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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.


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.

Notes on Nature

The Space Race


Let Me Not Be Mad: My Story of Unraveling Minds

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


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.


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

Recommended for popular culture and behavioral economics readers.


Waffen-SS: Hitler’s Army at War

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

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).


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

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.]

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.]

The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown

This thoroughly researched work is highly recommended for those interested in the Chinese American experience or the history of San Francisco. [See Prepub Alert, 11/12/18.]

Appeasement: Chamberlain, Hitler, Churchill, and the Road to War

History readers, particularly of the 20th century, will appreciate Bouverie’s relentless pursuit of answers to the question, “Why?”

War and Peace: FDR’s Final Odyssey: D-Day to Yalta, 1943–1945

A fantastic read on its own or as part of the series for anyone interested in World War II political history or presidential memoirs

The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World

An informative, highly recommended read that touches on every relevant area of the subject and will have wide appeal

Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide

Recommended for readers interested in a selective but engaging glimpse into modern life in the rural South. [See Prepub Alert, 11/19/18.]

Scholars of Mayhem: My Father’s Secret War in Nazi-Occupied France

Guiet’s tribute to his father’s remarkable life will appeal to readers interested in World War II history and the American OSS and British SOE wartime spy agencies. [See Prepub Alert, 12/6/18.]

Antidemocracy in America: Truth, Power, and the Republic at Risk

Recommended for readers seeking a critique of the Trump administration from multiple progressive liberal perspectives based on public policy themes rather than celebrity scandals or legal challenges

Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us

An exploration of an eclectic and lesser-studied assemblage of organisms that has elements of appeal for curious science and food readers.


Grow Your Own Herbs: The 40 Best Culinary Varieties for Home Gardens

Recommended for anyone interested in homegrown herbs for cooking but not willing to purchase the authors’ more expansive (and expensive) Culinary Herbal. Gardeners who cook and also want herbs for projects (green roofs, garden seats, herb lawns) might consider The Kew Gardener’s Guide to Growing Herbs.


Stronghold: One Man’s Quest to Save the World’s Wild Salmon

This fascinating account of Rahr’s crusade to get a multinational salmon conservation effort off the ground will be an enjoyable read for those interested in wilderness conservation and salmon ecology.

Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait

A cautionary, instructive tale highly recommended for readers with an interest in environmental conservation.

Symphony in C: Carbon and the Evolution of (Almost) Everything

In composition and expression, this carbon symphony is of the highest order, as entertaining as it is enlightening. [See Prepub Alert, 10/22/18.]

This Land: How Cowboys, Capitalism, and Corruption Are Ruining the American West

This work is guaranteed to generate controversy and discussion, and will be a solid companion to Steven Davis’s In Defense of Public Lands.

Are We There Yet? The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless

An extremely engaging work of narrative nonfiction for those who enjoy popular historical and technology reads.


Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects

Appropriate for all readers, in particular those who are concerned about our planet and the creatures with which we share it.


The Trouble with Gravity: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our Feet

Teen and adult readers interested in better understanding the force of gravity and gaining insight into humanity’s expanding knowledge of the universe will find this highly recommended book to be both accessible and enjoyable.

The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast

A highly readable and accessible entry into the world of meteorology; of interest to everyone who is affected by weather. [See Prepub Alert, 12/17/18.]

We’re Still Here: Pain and Politics in the Heart of America

Anyone interested in the lives and motivations of blue-collar workers and their participation in the electoral process should read this insightful work.


College Admissions Cracked: Saving Your Kid (and Yourself) from the Madness

While there are many books on this topic, parents and students will find Shulman’s monthly schedules and to-do lists very helpful.


Superpower: One Man’s Quest To Transform American Energy

Green energy enthusiasts will appreciate this account of how hard work, capitalist wiles, and negotiation are needed to turn a good idea into a reality.


Childfree by Choice: The Movement Redefining Family and Creating a New Age of Independence

Thoughtfully addressing harmful stereotypes with personal stories and sociological data, this will help those who choose a nonparenting path articulate their decision and push back against the criticisms leveled at them by family, friends, and strangers alike.

Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power

Reminiscent of Sarah Vowell’s work and equally affecting, this intellectually satisfying, personally liberating, and remarkably humorous classic is recommended for readers of women’s history, paganism, witchcraft, and feminism.

The Edge of Every Day: Sketches of Schizophrenia

Some readers may need to adjust to the author’s nonchronological approach that nevertheless succeeds brilliantly in conveying the realities of mental illness in a memorable manner. Should be required reading for mental health professionals; essential for all libraries supporting the mental health curriculum.


North of Havana: The Untold Story of Dirty Politics, Secret Diplomacy, and the Trial of the Cuban Five

This is a quick and vivid read, brimming with political intrigue and lessons about what can happen when law and public opinion are used for political ends.


Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth

An important addition for women’s studies, social justice, and health science collections.

Why Cities Lose: The Deep Roots of the Urban-Rural Political Divide

A timely and critical work that explains the ramifications of operating a winner-take-all election approach in U.S. state and federal districting.

A Death in the Rainforest: How a Language and a Way of Life Came to an End in Papua New Guinea

Recommended for a readership of varying ages, from young adults with an interest in cultural anthropology to college students and academics.


Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime

Recommended for LGBT and contemporary culture collections.


Beneath the Tamarind Tree: A Story of Courage, Family, and the Lost Schoolgirls of Boko Haram

Great for readers who want to learn more about African gender politics, the history of Boko Haram, and women in the media.

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

An incisive collection that cements Tolentino as one of her generation’s greatest cultural critics.


Out of the Shadows: Reimagining Gay Men’s Lives

The stated primary audience is gay men, but Odets believes that all can profit from and recognize themselves in the emotional content

American Higher Education Since World War II: A History

This reliable, broadly researched, and thorough study from a knowledgeable expert is strongly recommended for serious readers interested in higher education and American social trends.

Night in the American Village: Women in the Shadow of the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa

Johnson masterfully weaves historical details and current events into the interviews with her subjects, with each aspect enriching the broader tale. Highly recommended to readers with an interest in military history, women’s studies, women’s history, and Japanese-U.S. relations.


Slavery's Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race and Reconciliation

A thoughtful collection providing additional insight into new perspectives on slavery.

I Wish for Change: Unleashing the Power of Kids To Make a Difference

Inspiring and instructive, this well-researched work is a must-read for teachers as well as administrators, parents, coaches, and mentors.

From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace

This guide will prove useful for human resource managers, individuals involved in hiring processes or staff training and development, and those who address gendered inequities in the workplace, as well as readers interested in how gendered oppression and feminist responses to it has shaped organizational cultures.

The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father

Scott's account reads as lyrical nonfiction and extends beyond her own family to shed light on America's elite from the Gilded Age through the present day. Recommended for most memoir collections.

I Wish for Change: Unleashing the Power of Kids To Make a Difference

Inspiring and instructive, this well-researched work is a must-read for teachers as well as administrators, parents, coaches, and mentors

From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace

This guide will prove useful for human resource managers, individuals involved in hiring processes or staff training and development, and those who address gendered inequities in the workplace, as well as readers interested in how gendered oppression and feminist responses to it has shaped organizational cultures

Slavery’s Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race and Reconciliation

A thoughtful collection providing additional insight into new perspectives on slavery

The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father

Scott’s account reads as lyrical nonfiction and extends beyond her own family to shed light on America’s elite from the Gilded Age through the present day. Recommended for most memoir collections

A Haven and a Hell: The Ghetto in Black America

A well-researched chronicle of urban black communities throughout American history, with a focus on the early 20th century. This pairs well with Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law

The Crime of Aggression: The Quest for Justice in an Age of Drones, Cyberattacks, Insurgents, and Autocrats

Informative and well written, this work is ideal for those who enjoy exploring the intersection of politics, sociocultural history, and war

After the Caliphate: The Islamic State & the Future Terrorist Diaspora

Recommended for academic libraries


The Killer Across the Table: Unlocking the Secrets of Serial Killers and Predators with the FBI’s Original Mindhunter

Douglas’s latest is harrowing and hard to put down; this will be welcomed by true crime buffs and law enforcement professionals alike

Assad or We Burn the Country: How One Family’s Lust for Power Destroyed Syria

Dagher’s chilling portrayal of Assad’s transformation from an apolitical doctor to ruthless dictator and skilled manipulator makes this book essential; highly recommended

A Mortuary of Books: The Rescue of Jewish Culture After the Holocaust

A serious work of Jewish studies scholarship that is nevertheless important and accessible for anyone interested in the history of the book or postwar Europe

Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World

An inspiring read for budding activists

The Lines Between Us: Two Families and a Quest To Cross Baltimore’s Racial Divide

A solid choice for those who study urban race relations

The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal

This gripping example of investigative reporting will find large audiences among those fascinated by the growing genre of cybercrime.


Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again

This important, accessible introduction to the promise and limitations of AI as it has thus far developed clearly presents the “state of the field” garnered from extensive research. Readers interested in technology’s role in the transformation of medicine will find this an insightful read

Lost Anatomies: The Evolution of the Human Form

While technique and scientific knowledge are clearly demonstrated, it is Gurche’s artwork that brings an extraordinary vision and emotional resonance that will both inform and move readers.


We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation

Will engage both serious students of the LGBT movement and those who appreciate simply browsing the photos, which are by turns fierce, joyful, spirited, determined, and celebratory.

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Surprise, Kill, Vanish: The Secret History of CIA Paramilitary Armies, Operators, and Assassins

Highly recommended for those seeking a better understanding of American foreign policy in action.

Emotional Advantage: Embracing All Your Feelings To Create a Life You Love

Reminiscent of the animated film Inside Out, the information here will undoubtedly move readers toward a more abundant, satisfying life.

Bar Chef: Handcrafted Cocktails

A worthy addition to the growing canon of cocktail recipe books. Highly recommended where there is interest in spirits and beverages.

Every Tool's a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It

Fans of Savage and individuals interested in the creative process will benefit the most from this insightful offering.

Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11

Though difficult to read, this emotional compilation will find a place with other 9/11 histories for its thorough recounting of the human cost of political violence.

Dakota in Exile: The Untold Stories of Captives in the Aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War

Both works by Clemmons are recommended to anyone interested in the history of the Midwest as they tell of the maltreatment that led to the removal process endured by the Dakota, a group whose horrific experiences were overshadowed by the U.S. Civil War.

The Map of Knowledge: A Thousand-Year History of How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found

This will be enjoyed by readers of the history of science and medieval studies, with some crossover appeal to classicists. [See Prepub Alert, 11/12/18.]

Millenneagram: The Enneagram Guide for Discovering Your Truest, Baddest Self

The beauty of this system is discovering and celebrating one's true self, and while Paasch's material may be valuable, her irreverent tone might be a turnoff for some readers, while attractive to others.

The Food in Jars Kitchen: 140 Ways To Cook, Bake, Plate, and Share Your Homemade Pantry

This attractive cookbook is recommended for food preservers and anyone else who enjoys easy, flavorful cooking from scratch.

Connecting Generations: Bridging the Boomer, Gen X, and Millennial Divide

Herring's words add a lot to our understanding of generational perspectives. Appendixes featuring a family technology action plan, a health-care transition guide, and a bibliography of experts and organizational resources serve as catalysts for further intergenerational discussion.

Contemplative Caregiving: Finding Healing, Compassion, and Spiritual Growth Through End-of-Life Care

Baugher removes the drudgery from caregiving to offer readers greater goals on which to focus. Recommended for all caregivers and anyone about to enter that space.

Queering the Tarot

Snow creates a safe divinatory space for a community likely to have suffered abuse or trauma, or who don't relate to the dominant cis culture in an expanding and affirming read for all levels of tarot enthusiasts.

Mostly Plants: 101 Delicious Flexitarian Recipes from the Pollan Family

Tempting illustrations accompanied by realistic, sensible recipes will delight all manner of cooks.

I Love You, But I Hate Your Politics: How To Protect Your Intimate Relationships in a Poisonous Partisan World

An excellent choice for those coming to terms with a family member's alternate view. Another solid resource is Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers's I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening). Both are highly recommended.

The Last Elephants

Recommended for those interested in the anthropogenic factors that can push a species to the brink of extinction. While the overall tone is bleak, the commitment of the individuals featured will inspire hope.

Black Site: The CIA in the Post-9/11 World

Recommended as an inside look into an unsavory yet complex period of American political history.

Cosmological Koans: A Journey to the Heart of Physical Reality

This intriguing, though dense, account should be of interest to readers interested in a deeper comprehension of the physics of the world in which we live.

The Shadow King: The Life and Death of Henry VI

A complex, yet highly readable and immaculately researched biography for those interested in British royalty and medieval history.

I Just Haven't Met You Yet: Finding Empowerment in Dating, Love, and Life

A compelling read that will undoubtedly be of comfort and assistance to anyone in the dating world. Recommended for all those interested in finding a new relationship.

Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race To Save America from the Bubonic Plague

A wonderful page-turner featuring pioneering epidemiologists instead of spies, this is sure to please readers interested in the history of medicine and science. [See Prepub Alert, 12/6/18.]

The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey into Greenland's Buried Past and Our Perilous Future

There's something for everyone here: adventure, the Cold War, science, and analysis of how melting ice sheets will influence future climates.

Helping the Good Do Better:

An engaging primer on issue lobbying. Recommended for activists and people interested in the legislative process.

Folded Wisdom: Notes from Dad on Life, Love, and Growing Up

A delightful collection of illustrated notes that remind us of what matters and will undoubtedly make readers smile.

People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent

Outspoken in his antipathy toward corporate greed and the Republican Party's agenda, Stiglitz offers a comprehensive list of easy-to-understand progressive remedies that will find favor with many readers, especially those feeling disenfranchised at present.

Becoming an Academic: How To Get Through Grad School and Beyond

This quick and entertaining primer will appeal to students considering a career in academia as well as their advisers and anyone who has been down the path themselves.

The Remix: How To Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace

For managers or aspiring managers, this provides a fresh, coherent perspective on embracing a multigenerational workplace without relying on stereotypes and inaccurate or harmful assumptions about what workers want.

The Art of Noticing: 131 Ways To Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy in the Everyday

A delightful read recommended for both individual and public libraries.

Grinnell: America's Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive To Save the West

This richly detailed biography will engage students of environmental history and general readers alike.

This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto

Impassioned and compelling, this important book illuminates the bewildering, tragic contradictions between the realities and the nativist perceptions of human movement across borders.

Supernavigators: The Astounding New Science of How Animals Find Their Way

Readers interested in natural history or biology will find this stimulating.

Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age

This poignant memoir presents a story about growing up surrounded by difficulties and also a window into the world of the Cree.

How To Forget: A Daughter's Memoir

Though long-winded at times, this intimate memoir shares the realities of loving flawed parents and coping with grief and loss; a worthwhile read.

Einstein's War: How Relativity Triumphed Amid the Vicious Nationalism of World War I.

Fans of popular science, Einstein, physics, and World War I will find this to be entertaining and informative.

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