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The Power of Strangers: The Benefits of Connecting in a Suspicious World

An eye-opening account blending sociology and self-help. After this enlightening and uplifting exploration, readers will undoubtedly view strangers in a different way.
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When the Stars Begin To Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America

Johnson supports his argument with a mix of stories, both personal and historical, which brings a personal aspect to a work that can be academic at times. While the book covers the same territory as recent works by Isabel Wilkerson and Ibram X. Kendi, Johnson’s particular point-of-view makes his call to action feel like a patriotic duty.
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¡Hola Papi!: How To Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons

Brammer’s worldview is grounded in realism and self-deprecating humor; his book is likely to be a well-loved addition to any collection of personal essays or memoirs.
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The Natural Mother of the Child: A Memoir of Nonbinary Parenthood

A wholly unique memoir that will speak to readers navigating nonbinary parenthood, as well as those who seek to understand the limitations of the U.S. legal system when it comes to nonbinary and trans parenthood.
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All about Flowers: James Vick’s Nineteenth-Century Seed Company

Illuminating reading for those interested in the history of horticulture and landscape design, or 19th-century American culture.
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Brainscapes: The Warped, Wondrous Maps Written in Your Brain—And How They Guide You

This potentially dense and impenetrable subject is illuminated and rendered comprehensible in Schwarzlose’s skilled hands. A fascinating in-depth exploration of the maps contained within our brains. Recommended for science lovers.
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The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain

A practical and mind-expanding guide for writers, artists, teachers, and anyone who wants to increase their brain power and help others do the same.
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Blue: In Search of Nature’s Rarest Color

Beautifully written, the book explains science in an entertaining fashion and will appeal to anyone drawn to the colors of nature.
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Still Alive: A Wild Life of Rediscovery

Galante is an enthusiastic narrator whose excitement for discovery and passion for conservation will immerse readers in his journeys to a variety of places and habitats. Science lovers and armchair travelers who enjoy science memoirs or books on conservation will relish this story.
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Make Your Own Indoor Garden: How To Fill Your Home with Low Maintenance Greenery

A useful resource for anyone who wants a photo-ready plant display, particularly if they need help with getting started or plant maintenance.
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The Joy of Sweat: The Strange Science of Perspiration

Engaging popular science that will spark the interest of anyone curious about this unique bodily function.

Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-Human Landscape

With this absorbing mix of ecology, social history, and travel (even if for most readers, it’ll be of the armchair sort), Flyn offers a hopeful way of seeing often-overlooked landscapes.
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Fat and Queer: An Anthology of Queer and Trans Bodies and Lives

This must-have title is a radically necessary addition that will bring joy and understanding to readers. The contributors revel in their identities, thrive despite challenges, and claim the space they deserve.

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The Ex-Girlfriend of My Ex-Girlfriend Is My Girlfriend: Advice on Queer Dating, Love, and Friendship

While many of these questions come from people in their twenties, the valuable advice and relatable anecdotes will have YA crossover appeal. LGBTQ+ people of all ages will find stories that resonate deeply, and will appreciate Court’s candor and humor throughout.
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Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal

Packer extends an evaluative eye towards every corner of the United States and offers a path for recovery and renewal. A thought-provoking work recommended for history, sociology, and politics readers everywhere.

The Menopause Manifesto: Own Your Health with Facts and Feminism

Like her previous guide, Gunter’s latest book will find a wide audience, with its clear writing and up-to-date research.

Trans Medicine: The Emergence and Practice of Treating Gender

This well-researched book is eminently readable and, in fact, quite a page-turner. It is an essential story, one that is not yet complete, as shuster acknowledges. A must-read.
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To Poison a Nation: The Murder of Robert Charles and the Rise of Jim Crow Policing in America

This straightforward recounting of a notable, sometimes forgotten moment in American history deserves attention; the riots’ lingering effects are still felt in the 21st century.
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There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness

Godin covers a lot of ground in this wide-ranging account. Though sometimes dense with detail, her writing stands out for the way it emphasizes that disability is often an afterthought when it comes to diversity, and that disabled people are not a monolith.

Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy’s America in Black and White

This is the best work to date on Kennedy’s civil rights record; it is a must for all historians of the 1960s, and for activists working for a more just society.

The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid

While there are already several other books about COVID-19 and its sociological impact on the United States, this wide-ranging yet deeply personal account is a great starting point. At times infuriating, unbelievable, heartbreaking, and even witty, Wright’s narrative is sorely needed.
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The Outlier: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter

This engaging political biography, similar in scope to Jonathan Alter’s His Very Best, will introduce Carter to a new generation, and will remind other readers of a truly transitional time in U.S. politics.

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Women and the Military: Global Lives in Focus

This work’s wide range (albeit limited by data availability) will make it a useful initial source for students of sociology, women’s studies, and the military.

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Diary of a Young Naturalist

Not a nature guide as such, but should appeal to many, including fans of nature writing, those who’d like to read about a naturalist on the spectrum, and, of course, all who find inspiration in nature.

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The Blue Wonder: Why the Sea Glows, Fish Sing, and Other Astonishing Insights from the Ocean

Readers who want an upbeat, yet thoughtful overview of all things marine wildlife will appreciate this fun, quick dive into the ocean.

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The Reason for the Darkness of the Night: Edgar Allan Poe and the Forging of American Science

Fans of the literary Poe will be intrigued by this lesser-known side of the author, and scientists will appreciate an accessible biography.

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House of Sticks

Readers will fall into this memoir by a talented new author. It will appeal to many, as a coming-of-age story and a firsthand look into the psyche of a young immigrant.

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The Art of Patience: Seeking the Snow Leopard in Tibet

A quiet adventure in both nature and spiritual matters.

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Love Lockdown: Dating, Sex, and Marriage in America’s Prisons

This work by Greenwood (Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud) offers an engaging, informative, open-minded account of family dynamics that are often overlooked.
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The Architecture Lover’s Guide to Paris

Lively prose and great photography bring the architecture of Paris to travelers and armchair explorers alike.
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The Fashion Lover’s Guide to Milan

Perfect for fashion lovers, armchair travelers, and those making plans to visit Milan.

The Memory Thief, and the Secrets Behind How We Remember: A Medical Mystery

Opioid use and Alzheimer’s disease are two subjects affecting large swaths of Americans. A fascinating window into the search of one scientist (with a lot of help) to connect the dots and make a difference.
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All Made Up: The Power and Pitfalls of Beauty Culture, from Cleopatra to Kim Kardashian

While at times this book can feel jumbled because of how much content it seeks to cover, the topic and analysis are welcome and insightful, and the global nature of the coverage is especially appreciated.
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The Atlas of Disappearing Places: Our Coasts and Oceans in the Climate Crisis

While the case studies themselves are fairly discouraging, the beautiful maps and hopeful vignettes about the future temper this important book about climate change in our world.

Everybody: A Book about Freedom

There are moments in this book that may feel too theoretical; yet, when Laing explores and expresses the ways in which our bodies are full of power, she offers a form of support we could all use more of as we navigate our own bodies and relearn what it means to value them. This is worthwhile, reflective reading.
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Notes on Grief

A worthwhile mediation on coming to terms with grief. Especially as we continue to reckon with loss, this reflective account will be valuable to the many people unexpectedly grieving from afar.

The Day the World Stops Shopping: How Ending Consumerism Saves the Environment and Ourselves

An insightful account offering a starting point for change that is highly recommended for all libraries.

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What Fresh Hell Is This? Perimenopause, Menopause, Other Indignities, and You

This newest work by Corinna is an excellent option for readers experiencing menopause or living alongside someone who is. While it is not as scientifically rigorous as The Menopause Manifesto by Jen Gunter, this book still offers a helpful overview, with up-to-date research and friendly advice on accepting one’s new body.

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How To Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes: Science-Based Strategies for Better Parenting—From Tots to Teens

Moyer shows readers how to grow alongside their child and effect positive change. However, the book would benefit from a greater variety of perspectives.
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The Psychology of Parenting Teenagers: Thriving Throughout Their Teenage Years

Not every case study or suggestion will work for every child’s situation, which this book acknowledges. Cullen’s self-reflective guide will nevertheless aid parents in multiple ways.

The 2000s Made Me Gay: Essays on Pop Culture

A funny, accessible analysis of pop culture that will benefit nonfiction collections; it informs about gay history and grounds its importance in real experience. And for many gay readers, even if the cultural touchstones aren’t their own, Perry’s anecdotes will still be relatable and uplifting.
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Parenting for Social Justice: Tips, Tools, and Inspiration for Conversations and Action with Kids

A must-have in the field of anti-bias education. This work gives ideas for having conversations with young people about social justice and putting knowledge into action.
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License To Parent: How My Career as a Spy Helped Me Raise Resourceful, Self-Sufficient Kids

With tips for staying safe online, living by one’s principles, and finding a healthy balance with risk, this is a fascinating and useful take on parenting.

Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn’t Ours

Sentilles writes candidly and humanely about her experience of building a family beyond immediate kin and discovering the depths of love and protection. Essential reading for those hoping to be foster parents.

On the Job: An Encyclopedia of Unique Occupations Around the World

With engrossing subject matter, excellent writing, and thorough, up-to-date research, this reference work will enrapture high school students, undergraduates, and curious browsers.

Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization

An illuminating yet conversational study that takes an anthropological approach to a widespread and often puzzling human behavior.
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The Sandbox Revolution: Raising Kids for a Just World

The range of narrators is representative and inclusive; their perspectives and expertise add value to this work, which is sure to be of ongoing interest.

The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice

A thoughtful exploration of the importance of collective memory. It is particularly poignant as 2021 marks the centennial of the massacre. A must-read for all who are interested in how history continues to impact the present.

Test Gods: Virgin Galactic and the Making of a Modern Astronaut

Schmidle, whose father was a marine fighter pilot and instructor, applies his personal interest in aerospace subjects to this book’s extensive research and in-depth interviews. For fans of The Right Stuff or Top Gun.
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Let’s Talk about Hard Things

Besides listeners of her podcast, this will appeal to any adult struggling to broach these topics.

On Juneteenth

This beautifully written memoir makes the case that the history of Black Texas is central to the history of the United States. Gordon-Reed’s writing will move all readers of U.S. history.

Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest

Simard’s science fascinates, and so too does her life. This is an engaging memoir of scientific discovery.
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Why Peacocks? An Unlikely Search for Meaning in the World’s Most Magnificent Bird

Blending memoir and natural history, this candid journey into the world of an unusual bird will spark the interest of fans of popular science.

National Audubon Society Trees of North America

A must-have reference book for plant enthusiasts and anyone who has ever asked, “What kind of tree is that?”
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Raised in the Kitchen: Making Memories from Scratch One Recipe at a Time

Filled with fun family recipes and ideas for even the pickiest of eaters, this book is sure to be a hit with both parents and children.
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How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

An excellent travelogue and introduction to slavery’s impact on both the United States and its people. It will hold the interest of readers who are only starting to grapple with the topic.
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Booth Girls: Pregnancy, Adoption, and the Secrets We Kept

With its vivid historical detail, and careful examination of the emotional lives of parents on either side of the adoption process, this book is recommended for parents of adopted children, and for readers of memoir.

National Audubon Society Birds of North America

This guide is a must-have for birders and nature lovers.
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The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years

This quick read can help parents form a decision making framework. Some of the book’s topics (camp, cell phones, etc.) don’t adequately address an economically diverse readership, limiting the audience for this book.

Full Spectrum: How the Science of Color Made Us Modern

This exploration of the lengths to which humankind has gone to represent the world with fidelity, and the many scientific advances that this quest has generated, will fascinate artists, scientists, and historians alike.
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My Time Will Come: A Memoir of Crime, Punishment, Hope, and Redemption

Manuel provides a firsthand account of the U.S. prison system’s inhumanity for minors, and he writes a compelling call for change. A raw look at the intersection of the U.S. legal system, racism, and trauma.
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Ravenous: Otto Warburg, the Nazis, and the Search for the Cancer–Diet Connection

An illuminating account that makes Warburg (the man and the scientist) accessible to general readers.
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The Hummingbirds’ Gift: Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings

Montgomery has written another engaging work of popular science, similar to her previous books. This latest volume will draw in readers who are new to birding, as well as experienced birders looking to supplement their knowledge.
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The Word Gobblers: A Handbook for Parents Working with Children Struggling To Read

A helpful volume for parents, caregivers, and teachers of children who struggle with reading.

You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience

Within these pages, Black readers in general, and Black women in particular, will find at least one essay they can relate to, or that offers validation for their lived experience. An essential read.

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The Zen Mama Guide to Finding Your Rhythm in Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond

An attractive volume with beautiful photos and easy-to-implement ideas; it’s sure to be a hit. However, its perspective is often limited; it discusses adoption, financial precarity, and being uninsured, but there is little to address specific challenges faced by families of color or queer families.

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The Heartbeat of Trees: Embracing Our Ancient Bond with Forests and Nature

Finding “fascinating phenomena all over the place,” Wohlleben sticks with the formula that made his earlier work so popular. This latest book will appeal to fans of popular science and anyone curious about natural history.
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Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy: The New Science for a Safe Birth and a Healthy Baby

A helpful guide for expectant parents, with information both practical and scientific.
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Never Put a Cactus in the Bathroom: A Room-by-Room Guide to Styling and Caring for Your Houseplants

Readers who are ready to embrace the concept of plant parenthood will find this to be a solid introduction to the topic.
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Take More Vacations: How To Search Better, Book Cheaper, and Travel the World

Highly recommended for frequent travelers or travelers who are flexible and would like to travel more often.
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The Secret World of Weather: How To Read Signs in Every Cloud, Breeze, Hill, Street, Plant, Animal, and Dewdrop

Gooley takes a somewhat meandering scenic route to his goal, and readers who are less invested may lose interest before finishing the book. Hikers, campers, gardeners, and survivalists are among those who might enjoy such knowledge about the world of weather.

America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s

Readers interested in social movements in the United States, past or present, will not want to miss this illuminating work.

The Invention of Miracles: Language, Power, and Alexander Graham Bell’s Quest To End Deafness

A stunning biography that documents the Deaf people’s lengthy and ongoing efforts to have ASL acknowledged as a valid language. Booth’s writing stands apart and sheds insight on disability history in the 20th century.
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The Passenger: How a Travel Writer Learned to Love Cruises & Other Lies from a Sinking Ship

This powerful memoir about making tough choices and finding new directions will appeal to a variety of travel readers.
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Nothing Personal: My Secret Life in the Dating App Inferno

Refreshingly candid throughout, Sales’s memoir and investigation of the history of love and intimacy will engage readers who have found themselves dating later than they expected.
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Wish You Were Here: The Stories Behind 50 of the World’s Greatest Destinations

Travelers looking for well-organized tourist spots with no surprises can find new ideas for post-pandemic travel in this guidebook.
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Shearwater: A Bird, an Ocean, and a Long Way Home

A nice reminder of how to pursue interests despite obstacles. Readers will identify with the author’s personal journey of remembrances (especially of his grandmother) and discovery.

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Good Dog: Celebrating Dogs Who Change, and Sometimes Even Save, Our Lives

A loving look at how dogs care for people.
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Black Snake: Standing Rock, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and Environmental Justice

A humanistic investigative documentation of the legal and political battle of DAPL. It will appeal to readers interested in Indigenous movements, environmental movements, and the historical significance of this protest.
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Letter to a Young Female Physician: Notes from a Medical Life

A candid account that will spark the interest of aspiring physicians.
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Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race

Well-researched, with an extensive bibliography and a useful glossary of key concepts. A fast-paced account that offers myriad recommendations for lifestyle changes to reduce exposure to the chemicals that Swan and Colino identify as threats to the future of humankind.
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The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort to Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self

Despite some flaws, this is an engaging read, recommended for those who enjoy outdoor writing, as well as for armchair (therefore very comfortable) critics of the modern lifestyle.

The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Great Vegetables

Enthusiastically recommended for new and novice gardeners who want a straightforward, unfussy guide to growing their own food.
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The Border: A Journey Around Russia Through North Korea, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Norway, and the Northeast Passage

Will appeal to fans of travel books who enjoy additional background and history of destinations; particularly good for readers familiar with the areas around Russia.
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What Kind of Ancestor Do You Want To Be?

Recommended for readers interested in environmentalism, anthropology, sociology, history, philosophy, and Indigenous peoples in the U.S.
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Pregnant Girl: A Story of Teen Motherhood, College, and Creating a Better Future for Young Families

Lewis interweaves her own account of being a pregnant teen and her extensive research, to tie proposed solutions directly to facts. A complementary work is Melanie Watkins’s Taking My Medicine, although Watkins’s book is more memoir than research.
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Downeast: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America

A sensitive paean to an oft-overlooked region of the United States and the young women who live there. Recommended for readers seeking books with a strong sense of place or about girls facing the challenges of the 21st century.
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Behold the Land: The Black Arts Movement in the South

A scholarly work recommended for readers interested in Black history and culture in the U.S.
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Digital Body Language: How To Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance

Written in an approachable style, and organized such that readers can pick and choose sections that apply to their situation, this will be a useful resource for anyone who struggles with online communication.
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Wait, I’m Working with Who?!? The Essential Guide to Dealing with Difficult Coworkers, Annoying Managers, and Other Toxic Personalities

A very practical book. Highly recommended for anyone in the workforce, as well as business students who are studying management techniques and organizational behavior.
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The Holly: Five Bullets, One Gun, and the Struggle to Save an American Neighborhood

An informed analysis of the complex intersections between police and the community, which will especially draw in readers involved in community organizing and anti-racist activism.

A Short History of Humanity: A New History of Old Europe

Scientific yet accessible, this original book offers much insight to readers of European history.

First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

DeSilva provides a scholarly yet accessible conversation on the origins of human bipedalism. A great introduction to human origins, anthropology, and primatology for general audiences. Includes recent discoveries that are updates to previous popular works.
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Hawking Hawking

This thorough biography reveals Hawking’s life beyond his celebrity, and is recommended for anyone interested in learning more about the scientist’s legacy and life.
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Holding Back the River: The Struggle Against Nature on America’s Waterways

Kelley’s engaging work will draw in those interested in personal stories of the effects of climate change, and use of natural resources.
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The Ecological Gardener: How To Create Beauty and Biodiversity from the Soil Up

Those with a serious desire to learn more about creating ecologically friendly gardens will find much to muse over in Rees-Warren’s bracing mix of philosophical and practical landscape advice.
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The School I Deserve: Six Young Refugees and Their Fight for Equality in America

This uplifting story, which played out during bleak years for refugees in the U.S., will resonate with readers concerned about immigration and education policy, and those engaged by courtroom narratives.
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The Non-Obvious Guide to Virtual Meetings and Remote Work

Don’t be scared by the title
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Ages of American Capitalism: A History of the United States

Levy makes a cohesive argument that provides a new perspective on the trajectory of the U.S. but will still feel familiar to any student of history.
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