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Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future

Chock-full of approachable and engaging critical analyses, this work will pique the curiosity of both Shakespeareans and anyone interested in American culture. [See Prepub Alert, 9/16/19.]

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James Baldwin: Living in Fire

A clear, incisive writer, Mullen succeeds with providing a fresh perspective on an author he so obviously admires. Recommended for readers seeking a broader understanding of the opinions of one of the great writers of the 20th century.
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Literary Geography: An Encyclopedia of Real and Imagined Settings

High school and college students will find excellent examples of how to study the geographical components of literature, while book clubs will discover fresh approaches to old and new classics.
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Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now: Essays

The strong writing, creative genre use, and authentic voice add up to some high-impact essays.
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Little Weirds

This volume mixes the oddball self-examination of Jenny Lawson with moments of poetic insight. Recommended for lovers of fizzy memoirs.

Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop

This definitive account of Bishop’s contributions to American letters will attract both casual readers of her poetry as well as academics with more specialized knowledge of her work.

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Essays One: Reading and Writing

Those familiar with Davis’s work, and even new readers, will find much to ponder—even love
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South American Journals: January–July 1960

Copious and valuable source material provide students and scholars with noteworthy and new information about the poet. Those interested in the relationship between Eros and Thanatos in Ginsberg’s life and work will be especially rewarded.

The Collector of Leftover Souls: Field Notes on Brazil’s Everyday Insurrections

Beautifully translated from Portuguese by Whitty, these accounts make up an unforgettable compilation documenting the lives of those largely underrepresented in literature. While the stories are specifically Brazilian, the insights they reveal are universal.

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97,196 Words: Essays

A compelling collection, best suited for sophisticated readers up-to-date on their current affairs, and academic audiences.
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Me & Other Writings

An admirable translation that will enthrall fans of French literature as well as 20th-century history buffs.
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Inventing Tomorrow: H.G. Wells in the Twentieth Century

Extensive references and footnotes make this a good choice for readers comfortable with analysis steeped in research. Recommended for larger academic holdings.
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The Best American Essays 2019

A worthwhile series installment that should not only interest contemporary readers but also hold a place in the historical record.
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Virginia Woolf: And the Women Who Shaped Her World

Despite the occasionally gossipy tone and casual language that detracts from the work’s overall scholarly perspective, this volume will be welcomed by readers and students curious about the cultural aspects of Woolf’s development as a writer.

Goodness and the Literary Imagination

Interestingly, the essayists here, rather than literary experts, specialize in religion, history, theology, and ethics, which provides a refreshing analysis and perspective on Morrison’s work and a valuable contribution to Morrison scholarship.
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Critical Insights: Censored & Banned Literature

Most readers will home in on a specific essay or section, but they will likely find something useful in this wide-ranging text.
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Critical Insights: Richard Wright

High school and college students will get a strong sense of Wright’s life, motivations, and creative output. Readers new to the author, as well as devotees, will take away valuable insights.

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With Child: Lee Child and the Readers of Jack Reacher

A good stopgap read for fans who anxiously await the next Reacher feature, and an amusing look behind the scenes at an author’s creative process.

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Savage Gods

Kingsnorth wrote his brilliant first novel, The Wake, in a language he created. This book provides a startling and instructive account of an uncommonly creative consciousness in a state of profound doubt.
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Good Things Out of Nazareth: The Uncollected Letters of Flannery O’Connor & Friends

Of interest to students of O’Connor and American, especially Southern, mid-20th-century literature.

The Peanuts Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life

To be dipped into rather than read through, this volume will appeal to many readers. Anyone who enjoyed the comics or TV specials will recognize their experiences in these pages and have their appreciation of Schulz’s genius renewed.
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The American Canon: Literary Genius from Emerson to Le Guin

Because of the esoteric nature of this book, it is primarily geared toward collections with Bloom’s other works and his most ardent readers.
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The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison

An invaluable volume for Ellison scholars and recommended for all readers interested in American literature.

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Gilgamesh: The Life of a Poem

Schmidt’s book deeply enriches our appreciation of a work already rich. A solid addition to all collections.
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Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald enthusiasts will find these revealing letters sad but insightful

Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl’s Love Letter to the Power of Fashion

A winning look at black girl fashion and a solid addition for all collections
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A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion

Scholars and devoted readers of political history, notably of the Middle East, will turn to Segev’s majestic analysis of this pivotal leader for decades to come
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Think Black: A Memoir

Recommended for readers interested in histories of computing and business, and black history, especially regarding STEM

Vanity Fair’s Women on Women

A perfect book for dipping into when something longer and more involved would be too much. There are plenty of “I didn’t know that” moments in spite of how well known many of these talented women will be to readers.

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Write On, Sisters! Voice, Courage, and Claiming Your Place at the Table

Despite its tendency toward repetition, this is an overall welcome addition to larger literature and writing collections.

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The O. Henry Prize Stories 2019: The Best Short Stories of the Year

A solid inclusion for libraries with strong contemporary fiction collections.

Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America

Austin’s experiences, both positive and negative, are recounted in this fast-paced, heartwarming memoir of motherhood and adoption told through an African American lens. ­Essential for all libraries.

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The Wisdom of the Renaissance

Montaigne wrote that reading is “the best provision I have found for this human journey.” Kellogg’s book is well worth taking along.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Books: The History and Future of Reading

This clear-eyed exploration of the attitudes and trends around reading and books will likely provoke lively discussion. Recommended for anyone with an interest in these favorite forms of entertainment.

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Talking to Strangers: Selected Essays, Prefaces, and Other Writings 1967–2017

Despite the padding of several slight and flimsy items, this compilation will gratify Auster readers and grace most library shelves.

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Reading Behind Bars: A Memoir of Literature, Law, and Life as a Prison Librarian

Recommended for those studying library and information science or who are interested in America’s prison system.

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Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays

Jamison’s observational skills, genuine empathy, and lack of sentimentality create an intelligent blending of journalism, scholarship (she directs the graduate nonfiction program at Columbia Univ.), and memoir.

Sontag: Her Life and Work

This excellent portrait of a complicated, brilliant individual will appeal to those interested in late 20th-century culture, LGBTQ studies, and literary scholarship.

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Lisbon Tales

A slice of Lisbon to form a tantalizing tart of tales.

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Gertrude Stein Has Arrived: The Homecoming of a Literary Legend

Accessible and engaging, this fresh look at Stein’s life is especially recommended for those interested in modernist literature.

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Coventry: Essays

These 17 essays are sassy, honest, and memorable. Readers will come away with numerous “aha” moments.

White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination

For readers fascinated by race and reparative writing, now and in American history, and the transformative potential of literature to change minds and emphasize our common humanity. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/19.]
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Magill’s Literary Annual, 2019

A good starting point for research into current literature or as a readers’ advisory tool.

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New Russian Drama: An Anthology

Extensive coverage of controversial topics such as sex, drug use, and violence could offend those with a general interest in drama. Moreover, the experimental nature of some of these works will be an obstacle for many readers. Recommended for scholars, theater makers, and readers with a serious interest in world theater.

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March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women

Recommended for readers seeking a new look at this much-loved classic, the source of Alcott’s inspiration, and how contemporary authors have seen themselves evolve over time.

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Bagehot: The Life and Times of the Greatest Victorian

Grant’s readable work both illuminates Bagehot’s life and places his writings in the conservative gold standard context of his time. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/19.]
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George Marshall: Defender of the Republic

Recommended for those interested in the latest World War II biographies. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/19.]

The Widow Washington: The Life of Mary Washington

All readers will value this vivid account that corrects Mary’s record and reveals the dilemmas and distorted sensibility of Virginian slave-holding white women, along with the devastation caused by the Revolutionary War
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For the Love of Books: Stories of Literary Lives, Banned Books, Author Feuds, Extraordinary Characters, and More

The By the Book podcast meets Andre Bernard’s Now All We Need Is a Title, in this compulsively readable collection that may appeal to bibliophiles.

Shapes of Native Nonfiction: Collected Essays by Contemporary Writers

It’s not hard to imagine this work as a staple of creative writing course syllabi for years to come. A must for any library.

Don’t Read Poetry: A Book About How To Read Poems

A wonderful guide to a misunderstood art. Essential for all libraries.

I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying: Essays

Visceral and unsettling, these essays will not easily be forgotten. A must-read.

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You Don’t Know Me: The Incarcerated Women of York Prison Voice Their Truths

The writing is polished and the stories compelling and often heartbreaking, but what this volume does best is change the women from faceless criminals into human beings deserving of dignity and compassion. For literary and sociology collections.

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Kathleen Hale Is a Crazy Stalker: Six Essays

Recommended for readers interested in creative nonfiction, especially the essay genre.

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Magical Realism for Non-Believers

A solid choice for large collections, especially where memoirs are popular.

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Mama’s Boy: A Story from Our Americas

This earnest memoir is somewhat overstuffed with discussions of religion and Hollywood; the greatest appreciation will likely come from readers interested in a heartfelt look at self-acceptance as well as the complexities of family or personal stories about mending divides between liberal and conservative
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Notes from the Field

Creative and highly thought-provoking, this work should be read not only by those who wish to perform the monologs but by anyone seeking to understand an increasingly frightening and pervasive social ill.

Words and Worlds: From Autobiography to Zippers

Highly recommended for Lurie's fans and admirers of the essay genre.

Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination

This attractive biography should be on the bedside reading table of thousands of Dr. Seuss lovers, and deservedly so.

The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell's 1984

While similar in approach to William Steinhoff's George Orwell and the Origins of 1984, this is an important contribution to Orwell studies and a timely introduction to the man and his most famous achievement.

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Book The Halls: 28 Holiday Titles To Add to Your Wish Lists

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A Literary Guide to Washington, DC: Walking in the Footsteps of American Writers from Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston

The perfect accompaniment for a literature-inspired vacation in the U.S. capital. The compact size, clearly labeled maps, and succinct, informative text make this a handy guide to slip into your suitcase.
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The Traveling Feast: On the Road and at the Table with America's Finest Writers

This literary travelog is ideal for fans of Bass and the authors he celebrates. [See Prepub Alert, 1/8/18.]
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The Milk Lady of Bangalore: An Unexpected Adventure

An absolute joy to read. Through her close encounters with the bovine kind, Narayan shows how Indian traditions are incorporated into contemporary ways of life. (Memoir, 10/20/17)
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First Time Ever

An engrossing read for all, even those who don't know their folk music history. (Memoir, 12/13/17)
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Mean

Gurba is a writer for our times; her memoir brings a powerful perspective. (Memoir, 10/20/17)
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Flunk. Start. Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology

An early candidate for memoir of the year, this is a thrilling story of one woman's search for truth and her place in the world. (Memoir, 1/12/18)
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I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death

A heartfelt meditation on the fragility and wonder of life, O'Farrell's work emphasizes the body's desire to fight for survival, even as it takes on challenges from all sides. (Memoir, 12/13/17)
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A Literary Tour de France: The World of Books on the Eve of the French Revolution

Deftly written, this thoughtful and well-researched work will appeal to a wide variety of readers; scholars and casual fans of printing history will enjoy this insider's look that is both informative and entertaining.
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Frankenstein: How a Monster Became an Icon; The Science and Enduring Allure of Mary Shelley's Creation

Readers fond of Shelley's original work, as well as those who enjoy consuming the culture it's spawned and influenced, will find this a book to savor, and despite edited compilations not being the usual choice for book groups, this could be a stellar choice for any pop-culture savvy group that's recently worked with Shelley's title. Recommended.
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Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Anyone interested in where Shelley's ideas may have come from will find a multitude of context in Harkup's volume. This is fascinating for those interested in the development of sf and in the difficult life of one of the genre's first authors.
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Highbrow, Lowbrow, Brilliant, Despicable: Fifty Years of New York Magazine

This gift-worthy coffee-table book will delight readers of the magazine and enthusiasts of its namesake city.
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The Story of The Face: The Magazine That Changed Culture

Fans of 1980s and 1990s alternative music and fashion will appreciate this retrospective, as will students of journalism and graphic design.
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Where the Past Begins

Readers of Tan's novels will enjoy learning about the inspiration behind many of her stories. Book clubs and those who enjoy writers' memoirs, stories about difficult families, or children-of-immigrants narratives will also find much to savor. [See Prepub Alert, 4/24/17.]
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The Wine Lover's Daughter

A fascinating book with something to interest anyone; a pure reading pleasure. [See "Reconciling Histories, Unraveling Mysteries," ow.ly/IGNv30fklIH].
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Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy

One couldn't hope for a better introduction to the work of Perry or Montaigne. [See "Families & Addiction, Philosophers, Two Debuts, & Joyce Maynard"; ow.ly/X70F30fkmkA.]
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We Are All Shipwrecks

Moving and complex, this is an exquisitely written tale of perseverance and unconditional love. A worthwhile addition to any collection.
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Ars Botanica: A Field Guide

This singular account will make readers wish that Taranto was a more polished writer and thinker.
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Man of the Year

A very fine family memoir that proves, in a variety of ways, that things are not always what they seem.
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Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man's Voice from the Silence of Autism

Recommended with reservations for readers who enjoyed The Reason I Jump or those seeking deeper insight into one man's distinctive struggle. [See Prepub Alert, 2/16/17.]
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Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast: Reflections on Fatherhood

A perfect summer read that will allow parents, dads especially, to reflect upon their own experiences raising children.
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Stitching with Beatrix Potter: Stitch, Sew & Give 10 Adorable Projects Featuring Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck & Friends

Hill's designs celebrate the best-known works of Potter, while also bringing some of her lesser-known botanical illustrations to the forefront. Quilters interested in machine appliqué, as well as fans of Potter's work, will enjoy this collection.
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'Over the Hills and Far Away': The Life of Beatrix Potter

Dennison writes a concise summary of Potter's inspirations and legacy; fans already familiar with her life and works may want a more comprehensive retelling.
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Norse Mythology

A spectacularly entertaining and elucidating collection of stories with wide crossover appeal. Essential for all collections.
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The Norse Myths: A Guide to the Gods and Heroes

Concise and accessible, it successfully covers a broad range of topics. This book serves as an excellent primer on Norse mythology and is recommended for all readers interested in the subject.
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Should I Still Wish

Evans's prose is often pedestrian, and his insights don't always resonate. This is a book that would be more enjoyable to pick up and read in increments rather than all the way through.
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Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me

Admirers of Sacks will want to seek this out for the glimpses into his personal life; general readers need not bother.
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We Were the Future: A Memoir of the Kibbutz

A highly recommended introduction to the kibbutz movement.
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Detroit Hustle: A Memoir of Love, Life & Home

Pictures of the house in question would have enhanced this book, and, at times, the prose is overwrought. Still, it is surprisingly full of practical advice and always entertaining.
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Bullies: A Friendship

This essential memoir, which could have been twice as long and remained as fascinating, is recommended for general readers.
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Burdens by Water: An Unintended Memoir

An original and funny/sad compilation of writings that will appeal to a wide readership.
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The Inventors

A remarkable model of the art of the memoir, this book will satisfy all readers. Highly recommended.
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The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father

Yang powerfully demonstrates that much of what society doesn't hold valuable—gifts and talents that don't translate into monetary or educational success—still carry immense value, if only we choose to see it.
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Sex with Shakespeare: Here's Much To Do with Pain, but More with Love

A thoroughly enjoyable read, not just for the juicy bits of Shakespeare, but also for the sex-positive message. Recommended for readers who are interested in a different reading of Shakespeare, as well as anyone working through issues of sexuality and identity.
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The Penny Poet of Portsmouth: A Memoir of Place, Solitude, and Friendship

The author writes with great honesty about the challenges of caring for someone who can be a difficult patient. Readers with an interest in pursuing "the writing life," or who have struggled with caring for aging relatives or friends, will appreciate this open look at the subjects.
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