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The Intimacies of Conflict: Cultural Memory and the Korean War

Highly recommended for scholars interested in the Korean War from a cultural memory perspective. Readers seeking a more descriptive account of the conflict itself should consider Sheila Miyoshi Jager’s Brothers at War.
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America’s Racial Karma: An Invitation To Heal

Ward’s teachings focus on trauma informed resilience to liberate self and others. For readers who enjoyed Resmaa Menakem’s My Grandmother’s Hands and other works addressing how to recognize and heal racialized trauma.

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The Camel’s Neighbor: Travels and Travelers in Yemen

This combination of memoir and highlights of Yemen history will appeal to readers interested in the culture, history, and landscape of the Middle East.
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Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex

Most likely to appeal readers of any orientation seeking a general text about asexuality and its place on the wider spectrum of human sexuality.
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Herbarium: The Quest To Preserve and Classify the World’s Plants

With lavish illustrations of places and people; portraits of key players; herbaria specimens; and beautiful, full-color artists’ renderings, this carefully researched, detailed homage to herbaria will appeal to those deeply interested in plant exploration and botany.
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Douglas Fir: The Story of the West’s Most Remarkable Tree

Concise and readable, this should have broad appeal among tree lovers.
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The Sediments of Time: My Lifelong Search for the Past

An accessible account of a fascinating life intertwined with well-documented scientific facts and hypotheses. For those who enjoy science memoirs and investigative works on evolution.
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Adventures in Eden: An Intimate Tour of the Private Gardens of Europe

Recommended particularly for traveling gardeners, though all could cull ideas from this book, which is similar in scope to Cristopher Woods’s Gardenlust.
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The Garden of Vegan: How Plants Can Save the Animals, the Planet and Our Health

Vegans and animal rights activists will find plenty of validation, and readers on the fence about becoming vegan may be convinced to do so. Others will likely be put off by the author’s questionable claims, inflammatory statements, and judgmental tone.
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Uprooted: A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again

Even nonhorticultural patrons will find this a gently enthralling read, and will finish with a renewed sense of wonder at the natural world and gratitude to Dickey for having written about it once more.

Metazoa: Animal Life and the Birth of the Mind

This is popular science writing at its best, offering uncanny reach to a swath of readers with varying degrees of interest in evolutionary biology and philosophy of mind.
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What Can I Do? My Path from Climate Despair to Action

This urgent call for environmental action will have the most impact on readers already familiar with Fonda and her activism during the Vietnam War. It will also pique the interest of others wondering, What can I do?
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Raising Up Dreamers: Find and Grow Your Child’s God-Given Talents

Will have natural appeal to Christian audiences but may have a broader draw to any parents interested in encouraging their children’s unique gifts.
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12 Principles for Raising a Child with ADHD

Parents of ADHD children will likely find this a helpful resource, though not all will agree with the author’s conclusions.

What Girls Need: How To Raise Bold, Courageous, and Resilient Women

Porges is the ideal candidate to pen a book on how to raise courageous and resilient women in a challenging society. Highly recommended.
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Badass Parenting: An Irreverent Guide to Raising Safe, Savvy, Confident Kids

A needed topic for the times in which we live, this will be a welcome addition to any library.
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Raising a Rare Girl

Lanier’s memoir will resonate with a wide range of readers.
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Mama, You Are Enough: How To Create Calm, Joy, and Confidence Within the Chaos of Motherhood

This volume will be a great resource for moms to kids of all ages and stages, from newborn to teen.
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College Admission Essentials: A Step-by-Step Guide to Showing Colleges Who You Are and What Matters to You

Containing words of wisdom from admission counselors on everything from writing essays to anticipating possible interview questions to how to get letters of recommendation, this is essential reading for college preparatory students and their parents.
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Securely Attached: How Understanding Childhood Trauma Will Transform Your Parenting

This will be especially valuable to parents looking to create a supportive home for foster or adopted children, but it will also be a useful resource for a wide range of parents, especially in times of crisis.
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Love Her Well: 10 Ways To Find Joy and Connection with Your Teenage Daughter

Kampakis’s faith-based work includes many practical suggestions that will resonate with most parents of teens.
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White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color

Despite covering a great deal of content, the message and intent behind the text remain clear. Readers engaged with issues of race and feminism in Western countries will find this a powerful read.
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A Peculiar Indifference: The Neglected Toll of Violence on Black America

Recommend to readers interested in statistics and research on the extent and impacts of violence in Black communities. Supplement with work by James Baldwin or Frank Wilderson III to understand the basis and support for systemic racism.
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You Can Keep That to Yourself: A Comprehensive List of What Not To Say to Black People, for Well-Intentioned People of Pallor

A funny, biting take on U.S. race relations. Smyer will give readers a good laugh in tumultuous times.

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Fossil Men: The Quest for the Oldest Skeleton and the Origins of Humankind

Compelling science centered on a polarizing personality, this is perfect for National Geographic readers who want to dig deep into the human evolutionary tree.

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Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream

This is not always easy book, but it is one that sees the United States for what it is. A searing combination of memoir and commentary that makes for essential reading.

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World Wild Vet: Encounters in the Animal Kingdom

Antin’s enthusiasm and informal tone will draw in aspiring explorers; his many social media followers will especially enjoy.

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Somewhere in the Unknown World: A Collective Refugee Memoir

This title joins a growing body of vital refugee literature, including Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Displaced and Dina Nayeri’s The Ungrateful Refugee.

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How to They/Them: A Visual Guide to Nonbinary Pronouns and the World of Gender Fluidity

Designed to be both a guide for those actively seeking more inclusive language and a useful gift for people who are uncertain regarding they/them pronouns, this book is more lighthearted than Dennis Baron's What's Your Pronoun? As an essential Q&A guide to gender identity, it deserves attention.

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Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit

An excellent entry-level resource on antiracism for anyone looking to begin but unsure of how to get started.

Bad Tourist: Misadventures in Love and Travel

Travelers who enjoy intrepid experiences, with strong language, will savor this book.

World Travel: An Irreverent Guide

An exhilarating and worthwhile choice for those planning an actual trip and for stay-at-home travelers.
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Our Only Home: A Climate Appeal to the World

This impassioned account is ideal for readers well versed in current climate change activism, especially efforts spearheaded by Greta Thunberg. Relevant for collections with a concentration on environmental issues, otherwise optional.

All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis

By grouping a range of women’s voices, the editors have crafted a hopeful narrative, with many calls to action.
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Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation

An impassioned call for action that, like the viral BuzzFeed article it was based on, raises more questions than ­answers.

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Think Like a Feminist: The Philosophy Behind the Revolution

Recommended for all readers, especially those new to feminism.
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What Do Animals Think and Feel? An Investigation into Emotion and Behavior

Readers seeking an informal yet well-researched look at animal behavior will enjoy browsing through this guide.
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What You Must Know About Strokes: How To Recover from a Stroke and Prevent Another Stroke

Taking advantage of their distinct areas of expertise, Towfighi and Stevens deliver a clear and thorough guide that should be a solid one-stop resource for patients and their support circle.
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Here She Is: The Complicated Reign of the Beauty Pageant in America

An accessible study of beauty pageant culture, this is an engaging, thought-provoking read.
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The Book of Pie: Over 100 Recipes, from Savory Fillings to Flaky Crusts

Aspiring bakers will appreciate this colorful and comprehensive book on pies.
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Recovering from Your Car Accident: The Complete Guide to Reclaiming Your Life

Zender’s experience, knowledge, compassion, and empathy are evident throughout this book. Owing to the complexity of the medical language, this would be most useful for academic or health library collections.
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Pie Style: Stunning Designs and Flavorful Fillings You Can Make at Home

This creative cookbook will strike a chord with anyone valuing eye-popping visual appeal in addition to flavor. A welcome addition to culinary collections.
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Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women

An effective text on how women are affected by the assumed privileges of men, and the structural forces that enforce and uphold those privileges.
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Barnstorming Ohio: To Understand America

Readers interested in current events and politics will enjoy this highly readable account.
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Having and Being Had

An engaging and accessible read for those interested in social justice and in better understanding our economy.

Marriage Equality: From Outlaws to In-Laws

Though lengthy, the work is beautifully and accessibly written. Both general and academic readers will appreciate its comprehensiveness as well as its attention to the human side of the story. An essential work.
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The Hidden Life of Ice: Dispatches from a Disappearing World

A beautifully descriptive, lyrical love letter to Greenland that brings to life what it is like to work as a field scientist, from the daily hardships to the excitement of discovery. Readers who enjoy memoirs of field scientists, especially those set in polar areas like My Penguin Year by Lindsay McCrae, will relish this book.
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Raven’s Witness: The Alaska Life of Richard K. Nelson

For those unfamiliar with Nelson’s thought and work, this book serves as an engaging introduction, and probable precursor, to more exhaustive critical biographies to come.
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Superman’s Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do About It

Recommended as a note of encouragement or a roadmap for legal and political organizing for environmentally concerned citizens.
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Saving Seeds: A Home Gardener’s Guide to Preserving Plant Biodiversity

Useful for the beginning seed saver, but experienced gardeners will be looking for a broader overview of techniques.
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The Fragile Earth: Writing from The New Yorker on Climate Change

A well-selected collection of reportage and reflection that will find a place on the bookshelves of all interested in environmental history.
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Work Mate Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny

This is a humanizing and unique take on technology is a necessary addition to the genre; Spar’s voice included with the history will keep readers engaged in what could otherwise be dry information.

Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism

While not all Latinos agree with Gómez’s call for censuses to treat “Latino” as a race and not an ethnicity, she delivers a rigorous and provocative study of the liminal zone Latino/as inhabit in America’s racial continuum. Required reading.

Blue Sky Kingdom: An Epic Journey to the Heart of the Himalayas

A breathtaking journey, both geographical and internal, Kirkby’s blending of travelog of an already fascinatingly remote locale and personal family experience is unique and luminous. Will appeal to a wide range of readers.

The Book Collectors: A Band of Syrian Rebels and the Stories That Carried Them Through a War

This compassionate portrayal of an engaging group of rebels serves as a testament to both the resilience of the human spirit and to the power of story. Highly recommended for those interested in current events, Middle East history and politics, and personal accounts of war. [See “Turn the Page,” p. 18.]

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Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land

A meditative exploration of people and place that shows what it means to live and survive.

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This Is Ohio: The Overdose Crisis and the Front Lines of a New America

The commitment, tenacity, and empathy of the users, activists, and advocates Shuler meets is a stark corrective to the disdain and dehumanization typical of policy and practice in this area. The title forcefully claims this story for Ohio, a statistical center, but addiction reaches all places, and this book is strongly recommended for readers anywhere who are interested in systemic change and the power of the grassroots. [See Prepub Alert, 3/4/20.]
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Cook with Me: 150 Recipes for the Home Cook

This will be in high demand, owing not only to name recognition, but also for the depth and range of the delicious recipes included throughout.
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Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved To Do Is Healthy and Rewarding

Lieberman writes in a clear, approachable style, even when explaining complex research and concepts. Recommended for collections where either exercise science or human evolution are popular subjects.
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Rewilding: The Radical New Science of Ecological Recovery

Jepson and Blythe reiterate arguments in an attempt to put a positive spin on rewilding and the debate surrounding it, but conservation professionals and non-specialists with a keen interest in conservation biology should find this book to be a thought-provoking read.

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Bones: Inside and Out

This appealing and kaleidoscopic narrative on bone topics, ranging from xray technology to the Paris catacombs, will appeal to readers interested in medicine and medical history, anthropology, archaeology, and material culture. Enjoyable and recommended.

The Cougar Conundrum: Sharing the World with a Successful Predator

A concise account illustrating issues surrounding wildlife conservation efforts in the United States while providing an informative natural history of the mountain lion.

Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body

Taussig’s narrative style is highly conversational, making it feel like one is chatting with a lifelong friend. Her ability to bring levity to a topic some may find taboo is certain to help spread her message of acceptance and love.

The Sex Obsession: Perversity and Possibility in American Politics

Highly recommended for those seeking greater clarity about how sex, race, and gender are mobilized in American political life.
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Made Up: How the Beauty Industry Manipulates Consumers, Preys on Women’s Insecurities, and Promotes Unattainable Beauty Standards

An academic approach to a critical subject; best suited for scholars and researchers of sociology and women’s studies.
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Lawns into Meadows: Growing a Regenerative Landscape

Particularly suited for both beginner and intermediate gardeners looking for a practical guide to getting started with transforming their lawns into meadows.
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How To Grow Your Dinner: Without Leaving the House

Ratinon generates enthusiasm about raising vegetables, edible flowers, mushrooms, and microgreens, either indoors or on balconies and windowsill in this useful resource for gardeners wishing to explore growing food within a restricted space.

Bunker: Building for the End Times

Readers interested in current topics, cultural studies, and survivalism will enjoy this insightful look at prepper culture.
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Basilicata: Authentic Italy

An intimate exploration of an often overlooked region of Italy. Recommended to readers who appreciate all things Italian.
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Separated: Inside an American Tragedy

Readers interested in learning more about immigration policy will be drawn to this captivating account, which deftly weaves together the political and the personal.
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Two Trees Make a Forest: In Search of My Family’s Past Among Taiwan’s Mountains and Coasts

A poignant and beautifully written account of family, time, and place. Readers of Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s Go Home!, which discusses home and belonging from the perspective of the Asian diaspora, or Anna Sherman’s The Bells of Old Tokyo, which explores a place alternately in the present and the past, will also enjoy.
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Fathoms: The World in the Whale

In lyrical language, Giggs leads readers on a journey through underwater cultures and the place of whales in the chain of life. Recommended for readers interested in nature, ecology, and environmentalism.
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World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments

A lyrical exploration of a woman finding her true home in the world, interspersed with hauntingly beautiful descriptions of the lives of the animals and plants that illuminate it, this natural history will appeal to nature lovers and readers who relish thoughtful, introspective works. Also suggest to fans of Margaret Renkl’s Late Migrations.
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One Hundred Dogs and Counting: One Woman, Ten Thousand Miles, and A Journey into the Heart of Shelters and Rescues

This honest, engaging journey should be shared with all animal and pet lovers, especially those in the Southern states the author profiles.

Vagina: A Re-Education

A necessary resource on an often-stigmatized subject, this book will appeal to anyone looking to learn more about the vagina and women’s health.
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The Book of Unconformities: Speculations on Lost Time

A work of poetic science, a smashing together of the human and the natural world, of cultures separated by time. Just as a geologic unconformity, this is erudite and artistic.
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The Butterfly Effect: Insects and the Making of the Modern World

Melillo introduces many little-known facts and moments of insight, making this an engaging and often surprising read for those interested in environmental history.
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The Everyday Ayurveda Guide to Self-Care: Rhythms, Routines, and Home Remedies for Natural Healing

There’s much to learn from O’Donnell, and her book makes it easy for readers to enhance learn new ways of self-care as well as balancing and healing the body, mind, and soul.

Science Fictions: How Fraud, Bias, Negligence, and Hype Undermine the Search for Truth

An uncompromising examination of the collision between the ideals of science and the realities of scientific publishing. Highly recommended for popular science readers curious about what lurks behind science headlines.
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Soul Full of Coal Dust: A Fight for Breath and Justice in Appalachia

An engrossing read for those interested in social justice.

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Similar to her previous book, the latest by Wilkerson is destined to become a classic, and is urgent, essential reading for all.

Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close

This vital book will be especially useful for young women as they navigate their relationships and the world, but may also be an important read for older women who are reflecting on how they grew up and who they came of age alongside.

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Carville’s Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice

A heart-wrenching story of little-known social history.

Vesper Flights

Macdonald’s unique voice is highly recommended for fans of her first book and science enthusiasts who enjoy natural history with a British flavor.

Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain

Eagleman claims that whatever information the brain is fed, it will learn to extract what it can, and there is much to extract from this fascinating work, that is recommended for readers interested in neuroscience, technology, and the intersection of the two.

Tales from the Ant World

Readers seeking an accessible natural history on an often-misunderstood insect will appreciate Wilson’s modest, conversational tone in this brief look at his lifetime of appreciating nature’s small wonders, whether found in the backyard

Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars: Space, Exploration, and Life on Earth

This engaging account will interest sf lovers, scientists, and dreamers who see the red planet in the night sky and wonder, what if.

COVID-19: The Pandemic That Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One

This readable, essential account for all readers will be of particular interest to anyone working in public health.

Shuttle, Houston: My Life in the Center Seat of Mission Control

Spaceflight is an inherently risky business, and Dye sheds insight into how NASA has used culture, technology, and training to mitigate this risk. This motivating book shows people succeeding at their best: smart, cooperative, innovative, and caring.

Looking for Miss America: A Pageant’s 100-Year Quest to Define Womanhood

This work offers a thought-provoking, balanced, and highly informative look at an institution that has perplexed and enticed Americans since its founding.
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Belabored: A Vindication of the Rights of Pregnant Women

By using her experiences to explore wide-ranging questions relating to motherhood, Lenz has joined the ranks of Jessica Valenti and others as a reframer (and hopefully reformer) of the politics of motherhood. A strong addition to courses in women's, gender, and sexuality studies.

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Chronic: The Hidden Cause of the Autoimmune Pandemic and How To Get Healthy Again

Not the mainstream approach endorsed by the American College of Physicians and other medical groups but a glint of hope to the many people living with Lyme+ diseases and those who treat them.
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The Sprawl

Will resonate with Generation X and older Millennials. Recommended for readers interested in popular culture or the history of the American suburbs.
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City at the Edge of Forever: Los Angeles Reimagined

Readers with an interest in modern U.S. history, pop culture, and art and architecture should find this to be engaging.
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A Woman’s Place: Inside the Fight for a Feminist Future

Accessible and important, this resource would be a suitable addition to introductory-level women’s, gender, and sexuality studies courses, and will also appeal to readers interested in expanding on or challenging narratives about the waves of feminism.
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Leave It As It Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt’s American Wilderness

This combination of environmental journalism, biography, and travelog introduces fascinating characters who will engage readers of environmental literature as well as Roosevelt enthusiasts.
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14 Miles: Building the Border Wall

Written in a narrative style, this engaging book will appeal to anyone interested in learning more about who lives along the border and what a wall means to them.
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Is Rape a Crime? A Memoir, an Investigation, and a Manifesto

Chanel Miller’s Know My Name demonstrated that coming forward to tell one’s story is in itself a powerful form of victim advocacy; Bowdler does the same in this affecting account. [See Prepub Alert, 12/9/19.]

See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love

A beautifully written exposé of activism, rebirth and “revolutionary love” that is much needed for all readers in our current times.
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