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Unexpected: Parenting, Prenatal Testing, and Down Syndrome

A slow, scholarly read, this work provides insight into a segment of the population rarely explored in the literature.
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Beyond the Sand and Sea: One Family’s Quest for a Country to Call Home

A simultaneously disheartening and uplifting journey for readers interested in social justice, racial politics, and current events.

Mouths of Rain: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Thought

It’s time people listen to Black lesbians and utilize that knowledge into action to improve lives. This book is a gateway into that action. An essential component to any social science shelf, this is transformative, vital reading.
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A Boob’s Life: How America’s Obsession Shaped Me--And You

A unique blend of memoir and social history that should have broad appeal to anyone who has breasts or has ever worn a bra.
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The Montessori Baby: A Parent’s Guide to Nurturing Your Baby with Love, Respect, and Understanding

Parents who resonate with this philosophy will find this book a must-read.

Parent Like It Matters: How To Raise Joyful, Change-Making Girls

This recommended title has insights and practical tips for raising change-making girls.
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In Search of Mycotopia: Citizen Science, Fungi Fanatics, and the Untapped Potential of Mushrooms

Mushrooms are having a moment. In Search of Mycotopia could be a natural sequel for the many readers who enjoyed Merlin Sheldrake’s Entangled Life.
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Working with Worry: A Workbook for Parents on How To Support Anxious Children

A helpful resource for the many children (and parents) who struggle during these anxious times.
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Plunder

This thoughtful and thought-provoking memoir of family secrets and family lore, like Daniel Mendelsohn’s The Lost, will appeal to readers of family histories.Shorto, Russell
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The Glitter in the Green: In Search of Hummingbirds

An essential book for bird watchers, especially hummingbird lovers, as well as anyone interested in natural history.

Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone

As many of us rethink the power dynamics that shape our jobs and workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jaffe’s passionate call to reimagine our relationships with work and one another, and imagine new possibilities, is indispensable reading.
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Endpapers: A Family Story of Books, War, Escape, and Home

Overall, this fascinating, sometimes brutal, and in a few minor instances, rambling narrative will grasp the attention of readers interested in the Holocaust and modern German history.
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The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey Into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred

Part introduction to quantum mechanics and cosmology, part memoir, and part sociological study, this work challenges readers to question the nature of how science is done in contemporary society, as well as what it means when everyone has a seat at the cosmological table. For general science readers, gender and feminist studies students, and those concerned about the role feminist and racial politics plays in STEM professions.
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You’re Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility

The latest from Gurwitch will have readers rolling with laughter one minute and picking up the phone to commiserate with friends or family the next. The author is a delightful eccentric aunt-to-all with her wit, caring, and unbeknown-to-her wisdom. For fans of Nora Ephron and Sloane Crosely alike.
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The Zoologist’s Guide to the Galaxy: What Animals on Earth Reveal about Aliens–And Ourselves

A highly entertaining, science-based consideration of what alien life might be like.
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Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old

A solid read for those interested in biological sciences research, and anyone looking to learn more about aging in general.

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

A worthy companion to the lauded Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, this is essential reading for all who care about justice in contemporary America.
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Opening Minds: A Parents’ Guide to Teaching for Thinking at Home

This work will prove valuable for teachers and parents with its hands-on activities.
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In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities Are Plundering Our Cities

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

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

An extensive and definitive account of competing visions of American health care that will be of particular interest to readers curious about the process of creating policy and those interested in reform. Cohn’s accessible writing makes for an absorbing, fast-paced narrative
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Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen: The Essential Conversations You Need To Have with Your Kids Before They Start High School

This volume will provide help for communicating with middle schoolers about the things that matter.

Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am

This engrossing account, which reads like a novel, offers a combination of riveting personal stories and little-known history, and will draw in readers from the first page. A must-read.
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Surviving Adolescence: Helping Teens Endure the Roller Coaster Ride

Straight-talking and practical, this book is a quick read with guidance on many of the topics parents “google.”
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How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need

Gates attempts to chart a realistic path toward a carbon-neutral future, but remains a techno-optimist at heart. Readers looking for hope in technological and market-based solutions to climate change will appreciate this straightforward analysis.
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The Music Advantage: How Music Helps Your Child Develop, Learn, and Thrive

Though a slow read at times, this title shows the value of music education on brain development and includes practical tips for harnessing melody and rhythm to increase learning in all areas.
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The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything

Despite some flaws, this is a solid introduction to the topic, and physics novices may find that it whets their appetite for more.
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The ABCs of Being Mom: Advice and Support from the Mom Next Door, Birth Through Kindergarten

Though much of the development information provided is basic, it may be helpful to newer moms, and parts II and III contain useful hints and resources.
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Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob

This thoughtful and thought-provoking memoir of family secrets and family lore, like Daniel Mendelsohn’s The Lost, will appeal to readers of family histories.Shorto, Russell
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Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America

This moving, relatable story is sure to resonate with patrons who, if not already serving as a caregiver, may find themselves taking on that role soon enough. A recommended purchase for library collections.

Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence

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

Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future

A sobering and realistic look at humankind’s perhaps misplaced faith that technology can work with nature to produce a more livable planet.
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Medicare for All: A Citizen’s Guide

This practical account offers a straightforward rundown of suggestions and solutions for anyone wishing to learn more about public policy in the Unites States and why Medicare for All is such an important topic. It will especially pique the interest of anyone drawn to policy reform.

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Animals’ Best Friends: Putting Compassion to Work for Animals in Captivity and in the Wild

This interesting work is often troubling to read, yet it’s important in showing how people can compassionately care for the animals that share out planet. It will especially appeal to animal rights activists and readers who enjoyed Carl Safina’s Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel.
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A History of the Human Brain: From the Sea Sponge to CRISPR, How Our Brain Evolved

A crash course on human evolution and more specifically, the myriad influences that shaped the development of our brain. Recommended for anyone interested in understanding the pivotal moments in the evolution of our species that contributed to creating the humans we are today.
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Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas

Lovato’s revealing story enables us to look within minds and hearts that have been molded by immigrants’ experiences in their home country and their adopted one. A worthwhile account that brings a personal face to a complex, nuanced issue.

Three Books on Space Exploration | Science Reviews

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Ms. Adventure: My Wild Explorations in Science, Lava, and Life

Recommended for those interested in geology and geography, adventure travel readers, and those considering science careers.
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The Mission: A True Story

An engaging read for all, especially for anyone curious about the details of space exploration.
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The Genome Odyssey: Medical Mysteries and the Incredible Quest to Solve Them

This engaging, accessible book will appeal to anyone interested in medical ethics, genetic disease, and the use of cutting-edge science and technology within the field of medicine. Recommended for all libraries.
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The Loneliest Polar Bear: A True Story of Survival and Peril on the Edge of a Warming World

While there are some confusing segues, overall, this is an absorbing, extensively researched book for fans of popular science and those who appreciate stories about polar bears, both captive and wild, as well as behind-the-scenes work at zoos. Readers interested in learning more about polar bears and their changing habitats should also try James Raffan’s Ice Walker (2019).
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This Is the Voice

A fascinating book for those interested in this amazing human capacity.

The Bears Ears: A Human History of America’s Most Endangered Wilderness

One last fond look at a favorite place? A swan song of a prolific author? Roberts adds inviting details throughout this must-read book, adding poignancy to an already fascinating read.
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The Nation of Plants

Readers who appreciate slim books packed with a social punch and science anecdotes (prickly pears and lichen are especially interesting) will enjoy this offering. Another recommended, thought-provoking read from Mancuso.
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Water, Wood, and Wild Things: Learning Craft and Cultivation in a Japanese Mountain Town

Travel readers who appreciate off-the-beaten-path locales and local cuisine will enjoy this dreamy account.

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The Plague Cycle: The Unending War Between Humanity and Infectious Disease

Kenny’s historical assessment of humanity’s handling of infectious diseases, including both successes and failures, is a testament to the remarkable progress made in modern medicine and is a well-rounded overview of the history of plagues.

The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine

This book is an excellent read for those interested in the history of medicine and those who enjoy a well-written biography.
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The Gran Tour: Travels with my Elders

For readers who delight in witty accounts of travel with an Anglophile flair, this is a hilarious guide to the road in the company of retirees.

Winter Pasture: One Woman’s Journey with China’s Kazakh Herders

Readers who enjoy descriptive writing about challenging lives will love this work.
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Strange Bedfellows: Adventures in the Science, History, and Surprising Secrets of STDs

A thoughtful, informative account for readers interested in public health and sexual health as well as those with an interest in the history of medicine. Park brings the right amount of care to an often-stigmatized subject.
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Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal

Recommended for readers of food and diet history and those interested in the future of agriculture and sustainable farming.
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What Doesn’t Kill You: A Life with Chronic Illness—Lessons from a Body in Revolt

A clear, no-holds-barred account that will be useful both to those coming to grips with their own chronic illness and also to the people in their lives.

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The Puzzle Solver: A Scientist’s Desperate Quest to Cure the Illness That Stole His Son

Both tragic and uplifting, this title will be of particular interest to readers seeking more information about ME/CFS and anyone curious about medical mysteries.
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Liftoff: Elon Musk and the Desperate Early Days That Launched SpaceX

An extraordinary story of compelling narrative nonfiction that is recommended for those interested in space travel or for anyone looking for an exciting read.

Gory Details: Adventures from the Dark Side of Science

A must-read for curious minds, trivia fans, and crime drama enthusiasts.
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Under Western Skies: Visionary Gardens from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast

This book will provide readers with a deeper appreciation of the diversity of the Western landscape and inspiration for creating and cultivating gardens adapted to challenging and sometimes unforgiving sites.
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Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World

Winchester’s large audience will enjoy this well-worded, interdisciplinary look into the relationship between humans and the land.
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A Beginner’s Guide to America

Although narrated as advice for incoming immigrants, this personal, yet practical account is intended to challenge misconceptions and biases that native-born U.S. citizens have toward documented and undocumented immigrants. It is highly recommended for all.

Do Better: Spiritual Activism for Fighting and Healing from White Supremacy

Meticulously researched, compassionate, and bold, this book should be read immediately and frequently returned to as a textual companion for the ongoing, reiterative work of antiracism.
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Raceless: In Search of Family, Identity, and the Truth about Where I Belong

A frank examination of one woman’s search for identity that will satisfy readers of personal narratives and Black history alike.

The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free

A must read for anyone interested in the history of 20th-century women’s lives, fashion, publishing, and New York.

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Men Who Hate Women: From Incels to Pickup Artists: The Truth about Extreme Misogyny and How It Affects Us All

Well-researched and meticulously documented, Bates’s book on the power and danger of masculinity should be required reading for us all.

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Children Under Fire: An American Crisis

A carefully reasoned, compelling, and persuasive study of a crisis that requires immediate attention.
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The Good Hand: A Memoir of Work, Brotherhood, and Transformation in an American Boomtown

This lengthy volume will appeal to those interested in masculinity studies and memoirs dealing with family dysfunction, as well anyone curious about life in an oil boomtown during the early 2010s.
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The Women’s History of the Modern World: How Radicals, Rebels, and Everywomen Revolutionized the Last 200 Years

An interesting read for curious feminists and historians, even if the pacing and organization are sometimes uneven. Certainly, readers will learn a great deal, and the author’s enthusiasm for her subject is apparent from page one through the very end.

Information Activism: A Queer History of Lesbian Media Technologies

A scholarly examination, this account will also appeal to nonspecialist readers with a keen interest in queer and feminist history and activism, as well as the history of technology and communication.
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Overnight Code: The Life of Raye Montague, the Woman Who Revolutionized Naval Engineering

This book, which is clearly a labor of love and admiration, will especially appeal to Black women interested in STEM fields as well as those interested in firsthand perspectives of civil rights.

Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons

A thought-provoking study of women and leadership and an outstanding contribution to this topic. Highly recommended.
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Featherhood: A Memoir of Two Fathers and a Magpie

This reflective memoir will engage a variety of readers, and will be of great interest to anyone who has ever considered parenting, human or avian.

Radical Belonging: How To Survive and Thrive in an Unjust World (While Transforming It for the Better)

Bacon has found their voice in this book, and it's a voice we all need to hear right now.

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Humphry Repton: Landscape Design in an Age of Revolution

Richly illustrated with examples from Repton’s Red Books and concluding with extensive references and a bibliography, this volume sets Repton and his work firmly in the life and times of the late 1700s–early 1800s in a book that will appeal to those who enjoy reading about garden designers of the past, or garden history.
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Broke: Patients Talk About Money with Their Doctor

Recommended reading for those interested in social justice issues, especially around poverty and health; this would also be an interesting supplemental read for students interested in health science and public health careers.
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The Oak Papers

An entirely understated but overwhelmingly thoughtful book that seeks to remind us of the deep history that humankind shares with trees. For all interested in learning more about how we interact with nature, past and present.
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When Brains Dream: Exploring the Science and Mystery of Sleep

A deep exploration into the world of dreams that is highly recommended for anyone interested in delving more into this topic.
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Desert Oracle

Anyone contemplating a trip to the arid Southwest or wanting to learn more about the area and its natural history should pick up this collection of varied anecdotes.
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Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain

This is valuable popular science. Barrett deftly explores how the physical workings of the brain influence human nature. The essays don’t prescribe what to think about human nature; rather, they invite readers to think about the kind of human they are or aspire to be.
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Earth’s Wild Music: Celebrating and Defending the Songs of the Natural World

Fans of Moore will appreciate this collection. For others, it’s an optional purchase.
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Breath Taking: The Power, Fragility, and Future of Our Extraordinary Lungs

Readers of Siddhartha Mukherjee and Atul Gawande will appreciate Stephen’s writing. Blending science writing and medical reporting, this is a detailed, yet accessible account that will engage anyone concerned with their respiratory health
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Unsolaced: Along the Way to All That Is

Recommended for fans of Ehrlich’s other works, or those interested in climate change observation.
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Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age

An excellent contribution to literature on ancient civilization and complexity.

A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds

Each chapter on the different bird species and migration experiences will vibrantly inform readers about the habits of migratory birds
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Get What’s Yours for Health Care: How To Get the Best Care at the Right Price

Readers may still remain overwhelmed by the American health care system after reading this brief overview, but will become more informed and better equipped to manage their health care.
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Resetting the Table: Straight Talk About the Food We Grow and Eat

A book that will be of interest to everyone who is concerned about the health effects of food.
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An Anatomy of Pain: How the Body and the Mind Experience and Endure Physical Suffering

Clearly intended primarily for pain sufferers and those supporting them, the book provides appropriately detailed and understandable information while also offering suggestions practitioners should consider.

Kill Shot: A Shadow Industry, a Deadly Disease

Informative and engrossing, this book is a page-turner about a deadly outbreak and a reckless compounding pharmacy. Recommended for fans of true-life medical thrillers.
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Biohack Your Brain: How To Boost Cognitive Health, Performance & Power

A beneficial overview of the brain, what we know about it, and what we’re still discovering.
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A Shape in the Dark: Living and Dying with Brown Bears

A lyrically written tribute to the grizzly that will appeal to readers who enjoy books about the history of exploration, grizzly bears, and wilderness areas as well as those whose hobbies include hiking, hunting, or learning more about the natural world. Suggest to those who enjoyed Down from the Mountain by Bryce Andrews.
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An Outsider’s Guide to Humans: What Science Taught Me About What We Do and Who We Are

An informative memoir for scientifically minded readers, and readers looking for personal stories on living with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

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Let the Lord Sort Them: The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty

A readable, well-documented legal history that will appeal to a broad audience.

White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind

Readers who have not yet taken the time to deeply consider how privilege impacts feminist movements will finish the book with new perspectives on the topic of gender equality.
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Against Civility: The Hidden Racism in Our Obsession with Civility

Zamalin’s brief and blunt critique of failures and successes in the struggle for human rights in the United States calls to readers who care about racial and social justice to commit to a progressive, multiracial democratic movement to fight oppression, end discrimination, and extend economic freedom. Critical reading.

Fear in Our Hearts: What Islamophobia Tells Us about America

Effectively showing the gulf between American ideals and reality, this book is recommended not only for those interested in American Muslims, but also for those interested in minority communities in general.

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What To Expect When You’re Expecting Robots: The Future of Human-Robot Collaboration

Unlike dry technology books, this accessible account incorporates absorbing writing, personal anecdotes, and scientific projections of life with robots. The authors’ writing will speak to readers interested in futuristic technology and those who enjoy comparing current innovations to upcoming technologies.

Violence in American Society: An Encyclopedia of Trends, Problems, and Perspectives

An ideal overview of American violence that will pique the interest of general readers and provide high school students and undergraduates with an outstanding resource for reports and background research.

Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause

Seidule openly confronts his own indifference to racism, and this absorbing book will be of value to anyone interested in how history informs our present.

HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style

Fans of the British royal family will enjoy this spirited retrospective, which should prove popular with a range of readers.
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White Fright: The Sexual Panic at the Heart of America’s Racist History

This book makes a compelling argument that white America’s fear of interracial procreation was a driving concern in the creation and maintenance of segregation throughout the Jim Crow era; a thought-provoking read.
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Breaking Free of Child Anxiety and OCD: A Scientifically Proven Program for Parents

In this time full of tumult and unrest, statistics already show a sharp increase in mental health issues in children and adolescents, and parents will be looking for resources to help. Recommended for its practical insights and tips.
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The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence

This book combines expertise with humble personal experience to show how modeling, believing in our children, and valuing learning instead of accolades will go a long way toward preventing addiction.
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