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Waters of the World: The Story of the Scientists Who Unraveled the Mysteries of Our Oceans, Atmosphere, and Ice Sheets and Made the Planet Whole

Characterized by strong storytelling within a scholarly framework, this book will appeal to readers interested in how science is performed and accomplished, and anyone curious about Earth’s changing climate.
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Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World and Will Take Us to the Stars

This clearly written and engaging overview of human exploration since our beginnings will capture the imaginations of both YA and adult readers. Highly recommended.
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The Girl in the Photograph: The True Story of a Native American Child, Lost and Found in America

A passionate, heartfelt account that will heighten our awareness of an important issue.
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Designing Babies: How Technology Is Changing the Ways We Create Children

Well-researched and rigorous yet highly readable, this study of reproductive liberty will assist patients on their journey through the infertility maze and enlighten general readers about this ever-changing industry.

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Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada’s Arctic

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the author’s sheer athleticism and technical aspects of his feat, while armchair adventurers can marvel at the far north’s natural beauties.
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The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna

A colorful, quirky, and ultimately moving look at a misunderstood faith and the iron-willed women who continue to sustain it.
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Battling Bella: The Protest Politics of Bella Abzug

A fascinating ride through some of the fastest-paced politics of the 1960s with a larger-than-life character and well suited for feminist history readers.

Darkly: Black History and America’s Gothic Soul

Overall, a rare glimpse into American gothic from an African American perspective.

Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs

Recommended for college students and academics with an interest in history, Latin American history, Aztec history, and Mexico’s colonial past.

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Blues Legacy: Tradition and Innovation in Chicago

While readers will no doubt enjoy being introduced to some of Chicago’s most intriguing blues artists, this is by no means an introductory text. Instead, it’s a comprehensive, scholarly book, complete with thorough notes and a list of works cited--a thought-provoking addition to academic libraries serving students of music and/or popular culture.
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The Dog Log: An Accidental Memoir of Yapping Yorkies, Quarreling Neighbors, and the Unlikely Friendships That Saved My Life

Though occasionally overwritten, this heartwarming “who saved whom?” story will appeal to dog owners, the lovelorn, and fans of comic memoirs.

Going to the Dogs | Science & Technology, Sept. 2019

Never Forget: A Look Back at World War II

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Supreme Glamour

The facts here will not be new to fans, but the candid photographs provide a rich visual record of the stars’ life as performers. To see the gowns alongside Wilson’s down-to-earth accounts of what it felt like to wear them will be fun for enthusiasts of 1960s pop culture and the Supremes.
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Girl to City

Rigby vaults readers back to a scarier but glamorous time in New York. Watching her grow up and pursue her dreams is gratifying. Fans of she-punk memoirs and stories of success on one’s own terms will enjoy this.
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Leadership in War: Essential Lessons from Those Who Made History

Roberts briefly distills conservative views on what it takes to be a leader, producing an extremely readable, if sometimes simplified, summation of this aspect of military history. For public libraries and larger academic collections.
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The Power in the Room: Radical Education Through Youth Organizing and Employment

Readers interested in the intersection of political activism, economics, community, and education will find ample food for thought in Gillen’s insightful call for action.
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Skillet Love: From Steak to Cake: More Than 150 Recipes in One Cast-Iron Pan

This is a strong addition to the cookbook section at any public library. Byrn makes a solid case for the multipurpose appliance along with many mouthwatering recipes.

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The Ethical Algorithm: The Science of Socially Aware Algorithm Design

A solid introduction to complex issues for general readers without a technical background. Practitioners or computer science students will need to look elsewhere for more technical advice.

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Food52 Dynamite Chicken: 60 Never-Boring Recipes for Your Favorite Bird; A Cookbook

For anyone tired of the same old chicken recipes, home cooks interested in a new take on an old favorite, or those looking to get started on an easily accessible ingredient.
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Alta California: From San Diego to San Francisco, A Journey on Foot To Rediscover the Golden State

Neely's account is a solid mix of adventure story and history lesson. Recommended for anyone interested in California history.

American Lucifers: The Dark History of Artificial Light, 1750–1865

This is an ambitious book whose occasional excesses of verbiage can be forgiven because it has so much to tell. It is handsomely produced, with illustrations and maps, and will appeal principally to history buffs.

Reproduction on the Reservation: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Colonialism in the Long Twentieth Century

Theobald’s use of oral histories and interviews with Native women makes for an intimate, affecting exploration of resilience under assimilationist pressures.

Inventing Disaster: The Culture of Calamity from the Jamestown Colony to the Johnstown Flood

Using an array of resources from primary sources such as local newspapers and secondary sources written both then and now, Kierner presents an in-depth, well-researched and persuasive thesis for the beginning and eventual continuation of a cultural mind-set that has remained fairly intact since the 19th-century. Even with its academic presentation, this should be enjoyed by readers who appreciate disaster histories.
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Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans

This work will mainly interest technologists who are exploring the computational and technological foundations of AI and the present implications these bring to the digital era.
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A Human Algorithm: How Artificial Intelligence Is Redefining Who We Are

While Coleman asks as many questions as she answers, this book changes the typical conversation from the effects that technology has on humans to the effects that humans (in their politics, faith, biases) have on technology. It’s a must read for both the cyber crowds and those interested in human psychology.
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When the Sky Fell: Hurricane Maria and the United States in Puerto Rico

Recommended for teen and adult readers interested in Puerto Rican history and the effects of colonialism, which continue to impact the present day.
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Shuk: From Market to Table, the Heart of Israeli Home Cooking

A colorful, flavorful tour of the many tastes of Israel, as well as many other Middle Eastern favorites, nicely packaged for home chefs.

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All About Dinner: Expert Advice for Everyday Meals

A solid and attractive addition for any home cook.
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American Cuisine: And How It Got This Way

Purchase for medium and large collections where books about food history are in demand.
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Pastry Love: A Baker’s Journal of Favorite Recipes

An excellent volume of recipes that will work for bakers at any level.
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Camera Hunter: George Shiras III and the Birth of Wildlife Photography

Chronicling Shiras’s many achievements (e.g., his Migratory Birds Act advocacy, his discovery of the “Shiras Moose”) and shedding light on his times, McCommons presents a full life with admirable economy.

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Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America

Combining historical research, interview information, and personal accounts, Pickert creates a well-rounded and informative overview of breast cancer and its many treatments. Her book leaves readers hoping that progress will continue in a positive direction.
PREMIUM

The NoMad Cocktail Book

A meticulous guide to inventive cocktails, with behind-the-scenes information on drink-making at the NoMad Bar.
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Last Call: Bartenders on Their Final Drink and the Wisdom and Rituals of Closing Time

Parsons alternates between direct interviews and storytelling, which leads to a slightly inconsistent writing style that makes the book less smooth to read. Still, he manages to offer a thoughtful and enjoyable book that will delight cocktail aficionados and lovers of bars alike.
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Cannelle et Vanille: Nourishing, Gluten-Free Recipes for Every Meal and Mood

Recommended for home cooks with experience in the kitchen and those looking to expand their gluten-free options. These are flexible meals to impress.
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The Number of the Heavens: A History of the Multiverse and the Quest To Understand the Cosmos

This well-written book explores the concept of more than one universe than ours, drawing on the musings of philosophers, astronomers, and physicists from the ancient Greeks, through medieval thinkers such as Nicolaus Copernicus and Max Planck to Albert Einstein and current cosmologists Rocky Kolb and Joe Lykken. It will intrigue YA readers on up.

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An Elephant in My Kitchen: What the Herd Taught Me About Love, Courage and Survival

All animal lovers will enjoy this book, particularly those concerned for the many animals in danger of extreme suffering and possible extinction at the hands of poachers.
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Troubled Water: What’s Wrong with What We Drink

Siegel makes excellent arguments in favor of producing purer public drinking water. His proposals for doing that deserve serious consideration.
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Gluten-Free Baking At Home: 102 Foolproof Recipes for Delicious Breads, Cakes, Cookies, and More

A lovingly precise collection of gluten-free baking classics, stunning yet never showy. Highly recommended for bakers of all skill levels.
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For Small Creatures Such As We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World

A potentially transformative read for anyone looking to embrace its invocation to lead a more connected life.
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Cooking for Good Times: Super Delicious, Super Simple

Good for minimalists, aspiring novice cooks, and Avec fans. Purchase where there is interest.
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We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

This book provides a well-researched solution for addressing climate change and is highly recommended for all libraries. [See Prepub Alert, 3/17/19.]
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Zwicky: The Outcast Genius Who Unmasked the Universe

This accessible biography of the quirky astrophysicist Zwicky and the equally quirky world of cosmic rays, exploding stars, and dark matter will intrigue lay readers and serious science professionals alike.

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The World Beneath: The Life and Times of Unknown Sea Creatures and Coral Reefs

Smith vividly documents the amazing diversity of marine life associated with coral reefs and eloquently argues for their protection. Recommended for armchair travelers and reef enthusiasts.
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Alpine Cooking: Recipes and Stories from Europe’s Grand Mountaintops

A wide variety of readers, and their friends, will enjoy the kaleidoscope of recipes, photos, history, and anecdotes.
PREMIUM

The Dog Went over the Mountain: Travels with Albie; An American Journey

An entertaining account of a man and his dog traveling along America’s highways
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Dog Is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You

After reading this book, readers may not perceive their relationship with their dog in the same way. Engagingly written and understandable by general audiences, this is a worthy addition to any pet lover’s library. [See Prepub Alert, 3/4/19.]
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Our Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond

For readers interested in thinking deeply about dogs and our relationships with them. [See Prepub Alert, 2/24/19.]
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Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control

Russell has created the right guide at the right time for technology enthusiasts seeking to explore the primary concepts of what makes AI valuable while simultaneously examining the disconcerting aspects of AI misuse.
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One Lark, One Horse: Poems

Hofmann’s condensed, serrated screeds against a gradually dehumanizing culture might seem unduly dyspeptic to some readers, but others will appreciate their unglossed vision and resistance to passive acceptance.

Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World

Even readers who might not agree with Holland’s thesis will enjoy his take on key periods of Western history.
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Jerome Robbins, by Himself: Selections from His Letters, Journals, Drawings, Photographs, and an Unfinished Memoir

Suggested for casual dance readers and Robbins aficionados alike. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/19.]
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Face It

Harry indicated that she didn’t want to write a memoir, and it shows. Not recommended.
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Savage Gods

Kingsnorth wrote his brilliant first novel, The Wake, in a language he created. This book provides a startling and instructive account of an uncommonly creative consciousness in a state of profound doubt.
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Good Things Out of Nazareth: The Uncollected Letters of Flannery O’Connor & Friends

Of interest to students of O’Connor and American, especially Southern, mid-20th-century literature.

What Is a Girl Worth? My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth About Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics

Essential for sports fans and all readers concerned with the ongoing, widespread challenges of abuse and accountability. Denhollander’s story of empowerment deserves wide readership.
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Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life—in Judaism (After Finally Choosing To Look There)

Hurwitz identifies her audience as Jews who are seeking a reconnection with Judaism or people looking to convert, though readers who enjoy exploring spiritual memoirs and perspectives on religion from nonclergy will also find this to be an intriguing account.
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Sitcommentary: Television Comedies That Changed America

A useful and readable guide to social issues as seen through sitcoms. Beyond its scholarly use, this book will be appreciated by nostalgic readers.
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The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team

Recommended for anyone interested in the history of post–World War II basketball; relevant to issues within amateur athletics today.
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Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide

The work is guaranteed to start conversations between theists and atheists and is recommended for it.

The Peanuts Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life

To be dipped into rather than read through, this volume will appeal to many readers. Anyone who enjoyed the comics or TV specials will recognize their experiences in these pages and have their appreciation of Schulz’s genius renewed.
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The American Canon: Literary Genius from Emerson to Le Guin

Because of the esoteric nature of this book, it is primarily geared toward collections with Bloom’s other works and his most ardent readers.
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The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison

An invaluable volume for Ellison scholars and recommended for all readers interested in American literature.

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William Morris’s Flowers

For fans of the arts and crafts movement and 19th-century design, this is a beautiful, informative, and affordable work highlighting Morris’s many floral motifs.
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Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church

A unique, engaging memoir peppered with Bible verses to help illustrate how dogma can both shape and distort the truth. An excellent addition to collections containing Amber Scorah’s Leaving the Witness and Tara Westover’s Educated.

Edvard Munch: Love and Angst

This work takes readers beyond The Scream and into Munch’s creative process and deeply felt emotions. Disturbing at times but always moving and a reminder of the human experience we all share.
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A Team of Their Own: How an International Sisterhood Made Olympic History

This poignant story showcases the bonds of friendship over Olympic glory and will appeal to fans of women’s sports and anyone who has experienced the special kinship that comes from being part of a team.

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Holy Disunity: How What Separates Us Can Save Us

Williams uses real-world experience to illustrate how people with different viewpoints can find common ground. Her work is highly recommended for general readers, seminarians, church groups, and local community organizers.

The Movie Musical!

Movie buffs and film students alike will applaud this delightful and insightful work. [See Prepub Alert, 5/5/19.]

Dessert First: Preparing for Death While Savoring Life

A valuable primer on a good ending. Of particular benefit are the appendixes, which offer all manner of practical spiritual, legal, and medical guidance both for the dying and for the living.
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Gilgamesh: The Life of a Poem

Schmidt’s book deeply enriches our appreciation of a work already rich. A solid addition to all collections.
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The Cosmopolitan Tradition: A Noble but Flawed Ideal

Nussbaum wants to extend the “cosmopolitan tradition” to address key problems, among them international human rights, foreign aid, and asylum and immigration issues. As usual, she demonstrates the value of reading old texts in order to address contemporary concerns in this timely and well-argued contribution.
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Sacred Ground: The Cemeteries of New Orleans

A focused visual celebration of New Orleans’s tomb architecture targeting well-informed readers or duotone photography aficionados.
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Country Music: An Illustrated History

A pleasing, thorough, but not unwieldy survey. For country music fans and neophytes alike.
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Billion Dollar Fantasy: The High-Stakes Game Between FanDuel and DraftKings That Upended Sports in America

The brisk narrative moves nimbly through the online entertainment industry and will find fans among those intrigued by fantasy sports. See David Kushner’s The Players Ball for another take on the world of wired entertainment.
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Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS

A compelling read that imparts important lessons about religious extremism. Recommended for readers interested in women’s issues and current affairs.

Edison

This biography is the new standard for scholarship on the Wizard of Menlo Park and is a work that will long sustain Morris’s legacy.

Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares

This thought-provoking and thoroughly engrossing memoir offers the story of Shahani’s experience, as well as those of other families who, though they did not find the American Dream, nevertheless found home.
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Nothing Succeeds Like Failure: The Sad History of American Business Schools

A lively choice for readers who are skeptical of the claims of business schools to train leaders with an ethical perspective.
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All Blood Runs Red: The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard—Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy

Recommended for readers who enjoy compelling biography and fast-paced narrative, and especially for those interested in African American history. [See Prepub Alert, 4/28/19.]
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The Free-Market Family: How the Market Crushed the American Dream (and How It Can Be Restored)

Covering similar economic themes as those in Jacob S. Hacker’s The Great Risk Shift but in a more personal and maternal voice, this work is likely to resonate most with readers interested in the case for profamily social policy.

Scan Artist: How Evelyn Wood Convinced the World That Speed-Reading Worked

A clearly written book, laced with wry humor amid condemnation. Suggested for history and true crime readers.
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Dad’s Maybe Book

Fans of parenting books, memoirs, and stories of Vietnam War veterans will find enjoyment in these heartfelt words.

The Jews Should Keep Quiet: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and the Holocaust

Readers with an interest in World War II, 20th-century political history, Jewish history, and the Holocaust should find this an incisive and insightful exploration of the leading figures of this period.
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Modern Love: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Redemption

Certainly worthwhile for holdings without the earlier edition, but readers already familiar with that text might wish to compare the contents here to decide if this would be a suitable addition (or replacement).

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It’s How We Play the Game: Build a Business. Take a Stand. Make a Difference

This book offers some sound lessons for those involved in retail, and will also benefit those who learn best from personal narratives.
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Market Mover: Lessons from a Decade of Change at NASDAQ

An intriguing perspective on the intersections of IT, management, and finance.

Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands

An entertaining and informative look at a potent historical phenomenon whose echoes are still being felt today. [See Prepub Alert, 4/15/19.]

My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education

Crucet’s well-written essays are entertaining and accessible, without letting readers or the author herself off the hook for reflecting on and addressing cultural issues. Strongly recommended for all readers.

Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle To Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age

One of America’s most controversial policies as seen through the career of one of its most outspoken advocates; an essential read.
PREMIUM

The Bourbon King: The Life and Crimes of George Remus, Prohibition’s Evil Genius

Compared with William Cook’s King of the Bootleggers, this is a more comprehensive look at Remus’s life, though Cook’s work more closely examines its subject’s political connections and has deeper coverage of his courtroom performances. Recommended primarily for readers already interested in nonfiction accounts of organized crime or Prohibition.
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Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race

Provocative in its review of and reflections on race and racism amid continuing de facto segregation, this work argues that personal identity does not exist as a checked box. It promises to appeal to readers willing at least to consider unlearning race so as to imagine a future without it and advance his vision of a multigenerational transformation of social repair.

All the Powers of Earth: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln. Vol. 3: 1856–1860

In all this, Blumenthal speaks to our own time and, through Lincoln’s life and work, asks us to consider what price expediency and ego cost democracy. Brilliant, compelling, and memorable. [See Prepub Alert, 3/17/19.]
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The Survivors: A Story of War, Inheritance, and Healing

Readers of biography, history, and politics, and those interested in the effects of trauma on subsequent generations, will appreciate this thoughtful book.
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This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving

Silverman’s reconstruction of the world of the Wampanoag provides fascinating insights for both general readers and scholars into the early years of the colonization of Massachusetts, situating not only Thanksgiving within the nation’s history but also the tragedy of King Philip’s War.

Double Crossed: The Missionaries Who Spied for the United States During the Second World War

Overall, recommended for scholars of World War II and religious history, and the history of espionage, as well as general readers interested in the intersection of American history and Christianity.
PREMIUM

Dance Me to the End: Ten Months and Ten Days with ALS

A mesmerizing memoir by a talented writer on coming to terms with the unexpected.

Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin’s Most Dangerous Hackers

Told with the fast-paced style of a thriller, this book is highly recommended for all fans of international intrigue and cyberwarfare. An exceptional account that will inform and possibly frighten--and a necessary purchase for all libraries.

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