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Violence in American Society: An Encyclopedia of Trends, Problems, and Perspectives

An ideal overview of American violence that will pique the interest of general readers and provide high school students and undergraduates with an outstanding resource for reports and background research.

LGBTQ Health Research: Theory, Methods, Practice

Paired with Sally Kuykendall’s Skewed Studies, this work provides everything one needs in designing and following through on LGBTQ research. A must for health science and social science majors, graduate students, faculty, and researchers.

The Burning God

An incredible end to this epic trilogy. Mixing historical parallels of Chinese history, the themes of war, politics, and colonialism are balanced with terrific, flawed characters and amazing worldbuilding.

Big Girl, Small Town

With echoes of Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine crossed with the 1990s-set British sitcom Derry Girls, this debut is recommended for fans of Ottessa Moshfegh, Emma Donoghue, and Sally Rooney.

A Certain Hunger

You won’t soon forget Dorothy or her delicious insights, but fair warning: This book might turn you into a vegetarian, if you aren’t already. (Though as Dorothy herself acknowledges, “It’s surprisingly easy to overcome moral qualms, if you give in to the appetite.”)

Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause

Seidule openly confronts his own indifference to racism, and this absorbing book will be of value to anyone interested in how history informs our present.

Julian Bond’s Time To Teach: A History of the Southern Civil Rights Movement

Mixing reminiscence and analysis of the long struggle against white supremacy, Bond’s lessons provide general readers and scholars alike penetrating studies of ideals, motivations, compromises, suffering, and sacrifice that won Blacks’ release from the worst of racist Southern pathology. Essential reading.

Black Futures

A significant offering for its timely, accessible documentation of writing, artwork, and thought around Black lives and Black futurity.

HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style

Fans of the British royal family will enjoy this spirited retrospective, which should prove popular with a range of readers.

The Good American: The Epic Life of Bob Gersony, the U.S. Government’s Greatest Humanitarian

A must read for anyone interested in humanitarian work, foreign policy, and biography.

Britain at Bay: The Epic Story of the Second World War, 1938-1941

This thoroughly researched work will engage anyone interested in military, social, and political history of Britain during World War II.

Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America

This riveting account will appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of immigration and current U.S. policies.

The Invention of Medicine: From Homer to Hippocrates

While some of the material may be dense for non-classicists, there are many readers who will find the sections about how we tell and understand medical stories timely and important.

Rebel Cell: Cancer, Evolution, and the New Science of Life’s Oldest Betrayal

Arney has successfully managed to wrangle a huge amount of complex information into one significant volume. Readers are given a vision of potentially powerful future treatments, as there is hope that strategies will evolve ahead of the rebel cells. Essential for medical and consumer health collections.

My House Is Killing Me! The Complete Guide to a Healthier Indoor Environment

Entertaining, not dryly technical, with illustrations throughout, this wide-ranging resource will be of interest to anyone concerned about indoor air quality and particularly those who live with allergies, and whose symptoms are worse in their homes.

Patti Smith on Patti Smith: Interviews and Encounters

An illuminating compilation and study of an American artistic treasure. This study is both a finely wrought biographical snapshot and an opportunity to sit in on conversations with one of the sharpest and most provocative minds of our time.

Dearly: New Poems

Atwood’s flare for precise metaphor in no way softens her delivery, as when she observes “We are a dying symphony.” Combining the wit of Dorothy Parker with the wisdom of Emily Dickinson, Atwood adds a steely grace and richness all her own. If there is beauty in despair, one may find it here.

Unnatural Resources

This straightforward account of the trail of pillage, rape, and murder left by multinational companies dramatizes a recurrent archetype in literature about Africa, as well as an economic failing too rarely addressed. Therese’s shame in her dirty dress and her dignity as she treks across the land in search of her people make this novel a worthy contribution to the growing pool of migrant literature.

Miss Benson’s Beetle

Joyce (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry) has written a delightful book filled with for whom characters readers will root. Margery finds herself again, after being buried by family and work troubles; Enid finds a friend and completes her own dream while in the wilderness of New Caledonia. Sure to be a hit with book clubs.

Remote Control

This compelling novella is Africanfuturism sf at its best.

Colonyside

The third “Planetside” novel (after Spaceside) is a story that lives in the universe-weary voice of its protagonist. It is highly recommended for readers who like their heroes cynical, their mystery twisted, and their sf thought-provoking.

Gentleman Jim

Best-selling author of the “Victorian Romantics” series, Matthews ups the ante with a wildly suspenseful romance, filled with scheming and betrayals, and featuring a courageous heroine in fragile health paired with a hero bent on retribution who isn’t too good to be true.

What Becomes a Legend Most: A Biography of Richard Avedon

With this engrossing biography, readers will come away with a greater appreciation of Avedon’s artistic strengths and achievements, as well as the complex man behind the camera.

The Glorious American Essay: One Hundred Essays from Colonial Times to the Present

Two forthcoming collections is this series focusing on the postwar era (1945–2000) and essays of the 21st century will ensure this is the most comprehensive set of American essay writing to date. For readers fascinated by the sheer scope, variety, and art of the essay.

A Good Bake: The Art and Science of Making Perfect Pastries, Cakes, Cookies, Pies, and Breads at Home; A Cookbook

An essential book on baking, making even the most intimidating parts approachable. A treat for intermediate to advanced bakers.

This Boxing Game: A Study in Beautiful Brutality

For both boxing fans and those casually interested in the sport, this is a knockout.

Great Adaptations: Star-Nosed Moles, Electric Eels, and Other Tales of Evolution’s Mysteries Solved.

Casual science readers will be hooked from page one; for those contemplating careers in the sciences, this should be required reading.

Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York

A stellar tale of justice eluded, to add to the growing queer true crime genre justice.

The Moth and the Mountain: A True Story of Love, War, and Everest.

Wilson has long been a footnote in Everest exploration, but this thorough and fascinating biography will remedy that. For readers of exploration, adventure, and Everest history.

All the Young Men

A must-read for anyone interested in narratives of front-line responses to the early AIDS crisis as well as personal accounts of kindness and determination.

The Best American Travel Writing 2020

An immersive, thought-provoking dive into myriad travel experiences. Highly recommended for both travel aficionados and general readers.

Entering Hekate’s Garden: The Magick, Medicine & Mystery of Plant Spirit Witchcraft

Readers familiar with, new to, or curious about witchcraft, herbalism, or plant medicine will find this title informative and deeply satisfying.

A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia Butler

Filled with Butler’s voice, photos of lists, notebooks, and other ephemera, this volume outlines a life map, a model, a vision of possibilities that is sure to inspire budding writers to, as Butler did, imagine a world that is different and make a place for themselves in it. Also a must-read for Butler fans.

Inside Story

Amis is a proven winner in the literary circle, and this may be his best work to date.

Likes

A striking and memorable collection of surprising stories and shifting identities.

The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902

Relying on primary source materials, Seligman has created a highly readable and enjoyable account of this little-known episode in American history. Highly recommended, especially for those interested in American history and Jewish history, as well as gender and labor studies.

The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories

Evans beautifully captures the multilayered dimensions of her characters, and she’s adept at expressing the humor and pathos of their existence even as they make decisions that call their judgment into question. The gem here is the novella, but the entire collection is heartily recommended for all fans of short fiction.

Playing Nice

Delaney’s (The Perfect Wife) chilling story of manipulation will make every parent’s heart rate increase as they consider how even the slightest parental fault could be twisted and used against them. A “could-be-true” story that’s scary as hell.

Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway

Readers of this breezy, fun, and informative work are the beneficiaries of the rarefied theatrical air of Broadway inhabited by Riedel. An obligatory purchase for all theater collections.

Blackwood: Vol. 1: The Mourning After

With this second in an ongoing series, veteran scribe Dorkin (Beasts of Burden) unleashes his trademark humor and honest humanity in a spellbinding horror adventure, while Veronica and Andy Fish’s (Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Something Wicked) evocative and impressionistic art uses a blacklight color scheme that perfectly complements the carnival atmosphere and graveyard thrills.

Life and Culture in Northeast India

Highly recommended for adventurers and armchair travelers who appreciate geographically isolated locales.

The Last Slave Ships: New York and the End of the Middle Passage

A signal contribution to U.S. antebellum historiography. Highly recommended for U.S. Middle Period, African American, and Civil War historians, and for all general readers.

Daughter of the Serpentine

Highly recommended as a crossover for adults and YA readers drawn to fantasy novels with dragons and the women who ride them. Start with the first in the series or just dive right into this perfect adventure tale.

Aria

Exploring motherhood and personal relationships as well as the chaotic upheavals in revolutionary Tehran, this debut offers a powerful lead character in Aria. But its minor characters are just as memorable, with the narrative revealing how their circumstances have shaped their personalities. Highly recommended, especially for book groups.

A Wild Winter Swan

Maguire, whose gift for transforming children’s stories is most famously on display in Wicked, works his magic once again with this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Wild Swans. An enchanting, tender, often funny coming-of-age story whose perceptive truths about the human condition surprise and delight.

Overdrawn

Crosskey (Poster Boy) delivers a compelling look into an ageist culture motivated by concern for environmental sustainability but completely devoid of the true meaning of life. Yet despite the nefarious state of this postapocalyptic world, Crosskey proves that out of the darkest circumstances, kindness and selflessness can still reign. A must for all sf/dystopian fiction collections.

Murder on Cold Street

This magnificent locked-room case is a dazzling holiday gift for fans of the series.

The Last Giants: The Rise and Fall of the African Elephant

Expect interest from a range of readers, from young adults to environmentalists to animal lovers.

American Terrorist

The Bourne Identity meets The Fugitive à la Noam Chomsky? As smart and edifying as that, but with greater entertainment value and gravity. Essential for mature readers interested in American politics, race relations, civics, and ethics.

Once Dishonored

In her own signature style, paying impeccable attention to period details, Putney continues to vindicate the honor of scoundrels in this fifth entry of the stunning “Rogues Redeemed” series (after Once a Spy). Fans of historicals will root for our brave, intelligent heroine and the hero who stands beside her.

The Midnight Bargain

Polk’s (Witchmark) foray into a society of magic and politics places the woman in the secondary role, but neither Beatrice nor Ysbeta will stay in place. Fans of romantic fantasy set in a multicultural world will find this a fascinating read.

Hollow Empire

The second of the “Poison War” series (after City of Lies) raises the stakes with a plot of thrilling suspense and characters who are dynamic. Readers will be clamoring for the next book in the series.

King of the Rising

The second half of this duology (after The Queen of the Conquered) is a powerful look at colonialism, oppression, and rebellion, and all that it can cost the individuals involved.

The House of Styx

This electrifying planetary adventure features a hardscrabble family that earnestly addresses issues of addiction, gender, sexuality, and disability while surviving storms of all sorts in the hostile clouds of Venus. Highly recommended.

Zoey Punches the Future in the Dick

Wong (“John Dies at the End”series) once again achieves the perfect balance between sardonic humor and satirical digs at the digital age in the sequel to his award-winning Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits. Filled with laugh-out-loud moments and philosophical and ethical questions about the nonstop advancements of technology, this novel reminds us of an oft-forgotten question: Just because we can do something, does that mean we should??

Masterpiece: America’s 50-Year-Old Love Affair with British Television Drama

The definitive guide for scholars and fans alike to all things Masterpiece and Mystery!

The Sea Gate

Johnson (Court of Lions) conveys a strong sense of place in her historical fiction. The author describes this as a book about family secrets. Although secrets abound, this is also a novel of sacrifice, forgiveness, and redemption. Recommended for readers who value the journey, however harrowing, as much as the destination.

Jeeves and the Leap of Faith

It’s a fizzer, chaps. An absolute corker.

Madam C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy During Jim Crow

A tremendous biography and a great study of philanthropy that will have strong YA crossover appeal.

Our Bodies, Their Battlefields: War Through the Lives of Women

Dizzying for its historical breadth and emotional strain, this book is nevertheless essential reading. Readers interested in human rights will stick through the highly readable but earth-rattling chapters for the sake of their larger purpose; namely, to give voice to people who have felt erased.

We Are Family: The Modern Transformation of Parents and Children

An essential, thought-provoking work that will serve as the foundation for future studies.

Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City

Stunningly well-researched, this book fully examines a pivotal moment in Chicago’s history. Readers of Smith’s other Chicago-based books will find this fascinating. Fans of Erik Larson, American history, and the triumph of the human spirit will also greatly enjoy..

Be Water, My Friend: The Teachings of Bruce Lee

An essential book for fans of Lee and those looking for find purpose in life. Highly recommended for all readers.

The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart

An important look into community organizing that is honest about its pitfalls and promises that will engage all interested in leading and growing social movements.

Storming Vicksburg: Grant, Pemberton, and the Battles of May 19-22, 1863

The latest book by Hess has deservedly reached the apex of Vicksburg scholarship to date and does justice to its author’s historical acumen. Highly recommended for all U.S. Middle Period and Civil War historians and biographers, together with students of military command and field strategy.

Sicily ‘43: The First Assault on Fortress Europe

An excellent and accessible telling of the invasion that will be enjoyed by military history and World War II enthusiasts alike.

His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life

This thorough account of a remarkable life will have wide appeal.

First Principles: What America’s Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country

Offering a look at the Founders rarely glimpsed, Ricks successfully argues that America needs to rediscover its classical roots.

Philip and Alexander: Kings and Conquerors

The thorough and riveting narrative of both Philip and Alexander’s lives and accomplishments makes this an ideal choice for the general reader, with some fresh insights to offer to those familiar with the subjects as well.

Dear Child

Hausmann’s English-language debut is absorbing and sinister, with a tightening web of psychological intrigue. Tiny clues are steadily inserted into this fast-paced, shivery tale with an unforeseen denouement. Inevitably likened to Emma Donoghue’s Room, also suggest Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes.

Bone Canyon

Goldberg follows Lost Hills with a riveting, intense story. Readers of Karin Slaughter or Michael Connelly will want to try this.

The Man in the Microwave Oven

The follow-up to Cox’s award-winning The Man on the Washing Machine includes a delightful amateur sleuth and eccentric characters with appeal for fans of traditional mysteries. The intricate plotting will keep readers guessing.

A Slice Through America: A Geological Atlas

A must for anyone who appreciates geology or antique atlases and maps.

Dementia Handbook & Resource Guide

A handy one-stop resource that concentrates on identifying and locating dementia resources by diagnosis. Accurate and useful for those searching for basic information and a resource directory.

Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder: A Memoir

Recommended for readers interested in birds, the subculture of bird-watching, and stories of personal discovery and change.

The Book Tour

Watson’s adeptness at capturing body language and facial expressions combines with nuanced dialog and a keen sense of irony to create a hugely entertaining page-turner. After having spent several years creating work for younger readers, the author’s long-anticipated return to more mature themes dazzles.

Monsters

This exquisitely illustrated epic bursts with emotion, insight, and empathy. Five decades into his already influential career, Windsor-Smith has created his magnum opus.

The Truth About Dukes

A refreshing, remarkably crafted Regency that will garner the multi-award-winning Burrowes (When a Duchess Says I Do) legions of new fans.

How To Catch a Queen

Cole (An Extraordinary Union) launches the “Runaway Royals” series with a bang, introducing a sexy but shy king, a determined and caring queen, and a host of characters who leap off the page into the reader’s imagination. Fans of the “Reluctant Royals” series will adore cameos by some of their favorites, but this is a solid starting point for new readers.

Spoiler Alert

Even those new to online fanfiction will find this a charming and engrossing read. Issues of body positivity, dyslexia, and found families are among the topics addressed with sensitivity and realism. The between-chapter segments of fanfic server chats, fanfic synopsis, and truly horrible screenplays add to the fun.

The Factory Witches of Lowell

In her adult debut, YA author Malerich (Fire & Locket) has created a delightful historical fantasy shining a spotlight on New England history, making this a terrific companion to Alix Harrow’s The Once and Future Witches.

Boneset & Feathers

Kiste casts a spell with this original and suspenseful horror story, but it holds more than meets the eye. Clearly influenced by Shirley Jackson, this will appeal to fans of Naomi Alderman’s The Power, Alexis Henderson’s The Year of the Witching, or Zoje Stage’s Wonderland.

Plain Bad Heroines

With a pointed female focus, an unease constantly seeping in from the perimeter, spilling fear all over the page at key moments, and characters who leap off the page, this volume will be sure to inspire many fans. Comparisons to Marisha Pessl’s Night Film or Sarah Waters’s The Little Stranger are spot on, but this will also appeal to fans of dark speculative tales such as Mira Grant’s Into the Drowning Deep and Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth.

Ring Shout

Not only the perfect choice for fans of Matt Ruff’s Lovecraft Country or Victor LaValle’s The Ballad of Black Tom, but also of other dual-threat fun and thought-provoking speculative fiction such as Sarah Gailey’s River of Teeth or Justina Ireland’s Dread Nation.

The Captain: A Memoir

Wright’s fascinating career comes to life in this wonderfully written and insightful sports memoir.

Pushcart Prize XLV: Best of the Small Presses 2021 Edition

This fascinating anthology is a must for all collections.

Always a Guest: Speaking of Faith Far from Home

Taylor’s writing is lyrical and compelling, a feast for the senses and the intellect. Recommended for all libraries.

Our Last Season: A Writer, a Fan, a Friendship

A wonderful and engaging book, not only for basketball and Knicks fans, but also a meaningful look about the importance of friendship.

Magic: A History; From Alchemy to Witchcraft, from the Ice Age to the Present

A fascinating exploration of magic’s hold on the human imagination.

Black Women, Black Love: America’s War on African American Marriage

Filling a need for research on Black love and marriage, this seminal social history will enlighten a variety of readers.

The Last American Aristocrat: The Brilliant Life and Improbable Education of Henry Adams

This is a model of critical biography that will be appreciated by all lovers of history or biography.

Flight Lines: Across the Globe on a Journey with the Astonishing Ultramarathon Birds

Bird and nature lovers will be enthralled.

Blood and Oil: Mohammed Bin Salman’s Ruthless Quest for Global Power

This fast-paced, well-researched book is an excellent primer on current U.S.-Saudi relations and Middle Eastern dynamics, and will also draw in those interested in palace intrigue.

What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat

Everyone who has a fat family member, friend, acquaintance, or coworker should read this insightful book.

Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All

A necessary, insightful book that shines light on Black women underexplored in history. Jones writes narrative nonfiction at its best.

We Have Been Harmonized: Life in China's Surveillance State

Essential for all China watchers. This absorbing read will appeal to experts and novices alike.

PREMIUM

A Good Time To Be Born: How Science and Public Health Gave Children a Future

Klass masterfully introduces readers to the people coming up with solutions for many of the dangers of childhood and shows how the pediatric specialty over time has worked to improve children’s lives. Essential reading for parents.

Eating Out Loud

These are meals that deliver in flavor and simplicity. Similar to her cooking shows and YouTube videos, Grinshpan’s personal voice will engage cooks of all levels.

The Good Book of Southern Baking: A Revival of Biscuits, Cakes, and Cornbread

Fields succeeds in making baking fun, and her go-to guide should have wide appeal.

American Cheese: An Indulgent Odyssey Through the Artisan Cheese World

An entertaining book for cheese lovers, food enthusiasts, and those looking for a fun read. Much like a good ricotta, it is light and airy with a hint of sweetness.
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