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Broken Glass: Mies van der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth, and the Fight over a Modernist Masterpiece

Scandalous romantic liaisons involving powerful architects are legendary (e...
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In the Lateness of the World

Throughout her career, Forché has forged poems of witness, and she does so here with beauty and lyricism. The one misstep is an overabundance of list poems; Forché can bring to life objects better than nearly anyone, but we want the revelatory journey behind them. Yet, finally, this bounty of rich poetry is recommended for all collections.
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Dress in the Age of Jane Austen: Regency Fashion

With beautiful images of clothing, fashion plates, prints, and paintings, this is recommended for readers interested in the fashion and material culture of this period.
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Cinema ’62: The Greatest Year at the Movies

Despite Farber and McClellan’s valiant efforts, overall this is a book best left to film students and critics.
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Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother: Memoirs of a Neurotic Filmmaker

While film enthusiasts will appreciate Sonnenfeld’s witty anecdotes, this self-deprecating memoir will also resonate with anyone seeking an inspirational story.
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Living Weapon: Poems

An uneven but interesting collection showcasing life in New York City today, sometimes veering toward dull, ordinary language and sometimes singing with their take on society. For larger collections.
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Thinking Inside the Box: Adventures with Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can’t Live Without Them

Raphel’s approach is reminiscent of Mary Roach’s work, and even cruciverbalists well versed in their hobby’s history will discover something illuminating here. Nonpuzzling readers may discover a new hobby.
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Weird Al: Seriously

This engaging read skillfully documents the hard work that goes into being silly; readers will emerge with a newfound respect for Yankovic.
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For the Ride

Written in a breathless e.e. cummings style, the poem fractures the rules of spelling, grammar, syntax, and formal poetry and is at times unintelligible. But it also brims with fresh, vibrant metaphors and irony, not the least being the religious innuendos that permeate the text. For sophisticated readers of poetry.
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Mastering the Process: From Idea to Novel

This practical guide to technique and intimate look into George’s writing life wisely reminds readers and students that writing is a job and should be scheduled as such. The anecdotal material and reading lists offer penetrating looks into the author’s sensibilities.
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Brother Robert: Growing Up with Robert Johnson

Cutting through the mythos that has long surrounded this iconic artist, this is an intriguing addition to the history of 20th-century blues.
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True Grit: American Prints from 1900 to 1950

A dynamic survey that offers an engaging inquiry for printmakers and art historians.
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Religion and Contemporary Politics: A Global Encyclopedia

Demonstrating that the relationship between religion and politics is complex, evolving, and often contentious, this well-researched and informative work offers a thorough overview and wonderful starting point for advanced high school students, undergraduates, and interested nonspecialists.

50 Events That Shaped African American History: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic

In distilling African American history down to a series of essential snapshots, this title offers an excellent jumping-off resource for students exploring avenues for research in U.S. history, African American studies, and sociology.
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Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College

A methodical, well-reasoned compilation of arguments on a pertinent subject; recommended for readers interested in historical and contemporary U.S. politics.
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After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America

An excellent choice for readers seeking to understand the human effects of government immigration and refugee policy. Goudeau’s sometimes heartbreaking narratives personalize the refugee crisis in ways cold news accounts cannot.
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Germany: A Nation in Its Time: Before, During, and After Nationalism, 1500–2000

Smith rejects the notion that German history is the story of militant nationalism marching toward genocide, and instead focuses on cartographers intellectuals who, prior to 1918, often described the landscape and ethnography of Germany in pacifistic terms. This new perspective on German history should be welcomed by all libraries.
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A Drop of Midnight

This touching exploration of race and heritage is incisive, heartbreaking, and heartwarming. Recommended for readers interested in multiracial memoirs and the search for family and identity.

Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight against the Drug Companies That Delivered the Opioid Epidemic

Timely and well documented, with appeal to a broad range of readers.
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On All Fronts: The Education of a Journalist

Ward’s journalism skills shine, putting readers on the front lines. Readers interested in the life stories of intrepid women journalists and the nature of investigative, international journalism will be captivated by this engrossing account.
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The Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World

While an imperfect presentation, the book is an easy read and the extent of the author’s research makes this book a worthwhile addition to the growing literature offering long overdue profiles of the world’s most brilliant women.

Hitler’s First Hundred Days: When Germans Embraced the Third Reich

Everyone concerned about the rise of nationalism, the impact of extreme partisanship, and preserving democracy should read this insightful book.
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Wild Ride Home: Love, Loss, and a Little White Horse, a Family Memoir

A well-told story of embracing life’s struggles that is perfect for horse lovers or those who have personal experience with cancer or Alzheimer’s.

The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power

Engaging, illuminating, and with highly relevant current subject matter, this book is recommended for all readers, especially fans of popular history and politics.
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The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World’s Most Notorious Terrorists

Walder’s candid story will connect with readers curious about counterterrorism work and seeking an inspirational account of a woman seeking to change the balance of power in not only a male-dominated field but the world.

What We Carry: A Memoir

Readers interested in examining their own family stories, or those who experienced the struggles of new parenthood or reversed parenting roles, will connect deeply with Lang’s beautiful memoir.

You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington

An adept, highly approachable read that will appeal to history buffs and anyone seeking a compact overview of the man and the myth.
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Mayday 1971: A White House at War, a Revolt in the Streets, and the Untold History of America’s Biggest Mass Arrest

Roberts conveys the personal and political impact of a pivotal event in American history in a narrative that will engage readers of the time period and resonate with today’s social justice activists.

Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction

Part exposé, part mystery, Enrich’s account is important because it illuminates Deutsche Bank’s excesses and Trump’s business practices. Readers of Andrew Sorkin’s Too Big To Fail, which unveiled vulnerabilities in the financial industry, will find Enrich’s more focused account equally compelling.
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Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party

Zelizer’s accessible study of political behavior and leadership directly relates to today’s tumultuous political scene. Anyone interested in American politics will devour this book.
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Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory

This valuable addition to the scholarship of Native American dispossession and extermination should be read by scholars and general readers alike.

In the Waves: My Quest To Solve the Mystery of a Civil War Submarine

This engaging investigative work will intrigue readers of Civil War and naval histories and sleuths of scientific puzzles.
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82 Days on Okinawa: One American’s Unforgettable Firsthand Account of the Pacific War’s Greatest Battle

World War II aficionados will love this book.
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Bloody Okinawa: The Last Great Battle of World War II

Wheelan’s detailed, mainstream account of the Battle of Okinawa and its significance in World War II history will especially appeal to fans of military history interested in the Pacific Theater.

City on a Hill: A History of American Exceptionalism

Van Engen has created an engrossing, highly recommended intellectual history that counters one of America’s founding myths.
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The Sea Journal: Seafarers’ Sketchbooks

An enjoyable overview of a bygone era for browsing or reading; a pleasing addition to art, maritime history, or environmental collections.

The Fixed Stars

An essential addition that will resonate with fans of Wizenberg’s earlier memoirs and anyone probing the complicated ways that sexuality and traditional family life overlap or diverge.
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Into the Abyss: A Neuropsychiatrist’s Notes on Troubled Minds

Readers seeking a realistic approach to understanding the potential causes of mental illness will appreciate David’s thought-provoking reflections, as will mental health professionals and fans of Oliver Sacks’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
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Supporting Trans People in Libraries

Well worth reading for library staff at any level seeking to improve their gender-inclusive practices.
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Everything I Know About Love: A Memoir

This relatable reflection on love and the importance of friendship is an international best seller, so expect demand from readers interested in modern life as well as intimate, confessional memoirs. [See Prepub Alert, 7/29/19.]
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Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

Ideal for readers interested in the history of the disability rights movement and the impact of personal activism.
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Teaching Adult Learners: A Guide for Public Librarians

This is a worthwhile source for all librarians, especially MLIS students and reference librarians working with adults.
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Had I Known: Collected Essays

For readers interested in social justice issues in late 20th- to early 21st-century America.
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Meaning a Life: An Autobiography

Oppen’s memoir is a rich history of leftist political thought in America while chronicling a literary companionship and enduring love story; it is highly recommended for all collections.
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All This Marvelous Potential: Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Tour of Appalachia

This fast-paced narrative, focusing less on Kennedy and more on local people, will find audiences among those who enjoyed J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy and Tony Horowitz’s Spying on the South.
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American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise

Bleak, but perhaps inspirational, this challenging critique is recommended for policymakers and readers concerned about civic engagement.
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Wholehearted Librarianship : Finding Hope, Inspiration, and Balance

Library science students, as well as information professional seeking encouragement and motivation, will benefit from Stephens’s stirring work.
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Miss Aluminum: A Memoir

Moore offers readers a well-written, unobstructed view of what appears to be an idyllic life, ultimately revealing that looks can be deceiving.

The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II

A must-read for those interested in women’s and World War II history.
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Tokyo Travel Sketchbook: Kawaii Culture, Wabi Sabi Design, Female Samurais and Other Obsessions

Readers interested in Japanese culture, especially kawaii, will delight in Arrazola’s fresh look at everyday life in Tokyo. Young adults, fans of graphic novels, and armchair travelers of all types and ages will enjoy this colorful and amusing cultural worldview.
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The Milkman’s Son: A Memoir of Family History. A DNA Mystery; A Story of Paternal Love

Recommended for fans of family memoirs, and especially for readers with an interest in genealogy.
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Operation Chastise: The RAF’s Most Brilliant Attack of World War II

Readers of military history will find much to enjoy in this brisk, propulsive read that keeps the pages turning without sacrificing detail.
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Somebody’s Gotta Do It: Why Cursing at the News Won’t Save the Nation, But Your Name on a Local Ballot Can

Using humor and anecdotes, Martini shows the importance of running for local office and helps provide a broader understanding of local government. Readers interested in learning about government organization and policy, and those who might want to run for office one day will enjoy the insights and lessons offered throughout.
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Uncomfortably Numb: A Memoir

O’Brien’s words will resonate with those living with the unpredictability of chronic conditions, along with their friends, family, and various support systems.
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I Want You To Know We’re Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir

Foer explores her family with context and detail. Her story will interest readers of historical and personal narratives, especially memoirs and genealogy.

Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown

Highly recommended for readers interested in the British aristocracy and personality-driven memoirs. Glenconner, featured in the third season of The Crown, is a strong, intriguing woman whom fans of the show may wish to learn more about.

Dangerous Crooked Scoundrels: Insulting the President, from Washington to Trump

This authoritative handbook reveals how insults have always been a part of American politics
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Libraries Promoting Reflective Dialogue in a Time of Political Polarization

Librarians interested in the intersection of information literacy and politics will find that the concepts and approaches here provide ample food for thought. Pair this provocative, reflective work with a text focused more broadly on information literacy, such as Samantha Godbey, Susan Beth Wainscott, and Xan Goodman’s Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts.
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Something That May Shock and Discredit You

Though it struggles to maintain cohesion at times, this account of a vulnerable life makes for contemplative reading. While fans of the Toast and pop culture will be drawn in, some may long for a more straightforward memoir.

Preventing Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases: Control Ticks in the Home Landscape; Prevent Infection Using Herbal Protocols; Treat Tick Bites with Natural Remedies

Outdoor enthusiasts, parents, pet owners, and those interested in natural medicine will gain valuable practical advice from well-organized, well-written book.
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Wildcrafted Fermentation: Exploring, Transforming, and Preserving the Wild Flavors of Your Local Terroir

While niche in many aspects, Baudar’s depth of knowledge and relatable voice provide a highly valuable introduction to fermentation and foraged foods.
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Bakerita: 100+ No-Fuss Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Refined Sugar-Free Recipes for the Modern Baker

A great choice for health-conscious bakers interested in exploring flavors beyond the nut-and-chocolate staples prevalent in gluten-free and vegan baking.
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Bowls: Vibrant Recipes with Endless Possibilities

Home cooks can either follow the recipes exactly or adjust them to suit their own tastes, allowing both novices and veterans to find something useful and delicious in this fun, innovative offering.
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The Invention of Surgery: A History of Modern Medicine; From the Renaissance to the Implant Revolution

Written for general readers, this book will appeal to anyone interested in the current state of health care and how we got here. It will be of particular interest to those who have experienced implantation surgery.

Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy

Useful in a collection of dog training and health titles; for those who want to focus on the inner life of their dog and make their experiences full of joy.
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Pain Studies

Unique in its exploration of the relentlessness of chronic pain, this work succeeds because of creative and candid elaborations on something that is common but difficult to describe. Those living with chronic pain and their caregivers will find Olstein’s personal voyage through pain to be enlightening
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Ingredients: The Strange Chemistry of What We Put in Us and on Us

An entertaining romp through the world of scientific studies focusing on topics that will concern most readers. Recommended for all curious about the everyday products they consume or use.
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Tales of Two Planets: Stories of Climate Change and Inequality in a Divided World

This work will suit readers curious about the long-standing and wide-ranging effects of climate change, as lived and experienced by writers around the world.
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Signature Dishes That Matter

This nice blend of food and travelog is a natural fit for large collections of culinary history and food tourism.
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Wine Girl: The Obstacles, Humiliations, and Triumphs of America’s Youngest Sommelier

While informative about what it takes to become a sommelier, the focus of this moving memoir is more on James’s personal journey.
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My Korea: Traditional Flavors, Modern Recipes

A rare restaurant cookbook that will work well in a home kitchen, this collection is more refined in flavors and techniques than Maangchi’s Big Book of Korean Cooking.
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Always Home: A Daughter’s Recipes & Stories

This heartwarming, feel-good, highly recommended memoir will appeal to fans of cooking, culinary travels, and family ties.
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Rage Baking: The Transformative Power of Flour, Fury, and Women’s Voices (A Cookbook with More Than 50 Recipes)

This resource will satisfy those looking for an outlet to quell their angst and bake some fantastic treats. An engaging choice for teens and up.
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The Planter of Modern Life: Louis Bromfield and the Seeds of a Food Revolution

An inspiring read for anyone interested in the historical roots of organic farming as told through a biographical narrative.
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In Search of Meadowlarks: Birds, Farms, and Food in Harmony with the Land

Highly recommended for all interested in agriculture, ranching, natural history, conservation, sustainability, and ecology.
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Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes

New and experienced cooks will find flavor-forward vegan dishes, complete with a curated playlist, in this worthy successor to the author’s previous books, which also stands on its own.
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The Baja California Cookbook: Exploring the Good Life in Mexico

These masterful recipes and vivid photographs will transport any home chef to Baja.

Fix It with Food: More Than 125 Recipes To Address Autoimmune Issues and Inflammation; A Cookbook

Brimming with creativity and personality, this cookbook sets itself apart with innovative ideas for those living with autoimmune diseases and anyone looking for delicious, easy-to-follow recipes that will please one or a crowd.
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Oak Flat: A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West

As the fight to prevent the mine from operating continues to be litigated, works like this will continue to enrage and enchant readers of environmental underdog stories; this will be a helpful starting point for all interested in environmental justice. [See Prepub Alert, 9/23/19.]
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Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe

Another triumph for Greene, this work explores new territory not thoroughly covered in the author’s previous books, appealing to anyone trying to wrap their head around seemingly paradoxical astrophysical concepts. [See Prepub Alert, 8/12/19.]
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Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life

Recommended for those interested in ichthyology, natural history, or musings on the meaning of life.
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Warhol

Certainly for those fascinated with Warhol, but equally for those seeking an in-depth yet accessible introduction to the artist. [See Prepub Alert, 10/14/19.]
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Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture

This exhaustive history will please fans of obscure indie movements, though readers with a more general interest in the groups should try Robert Dean Lurie’s Begin the Begin.
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The Ferrante Letters: An Experiment in Collective Criticism

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Incidental Inventions

In prose that provokes and transforms, evoking wonder and tension in the most gratifying sense, these fragments of Ferrante ultimately cohere into a full, absorbing portrait of an enduring author.
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Keys to Bonhoeffer’s Haus: Exploring the World and Wisdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Fabrycky’s book goes a long way toward explaining the lure and continuing importance of engaging with Bonhoeffer and his legacy. Recommended for seekers of spiritually uplifting works sprinkled with nuggets of worldly wisdom.

Parable of the Brown Girl: The Sacred Lives of Girls of Color

Adams is a keen observer of the difficult life stage of adolescence, and her words will provide support to young girls and all who work with this population.

Run to the Finish: The Everyday Runner’s Guide to Avoiding Injury, Ignoring the Clock, and Loving the Run

While there are plenty of books about running, few are as approachable and helpful as this one. Highly recommended for anyone looking to improve their running ability, and those who consider themselves a “middle of the pack” runner.

Allah: God in the Qur’an

By remaining close to the source and being careful to retain a contemporary worldview, this portrait of God in the Qur’an is a welcome addition to the field of Qur’anic studies.
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And the Prophet Said: Kahlil Gibran’s Classic Text with Newly Discovered Writings

A rich collection for all interested in the work and ongoing legacy of Gibran.
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Swing Kings: The Inside Story of Baseball’s Home Run Revolution

A timely reminder that most limits are self-imposed, and most records are made to be broken. Baseball fans who enjoyed Michael Lewis’s Moneyball will embrace Diamond’s account of new methods of hitting and strategies that are both true to the sport’s history and promising for its future.
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Defiant: What the Women of Exodus Teach Us About Freedom

Nikondeha combines a solid exegetical background with an expansive imagination that knits together themes of resistance and support. Any reader wishing to find the personal within universal themes will be well served.
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In Search of the Soul: A Philosophical Essay

In the end, Cottingham’s humane philosophy is like an enjoyable conversation with a friend about an important, personal topic. While nonreligious readers may be irritated by his theism, and religious readers will wish for a more vigorous embrace of a supernatural immortality, all will feel engaged by a warm and thoughtful scholar, always ready to draw inspiration from Romantic poets, early modern philosophers and thoughtful writers. Recommended.
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This Is Not My Memoir

This rare, beautiful book toes the line between life and work; a must for Andre fans and theater lovers. [Prepub Alert, 11/1/19.]
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Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time

Though needlessly skipping around the Brubeck chronology, Clark offers a rock-solid biography of a musical legend that will appeal to jazz fans and expands on works such as Fred M. Hall’s It’s About Time.
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Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art

A thought-provoking look at modernism through the vivid lens of its nightlife
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What Is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life

Despite its flaws, this important and very personal take on Whitman’s lasting influence as “America’s Poet” should be a worthwhile addition to libraries with strong poetry or LGBTQ collections.

The Eastern Orthodox Church: A New History

McGuckin presents another well-written and well-researched work in this fantastic introduction to the Eastern Orthodox Church.
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Norma Jeane Baker of Troy

Lest this all sound academic or overly meta, one need not be a student of ancient Greek drama or a pop culture historian to admire Carson’s unique artistry. The poet’s wry, pointed diction and radiant precision (e.g., Truman Capote “had a voice like a negligee, always/ slipping off one bare shoulder, just a bit”) bring Helen/Norma Jeane to vivid life as she attempts to “save [tragedy] from sorrow.”
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Child of Light: A Biography of Robert Stone

For anyone who appreciates great literature (especially the wonderful fiction of Stone), this is required reading.
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