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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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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.
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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.
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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.

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.

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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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.
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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.

The Year of the Dogs

Essential for dog lovers and photography fans, this stunning and charming book is guaranteed to circulate constantly in public library collections.
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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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Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut’s Story of Invention

An accessible, engaging read for students of engineering and the history of technology and generalist readers interested in NASA history.
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My Penguin Year: Life Among the Emperors

With beautifully descriptions of the stark landscape, harsh weather conditions, challenges of filming, and isolation during the dark Antarctica winter, this work lovingly and accurately details emperor penguin behavior in an engaging memoir that will appeal to wildlife enthusiasts, adventurers, and armchair travelers.
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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.

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Small Garden Design

Professional landscape designers will find plenty to ponder here. Even as the overall vibe is more upscale Architectural Digest than down-to-earth Better Homes and Gardens, there is enough practical wisdom seeded among the dreamy images that even home gardeners will find a tip or two to apply to their own cherished plots of verdant happiness.
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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.
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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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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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Mudlark: In Search of London’s Past Along the River Thames

Maiklem positions the River Thames as a narrator, which only offers up some of its stories in a piecemeal fashion. The parts that are revealed, however, make for a captivating read.
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The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Bryson has shaped an enormous amount of anatomy and physiology into an informative and entertaining biostory. Recommended for Bryson fans and nonspecialists interested in human health and biology.
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Molly: The True Story of the Amazing Dog Who Rescues Cats

Animal lovers will devour this British-toned, feel-good book, and might even develop some strategies in case their furry friends go missing.
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Erosion: Essays of Undoing

These essays are wide ranging and heartfelt and will attract dedicated environmentalists.
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Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives—and Save Theirs

Looking at scientific research from a variety of experts, this is a compelling call to reestablish ties with the animal world. Strongly recommended for anyone feeling overwhelmed or spiritually bereft in today’s society.
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When the Earth Had Two Moons: Cannibal Planets, Icy Giants, Dirty Comets, Dreadful Orbits, and the Origins of the Night Sky

A fun read from an award-winning scientist. Asphaug’s literary skill shines throughout this entertaining work.
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The Zookeepers’ War: An Incredible True Story from the Cold War

Well researched and executed, this book will appeal to zoologists, zoo lovers, and readers interested in the history of postwar Germany.

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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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 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.]

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The Hidden World of the Fox

This beautifully written work paying homage to red foxes will appeal to those interested in urban wildlife and the ever-increasing conflicts between humans and other animals.

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. [See Prepub Alert, 4/28/19.]
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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.

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.

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Who Says You’re Dead? Medical & Ethical Dilemmas for the Curious & Concerned

An engaging, thought-provoking, and accessible exploration of the many knotty issues that have appeared in newspaper headlines or challenged medical professionals behind closed doors.
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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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Diagnosis Female: How Medical Bias Endangers Women’s Health

A solid addition to the growing field of female patient advocacy narratives, such as Maya Dusenbery’s Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick and Abby Norman’s Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest To Make Doctors Believe in Women’s Pain.
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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.

Darkly: Black History and America’s Gothic Soul

Overall, a rare glimpse into American gothic from an African American perspective.
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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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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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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.

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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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.
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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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