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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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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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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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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
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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.

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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.

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.

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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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

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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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.]
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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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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

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.

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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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Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion—and the Future of Clothes

Fascinating reading for anyone who wears clothing.

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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Native Provenance: The Betrayal of Cultural Creativity

Vizenor’s latest raises important discussion points for students and scholars of anthropology, history, and American studies.

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Tragedy in Aurora: The Culture of Mass Shootings in America

Recommended for general audiences, this book could provide solid reference points in conjunction with other sources on the topic, such as Dave Cullen’s Parkland: Birth of a Movement.

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Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism

With a range of dedicated voices and a clear commitment to exploring feminism and political activism with justice and lived experience at its core, this engrossing anthology would make an excellent addition to public, academic, and school library shelves.

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Nobody’s Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls

Timely, disturbing, and informative; for all collections. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/19.]

Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter, and How They Changed America

Pointing the way to future activism against repressive policing, Cobbina’s instructive details and enlightening insights will draw in scholars and general readers concerned with ending police killings of black people with impunity.

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Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime and Obsession

This provocative work is best suited to readers with a strong interest in true crime and its historical roots. Though lacking the rigor and documentation of an academic work, it manages to create an original and bold contribution to the genre.

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Giants of the Monsoon Forest: Living and Working with Elephants

This fascinating book explores the complex bond between elephants and humans, becoming part of the new ethno-elephantology research that has captivated scholars from many different disciplines.

The Brink of Being: Talking About Miscarriage

Bueno’s compassionate book is a must-read for anyone who has experienced a miscarriage or seeks to learn about women’s health outcomes.

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Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have

Although Schlossberg’s asides sometimes derail the journalistic narrative, with this call for mass action she presents valuable information that could help readers make more sustainable choices in their lives.

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The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep

Leschziner’s engaging style strikes just the right balance between storytelling and popular science and will appeal to a broad audience.

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The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution

Hockfield’s latest effectively examines some of the exciting research at the convergence of engineering and biology, from living batteries to cancer-fighting nanoparticles, and more. The accessible writing style should have wide appeal to readers of popular science.

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A Terrible Thing To Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind

Recommended for all libraries, especially those with environmental and social and political justice collections. This evocative work will haunt readers long after they’ve finished reading.

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In Oceans Deep: Courage, Innovation, and Adventure Beneath the Waves

A compelling history of humans’ investigations of the deep sea written in an engaging manner, this book is destined to be another best seller for Streever.

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The Deep History of Ourselves: The Four-Billion-Year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains

Recommended for those with a strong background in evolutionary cognition who enjoyed Daniel Dennett’s From Bacteria to Bach and Back. For an alternate viewpoint on animal cognition turn to de Waal’s Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are?

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Lithium: A Doctor, a Drug, and a Breakthrough

Those interested in the history of medicine, psychiatry, and medical research will find this an important and engagingly written book.

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Strange Harvests: The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects

Readers who like microhistories and travelogs will enjoy.

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And How Are You, Dr. Sacks? A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks

This biographical memoir offers a window into the world Sacks inhabited
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Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver

Even readers who have never ventured into the water will identify with and appreciate Heinerth’s struggles to overcome fear, adversity, and societal expectations to establish a life of her own choosing.

How To Be an Antiracist

With Stamped from the Beginning, Kendi proved himself a first-rate historian. Here, his willingness to turn the lens on himself marks him as a courageous activist, leading the way to a more equitable society.
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Equality: An American Dilemma, 1866–1896

This scholarly account will appeal to informed readers, especially Reconstruction era historians.

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Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century

This group portrait of pioneering leaders in the field is recommended reading for undergraduate and graduate students, professional academics, and individuals with an interest in anthropology, cultural anthropology, and history.

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The Plateau

Paxson’s work offers a counterpoint to titles such a Anna Bikont’s The Crime and the Silence, which detailed how neighbors viciously turned on one another during World War II. Readers interested in World War II France, and anyone seeking reassurance that good exists in the world will appreciate this heartbreaking and hopeful text.

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What Snowflakes Get Right: Free Speech, Truth, and Equality on Campus

A thoughtful, convincing response to those demanding unlimited access to university platforms.

Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America

Poniewozik’s well-argued work advances the investigations in Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death and is an important reminder of the media’s influence on society.

A Fool’s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture during the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump

While centering on a specific narrative, this book serves as much more than an overview of the NMAAHC and will not solely appeal to museum curators or academics, as Bunch addresses the ways in which public spaces must be disrupted and dehierarchized to change cultural narratives.

A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century

Readers interested in the human and historical aspects of immigration will find this book extremely useful and insightful. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/19.]
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Skin Deep: Journeys in the Divisive Science of Race

An easy read for casual audiences. Those without much prior knowledge of the development of racial science and where it stands today will find this to be a thorough historical introduction.

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Gender and Our Brains: How New Neuroscience Explodes the Myths of the Male and Female Minds

This book serves as a warning of all the ways we limit children, especially girls, without even realizing it. Best for readers with a strong interest in girls’ education and a background in science.

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The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator

There’s room for a popular history on this fascinating topic, but readers should be cautioned that this study is uneven.

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Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past

An engaging read for both teens and adults interested in satellite remote sensing and other technologies as well as archaeology. They will learn some intriguing things about civilizations in the process.

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The Way Through the Woods: On Mushrooms and Mourning

With charming sketches of the various mushrooms Woon encounters, this moving memoir explores one woman’s journey through grief and will please fans of personal narratives as well as those who may be interested in mushroom foraging.

Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code

Fascinating reading from start to finish. Benjamin’s work is ideal for anyone who is unafraid to look at the historical intersections of racial injustice, technology, and where these topics inform possible solutions for the future.

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The Whole Okra: A Seed to Stem Celebration

Foodies, gardeners, and those who wish to push their own taste buds are encouraged to embrace the anthropomorphizing of okra and take a deep dive into its many possibilities. Readers will be inspired by this work’s cultural context, growing tips, and recipes from highly acclaimed author interviewees such as Leah Penniman (Farming While Black), Sandor Katz (Wild Fermentation), and Marcus Samuelsson (The Soul of a New Cuisine).

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Let Me Not Be Mad: My Story of Unraveling Minds

This unique memoir will likely appeal to fans of personal medical writing and narratives.

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Waffen-SS: Hitler’s Army at War

Despite these drawbacks, this book may find a home among dedicated readers of military history.

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The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge, and India’s Quest for Independence

While the details can get tedious as the story unfolds, this book is recommended for fans of Anand’s previous works, biographies of political assassins, and histories of British-controlled India.

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Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America’s Fast-Food Kingdom

Recommended for popular culture and behavioral economics readers.

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Reckoning: The Epic Battle Against Sexual Abuse and Harassment

An intense, harsh view of a long struggle; well worth a look for anyone curious about where #MeToo came from
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Aloha Rodeo: Three Hawaiian Cowboys, the World’s Greatest Rodeo, and a Hidden History of the American West

Part history lesson, part rodeo diary, this will find appeal across a broad audience and be of particular interest to fans of rodeo culture, Hawaiian history, and the early American West. [See Prepub Alert, 11/12/18.]
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The Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction

This poignant and powerful book shows us that decisions and laws surrounding racial identity and interest were deliberate. Knowing that matters in thinking about race today. [See Prepub Alert, 12/6/18.]
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