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The Journeys of Trees: A Story about Forests, People, and the Future

A beautiful elegy to trees and the people working to preserve them. This compelling read shows how climate change impacts the natural ranges of tree species and how scientists are creating strategies to mitigate this influence.
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A Dominant Character: The Radical Science and Restless Politics of J.B.S. Haldane

Social historians will appreciate the emphasis on the man and his politics, over an emphasis solely on the science, in this excellent biography.
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Chicken: A History from Farmyard to Factory

Highly recommended for those interested in agriculture, food safety, and the humane treatment of animals.
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Clean: The New Science of Skin

A quick, engaging read for everyone concerned with caring for their skin, and the science behind it.
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Beijing: Geography, History, and Culture

This authoritative account is a valuable resource for secondary and undergraduate students, business leaders, travelers, and general readers seeking substantive, up-to-date background on this world city.
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Critical Insights: Conspiracies

Recommended only for large literary criticism collections.
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Skewed Studies: Exploring the Limits and Flaws of Health and Psychology Research

An excellent, nontechnical overview of the scientific research process for undergraduate and graduate students. While the detailed index enables use as a quick reference title, the book is most effective when read as a treatise.
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Uncrowned Queen: The Life of Margaret Beaufort, Mother of the Tudors

A highly sympathetic, spirited portrait of a major figure of the late Plantagenet and early Tudor reigns. Interested readers might also seek out Michael Jones and Malcolm Underwood’s The King’s Mother.

See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love

A beautifully written exposé of activism, rebirth and “revolutionary love” that is much needed for all readers in our current times.

In the Land of Good Living: A Journey to the Heart of Florida

A humorous, heartfelt tribute to the underbelly of Florida and its people. Recommended for fans of travel literature or the unusual survival story.
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The Book of Rosy: A Mother’s Story of Separation at the Border

A heartfelt memoir of survival and the power of activism that is recommended for readers interested in personal narratives of migration.
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A-Z Common Reference Questions for Academic Librarians

An efficient and well-organized resource for UK reference desks and novice staff looking to gain confidence in that setting.
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The Black Cabinet: The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics During the Age of Roosevelt

A dramatic piece of nonfiction that recovers the history of a generation of leaders that helped create the environment for the civil rights battles in decades that followed Roosevelt’s death.

The Woman Who Stole Vermeer: The True Story of Rose Dugdale and the Russborough House Art Heist

A captivating book that will entertain fans across genres with its seamless blend of true crime, biography, and art history.

The Dragons, the Giant, the Women

Moore’s narrative style shines, weaving moments of lightness into a story of pain and conflict, family and war, loss and reunion. Recommended for readers of women’s stories and those interested in learning about African lived experience both on the continent and in the diaspora.

City on Fire: The Fight for Hong Kong

This fascinating read is essential for anyone interested in the current affairs of Hong Kong, specifically, and China, generally. Readers looking for a more academic take on a similar topic should consider Ngok Ma and Edmund W. Cheng’s The Umbrella Movement.
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The S.S. Officer’s Armchair: Uncovering the Hidden Life of a Nazi

Readers of World War II literature and the history of the Nazi regime should find this a fascinating read.
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The Education of John Adams

An accessible and highly recommended biography. Fans of David McCullough’s John Adams will appreciate the nuanced insights into Adams’s beliefs offered here

The Smallest Lights in the Universe

This thoughtful and affecting memoir of navigating life after loss reads like a comforting novel, inspiring others to follow their dreams and never give up on the possibilities of discovery and self-reflection. Readers seeking women’s biographies and studies in planetary science will relish this heartfelt story.
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Without Ever Reaching the Summit

Of interest to fans of The Snow Leopard, and those fascinated by or interested in learning more about this geographical region of Nepal.
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The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism

A valuable history of an important political tradition, and what it means for the future.
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When Truth Is All You Have: Memoir of Faith, Justice, and Freedom for the Wrongly Convicted

McCloskey and Lerman’s natural storytelling style make this an enjoyable read even when addressing tough subjects. This will be essential for collections focused on social justice, the wrongly convicted, and spiritual transformation.

The Case of the Vanishing Blonde: And Other True Crime Stories

This true crime master expands the limits of the genre, digging to find answers and revealing that even the most horrific crimes are often linked to a larger story about America.
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14 Miles: Building the Border Wall

Written in a narrative style, this engaging book will appeal to anyone interested in learning more about who lives along the border and what a wall means to them.
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Is Rape a Crime? A Memoir, an Investigation, and a Manifesto

Chanel Miller’s Know My Name demonstrated that coming forward to tell one’s story is in itself a powerful form of victim advocacy; Bowdler does the same in this affecting account. [See Prepub Alert, 12/9/19.]
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Supporting Today’s Students in the Library: Strategies for Retaining and Graduating International, Transfer, First-Generation, and Re-Entry Students

All library staff should read this reminder of the ever-increasing diversity of students seeking support in libraries and consider suggested improvements to the inclusivity of systems, supports, and spaces for nontraditional students., Winnipeg
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This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire

There is clearly a lot to mine from Flynn’s youth, but this memoir is both disjointed and illusory, featuring imagined monologs from Flynn’s mother to engage audiences further. Best for die-hard fans of Flynn’s first memoir. [See Prepub Alert, 1/29/20.]
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Democracy, If We Can Keep It: The ACLU’s 100-Year Fight for Rights in America

Cose’s book is an excellent choice for anyone seeking to understand the ACLU as an organization and for those wanting to explore how the fight for civil liberties has evolved and helped to shape the society we have today
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The Rise of the G.I. Army, 1940–1941: The Forgotten Story of How America Forged a Powerful Army Before Pearl Harbor

A gripping study of a topic less explored, this work should appeal to readers interested in pre–World War II preparations and social and cultural aspects of U.S. Army history.
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Obsessed: Building a Brand People Love from Day One

At once imaginative and pragmatic, this will appeal to those who regard branding as a sometimes daunting task of creating and fostering emotional connections with customers.
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Six Days in August: The Story of Stockholm Syndrome

Engrossing, well researched, and tailor-made for true crime enthusiasts.

The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China

This bold blend of personal and political history will reward enthusiastic readers for their time.
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Code Name Madeleine: A Sufi Spy in Nazi-Occupied Paris

A vivid and engaging biography recommended for readers of World War II history and women’s studies.

Union: The Struggle To Forge the Story of United States Nationhood

Woodard is a gifted historiographer, and this excellent work will be appreciated by anyone interested in American history and how it came to be written.
PREMIUM

The Scourge of War: The Life of William Tecumseh Sherman

Sometimes argumentative but always insightful, this study of Sherman ranks among the best renderings of the man and the conduct of the Civil War, and will help readers reconsider Sherman’s character and the discipline necessary to succeed in war.
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The Names of All the Flowers

An elegantly written and heartbreaking reflection on family, sibling love, and personal and racial grief. Those seeking to understand the impact of the school-to-prison link will learn much, while those who have experienced its effects will likely find plenty here that resonates.
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Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms

Necessary reading for any critic of mass incarceration seeking to understand the myriad policy alternatives and the path to lasting liberation.
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From Boots to Business: Transitioning from the Service to a Career in Business

Recommended for service veterans or those who belong to a military force and are interested in pursuing a career in business.
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The Cult of Smart: How Our Broken Education System Perpetuates Social Injustice

A solid addition for those dismayed by the inequities of the education system and looking to effect change.

The Growing Season: How I Saved an American Farm—And Built a New Life

Frey brings a breath of fresh air to both the personal memoir genre and the business world. Her writing is crisp and her personality winning. A must-read.

I Got a Monster: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Corrupt Police Squad

Fans of The Wire, The Shield, and Training Day will devour, as will readers of true crime and students of urban affairs and public policy.
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12 Seconds of Silence: How a Team of Inventors, Tinkerers, and Spies Took Down a Nazi Superweapon

Holmes synthesizes technical reports and archival materials to produce this first book-length, accessible narrative on an essential factor of Allied victory in World War II. Readers of similar works on Navajo Code Talkers will also enjoy this story of wartime espionage.

Exercise of Power: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post–Cold War World

This important work dives deep into the past three decades of American foreign policy to provide a realistic picture of how key policy decisions were crafted. Highly recommended for those wanting an examination of America’s role within the global community.

Rift Zone

An important book to consider and savor. [See “Versifying,” LJ 1/20.]
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Walker Evans: Starting from Scratch

Intriguing interpretations of Evans’s photos and work process, for both specialists and general readers.

Peggy Lee: A Century of Song

Those seeking the skinny on personal information, such as Lee’s four marriages and subsequent divorces, should look elsewhere, but those wanting to geek out on the subtleties of Lee’s jazz slides, phrasing, and vocal interpretive prowess will be richly rewarded.
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The Seven Lives of Alejandro Jodorowsky

Fans of the creative, disturbing, psychedelic, restless, and challenging Jodorowsky will find much to appreciate here, as will anyone curious about the radical and ragged edge of 1960s theatrical and cinematic experimentation.
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George Harrison on George Harrison: Interviews and Encounters

Harrison’s humanity, thoughtfulness, and humor are on rich display throughout, and a portrait of his entire life emerges. A fascinating addition to the voluminous catalog of Beatle-related literature.
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Photo/Brut

Since photo-based work is often not emphasized in the history of art brut, this is a must-view for fans and scholars of the genre. The collection also provides a new lens with which to view the field of photography.

Music Lessons

Stimulating, thought provoking, and sometimes just provoking, Wiseman’s ruminations on all things musical (and beyond) are a trip worth taking.
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The Age of Undress: Art, Fashion, and the Classical Ideal in the 1790s

This title will engage readers of costume scholarship as well as historians focused on the turn of the century. There is much to learn from the well-researched text, and the book is easy to browse for its rich images that exemplify the time period.
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The Socrates Express: In Search of Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers

Weiner offers bubble gum philosophy that provides a quick, sweet taste and occasionally implies that the jaw exercise of chewing on philosophically challenging concepts is not rewarding. Readers seeking travelog will feel shortchanged, but those looking for lite insights will be drawn in gradually from the shallow (getting out of bed and walking) to the deep end (ageing and death).
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This Is What Democracy Looked Like: A Visual History of the Printed Ballot

For all American history and graphic design collections.
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The Meaning of Soul: Black Music and Resilience since the 1960s

A strong choice for libraries supporting African American studies or popular American music programs.

Not Go Away Is My Name

Ríos’s poems of memory and aspiration are small masterpieces of clarity and caring, “Hard at the work of being human.” A richly hopeful collection that seems especially vital now. [See “Versifying,” LJ 1/20.]

Watercolor Is for Everyone: Simple Lessons To Make Your Creative Practice a Daily Habit—3 Simple Tools, 21 Lessons, Infinite Creative Possibilities

Written in a warm and inviting tone that is both inspirational and aspirational, this is an excellent introduction for artists of all levels to the rewarding medium of watercolor.
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Indigenous Peoples: An Encyclopedia of Culture, History, and Threats to Survival

Scholarly coverage is aimed at researchers, but this set will also appeal to general readers.
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Rebels in the Making: The Secession Crisis and the Birth of the Confederacy

Citing contemporaneous diaries and newspapers, Barney’s investigative account supplies an enlightening exposé on the lead-up to the Civil War.

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Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-Up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World

The publication date coincides with the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. While Blume doesn’t shed new insight, readers looking for an overview of World War II or background on Hersey’s Hiroshima will find this to be of interest.

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The Buddha and the Badass: The Secret Spiritual Art of Succeeding at Work

A solid self-help choice for business managers who seek to live, sleep, and dream their jobs.
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Seinfeld: A Cultural History

Lively writing, extensive research, and thoughtful analysis combine to make Arras’s book a must for those interested in taking a deeper dive into a show about nothing.

The Essential Clarence Major: Prose & Poetry

Recommended for all libraries with substantial collections of African American and contemporary American literature.

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Niche: A Memoir in Pastiche

Showing a prodigious awareness of the sweep of centuries of culture, this is an admirable conceit finely executed. It will have great appeal to anyone interested in new modes of autobiography as well as Anglophiles and devotees of Momus’s musical, literary, and artistic talents.
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The Films of Martin Scorsese: Gangsters, Greed, and Guilt

A clear, nuanced, and highly accessible primer to the films of one of America’s greatest directors.

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Dinner in French: My Recipes by Way of France

Fans of Clark, as well as those new to her work, will appreciate how she encouragingly guides them along, and all will find a reassuring voice as they begin to replicate the tastes of France in their kitchen. A must-have.
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See You on Sunday: A Cookbook for Family and Friends

Though large-scale entertaining is not an option as we practice social distancing, this book is equally well suited to cooks looking to stock their fridge or freezer with food that could serve for several meals over the course of a week or longer.
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Which Country Has the World’s Best Health Care?

This unique, evidence-based book points to data that can be used as a starting point for more policy research and would be a solid purchase for public policy collections, as well as academic health and public libraries.

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The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World

Part natural history of Mars and part personal story, this narrative is accessible and eloquent, making it essential for armchair explorers and Mars enthusiasts. Johnson’s journey is also inspiring to women interested in S.T.E.M. careers.

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The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy’s Vanishing Explorers

Levesque does a wonderful job explaining the science behind astronomy as she conveys the awe and beauty of the universe, the dedication of the people who study it, and the excitement of discovery in this fascinating account that will appeal to fans of narrative nonfiction and fellow stargazers.

Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner: 50 Winning Ways To Cook It Up!

This guide is sure to be a go-to resource for cooks of all levels wondering how to make the most out of a common ingredient.
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The Vegetarian Silver Spoon: Classic and Contemporary Italian Recipes

While the recipes are intended to serve as stand-alone meals, many seem more suited to serve as sides rather than mains. Great options for home cooks looking to impress at a weekend dinner or potluck, but maybe not a weeknight meal.
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Unvarnished: A Gimlet-Eyed Look at Life Behind the Bar

An enjoyable read for anyone interested in cocktail culture. Alongside Jim Meehan’s Meehan’s Bartender Guide, this will certainly be of use to professionals.
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Chetna’s Healthy Indian: Vegetarian: Everyday Veg and Vegan Feasts Effortlessly Good for You

Makan’s steady and reassuring guidance makes this a valuable resource for all home cooks, vegetarian or not, looking to expand their repertoire of contemporary Indian dishes; highly recommended.

The Divine Miss Marble: A Life of Tennis, Fame, and Mystery

An intriguing book about a fascinating woman, and an inspirational story of her overcoming various odds to become a tennis legend. Highly recommended.

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The Long Night: Readings and Stories To Help You through Depression

Highly recommended for readers seeking spiritual, mindful approaches to depression, with clear, simple coping strategies.
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Fear Is a Choice: Tackling Life’s Challenges with Dignity, Faith, and Determination

This memoir will find a home among not just sports fans, but those who enjoy motivational memoirs.
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Teach Us To Pray: The Lord’s Prayer in the Early Church and Today

An approachable introduction to a most familiar, yet profound biblical passage. The use of ancient material is one of the strengths of González’s exploration, allowing readers to gain a deeper appreciation of this simple prayer.

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Clare of Assisi: Gentle Warrior

A fulfilling work meticulously documented for scholars yet accessible for anyone interested in a life of spirituality.
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The Other Side of the Wall: A Palestinian Christian Narrative of Lament and Hope

The book is a plea for love and understanding among all those interested in peace in the Holy Land. Isaac’s deepest wish is that the land be shared by all and that all treat their neighbor, understood broadly, as precious and worthy of love.

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Charred: The Complete Guide to Vegetarian Grilling and Barbecue

A welcome addition to the BBQ library and one that will be of interest to vegetarians, or anyone looking for more plant-based recipes.
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Age Later: Secrets of the Healthiest, Sharpest Centenarians

A thoughtful take on aging that should be of interest to all concerned with the overlap between health and aging
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The Sensitives: The Rise of Environmental Illness and the Search for America’s Last Pure Place

Throughout this balanced account, Broudy weaves a history of the mind-body connection, the chemical industry, and the specialty of allergy-immunology, providing a solid introduction to a widespread but often invisible problem.
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Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation through Anger

Highly recommended for Eastern philosophy/Buddhism collections; a wonderful resource for social justice advocates.
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Holy Chaos

Readers interested in interfaith dialog, and seeking to build bridges between divergent communities across race, religion, sexual orientation, and politics will find practical advice and good examples here.
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This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman

An introspective and self-assured memoir that unfortunately suffers from a jumpy narrative in later chapters. Recommended for readers interested in refugee and immigration stories, but the book may disappoint those hoping for details on politics and policy proposals.

Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town

Taking a compelling approach to documenting Ngaba’s history through the eyes of its own people, this wonderfully written book will leave readers with a stronger appreciation for why the movement to support the Tibetan people deserves so much more attention.

This is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope

An introspective collection, both enlightening and humorous, that is highly recommended for readers interested in creative approaches to memoir and storytelling.

The Groom Will Keep His Name

Ortile's writing is insightful and honest, giving readers a window into a world with which they may not be familiar. Part cultural commentary, part self-examination, this candid account is highly recommended.

Effortless Vegan: Delicious Plant-Based Recipes with Easy Instructions, Few Ingredients and Minimal Cleanup

Ideal for busy people, the combination of flavors, colors, and ease of use will attract all levels of cook.
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Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century

Bringing varied voices to the forefront, this collection is an ideal starting ground for finding community and sparking further reading.

To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq

Although exhaustive details might discourage general audiences, informed readers and foreign policy specialists will be engaged in what is likely the definitive contemporary account of the origins of the War in Iraq.

Competency-Based Career Planning for Reference and User Services Professionals

This superb work is essential reading for reference and user-service librarians looking to improve their professional capabilities.

Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers

In an era in which some desire a return to a perceived greatness, books like this remind us greatness is often reliant on the selective memory of storytellers.

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The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America

A meticulously-researched deep dive into the life and times of a man whose personality and persistence left an indelible mark on midcentury gay activism, this title is a welcome addition to the history of sexuality bookshelf.

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Things Worth Keeping: The Value of Attachment in a Disposable World

Harold explores a rarely analyzed subject in an absorbing manner. The health of the environment is dependent on humans figuring out a way to produce and discard less stuff, and Harold can help us begin to understand how to make that possible.
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The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America’s Forgotten Capital of Vice

More than a simple crime story, this is a forgotten history of Arkansas in the mid-20th century. Recommended for readers interested in antiheroes, self-made men, and survivor stories.
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The Influence of Soros: Politics, Power, and the Struggle for an Open Society

Readers who enjoy political history and international relations will find this book informative and useful.

Hunting Whitey: The Inside Story of the Capture & Killing of America’s Most Wanted Crime Boss

Sherman and Wedge have crafted a thorough, detailed, and gripping story of a larger-than-life crime boss who met a disturbing end. Compelling reading for true crime buffs.
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Expressive Sketchbooks: Developing Creative Skills, Courage, and Confidence

Wells intends to help artists develop a means of inner and outer exploration of the creative journey by utilizing an expressive sketchbook as a form of journaling. Amateur artists especially may find this guide helpful.
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The Golden Thread: The Cold War and the Mysterious Death of Dag Hammarskjöld

Fans of novelists such as Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum, as well as military history and true crime enthusiasts, will find much to enjoy about this riveting read.
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