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Letter to a Young Female Physician: Notes from a Medical Life

A candid account that will spark the interest of aspiring physicians.
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Good Dog: Celebrating Dogs Who Change, and Sometimes Even Save, Our Lives

A loving look at how dogs care for people.
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The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort to Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self

Despite some flaws, this is an engaging read, recommended for those who enjoy outdoor writing, as well as for armchair (therefore very comfortable) critics of the modern lifestyle.
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Black Snake: Standing Rock, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and Environmental Justice

A humanistic investigative documentation of the legal and political battle of DAPL. It will appeal to readers interested in Indigenous movements, environmental movements, and the historical significance of this protest.
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Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race

Well-researched, with an extensive bibliography and a useful glossary of key concepts. A fast-paced account that offers myriad recommendations for lifestyle changes to reduce exposure to the chemicals that Swan and Colino identify as threats to the future of humankind.
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The Border: A Journey Around Russia Through North Korea, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Norway, and the Northeast Passage

Will appeal to fans of travel books who enjoy additional background and history of destinations; particularly good for readers familiar with the areas around Russia.
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What Kind of Ancestor Do You Want To Be?

Recommended for readers interested in environmentalism, anthropology, sociology, history, philosophy, and Indigenous peoples in the U.S.
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Pregnant Girl: A Story of Teen Motherhood, College, and Creating a Better Future for Young Families

Lewis interweaves her own account of being a pregnant teen and her extensive research, to tie proposed solutions directly to facts. A complementary work is Melanie Watkins’s Taking My Medicine, although Watkins’s book is more memoir than research.
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Downeast: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America

A sensitive paean to an oft-overlooked region of the United States and the young women who live there. Recommended for readers seeking books with a strong sense of place or about girls facing the challenges of the 21st century.
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Behold the Land: The Black Arts Movement in the South

A scholarly work recommended for readers interested in Black history and culture in the U.S.

The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Great Vegetables

Enthusiastically recommended for new and novice gardeners who want a straightforward, unfussy guide to growing their own food.
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The School I Deserve: Six Young Refugees and Their Fight for Equality in America

This uplifting story, which played out during bleak years for refugees in the U.S., will resonate with readers concerned about immigration and education policy, and those engaged by courtroom narratives.
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The Non-Obvious Guide to Virtual Meetings and Remote Work

Don’t be scared by the title
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The Life and Times of Louis Lomax: The Art of Deliberate Disunity

Aiello’s searching spotlight shows general readers and scholars a formidable figure and further illuminates the role and power of journalism and television during the civil rights movement. A welcome study of a pioneering man and his times.
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Ages of American Capitalism: A History of the United States

Levy makes a cohesive argument that provides a new perspective on the trajectory of the U.S. but will still feel familiar to any student of history.
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On Violence and on Violence against Women

This is an urgent book that deserves to be read in classes on feminist theory and gender studies. It’s also meant for all readers who are interested in learning more about the ways in which power is literally mapped onto our bodies.

Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987–1993

This engaging, accessible book will find a wide audience among readers interested in activism from the ground up. It will also be a foundational document for historians for generations to come. A must-read.
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Digital Body Language: How To Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance

Written in an approachable style, and organized such that readers can pick and choose sections that apply to their situation, this will be a useful resource for anyone who struggles with online communication.
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Wait, I’m Working with Who?!? The Essential Guide to Dealing with Difficult Coworkers, Annoying Managers, and Other Toxic Personalities

A very practical book. Highly recommended for anyone in the workforce, as well as business students who are studying management techniques and organizational behavior.
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Managing Generation Z: How To Recruit, Onboard, Develop, and Retain the Newest Generation in the Workplace

The book’s pragmatic, realistic approach will appeal to HR professionals and general managers.
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The Holly: Five Bullets, One Gun, and the Struggle to Save an American Neighborhood

An informed analysis of the complex intersections between police and the community, which will especially draw in readers involved in community organizing and anti-racist activism.

A Short History of Humanity: A New History of Old Europe

Scientific yet accessible, this original book offers much insight to readers of European history.

First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

DeSilva provides a scholarly yet accessible conversation on the origins of human bipedalism. A great introduction to human origins, anthropology, and primatology for general audiences. Includes recent discoveries that are updates to previous popular works.
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Hawking Hawking

This thorough biography reveals Hawking’s life beyond his celebrity, and is recommended for anyone interested in learning more about the scientist’s legacy and life.
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Holding Back the River: The Struggle Against Nature on America’s Waterways

Kelley’s engaging work will draw in those interested in personal stories of the effects of climate change, and use of natural resources.
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The Ecological Gardener: How To Create Beauty and Biodiversity from the Soil Up

Those with a serious desire to learn more about creating ecologically friendly gardens will find much to muse over in Rees-Warren’s bracing mix of philosophical and practical landscape advice.

Press Reset

This standout book will appeal to readers of Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN, as well as viewers of NoClip’s YouTube documentaries. Beyond gamers, this well-researched account will also interest labor advocates.

Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer

Johnson, as in his previous works, digs into his subject to highlight new connections and interrelated facts that produce fascinating and sometimes unexpected insights. A smoothly written book of medical wonder that pays specific attention to racial disparities in health care.

Mom Genes: Inside the New Science of Our Ancient Maternal Instinct

Richly entertaining, filled with humor, and deeply informative, this engaging book is recommended for mothers, potential mothers, and anyone who has ever known a mother.

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Sick and Tired: An Intimate History of Fatigue

A personal story made more universal that many readers will be able to identify with, and a well-documented study of the history and current state of the science of fatigue.
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Pipe Dreams: The Urgent Global Quest To Transform the Toilet

A surprisingly lively read about the science and history of waste that will engage fans of Mary Roach and popular science.

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Into the Deep: A Memoir from the Man Who Found Titanic

This exciting memoir, recounted by a wonderful storyteller, will be relished by readers who enjoy adventure, oceanography, underwater archaeology, and scientific discovery. Ballard’s latest account will appeal to a great many readers.

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Food Cultures of Israel: Recipes, Customs, and Issues

Fascinating and of interest to kitchen hobbyists and students of anthropology, nutrition, food sciences, or religion/divinity/ministry. Consider placing this book in the circulating nonfiction section for maximum usage.

Social Chemistry: Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection

Essential for all university libraries supporting psychology and human resources development curricula.

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Getting Baked: Everything You Need To Know about Hemp, CBD, and Medicinal Gardening

Webb’s practical, common-sense approach ensures that even skeptics will come away with a better understanding and appreciation for the possibilities of incorporating hemp and CBD into our gardens, kitchens, and medicine cabinets.

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Artistic Places

A worthwhile option for its distinctive look and interpretation of international artists and their works.
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Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods

Spanning biography, business, and sociology, this well-reported and well-researched account of labor practices shows the impact of the demand for global goods. It will especially interest consumers and labor advocates.
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Martha Stewart’s Very Good Things: Clever Tips & Genius Ideas for an Easier, More Enjoyable Life

A treat for the eye and lovely to page through. Devotees of all things Martha Stewart will be pleased. This is the kind of books that garners steady circulation and delights readers looking for highly visual, browsable nonfiction.
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Extraordinary Orchids

Orchid fanciers will relish the gorgeous color plates; readers new to orchids will appreciate the information on orchid biology, culture, and history.
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Second Thoughts: On Having and Being a Second Child

Recommended for parents contemplating a second or third child, as well as readers interested in family dynamics.
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Within Our Grasp: Childhood Malnutrition Worldwide and the Revolution Taking Place To End It

Russell’s passion for citizen science, the important subject she explores, and her jargon-free presentation of information relating to malnutrition will open worlds for most readers, from high school students to sociologists.
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Lost in Summerland: Essays

This wide-ranging work is part literary collection, part cultural examination; it should appeal to armchair travelers interested in learning about different worldviews and finding meaning in the everyday.
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Prague: Belonging in the Modern City

Recommended for travelers interested in the history and politics of Prague.
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The New Breed: What Our History with Animals Reveals About Our Future with Robots

Thought-provoking popular science that will be of interest to anyone curious about the past, present, or future of robot–human interaction.
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Genesis: The Story of How Everything Began

For those interested in a different approach to understanding the universe’s beginnings.

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Uprooted: Recovering the Legacy of the Places We’ve Left Behind

While Olmstead successfully creates a full portrait of her family, especially her grandpa, her calls to rediscover the land fall a little short.
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Rosa: The Story of the Rose

While not a strictly a gardening or history book, this resource will amuse and delight gardeners and lovers of floral design and art history.
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Floret Farm’s Discovering Dahlias: A Guide to Growing and Arranging Magnificent Blooms

Benzakein is a celebrity and best-selling author in the flower farming world, with an upcoming show on Magnolia TV. Her first book, Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden, is an essential title, and her large fan base will clamor for her newest as well.
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The Wisdom of Old Dogs: Lessons in Life, Love and Friendship

Tears will be inevitable while reading this title, but readers will be served well by this addition to pet collections.
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Finding Rhythm: An International Dance Journey

A welcome travel memoir documenting one woman’s journey of discovery and reinvention
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New York, New York, New York: Four Decades of Success, Excess, and Transformation

This engaging book has the potential to become a classic text, thanks to the detailed work and references that have gone into its creation. Recommended for libraries in larger institutions or for others with an interest in New York or urban studies.

No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice

This is an invaluable study of all-too-frequently misplaced genealogical and regional venerations. Highly recommended for U.S., antebellum, Civil War, African American, and Southern historians and scholars, and for all readers.

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

Essential reading for everyone working on incorporating more anti-racist thought leaders and perspectives into their collection.
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Visual Encyclopedia

Containing an enormous range of knowledge throughout human history, this attractive guide is highly recommended for public libraries.

Information: A Historical Companion

A fascinating multidisciplinary essay collection that will appeal to information history junkies as well as history, journalism, and library science students.

Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher: A Monkey’s Head, the Pope’s Neuroscientist, and the Quest To Transplant the Soul

Schillace brings her expertise as a medical historian to this carefully researched, pioneering biography of an eccentric doctor. A compelling read that will draw in variety of readers.

Cosmic Queries: StarTalk’s Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going

Casual readers and science buffs alike will appreciate Tyson’s folksy approach to explaining difficult scientific concepts. An engaging work that will have wide appeal.

Life’s Edge

A fascinating and well-written mapping of the edges of biology, which will have broad appeal to nonscientists.
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Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions

Similar to his previous book, the latest by Moss will draw in fans of investigative journalism, and all interested in learning more about the inner workings of the companies we support.

Rescuing the Planet: Protecting Half the Land To Heal the Earth

An exceptional work that is highly recommended as a cohesive explanation of how small local projects can be pieces of larger efforts.

Spark

Kalb’s book should have universal appeal for public and academic libraries but may particularly resonate with readers who are comforted by the notion that accomplishment and discovery come at many different ages.

A Most Remarkable Creature: The Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World’s Smartest Birds of Prey

An ambitious, impressive debut. The book’s manifold strands will engage all sorts of readers, including bird lovers, science buffs, and eco-adventure fans.
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Einstein’s Fridge: How the Difference Between Hot and Cold Explains the Universe

A welcome entry on the subject of thermodynamics that will spark the interest of readers curious about the names and theories behind physics but unsure where to start.
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GrowVeg: The Beginner’s Guide to Easy Vegetable Gardening

Beginning gardeners who are eager to get their hands dirty will find both inspiration and practical information in this accessible, colorful, and highly illustrated volume.

Genius Makers: The Mavericks Who Brought AI to Google, Facebook, and the World

An informative, enjoyable work that connects the history of technology to our current world of gadgets and devices. With vivid detail, Metz has crafted an accessible narrative that will keep readers turning the pages.

Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction

Nijhuis does an excellent job narrating the achievements and challenges of individuals, groups, and governments in understanding biological ecosystems and the human impact on them past, present, and future.
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The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

Similar to his previous works, Isaacson’s latest is another absorbing story of scientific discovery. The final section on the use of CRISPR to combat COVID-19 will only widen the appeal.
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Little and Often

A thoughtful and well-written memoir, this book will appeal to readers who have difficult relationships with family and those who find craftwork healing.
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Paris Without Her

Although slated as a memoir, this touching work is just as much a love story and travel diary. It processes the pain of loss through the lens of beautiful scenery and will appeal to many readers, but especially fellow Francophiles eager to follow the road less traveled.

Names of New York: Discovering the City’s Past, Present, and Future through Its Place-Names

While toponymy, or the study of place-names, may appear to be an overwhelming topic, Jelly-Schapiro’s writing is informative, accessible, and entertaining. He is engaging throughout, and will leave readers thinking twice about the place-names they encounter on a daily basis.

The Mark of Slavery: Disability, Race, and Gender in Antebellum America

This original work adds an important new voice to conversations about slavery, disability, and medical history. Exceptional analysis of an understudied topic.

The Hospital: Life, Death, and Dollars in a Small American Town

The time Alexander spent embedded in the community gives continuity and depth to the stories of the individuals he connected with and puts a human face on broader issues of social inequality. This expertly reported account will resonate and find a wide audience.
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Three Dreamers

Fans of Carcaterra’s novels and reporting will appreciate the background on his life and inspiration, and this reflective memoir gives nuance to the dark world he portrays in his novels.
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New Yorkers: A City and Its People in Our Time

A varied book that will appeal to armchair travelers and others curious about New York. Highly recommended for public libraries as well as large academic libraries the world over.

To Raise a Boy: Classrooms, Locker Rooms, Bedrooms, and the Hidden Struggles of American Boyhood

Brown’s reporting on a variety of such initiatives tempers the gut-punch of stories documenting the ubiquity and ugliness of sexual harassment and the harm of sexual violence to people of all genders. A groundbreaking exploration with clear recommendations on how to better raise and support boys.

We Are Each Other’s Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy

This noteworthy book, the first of its kind, brings an untold history to the forefront and succeeds in showing how land and legacy are interconnected.

This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends about Racism

A thoughtful analysis which deserves a place on readers’ anti-racist reading lists. Recommended for those interested in trying to enact systemic change.
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Potted History: How Houseplants Took Over Our Homes

Readers seeking an academic but accessible take on the relationship between houseplants and social history will enjoy this book.

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Chemistry for Breakfast: The Amazing Science of Everyday Life

Intellectually curious non-scientists who can’t watch Nguyen-Kim’s explainer videos in their original German and who may find a textbook approach daunting should enjoy this quick tour of everyday chemistry.
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Breaking the Social Media Prism: How to Make Our Platforms Less Polarizing

A wide-ranging academic work for readers curious about how social media has impacted conversation, online and offline, and the increasing overlap of political engagement and technology.

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But You’re Still So Young: How Thirtysomethings Are Redefining Adulthood

This book will appeal to those who enjoy human interest stories and non-judgmental writing about the millennial generation
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Good Housekeeping Easy Meal Prep: The Ultimate Playbook for Make-Ahead Meals

Complete with meal plans, this is a practical resource offering advice and suggestions for mealtime variety. An ideal complement to Good Housekeeping Cookbook: 1,200 Triple-Tested Recipes by Susan Westmoreland.
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Tokachi Millennium Forest: Pioneering a New Way of Gardening with Nature

An excellent resource for the armchair gardener and the environmentally minded.

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Defending the Arctic Refuge: A Photographer, an Indigenous Nation, and a Fight for Environmental Justice

Inspirational reading for environmental crusaders of all walks of life.
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Bicycling with Butterflies: My 10,201-Mile Journey Following the Monarch Migration

Important information in an uneven read. Best suited for avid readers of natural history.
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The Healing Garden: Herbs for Health and Wellness

Soule’s enjoyable and reflective book will appeal to gardeners and botanists of all varieties. This is a good resource for those who wish to explore the realm of healing herbs and all the growing, gathering, storing, and making formulations that that entails.
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White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America

While the history Butler shares will be familiar to many scholars, her clear and forceful synthesis provides a useful entry point for evangelicals and non-evangelicals alike seeking to learn the history and contemporary reality of white evangelical political power in the United States.

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Afro-Nostalgia: Feeling Good in Contemporary Black Culture

Though a scholarly work, this account is an important dissection of looking beyond the traumas of the past to find the happiness that existed (and exists) within the Black community.

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The Age of Wood: Our Most Useful Material and the Construction of Civilization

This engaging natural history will draw in fans of Mark Kurlansky’s Cod and Vince Beiser’s The World in a Grain. It does a fantastic job of elevating humble wood to its rightful place alongside stone, bronze, and iron as a key resource in leading humanity to its dazzling achievements.
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The New Normal: A Roadmap to Resilience in the Pandemic Era

A brief medical how-to guide on navigating life and finding answers to common questions. Recommended for public libraries.
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The Spirit of Animal Healing: An Integrative Medicine Guide to a Higher State of Well-Being

Goldstein’s second book is an essential read for anyone interested in caring for their whole pet.
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The Unreasonable Virtue of Fly Fishing

The author’s love of fly fishing is obvious, but this latest book is for limited audience.

Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence

A searing, yet sensitive account of vulnerability and redemption that will find a wide audience.

You’re Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility

The latest from Gurwitch will have readers rolling with laughter one minute and picking up the phone to commiserate with friends or family the next. The author is a delightful eccentric aunt-to-all with her wit, caring, and unbeknown-to-her wisdom. For fans of Nora Ephron and Sloane Crosely alike.
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Medicare for All: A Citizen’s Guide

This practical account offers a straightforward rundown of suggestions and solutions for anyone wishing to learn more about public policy in the Unites States and why Medicare for All is such an important topic. It will especially pique the interest of anyone drawn to policy reform.

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Beyond the Sand and Sea: One Family’s Quest for a Country to Call Home

A simultaneously disheartening and uplifting journey for readers interested in social justice, racial politics, and current events.

Mouths of Rain: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Thought

It’s time people listen to Black lesbians and utilize that knowledge into action to improve lives. This book is a gateway into that action. An essential component to any social science shelf, this is transformative, vital reading.

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