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Pacific Coasting: A Guide to the Ultimate Road Trip, from Southern California to the Pacific Northwest

Recommended for anyone thinking of an off-the-beaten-path visit to the West Coast.
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Hitching for Hope: A Journey into the Heart and Soul of Ireland

An uplifting account of McKiernan’s journey and the stories shared with him along the way. Will appeal to lovers of memoirs and patrons who enjoy reading about those who effect and inspire change.
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100 Hikes of a Lifetime: The World’s Ultimate Scenic Trails

For novice and seasoned hikers alike.
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The Money Hackers: How a Group of Misfits Took on Wall Street and Changed Finance Forever

Best suited for anyone in the banking, technology, and finance industry, this book provides excellent insight on how people came up with effective ideas to implement digital solutions that make our daily digital finance world more productive.
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Butchering Chickens: A Guide to Humane, Small-Scale Processing

A daunting endeavor demystified, everything from denuding tenders to dry-aging drumsticks explained in detail.
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A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings: A Year of Keeping Bees

Required reading for anyone contemplating becoming a beekeeper. Natural history enthusiasts will also find the subject matter compelling.
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Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace

Though wide ranging at times, this work should interest fans of Safina and general readers seeking to learn more about animal behavior.
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Social Chemistry: Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection

Pass. The value of the second half does not make up for the feebleness of the first.
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Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation

This timely exploration helps readers place President Trump and his supporters in the context of white Christian America’s reaction to mid-20th-century social justice activism.
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Power Your Profits: How To Take Your Business from $10,000 to $10,000,000

A practical book, written in a simple and straightforward style, while providing a thorough overview of how to start and run a small business.
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This Is All I Got: A New Mother’s Search for Home

While Sandler focuses primarily on New York City, her study will resonate widely and is worthwhile reading for all, especially fans of Matthew Desmond’s Evicted.
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The Introvert’s Guide to the Workplace: Concrete Strategies for Bosses and Employees to Thrive and Succeed

On par with Jane Finkle’s The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide: From Landing a Job, to Surviving, Thriving, and Moving on Up, Orozco’s work is highly recommended for introverts and those who work with and supervise them.
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Coffeeland: One Man’s Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug

Sedgewick’s wide-ranging work is most appropriate for readers with a serious interest in food economics.

27 Essential Principles of Story: Master the Secrets of Great Storytelling, from Shakespeare to South Park

This new bible of lessons and practices for creators across media will likely appeal to readers curious about behind-the-scenes realities of those who bring to life today’s most popular and intelligent entertainment.
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American Baby: A Mother, a Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption

In addition to content related to adoption, which should be of wide interest, this book will engage readers interested in Jewish social practices in mid-century America.
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The Shadow System: Mass Incarceration and the American Family

Readers concerned about prison reform and social justice will be enlightened by the perspectives offered throughout. See Emily Bazelon’s Charged for another indictment of the U.S. judicial system.

Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire

Henderson’s convincing arguments and passion will be a clarion call to action for business leaders and interested readers everywhere. A complementary work is microfinance champion Muhammad Yunus’s A World of Three Zeros, while Christopher Leonard’s Kochland offers a contrasting portrayal of the Koch Industries’ single-minded resistance to any such ideas.

Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump

Highly recommended for those seeking to understand how white evangelicals developed political power.
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The Economic Case for LGBT Equality: Why Fair and Equal Treatment Benefits Us All

An essential addition to the field of economic studies that is especially vital for academic libraries.
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Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots

Recommend to readers seeking spiritually-informed black narratives or oral histories and fans of Jerkins’s first book; less useful for readers seeking factual histories of the Great Migration. [See Prepub Alert, 11/4/19.]
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Frictionless: Why the Future of Everything Will Be Fast, Fluid, and Made Just for You

Following the evolution of ideas that led to the businesses Lemieux describes makes for interesting reading as well as speculation as to whether her predictions of success will hold true. Will appeal to budding entrepreneurs and those interested in start-up culture.
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Final Draft: The Collected Work of David Carr

This collection will make readers wish Carr was still here to share his observations. A must for aspiring journalists and fans of Carr who want to read more of his award-winning reporting.
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The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society

Particularly strong when it comes to highlighting marginalized voices and the technologies used for global communication. While timely and a nice introduction to mass media in today’s society, however, it is not a replacement for more comprehensive titles.
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The SAGE Encyclopedia of Criminal Psychology

Though the writing is a little dry, the information is accurate, succinct, and generally jargon-free. This interdisciplinary work will be of interest to undergraduates studying psychology, sociology, criminology, and forensic science. Some practitioners may find it a helpful starting point when venturing outside their areas of expertise.

Teen Lives Around the World: A Global Encyclopedia

Balanced and highly representative of contemporary teen life, this is an excellent introduction for anyone who wants to compare and contrast the lifestyles and interests of modern teens. It will be especially valuable to high school and undergraduate students.
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Grow Fruit & Vegetables in Pots: Planting Advice & Recipes from Great Dixter

Sure to appeal to a broad range of gardeners and cooks, including those who live in urban areas where dedicating room to gardening is often challenging.
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Galileo: And the Science Deniers

An extremely readable biography paired well with analysis of current scientific thinking and controversies. For all fans of popular science.

Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest To Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl

S Slaght’s extensive field research is rendered into clear, readable prose, making it a solid choice for bird lovers, but also for armchair travelers looking for eco-adventure on the fringes of civilization.

The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think

This work will engage all readers interested in learning more about birds and natural history.
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Fix Your Period: Six Weeks to Banish Bloating, Conquer Cramps, Manage Moodiness, and Ignite Lasting Hormone Balance

Jardim’s personal experience, and the resulting passion, has resulted in this well-researched and easy-to-read book. Her program is the foundation, but all the information in the first part has value for women interested in learning more about how her body functions, which makes it a good addition to a public or consumer health-focused collection.
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The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move

An interesting read that deals with a topic that is current and important to all. It will present a thoughtful challenge to many readers.

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The Inevitability of Tragedy: Henry Kissinger and His World

This authoritative and exhaustive biography will challenge general readers, but will find an appreciative audience among political scholars and modern philosophy academics. A solid companion to Thomas Schwartz’s Henry Kissinger and American Power.

Perfectly Confident: How To Calibrate Your Decisions Wisely

VERDICT Wise, solidly researched, and highly recommended for academic libraries supporting business and psychology curriculum.
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Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy

A vividly descriptive, compelling, well-researched, page-turning work of narrative nonfiction, both heartbreaking and uplifting.
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Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America

A lengthy, yet fast-paced read that should interest anyone who is watching the rising cost of medicine with dismay.
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The Trying Game: Get Through Fertility Treatment and Get Pregnant Without Losing Your Mind

Kline’s compassionate writing style makes this an excellent book for anyone dealing with fertility issues.

What It’s Like To Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing—What Birds Are Doing, and Why

Similar to his guidebooks, this work will be of great interest to birders, naturalists, behaviorists, and enjoyers of wildlife art.
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Honey and Venom: Confessions of an Urban Beekeeper

Fascinating, not only for the beekeeping information, but also for the urban-wildlife interactions involving bees. A good companion for anyone contemplating apiculture.
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Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs

Boylan’s candor and distinctive writing style will appeal to readers of reflective memoirs. A solid choice for libraries looking to expand their LGBTQ biography collections.

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Rivers of Power: How a Natural Force Raised Kingdoms, Destroyed Civilizations, and Shapes Our World

A fascinating look at a critical resource and the ideal companion to Fred Pearce’s When the Rivers Run Dry.

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White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity

Jones provides hard figures and historical examples illustrating racial relations in the United States, and how people can work toward reconciliation. An ideal complement to Sarah Posner’s Unholy.
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The Undocumented Americans

Readers come to see that there is no time for hedging: the personal traumas discussed in the book are compounded by their commonality. A must-read indictment on what it means to be undocumented and what it means to be American.
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The Double X Economy: The Epic Potential of Women’s Empowerment

Weighty subject matter with an edge. Will appeal to fans of social commentary and those interested in women’s and global economic issues.

Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City320

A rich, yet disturbing tapestry of modern U.S. history that succeeds in presenting how the power of protest creates situations that are at once chaotic, cathartic, and life-changing.

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Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own

This is not an easy read for those wanting easy answers about race. Instead, it is a book about moral reckoning, owning up to failed choices, and making an effort to choose better ones. For all interested in uncovering how we got here, and how much further we have to go.
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Stephen Hawking: A Memoir of Friendship and Physics

Fans of Hawking’s work, his life, and the film The Theory of Everything will enjoy a more personal look into his extraordinary life.
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They Didn’t See Us Coming: The Hidden History of Feminism in the Nineties

A valuable contribution to the history of feminism at its grassroots and global levels, as well as a message to readers about how difficult it is to anticipate what online tools and developments will emerge as feminism continues to grow, along with the material, political, and intellectual issues abutting it.

 

 

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The Chemical Age: How Chemists Fought Famine and Disease, Killed Millions, and Changed Our Relationship with the Earth

Hippel’s leisurely and wide-ranging history will raise readers’ awareness about the power of toxic chemical compounds introduced into our environment.
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Liquid Gold: Bees and the Pursuit of Midlife Honey

A brief but engaging companion to the many beekeeping manuals on the shelf. Recommended even for nonhobbyists who seek comfort in small steps taken to commune with the changing natural world.

In Her Footsteps

An outstanding selection for travelers, teachers, students, young adults, and those curious about influential women throughout history.

Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy

Words have the power to describe injustices of the past, as well as to instill hopefulness for the future. This anthology is highly recommended for public libraries.
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Ireland The Best 100 Places: Extraordinary Places and Where Best To Walk, Eat and Sleep

Overall, a well-intended and -photographed book that unfortunately lacks accessibility for people who may be visually impaired.
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Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities

Especially for students of urban planning and public policy but also for those seriously interested in equity and social change in America, this work combines extraordinarily readable, well-documented data analysis with a people-oriented call for activism.

Genetic Mysteries: How DNA Testing Affects Modern Families | Science Reviews

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The Gardener’s Guide to Succulents: A Handbook of Over 125 Exquisite Varieties of Succulents and Cacti

Matsuyama offers gardeners plenty of bang for their buck, including strong visuals and the basics of growing and propagating popular succulents and cacti. Novice horticulturists, however, might gravitate toward Ken Shelf and Rachel Weill’s Essential Succulents, which covers fewer plants but offers a bit more hand-holding when it comes to getting started..
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No, You Shut Up: Speaking Truth to Power and Reclaiming America

A much-needed pep talk for Democrats during the 2020 election cycle. Recommended for readers interested in contemporary U.S. politics.
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Be My Guest: Reflections on Food, Community, and the Meaning of Generosity

Blending the personal and the philosophical, this account is recommended for readers interested in sociology, anthropology, and cuisine.

Stop Telling Women To Smile: Stories of Street Harassment and How We’re Taking Back Our Power

An important addition to women’s studies, art history, and political collections that will also be valuable in more general public library holdings.
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Antigone Rising: The Subversive Power of the Ancient Myths

Most appropriate for readers seeking a spirited, concise look at intersections of Greek and Roman myths and current social concerns.

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A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son

Both thoughtful and lighthearted, this work will appeal to anyone interested in masculinity and modern gender roles.

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Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture: 11 Steps To Keep Her Happy, Healthy, and Safe

Evidence based and filled with practical strategies, this volume will provide valuable ideas for most parents, although Meeker’s faith-based viewpoints may be a limiting factor for some.

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The New Baby Blueprint: Caring for You and Your Little One

A quick read with a parent-friendly format, this will be especially helpful for new parents, though some may find a few suggestions lacking in applicability.
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To Me, He Was Just Dad: Stories of Growing Up with Famous Fathers

A compelling read for anyone interested in a behind-the-scenes take on the parental lives of men in the spotlight.

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You Can’t F*ck Up Your Kids: A Judgment-Free Guide to Stress-Free Parenting

Whether or not readers agree with all of Powers’s ideas, she provides a thought-provoking look at parental judgment and solid ways for combatting it.
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Sunny Side Upbringing: A Month-by-Month Guide to Raising Kind and Caring Kids

While not ideal for circulation, this activity-filled offering may prove extremely useful for children’s librarians.

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Success Strategies for Parenting Gifted Kids: Expert Advice from the National Association for Gifted Children

Extensive and inclusive, this useful guide addresses nearly every issue imaginable faced by gifted children. Recommended for all parents and educators.

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The Little Gardener: Helping Children Connect with the Natural World

A comprehensive, fun, and colorful hands-on guide to gardening that will be enjoyable for children of all ages.

Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids To Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World

Backed by extensive research from entrepreneurs, military leaders, scientists, and academics, Levine’s latest is a must-read for parents, teachers, and all who work with children and are concerned about their future.

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And Then They Stopped Talking to Me: Making Sense of Middle School

A fascinating entry on the middle school years and the struggles both children and adults face during this time. The addition of bulleted takeaways at the end of each chapter would have enhanced what is occasionally a dense read for busy parents.

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The Little Book of Baby Massage: Use the Power of Touch To Calm Your Baby

An easy-to-use, distinctive resource for new parents interested in baby massage. 

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How To Eat: All Your Food and Diet Questions Answered

Based on a timely Grub Street article by the authors that went viral, the demand for this straightforward resource about the current state of nutrition should be high.

Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard

Recent reports of massive declines in bird populations across North America make this book both timely and apposite. An essential addition to most gardening collections.

Tree Story: The History of the World Written in Rings

With this brief, accessible look at the wisdom of tree rings, Trouet draws readers into a narrative that clearly displays her joy for her work and offers some fun with word play.

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Container and Fragrant Gardens

This guide fits the bill for readers in the market for a concise, inexpensive introduction to specific gardening topics, but those seeking more in-depth instruction will want to supplement the material with additional resources.
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The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World’s Favorite Insect

This fascinating book will be of interest to anyone who has ever admired a butterfly, and to everyone who cares about preserving these stunning creatures.
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Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health

Informative essays bring a contagious anger and passion to bear on the subject. On-the-ground activists and health care professionals will be well served by this recommended anthology.
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Is It Alzheimer’s? 101 Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions About Memory Loss and Dementia

Though dense at times, this work is among the few about understudied chronic conditions that primarily affect women, and the little attention they receive. For those living with invisible illnesses who have been told they don’t look sick, and fans of the podcasts This Is Not What I Ordered and No End In Sight.
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The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another

Western (especially American) history or history of technology buffs should appreciate Ramirez’s efforts to raise the attention of issues impacting scientists, engineers, and technologists.
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The Dream Universe: How Fundamental Physics Lost Its Way

Although Lindley does not offer a prescription for this dilemma, he nevertheless makes a compelling argument about how science has drifted away from objective reality in order to explain the mysteries of the universe.

Ending Parkinson’s Disease: A Prescription for Action

Based on extensive research and written in clear, accessible language, this important book will be valuable to policymakers, medical professionals, and especially patients and their families.
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Reef Life: An Underwater Memoir

A vivid, lyrical science memoir for readers curious about coral reefs, and fans of environmental nonfiction.

The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where To Go from Here

A well-researched if sobering introduction to the history and causes of climate change that should be read by all.

How To Be a Conscious Eater: Making Food Choices That Are Good for You, Others, and the Planet

Recommended for everyone who eats, particularly those who hope to improve their own health and the planet’s by doing so.
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The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants

Young women looking for ideas for a career in agriculture or horticulture are offered a number of paths to explore in this title. Those with a passion for plants who wish to see the many faces of women influencing the field will also enjoy.
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Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear

Combining anecdotes that document her personal vulnerabilities with tales of outdoor adventure and just enough scientific research, Holland crafts an engaging and unique memoir. Fans of the self-help genre and popular science in the style of Mary Roach will enjoy this debut title.
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Nature Obscura: A City’s Hidden Natural World

Though focused on Brenner’s hometown of Seattle, this unofficial guide to finding wildlife in unexpected areas is wide ranging and companionable. Also included are tips and resources for budding urban naturalists.
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From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century

Although this history is well covered in other books, such as Edward E. Baptist’s The Half Has Never Been Told and Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, and the arguments for reparations are not new, this is a worthwhile compendium on an extremely important topic.

Ordinary Insanity: Fear and the Silent Crisis of Motherhood in America

Menkedick uses her platform to seek justice in raising awareness of the complexity and depth of motherhood along with perinatal mental health disorders, and reclaiming motherhood as a powerful state. Her compelling book deserves a wide audience, from cheering mothers to chastened experts.
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Steeped in the Blood of Racism: Black Power, Law and Order, and the 1970 Shootings at Jackson State College

For readers intent on social change, Bristow’s chronicle of events and analysis of developments, particularly the contest over the shootings’ meaning, palpably demonstrate how much historical memory matters.
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A Delayed Life: The True Story of the Librarian at Auschwitz

A story of survival that is rare in its coverage of life before and after the Holocaust, addressing the difficult question of what comes after such tragedy.
 
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Quest for Eternal Sunshine: A Holocaust Survivor’s Journey from Darkness to Light

This heartfelt account of a remarkable life will interest anyone who has suffered trauma or who is overcoming difficulties, as well as those interested in ­Holocaust survivor biographies.
 

Sutherland Springs: God, Guns, and Hope in a Texas Town

This smoothly written account, simultaneously filled with heartbreak and hope, should be read by all who wish to understand the growing rise of these incidents. Highly recommended.

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Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America

Lalami’s conclusions are not groundbreaking and have been investigated in other works, but she is a gifted writer and her informative narrative shines when she shares her own experiences.

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Magdalena: River of Dreams

Shifting seamlessly from travelog to history to nature writing, Davis weaves together a fascinating story of the geographical and cultural diversity of the Rio Magdalena, a diversity that characterizes the spirit of Colombia. Recommended for those who enjoy good writing, and all interested in a new perspective on personal narratives.

The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World’s Queer Frontiers

For readers who appreciated the New York Public Library’s The Stonewall Reader, this work moves the observation of the evolution of LGBT life and culture to the global scale and is a must-read for all interested in gender studies.

Those Who Forget: My Family’s Story in Nazi Europe–A Memoir, A History, A Warning

In searing yet engaging prose, Schwarz makes her case for the need for memory work in this highly recommended read for fans of memoirs and World War II history.
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Good White Racist: Confronting Your Role in Racial Injustice

Recommended for those interested in exploring the concept of the white privilege from a self-critical perspective.
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Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest To Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology

This mix of eloquent prose and technical writing will appeal to a range of readers, especially those looking for more insight on women in tech.
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