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Frontier Follies: Adventures in Marriage and Motherhood in the Middle of Nowhere

Quirky and fun, this book offers a combination of practical tips, amusing stories, and moments of whimsy like the author’s list of ways to “add sparks to your marriage” by hiding a plastic snake in the house. A treat for fans of Drummond.
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The Meaning of Mariah Carey

A must-read for Carey’s fans, though music lovers of all genres will also delight in this personal story.
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The Pyramids: The Archaeology and History of Egypt’s Iconic Monuments

This sumptuously illustrated study incorporating the latest archaeological findings is highly recommended for general and informed readers fascinated by the pyramids and ancient Egyptian civilization. Fans might also enjoy Mark Lehner’s The Complete Pyramids.
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Grand

A perfect read for those who enjoyed Michelle Buteau’s Survival of the Thickest and Amy Poehler’s Yes, Please.

Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway

Readers of this breezy, fun, and informative work are the beneficiaries of the rarefied theatrical air of Broadway inhabited by Riedel. An obligatory purchase for all theater collections.
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His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama: An Illustrated Biography

A general but authentic overview of the Dalai Lama’s life that will appeal to those new to the topic, as well as vested scholars, for the work’s valuable archival material.
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Woody Guthrie: An Intimate Life

Though sometimes unable to explain the chasm between Guthrie’s words and actions, the author offers a well-researched addition to the Guthrie bibliography for general readers that complements Joe Klein’s standard biography, Woody Guthrie: A Life.
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Bland Fanatics: Liberals, Race, and Empire

A sometimes dense, sometimes proactive collection of essays on current political ideologies. An optional purchase.
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Horse Crazy: The Story of a Woman and a World in Love with an Animal

Packed with stories of the quirky personalities of the horses in her life, this memoir will resonate with horse lovers everywhere for its beautiful tribute to the animals and those who love them.
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Writing Kit Carson: Fallen Heroes in a Changing West

For readers who wish to know more about how history is written, its influencers, their writings, and how figures such as Carson fall from grace. An excellent addition for women’s studies collections.
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We Gather Together: A Nation Divided, a President in Turmoil, and a Historic Campaign To Embrace Gratitude and Grace

Thanksgiving can often get lost in the commercialization of the holiday season, but this history of its origins puts the holiday in a fresh perspective. Readers seeking an inspiring story of persistence and achievement will appreciate.
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Giacomo Meyerbeer: The Deliberately Forgotten Composer

Accessible and illuminating, this is required reading for anyone interested in opera and its complete history.
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Shipwrecked: Coastal Disasters and the Making of the American Beach

This accessible, thoughtful work is ideally suited for academic libraries, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses, and general readers of maritime history.
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Diners, Dudes, and Diets: How Gender and Power Collide in Food Media and Culture

A fascinating work of cultural studies that makes evident the continued power and threat of explicitly gendered food production and consumption in the 21st century. Recommended broadly for students and scholars of fields related to gender, culture, and consumption.

Life and Culture in Northeast India

Highly recommended for adventurers and armchair travelers who appreciate geographically isolated locales.
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60 Stories About 30 Seconds: How I Got Away with Becoming a Pretty Big Commercial Director Without Losing My Soul (Or Maybe Just Part of It)

For film students and celebrity mavens alike.
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Emerald Street: A History of Hip Hop in Seattle

This enjoyable and encyclopedic treatment of a thriving and still-growing culture will appeal to listeners and scholars of Seattle hip-hop and the genre in general.

The Last Slave Ships: New York and the End of the Middle Passage

A signal contribution to U.S. antebellum historiography. Highly recommended for U.S. Middle Period, African American, and Civil War historians, and for all general readers.

Gaming Lives | Social Sciences Reviews

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The Wondering Jew: Israel and the Search for Jewish Identity

This scholarly work will engage readers concerned with the future of a democratic Jewish Israel.
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The Mountain Baker: 100 High-Altitude Recipes for Every Occasion

This straightforward cookbook should appeal to those looking for hearty meals and protein-heavy snacks and, obviously, those looking for high-altitude baking recipes
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The New Craft of the Cocktail

A must for cocktail fans and aspiring mixologists.
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People Who Love To Eat Are Always the Best People: And Other Wisdom

For lovers of all things Child and appreciators of a clever quip, this is a great read that would be a nice supplemental purchase for larger collections and an ideal gift for foodies.
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The Women I Think About at Night: Traveling the Paths of My Heroes

A thought-provoking blend of history, biography, women’s studies, and travelog, this should appeal to readers interested in any of these subjects, and those who love eclectic narrative nonfiction.
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IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives

Stedman remains accessible as he places himself into this technological yet jargon-free narrative; anyone looking to learn more about digital culture and its impact on society will be interested in and able to follow the concepts the author puts forth.
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The Sanity of Satire: Surviving Politics One Joke at a Time

Punch lines and favorite riffs, interspersed with a more academic discussion of political satire, all in about 175 pages before endnotes, make this an interesting but not overbearing choice for humor collections.
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The Daughters of George III: Sisters and Princesses

This fascinating look at the lives and times of the six daughters of George III and Queen Charlotte delivers an engaging read for enthusiasts of the royals and British history.
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Laura’s Ghost: Women Speak About Twin Peaks

Followers of the convoluted drama series will have an easier time following the conversation. While it’s easy to embrace Twin Peaks for its quirkiness, Stallings successfully centers the conversation on its darkest secrets. The work includes trigger warnings for sexual assault, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, as it embraces difficult topics that are sadly as relevant today as when the show first aired.
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Brain-Changing Strategies to Trauma-Proof Our Schools: A Heart-Centered Movement for Wiring Well-Being

Despite its flaws, this book is recommended for teachers and all those interested in helping individuals experiencing and healing from traumatic events.

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Matty Matheson: Home Style Cookery

Filled with beautiful photography that shows off nearly each and every dish and featuring Matheson’s trademark vulgarity, this book will appeal to followers of celebrity chefs such as Guy Ferrari.
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Shake Strain Done: Craft Cocktails at Home

An excellent guide for cocktail drinkers of many levels of sophistication. Highly recommended.
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Apollo’s Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live

An excellent overview of the pandemic thus far, this work will be of interest to those seeking a full explanation of how we got where we are in terms of the virus and the direction we might be going.

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Murder Maps: Crime Scenes Revisited; Phrenology to Fingerprint; 1811–1911

Gray blends an eye for gruesome detail with impressive visuals and a helpful bibliography to make this a popular addition to true crime collections.
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Painted Pomegranates and Needlepoint Rabbis

A fascinating argument for crafts as a conduit to memory and as an aide to healing.
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Mother of American Evangelicalism: The Life and Legacy of Henrietta Mears

Mears herself almost disappears from view under all her accomplishments in this work that is clearly aimed at those immersed in the Evangelical ethos and may be difficult for nonreligious readers to grasp fully her influence on the character and culture of Evangelicalism.
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Wilderness Watercolor Landscapes: 30 Eye-Catching Scenes Anyone Can Master

This solid, simple introduction to painting with watercolors can help beginning and veteran artists alike, whether they are learning in a classroom or following the path of self-instruction.
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Outpedaling the Big C: My Healing Cycle Across America

This striking personal account may serve as an inspiration to anyone facing difficulties in life. For fans of Rinker Buck’s The Oregon Trail and William Least Heat-Moon’s Blue Highways.

The Last Giants: The Rise and Fall of the African Elephant

Expect interest from a range of readers, from young adults to environmentalists to animal lovers.

Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder: A Memoir

Recommended for readers interested in birds, the subculture of bird-watching, and stories of personal discovery and change.
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Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History

Recommended to all interested in a moving, impassioned overview of the economic and social forces of colonialism and racism that have directly impacted public health historically, during the 2014 Ebola epidemic, and today, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Wolf Island: Discovering the Secrets of a Mythic Animal

Recommended as an accessible, personable account of an esteemed scientist’s foundational work on wolves.
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Love Her Madly: Jim Morrison, Mary, and Me

Die-hard Morrison fans might enjoy this, but it’s a marginal addition for even the largest music or biography collection.
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Sax Appeal: Ivy Benson and Her All-Girls Band

A satisfying look at a trailblazer and noteworthy role model.
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Fast Forward, Play, and Rewind

It’s hard to say who this book is for, exactly, as the musical era of the late Sixties and early Seventies recedes further into the past. But there’s something more than nostalgia here: It’s documentation of a particular period of pop music, from a time whose documents are less than readily accessible. An appealing slice of pop music history for fans and researchers of the era.
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Cary Grant, the Making of a Hollywood Legend

An excellent portrait that emphasizes the man more than the movie star.
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Laughing To Keep from Dying: African American Satire in the Twenty-First Century

This scholarly analysis may find its audience in academic performing arts collections.
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That Was Now, This Is Then

In an engaging, confiding tone that embraces both wit and compassion, Seshadri enlists poetry, what he calls “spooky action at a distance,” to assure us that despite the historical moment’s forced isolation and heightened sociopolitical stress, we need not feel we’re alone.
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The Urban Sketching Handbook: Techniques for Beginners: How To Build a Practice for Sketching on Location

Those new to urban sketching will be cheered by the sunny tone and practical advice dispensed by this guide, which comes in a compact, easy-to-carry format with an elastic band closure.

Masterpiece: America’s 50-Year-Old Love Affair with British Television Drama

The definitive guide for scholars and fans alike to all things Masterpiece and Mystery!
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Tumult! The Incredible Life and Music of Tina Turner

Students of popular music and Turner devotees who want to know what Tina is doing now will enjoy this well-researched volume.
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About Time: Fashion and Duration

For readers interested in new interpretations of the history of fashion.
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Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema

This irreverent look at film criticism will be popular among West’s many fans and may provide insight for readers grappling with liking flawed films.
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Bluegrass Ambassadors: The McLain Family Band in Appalachia and the World

Jenkins brings renewed focus to an important and influential, if possibly overlooked group from the heyday of bluegrass performance. One might wish for a more dispassionate gaze than his almost universal approbation of their musical contributions, but this is a small quibble in an excellent effort brimming with infectious joy, a signature of the McLain Family Band.
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A Walk Around the Block: Stoplight Secrets, Mischievous Squirrels, Manhole Mysteries & Other Stuff You See Every Day (and Know Nothing About)

Carlson takes “mundane” objects and illuminates their importance to society, creating a unique book that will have readers looking at everyday objects in different ways.
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Academic Library Services for First-Generation Students

Librarians will appreciate the list of questions that let them analyze their own institution’s situation, the spotlights on successful programs, and the sample surveys. For academic librarians looking to help first-generation college students flourish.
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JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956

While a lengthy first volume, this study is accessible and entertaining. A wide array of history buffs, and readers previously reluctant to consume a Kennedy biography, will enjoy this highly recommended account.
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The Delicate Art of Bureaucracy: Digital Transformation with the Monkey, the Razor, and the Sumo Wrestler

Readers involved in digital technology, as well as general readers interested in the place of bureaucracy in history and the contemporary world will gain a great deal from this insightful book, written by a master of the field.
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Island Zombie: Iceland Writings

this memoir will resonate with readers who have traveled to Iceland, those who have this place on a bucket list of destinations, and others who crave solitude as a journey, not minding storm and stress.

Sicily ‘43: The First Assault on Fortress Europe

An excellent and accessible telling of the invasion that will be enjoyed by military history and World War II enthusiasts alike.
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No Safe Harbor: The Inside Truth About Cybercrime—and How To Protect Your Business

Business owners dealing with cybersecurity issues will find useful suggestions here, as well general readers interested in this vital problem.

His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life

This thorough account of a remarkable life will have wide appeal.

First Principles: What America’s Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country

Offering a look at the Founders rarely glimpsed, Ricks successfully argues that America needs to rediscover its classical roots.
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Libraries and the Substance Abuse Crisis: Supporting Your Community

A slim volume packed with practical information on recognizing those dealing with substance abuse issues, planning services for them and their families, and safeguarding spaces and training staff for emergencies.

Philip and Alexander: Kings and Conquerors

The thorough and riveting narrative of both Philip and Alexander’s lives and accomplishments makes this an ideal choice for the general reader, with some fresh insights to offer to those familiar with the subjects as well.
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Unfiltered Marketing: 5 Rules To Win Back Trust, Credibility, and Customers in a Digitally Distracted World

An innovative, highly compelling study of how technological change, how the public receives information, and how CEOs and managers can effectively plan to achieve customer loyalty and trust.
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The Kidnapping Club: Wall Street, Slavery, and Resistance on the Eve of the Civil War

This compelling work is highly recommended for those who like history and readers interested in social justice.
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Matrimony, Inc.: From Personal Ads to Swiping Right, a Story of America Looking for Love

An amusing history that charts the progression of the personals, and which makes “swiping right” seem less newfangled than it is.
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Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy

This is a heavy read, but an important one. For readers interested in current sociopolitical events, and those wanting more insight into stories like the ones found in Seyward Darby’s Sisters in Hate.
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Leave Me Alone and I’ll Make You Rich: How the Bourgeois Deal Enriched the World

This thought-provoking work is recommended for economics faculty and students, and researchers in economics and history to “think differently” about these respected disciplines.
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The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias: How To Reframe Bias, Cultivate Connection, and Create High-Performing Teams

Zealous branding aside, the authors speak from experience and provide solid advice for improving how we work (and live) together. Will appeal to a broad readership, particularly managers looking to add to their leadership toolbox, but also anyone who wants to check in on and work through their own unconscious bias.
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A Blessing: Women of Color Teaming Up To Lead, Empower and Thrive

Anyone interested in the role of Black women, and women in general, in business will learn a great deal from this well-argued book.
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Power on the Inside: A Global History of Prison Gangs

Roth’s well-written, deeply researched work is a must for those in the criminology and criminal justice fields, but interested general readers will find it accessible as well.
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The Life She Once Knew: The Incredible True Story of Queena, the Bloomingdale Library Attack Survivor

Recommended to those seeking personal accounts of survivors of sexual violence, and those who have followed Queena’s story.
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Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It

Every educator, from kindergarten teachers to graduate and undergraduate school teachers, struggles with reducing distraction in the classroom. Lang tackles this problem by offering strategies for students and constructive approaches and tools to encourage attentive behavior.

Be Water, My Friend: The Teachings of Bruce Lee

An essential book for fans of Lee and those looking for find purpose in life. Highly recommended for all readers.

The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart

An important look into community organizing that is honest about its pitfalls and promises that will engage all interested in leading and growing social movements.

Storming Vicksburg: Grant, Pemberton, and the Battles of May 19-22, 1863

The latest book by Hess has deservedly reached the apex of Vicksburg scholarship to date and does justice to its author’s historical acumen. Highly recommended for all U.S. Middle Period and Civil War historians and biographers, together with students of military command and field strategy.
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The Untold Story of Shields Green: The Life and Death of a Harper’s Ferry Raider

DeCaro has assembled fragments of Green’s life from the historical record in a judicious and thoughtful biography. Readers interested in antebellum, African American, and Civil War history will enjoy this brief biography.

Madam C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy During Jim Crow

A tremendous biography and a great study of philanthropy that will have strong YA crossover appeal.

Our Bodies, Their Battlefields: War Through the Lives of Women

Dizzying for its historical breadth and emotional strain, this book is nevertheless essential reading. Readers interested in human rights will stick through the highly readable but earth-rattling chapters for the sake of their larger purpose; namely, to give voice to people who have felt erased.

We Are Family: The Modern Transformation of Parents and Children

An essential, thought-provoking work that will serve as the foundation for future studies.
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Hire Right, Fire Right: A Leader’s Guide to Finding and Keeping Your Best People

Sound advice presented in a clear, easy-to-follow format. Hewerston’s breadth of knowledge spanning many work environments shows through a variety of examples and case studies.
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Healthy Living at the Library: Programs for All Ages

A solid purchase for librarians seeking to expand year-round programming with healthy ideas.
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Rethinking Competitive Advantage: New Rules for the Digital Age

This book is aimed at managers trying to understand how to transform from traditional to digital businesses.

Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City

Stunningly well-researched, this book fully examines a pivotal moment in Chicago’s history. Readers of Smith’s other Chicago-based books will find this fascinating. Fans of Erik Larson, American history, and the triumph of the human spirit will also greatly enjoy..
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The Freezer Door

Those familiar with Sycamore’s writing and activist work will welcome this new installment; those unfamiliar but interested in exploring an unconventional angle on LGBTQ+ issues may find it illuminating.
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The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion

An impressive scope and depth will make these volumes illuminating the interaction between religion and social structures valuable to students, academics, administrators, counselors, journalists, and other researchers in the field.
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The Handy History Answer Book: From the Stone Age to the Digital Age

Anticipating basic questions, maintaining objectivity, and deploying an engaging style, Werner ably provides an introduction of Western history for general readers.
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The SAGE Handbook of Critical Pedagogies

Most appropriate for advanced students, think tank members, and scholarly researchers.
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The SAGE Encyclopedia of Higher Education

Administrators, high school counselors, politicians, and college students will find significant value in this work, which offers not a final answer to the questions raised around higher education, but a starting point for further inquiry.
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Votes for Women! The American Woman Suffrage Movement and the Nineteenth Amendment

A skilled blend of interpretative essays and primary documents about the women’s suffrage movement recommended for students, teachers, and general readers.
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The Last Brahmin: Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. and the Making of the Cold War

This first dedicated biography of an understudied politician sheds insight into the evolving politics of the 20th century.
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The Same River Twice: A Memoir of Dirtbag Backpackers, Bomb Shelters, and Bad Travel

Young adults and college students who are considering a gap year will be interested in this cautionary coming-of-age story.
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More Alike Than Different: My Life with Down Syndrome

There is much to learn from Egan’s experiences as a man with Down syndrome, his triumphs, defeats, and relentless drive.

Pushcart Prize XLV: Best of the Small Presses 2021 Edition

This fascinating anthology is a must for all collections.

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The Writer’s Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives

Recommended for bibliophiles and readers curious about the works and authors behind the books they love.

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Suppose a Sentence

Dillon’s riffs on his chosen sentences are often impressionistic, meandering, and thin, resulting in a text riddled with misconceptions, albeit from an especially energetic, literary mind.

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Daddy Wouldn’t Buy Me a Bauhaus: Profiles in Architecture and Design

Long-form, tangy treats for all observers.

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The Language of Thieves: My Family’s Obsession with a Secret Code the Nazis Tried To Eliminate

A puzzling family mystery uncovers a forgotten language and its ties to Nazi Germany in this probing literary history that will attract linguistics enthusiasts.

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