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PREMIUM

Chasing Eden: Design Inspiration from the Gardens at Hortulus Farm

Staub and Reynolds provide gardening inspiration, entertaining reading, and horticultural education in a title that a wide range of hobbyists, garden historians, and design professionals should enjoy.
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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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Saving Grand Canyon: Dams, Deals, and a Noble Myth

An important addition for all environmental collections.
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Future Minds: The Rise of Intelligence, from the Big Bang to the End of the Universe

Futurists and sf readers may be interested in portrayals of a universe yet to come, while humanities or social science instructors could use this theoretical book as the basis for classroom discussion about the potential consequences of technological progress.
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Engineering America: The Life and Times of John A. Roebling

This lengthy biography of a civil engineer who significantly impacted history should engage anyone interested in inventions and engineering.
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War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line

Surgeons in training and those looking for a fly-on-the-wall perspective of nontraditional treatment centers in violence-stricken areas will find themselves fully engaged in Nott’s firsthand accounts.
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The Crisis of U.S. Hospice Care: Family and Freedom at the End of Life

This important book should be required reading for both hospice professionals and bioethicists, as it connects ethical insights with rich ethnographic work and penetrating analysis.
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Dangerous Earth: What We Wish We Knew about Volcanoes, Hurricanes, Climate Change, Earthquakes, and More

A skillful example of a user-friendly scientific treatise that should appeal to readers interested in Earth science, especially those seeking solid analyses of various natural phenomena.

Preventing Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases: Control Ticks in the Home Landscape; Prevent Infection Using Herbal Protocols; Treat Tick Bites with Natural Remedies

Outdoor enthusiasts, parents, pet owners, and those interested in natural medicine will gain valuable practical advice from well-organized, well-written book.
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The Invention of Surgery: A History of Modern Medicine; From the Renaissance to the Implant Revolution

Written for general readers, this book will appeal to anyone interested in the current state of health care and how we got here. It will be of particular interest to those who have experienced implantation surgery.
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Uncomfortably Numb: A Memoir

O’Brien’s words will resonate with those living with the unpredictability of chronic conditions, along with their friends, family, and various support systems.
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Pain Studies

Unique in its exploration of the relentlessness of chronic pain, this work succeeds because of creative and candid elaborations on something that is common but difficult to describe. Those living with chronic pain and their caregivers will find Olstein’s personal voyage through pain to be enlightening
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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

Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy

Useful in a collection of dog training and health titles; for those who want to focus on the inner life of their dog and make their experiences full of joy.
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Ingredients: The Strange Chemistry of What We Put in Us and on Us

An entertaining romp through the world of scientific studies focusing on topics that will concern most readers. Recommended for all curious about the everyday products they consume or use.
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Tales of Two Planets: Stories of Climate Change and Inequality in a Divided World

This work will suit readers curious about the long-standing and wide-ranging effects of climate change, as lived and experienced by writers around the world.
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The Planter of Modern Life: Louis Bromfield and the Seeds of a Food Revolution

An inspiring read for anyone interested in the historical roots of organic farming as told through a biographical narrative.
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In Search of Meadowlarks: Birds, Farms, and Food in Harmony with the Land

Highly recommended for all interested in agriculture, ranching, natural history, conservation, sustainability, and ecology.
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Oak Flat: A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West

As the fight to prevent the mine from operating continues to be litigated, works like this will continue to enrage and enchant readers of environmental underdog stories; this will be a helpful starting point for all interested in environmental justice. [See Prepub Alert, 9/23/19.]
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Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe

Another triumph for Greene, this work explores new territory not thoroughly covered in the author’s previous books, appealing to anyone trying to wrap their head around seemingly paradoxical astrophysical concepts. [See Prepub Alert, 8/12/19.]
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Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life

Recommended for those interested in ichthyology, natural history, or musings on the meaning of life.

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.
PREMIUM

The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis

Overall, the authors’ optimistic, can-do advice for mitigating the worst effects of global warming will help environmentally engaged readers find direction and purpose. An excellent companion to David Wallace-Wells’s The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming.
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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.

Bosh! Healthy Vegan

A welcome, well-conceived addition to the “Bosh!” series, this book has much to offer everyone seeking a healthier lifestyle.
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The Opioid Fix: America’s Addiction Crisis and the Solution They Don’t Want You To Have

Recommended for anyone seeking more information about addiction treatment reform, especially those with public policy and public health interests.
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Fantastic Fossils: A Guide to Finding and Identifying Prehistoric Life

Overall, this well-written introduction to the joys of fossil hunting is recommended for the neophyte fossil collector who hasn’t read Richard Fortey’s classic, Fossils: Key to the Past.

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.
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Death Is but a Dream: Finding Hope and Meaning at Life’s End

Recommended for readers interested in end-of-life care and comfort for those dying and their bereaved families, without an emphasis on religion or metaphysics.
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Cured: The Life-Changing Science of Spontaneous Healing

Readers with an interest in holistic medicine as well as open-minded health care providers who are willing to adopt new treatment models that focus on treating the root causes of illness will benefit most from Rediger’s call to treat more than just symptoms.
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High Risk: A Doctor’s Notes on Pregnancy, Birth, and the Unexpected

Karkowsky raises important issues concerning patient autonomy and the treatment of women in the health care system. For those who enjoyed Perri Klass’s The Real Life of a Pediatrician and anyone interested in the challenges of modern health care.

The Future of Feeling: Building Empathy in a Tech-Obsessed World

Challenging readers to think about what it means to be empathetic in a technology-driven era, this will resonate with those trying to balance a reliance on “always on” technology with humanity and the capacity for empathy.

Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils

A compelling thought experiment that is sometimes unsettling in its findings but always cleverly conceived and beautifully expressed.
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My Wild Garden: Notes from a Writer’s Garden

A beautiful love letter to gardens that is sure to appeal to anyone who has cultivated one of their own.
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Trees in Trouble: Wildfires, Infestations, and Climate Change Hit the West

Overall, an impressive and prescient addition to an ever-growing oeuvre on the effects of climate change to an environment.
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A Scheme of Heaven: The History of Astrology and the Search for our Destiny in Data

While Boxer’s enthusiasm for the subject shows in his engaging narrative style, some of the more technical material will leave casual readers behind. Strongly recommended for historians with some awareness of mathematical concepts or seasoned popular science readers.
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White Feathers: The Nesting Lives of Tree Swallows

This inviting work will draw in naturalists and birders, along with anyone wishing to learn more about animal behavior from a trusted guide.

Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA

In the end, the genetic constructions of all creatures are variations on a theme; we are all related. An engaging, must-read for anyone with an interest in evolution.

Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back

O’Connell is not only a sharp observer but a master at parsing the various subtexts underneath the surface rhetoric of these apocalyptic movements. This witty, profound, and beautifully told story will appeal to doomsday worriers and nonworriers alike.
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The Dance of Life: The New Science of How a Single Cell Becomes a Human Being

Of interest to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of human fertility and development.
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We Know It When We See It: What the Neurobiology of Vision Tells Us About How We Think

Recommended only for those with a strong science background or the patience to unpack the richly detailed scientific explanations. For those readers, Masland provides a well-researched exploration of a fascinating question.

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.

The Smartphone Society: Technology, Power, and Resistance in the New Gilded Age

Aschoff introduces a creative and appealing way to discuss societal issues; this book will make readers contemplate their relationship with their phone and their own place in society.

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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.
PREMIUM

The Autonomous Revolution: Reclaiming the Future We’ve Sold to Machines

This work will find an active readership among historians of technology and those with an interest in popular historical narratives that focus on the social science angle of technologies.
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The Man in the Red Coat

Scholars may laud this work’s brilliance, but others might find it a difficult read. For serious students of French history or the history of medicine and sexuality.
PREMIUM

The Case for Climate Capitalism: Economic Solutions for a Planet in Crisis

Rand’s call for action warns that a hostile climate is “our default future” and declares it’s up to both business and government to head it off in this realistic and readable outline of solutions that could be implemented. Recommended for informed readers, in particular Canadians, who are concerned about climate change.

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.

The Ultimate Engineer: The Remarkable Life of NASA’s Visionary Leader George M. Low

This well-researched book is as much a history of NASA as a biography of George Low, and as such is an important contribution to the history of the agency. Jurek’s detailed book will appeal to both fans and scholars of NASA and of the engineers like Low who make the agency’s spaceflights work.

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Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World

A clever, amusing book about some of life’s more serious problems; highly recommended.
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Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle To Save the Florida Panther

This sometimes disheartening, but ultimately hopeful, exploration of how the Florida panther recovered against the odds will appeal to those who enjoy reading about wildlife and endangered species.
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Early: An Intimate History of Premature Birth and What It Teaches Us About Being Human

A well-written, carefully researched book that should be of vital interest to potential parents and their friends and families.
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Physical Intelligence: The Science of How the Body and the Mind Guide Each Other Through Life

Grafton's compelling exploration of the relationship between the body and the mind is recommended for anyone interested in the workings of the brain.

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American Birds: A Literary Companion

An enjoyable anthology for naturalists, especially birders, and those who enjoy literature.

Transcendence: How Humans Evolved through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time

An engaging, well-researched book for anyone curious about the development of humanity as approached through a social lens.

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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.

Best Science & Technology Books 2019

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.

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Marfa Garden: The Wonders of Dry Desert Plants

Readers will be attracted to the surprising beauty of these dry desert plants and should consider using them to promote water conservation. An appealing choice for garden artists, landscapers, and home gardeners in the Southwest and elsewhere.

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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Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration

A delightful, enjoyable, and meandering read that will appeal to, and amuse, teen and adult readers.
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Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond

After reading Denworth’s treatise on friendship, you may want to immediately call your best friend, or make a new one. Recommended for fans of human biology and nonfiction browsers.
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