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The Uninnocent: Notes on Violence and Mercy

Those experiencing their own forms of heartbreak won’t find advice, but instead may find some comfort and understanding in Blake’s elegant, sympathetic reflections.
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For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts: A Love Letter to Women of Color

Highly recommended for readers with an interest in social issues impacting Black, Indigenous, and other people of color; immigrant stories; and sociology.

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The Next Apocalypse: The Art and Science of Survival

Full of witty anecdotes about survivalism and prepper culture, Begley’s book is an absolute joy to read and a hidden gem. Pass along to readers who enjoyed Bradley Garrett’s Bunker: Building for the End Times.
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1,000 Perfect Weekends: Great Getaways Around the Globe

This abundant guide to the world’s best weekend getaways will delight travelers who enjoy National Geographic’s particular take on travel; its design, excellent photographs, and arrangement invite browsing and dreaming. A core title for travel collections.
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Act Like You Got Some Sense: And Other Things My Daughters Taught Me

Foxx’s many fans will embrace the opportunity to learn more about the enigmatic actor, and parents will appreciate his commonsense, relatable approach to raising independent humans.

Voices from the Pandemic: Americans Tell Their Stories of Crisis, Courage and Resilience

This book is an essential part of any library collection and will be for many years to come.

The Trouble with White Women: A Counterhistory of Feminism

Schuller’s highly recommended feminist counterhistory is inspiring, and her arguments persuasive. She excels in letting the voices and lived experiences of women of color, trans women, and otherwise marginalized women come to the fore.
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This Is Ear Hustle: Unflinching Stories of Everyday Prison Life

Even readers unfamiliar with the podcast will be absorbed by Poor and Woods’s storytelling and their ability to draw out intimate conversations on hope and humanity.
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Once a Bitcoin Miner: Scandal and Turmoil in the Cryptocurrency Wild West

Lou’s book will immediately capture readers’ attention with its deep dive into legal and illegal uses of cryptocurrency.
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The Rule of 30: A Better Way To Save for Retirement

Recommended only on demand for the public libraries serving communities with Canadian customers.
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Every Day the River Changes: Four Weeks Down the Magdalena

This enchanting travelogue will appeal to readers with a love of South America, as well as those interested in a good travel adventure, wherever it leads.
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The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth

Henning’s incisive book is highly recommended for readers interested in sociology, African American studies, criminal justice reform, and activism.
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Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home

Will appeal to company leaders looking for new organizational models and workers looking to advocate for change in their organizations.

The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth

Highly recommended for those interested in social justice and the strength of communities. Quinones argues that community can and must save “the least of us.”

Only the Rich Can Play: How Washington Works in the New Gilded Age

Wessel has done a great deal of research and writes a fast-paced but careful account that is a major contribution to the study of the political process; readers interested in political science and economics will gain a great deal from it. Highly recommended.
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Sunbelt Blues: The Failure of American Housing

This book will have particular interest for libraries in the Sunbelt, but it’s not just about Florida: full-time minimum wage workers can barely afford rent anywhere in the nation. Ross calls to end market-driven housing and empower residents to make reform; for dwellers and policy-makers, reading this book may be a first step toward that empowerment.

Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City

An unforgettable account, both heartrending and heartbreaking, of structural racism and inequality. Like Matthew Desmond’s Evicted, Elliott’s tour de force is destined to become a classic.
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The Lighted Window: Evening Walks Remembered

This evocative work will appeal to lovers of nocturnal sources of light, especially in landscapes near or far.
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Good Company: How To Build a Business Without Losing Your Values

This book will appeal to managers and would-be entrepreneurs seeking practical advice on integrating humanistic concerns and business success.
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Personal Effects: What Recovering the Dead Teaches Me about Caring for the Living

Jensen’s thoroughly engrossing personal account invites readers to witness an almost unseen arena of disaster management.

Race Relations in America: Examining the Facts

A balanced and thorough look at the United States’ most important contemporary race issues, with timely content and excellent supporting documentation.
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Life Is Simple: How Occam’s Razor Set Science Free and Shapes the Universe

In a conspiracy-laden world, McFadden’s argument, that simple explanations hold true, will appeal to historians and the scientifically minded.

The Last Winter: The Scientists, Adventurers, Journeymen, and Mavericks Trying To Save the World

Fox has written an important, much-needed book about the climate crisis that injects a personal element into an abstract-seeming problem. This is popular science at its best.
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On Animals

Fans of Orlean’s prolific writing will be happy to have these favorites in one set.

Super Volcanoes: What They Reveal about Earth and the Worlds Beyond

With references to pop culture (like Doctor Who) and a literary flair, this is the Baedeker of volcanoes, guiding readers through the world of volcanology.

Swamplands: Tundra Beavers, Quaking Bogs, and the Improbable World of Peat

A powerful, impressive feat of popular science that is vitally needed in an era of climate change. Highly recommended for all libraries.

American Made: What Happens to People When Work Disappears

A well-crafted nonpartisan study of the American working class that is a desirable addition to any nonfiction collection and will find a wide audience.
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The Secret History of Food

A feast for the mind.

The Loneliest Americans

Kang’s book adeptly blends history, memoir, and current affairs in an attempt to make sense of the individual’s place in the current map of the United States.
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The Last Diving Horse in America: Rescuing Gamal and Other Animals—Lessons in Living and Loving

Of interest to all animal lovers, particularly those involved in rescue efforts.
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People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present

A moving, meditative, well-written book that will be of profound interest to anyone concerned with Jewry and Jewish literature. Horn’s writing is personable and engaging from start to finish

Race Against Time

A must-read for anyone interested in the history of American politics and race, and a call-to-action for aspiring activists.

Walk with Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer

An inspiring read for activists fighting for voting rights and against racism.

Climate Chaos: Lessons on Survival from Our Ancestors

Complete with maps and illustrations, this wide-ranging historical survey is international in scope, while remaining accessible. A title for every reader, no matter their academic background.
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White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality

Cashin’s study of the racial foundations of residential castes is an accessible and compelling read that balances historical documents with personal narratives. Highly recommended.
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Move: The Forces Uprooting Us

An engaging extrapolation of future demographics and a world transformed by current and impending human population shifts.
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Our Biggest Experiment: An Epic History of the Climate Crisis

If readers seek just one book to explain how the world arrived at the current climate crisis, this one would be a great suggestion. Bell’s accessible writing will find a wide audience.
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Pump: A Natural History of the Heart

An engaging, often droll look at the engine of life and the long history of efforts to understand it.

The Secret of Life: Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick, and the Discovery of DNA’s Double Helix

This enjoyable account will save readers’ time by synthesizing and supplementing information from the dozen or so memoirs and biographies of Crick, Franklin, Watson, Wilkins, and Pauling.
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The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times

An inspiring, personal, hopeful look at ways in which people can work towards solutions to serious problems to prevent further environmental disaster. This book will appeal to Goodall’s many fans, conservationists, and anyone who cares about the planet and needs a dose of hope.
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Back to Earth: What Life in Space Taught Me about Our Home Planet—and Our Mission To Protect It

Part memoir, part inspirational manual for living, Stott’s book encourages readers to seek out their own “Earthrise” moment and to take time to enjoy the beauty and value in the world.
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Fear of a Black Universe: An Outsider’s Guide to the Future of Physics

An interesting and thorough collection of thought experiments for physicists, cosmologists, and aspiring scientists who want to think outside the box. The book will especially appeal to readers of popular science.

Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid: The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change

This compelling read will spark the interest of everyone who cares about what is happening to the natural world.

Unfollow Me: Essays on Complicity

Busby’s compelling writing elevates conversations on gender, race, and sexuality, drawing in readers from the very first page, setting this memoir-in-essays apart. Pass along to readers who enjoyed Shayla Lawson’s This Is Major and Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar’s You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey.

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Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America

This excellent introduction to Hamer and her life is well-contextualized; recommended for all readers.
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Carefree Black Girls: A Celebration of Black Women in Popular Culture

Calling for Black women (in and out of the public eye) to be treated with empathy, Blay’s pivotal work will engage all readers, especially fans of Mikki Kendall’s Hood Feminism.

Mother of Invention: How Good Ideas Get Ignored in an Economy Built for Men

Marçal proposes that "we stop ignoring women and what we have decided women are to represent" and reframe societal narratives about women and their place in the world. She draws on a range of primary and secondary sources for her interdisciplinary critique of literature, sociology, and anthropology, and calls on practitioners in those fields to work toward equality. A must-read.

The Plant Hunter: A Scientist’s Quest for Nature’s Next Medicines

Quave’s inviting memoir demonstrates grit and determination and explains some of the fascinating and critical uses of plants for healing (including possible uses against antimicrobial resistance and even COVID-19).

The Speckled Beauty: A Dog and His People

Highly recommended for readers who would enjoy an Appalachian Marley and Me where the dog doesn’t die. Bookstores and libraries should anticipate enormous demand.
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If We Want to Win: A Latine Vision for a New American Democracy

This edited volume offers a potent vision of Latine successes, opportunities, and futures, though the narrative never quite coheres as it should.

Career and Family: Women’s Century-Long Journey Toward Equity

A thorough look at the historical and socioeconomic causes of disparity in salaries and opportunities between men and women, with practical solutions. Highly recommended.
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Unravelling Canada: A Knitting Odyssey

Far from being a purist, Olsen delights in the evidence she finds of cross-cultural exchange and creativity and concludes that borrowing and sharing among traditions is what ties Canada together. Recommended.
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Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship

A beautiful exploration of a human/wild animal relationship that intertwines Raven’s musings about her past, present, and future into a mostly factual, at times imagined, whole that will appeal to readers who enjoy natural history essays, memoirs, foxes, the American West, or stories about women discovering themselves.
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Apples of North America: A Celebration of Exceptional Varieties

If other titles such as Rowan Jacobsen and Clare Barboza’s Apples of Uncommon Character and Roger Yepsen’s Apples prove hard to track down, this will be a valuable resource for readers wanting to learn more about the fascinating heritage of this most “American” of all fruits.
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How To Make Your Dog #Famous: A Guide to Social Media and Beyond

Sure to be a valuable addition to a library collection
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Garden Allies: The Insects, Birds, and Other Animals That Keep Your Garden Beautiful and Thriving

A useful and interesting read for rookie, armchair, and experienced gardeners. Easy to read front to back or section by section, and information can be applied to any region of the United States.

Piglet: The Unexpected Story of a Deaf, Blind, Pink Puppy and His Family

Shapiro and Piglet’s uplifting odyssey, cowritten by Eichler-Rivas (The Pursuit of Happyness), is touching, emotional, and not to be missed.
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Nice White Ladies: The Truth about White Supremacy, Our Role in It, and How We Can Help Dismantle It

Daniels quotes extensively from Black women, and readers would be better served by seeking out their writing directly. Ijeoma Oluo, Charlene Carruthers, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Alicia Garza have all written books that offer personal context, emotional stakes, and steps for making meaningful change.
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The Falcon Guide to Van Life: Every Essential for Nomadic Adventures

Of interest to anyone who has ever contemplated setting aside their stationary lifestyle for a nomadic life on wheels.

Paradise: One Town’s Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire

The definitive story of an American tragedy and a notable cautionary tale of climate change, corporate negligence, and insufficient planning. Highly recommended.
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Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood

A devastating story of loss that becomes a story of societal resilience; essential reading for anyone seeking insight on gun violence.

Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World

Spanning the intersection of science, politics, and memoir, Hayhoe’s debut offers guidance on what readers can do to effect change.

How To Make an Apple Pie from Scratch: In Search of the Recipe for Our Universe, from the Origins of Atoms to the Big Bang

Cliff is an expert writer who artfully takes on a complex subject in a comprehensible, entertaining, and humorous manner. He even describes his own childhood attempt to uncover the chemical composition of an apple pie. This fascinating work is highly recommended.
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The Star Builders: Nuclear Fusion and the Race To Power the Planet

Turrell’s enthusiasm for the topic, as well as his clear and easy-to-understand explanations of the physics involved in nuclear fusion, make this a thought-provoking read for anyone interested in learning about the cutting-edge technology that’s being applied to solving the climate crisis.
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Eloquence of the Sardine: Extraordinary Encounters Beneath the Sea

For people who love the aquatic world and those who aspire to.
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Private Gardens of the Pacific Northwest

Browsing through this lushly illustrated book is like spending a day exploring secret spaces. Most readers won’t be able to cultivate dream gardens like these, but anyone will be able to find inspiration for their own garden here.
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Integrated Dog Training: The Commonsense Visual Guide to Training Any Dog

For readers seeking a get-it-done training manual, this inexpensive, thorough guidebook offers exceptional guidance without a lot of distraction. Appropriate for all audiences.
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The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century

This exceptionally well-written collection is among the most insightful works yet about sex in modern culture. It effectively merges academic analysis with lived experience in an accessible read that will interest readers from diverse professional and personal backgrounds.
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Demystifying Disability: What To Know, What To Say, and How To Be an Ally

Ladau has written an essential resource that readers can refer to at any time, browsing chapters individually or reading straight through. A must for libraries and fans of Disability Visibility, by Alice Wong.

Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey To End Gender Violence

With searing insight, Hill shows how much and how little things have changed since 1991. Her book gives hope, inspires activism, and discourages complacency.

Social Justice Parenting: How To Raise Compassionate, Anti-Racist, Justice-Minded Kids in an Unjust World

Baxley’s meaty book is sure to provoke thought and positive dialogue; a must-read.
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Why Is My Child in Charge? A Roadmap To End Power Struggles, Increase Cooperation, and Find Joy in Parenting Young Children

This helpful resource posits that shifting one’s mindset can help parents see conflicts objectively and identify causes; its tactics should equip parents to center their needs and their child’s.
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The Best Most Awful Job: Twenty Writers Talk Honestly about Motherhood

With the diversity of perspectives represented here, readers are sure to learn from or find solidarity in at least some of these experiences of motherhood.
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The Overparenting Solution: Raising Resourceful Children To Meet Today’s Challenges

Solid ideas for moving away from overparenting.
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How To Have a Kid and a Life: A Survival Guide

Helpful for readers navigating the changes parenthood has brought to career and lifestyle.
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The 3 M’s of Fearless Digital Parenting: Proven Tools To Help You Raise Smart and Savvy Online Kids

This book may help parents gain confidence as they navigate the sometimes-choppy waters of children’s technology use.
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What White Parents Should Know about Transracial Adoption: An Adoptee’s Perspective on Its History, Nuances, and Practices

A much-needed volume from an adoptee’s perspective; sure to be a must-read for parents who adopt. Recommend alongside Nicole Chung’s memoir All You Can Ever Know.
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The Ultimate Stay-at-Home Dad: Your Essential Manual for Being an Awesome Full-Time Father

A helpful and enjoyable read for the growing population of dads at home, in a market saturated with books for moms.
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Wild Days: Outdoor Play for Young Adventurers

In full color, with step-by-step instructions, Irvine’s guide will no doubt inspire hours of fun outside.

Brothers on Three: A True Story of Family, Resistance, and Hope on a Reservation in Montana

In addition to being great sports journalism that will touch anyone who loves high school sports, Streep’s book will appeal to readers interested in histories of generational trauma. The focus on high school life and basketball gives it YA appeal.

Warmth: Coming of Age at the End of Our World

Brave, honest, and bold, Sherrell’s book is neither blithely optimistic nor fatalistic and instead shows how readers can respond to climate change with circumspection. It should be read alongside the work of climate activists like Greta Thunberg and Jamie Margolin who provide practical models for changing the narrative, even when we know that changes won’t magically engender a happy ending.

The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans

Barnett’s in-depth and lively narrative about seashells crosses disciplines, from architecture to neuroscience to alternative energy. A delightful, informative, and momentous read for both enthusiasts and readers who’ve never picked up a shell.

Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice

An excellent book for anyone concerned with health, community, or the environment. The accessible writing will draw readers in.
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Some Kids Left Behind: A Survivor’s Fight for Health Care in the Wake of 9/11

Nordstrom’s detailed narrative offers a balance of seriousness and humor that will enlighten and inspire readers; it belongs on the shelves of every public and school library..
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Afraid of the Doctor: Every Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Managing Medical Trauma

When parents find themselves dealing with medical trauma during their child’s growing-up years, this book will be a helpful tool to navigate challenging and frightening situations.

Generation Occupy: Reawakening American Democracy

 Levitin's use of "occupy" as the first word of each chapter implies a stronger relationship than he demonstrates. The result is primarily a celebration of protests instead of a useful discussion of their origins and effects.

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Guardians of the Trees: A Journey of Hope Through Healing the Planet

A compelling science memoir that will be relished by those who enjoy reading about innovative efforts to save imperiled habitats.

Of Fear and Strangers: A History of Xenophobia

While parts of the book may appeal to general readers desiring to find the roots of today’s widespread xenophobia, taken as a whole it is likely to disappoint those who need an introduction to this noteworthy topic.
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Everything Now: Lessons from the City-State of Los Angeles

Was the city-state argument convincing? Unfortunately, no. Was the book interesting to read? Undoubtedly, yes. This book would appeal to readers who enjoy narrative nonfiction, essays, or life in Los Angeles.
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Springer Mountain: Meditations on Killing and Eating

Similar to Michael Pollen’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, this engaging narrative will catch readers’ attention and lead them to take a deeper look at the where, how, and why behind the food they consume. In addition to foodies and historians, this book will appeal to readers wanting a better understanding of cultures and societies surrounding food.
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The Unlikely Art of Parental Pressure: A Positive Approach to Pushing Your Child To Be Their Best Self

An interesting perspective on parental pressure that will to be compelling to parents interested in the intersection of a child’s academic success and emotional health.
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The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (and Their Parents)

This quick, valuable read will be a useful addition to library collections.
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Treasured Islands: The Explorer’s Guide to Over 200 of the Most Beautiful and Intriguing Islands Around Britain

With rich, colorful pictures and helpful details, this book provides a wealth of information for exploring the many islands around Britain.
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Cuba

For readers looking for a comprehensive survey of Cuban literature. Most academic libraries and large public libraries with an interest in Cuba should consider this work for their collections.
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Believers: Making a Life at the End of the World

This impassioned plea and call to action will spark the interest of anyone who cares for our environment.
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Breathing Fire: Female Inmate Firefighters on the Front Lines of California’s Wildfires

Readers who want a comprehensive understanding of political agendas and the effects of racism in the U.S. justice system will appreciate this book and will want to share their new knowledge with others. A powerful, well researched work for justice-minded readers.

Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood

Turner shares Debra’s and Kim’s stories with aplomb, celebrating the bright moments of their lives while honestly depicting their suffering. She has a stellar ability to present the personalities of her loved ones, especially the women in her life. This memoir is a compelling testament to the power of women’s relationships.
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Awakening: #MeToo and the Global Fight for Women’s Rights

Complete with a broad selection of resources for advocacy, this call-to-action will spark the interest of aspiring activists.
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Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine

An informative account for readers interested in public health’s impact on historical and current practices in medicine and science.

Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be

Memoir readers who appreciate unpredictability, candor, and pop culture will enjoy this book and may very well find themselves thinking about it even weeks after they’ve finished it.
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