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Barbara’s Picks (André Gregory, Olivia Laing, Laura Lippman, & Jed Perl Plus More Essential Arts Titles: Arts Previews, May 2020, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Barbara’s Picks (MS-13, the Nonlinear Life, the Paradise Fire, Conditional Citizenship, Galileo, & Parenting and Grandparenting), Plus Self-Help and Final Nonfiction Titles: Nonfiction Previews, May 2020. Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

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Not Afraid: The Evolution of Eminem

Bozza’s eloquent tribute to Eminem will resonate with fans of hip-hop and enthusiasts of popular music biographies.

The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience

Broad in scope, this will appeal to a wide audience owing to the range of women spotlighted. Given its length, this is a book to savor over multiple sittings, allowing readers to revisit well-known heroines or discover new ones among the pages.

All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator

While many of the most shocking incidents discussed here are public knowledge, the significant new material and the book’s usefulness as a single-volume source on the topic make this not only a critical current read but one likely to become even more important in the future.

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Marfa Garden: The Wonders of Dry Desert Plants

Readers will be attracted to the surprising beauty of these dry desert plants and should consider using them to promote water conservation. An appealing choice for garden artists, landscapers, and home gardeners in the Southwest and elsewhere.

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement

A compelling accounting of the events that helped ignite Me Too. Highly recommended for readers interested in social justice and the reporting process.
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Stealing Cinderella: How I Became an International Fugitive for Love

Though it occasionally (if stereotypically) sheds light on differences between American and South Korean cultures, this memoir cannot be recommended. Readers in search of an American’s experience in South Korea might want instead to turn to Elizabeth Rice’s Rituals of Separation.
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James Baldwin: Living in Fire

A clear, incisive writer, Mullen succeeds with providing a fresh perspective on an author he so obviously admires. Recommended for readers seeking a broader understanding of the opinions of one of the great writers of the 20th century.

Barbara’s Picks (Bailyn, Dallek, Jerkins, Van Meter), Plus American History, World War II, and the Big Picture: History Previews, May 2020, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

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Bubble in the Sun: The Florida Boom of the 1920s and How It Brought on the Great Depression

Recommended for readers interested in the history of Florida and those who enjoy stories of the rich and glamorous in the 1920s.

Carrying Water to the Field: New and Selected Poems

Gorgeous and deeply gratifying work recommended for all heartlands readers and anyone who appreciates the rural life Sutphen describes; with an introduction by former poet laureate Ted Kooser.

Nervous System: Poems

The story is built around Moffett’s standing outside her mother’s hospital room thinking about her before and after dementia through “these images,” which she wistfully describes as “Filling in/ what isn’t there.” Highly recommended for all libraries.
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Flour Lab: An At-Home Guide to Baking with Freshly Milled Grains

Recommended for home cooks looking to up their game using freshly milled flour, whether purchased from an artisanal mill or produced at home.

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Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol

Part self-help, part recovery memoir, this personal account provides useful and inspiring techniques for addiction recovery.

Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump’s War on the World’s Most Powerful Office

This book was completed before the impeachment probe in October 2019 so parts feel outdated. However, serious political readers and presidential studies scholars will derive much from this cogent appraisal.
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Entitled: Discriminating Tastes and the Expansion of the Arts

This scholarly work brings a sociologist’s perspective and rigorous methodology to survey the process of artistic legitimation. Recommended for scholars as well as general readers interested in the topic from an academic viewpoint.

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Long Way Round: Through the Heartland by River

Rivers were once the major highway systems of this country and Hildebrand’s rediscovery of this history feels so foreign to the point of near exposé. A must for Wisconsinites, but a recommended journey for socioculturalists in general.

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Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration

A delightful, enjoyable, and meandering read that will appeal to, and amuse, teen and adult readers.
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Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond

After reading Denworth’s treatise on friendship, you may want to immediately call your best friend, or make a new one. Recommended for fans of human biology and nonfiction browsers.

The Year of the Dogs

Essential for dog lovers and photography fans, this stunning and charming book is guaranteed to circulate constantly in public library collections.
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The New Smart: How Nurturing Creativity Will Help Children Thrive

Plenty of food for thought for all educators and parents preparing their children for future success.
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Loss Survive Thrive: Bereaved Parents Share Their Stories of Healing and Hope

A helpful and perspective-giving tool for anyone who is wading through tragedy and in need of support and inspiration.
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The Angry Child: What Parents, Schools, and Society Can Do

At just 100-plus pages, this breezy but impactful read provides concrete ideas for teaching children healthy ways to deal with anger.
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Right from the Start: A Practical Guide for Helping Young Children with Autism

Parents and caregivers of autistic children and teens will find this work offers sensible and realistic ideas that apply to all areas of a child’s life.
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Raising Boys Who Respect Girls: Upending Locker Room Mentality, Blind Spots, and Unintended Sexism

Those looking for inspirationally based advice will appreciate Willis’s suggestions on subjects as current as the headlines.

Failure To Launch: Why Your Twentysomething Hasn’t Grown Up...and What To Do About It

McConville is well qualified to guide parents through the challenges that many face but are less frequently examined. A valuable go-to resource for parents and teens alike.
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Decoding Boys: New Science Behind the Subtle Art of Raising Sons

An essential and approachable resource for parents of preteen and teenage boys.

How To Raise a Reader: Fostering a Love of Books, from Birth to Teens

Bold and bright illustrations combine with varied recommendations for instilling a love of reading in children of all ages; a must-purchase for all collections.

The Manager Mom Epidemic: How Moms Got Stuck Doing Everything for Their Families and What They Can Do About It

Phelan brings his common-sense yet practical advice to a well-worn parenting issue. As with “1-2-3,” this latest will fly off the shelves, so stock up on multiple copies.
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The GLMA Handbook on LGBT Health

Despite some flaws, this volume is a nice supplement to Abbie E. Goldberg’s The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies and expands on Kevin L. Nadal’s The Sage Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender. It will be useful for think tanks, policymakers, and professionals interested in establishing a LGBT-friendly practice.

Political Groups, Parties, and Organizations That Shaped America: An Encyclopedia and Document Collection

General readers, high school students, and undergraduates will find this outstanding resource well illustrates the divergent genesis and nature of our political culture and landscape.
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Literary Geography: An Encyclopedia of Real and Imagined Settings

High school and college students will find excellent examples of how to study the geographical components of literature, while book clubs will discover fresh approaches to old and new classics.

World War II Map by Map

Casual and serious readers alike will find the engaging cartography of this superb, data-rich volume conveys the exceptional range, duration, costs, and intensity of a war that dramatically altered history.
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Hollywood Heroines: The Most Influential Women in Film History

For general readers as well as scholars in film and/or gender studies looking for biographical information about women in film history.

Basquiat’s “Defacement”: The Untold Story

This comprehensive look at one particular Basquiat work also offers an engaging take on a tragic event and the art community’s strong response.
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The Sun and Her Stars: Salka Viertel and Hitler’s Exiles in the Golden Age of Hollywood

This is a study of a complex, openhearted woman who had a key role in saving the displaced while shaping mid-20th century Hollywood. Rifkind has penned a perceptive, exhaustively researched contribution to social and film history.
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Aviva-no

A deeply felt work that reveals both the poet’s inner life and the political complexities of the world in which he lives.
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Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now: Essays

The strong writing, creative genre use, and authentic voice add up to some high-impact essays.
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From Aphra Behn to Fun Home: A Cultural History of Feminist Theatre

A solid, accessible overview of feminist theater from a Western, mostly 20th-century perspective. Recommended as an introduction to the subject, or for general fans of cultural histories.
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1973: Rock at the Crossroads

Deeply sourced and entertainingly informative, Jackson’s chronology of a transformative year in music, culture, and society may prompt debate (as well as playlist creation) and will appeal to a wide swath of readers.

Jay-Z: Made in America

This is more than a hip-hop bio; Dyson is giving us something larger, and we are sitting in a classroom under the spell of a captivating teacher.
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Dangerous Melodies: Classical Music in America from the Great War Through the Cold War

A clear-eyed and perspicacious work for classical music scholars and fans and anyone interested in the intersection of politics and culture.
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Better Days Will Come Again: The Life of Arthur Briggs, Jazz Genius of Harlem, Paris, and a Nazi Prison Camp

This carefully crafted biography bears witness to the power of music and the human spirit and will inform and inspire music fans everywhere.
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Little Weirds

This volume mixes the oddball self-examination of Jenny Lawson with moments of poetic insight. Recommended for lovers of fizzy memoirs.

For Kids of All Ages: The National Society of Film Critics on Children’s Movies

This compelling meditation on cinematic representations of childhood is a must for film buffs.
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The Pre-Raphaelites

Art historians, students, and art enthusiasts will find this volume enlightening; however, cost will be a consideration.
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A History of New York in 27 Buildings: The 400-Year Untold Story of an American Metropolis

Roberts’s wide-ranging historical research and storytelling skills should captivate New Yorkers and others. Larger photographs might have enhanced readers’ connection to these structures and their roles in the life of the city.
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Michelangelo, God’s Architect: The Story of His Final Years and Greatest Masterpiece

This surprisingly engaging treatment of Michelangelo’s later, but no less influential work, will appeal to readers seeking a more personal insight into the man.
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Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America

The book sticks close to its focus of franchising McDonald’s restaurants among black communities in the 20th century, and covers the topic well. This niche subject may not have wide-ranging appeal, but the research is invaluable for those studying the intersections of race, economics, and business in the United States.

Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book

Highly recommended for anyone who thinks they have a book in them.

Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis

Calhoun’s latest will be useful for those interested in feminist theory, especially insofar as it intersects with age and class, as well as a useful resource for people struggling to find balance in their personal and professional lives.
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Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future

While Krugman’s rousing, jargon-free writings will please progressive readers, they will be disconcerting to many conservative ones. An informative and controversial study combining business and political science.
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Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote

This book will be a strong addition to a variety of nonfiction collections, and is appropriate for hobbyists with an interest in women’s activism and for those who are newer to American history.

Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope

Enlightening for all concerned Americans, but especially for those interested in social justice issues.
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Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family

Albom’s memoir is a lens into his grief but also a celebration of Chika’s spirit and lessons gleaned from their time together as a family. The heartbreaking but uplifting story is a testament to the bravery and resilience of children and the power of love. Essential for all public libraries.
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Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition

This gripping book is a testament to the bravery and sheer doggedness of men determined to survive despite harsh conditions. Readers of polar histories, U.S. Navy history, and other armchair adventurers will enjoy this work.

A New World Begins: The History of the French Revolution

A must-read for scholars, historians, academics, and students of politics.
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You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters

From communication researchers to general audiences, this informative and well-documented book will prod readers to reexamine the way they listen to others, individually and collectively, and to consider the many negative repercussions of not doing so.
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Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition

This is a memoir of the present, without closure or resolution, and the narrative sometimes feels incomplete or unsatisfying. Still, many readers will appreciate Carl’s honesty and perhaps read this work alongside Charlie Cragg’s excellent anthology, To My Trans Sisters.

Disturbance: Surviving Charlie Hebdo

Readers will learn details about the Charlie Hebdo attack that only Lançon can provide, and will empathize with Lançon’s slow, pained road to recovery while he summons the strength to share his most intimate fears with the world. Highly recommended for all audiences.
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Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City

Likely to become a staple in Latinx and urban studies.
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Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving

This amusing, concise, and sometimes tender collection of profiles is recommended for readers content with short biographies in a limited narrative format.
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White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue...and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation

A thoughtful addition to social science and African American studies collections.
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The Shadow of Vesuvius: A Life of Pliny

Not ideal for those looking for a straightforward biography of Pliny, the book will appeal to readers who are willing to follow Dunn’s enthusiastic and vividly drawn, if meandering, story about the lives and influences of both men.
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A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution

This straightforward account will appeal principally to Revolutionary War buffs.
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Eight Days at Yalta: How Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin Shaped the Post-War World

This examination into the Yalta conference is a solid choice for readers of popular history who want to understand the lessons and legacy of Yalta

Here for It: Or, How To Save Your Soul in America; Essays

A laugh-out-loud memoir that is strongly recommended for everyone.
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She Came To Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman

While Dunbar’s short, readable biography will appeal to many, it’s also true that events in Tubman’s life are not given the detail they deserve. As an introduction to the life of this American hero, it succeeds with style.

What’s Your Pronoun? Beyond He and She

Based on decades of research, Baron’s masterly work documents the historical and continued importance of personal pronouns. Those interested in gender politics or English grammar, or who feel that “he” and “she” are inadequate, would benefit greatly from perusing this book.

Teaching About Race and Racism in the College Classroom: Notes from a White Professor

Addressing racism in the classroom is difficult but vital. This insightful and accessible resource is recommended for educators in any discipline, at any level, who want to speak more effectively about race and racism.
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Genius & Anxiety: How Jews Changed the World, 1847-1947

A unique perspective on the role of Jews in European intellectual life, this will be of interest to music and art history readers, as well as those interested in Jewish history.

The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017

Highly recommended as a valuable and accurate presentation of a century of struggle between Jews and Palestinians seeking to build a nation on the same territory, vastly unequal in resources and efficacy. Khalidi weaves his personal and family perspective into his academic study.
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Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights

Sorin’s engaging account of black motoring exposes a rough road in race relations but also a technology’s impact on black freedom. A great resource for people learning about black freedoms—and the fragility of those freedoms
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Disney’s Land: Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park That Changed the World

Much has already been written about Disney’s theme parks, but Snow’s readable business history explores the work and innovation that went into launching the park.
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Busted in New York and Other Essays

The wide-ranging scope of this excellent book, with a foreword by Zadie Smith, will appeal to a broad audience. Anyone with a desire to reflect on the role that racism plays in shaping individual lives and broader American culture will undoubtedly find this to be a valuable read. [See Prepub Alert, 5/13/19.]
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The Fall of Richard Nixon: A Reporter Remembers Watergate

This fast-paced account nicely captures the spirit of the times and will appeal to political junkies and scholars. See Patrick Buchanan’s Nixon’s White House Wars and Keith Olson’s updated Watergate for in-depth investigations.

An Impeccable Spy: Richard Sorge, Stalin’s Master Agent

A remarkable work about a complicated and relatively unknown individual. Highly recommended as a valuable contribution to Soviet spy literature and 20th-century history.
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The Winter Army: The World War II Odyssey of the 10th Mountain Division, America’s Elite Alpine Warriors

This work will appeal to World War II buffs and fans of nonfiction adventure or sports.
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Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut’s Story of Invention

An accessible, engaging read for students of engineering and the history of technology and generalist readers interested in NASA history.
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My Penguin Year: Life Among the Emperors

With beautifully descriptions of the stark landscape, harsh weather conditions, challenges of filming, and isolation during the dark Antarctica winter, this work lovingly and accurately details emperor penguin behavior in an engaging memoir that will appeal to wildlife enthusiasts, adventurers, and armchair travelers.

Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop

This definitive account of Bishop’s contributions to American letters will attract both casual readers of her poetry as well as academics with more specialized knowledge of her work.

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Essays One: Reading and Writing

Those familiar with Davis’s work, and even new readers, will find much to ponder—even love
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Ballet Class: An American History

Of interest to dance historians and dedicated ballet aficionados. Consider for academic libraries.
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Whole Person Librarianship: A Social Work Approach to Patron Services

This is a well-researched and practical guide recommended for those in the library and social worker professions.
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Library Management 101: A Practical Guide

While the field is crowded, this updated edition is a solid primer for new library managers. It will appeal to those looking for a broad understanding of the theory and best practices of library management.
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Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference, and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

This ongoing national crisis of violence against women is not unique to Canada, and is being scrutinized in the United States, too. McDiarmid’s exposé of racism and the lack of justice for indigenous women should be required reading for all.

Crystal Eastman: A Revolutionary Life

For academics and general readers interested in women’s rights and biographies of achieving women.

From Russia with Blood: The Kremlin’s Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin’s Secret War on the West

Fans of Blake’s work, along with readers curious about spymasters across the globe and the ways in which Russia tries to infiltrate other governments, will be astonished at the level of detail provided here.

Migrating to Prison: America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants

A thought-provoking perspective on immigration and U.S. immigration policy.
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Educated for Freedom: The Incredible Story of Two Fugitive Schoolboys Who Grew Up To Change a Nation

A must-read for those interested in antebellum African American life and education.

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Citizen Reporters: S.S. McClure, Ida Tarbell, and the Magazine That Rewrote America

Readers interested in Gilded Age history and its parallels to contemporary society will enjoy learning about this trailblazing publication.
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When It Was Grand: The Radical Republican History of the Civil War

A new perspective on the Civil War. All will appreciate White’s gripping accounts of partisanship, political ambition, civil disobedience, and the creative ways that Radicals used print and speech to persuade Americans to understand and accept the necessity of emancipation and the importance of equal rights.
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Religion As We Know It: An Origin Story

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Bearing God’s Name: Why Sinai Still Matters

Highly recommended for all students of biblical history, and especially for Christians who want to understand the connection between the Old and New Testaments.
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Why I Still Believe: A Former Atheist’s Reckoning with the Bad Reputation Christians Give a Good God

Recommended for those interested in apologetics, both from theistic as well as a nontheistic perspectives.
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Unbelievers: An Emotional History of Doubt

Those with an interest in the history of religion will be treated to a new perspective on the old opposition between believers and nonbelievers.

Oscar Charleston: The Life and Legend of Baseball’s Greatest Forgotten Player

Fans of baseball history will thoroughly enjoy this well-written account of one of the sport’s greatest players.
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Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law

Libraries with patrons keenly interested in the Supreme Court, especially those serving law, political science, and American history students, will find this a compelling addition. For those eager to add a new resource on the Justice, this book provides a solid introduction to her life and thoughts on the American legal system.
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From the Oven to the Table

An appealing resource for home cooks, curious dabblers, serious chefs who appreciate pairings and combinations, and afficionados of dark-meat chicken.
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