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The Abandonment of the West: The History of an Idea in American Foreign Policy

This is an exceedingly important book and certainly one that would benefit all American readers who wonder how we arrived at our current status in an increasingly interconnected world. Highly recommended for all collections.
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The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia

Copley Eisenberg’s celebrated debut is not to be missed and will appeal to a wide variety of readers.
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The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson: The Baseball Legend’s Battle for Civil Rights during World War II

Bringing further attention to a subject that has been glossed over in most works about Robinson, this effective, thought-provoking study will appeal to those interested in civil rights and military history during World War II.
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Loving Well in a Broken World: Discover the Hidden Power of Empathy

A light read, these pages are chock-full of optimism in the midst of difficult times, offering nondenominational, faith-infused guidance. A treat for loyal followers of Casper’s writings.
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Chasing Eden: Design Inspiration from the Gardens at Hortulus Farm

Staub and Reynolds provide gardening inspiration, entertaining reading, and horticultural education in a title that a wide range of hobbyists, garden historians, and design professionals should enjoy.
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Bach’s Musical Universe: The Composer and His Work

Students, musicians, and serious aficionados of Bach will be the most appreciative audience for this artfully composed work.
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Beatriz Allende: A Revolutionary Life in Cold War Latin America

While previous studies lionized or sentimentalized Beatriz, Harmer roots the subject in the context of the time period and brings to bear her own expertise in Cold War Latin America. A definitive biography of a female revolutionary.
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140 Days to Hiroshima: The Story of Japan’s Last Chance to Avert Armageddon

This look at the negotiations surrounding the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is appropriate for any beginning World War II scholar.
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Three Tigers, One Mountain: A Journey Through the Bitter History and Current Conflicts of China, Korea, and Japan

An enjoyable read that provides a useful introduction to the cultures, histories, and current events of three major countries in East Asia. Highly recommended for general readers with an interest in the region.
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The Cornfield: Antietam’s Bloody Turning Point

The extensive use of primary sources makes this book of interest to all Civil War enthusiasts.
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Saving Grand Canyon: Dams, Deals, and a Noble Myth

An important addition for all environmental collections.
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Future Minds: The Rise of Intelligence, from the Big Bang to the End of the Universe

Futurists and sf readers may be interested in portrayals of a universe yet to come, while humanities or social science instructors could use this theoretical book as the basis for classroom discussion about the potential consequences of technological progress.

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Engineering America: The Life and Times of John A. Roebling

This lengthy biography of a civil engineer who significantly impacted history should engage anyone interested in inventions and engineering.
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How To Drink Without Drinking: Celebratory Alcohol-Free Drinks for Any Time of the Day

This satisfying work provides plenty of options for those choosing to forego alcohol, creating an accessible companion to Clare Liardet’s Dry.
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War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line

Surgeons in training and those looking for a fly-on-the-wall perspective of nontraditional treatment centers in violence-stricken areas will find themselves fully engaged in Nott’s firsthand accounts.
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The Crisis of U.S. Hospice Care: Family and Freedom at the End of Life

This important book should be required reading for both hospice professionals and bioethicists, as it connects ethical insights with rich ethnographic work and penetrating analysis.
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Saving History: How White Evangelicals Tour the Nation’s Capital and Redeem a Christian America

Kerby’s analysis of conservative evangelicals throughout American history would stand on its own without the emphasis on Washington, DC, but the capital uniquely concentrates the current dynamics, with the conversations encountered adding nuance to this powerful constituency.
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Buddha Takes the Mound: Enlightenment in Nine Innings

While the narrative is somewhat tedious in places, this work should appeal to baseball enthusiasts who never previously considered the similarities between their beloved pastime and ancient Buddhist teachings.
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Miles from Nowhere: A Round-The-World Bicycle Adventure

A must-have for all libraries without a copy of the original, especially those with active biking communities seeking entertaining adventure stories. Savage also provides practical touring advice relevant to any bike traveler.
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Lou Gehrig: The Lost Memoir

This memoir highlights baseball and its players from a golden age would have been more emotionally and historically appealing had Gaff offered more about the subject’s provenance.
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The Buddhist on Death Row: How One Man Found Light in the Darkest Place

This readable account of an unlikely journey to Buddhism and finding freedom on death row should inspire readers on their own transformational journeys.
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Dangerous Earth: What We Wish We Knew about Volcanoes, Hurricanes, Climate Change, Earthquakes, and More

A skillful example of a user-friendly scientific treatise that should appeal to readers interested in Earth science, especially those seeking solid analyses of various natural phenomena.
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The Kinks: Songs of the Semi-Detached

This thoughtfully researched book will be best appreciated by true fans of the band, as well as devotees of 1960s rock and pop.
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Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music

An excellent addition for those interested in the nuts and bolts of the recording process and the triumphs and tribulations of the bands and solo artists of the time.
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Fairytale: The Pointer Sisters’ Family Story

By turns lovely and sad, and given the Pointers’ popularity and longevity, this moving chronicle of a profoundly talented family singing group will make a solid addition to all music collections.
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The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine

Indispensable for psychology professionals and students and fans of Susannah Cahalan’s Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness.
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The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World—and Globalization Began

Readers of medieval history and anyone interested in the achievements of non-Europeans will enjoy this work. However, readers wanting to get a better understanding of globalism may be disappointed.
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Later: My Life at the Edge of the World

This heartfelt memoir will appeal to literary readers, and certainly those with ties to Provincetown and its gay community.
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The Cost of Loyalty: Dishonesty, Hubris, and Failure in the U.S. Military

For readers and scholars interested in civilian-military relations, military law, and military leadership. An excellent companion to Eliot Cohen’s Supreme Command; the two stand together in defiance of Samuel P. Huntington’s 1957 classic, The Soldier and the State.
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Tombstone: The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell

Readers who enjoyed the first two books in this popular history trilogy will look forward to this excellent and fitting conclusion on one famous town of the “Wild West.”
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An Environmental History of the Civil War

For scholars of the Civil War, this book adds a fresh perspective, illustrating how ecology, nature, and weather had a striking and unpredictable effect upon military preparedness and the waging of war.
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The Dolphin Letters, 1970–1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle

Replete with editor Hamilton’s masterly and well-researched footnotes, this will be an indispensable gloss to the reading and interpretation of The Dolphin.

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Religion and Contemporary Politics: A Global Encyclopedia

Demonstrating that the relationship between religion and politics is complex, evolving, and often contentious, this well-researched and informative work offers a thorough overview and wonderful starting point for advanced high school students, undergraduates, and interested nonspecialists.

50 Events That Shaped African American History: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic

In distilling African American history down to a series of essential snapshots, this title offers an excellent jumping-off resource for students exploring avenues for research in U.S. history, African American studies, and sociology.
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American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power

A well-reported summary of scandals and corruption surrounding the Trump and Kushner family businesses that may already be familiar to fans of Trump Inc. Still, Bernstein gives a clear analysis of complex topics, making this a solid read for all interested in politics.
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Facebook: The Inside Story

The value of this book lies in its putting together all the pieces of Facebook's privacy troubles, algorithms, and the Cambridge Analytica affair, elsewhere leaked, reported, or divulged in Congressional hearings.

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Uncanny Valley: A Memoir

Wiener is a talented writer, and her story will engage fellow millennials who have found themselves obsessively refreshing social media or mindlessly scrolling to pass the time. Insight into the history of Silicon Valley, and the ideologies transforming society, are a bonus that will ensure the book's longevity.

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A Is for Archive: Warhol’s World from A to Z

For archivists, students, and fans of Warhol’s life and art.
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For the Ride

Written in a breathless e.e. cummings style, the poem fractures the rules of spelling, grammar, syntax, and formal poetry and is at times unintelligible. But it also brims with fresh, vibrant metaphors and irony, not the least being the religious innuendos that permeate the text. For sophisticated readers of poetry.
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Mastering the Process: From Idea to Novel

This practical guide to technique and intimate look into George’s writing life wisely reminds readers and students that writing is a job and should be scheduled as such. The anecdotal material and reading lists offer penetrating looks into the author’s sensibilities.
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Brother Robert: Growing Up with Robert Johnson

Cutting through the mythos that has long surrounded this iconic artist, this is an intriguing addition to the history of 20th-century blues.
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True Grit: American Prints from 1900 to 1950

A dynamic survey that offers an engaging inquiry for printmakers and art historians.
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In Search of the Soul: A Philosophical Essay

In the end, Cottingham’s humane philosophy is like an enjoyable conversation with a friend about an important, personal topic. While nonreligious readers may be irritated by his theism, and religious readers will wish for a more vigorous embrace of a supernatural immortality, all will feel engaged by a warm and thoughtful scholar, always ready to draw inspiration from Romantic poets, early modern philosophers and thoughtful writers. Recommended.
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This Is Not My Memoir

This rare, beautiful book toes the line between life and work; a must for Andre fans and theater lovers. [Prepub Alert, 11/1/19.]
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Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time

Though needlessly skipping around the Brubeck chronology, Clark offers a rock-solid biography of a musical legend that will appeal to jazz fans and expands on works such as Fred M. Hall’s It’s About Time.
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The Ferrante Letters: An Experiment in Collective Criticism

A truly innovative approach to understanding the author-reader connection made all the more compelling for having one of the 20th century’s ­greatest literary works at its core.­
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Broken Glass: Mies van der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth, and the Fight over a Modernist Masterpiece

Scandalous romantic liaisons involving powerful architects are legendary (e...
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In the Lateness of the World

Throughout her career, Forché has forged poems of witness, and she does so here with beauty and lyricism. The one misstep is an overabundance of list poems; Forché can bring to life objects better than nearly anyone, but we want the revelatory journey behind them. Yet, finally, this bounty of rich poetry is recommended for all collections.
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Dress in the Age of Jane Austen: Regency Fashion

With beautiful images of clothing, fashion plates, prints, and paintings, this is recommended for readers interested in the fashion and material culture of this period.
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Cinema ’62: The Greatest Year at the Movies

Despite Farber and McClellan’s valiant efforts, overall this is a book best left to film students and critics.
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Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother: Memoirs of a Neurotic Filmmaker

While film enthusiasts will appreciate Sonnenfeld’s witty anecdotes, this self-deprecating memoir will also resonate with anyone seeking an inspirational story.
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Living Weapon: Poems

An uneven but interesting collection showcasing life in New York City today, sometimes veering toward dull, ordinary language and sometimes singing with their take on society. For larger collections.
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Thinking Inside the Box: Adventures with Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can’t Live Without Them

Raphel’s approach is reminiscent of Mary Roach’s work, and even cruciverbalists well versed in their hobby’s history will discover something illuminating here. Nonpuzzling readers may discover a new hobby.
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Weird Al: Seriously

This engaging read skillfully documents the hard work that goes into being silly; readers will emerge with a newfound respect for Yankovic.
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Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art

A thought-provoking look at modernism through the vivid lens of its nightlife
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What Is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life

Despite its flaws, this important and very personal take on Whitman’s lasting influence as “America’s Poet” should be a worthwhile addition to libraries with strong poetry or LGBTQ collections.
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Incidental Inventions

In prose that provokes and transforms, evoking wonder and tension in the most gratifying sense, these fragments of Ferrante ultimately cohere into a full, absorbing portrait of an enduring author.

The Eastern Orthodox Church: A New History

McGuckin presents another well-written and well-researched work in this fantastic introduction to the Eastern Orthodox Church.
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Norma Jeane Baker of Troy

Lest this all sound academic or overly meta, one need not be a student of ancient Greek drama or a pop culture historian to admire Carson’s unique artistry. The poet’s wry, pointed diction and radiant precision (e.g., Truman Capote “had a voice like a negligee, always/ slipping off one bare shoulder, just a bit”) bring Helen/Norma Jeane to vivid life as she attempts to “save [tragedy] from sorrow.”
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Child of Light: A Biography of Robert Stone

For anyone who appreciates great literature (especially the wonderful fiction of Stone), this is required reading.
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Why Women Read Fiction: The Stories of Our Lives

Though long overdue, this satisfying offering comes at a time when women are working harder than ever to secure their rightful place in the literary canon. Recommended enthusiasts of lit crit, feminist studies, and publishing.
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Elena Ferrante’s Key Words

An exceptional companion to the source material, particularly for the lit-crit crowd looking to affirm Ferrante’s reinvention of the future of the novel. [Note: Beginning in Feb. 2020, HBO continues its popular miniseries adapting the “Neapolitan Novels,” now in its second season.
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Forever Seeing New Beauties: The Forgotten Impressionist Mary Rogers Williams, 1857–1907

A portrait artist who never painted her own portrait now has one in the words of her biographer. This is a treat for anyone interested in women in the arts, the social and cultural history of the late 19th–early 20th century, and the researcher’s role in recording these.

Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases

At a time in which civil rights are under threat worldwide, this collection is a reminder that basic human rights and dignity tend to get crushed under populism. An essential, necessary look at a century of progress, with a eye to the ever-present threat of losing those hard-won rights.

Preventing Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases: Control Ticks in the Home Landscape; Prevent Infection Using Herbal Protocols; Treat Tick Bites with Natural Remedies

Outdoor enthusiasts, parents, pet owners, and those interested in natural medicine will gain valuable practical advice from well-organized, well-written book.
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Bakerita: 100+ No-Fuss Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Refined Sugar-Free Recipes for the Modern Baker

A great choice for health-conscious bakers interested in exploring flavors beyond the nut-and-chocolate staples prevalent in gluten-free and vegan baking.
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Bowls: Vibrant Recipes with Endless Possibilities

Home cooks can either follow the recipes exactly or adjust them to suit their own tastes, allowing both novices and veterans to find something useful and delicious in this fun, innovative offering.
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The Invention of Surgery: A History of Modern Medicine; From the Renaissance to the Implant Revolution

Written for general readers, this book will appeal to anyone interested in the current state of health care and how we got here. It will be of particular interest to those who have experienced implantation surgery.
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Uncomfortably Numb: A Memoir

O’Brien’s words will resonate with those living with the unpredictability of chronic conditions, along with their friends, family, and various support systems.
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Pain Studies

Unique in its exploration of the relentlessness of chronic pain, this work succeeds because of creative and candid elaborations on something that is common but difficult to describe. Those living with chronic pain and their caregivers will find Olstein’s personal voyage through pain to be enlightening
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Signature Dishes That Matter

This nice blend of food and travelog is a natural fit for large collections of culinary history and food tourism.
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Wine Girl: The Obstacles, Humiliations, and Triumphs of America’s Youngest Sommelier

While informative about what it takes to become a sommelier, the focus of this moving memoir is more on James’s personal journey.
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My Korea: Traditional Flavors, Modern Recipes

A rare restaurant cookbook that will work well in a home kitchen, this collection is more refined in flavors and techniques than Maangchi’s Big Book of Korean Cooking.
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Always Home: A Daughter’s Recipes & Stories

This heartwarming, feel-good, highly recommended memoir will appeal to fans of cooking, culinary travels, and family ties.
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Rage Baking: The Transformative Power of Flour, Fury, and Women’s Voices (A Cookbook with More Than 50 Recipes)

This resource will satisfy those looking for an outlet to quell their angst and bake some fantastic treats. An engaging choice for teens and up.
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Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes

New and experienced cooks will find flavor-forward vegan dishes, complete with a curated playlist, in this worthy successor to the author’s previous books, which also stands on its own.
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The Baja California Cookbook: Exploring the Good Life in Mexico

These masterful recipes and vivid photographs will transport any home chef to Baja.

Fix It with Food: More Than 125 Recipes To Address Autoimmune Issues and Inflammation; A Cookbook

Brimming with creativity and personality, this cookbook sets itself apart with innovative ideas for those living with autoimmune diseases and anyone looking for delicious, easy-to-follow recipes that will please one or a crowd.
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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz

Blending a gripping narrative and a well-researched examination of personal and news archives, Larson’s distinctive history of Britain's "darkest hour" offers a new angle for those already familiar with this era, while attracting readers who wish to learn more about the notable leader.

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Wholehearted Librarianship: Finding Hope, Inspiration, and Balance

Library science students, as well as information professional seeking encouragement and motivation, will benefit from Stephens’s stirring work.
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Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College

A methodical, well-reasoned compilation of arguments on a pertinent subject; recommended for readers interested in historical and contemporary U.S. politics.
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After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America

An excellent choice for readers seeking to understand the human effects of government immigration and refugee policy. Goudeau’s sometimes heartbreaking narratives personalize the refugee crisis in ways cold news accounts cannot.
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Germany: A Nation in Its Time: Before, During, and After Nationalism, 1500–2000

Smith rejects the notion that German history is the story of militant nationalism marching toward genocide, and instead focuses on cartographers intellectuals who, prior to 1918, often described the landscape and ethnography of Germany in pacifistic terms. This new perspective on German history should be welcomed by all libraries.
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A Drop of Midnight

This touching exploration of race and heritage is incisive, heartbreaking, and heartwarming. Recommended for readers interested in multiracial memoirs and the search for family and identity.

Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight against the Drug Companies That Delivered the Opioid Epidemic

Timely and well documented, with appeal to a broad range of readers.
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On All Fronts: The Education of a Journalist

Ward’s journalism skills shine, putting readers on the front lines. Readers interested in the life stories of intrepid women journalists and the nature of investigative, international journalism will be captivated by this engrossing account.
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The Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World

While an imperfect presentation, the book is an easy read and the extent of the author’s research makes this book a worthwhile addition to the growing literature offering long overdue profiles of the world’s most brilliant women.

Hitler’s First Hundred Days: When Germans Embraced the Third Reich

Everyone concerned about the rise of nationalism, the impact of extreme partisanship, and preserving democracy should read this insightful book.
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Wild Ride Home: Love, Loss, and a Little White Horse, a Family Memoir

A well-told story of embracing life’s struggles that is perfect for horse lovers or those who have personal experience with cancer or Alzheimer’s.

The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power

Engaging, illuminating, and with highly relevant current subject matter, this book is recommended for all readers, especially fans of popular history and politics.
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The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World’s Most Notorious Terrorists

Walder’s candid story will connect with readers curious about counterterrorism work and seeking an inspirational account of a woman seeking to change the balance of power in not only a male-dominated field but the world.

What We Carry: A Memoir

Readers interested in examining their own family stories, or those who experienced the struggles of new parenthood or reversed parenting roles, will connect deeply with Lang’s beautiful memoir.

You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington

An adept, highly approachable read that will appeal to history buffs and anyone seeking a compact overview of the man and the myth.
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