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140 Days to Hiroshima: The Story of Japan’s Last Chance to Avert Armageddon

This look at the negotiations surrounding the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is appropriate for any beginning World War II scholar.
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After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America

An excellent choice for readers seeking to understand the human effects of government immigration and refugee policy. Goudeau’s sometimes heartbreaking narratives personalize the refugee crisis in ways cold news accounts cannot.

Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight against the Drug Companies That Delivered the Opioid Epidemic

Timely and well documented, with appeal to a broad range of readers.
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On All Fronts: The Education of a Journalist

Ward’s journalism skills shine, putting readers on the front lines. Readers interested in the life stories of intrepid women journalists and the nature of investigative, international journalism will be captivated by this engrossing account.
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The Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World

While an imperfect presentation, the book is an easy read and the extent of the author’s research makes this book a worthwhile addition to the growing literature offering long overdue profiles of the world’s most brilliant women.
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82 Days on Okinawa: One American’s Unforgettable Firsthand Account of the Pacific War’s Greatest Battle

World War II aficionados will love this book.
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Bloody Okinawa: The Last Great Battle of World War II

Wheelan’s detailed, mainstream account of the Battle of Okinawa and its significance in World War II history will especially appeal to fans of military history interested in the Pacific Theater.
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The Sea Journal: Seafarers’ Sketchbooks

An enjoyable overview of a bygone era for browsing or reading; a pleasing addition to art, maritime history, or environmental collections.
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Had I Known: Collected Essays

For readers interested in social justice issues in late 20th- to early 21st-century America.
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American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise

Bleak, but perhaps inspirational, this challenging critique is recommended for policymakers and readers concerned about civic engagement.
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Tokyo Travel Sketchbook: Kawaii Culture, Wabi Sabi Design, Female Samurais and Other Obsessions

Readers interested in Japanese culture, especially kawaii, will delight in Arrazola’s fresh look at everyday life in Tokyo. Young adults, fans of graphic novels, and armchair travelers of all types and ages will enjoy this colorful and amusing cultural worldview.
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Operation Chastise: The RAF’s Most Brilliant Attack of World War II

Readers of military history will find much to enjoy in this brisk, propulsive read that keeps the pages turning without sacrificing detail.

Dangerous Crooked Scoundrels: Insulting the President, from Washington to Trump

This authoritative handbook reveals how insults have always been a part of American politics

Walking to Samarkand: The Great Silk Road from Persia to Central Asia

This will remind readers of travel accounts of Europe in the 1920s and 1930s, offering a snapshot of a world that seems to change in an instant.CORRECTION Throughout the review of LeAnna Keith’s When It Was Grand (Social Sciences; LJ 11/19, p. 94), author Keith was misidentified as White. LJ apologizes for the error.
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When My Time Comes: Conversations About Whether Those Who Are Dying Should Have the Right To Determine When Life Should End

Rehm definitively accomplishes her goal of spurring conversation about end-of-life care with these balanced, thoughtful discussions of a difficult but vital topic.

Pretty Bitches: On Being Called Crazy, Angry, Bossy, Frumpy, Feisty, and All the Other Words That Are Used To Undermine Women

This collection features an array of voices and serves as a multiuse resource that can be a glossary, a takedown of toxic masculinity, or a radical reclaiming of words that are often used to undermine.
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Whiter: Asian American Women on Skin Color and Colorism

These poignant essays provide a fascinating look at the experiences of colorism by women in the Asian American community. Highly recommended for specialists and students of the subject area, yet anyone with a general interest in issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion should find this accessible.

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My Sister: How One Sibling’s Transition Changed Us Both

The love between the Leyva sisters is clear throughout this warmly recommended memoir. Its beautiful, conversational style should resonate with a broad range of readers.
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Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity

A thought-provoking read for all interested in gender studies.

The House of Yan: A Family at the Heart of a Century in Chinese History

A touching, essential account for anyone interested in 20th-century Chinese history and highly recommended for fans of personal family memoir.

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

This groundbreaking book should be required reading for people ready to acknowledge their behaviors, whether intentional or not. It will make a strong addition to both public and university libraries where it will equip scholars, activists, and allies with real tools to promote systemic change.

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House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a Twentieth-Century Jewish Family

A timely exploration of family secrets, immigration, and anti-Semitism, this work will appeal to readers of World War II–era history.

The Violence Inside Us: A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy

An important work on a relevant subject that will draw in anyone interested in social reform.
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Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

An extraordinary blend of memoir, cultural criticism, and history that will invite readers from all backgrounds, though especially those who identify as Asian American, to consider the complex relationships between race, family, heritage, and society that shape American lives.
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Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot

A frank account of who and what is still missing from mainstream feminism that will appeal to readers of women’s and African American studies, and readers seeking a better grasp on history.

A Map Is Only One Story: Twenty Writers on Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home

A standout collection that adds new dimension and depth to the lived experiences of immigrants long after they settle in a new community.

The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West

Readers interested in the Civil War and Western history will enjoy this nuanced portrait of the era.

This Brilliant Darkness: A Book of Strangers

Sharlet provides a poignant and wholly intimate portrait of the lives of those who are often overlooked in our society, breathing a sense of humanity into a part of our world that is so often inhumane. A highly recommended book that is at times difficult to take in and difficult to put down.

The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family

A moving, beautifully told story that adds to our understanding of Madison along with African American genealogy and oral history.

Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World

Though this collection ultimately preaches to its own choir, the book easily arms feminist activists with valuable content with which to stride forward in engaging misogyny in the world. An inclusive and essential choice following We Should All Be Feminists, and a must-have for the modern reader.
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Franklin & Washington: The Founding Partnership

A well-written account for readers interested in two key figures of the American Revolution. Based on primary and secondary sources, this well-researched work tells the story of a significant relationship of the era.

Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and a Reckoning

An impeccably executed and unique genealogy that encourages us to examine the history that informs us of who we are.
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The Women’s Fight: The Civil War’s Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation

By telling the important, yet often-overlooked story of how enslaved women fought for their rights, and how white women often upheld the status quo, Glymph has written a refreshing, much-needed account of Civil War historiography.
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Washington’s End: The Final Years and Forgotten Struggle

An outstanding biographical work on one of America’s most prominent leaders. Highly recommended for those who want to better understand the early republic.
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Congress at War: How Republican Reformers Fought the Civil War, Defied Lincoln, Ended Slavery, and Remade America

Bordewich contributes an entertaining, fresh perspective to our ever-evolving understanding and discussion of the Civil War. An important addition for both general readers of American history and scholars of the growing interpretations of Civil War studies.

Her Neighbor’s Wife: A History of Lesbian Desire Within Marriage

With close reading and deep analysis, Gutterman weaves a thoughtful cultural history that insists on the sexual and relationship agency of midcentury wives and demonstrates that outwardly heterosexual marriages have, at times, indeed contained queer possibilities.
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Invisible Americans: The Tragic Cost of Child Poverty

With passionate advocacy, Madrick addresses a systemic problem with a simple solution. His argument will appeal to those who champion economic policy change that centers the child.

I’ve Been Wrong Before: Essays

This is a profoundly moving book that doesn’t let up and is well worth the emotion it is sure to engender in readers.

Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus

A readable and thought-provoking work on a topic of concern on college campuses. The SHIFT project generated many academic publications, but this book successfully reaches a general audience, specifically students, parents, and policymakers.
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Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir

An engaging look at Solnit’s life, which succeeds in giving voice to inequity caused by patriarchy. Recommended for memoir aficionados, especially feminist audiences.
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Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America

Recommended for renters, owners, developers, and policymakers alike.
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Pravda Ha Ha: True Travels to the End of Europe

Fans of travelogs, history buffs, and those with an interest in Russia and the former U.S.S.R. will thoroughly enjoy.
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Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to His Son

Beautifully written with crystalline prose, most anyone could profit from reading this love letter from a parent to a child, whether they are gay or not.

How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish

A wonderful compilation sure to please new and old lovers of Yiddish culture, Jewish history, and linguistics.

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Hill Women: Finding Family and a Way Forward in the Appalachian Mountains

A passionate, hopeful vision of the women of Appalachia and the many individuals and families who depend on their support and willingness to give back to others.

This Is Chance! The Shaking of an All-American City, a Voice That Held It Together

A great crossover read for teens as well as adults about community, tenacity, and the power of one person to make a difference.

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement

A compelling accounting of the events that helped ignite Me Too. Highly recommended for readers interested in social justice and the reporting process.

All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator

While many of the most shocking incidents discussed here are public knowledge, the significant new material and the book’s usefulness as a single-volume source on the topic make this not only a critical current read but one likely to become even more important in the future.

Long Way Round: Through the Heartland by River

Rivers were once the major highway systems of this country and Hildebrand’s rediscovery of this history feels so foreign to the point of near exposé. A must for Wisconsinites, but a recommended journey for socioculturalists in general.

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The New Smart: How Nurturing Creativity Will Help Children Thrive

Plenty of food for thought for all educators and parents preparing their children for future success.
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Loss Survive Thrive: Bereaved Parents Share Their Stories of Healing and Hope

A helpful and perspective-giving tool for anyone who is wading through tragedy and in need of support and inspiration.
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The Angry Child: What Parents, Schools, and Society Can Do

At just 100-plus pages, this breezy but impactful read provides concrete ideas for teaching children healthy ways to deal with anger.
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Right from the Start: A Practical Guide for Helping Young Children with Autism

Parents and caregivers of autistic children and teens will find this work offers sensible and realistic ideas that apply to all areas of a child’s life.
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Raising Boys Who Respect Girls: Upending Locker Room Mentality, Blind Spots, and Unintended Sexism

Those looking for inspirationally based advice will appreciate Willis’s suggestions on subjects as current as the headlines.

Failure To Launch: Why Your Twentysomething Hasn’t Grown Up...and What To Do About It

McConville is well qualified to guide parents through the challenges that many face but are less frequently examined. A valuable go-to resource for parents and teens alike.
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Decoding Boys: New Science Behind the Subtle Art of Raising Sons

An essential and approachable resource for parents of preteen and teenage boys.

How To Raise a Reader: Fostering a Love of Books, from Birth to Teens

Bold and bright illustrations combine with varied recommendations for instilling a love of reading in children of all ages; a must-purchase for all collections.

The Manager Mom Epidemic: How Moms Got Stuck Doing Everything for Their Families and What They Can Do About It

Phelan brings his common-sense yet practical advice to a well-worn parenting issue. As with “1-2-3,” this latest will fly off the shelves, so stock up on multiple copies.
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The GLMA Handbook on LGBT Health

Despite some flaws, this volume is a nice supplement to Abbie E. Goldberg’s The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies and expands on Kevin L. Nadal’s The Sage Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender. It will be useful for think tanks, policymakers, and professionals interested in establishing a LGBT-friendly practice.

Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book

Highly recommended for anyone who thinks they have a book in them.

Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis

Calhoun’s latest will be useful for those interested in feminist theory, especially insofar as it intersects with age and class, as well as a useful resource for people struggling to find balance in their personal and professional lives.

Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope

Enlightening for all concerned Americans, but especially for those interested in social justice issues.
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Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition

This is a memoir of the present, without closure or resolution, and the narrative sometimes feels incomplete or unsatisfying. Still, many readers will appreciate Carl’s honesty and perhaps read this work alongside Charlie Cragg’s excellent anthology, To My Trans Sisters.
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Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City

Likely to become a staple in Latinx and urban studies.
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White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue...and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation

A thoughtful addition to social science and African American studies collections.

What’s Your Pronoun? Beyond He and She

Based on decades of research, Baron’s masterly work documents the historical and continued importance of personal pronouns. Those interested in gender politics or English grammar, or who feel that “he” and “she” are inadequate, would benefit greatly from perusing this book.
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Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights

Sorin’s engaging account of black motoring exposes a rough road in race relations but also a technology’s impact on black freedom. A great resource for people learning about black freedoms—and the fragility of those freedoms
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Citizen Reporters: S.S. McClure, Ida Tarbell, and the Magazine That Rewrote America

Readers interested in Gilded Age history and its parallels to contemporary society will enjoy learning about this trailblazing publication.
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Busted in New York and Other Essays

The wide-ranging scope of this excellent book, with a foreword by Zadie Smith, will appeal to a broad audience. Anyone with a desire to reflect on the role that racism plays in shaping individual lives and broader American culture will undoubtedly find this to be a valuable read.

South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels

Biking and adventure travel enthusiasts will revel in the author’s descriptions and ability to endure such an arduous trip, and find this account restores one’s faith in human goodness.

Disability Experiences: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Other Personal Narratives

This unusual approach to disability studies will be of interest to faculty and students researching disability studies, life writing, anthropology, psychology, and sociology.
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Cities Around the World: Struggles and Solutions to Urban Life

An excellent primer for high school students, undergraduates, and interested nonspecialist readers who want to expand their perspectives about urban issues both within and beyond the United States.
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America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States

This thoroughly researched, informative, and lucid work is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States, and how it influences the current political environment.
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The Queering of Corporate America: How Big Business Went from LGBTQ Adversary to Ally

The underlying question remains: Are corporations friends or foes? Ball’s history is sure to be controversial and will be of interest to social activists of all stripes.
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Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises

With a foreword by Michael Eric Dyson, this book is an important read for policymakers and urban dwellers, locally and nationally.

What God Is Honored Here? Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color

A compelling collection that encourages readers to hold writers and their stories, both told and untold, in their hearts with every page.travel & geography
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Bagels, Bumf, and Buses: A Day in the Life of the English Language

For anyone curious about where everyday English words “come from,” this accessible text will prove to be an enticing choice, as well as a useful guide for general readers seeking resources on English usage and popular linguistics.
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Your Voice Speaks Volumes: It’s Not What You Say, But How You Say It

Setter applies phonetic analysis to a range of aspects of daily life in a way that is approachable to a wide audience. However, the level of technical detail and geographical focus on the UK may limit the overall appeal to academic readers.
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The Best American Travel Writing 2019

No matter what their mood or interest, readers can find much to move and delight them in this entertaining collection.

The Seine: The River That Made Paris

For readers who have walked along the banks of the Seine or dream of someday doing so, this love letter to a river is highly recommended.

What We Will Become: A Mother, a Son, and a Journey of Transformation

This is a vital and engrossing book about how to live an authentic life. Well suited for readers interested in gender and generational family dynamics.

The Witches Are Coming

Covering everything from the 2016 election and #metoo to abortion rights and fat-positive body representation to the climate crisis, West’s latest will have progressive readers, especially longtime followers of her work, nodding along, quoting passages to friends. Hand to fans of Rebecca Traister, Ijeoma Oluo, and Roxane Gay.

The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir

Revealing the inner-workings of foreign policy, this engrossing memoir will appeal to informed readers and will inspire women contemplating careers in public service. [See Prepub Alert, 3/4/19.]

Dairylandia: Dispatches from a State of Mind

This breezy read can be picked up and put down or started in the middle. A perfect “popcorn” book for high school to adult users who enjoy stories that highlight the Midwest with its individual quirks and its universality.
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Rebent Sinner

Coyote has a deep humanity that is hard to resist and creates an immediate connection with readers. An insightful collection for all.
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Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society

A touching example of the power of storytelling, this book will appeal to readers of Before We Were Yours and those interested in family histories and issues related to adoption.

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Darkly: Black History and America’s Gothic Soul

Overall, a rare glimpse into American gothic from an African American perspective.
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Inventing Disaster: The Culture of Calamity from the Jamestown Colony to the Johnstown Flood

Using an array of resources from primary sources such as local newspapers and secondary sources written both then and now, Kierner presents an in-depth, well-researched and persuasive thesis for the beginning and eventual continuation of a cultural mind-set that has remained fairly intact since the 19th-century. Even with its academic presentation, this should be enjoyed by readers who appreciate disaster histories.
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Reproduction on the Reservation: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Colonialism in the Long Twentieth Century

Theobald’s use of oral histories and interviews with Native women makes for an intimate, affecting exploration of resilience under assimilationist pressures.

Breathe: A Letter to My Sons

Perry’s uplifting and often lyrical meditation on living invites readers to delve into their self and particularly into the complicated categories of mother, parent, African American, and human. Highly recommended.

My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education

Crucet’s well-written essays are entertaining and accessible, without letting readers or the author herself off the hook for reflecting on and addressing cultural issues. Strongly recommended for all readers.

Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle To Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age

One of America’s most controversial policies as seen through the career of one of its most outspoken advocates; an essential read.
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Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race

Provocative in its review of and reflections on race and racism amid continuing de facto segregation, this work argues that personal identity does not exist as a checked box. It promises to appeal to readers willing at least to consider unlearning race so as to imagine a future without it and advance his vision of a multigenerational transformation of social repair.

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The Meritocracy Trap: How America’s Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite

Though it might have been more effective at half the length, this is an important contribution to the debate on economic inequality and of note to policymakers, activists, and scholars.

Surfacing

A fascinating, lyrical, wide-ranging work sharing thoughts on past and present that will appeal to a wide range of readers, including those interested in memoirs and reflections on the world around us.
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Fantasy Island: Colonialism, Exploitation, and the Betrayal of Puerto Rico

This book will be particularly important to readers with a connection to Puerto Rico and useful and thought-provoking to anyone else seeking to understand capitalism’s past, present, and future.

When the Sky Fell: Hurricane Maria and the United States in Puerto Rico

Recommended for teen and adult readers interested in Puerto Rican history and the effects of colonialism, which continue to impact the present day.
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Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm

That many of the authors expand on the topic of Maria to include historical background as well as future speculations and possible solutions adds an extra dimension that enhances the book’s relevancy. For specialists, academic libraries, and those interested in a broader and deeper understanding of the impact of Maria on Puerto Rico.

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A Guest of the Reich: The Story of American Heiress Gertrude Legendre’s Dramatic Captivity and Escape from Nazi Germany

This riveting account of a little-known historical personality will appeal to World War II and general history fans alike. [See Prepub Alert, 3/11/19.]

Return to the Reich: A Holocaust Refugee’s Secret Mission To Defeat the Nazis

An extremely accessible read, this well-researched book will appeal to fans of espionage tales, World War II history, biographies, as well as young adult audiences.
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