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Breaking the Silence Habit: A Practical Guide to Uncomfortable Conversations in the #MeToo Workplace

A fine first step in promoting and participating in the healing and prevention of sexual offense.
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How To Be Fine: What We Learned from Living by the Rules of 50 Self-Help Books

Funny and wise, this will be particularly helpful to aficionados of the personal growth genre.
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Let’s Talk About Sex: Real Stories from a Therapist’s Office

A refreshingly open and honest book about a topic of great interest to pretty much everyone.

You’re a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass): Embracing the Emotions, Habits, and Mystery That Make You You

Recommended for anyone who feels they’ve tried everything in the way of self-improvement yet are determined to live to their fullest potential.

Becoming Better Grownups: Rediscovering What Matters and Remembering How To Fly

A fantastic, fanciful guide to becoming not only a happier adult but one who gives back and helps the next generation.

One Step Ahead: Mastering the Art and Science of Negotiation

A comprehensive guidebook delivering valuable skills to apply in both business and personal relationships.
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Pearls of Wisdom: Little Pieces of Advice (That Go a Long Way)

A pithy book that packs a wallop of information and lots of laughs, this is a perfect gift for fans of the former first lady.
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The New Alpha Male: How To Win the Game When the Rules Are Changing

Excellent advice from someone who grew up in a “traditional male” atmosphere with some macho values but has changed his thinking and behavior.
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The Art of Lucid Dreaming: Over 60 Powerful Practices To Help You Wake Up in Your Dreams

For those interested in pursuing a new spiritual adventure.
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How To Be an Artist

An encouraging read for those cautious but eager to make art.
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The Hilarious World of Depression

Although primarily a memoir, Moe’s words should supply help, hope, and humor to many readers.
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Clearer, Closer, Better: How Successful People See the World

Helpful for reaching any goal, from losing weight to saving for retirement.
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The Buy Nothing, Get Everything Plan: Discover the Joy of Spending Less, Sharing More, and Living Generously

A great springboard to finding an antidote to consumerism.
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The New Baby Blueprint: Caring for You and Your Little One

A quick read with a parent-friendly format, this will be especially helpful for new parents, though some may find a few suggestions lacking in applicability.
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You Can’t F*ck Up Your Kids: A Judgment-Free Guide to Stress-Free Parenting

Whether or not readers agree with all of Powers’s ideas, she provides a thought-provoking look at parental judgment and solid ways for combatting it.
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The Little Gardener: Helping Children Connect with the Natural World

A comprehensive, fun, and colorful hands-on guide to gardening that will be enjoyable for children of all ages.

The American Women’s Almanac: 500 Years of Making History

A welcome counter to textbooks and encyclopedias that favor the achievements of men, this is an essential addition to reference or history collections in all public and academic libraries.
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Modern India

Useful for both undergraduates and general readers interested in learning more about modern India.
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The Victory Machine: The Making and Unmaking of the Warriors Dynasty

Sports dynasties tend to inspire the extremes of love and hate, and more than ever in this era of constant connection. For basketball fans interested in the lesser-known business side of the sport.

Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard

Recent reports of massive declines in bird populations across North America make this book both timely and apposite. An essential addition to most gardening collections.
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Tree Story: The History of the World Written in Rings

With this brief, accessible look at the wisdom of tree rings, Trouet draws readers into a narrative that clearly displays her joy for her work and offers some fun with word play. [For a fictional account about the significance of trees in our lives, see Michael Christie’s novel Greenwood, reviewed on p. 81.
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Container and Fragrant Gardens

This guide fits the bill for readers in the market for a concise, inexpensive introduction to specific gardening topics, but those seeking more in-depth instruction will want to supplement the material with additional resources.
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The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World’s Favorite Insect

This fascinating book will be of interest to anyone who has ever admired a butterfly, and to everyone who cares about preserving these stunning creatures.
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Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health

Informative essays bring a contagious anger and passion to bear on the subject. On-the-ground activists and health care professionals will be well served by this recommended anthology.
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Is It Alzheimer’s? 101 Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions About Memory Loss and Dementia

Though dense at times, this work is among the few about understudied chronic conditions that primarily affect women, and the little attention they receive. For those living with invisible illnesses who have been told they don’t look sick, and fans of the podcasts This Is Not What I Ordered and No End In Sight.
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Theism and Atheism: Opposing Arguments in Philosophy

Recommended for anyone researching a topic within religious philosophy or exploring theism or atheism. Suitable for academic libraries and large public libraries.
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African American Literature: An Encyclopedia for Students

Overall, a useful option for its target audience: students. The entries will be accessible to high schoolers, and possibly younger students, as well as college-level readers, who will learn much from the coverage of varied genres, from mystery, romance, and horror, influenced by African American writers.

Everyone Can Bake: Simple Recipes To Master and Mix

A delightful and inspiring cookbook that guides bakers of all levels through the mix-and-match mentality of experienced pastry chefs. Highly recommended for established fans of Ansel and creative recipe construction.
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Super Sourdough: The Foolproof Guide to Making World-Class Bread at Home

Morton’s enthusiasm and knowledge about sourdough are undeniable and his candid voice speaking to home bakers is refreshing. Recommended for new and experienced bakers alike.
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A Day in the Life of an American Worker: 200 Trades and Professions Through History

This concise, well-written work is both an effective introduction to the subject but also a gateway for readers looking to take a deeper dive into an array of different types of occupations.
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The World of Ancient Greece

Users from advanced secondary students to general readers will find here a strong, accessible foundation of basic information revolving around the classical and Hellenistic periods.
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And Then They Stopped Talking to Me: Making Sense of Middle School

A fascinating entry on the middle school years and the struggles both children and adults face during this time. The addition of bulleted takeaways at the end of each chapter would have enhanced what is occasionally a dense read for busy parents.

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Success Strategies for Parenting Gifted Kids: Expert Advice from the National Association for Gifted Children

Extensive and inclusive, this useful guide addresses nearly every issue imaginable faced by gifted children. Recommended for all parents and educators.

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To Me, He Was Just Dad: Stories of Growing Up with Famous Fathers

A compelling read for anyone interested in a behind-the-scenes take on the parental lives of men in the spotlight.

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The Little Book of Baby Massage: Use the Power of Touch To Calm Your Baby

An easy-to-use, distinctive resource for new parents interested in baby massage. 

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Sunny Side Upbringing: A Month-by-Month Guide to Raising Kind and Caring Kids

While not ideal for circulation, this activity-filled offering may prove extremely useful for children’s librarians.

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Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids To Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World

Backed by extensive research from entrepreneurs, military leaders, scientists, and academics, Levine’s latest is a must-read for parents, teachers, and all who work with children and are concerned about their future.

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Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture: 11 Steps To Keep Her Happy, Healthy, and Safe

Evidence based and filled with practical strategies, this volume will provide valuable ideas for most parents, although Meeker’s faith-based viewpoints may be a limiting factor for some.

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Incubating Creativity at Your Library: A Sourcebook for Connecting with Communities

Librarians, artists, and educators will find this a valuable and inspiring guide for developing creative community programs.

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Great State: China and the World

This enjoyable read is essential for all students of Chinese history, and accessible to anyone with a general interest in the topic. A solid companion to Odd Arne Westad’s Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750.
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There I Am: The Journey from Hopelessness to Healing

A sometimes inspiring but overall poorly told story of living with chronic pain.
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Kid Quixotes: A Group of Students, Their Teacher, and the One-Room School Where Everything Is Possible

This is an inspiring account that reminds us that with trust and empathy, there’s no limit to what students and teachers can accomplish together.
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Magdalena: River of Dreams

Shifting seamlessly from travelog to history to nature writing, Davis weaves together a fascinating story of the geographical and cultural diversity of the Rio Magdalena, a diversity that characterizes the spirit of Colombia. Recommended for those who enjoy good writing, and all interested in a new perspective on personal narratives.
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Empires of the Sky: Zeppelins, Airplanes, and Two Men’s Epic Duel To Rule the World

Recommended for general readers who enjoy aviation, technology, and business histories. [See Prepub Alert, 10/7/19.]
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Nontraditional: Life Lessons from a Community College

An encouraging, uplifting work that will inspire both college students and teachers, as well as those considering returning to school.

A Republic in the Ranks: Loyalty and Dissent in the Army of the Potomac

Highly recommended because of the insights on the time period, and a valuable contribution to understanding the common Civil War soldier.
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Enemy of All Mankind: A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History’s First Global Manhunt

Consummate popular history: fast-paced, intelligent, and entertaining. [See Prepub Alert, 11/4/19.]
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Learning by Heart: An Unconventional Education

Wagner writes with passion, and his curiosity, grit, and love of learning will inspire anyone interested in becoming a better teacher.
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The Habsburgs: To Rule the World

This admirably compact, exceptionally well-written survey will probably be the standard one-volume history of the Habsburg dynasty for years to come.
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Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy

Often previously studied, McCarthy’s career and consequences merit this additional analytical treatment that will satisfy curious readers of history. A definitive biography that will stand the test of time.
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Aren’t You Forgetting Someone? Essays from My Mid-Life Revenge

Fans of Nora Ephron will empathize and laugh along with Lizer.

Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A True (as Told to Me) Story

Striking a perfect balance between levity and poignancy, this is a standout debut. Readers looking for memoirs featuring strong family relationships with much love and laughter will be highly satisfied.
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The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not Sleeping

Recommended for those curious about the creative process and the devastating effects of sleep deprivation. [See Prepub Alert, 11/25/19.]
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From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century

Although this history is well covered in other books, such as Edward E. Baptist’s The Half Has Never Been Told and Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, and the arguments for reparations are not new, this is a worthwhile compendium on an extremely important topic.
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Moments of Glad Grace: A Memoir

Wearing’s account will appeal to readers curious about genealogy and Irish history, as well as those facing the waning days of their parents’ lives.
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Home Is a Stranger

An impressive, richly told account of an immigrant’s journey. Recommended for all memoir enthusiasts.

Ordinary Insanity: Fear and the Silent Crisis of Motherhood in America

Menkedick uses her platform to seek justice in raising awareness of the complexity and depth of motherhood along with perinatal mental health disorders, and reclaiming motherhood as a powerful state. Her compelling book deserves a wide audience, from cheering mothers to chastened experts.
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Hollywood Double Agent: The True Tale of Boris Morros, Film Producer Turned Cold War Spy

Gill’s captivating, fast-paced narrative reads like a thriller and will leave readers wanting more. Highly recommended for those who love stories of espionage.
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The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress

Steinhauer provides an in-depth look at the women who historically changed the face and composition of Congress. Readers interested in women in politics and government will enjoy the book and appreciate the author’s thorough research.
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1939: A People’s History of the Coming of the Second World War

Written in an accessible, engaging style, this book will appeal most to casual readers of popular history. [See Prepub Alert, 11/4/19.]
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Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the ExtraordinaryLife of Helen Hamilton Gardener

Based on archival sources and Gardener’s own voluminous writings, this highly readable book should provide plenty of new insight into the period and Gardener’s fascinating life for general readers, scholars, and aspiring political activists alike.

MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammad bin Salman

An important and keen assessment of the Saudi Crown Prince that should be on every bookshelf.

Tower of Skulls: A History of the Asia-Pacific War. Vol. I: July 1937–May 1942

Frank succeeds in his goal to alter our view of World War II as mostly a European clash in this informative book meant for all serious world history readers, even those who presume to know all there is to know about World War II. [See Prepub Alert, 10/7/19.]
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Arguing until Doomsday: Stephen Douglas, Jefferson Davis, and the Struggle for American Democracy

This work speaks to the internal tensions within party organizations, the blinding force of ambition, and the ways distrust of democratic processes and institutions can destroy democracy itself. In that, it is a book for our time.
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The Sum of the People: How the Census Has Shaped Nations, from the Ancient World to the Modern Age

An important, accessible, and engaging book that will find a varied audience from readers of political science, history, economics, and national security.

King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV

Why did a king make such blunders? Mansel seeks to find out in this superior study that will appeal to history buffs and may become the go-to biography of Louis XIV.
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Raised in Ruins: A Memoir

An additional purchase for medium and large collections where wilderness memoirs are in high demand.
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How the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs: The Syrian Arab Congress of 1920 and the Destruction of Its Liberal-Islamic Alliance

Highly recommended for history buffs and readers concerned about the failure of democracy in the Middle East.
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Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America

Lalami’s conclusions are not groundbreaking and have been investigated in other works, but she is a gifted writer and her informative narrative shines when she shares her own experiences. [See Prepub 11/11/19.]

Once a Girl, Always a Boy: A Family Memoir of a Transgender Journey

An important purchase both for its heartwarming demonstration of a family’s unconditional love and for effective advocacy for transgender individuals.
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Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington

Whether seasoned Lincoln scholars or interested general readers, all who pick up this book will learn much by going along for the ride with Widmer. [See Prepub Alert, 10/7/19.]
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The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution

This informative, accessible overview of the factors and events that contributed to Washington’s legacy of precedent-setting use of advisers and the assertion of strong executive authority while maintaining harmony with the other branches will be of interest to readers at all levels.
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American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland

A highly readable, multifaceted look into the topics of faith and living in America today. The level of intimacy within these pages invests readers not only in the unfolding human story but also in the history of the land. [See Prepub Alert, 9/30/19.]
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Steeped in the Blood of Racism: Black Power, Law and Order, and the 1970 Shootings at Jackson State College

For readers intent on social change, Bristow’s chronicle of events and analysis of developments, particularly the contest over the shootings’ meaning, palpably demonstrate how much historical memory matters.

Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like “Journey” in the Title

A deep reflection on young widowhood, foster care and adoption, and the persistence of love, this work is recommended to fans of Nora McInerny (The Hot Young Widows Club), and anyone interested in stories of love, friendship, family, and loss, bound together with a wide, sparkly ribbon of humor. [See Prepub Alert, 8/25/19.]
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On Account of Race: The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the Ravaging of African American Voting Rights

Goldstone is a first-rate writer, and this book’s readability makes it ideal for classroom use, though all readers will learn from the cases covered here.
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Ray by Ray: A Daughter’s Take on the Legend of Nicholas Ray

This contemplative, deeply personal portrait of both Rays will appeal to readers interested in mid-century Hollywood.
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The Dairy Restaurant

A wonderful survey of a type of restaurant once ubiquitous and now down to a handful. Katchor contributes a worthy and welcome volume to the genre of Kosher cuisine.
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Play the Way You Feel: The Essential Guide to Jazz Stories on Film

Jazz fans will find much of interest
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First, Catch: Study of a Spring Meal

Eagle enjoys thinking about food in all its ephemerality and here succeeds in sharing that experience. A solid pick for fans of food writers Nigel Slater, John Thorne, or Laurie Colwin.
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Aesop’s Fables: The Cruelty of the Gods

While there’s little comfort to be found in these tales that ruthlessly dissect human nature, this anthology is not without its charms, especially as found in the whimsical illustrations and witty, honest prose.

How To Be a Conscious Eater: Making Food Choices That Are Good for You, Others, and the Planet

Recommended for everyone who eats, particularly those who hope to improve their own health and the planet’s by doing so.
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Always the Queen: The Denise LaSalle Story

LaSalle’s recollections ramble a bit, and not all memories are necessarily complete. Still, this is the only LaSalle autobiography available, so libraries that focus on American music will want to consider.

Wow, No Thank You: Essays

A sheer delight for Irby’s legions of fans. For those new to her work, or who enjoy Jenny Lawson, Roxane Gay, Jenny Slate, or Nora Ephron, this should be obtained immediately.
PREMIUM

Take One Can: 80 Delicious Meals from the Pantry

For anyone hoping to make a quick, delicious meal from the cans of food in the pantry.
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Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier

This funny, wise, and touching memoir will resonate with fans of comedy and anyone seeking an intimately told life story.
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Tanking to the Top: The Philadelphia 76ers and the Most Audacious Process in the History of Professional Sports

Readers interested in the business of basketball, and how it affects teams and players above all, will find this a must-read.
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High Drama: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of American Competition Climbing

Leaving no stone unturned, this exhaustive history will find an audience with climbing enthusiasts.
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The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants

Young women looking for ideas for a career in agriculture or horticulture are offered a number of paths to explore in this title. Those with a passion for plants who wish to see the many faces of women influencing the field will also enjoy.
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Meals, Music, and Muses: Recipes from My African American Kitchen

With straightforward instructions, this personal read presents dishes that are familiar favorites with a unique and delightful spin.
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This Is Shakespeare

Smith wears her learning lightly and writes in an accessible, conversational style, making this an excellent work for those eager to brush up their Shakespeare, forsooth.
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Reef Life: An Underwater Memoir

A vivid, lyrical science memoir for readers curious about coral reefs, and fans of environmental nonfiction.
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Double Talkin’ Jive: True Rock ‘n’ Roll Stories from the Drummer of Guns N’ Roses, the Cult, and Velvet Revolver

Devotees of the rock groups in which Sorum participated will take to this like catnip, as will others in tune with the music and culture of those decades. However, the title is definitely not for the weak-kneed, given the gratuitous depictions of sexual acts and the constant stream of foul language.
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Acting on Faith: Stories of Courage, Activism, and Hope Across Religions

These words are more meditations than action plans; however, the reflection questions as well as the resources for engagement are incredibly useful. Overall, this is a helpful primer to interfaith communication.
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How To Thrive as a Library Professional: Achieving Success and Satisfaction

Librarians need information on how to obtain fair salaries and workloads, create more welcoming workplaces for librarians of color and LGBT colleagues, get more women and people of color into management, and navigate burnout; this superficial work offers little new or useful.
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Edge of the Map: The Mountain Life of Christine Boskoff

An absorbing, unputdownable book about an intrepid climber and pioneer in high-altitude mountaineering. By including accounts from those who accompanied Boskoff on various climbing expeditions, this work serves as a wonderful tribute to her life and enduring legacy.
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The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where To Go from Here

A well-researched if sobering introduction to the history and causes of climate change that should be read by all.
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Sunny Days: The Children’s Television Revolution That Changed America

Researchers and nostalgic Sesame Street fans alike will appreciate this thorough, compelling overview of a pivotal period of TV history. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]
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Library Licensing: A Manual for Busy Librarians

This is a solid guide for understanding, creating, and managing licensing agreements. Even readers with little experience will gain confidence and be able to approach contract negotiations from a position of knowledge and strength. Library professionals without ready access to legal advisers will refer to this work time and again.
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The World Beneath Their Feet: Mountaineering, Madness, and the Deadly Race To Summit the Himalayas

An excellent overview of mountaineering and exploration in the Himalayas and Karakoram, set against the backdrop of 20th-century history, that will appeal to mountaineers and armchair adventurers.
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