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PREMIUM

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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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.

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.

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.
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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.

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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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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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.
PREMIUM

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.
PREMIUM

Bunker: Building for the End Times

Readers interested in current topics, cultural studies, and survivalism will enjoy this insightful look at prepper culture.
PREMIUM

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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Soul Full of Coal Dust: A Fight for Breath and Justice in Appalachia

An engrossing read for those interested in social justice.
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Carville’s Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice

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

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.

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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The Sprawl

Will resonate with Generation X and older Millennials. Recommended for readers interested in popular culture or the history of the American suburbs.
PREMIUM

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.
PREMIUM

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.
PREMIUM

Beijing: Geography, History, and Culture

This authoritative account is a valuable resource for secondary and undergraduate students, business leaders, travelers, and general readers seeking substantive, up-to-date background on this world city.
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Skewed Studies: Exploring the Limits and Flaws of Health and Psychology Research

An excellent, nontechnical overview of the scientific research process for undergraduate and graduate students. While the detailed index enables use as a quick reference title, the book is most effective when read as a treatise.

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.

In the Land of Good Living: A Journey to the Heart of Florida

A humorous, heartfelt tribute to the underbelly of Florida and its people. Recommended for fans of travel literature or the unusual survival story.
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The Book of Rosy: A Mother’s Story of Separation at the Border

A heartfelt memoir of survival and the power of activism that is recommended for readers interested in personal narratives of migration.
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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.]
PREMIUM

Indigenous Peoples: An Encyclopedia of Culture, History, and Threats to Survival

Scholarly coverage is aimed at researchers, but this set will also appeal to general readers.

This is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope

An introspective collection, both enlightening and humorous, that is highly recommended for readers interested in creative approaches to memoir and storytelling.

PREMIUM

The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America

A meticulously-researched deep dive into the life and times of a man whose personality and persistence left an indelible mark on midcentury gay activism, this title is a welcome addition to the history of sexuality bookshelf.

The Groom Will Keep His Name

Ortile's writing is insightful and honest, giving readers a window into a world with which they may not be familiar. Part cultural commentary, part self-examination, this candid account is highly recommended.

PREMIUM

Without Ever Reaching the Summit

Of interest to fans of The Snow Leopard, and those fascinated by or interested in learning more about this geographical region of Nepal.
PREMIUM

Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century

Bringing varied voices to the forefront, this collection is an ideal starting ground for finding community and sparking further reading.

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Things Worth Keeping: The Value of Attachment in a Disposable World

Harold explores a rarely analyzed subject in an absorbing manner. The health of the environment is dependent on humans figuring out a way to produce and discard less stuff, and Harold can help us begin to understand how to make that possible.
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Allies and Obstacles: Disability Activism and Parents of Children with Disabilities

An extensively researched resource that provides a look into the world of disability advocacy. This scholarly book is ideal for academic libraries, though public libraries should also consider this for health collections.

Neon Girls: A Stripper’s Education in Protest and Power

A fast-paced, engaging book that readers with an interest in feminist thought, memoirs, and labor activism will enjoy
PREMIUM

The ABCs of Diversity: Helping Kids (and Ourselves!) Embrace Our Differences

A well-structured and pragmatic approach to teaching young people how to embrace the differences among us and begin to participate in civic engagement. Best for parents, educators, and community and pastoral leaders.

No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention

Highly recommended for leaders eager to build innovative, fast, and flexible teams, and all university libraries supporting business and human resource development curriculum.
PREMIUM

The Resilient Leader: Life Changing Strategies To Overcome Today’s Turmoil and Tomorrow’s Uncertainty

While these principles are not new to anyone already vested in the overabundant leadership genre, what helps set this work apart is the author’s own gripping experience surviving major hurricanes.
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Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them

For readers interested in this relatively new idea about organizational dynamics. Highly recommended for all university libraries supporting business and psychology curriculum.

Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America

A must-read, highly recommended sociological perspective of America’s future.
PREMIUM

Hot Stocks: Investing for Impact and Profit in a Warming World

This investor’s handbook can also be used by business students looking at the effects of climate change on industries. However, the work could have benefited from more research on the international level and a broader view on the impact of climate change on global industries. For fans of Timothy Vick’s How To Pick Stocks Like Warren Buffett: Profiting from the Bargain Hunting Strategies of the World’s Greatest Value Investor.
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Trade Wars Are Class Wars: How Rising Inequality Distorts the Global Economy and Threatens International Peace

Readers interested in current events, students unaware of ideas that challenge capitalist orthodoxy, and scholars searching for the causes of planetary inequality will all benefit from this book.
PREMIUM

The Road from Raqqa: A Story of Brotherhood, Borders, and Belonging

The parallel stories of the brothers’ lives is informative and deeply moving. The emotional narrative of their Syrian home will help readers to better understand why people choose to leave and why others stay.
PREMIUM

Global Crime: An Encyclopedia of Cyber Theft, Weapons Sales, and Other Illegal Activities

The wide-ranging, expansive content on a fascinating and interesting topic will well serve its target audience of high school students, undergraduates, and general readers. This work is superb at not only explaining the growth and most important elements of global crime but also at detailing ways international communities are combating it an engaging and easily accessible manner.

Show Them You’re Good: A Portrait of Boys in the City of Angels the Year Before College

Hobbs arranges dozens of vignettes of these boys and their friends, foregrounding their experiences and centering their voice in a beautifully rendered group portrait of adolescents and of adolescence itself.

PREMIUM

The Museum of Whales You Will Never See: And Other Excursions to Iceland’s Most Unusual Museums

For travelers and those interested in museums, collecting, Icelandic history and culture, and a poetic look at the country’s museums.

A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom

Recommended for readers who enjoyed Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, this is an essential read for anyone seeking to understand the devastating effects of mandatory drug sentencing and looking for inspiration to seek change.
PREMIUM

Pauli Murray: A Personal and Political Life

Recommended for readers with an academic interest in African American history, women’s history, and early 20th-century queer experience.

Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture

Highly recommended for all readers, especially given recent headlines about discrimination against black hairstyles and movements to decriminalize black hair.

Pelosi

This biography succeeds in illuminating the controversial politician and will be enjoyed by readers of current events, American government, and history.
 

Man of Tomorrow: The Relentless Life of Jerry Brown

An insider political biography that will have national appeal.

You Talkin’ to Me? The Unruly History of New York English

There are many terrific examples of New York speech throughout this text and White contextualizes them all extremely well. Highly recommended.

Bezonomics: How Amazon Is Changing Our Lives and What the World’s Best Companies Are Learning from It

This will appeal to those with an interest in the role of artificial intelligence and machine learning in business.

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One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle over American Immigration, 1924–1965

A clear, well-crafted historical overview of U.S. immigration, and the people who shaped it. Yang defines the issues these debates raised but never settled in a way that informs without overwhelming readers.

PREMIUM

The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, a Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having—Or Being Denied—an Abortion

Foster listens to the “turnaway women,” and lets their stories, even more than her own scholarship, disrupt the accepted moral and political narratives that regulate access to abortion.

PREMIUM

Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy

Ball is thoughtful about incorporating new theories of whiteness and the implications for descendants of Klan members, but the lack of solid evidence about Lacorgne may leave readers wanting more.

PREMIUM

Troop 6000: The Girl Scout Troop That Began in a Shelter and Inspired the World

Effective as a feel-good account of family and community working against adversity and the benefits of Scouting for girls and their parents, the book is equally valuable for its intimate views of homelessness and its day-to-day effects.
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Into Wild Mongolia

Recommended for biologists and travelers interested in the region.

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Stockholm Style Guide: Eat Sleep Shop

Appropriate for visitors interested in Stockholm’s shopping, food, and drink history.
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Cross Country: A 3700-Mile Run To Explore Unseen America

An unusual and personal work that should appeal to armchair travelers and runners.
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Between Everything and Nothing: The Journey of Seidu Mohammed and Razak Iyal and the Quest for Asylum

Based heavily on the refugees’ own accounts and supplemented by the author’s research, this work will be valued by general readers interested in the stories of recent refugees.

Pacific Coasting: A Guide to the Ultimate Road Trip, from Southern California to the Pacific Northwest

Recommended for anyone thinking of an off-the-beaten-path visit to the West Coast.
PREMIUM

Hitching for Hope: A Journey into the Heart and Soul of Ireland

An uplifting account of McKiernan’s journey and the stories shared with him along the way. Will appeal to lovers of memoirs and patrons who enjoy reading about those who effect and inspire change.
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100 Hikes of a Lifetime: The World’s Ultimate Scenic Trails

For novice and seasoned hikers alike.
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The Money Hackers: How a Group of Misfits Took on Wall Street and Changed Finance Forever

Best suited for anyone in the banking, technology, and finance industry, this book provides excellent insight on how people came up with effective ideas to implement digital solutions that make our daily digital finance world more productive.

Teen Lives Around the World: A Global Encyclopedia

Balanced and highly representative of contemporary teen life, this is an excellent introduction for anyone who wants to compare and contrast the lifestyles and interests of modern teens. It will be especially valuable to high school and undergraduate students.
PREMIUM

Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation

This timely exploration helps readers place President Trump and his supporters in the context of white Christian America’s reaction to mid-20th-century social justice activism.
PREMIUM

Power Your Profits: How To Take Your Business from $10,000 to $10,000,000

A practical book, written in a simple and straightforward style, while providing a thorough overview of how to start and run a small business.
PREMIUM

This Is All I Got: A New Mother’s Search for Home

While Sandler focuses primarily on New York City, her study will resonate widely and is worthwhile reading for all, especially fans of Matthew Desmond’s Evicted.
PREMIUM

The Introvert’s Guide to the Workplace: Concrete Strategies for Bosses and Employees to Thrive and Succeed

On par with Jane Finkle’s The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide: From Landing a Job, to Surviving, Thriving, and Moving on Up, Orozco’s work is highly recommended for introverts and those who work with and supervise them.
PREMIUM

Coffeeland: One Man’s Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug

Sedgewick’s wide-ranging work is most appropriate for readers with a serious interest in food economics.

27 Essential Principles of Story: Master the Secrets of Great Storytelling, from Shakespeare to South Park

This new bible of lessons and practices for creators across media will likely appeal to readers curious about behind-the-scenes realities of those who bring to life today’s most popular and intelligent entertainment.
PREMIUM

American Baby: A Mother, a Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption

In addition to content related to adoption, which should be of wide interest, this book will engage readers interested in Jewish social practices in mid-century America.
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The Shadow System: Mass Incarceration and the American Family

Readers concerned about prison reform and social justice will be enlightened by the perspectives offered throughout. See Emily Bazelon’s Charged for another indictment of the U.S. judicial system.

Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire

Henderson’s convincing arguments and passion will be a clarion call to action for business leaders and interested readers everywhere. A complementary work is microfinance champion Muhammad Yunus’s A World of Three Zeros, while Christopher Leonard’s Kochland offers a contrasting portrayal of the Koch Industries’ single-minded resistance to any such ideas.

Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump

Highly recommended for those seeking to understand how white evangelicals developed political power.
PREMIUM

The Economic Case for LGBT Equality: Why Fair and Equal Treatment Benefits Us All

An essential addition to the field of economic studies that is especially vital for academic libraries.
PREMIUM

Frictionless: Why the Future of Everything Will Be Fast, Fluid, and Made Just for You

Following the evolution of ideas that led to the businesses Lemieux describes makes for interesting reading as well as speculation as to whether her predictions of success will hold true. Will appeal to budding entrepreneurs and those interested in start-up culture.
PREMIUM

Final Draft: The Collected Work of David Carr

This collection will make readers wish Carr was still here to share his observations. A must for aspiring journalists and fans of Carr who want to read more of his award-winning reporting.
PREMIUM

The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society

Particularly strong when it comes to highlighting marginalized voices and the technologies used for global communication. While timely and a nice introduction to mass media in today’s society, however, it is not a replacement for more comprehensive titles.
PREMIUM

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Criminal Psychology

Though the writing is a little dry, the information is accurate, succinct, and generally jargon-free. This interdisciplinary work will be of interest to undergraduates studying psychology, sociology, criminology, and forensic science. Some practitioners may find it a helpful starting point when venturing outside their areas of expertise.
PREMIUM

The Inevitability of Tragedy: Henry Kissinger and His World

This authoritative and exhaustive biography will challenge general readers, but will find an appreciative audience among political scholars and modern philosophy academics. A solid companion to Thomas Schwartz’s Henry Kissinger and American Power.

PREMIUM

The Undocumented Americans

Readers come to see that there is no time for hedging: the personal traumas discussed in the book are compounded by their commonality. A must-read indictment on what it means to be undocumented and what it means to be American.
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Social Chemistry: Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection

Pass. The value of the second half does not make up for the feebleness of the first.

Perfectly Confident: How To Calibrate Your Decisions Wisely

VERDICT Wise, solidly researched, and highly recommended for academic libraries supporting business and psychology curriculum.
PREMIUM

The Double X Economy: The Epic Potential of Women’s Empowerment

Weighty subject matter with an edge. Will appeal to fans of social commentary and those interested in women’s and global economic issues.
PREMIUM

White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity

Jones provides hard figures and historical examples illustrating racial relations in the United States, and how people can work toward reconciliation. An ideal complement to Sarah Posner’s Unholy.
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Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own

This is not an easy read for those wanting easy answers about race. Instead, it is a book about moral reckoning, owning up to failed choices, and making an effort to choose better ones. For all interested in uncovering how we got here, and how much further we have to go.
PREMIUM

They Didn’t See Us Coming: The Hidden History of Feminism in the Nineties

A valuable contribution to the history of feminism at its grassroots and global levels, as well as a message to readers about how difficult it is to anticipate what online tools and developments will emerge as feminism continues to grow, along with the material, political, and intellectual issues abutting it.

 

 

Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City

A rich, yet disturbing tapestry of modern U.S. history that succeeds in presenting how the power of protest creates situations that are at once chaotic, cathartic, and life-changing.

PREMIUM

Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs

Boylan’s candor and distinctive writing style will appeal to readers of reflective memoirs. A solid choice for libraries looking to expand their LGBTQ biography collections.

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Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots

Recommend to readers seeking spiritually-informed black narratives or oral histories and fans of Jerkins’s first book; less useful for readers seeking factual histories of the Great Migration.

In Her Footsteps

An outstanding selection for travelers, teachers, students, young adults, and those curious about influential women throughout history.

Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy

Words have the power to describe injustices of the past, as well as to instill hopefulness for the future. This anthology is highly recommended for public libraries.
PREMIUM

Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities

Especially for students of urban planning and public policy but also for those seriously interested in equity and social change in America, this work combines extraordinarily readable, well-documented data analysis with a people-oriented call for activism.

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