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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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Waters of the World: The Story of the Scientists Who Unraveled the Mysteries of Our Oceans, Atmosphere, and Ice Sheets and Made the Planet Whole

Characterized by strong storytelling within a scholarly framework, this book will appeal to readers interested in how science is performed and accomplished, and anyone curious about Earth’s changing climate.
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Designing Babies: How Technology Is Changing the Ways We Create Children

Well-researched and rigorous yet highly readable, this study of reproductive liberty will assist patients on their journey through the infertility maze and enlighten general readers about this ever-changing industry.

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Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada’s Arctic

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the author’s sheer athleticism and technical aspects of his feat, while armchair adventurers can marvel at the far north’s natural beauties.
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The Dog Log: An Accidental Memoir of Yapping Yorkies, Quarreling Neighbors, and the Unlikely Friendships That Saved My Life

Though occasionally overwritten, this heartwarming “who saved whom?” story will appeal to dog owners, the lovelorn, and fans of comic memoirs.

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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.

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Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans

This work will mainly interest technologists who are exploring the computational and technological foundations of AI and the present implications these bring to the digital era.
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A Human Algorithm: How Artificial Intelligence Is Redefining Who We Are

While Coleman asks as many questions as she answers, this book changes the typical conversation from the effects that technology has on humans to the effects that humans (in their politics, faith, biases) have on technology. It’s a must read for both the cyber crowds and those interested in human psychology.
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Camera Hunter: George Shiras III and the Birth of Wildlife Photography

Chronicling Shiras’s many achievements (e.g., his Migratory Birds Act advocacy, his discovery of the “Shiras Moose”) and shedding light on his times, McCommons presents a full life with admirable economy.

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Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America

Combining historical research, interview information, and personal accounts, Pickert creates a well-rounded and informative overview of breast cancer and its many treatments. Her book leaves readers hoping that progress will continue in a positive direction.
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The Number of the Heavens: A History of the Multiverse and the Quest To Understand the Cosmos

This well-written book explores the concept of more than one universe than ours, drawing on the musings of philosophers, astronomers, and physicists from the ancient Greeks, through medieval thinkers such as Nicolaus Copernicus and Max Planck to Albert Einstein and current cosmologists Rocky Kolb and Joe Lykken. It will intrigue YA readers on up.

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An Elephant in My Kitchen: What the Herd Taught Me About Love, Courage and Survival

All animal lovers will enjoy this book, particularly those concerned for the many animals in danger of extreme suffering and possible extinction at the hands of poachers.
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Troubled Water: What’s Wrong with What We Drink

Siegel makes excellent arguments in favor of producing purer public drinking water. His proposals for doing that deserve serious consideration.
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For Small Creatures Such As We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World

A potentially transformative read for anyone looking to embrace its invocation to lead a more connected life.
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We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

This book provides a well-researched solution for addressing climate change and is highly recommended for all libraries. [See Prepub Alert, 3/17/19.]
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Zwicky: The Outcast Genius Who Unmasked the Universe

This accessible biography of the quirky astrophysicist Zwicky and the equally quirky world of cosmic rays, exploding stars, and dark matter will intrigue lay readers and serious science professionals alike.

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The Dog Went over the Mountain: Travels with Albie; An American Journey

An entertaining account of a man and his dog traveling along America’s highways
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Dog Is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You

After reading this book, readers may not perceive their relationship with their dog in the same way. Engagingly written and understandable by general audiences, this is a worthy addition to any pet lover’s library. [See Prepub Alert, 3/4/19.]
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Our Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond

For readers interested in thinking deeply about dogs and our relationships with them. [See Prepub Alert, 2/24/19.]

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.
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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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Hitler: A Global Biography

A new perspective on a figure whose actions continue to have a profound and lasting impact on world history.
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The Force: The Legendary Special Ops Unit and WWII’s Mission Impossible

While the story has been related before, this well-told account of a little-known special operations unit will appeal to readers interested in World War II and fans of military history.

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Hitler: A Biography

Although the work is occasionally dense owing to the minutiae of German politics, such details are integral to Longerich’s assertion of Hitler’s centrality to all decisions, such as the Holocaust. While some may question the need for another Hitler biography, readers and scholars of 20th-century history will welcome this one.

Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA

Fans of Showtime’s Homeland and espionage novels will devour this highly recommended memoir, as will readers interested in counterterrorism, nonprofileration, and peacemaking. [See Editors’ Fall Picks, “Fall Fireworks,” LJ 8/19.]

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.

The World Beneath: The Life and Times of Unknown Sea Creatures and Coral Reefs

Smith vividly documents the amazing diversity of marine life associated with coral reefs and eloquently argues for their protection. Recommended for armchair travelers and reef enthusiasts.

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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Nature into Art: The Gardens of Wave Hill

Christopher successfully brings the unique aspects of Wave Hill to life. This recommended book, part of a Timber Press series that spotlights outstanding public gardens, will appeal to garden historians, hobbyists, and landscape designers.
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Standing with Standing Rock: Voices from the #NoDAPL Movement

While the editors have written their own books on the subject and are active participants in modern indigenous movements, this contextual anthology gives recognition and voice to the many who participated in the #NoDAPL protests. Highly recommended for casting light on a landmark cultural movement.
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Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid

While an important work, the academic presentation may not appeal to casual readers. Best suited for scholarly audiences interested in immigration and law enforcement.
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Reality Ahead of Schedule: How Science Fiction Inspires Science Fact

An entertaining pop cultural history that will also prove to be an inspiring reading list for sf fans.

Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress

Recommended for YA and adult readers with an interest in cultural anthropology, current events, and apocalyptic social perspectives.
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Pride: The LGBTQ+ Rights Movement: A Photographic Journey

While a solid primer for the LGBTQ+ movement, this should not be taken as a comprehensive look as it tends to focus almost exclusively on white members of the LGBTQ+ community, with few exceptions, notably Marsha P. Johnson. Still, this will be a good place to start for readers curious about LGBTQ+ rights throughout history, as well as the movement’s artwork and icons.

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Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim

Primarily recommended for Vernon’s existing fan base, this candid memoir will also be of interest for those who have experienced emotional, physical, or sexual violence, and who are seeking forceful encouragement toward self-empowerment and self-expression.

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Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It

This sobering book is indeed needed to help individuals better understand how information can be massaged to produce any sort of message desired. Recommended for general political science and current affairs collections.

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Teaching U.S. History Through Sports

General readers and educators will find much to spark their imaginations in this thoughtful work, from lists of resources to ways of connecting athletic history to larger social and cultural issues
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The Penguin Book of Migration Literature: Departures, Arrivals, Generations, Returns

With the exception of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Displaced, no similar recent collection of evocative reflections on the migration experience exists. This will appeal to students and general readers, if only as a starting point for further exploration

Boys Will Be Boys

A necessary read that compliments Ford’s first book, but ultimately stands on its own.

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For the Love of Men: A New Vision for Mindful Masculinity

This heartfelt, recommended book will find a welcome place for general readers interested in a clearly argued analysis of the current gender environment.

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Re-Bisoning the West: Restoring an American Icon to the Landscape

A fast-paced and readable look at the recent history and immediate future of bison in the American landscape. Recommended for those interested in conservation efforts, especially in the American West.

Rainforest: Dispatches from Earth’s Most Vital Frontlines

A vital work for all interested in natural and human history, logging, agriculture, environmental politics, and geography.

Alexander von Humboldt: How the Most Famous Scientist of the Romantic Age Found the Soul of Nature

A thorough biography recommended particularly for scholars of the natural sciences.

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Witness Tree: Seasons of Change with a Century-Old Oak

Overall, highly recommended and of interest to historians and anyone concerned with natural history.

Space Between: Explorations of Love, Sex, and Fluidity

This memoir/performance piece should be popular with fans of Tortorella, but it’s less likely to have significant staying power as core LGBTQ writing
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The Kongs of Qufu: The Descendants of Confucius in Late Imperial China

An enjoyable read that sheds light on Chinese feudal arrangements of the late imperial era. Highly recommended for all Chinese history enthusiasts

Start Finishing: How To Go from Idea to Done

Gilkey’s constructive guidance will likely appeal to white-collar workers, especially those in managerial and administrative positions

America’s Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr.

Readers fascinated by the Kennedys will be delighted by this captivating biography. See Randy Taraborelli's The Kennedy Heirs for a comprehensive account of the third generation Kennedys.

A Castle in Wartime: One Family, Their Missing Sons, and the Fight To Defeat the Nazis

An incredibly sweeping and readable tale, this excellent history is for readers interested in World War II and personal narratives
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The Man Who Played with Fire: Stieg Larsson’s Lost Files and the Hunt for an Assassin

Recommended for most true crime collections. This story is sure to gain international traction as the investigation into the Palme assassination heats up again

Near the Exit: Travels with the Not-So-Grim Reaper

This book’s journey to spiritual places near and far is worth taking

Transaction Man: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream

Through the stories of individuals, often from varied neighborhoods, businesses, and corporations, Lemann makes these experiences come alive. Readers can use this insightful business history to guide their forecasts

The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us

Drawing on broad reading and visits to campuses across the country, Tough’s work offers an indictment of American society and political structures and persuasively argues that universities must fulfill the American commitment to equality of opportunity
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On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey

Tourists headed to Mexico and those interested in the current migrant situation will learn a great deal
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Picking Up the Pieces: Residential School Memories and the Making of the Witness Blanket

Readers interested in American Indian history or education will find important insights into the significance of the Witness Blanket and its component parts. Also consider the companion documentary, Picking Up the Pieces

Tough Luck: Sid Luckman, Murder Inc., and the Rise of the Modern NFL

A terrific read that should draw interest from all general nonfiction readers

The Europeans: Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture

Vividly written and meticulously detailed, this book will please lovers of the history of literature and music, at the very least
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In Hoffa’s Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth

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Burn It Down: Women Writing About Anger

These powerful essays strike a balance between memoir and theory and will be useful in courses on feminist theory as they provide highly individualized accounts of women’s experiences

Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America

Based on six years of research and with a fast-paced writing style that interweaves multiple stories, this illuminating work on the exceedingly influential Koch and his company will be welcomed by all readers of business or politics. Leonard does for Koch what Andrew Sorkin’s Too Big To Fail did for the 2008 financial crisis
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Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale

Well written and packed with intriguing details, this is a great look at a global industry to which virtually all of us contribute, in one way or another
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Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime

Fans of popular science authors such as Neil deGrasse Tyson and John Gribbin will find great joy while exploring these groundbreaking concepts. [See Prepub Alert, 3/4/19.]
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Wildhood: The Epic Journey from Adolescence to Adulthood in Humans and Other Animals

This compelling account of how strongly human adolescent behaviors are rooted in our wild animal past should intrigue general science readers and fans of Zoobiquity. [See Prepub Alert, 3/4/19.]

Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America

A well-researched, well-told story that also contributes to the debate about reparations. Recommended for both academic and general readers.

The Battle of the Negro Fort: The Rise and Fall of a Fugitive Slave Community

A must-read for those interested in early American republic history.

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Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic

Following after Sam Quinones’s Dreamland, which surveyed the ravages of prescription pills and black tar heroin, this book will assist policymakers, activists, and general readers in understanding better how to respond to the drug crisis that is only more intractable now
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Traveling with Service Animals: By Air, Road, Rail, and Ship Across North America

A highly recommended resource for anyone who travels with a service animal, as well as for anyone who works in transportation, hospitality, or any business with public accommodations

Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America

This is not exactly a how-to guide or a toolkit, despite the powerful tools designed to encourage grassroots activism, including media links and recommended readings in the final chapters. Instead, Jean-Pierre shows how and why we all need to participate in democracy and what is at stake if we don’t.

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Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost

Zaloom provides a clear-sighted and timely analysis of this issue. Recommended for readers interested in the cultural and economic implications of the current student debt crisis
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Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion—and the Future of Clothes

Fascinating reading for anyone who wears clothing.

The Girls: An All-American Town, a Predatory Doctor, and the Untold Story of the Gymnasts Who Brought Him Down

While the book is difficult to read at times owing to the details of sexual violence, it may be the most important sports title of the year. Pesta’s in-depth reporting reveals the entire scope of Nassar’s history, and the many who enabled his behavior. Highly recommended.

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The Nature of Life and Death: Every Body Leaves a Trace

Fascinating for readers who enjoy science, including ecology and botany, and who aren’t too squeamish.

The Geography of Risk: Epic Storms, Rising Seas, and the Cost of America’s Coasts

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Thoughtfully written, minutely researched, and eminently readable, this sobering analysis seeks to make people start asking questions about the viability of building on the coasts in an era of climate change.

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Cannabis and CBD for Health and Wellness: An Essential Guide for Using Nature’s Medicine To Relieve Stress, Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Inflammation, and More

This gorgeously arranged work rectifies misconceptions and reframes cannabis as a potent and relatively safe medicine. A solid choice for cannabis-hesitant readers interested in learning more about its medical use.

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The Drowning of Money Island: A Forgotten Community’s Fight Against the Rising Seas Threatening Coastal America

A cautionary tale to add to the corpus of environmental nonfiction, this book humanizes the experience in ways that others have not.

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How the Brain Lost Its Mind: Sex, Hysteria, and the Riddle of Mental Illness

A compelling read for those interested in mental illness and the history of medicine. Although accessible, the technical language may be difficult for some general readers.

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Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-Luck Jay

A heartwarming account for all interested in natural history, especially birds, animal behavior, and wildlife rehabilitation.

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The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care

Overall, a lyrical account that alternates between a philosophical treatise and personal memoir of the physical and emotional cost of breast cancer. [See Prepub Alert, 3/17/19.]
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Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death

An entertaining read, straightforward without being morbid. Of interest to anyone, young or old, who is curious about what happens to our bodies after we die.

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The Nature Cure: A Doctor’s Guide to the Science of Natural Medicine

DIY health readers and fans of natural medicine will find this title scientifically validating and filled with new information.

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How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems

With illustrated formulas that humorously explain the science behind Munroe’s conjectures, this book is sure to entertain and educate thinkers from high school on up.

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Imagined Life: A Speculative Scientific Journey Among the Exoplanets in Search of Intelligent Aliens, Ice Creatures, and Supergravity Animals

Both popular science and sf readers will enjoy this extrapolative natural history.

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How To Treat People: A Nurse’s Notes

Case is both an intellectually and an emotionally accomplished practitioner. Her memoir would pair well with Christie Watson’s The Language of Kindness, which similarly relates the experiences of a professional who embodies the humanity of nursing. Recommended for anyone considering a career in nursing or who is new to the profession.

Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World

This well-researched and accessible introduction to the complicated subject of hearing loss is highly recommended for all science readers, not just those experiencing hearing impairments.

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Dancing with Bees: A Journey Back to Nature

This satisfying memoir of a woman’s reawakening to the importance of nature in her life will appeal to fans of natural history memoirs, bees, the natural world, or ecology, as well as those who enjoyed Dave Goulson’s A Sting in the Tale and Meredith May’s The Honey Bus.

Without a Prayer: The Death of Lucas Leonard and How One Church Became a Cult

Readers interested in true crime and cults will be enthralled by this expertly rendered tale of extremism.

Stay Woke: A People’s Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter

A valuable guidebook that deconstructs myths and provides actionable steps people can take to avoid complacency and complicity; essential reading on social justice.

Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the Fear of Female Power

A vital read on femininity and sexuality that speaks to our past, present, and future.

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Speaking of Feminism: Today’s Activists on the Past, Present, and Future of the U.S. Women’s Movement

While focused exclusively on urban areas, this collection provides a unique and significant perspective into the feminist canon.

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The Nuclear Spies: America’s Atomic Intelligence Operation against Hitler and Stalin

This easy-to-read academic book will appeal to those interested in World War II intelligence and atomic history; a strong pairing with Sean Kean’s The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb.

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Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide: How the New FBI Damages Democracy

Suitable for adults interested in politics and law enforcement reform.

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