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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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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.

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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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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.

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.

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.

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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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From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century

Although this history is well covered in other books, such as Edward E. Baptist’s The Half Has Never Been Told and Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, and the arguments for reparations are not new, this is a worthwhile compendium on an extremely important topic.

Ordinary Insanity: Fear and the Silent Crisis of Motherhood in America

Menkedick uses her platform to seek justice in raising awareness of the complexity and depth of motherhood along with perinatal mental health disorders, and reclaiming motherhood as a powerful state. Her compelling book deserves a wide audience, from cheering mothers to chastened experts.
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Steeped in the Blood of Racism: Black Power, Law and Order, and the 1970 Shootings at Jackson State College

For readers intent on social change, Bristow’s chronicle of events and analysis of developments, particularly the contest over the shootings’ meaning, palpably demonstrate how much historical memory matters.
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The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants

Young women looking for ideas for a career in agriculture or horticulture are offered a number of paths to explore in this title. Those with a passion for plants who wish to see the many faces of women influencing the field will also enjoy.
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Reef Life: An Underwater Memoir

A vivid, lyrical science memoir for readers curious about coral reefs, and fans of environmental nonfiction.
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The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where To Go from Here

A well-researched if sobering introduction to the history and causes of climate change that should be read by all.
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Nature Obscura: A City’s Hidden Natural World

Though focused on Brenner’s hometown of Seattle, this unofficial guide to finding wildlife in unexpected areas is wide ranging and companionable. Also included are tips and resources for budding urban naturalists.
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The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another

Western (especially American) history or history of technology buffs should appreciate Ramirez’s efforts to raise the attention of issues impacting scientists, engineers, and technologists.
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The Dream Universe: How Fundamental Physics Lost Its Way

Although Lindley does not offer a prescription for this dilemma, he nevertheless makes a compelling argument about how science has drifted away from objective reality in order to explain the mysteries of the universe.
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Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear

Combining anecdotes that document her personal vulnerabilities with tales of outdoor adventure and just enough scientific research, Holland crafts an engaging and unique memoir. Fans of the self-help genre and popular science in the style of Mary Roach will enjoy this debut title.

Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard

Recent reports of massive declines in bird populations across North America make this book both timely and apposite. An essential addition to most gardening collections.
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Container and Fragrant Gardens

This guide fits the bill for readers in the market for a concise, inexpensive introduction to specific gardening topics, but those seeking more in-depth instruction will want to supplement the material with additional resources.
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The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World’s Favorite Insect

This fascinating book will be of interest to anyone who has ever admired a butterfly, and to everyone who cares about preserving these stunning creatures.
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And Then They Stopped Talking to Me: Making Sense of Middle School

A fascinating entry on the middle school years and the struggles both children and adults face during this time. The addition of bulleted takeaways at the end of each chapter would have enhanced what is occasionally a dense read for busy parents.

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Success Strategies for Parenting Gifted Kids: Expert Advice from the National Association for Gifted Children

Extensive and inclusive, this useful guide addresses nearly every issue imaginable faced by gifted children. Recommended for all parents and educators.

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To Me, He Was Just Dad: Stories of Growing Up with Famous Fathers

A compelling read for anyone interested in a behind-the-scenes take on the parental lives of men in the spotlight.

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The Little Book of Baby Massage: Use the Power of Touch To Calm Your Baby

An easy-to-use, distinctive resource for new parents interested in baby massage. 

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Sunny Side Upbringing: A Month-by-Month Guide to Raising Kind and Caring Kids

While not ideal for circulation, this activity-filled offering may prove extremely useful for children’s librarians.

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Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids To Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World

Backed by extensive research from entrepreneurs, military leaders, scientists, and academics, Levine’s latest is a must-read for parents, teachers, and all who work with children and are concerned about their future.

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Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture: 11 Steps To Keep Her Happy, Healthy, and Safe

Evidence based and filled with practical strategies, this volume will provide valuable ideas for most parents, although Meeker’s faith-based viewpoints may be a limiting factor for some.

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I Am Not Your Enemy: Stories To Transform a Divided World

Those interested in political science, as well as restorative justice and peacemaking, should find this informative and engaging reading.
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Chasing Eden: Design Inspiration from the Gardens at Hortulus Farm

Staub and Reynolds provide gardening inspiration, entertaining reading, and horticultural education in a title that a wide range of hobbyists, garden historians, and design professionals should enjoy.
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140 Days to Hiroshima: The Story of Japan’s Last Chance to Avert Armageddon

This look at the negotiations surrounding the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is appropriate for any beginning World War II scholar.
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Saving Grand Canyon: Dams, Deals, and a Noble Myth

An important addition for all environmental collections.
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Future Minds: The Rise of Intelligence, from the Big Bang to the End of the Universe

Futurists and sf readers may be interested in portrayals of a universe yet to come, while humanities or social science instructors could use this theoretical book as the basis for classroom discussion about the potential consequences of technological progress.
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Engineering America: The Life and Times of John A. Roebling

This lengthy biography of a civil engineer who significantly impacted history should engage anyone interested in inventions and engineering.
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War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line

Surgeons in training and those looking for a fly-on-the-wall perspective of nontraditional treatment centers in violence-stricken areas will find themselves fully engaged in Nott’s firsthand accounts.
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The Crisis of U.S. Hospice Care: Family and Freedom at the End of Life

This important book should be required reading for both hospice professionals and bioethicists, as it connects ethical insights with rich ethnographic work and penetrating analysis.
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Dangerous Earth: What We Wish We Knew about Volcanoes, Hurricanes, Climate Change, Earthquakes, and More

A skillful example of a user-friendly scientific treatise that should appeal to readers interested in Earth science, especially those seeking solid analyses of various natural phenomena.

Preventing Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases: Control Ticks in the Home Landscape; Prevent Infection Using Herbal Protocols; Treat Tick Bites with Natural Remedies

Outdoor enthusiasts, parents, pet owners, and those interested in natural medicine will gain valuable practical advice from well-organized, well-written book.
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The Invention of Surgery: A History of Modern Medicine; From the Renaissance to the Implant Revolution

Written for general readers, this book will appeal to anyone interested in the current state of health care and how we got here. It will be of particular interest to those who have experienced implantation surgery.
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Uncomfortably Numb: A Memoir

O’Brien’s words will resonate with those living with the unpredictability of chronic conditions, along with their friends, family, and various support systems.
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Pain Studies

Unique in its exploration of the relentlessness of chronic pain, this work succeeds because of creative and candid elaborations on something that is common but difficult to describe. Those living with chronic pain and their caregivers will find Olstein’s personal voyage through pain to be enlightening
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After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America

An excellent choice for readers seeking to understand the human effects of government immigration and refugee policy. Goudeau’s sometimes heartbreaking narratives personalize the refugee crisis in ways cold news accounts cannot.

Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight against the Drug Companies That Delivered the Opioid Epidemic

Timely and well documented, with appeal to a broad range of readers.
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On All Fronts: The Education of a Journalist

Ward’s journalism skills shine, putting readers on the front lines. Readers interested in the life stories of intrepid women journalists and the nature of investigative, international journalism will be captivated by this engrossing account.
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The Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World

While an imperfect presentation, the book is an easy read and the extent of the author’s research makes this book a worthwhile addition to the growing literature offering long overdue profiles of the world’s most brilliant women.
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The Sea Journal: Seafarers’ Sketchbooks

An enjoyable overview of a bygone era for browsing or reading; a pleasing addition to art, maritime history, or environmental collections.
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Had I Known: Collected Essays

For readers interested in social justice issues in late 20th- to early 21st-century America.
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American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise

Bleak, but perhaps inspirational, this challenging critique is recommended for policymakers and readers concerned about civic engagement.
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Tokyo Travel Sketchbook: Kawaii Culture, Wabi Sabi Design, Female Samurais and Other Obsessions

Readers interested in Japanese culture, especially kawaii, will delight in Arrazola’s fresh look at everyday life in Tokyo. Young adults, fans of graphic novels, and armchair travelers of all types and ages will enjoy this colorful and amusing cultural worldview.

Dangerous Crooked Scoundrels: Insulting the President, from Washington to Trump

This authoritative handbook reveals how insults have always been a part of American politics

Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy

Useful in a collection of dog training and health titles; for those who want to focus on the inner life of their dog and make their experiences full of joy.
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Ingredients: The Strange Chemistry of What We Put in Us and on Us

An entertaining romp through the world of scientific studies focusing on topics that will concern most readers. Recommended for all curious about the everyday products they consume or use.
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Tales of Two Planets: Stories of Climate Change and Inequality in a Divided World

This work will suit readers curious about the long-standing and wide-ranging effects of climate change, as lived and experienced by writers around the world.
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The Planter of Modern Life: Louis Bromfield and the Seeds of a Food Revolution

An inspiring read for anyone interested in the historical roots of organic farming as told through a biographical narrative.
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In Search of Meadowlarks: Birds, Farms, and Food in Harmony with the Land

Highly recommended for all interested in agriculture, ranching, natural history, conservation, sustainability, and ecology.
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Oak Flat: A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West

As the fight to prevent the mine from operating continues to be litigated, works like this will continue to enrage and enchant readers of environmental underdog stories; this will be a helpful starting point for all interested in environmental justice. [See Prepub Alert, 9/23/19.]
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Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life

Recommended for those interested in ichthyology, natural history, or musings on the meaning of life.

Walking to Samarkand: The Great Silk Road from Persia to Central Asia

This will remind readers of travel accounts of Europe in the 1920s and 1930s, offering a snapshot of a world that seems to change in an instant.CORRECTION Throughout the review of LeAnna Keith’s When It Was Grand (Social Sciences; LJ 11/19, p. 94), author Keith was misidentified as White. LJ apologizes for the error.
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When My Time Comes: Conversations About Whether Those Who Are Dying Should Have the Right To Determine When Life Should End

Rehm definitively accomplishes her goal of spurring conversation about end-of-life care with these balanced, thoughtful discussions of a difficult but vital topic.

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Operation Chastise: The RAF’s Most Brilliant Attack of World War II

Readers of military history will find much to enjoy in this brisk, propulsive read that keeps the pages turning without sacrificing detail.
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82 Days on Okinawa: One American’s Unforgettable Firsthand Account of the Pacific War’s Greatest Battle

World War II aficionados will love this book.
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Bloody Okinawa: The Last Great Battle of World War II

Wheelan’s detailed, mainstream account of the Battle of Okinawa and its significance in World War II history will especially appeal to fans of military history interested in the Pacific Theater.

Pretty Bitches: On Being Called Crazy, Angry, Bossy, Frumpy, Feisty, and All the Other Words That Are Used To Undermine Women

This collection features an array of voices and serves as a multiuse resource that can be a glossary, a takedown, or a radical reclaiming.

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Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe

Another triumph for Greene, this work explores new territory not thoroughly covered in the author’s previous books, appealing to anyone trying to wrap their head around seemingly paradoxical astrophysical concepts.

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Whiter: Asian American Women on Skin Color and Colorism

These poignant essays provide a fascinating look at the experiences of colorism by women in the Asian American community. Highly recommended for specialists and students of the subject area, yet anyone with a general interest in issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion should find this accessible.

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My Sister: How One Sibling’s Transition Changed Us Both

The love between the Leyva sisters is clear throughout this warmly recommended memoir. Its beautiful, conversational style should resonate with a broad range of readers.
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The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis

Overall, the authors’ optimistic, can-do advice for mitigating the worst effects of global warming will help environmentally engaged readers find direction and purpose. An excellent companion to David Wallace-Wells’s The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming.
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Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity

A thought-provoking read for all interested in gender studies.

Bosh! Healthy Vegan

A welcome, well-conceived addition to the “Bosh!” series, this book has much to offer everyone seeking a healthier lifestyle.
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The Opioid Fix: America’s Addiction Crisis and the Solution They Don’t Want You To Have

Recommended for anyone seeking more information about addiction treatment reform, especially those with public policy and public health interests.
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Fantastic Fossils: A Guide to Finding and Identifying Prehistoric Life

Overall, this well-written introduction to the joys of fossil hunting is recommended for the neophyte fossil collector who hasn’t read Richard Fortey’s classic, Fossils: Key to the Past.

The House of Yan: A Family at the Heart of a Century in Chinese History

A touching, essential account for anyone interested in 20th-century Chinese history and highly recommended for fans of personal family memoir.
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Death Is but a Dream: Finding Hope and Meaning at Life’s End

Recommended for readers interested in end-of-life care and comfort for those dying and their bereaved families, without an emphasis on religion or metaphysics.
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Cured: The Life-Changing Science of Spontaneous Healing

Readers with an interest in holistic medicine as well as open-minded health care providers who are willing to adopt new treatment models that focus on treating the root causes of illness will benefit most from Rediger’s call to treat more than just symptoms.
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High Risk: A Doctor’s Notes on Pregnancy, Birth, and the Unexpected

Karkowsky raises important issues concerning patient autonomy and the treatment of women in the health care system. For those who enjoyed Perri Klass’s The Real Life of a Pediatrician and anyone interested in the challenges of modern health care.

The Future of Feeling: Building Empathy in a Tech-Obsessed World

Challenging readers to think about what it means to be empathetic in a technology-driven era, this will resonate with those trying to balance a reliance on “always on” technology with humanity and the capacity for empathy.

Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils

A compelling thought experiment that is sometimes unsettling in its findings but always cleverly conceived and beautifully expressed.
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My Wild Garden: Notes from a Writer’s Garden

A beautiful love letter to gardens that is sure to appeal to anyone who has cultivated one of their own.
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Trees in Trouble: Wildfires, Infestations, and Climate Change Hit the West

Overall, an impressive and prescient addition to an ever-growing oeuvre on the effects of climate change to an environment.
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A Scheme of Heaven: The History of Astrology and the Search for our Destiny in Data

While Boxer’s enthusiasm for the subject shows in his engaging narrative style, some of the more technical material will leave casual readers behind. Strongly recommended for historians with some awareness of mathematical concepts or seasoned popular science readers.
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White Feathers: The Nesting Lives of Tree Swallows

This inviting work will draw in naturalists and birders, along with anyone wishing to learn more about animal behavior from a trusted guide.

Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA

In the end, the genetic constructions of all creatures are variations on a theme; we are all related. An engaging, must-read for anyone with an interest in evolution.

Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back

O’Connell is not only a sharp observer but a master at parsing the various subtexts underneath the surface rhetoric of these apocalyptic movements. This witty, profound, and beautifully told story will appeal to doomsday worriers and nonworriers alike.
PREMIUM

The Dance of Life: The New Science of How a Single Cell Becomes a Human Being

Of interest to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of human fertility and development.
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We Know It When We See It: What the Neurobiology of Vision Tells Us About How We Think

Recommended only for those with a strong science background or the patience to unpack the richly detailed scientific explanations. For those readers, Masland provides a well-researched exploration of a fascinating question.

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

This groundbreaking book should be required reading for people ready to acknowledge their behaviors, whether intentional or not. It will make a strong addition to both public and university libraries where it will equip scholars, activists, and allies with real tools to promote systemic change.

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House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a Twentieth-Century Jewish Family

A timely exploration of family secrets, immigration, and anti-Semitism, this work will appeal to readers of World War II–era history.

The Violence Inside Us: A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy

An important work on a relevant subject that will draw in anyone interested in social reform.
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Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

An extraordinary blend of memoir, cultural criticism, and history that will invite readers from all backgrounds, though especially those who identify as Asian American, to consider the complex relationships between race, family, heritage, and society that shape American lives.
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Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot

A frank account of who and what is still missing from mainstream feminism that will appeal to readers of women’s and African American studies, and readers seeking a better grasp on history.

A Map Is Only One Story: Twenty Writers on Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home

A standout collection that adds new dimension and depth to the lived experiences of immigrants long after they settle in a new community.

The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West

Readers interested in the Civil War and Western history will enjoy this nuanced portrait of the era.

This Brilliant Darkness: A Book of Strangers

Sharlet provides a poignant and wholly intimate portrait of the lives of those who are often overlooked in our society, breathing a sense of humanity into a part of our world that is so often inhumane. A highly recommended book that is at times difficult to take in and difficult to put down.

The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family

A moving, beautifully told story that adds to our understanding of Madison along with African American genealogy and oral history.

Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World

Though this collection ultimately preaches to its own choir, the book easily arms feminist activists with valuable content with which to stride forward in engaging misogyny in the world. An inclusive and essential choice following We Should All Be Feminists, and a must-have for the modern reader.
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Franklin & Washington: The Founding Partnership

A well-written account for readers interested in two key figures of the American Revolution. Based on primary and secondary sources, this well-researched work tells the story of a significant relationship of the era.
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