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South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels

Biking and adventure travel enthusiasts will revel in the author’s descriptions and ability to endure such an arduous trip, and find this account restores one’s faith in human goodness.

Disability Experiences: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Other Personal Narratives

This unusual approach to disability studies will be of interest to faculty and students researching disability studies, life writing, anthropology, psychology, and sociology.
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Cities Around the World: Struggles and Solutions to Urban Life

An excellent primer for high school students, undergraduates, and interested nonspecialist readers who want to expand their perspectives about urban issues both within and beyond the United States.
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Bagels, Bumf, and Buses: A Day in the Life of the English Language

For anyone curious about where everyday English words “come from,” this accessible text will prove to be an enticing choice, as well as a useful guide for general readers seeking resources on English usage and popular linguistics.
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Your Voice Speaks Volumes: It’s Not What You Say, But How You Say It

Setter applies phonetic analysis to a range of aspects of daily life in a way that is approachable to a wide audience. However, the level of technical detail and geographical focus on the UK may limit the overall appeal to academic readers.
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The Best American Travel Writing 2019

No matter what their mood or interest, readers can find much to move and delight them in this entertaining collection.

The Seine: The River That Made Paris

For readers who have walked along the banks of the Seine or dream of someday doing so, this love letter to a river is highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 4/28/19.]
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America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States

This thoroughly researched, informative, and lucid work is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States, and how it influences the current political environment.
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Dairylandia: Dispatches from a State of Mind

This breezy read can be picked up and put down or started in the middle. A perfect “popcorn” book for high school to adult users who enjoy stories that highlight the Midwest with its individual quirks and its universality.
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The Queering of Corporate America: How Big Business Went from LGBTQ Adversary to Ally

The underlying question remains: Are corporations friends or foes? Ball’s history is sure to be controversial and will be of interest to social activists of all stripes.

What We Will Become: A Mother, a Son, and a Journey of Transformation

This is a vital and engrossing book about how to live an authentic life. Well suited for readers interested in gender and generational family dynamics. [See Prepub Alert, 5/5/19.]
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Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises

With a foreword by Michael Eric Dyson, this book is an important read for policymakers and urban dwellers, locally and nationally.

What God Is Honored Here? Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color

A compelling collection that encourages readers to hold writers and their stories, both told and untold, in their hearts with every page.travel & geography

The Witches Are Coming

Covering everything from the 2016 election and #metoo to abortion rights and fat-positive body representation to the climate crisis, West’s latest will have progressive readers, especially longtime followers of her work, nodding along, quoting passages to friends. Hand to fans of Rebecca Traister, Ijeoma Oluo, and Roxane Gay.

The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir

Revealing the inner-workings of foreign policy, this engrossing memoir will appeal to informed readers and will inspire women contemplating careers in public service. [See Prepub Alert, 3/4/19.]

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Rebent Sinner

Coyote has a deep humanity that is hard to resist and creates an immediate connection with readers. An insightful collection for all.
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Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society

A touching example of the power of storytelling, this book will appeal to readers of Before We Were Yours and those interested in family histories and issues related to adoption.

Darkly: Black History and America’s Gothic Soul

Overall, a rare glimpse into American gothic from an African American perspective.
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Inventing Disaster: The Culture of Calamity from the Jamestown Colony to the Johnstown Flood

Using an array of resources from primary sources such as local newspapers and secondary sources written both then and now, Kierner presents an in-depth, well-researched and persuasive thesis for the beginning and eventual continuation of a cultural mind-set that has remained fairly intact since the 19th-century. Even with its academic presentation, this should be enjoyed by readers who appreciate disaster histories.
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Reproduction on the Reservation: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Colonialism in the Long Twentieth Century

Theobald’s use of oral histories and interviews with Native women makes for an intimate, affecting exploration of resilience under assimilationist pressures.

Breathe: A Letter to My Sons

Perry’s uplifting and often lyrical meditation on living invites readers to delve into their self and particularly into the complicated categories of mother, parent, African American, and human. Highly recommended.

My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education

Crucet’s well-written essays are entertaining and accessible, without letting readers or the author herself off the hook for reflecting on and addressing cultural issues. Strongly recommended for all readers.

Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle To Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age

One of America’s most controversial policies as seen through the career of one of its most outspoken advocates; an essential read.
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Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race

Provocative in its review of and reflections on race and racism amid continuing de facto segregation, this work argues that personal identity does not exist as a checked box. It promises to appeal to readers willing at least to consider unlearning race so as to imagine a future without it and advance his vision of a multigenerational transformation of social repair.

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The Meritocracy Trap: How America’s Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite

Though it might have been more effective at half the length, this is an important contribution to the debate on economic inequality and of note to policymakers, activists, and scholars.

Surfacing

A fascinating, lyrical, wide-ranging work sharing thoughts on past and present that will appeal to a wide range of readers, including those interested in memoirs and reflections on the world around us.
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Fantasy Island: Colonialism, Exploitation, and the Betrayal of Puerto Rico

This book will be particularly important to readers with a connection to Puerto Rico and useful and thought-provoking to anyone else seeking to understand capitalism’s past, present, and future.

When the Sky Fell: Hurricane Maria and the United States in Puerto Rico

Recommended for teen and adult readers interested in Puerto Rican history and the effects of colonialism, which continue to impact the present day.
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Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm

That many of the authors expand on the topic of Maria to include historical background as well as future speculations and possible solutions adds an extra dimension that enhances the book’s relevancy. For specialists, academic libraries, and those interested in a broader and deeper understanding of the impact of Maria on Puerto Rico.
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A Guest of the Reich: The Story of American Heiress Gertrude Legendre’s Dramatic Captivity and Escape from Nazi Germany

This riveting account of a little-known historical personality will appeal to World War II and general history fans alike. [See Prepub Alert, 3/11/19.]

Return to the Reich: A Holocaust Refugee’s Secret Mission To Defeat the Nazis

An extremely accessible read, this well-researched book will appeal to fans of espionage tales, World War II history, biographies, as well as young adult audiences.
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Hitler: A Global Biography

A new perspective on a figure whose actions continue to have a profound and lasting impact on world history.
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The Force: The Legendary Special Ops Unit and WWII’s Mission Impossible

While the story has been related before, this well-told account of a little-known special operations unit will appeal to readers interested in World War II and fans of military history.

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Hitler: A Biography

Although the work is occasionally dense owing to the minutiae of German politics, such details are integral to Longerich’s assertion of Hitler’s centrality to all decisions, such as the Holocaust. While some may question the need for another Hitler biography, readers and scholars of 20th-century history will welcome this one.

Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA

Fans of Showtime’s Homeland and espionage novels will devour this highly recommended memoir, as will readers interested in counterterrorism, nonprofileration, and peacemaking. [See Editors’ Fall Picks, “Fall Fireworks,” LJ 8/19.]
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Standing with Standing Rock: Voices from the #NoDAPL Movement

While the editors have written their own books on the subject and are active participants in modern indigenous movements, this contextual anthology gives recognition and voice to the many who participated in the #NoDAPL protests. Highly recommended for casting light on a landmark cultural movement.
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Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid

While an important work, the academic presentation may not appeal to casual readers. Best suited for scholarly audiences interested in immigration and law enforcement.

Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress

Recommended for YA and adult readers with an interest in cultural anthropology, current events, and apocalyptic social perspectives.
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Pride: The LGBTQ+ Rights Movement: A Photographic Journey

While a solid primer for the LGBTQ+ movement, this should not be taken as a comprehensive look as it tends to focus almost exclusively on white members of the LGBTQ+ community, with few exceptions, notably Marsha P. Johnson. Still, this will be a good place to start for readers curious about LGBTQ+ rights throughout history, as well as the movement’s artwork and icons.

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Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim

Primarily recommended for Vernon’s existing fan base, this candid memoir will also be of interest for those who have experienced emotional, physical, or sexual violence, and who are seeking forceful encouragement toward self-empowerment and self-expression.

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Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It

This sobering book is indeed needed to help individuals better understand how information can be massaged to produce any sort of message desired. Recommended for general political science and current affairs collections.

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Teaching U.S. History Through Sports

General readers and educators will find much to spark their imaginations in this thoughtful work, from lists of resources to ways of connecting athletic history to larger social and cultural issues
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The Penguin Book of Migration Literature: Departures, Arrivals, Generations, Returns

With the exception of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Displaced, no similar recent collection of evocative reflections on the migration experience exists. This will appeal to students and general readers, if only as a starting point for further exploration

Boys Will Be Boys

A necessary read that compliments Ford’s first book, but ultimately stands on its own.

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For the Love of Men: A New Vision for Mindful Masculinity

This heartfelt, recommended book will find a welcome place for general readers interested in a clearly argued analysis of the current gender environment.

Space Between: Explorations of Love, Sex, and Fluidity

This memoir/performance piece should be popular with fans of Tortorella, but it’s less likely to have significant staying power as core LGBTQ writing
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The Kongs of Qufu: The Descendants of Confucius in Late Imperial China

An enjoyable read that sheds light on Chinese feudal arrangements of the late imperial era. Highly recommended for all Chinese history enthusiasts

Start Finishing: How To Go from Idea to Done

Gilkey’s constructive guidance will likely appeal to white-collar workers, especially those in managerial and administrative positions

America’s Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr.

Readers fascinated by the Kennedys will be delighted by this captivating biography. See Randy Taraborelli's The Kennedy Heirs for a comprehensive account of the third generation Kennedys.

A Castle in Wartime: One Family, Their Missing Sons, and the Fight To Defeat the Nazis

An incredibly sweeping and readable tale, this excellent history is for readers interested in World War II and personal narratives
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The Man Who Played with Fire: Stieg Larsson’s Lost Files and the Hunt for an Assassin

Recommended for most true crime collections. This story is sure to gain international traction as the investigation into the Palme assassination heats up again

Near the Exit: Travels with the Not-So-Grim Reaper

This book’s journey to spiritual places near and far is worth taking

Transaction Man: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream

Through the stories of individuals, often from varied neighborhoods, businesses, and corporations, Lemann makes these experiences come alive. Readers can use this insightful business history to guide their forecasts

The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us

Drawing on broad reading and visits to campuses across the country, Tough’s work offers an indictment of American society and political structures and persuasively argues that universities must fulfill the American commitment to equality of opportunity
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On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey

Tourists headed to Mexico and those interested in the current migrant situation will learn a great deal
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Picking Up the Pieces: Residential School Memories and the Making of the Witness Blanket

Readers interested in American Indian history or education will find important insights into the significance of the Witness Blanket and its component parts. Also consider the companion documentary, Picking Up the Pieces

Tough Luck: Sid Luckman, Murder Inc., and the Rise of the Modern NFL

A terrific read that should draw interest from all general nonfiction readers

The Europeans: Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture

Vividly written and meticulously detailed, this book will please lovers of the history of literature and music, at the very least
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In Hoffa’s Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth

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Burn It Down: Women Writing About Anger

These powerful essays strike a balance between memoir and theory and will be useful in courses on feminist theory as they provide highly individualized accounts of women’s experiences

Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America

Based on six years of research and with a fast-paced writing style that interweaves multiple stories, this illuminating work on the exceedingly influential Koch and his company will be welcomed by all readers of business or politics. Leonard does for Koch what Andrew Sorkin’s Too Big To Fail did for the 2008 financial crisis
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Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale

Well written and packed with intriguing details, this is a great look at a global industry to which virtually all of us contribute, in one way or another

Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America

A well-researched, well-told story that also contributes to the debate about reparations. Recommended for both academic and general readers.

The Battle of the Negro Fort: The Rise and Fall of a Fugitive Slave Community

A must-read for those interested in early American republic history.

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Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic

Following after Sam Quinones’s Dreamland, which surveyed the ravages of prescription pills and black tar heroin, this book will assist policymakers, activists, and general readers in understanding better how to respond to the drug crisis that is only more intractable now
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Traveling with Service Animals: By Air, Road, Rail, and Ship Across North America

A highly recommended resource for anyone who travels with a service animal, as well as for anyone who works in transportation, hospitality, or any business with public accommodations

Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America

This is not exactly a how-to guide or a toolkit, despite the powerful tools designed to encourage grassroots activism, including media links and recommended readings in the final chapters. Instead, Jean-Pierre shows how and why we all need to participate in democracy and what is at stake if we don’t.

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Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost

Zaloom provides a clear-sighted and timely analysis of this issue. Recommended for readers interested in the cultural and economic implications of the current student debt crisis
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Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion—and the Future of Clothes

Fascinating reading for anyone who wears clothing.

The Girls: An All-American Town, a Predatory Doctor, and the Untold Story of the Gymnasts Who Brought Him Down

While the book is difficult to read at times owing to the details of sexual violence, it may be the most important sports title of the year. Pesta’s in-depth reporting reveals the entire scope of Nassar’s history, and the many who enabled his behavior. Highly recommended.

The Geography of Risk: Epic Storms, Rising Seas, and the Cost of America’s Coasts

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Thoughtfully written, minutely researched, and eminently readable, this sobering analysis seeks to make people start asking questions about the viability of building on the coasts in an era of climate change.

Without a Prayer: The Death of Lucas Leonard and How One Church Became a Cult

Readers interested in true crime and cults will be enthralled by this expertly rendered tale of extremism.

Stay Woke: A People’s Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter

A valuable guidebook that deconstructs myths and provides actionable steps people can take to avoid complacency and complicity; essential reading on social justice.

Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the Fear of Female Power

A vital read on femininity and sexuality that speaks to our past, present, and future.

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Speaking of Feminism: Today’s Activists on the Past, Present, and Future of the U.S. Women’s Movement

While focused exclusively on urban areas, this collection provides a unique and significant perspective into the feminist canon.

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The Nuclear Spies: America’s Atomic Intelligence Operation against Hitler and Stalin

This easy-to-read academic book will appeal to those interested in World War II intelligence and atomic history; a strong pairing with Sean Kean’s The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb.

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Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide: How the New FBI Damages Democracy

Suitable for adults interested in politics and law enforcement reform.

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Native Provenance: The Betrayal of Cultural Creativity

Vizenor’s latest raises important discussion points for students and scholars of anthropology, history, and American studies.

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Tragedy in Aurora: The Culture of Mass Shootings in America

Recommended for general audiences, this book could provide solid reference points in conjunction with other sources on the topic, such as Dave Cullen’s Parkland: Birth of a Movement.

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Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism

With a range of dedicated voices and a clear commitment to exploring feminism and political activism with justice and lived experience at its core, this engrossing anthology would make an excellent addition to public, academic, and school library shelves.

How To Be an Antiracist

With Stamped from the Beginning, Kendi proved himself a first-rate historian. Here, his willingness to turn the lens on himself marks him as a courageous activist, leading the way to a more equitable society.
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Equality: An American Dilemma, 1866–1896

This scholarly account will appeal to informed readers, especially Reconstruction era historians.

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Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century

This group portrait of pioneering leaders in the field is recommended reading for undergraduate and graduate students, professional academics, and individuals with an interest in anthropology, cultural anthropology, and history.

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The Plateau

Paxson’s work offers a counterpoint to titles such a Anna Bikont’s The Crime and the Silence, which detailed how neighbors viciously turned on one another during World War II. Readers interested in World War II France, and anyone seeking reassurance that good exists in the world will appreciate this heartbreaking and hopeful text.

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What Snowflakes Get Right: Free Speech, Truth, and Equality on Campus

A thoughtful, convincing response to those demanding unlimited access to university platforms.

Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America

Poniewozik’s well-argued work advances the investigations in Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death and is an important reminder of the media’s influence on society.

A Fool’s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture during the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump

While centering on a specific narrative, this book serves as much more than an overview of the NMAAHC and will not solely appeal to museum curators or academics, as Bunch addresses the ways in which public spaces must be disrupted and dehierarchized to change cultural narratives.

A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century

Readers interested in the human and historical aspects of immigration will find this book extremely useful and insightful.

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Nobody’s Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls

Timely, disturbing, and informative; for all collections.

Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter, and How They Changed America

Pointing the way to future activism against repressive policing, Cobbina’s instructive details and enlightening insights will draw in scholars and general readers concerned with ending police killings of black people with impunity.

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Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime and Obsession

This provocative work is best suited to readers with a strong interest in true crime and its historical roots. Though lacking the rigor and documentation of an academic work, it manages to create an original and bold contribution to the genre.

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Skin Deep: Journeys in the Divisive Science of Race

An easy read for casual audiences. Those without much prior knowledge of the development of racial science and where it stands today will find this to be a thorough historical introduction.

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Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past

An engaging read for both teens and adults interested in satellite remote sensing and other technologies as well as archaeology. They will learn some intriguing things about civilizations in the process.

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Waffen-SS: Hitler’s Army at War

Despite these drawbacks, this book may find a home among dedicated readers of military history.

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The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge, and India’s Quest for Independence

While the details can get tedious as the story unfolds, this book is recommended for fans of Anand’s previous works, biographies of political assassins, and histories of British-controlled India.

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Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America’s Fast-Food Kingdom

Recommended for popular culture and behavioral economics readers.

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Reckoning: The Epic Battle Against Sexual Abuse and Harassment

An intense, harsh view of a long struggle; well worth a look for anyone curious about where #MeToo came from
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Aloha Rodeo: Three Hawaiian Cowboys, the World’s Greatest Rodeo, and a Hidden History of the American West

Part history lesson, part rodeo diary, this will find appeal across a broad audience and be of particular interest to fans of rodeo culture, Hawaiian history, and the early American West. [See Prepub Alert, 11/12/18.]
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The Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction

This poignant and powerful book shows us that decisions and laws surrounding racial identity and interest were deliberate. Knowing that matters in thinking about race today. [See Prepub Alert, 12/6/18.]
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The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown

This thoroughly researched work is highly recommended for those interested in the Chinese American experience or the history of San Francisco. [See Prepub Alert, 11/12/18.]
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