story with real-life trials, tragedies, and struggles features bromidic characters who don’t derail a complex plot. Fans of Jojo Moyes and Jennifer Weiner should enjoy.
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Temporary

At once hilarious, surreal, and serious, Leichter’s first novel reveals truths about capitalist society while exploring the meaning of doing one’s work well, despite how ridiculous or temporary it might be. This will be enjoyed by fans of Jen George and Helen Ellis.

Paris Never Leaves You

Things are seldom as they seem in this engrossing tale of identity, survival, loyalty, and love. With frequent time shifts and dubious identities, the author adds considerable depth to her well-crafted tale. Recommended with enthusiasm to anyone with an interest in Paris at war and the much broader themes noted above.
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The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant

Vivid descriptions highlight intertwining plot lines that seamlessly build to a satisfying climax. For fans of the author’s other works (The Botanist’s Daughter) and fiction by authors such as Lauren Willig and Kate Morton.
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The Knockout Queen

Thorpe’s (Dear Fang, with Love) coming-of-age tale set against a backdrop filled with hate and violence will captivate readers with its brutal honesty and unbreakable bonds of friendship. Recommended for fans of Emma Straub and Jami Attenberg.
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The Familiar Dark

Not just a fine thriller but a fine character study, plumbing family and particularly mother-daughter relationships and showing Eve, her mother, and Izzie’s mother, too, as women unbendable as oak. [See Prepub Alert, 8/25/19.]

Afterlife

An incisive book that will burrow itself into people’s hearts and stay long after they’ve turned the last page. [See Prepub Alert, 10/7/19.]
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The King of Warsaw

This intelligent and literary novel about the Jewish situation in Poland is presented from an original vantage point. It will be of interest to readers of pre-Holocaust literature and books about the Jewish situation in Europe between World Wars.

Sweet Sorrow

As Charlie notes, displaying a growing understanding of Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet “[is] stuffed with anticipation,” and readers will be, too, as Nicholls masterfully unfolds events. The depth of feeling between friends, family members, and lovers, first time or not
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Breaking the Silence Habit: A Practical Guide to Uncomfortable Conversations in the #MeToo Workplace

A fine first step in promoting and participating in the healing and prevention of sexual offense.
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How To Be Fine: What We Learned from Living by the Rules of 50 Self-Help Books

Funny and wise, this will be particularly helpful to aficionados of the personal growth genre.
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Let’s Talk About Sex: Real Stories from a Therapist’s Office

A refreshingly open and honest book about a topic of great interest to pretty much everyone.

You’re a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass): Embracing the Emotions, Habits, and Mystery That Make You You

Recommended for anyone who feels they’ve tried everything in the way of self-improvement yet are determined to live to their fullest potential.

Becoming Better Grownups: Rediscovering What Matters and Remembering How To Fly

A fantastic, fanciful guide to becoming not only a happier adult but one who gives back and helps the next generation.

One Step Ahead: Mastering the Art and Science of Negotiation

A comprehensive guidebook delivering valuable skills to apply in both business and personal relationships.
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Pearls of Wisdom: Little Pieces of Advice (That Go a Long Way)

A pithy book that packs a wallop of information and lots of laughs, this is a perfect gift for fans of the former first lady.
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The New Alpha Male: How To Win the Game When the Rules Are Changing

Excellent advice from someone who grew up in a “traditional male” atmosphere with some macho values but has changed his thinking and behavior.
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The Art of Lucid Dreaming: Over 60 Powerful Practices To Help You Wake Up in Your Dreams

For those interested in pursuing a new spiritual adventure.
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How To Be an Artist

An encouraging read for those cautious but eager to make art.
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The Hilarious World of Depression

Although primarily a memoir, Moe’s words should supply help, hope, and humor to many readers.
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Clearer, Closer, Better: How Successful People See the World

Helpful for reaching any goal, from losing weight to saving for retirement.
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The Animals at Lockwood Manor

Recommended for fans of Lauren A. Forry, Sarah Perry, and gothic suspense. [See Prepub Alert, 9/16/19.]
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The Happy Camper

Packed with a lot of small-town charm and a little bit of faith, Carlson’s latest (Christmas in Winter Hill) delivers a fun romance with crossover appeal. The author is prolific, but she hasn’t lost her touch for modern romantic fiction. Recommended as a stand-alone for new Carlson readers and fans of Courtney Walsh and Sandra D. Bricker.
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The Paris Library

Plan for extra copies, as this tale has all the hallmarks of a book club pick. [See “Seasonal Selections,” LJ 2/20.]
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The Book of Lost Friends

Emphasizing throughout that stories matter and should never go untold, Wingate has written an absorbing historical for many readers.
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The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida

This haunting tale of grief and tragedy by the author of Rainbirds might appeal to new adults who remember John Green’s Looking for Alaska. The leisurely narrative uncovers a world of Japanese customs, ghosts, and grief. [See Prepub Alert, 9/9/19.]
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Jane Goes North

Lansdale follows his latest “Hap and Leonard” installment, The Elephant of Surprise, with this over-the-top picaresque novel. The crude humor and quirky characters will appeal to the author’s fans.
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Separation Anxiety

Readers who enjoyed Maria Semple’s far superior Where’d You Go, Bernadette or Linda Holmes’s Evvie Drake Starts Over may enjoy this, but it is not Zigman’s best effort. She is a popular writer, though, so buy for demand only. [See Prepub Alert, 9/16/19.]
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The Buy Nothing, Get Everything Plan: Discover the Joy of Spending Less, Sharing More, and Living Generously

A great springboard to finding an antidote to consumerism.
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The New Baby Blueprint: Caring for You and Your Little One

A quick read with a parent-friendly format, this will be especially helpful for new parents, though some may find a few suggestions lacking in applicability.
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You Can’t F*ck Up Your Kids: A Judgment-Free Guide to Stress-Free Parenting

Whether or not readers agree with all of Powers’s ideas, she provides a thought-provoking look at parental judgment and solid ways for combatting it.
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The Little Gardener: Helping Children Connect with the Natural World

A comprehensive, fun, and colorful hands-on guide to gardening that will be enjoyable for children of all ages.
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The Tourist Attraction

Morganthaler’s debut is an utterly delightful romance with humor, small-town high jinks, and protagonists who share great chemistry.
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The Earl Takes a Fancy

After a somewhat shaky beginning, Heath (The Duchess in His Bed) manages to flesh out her characters enough to add another enjoyable, emotional chapter to the Trewlove saga.
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Conventionally Yours

In the end, this captivating, nerdy romance delivers a satisfying happily ever after.
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Pivot

This anthology is perfect for readers of romantic suspense who are looking for more from the included authors or for introductions to writers who are sure to become future favorites.
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Night of the Billionaire Wolf

Spear (A Billionaire Wolf for Christmas) delivers a layered suspense story, but too many plot threads detract from a romance that is slow to build and sometimes shaky. Paranormal suspense readers seeking a prevalent romance may wish to look elsewhere.
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If I Never Met You

Readers will certainly fall for Laurie and Jamie’s shenanigans in McFarlane’s (You Had Me at Hello) latest. While the recognizable beats of the familiar plot are all there, Laurie’s arc stands out.
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After Sundown

This new collaboration between Howard and Jones (after Running Wild) weaves a moving love story into a community’s journey through hardship and sacrifice. The worldbuilding in this romantic thriller clearly shows how a cataclysmic event brings these self-imposed loners, and their community, together.
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Badger to the Bone

Although the writing is uneven and new series readers may find it hard to keep track of all the characters, the dialog is funny and the story is enjoyable once readers let themselves go along for the ride. This book will appeal to fans of Laurenston’s (Hot and Badgered) earlier work. Purchase where the author or other shifter romances are popular.
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The Most Eligible Lord in London

With a love triangle, a protective Great Dane, and meddling mothers, this new Regency series launch brings on the drama but is filled with tenderness. Readers who recognize characters from Quinn’s earlier “Marriage Game” series (Enticing Miss Eugenie Villaret) will be especially rewarded.
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Bears Behaving Badly

Davidson (Undead and Unwed) is known for combining paranormal romance with a healthy serving of humor, and she brings a heaping dose of both to enhance this newest series.

King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV

Why did a king make such blunders? Mansel seeks to find out in this superior study that will appeal to history buffs and may become the go-to biography of Louis XIV.
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Tree Story: The History of the World Written in Rings

With this brief, accessible look at the wisdom of tree rings, Trouet draws readers into a narrative that clearly displays her joy for her work and offers some fun with word play.

PREMIUM

How To Eat: All Your Food and Diet Questions Answered

Based on a timely Grub Street article by the authors that went viral, the demand for this straightforward resource about the current state of nutrition should be high.
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Super Sourdough: The Foolproof Guide to Making World-Class Bread at Home

Morton’s enthusiasm and knowledge about sourdough are undeniable and his candid voice speaking to home bakers is refreshing. Recommended for new and experienced bakers alike.

Baking Gold: How To Bake (Almost) Everything with 3 Doughs, 2 Batters, and 1 Magic Mix

Great for beginning to intermediate bakers, and a perfect addition to all culinary collections.
PREMIUM

Big Flavors from Italian America: Family-Style Favorites from Coast to Coast

Public libraries can expand their collection with this guide by serving both fans of Italian food and America’s Test Kitchen. Easy-to-make recipes abound and the nod to regionalism is an intriguing, exciting angle.
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The Phoenicia Diner Cookbook: Dishes and Dispatches from the Catskill Mountains

This creative, yet approachable collection will satisfy both cooks and Americana fans nostalgic for diner cooking.

Everything Chocolate: A Decadent Collection of Morning Pastries, Nostalgic Sweets, and Showstopping Desserts

Overall, a terrific new compendium that will appeal to bakers and chocolate fans of all skill levels.
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Fresh from Poland: New Vegetarian Cooking from the Old Country

A light and delicious take on a cuisine often underrepresented in cooking collections. Vegetarian or not, most cooks will find something to savor.

Ending Parkinson’s Disease: A Prescription for Action

Based on extensive research and written in clear, accessible language, this important book will be valuable to policymakers, medical professionals, and especially patients and their families.
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Is It Alzheimer’s? 101 Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions About Memory Loss and Dementia

The difficult topic of memory is one science has a great deal yet to learn about, and Rabins does an effective job of outlining the current research, providing an excellent resource for worried individuals, diagnosed patients, loved ones, and caregivers.

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Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health

Informative essays bring a contagious anger and passion to bear on the subject. On-the-ground activists and health care professionals will be well served by this recommended anthology.

Everyone Can Bake: Simple Recipes To Master and Mix

A delightful and inspiring cookbook that guides bakers of all levels through the mix-and-match mentality of experienced pastry chefs. Highly recommended for established fans of Ansel and creative recipe construction.
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Everything Is Under Control: A Memoir with Recipes

A compelling memoir about cooking (at home and at work), life, and making it up as you go along.
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The Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness: A Memoir

Though dense at times, this work is among the few about understudied chronic conditions that primarily affect women, and the little attention they receive. For those living with invisible illnesses who have been told they don’t look sick, and fans of the podcasts This Is Not What I Ordered and No End In Sight.

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The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are

Highly recommended for popular science and memoir fans, as well as readers with an interest in genealogy.
 
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Hollywood Double Agent: The True Tale of Boris Morros, Film Producer Turned Cold War Spy

Gill’s captivating, fast-paced narrative reads like a thriller and will leave readers wanting more. Highly recommended for those who love stories of espionage.
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On Account of Race: The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the Ravaging of African American Voting Rights

Goldstone is a first-rate writer, and this book’s readability makes it ideal for classroom use, though all readers will learn from the cases covered here.

PREMIUM

The Victory Machine: The Making and Unmaking of the Warriors Dynasty

Sports dynasties tend to inspire the extremes of love and hate, and more than ever in this era of constant connection. For basketball fans interested in the lesser-known business side of the sport.
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Enemy of All Mankind: A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History’s First Global Manhunt

Consummate popular history: fast-paced, intelligent, and entertaining.

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Our Good Crisis: Overcoming Moral Chaos with the Beatitudes

A helpful resource for those interested in the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount, as well as Christian ethics.

Mother to Son: Letters to a Black Boy on Identity and Hope

This sincere, personal account will appeal to parents and church leaders interested in the intersection of social justice and religion. Recommended for all libraries.
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Acting on Faith: Stories of Courage, Activism, and Hope Across Religions

These words are more meditations than action plans; however, the reflection questions as well as the resources for engagement are incredibly useful. Overall, this is a helpful primer to interfaith communication.
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Edge of the Map: The Mountain Life of Christine Boskoff

An absorbing, unputdownable book about an intrepid climber and pioneer in high-altitude mountaineering. By including accounts from those who accompanied Boskoff on various climbing expeditions, this work serves as a wonderful tribute to her life and enduring legacy.
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The World Beneath Their Feet: Mountaineering, Madness, and the Deadly Race To Summit the Himalayas

An excellent overview of mountaineering and exploration in the Himalayas and Karakoram, set against the backdrop of 20th-century history, that will appeal to mountaineers and armchair adventurers.
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Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask

A thorough, engaging read for Berra fans and Yankee admirers.

The Other Bennet Sister

Readers with fond but not necessarily exhaustive memories of Pride and Prejudice will love this story, as will historical fiction readers looking for intelligent heroines with agency and heart who belong to their time and place without quite fitting in.

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Tanking to the Top: The Philadelphia 76ers and the Most Audacious Process in the History of Professional Sports

Readers interested in the business of basketball, and how it affects teams and players above all, will find this a must-read.
PREMIUM

High Drama: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of American Competition Climbing

Leaving no stone unturned, this exhaustive history will find an audience with climbing enthusiasts.

Buzz Saw: The Improbable Story of How the Washington Nationals Won the World Series.

As an insider’s view of a remarkable run, this should be ­enjoyed by all baseball fans.

How To Be a Conscious Eater: Making Food Choices That Are Good for You, Others, and the Planet

Recommended for everyone who eats, particularly those who hope to improve their own health and the planet’s by doing so.
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Meals, Music, and Muses: Recipes from My African American Kitchen

With straightforward instructions, this personal read presents dishes that are familiar favorites with a unique and delightful spin.
PREMIUM

The Dairy Restaurant

A wonderful survey of a type of restaurant once ubiquitous and now down to a handful. Katchor contributes a worthy and welcome volume to the genre of Kosher cuisine.
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First, Catch: Study of a Spring Meal

Eagle enjoys thinking about food in all its ephemerality and here succeeds in sharing that experience. A solid pick for fans of food writers Nigel Slater, John Thorne, or Laurie Colwin.
PREMIUM

Take One Can: 80 Delicious Meals from the Pantry

For anyone hoping to make a quick, delicious meal from the cans of food in the pantry.
PREMIUM

How the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs: The Syrian Arab Congress of 1920 and the Destruction of Its Liberal-Islamic Alliance

Highly recommended for history buffs and readers concerned about the failure of democracy in the Middle East.
PREMIUM

Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America

Lalami’s conclusions are not groundbreaking and have been investigated in other works, but she is a gifted writer and her informative narrative shines when she shares her own experiences.

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Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington

Whether seasoned Lincoln scholars or interested general readers, all who pick up this book will learn much by going along for the ride with Widmer.

PREMIUM

American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland

A highly readable, multifaceted look into the topics of faith and living in America today. The level of intimacy within these pages invests readers not only in the unfolding human story but also in the history of the land.

Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like “Journey” in the Title

A deep reflection on young widowhood, foster care and adoption, and the persistence of love, this work is recommended to fans of Nora McInerny (The Hot Young Widows Club), and anyone interested in stories of love, friendship, family, and loss, bound together with a wide, sparkly ribbon of humor.

The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World’s Queer Frontiers

For readers who appreciated the New York Public Library’s The Stonewall Reader, this work moves the observation of the evolution of LGBT life and culture to the global scale and is a must-read for all interested in gender studies.

PREMIUM

1939: A People’s History of the Coming of the Second World War

Written in an accessible, engaging style, this book will appeal most to casual readers of popular history.

Tower of Skulls: A History of the Asia-Pacific War. Vol. I: July 1937–May 1942

Frank succeeds in his goal to alter our view of World War II as mostly a European clash in this informative book meant for all serious world history readers, even those who presume to know all there is to know about World War II.

Those Who Forget: My Family’s Story in Nazi Europe–A Memoir, A History, A Warning

In searing yet engaging prose, Schwarz makes her case for the need for memory work in this highly recommended read for fans of memoirs and World War II history. [See Prepub Alert, 10/28/19.]
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A Delayed Life: The True Story of the Librarian at Auschwitz

A story of survival that is rare in its coverage of life before and after the Holocaust, addressing the difficult question of what comes after such tragedy.
 
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Quest for Eternal Sunshine: A Holocaust Survivor’s Journey from Darkness to Light

This heartfelt account of a remarkable life will interest anyone who has suffered trauma or who is overcoming difficulties, as well as those interested in ­Holocaust survivor biographies.
 

Sutherland Springs: God, Guns, and Hope in a Texas Town

This smoothly written account, simultaneously filled with heartbreak and hope, should be read by all who wish to understand the growing rise of these incidents. Highly recommended.

PREMIUM

Incubating Creativity at Your Library: A Sourcebook for Connecting with Communities

Librarians, artists, and educators will find this a valuable and inspiring guide for developing creative community programs.

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Great State: China and the World

This enjoyable read is essential for all students of Chinese history, and accessible to anyone with a general interest in the topic. A solid companion to Odd Arne Westad’s Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750.
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There I Am: The Journey from Hopelessness to Healing

A sometimes inspiring but overall poorly told story of living with chronic pain.
PREMIUM

Kid Quixotes: A Group of Students, Their Teacher, and the One-Room School Where Everything Is Possible

This is an inspiring account that reminds us that with trust and empathy, there’s no limit to what students and teachers can accomplish together.
PREMIUM

Magdalena: River of Dreams

Shifting seamlessly from travelog to history to nature writing, Davis weaves together a fascinating story of the geographical and cultural diversity of the Rio Magdalena, a diversity that characterizes the spirit of Colombia. Recommended for those who enjoy good writing, and all interested in a new perspective on personal narratives.
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Empires of the Sky: Zeppelins, Airplanes, and Two Men’s Epic Duel To Rule the World

Recommended for general readers who enjoy aviation, technology, and business histories. [See Prepub Alert, 10/7/19.]
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