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How To Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records: A Genealogist’s Guide with Specific Resources for Major Christian Denominations Before 1900

Consider for libraries with significant patron interest in Irish and Christian genealogy sources.
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Undercover Bromance

Adams’s latest (The Bromance Book Club) combines humorous elements that balance the heavier themes of workplace harassment, resulting in a fast-paced romance that offers both laughs and greater social relevance.
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A Is for Anonymous: How a Mysterious Hacker Collective Transformed the World

A thought-provoking history of an oft-misunderstood subject, as well as the evolution of social protests over the past three decades.
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Every Bit a Rogue

Basso (Intimate Betrayal) allows for romance to kindle and build between Emma and Jon with just a touch of drama to keep the plot compelling. This is perfect for readers who prefer a Regency romance driven by the characters’ desires rather than an outside element of suspense.
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Becoming Horses

Wallander’s ideas about art are provocative, and her illustrations are incredibly striking in this memorable debut.
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Promised

Debut author Garriott’s smooth prose and character-driven story will enthrall readers looking for sweet historicals with Austen-esque plots.

Familiar Face

DeForge (Leaving Richard’s Valley) pushes his ability to wring pathos out of surreal situations further than ever in this dazzling satire of technology run rampant that doubles as a meditation on the sense of alienation that often grows out of heartbreak.

Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio

An incendiary corrective to the myths and misconceptions surrounding these events and a memorial to the lives lost or forever altered that should be required reading for all Americans.
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House of X/Powers of X

Intricately plotted, dense with new ideas and daring reinterpretations of beloved characters, but more important, a lot of fun.
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The Bachelor

Jeffries (“Sinful Suitors” series) explores the cultural mores of early Regency London to weave a tale of blackmail, spies, and a Season debut. Joshua is a fascinating hero, the only untitled male among the series’ rather gentried family and always aware of the fact. There is an overarching series mystery developing, but readers yet to pick up the previous title, Project Duchess, shouldn’t be deterred.
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Year of the Rabbit

A powerful portrayal of one of the most sorrowful events of the 20th century.

The Winter of the Cartoonist

While structurally challenging, Roca’s massively appealing illustration and masterly sense of narrative make this true story exceptionally compelling.
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Space Bandits

Watching Cody and Thena wreak havoc is a total blast in this fast-paced, Day-Glo romp.
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In Search of Truth

The plot is fast paced but may require some suspension of disbelief, while the romance is mediocre at best, with not much in the way of chemistry between Allison and Zack. Purchase only where previous series entries (Every Deep Desire) circulate well.
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Sea of Stars. Vol. 1: Lost in the Wild Heavens

If Sam Peckinpah had directed a Pixar film, it would probably a lot like what coauthors Aaron (War of the Realms) and Hallum (Star Wars: Vader
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Oscar Martin’s Solo: Survivors of Chaos

A beautifully drawn, gripping action-adventure, coming-of-age story in which the protagonist must grapple with ferocious enemies and an existential crisis.

Girl Gone Viral

Rai follows up The Right Swipe with a sweet and spicy romance that delves into some deep issues of mental health for both main characters (severe anxiety and PTSD), as well as the effects of social media on people’s lives. Essential for public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, 10/14/19.]
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Hearts on Hold

The sex is exciting and sometimes risqué (getting it on in a public greenhouse!), but the more satisfying and well-developed elements are the examination of identity and the importance of supportive friends. Reid’s latest (The Write Escape) is a win for readers who desire steam and substance.
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Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams

Allred’s pop art–style illustration, heavily influenced by 1960s and 1970s fashion, pop culture, and psychedelia, is perfectly suited to the era, and his adoration for his subject shines through carefully captured period details and likenesses and lovingly re-created famous photographs and album covers. Most impressive, Allred employs superimposed imagery and surrealistic flourishes to capture the raw energy of live musical performances in scenes depicting Bowie and the band in concert.
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Battle Born: Lapis Lazuli

Uriarte’s attempts at exploring the ideological differences between members of the squad (especially between a self-described redneck and a Hispanic woman) are admirable but rely on slightly cliché dialog; the story works best as a tragic meditation on the value of honor and justice in a world ruled by violence. [See Prepub Alert, 12/3/18.]
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The Honey-Don’t List

The author duo’s many fans will enjoy this charming romance. [see the Q&A, p. 71.]
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The Happy Ever After Playlist

With a playlist running throughout the novel, this book will strike a chord with music-loving romance readers. A first-tier purchase for public libraries.
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Wild, Wild Rake

MacGregor’s latest in the “Cavensham Heiresses” series (The Bad Luck Bride) will delight those looking to warm their hearts with a tender read. Passionately defiant of her past, Avalon aims to right the wrongs in Regency England, while Devan stands at the ready to help her. Though the sixth book in the series, this is still a great jumping-on point for new readers.
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A Gift for a Ghost

Elegantly crafted, with delicate cartooning and a brilliant autumnal color palette, González’s first full-length work delivers a quietly emotional evocation of the universal hopes and desires linking characters across centuries.

Big Black: Stand at Attica

Améziane’s (Muhammad Ali) gritty, expressive illustration and muted color palette present this unflinching depiction of the brutal price the Attica inmates paid for demanding civil rights in a style evocative of the 1970s Hollywood Renaissance aesthetic. Sure to be one of the most discussed books this year.

Sports Is Hell

A lacerating, darkly hilarious howl against racism, sports fandom, and tribalism in general by an artist with a distinct and necessary vision.
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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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The Complete Resource Guide for People with Chronic Illness

This comprehensive volume, written in supportive, nontechnical language, is a solid option for public libraries; retirement and assisted living center libraries may also wish to consider.

An Atlas of Geographical Wonders: From Mountaintops to Riverbeds

Besides appealing to general readers who enjoy cartography, art, and “superlative” books, such as the Guinness Book of World Records, this is also well suited to academics and students of history, geography, and art.
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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.
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An Underground Guide to Sewers: Or: Down, Through and Out in Paris, London, New York &c

Readers will never again flush a toilet without marveling at this miracle of convenience and sanitation. A quirky and delightful asset for most libraries.

National Geographic Atlas of the National Parks

The quality of this tome and its emphasis on current features make it worth a purchase even where libraries own National Geographic the National Parks: An Illustrated History.
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Salem Health: Women’s Health

The same information and more can be found in the latest edition of The Merck Manual and specific titles, such as Chandrima Biswas’s Pregnancy Encyclopedia.

Dinosaur Facts and Figures: The Theropods and Other Dinosauriformes

A marvelous work of synthesis. Selectors would do well to place it the circulating collection, as readers will need time and leisure to absorb the many wondrous facets.
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National Geographic Almanac 2020: Trending Topics, Big Ideas in Science, Photos, Maps, Facts & More

A fun, breezy resource for fans of National Geographic; kids and teens will enjoy it, too.

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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Champions of Flight: Clayton Knight and William Heaslip; Artists Who Chronicled Aviation from the Great War to Victory in WWII

With more than 400 photos and illustrations, including images of aerial dogfights, New Yorker covers, and mechanics at work, along with carefully documented and readable text, this title will appeal to historians, aeorphiles, graphic designers, and commercial artists.
PREMIUM

Food Labels: Your Questions Answered

Concise, informative, and accessible. Consider when updating health and nutrition sections.
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Peculiar Questions and Practical Answers: A Little Book of Whimsy and Wisdom from the Files of the New York Public Library

This amusing, occasionally enlightening work is a testament to the sleuthing skills of reference librarians and an excellent diversion from more serious research queries.
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Addictions: Elements, History, Treatments, and Research

This supportive and authoritative reference will be of solid use to students, beginning researchers, and family members of addicts looking for broad guidance.
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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.
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Queen of the Unwanted

A fantasy world built around a feminist society draws on themes that are front and center in the real world today, with an eye to differing viewpoints. The dynamics, intrigue, and plot twists will keep readers immersed.

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.
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Talk Like a Man Plus

Along with a university presentation and interview that intersects everything from divinity to modern technology and belief to science, Shawl’s light prose takes the weight, but not the meaning, out of heavier topics with her signature use of dreamy language and realistic settings.

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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The Sisters Grimm

A highly imaginative plot and vivid worldbuilding help to balance the swiftly changing points of view. Ethereal prose sets up a nefarious fairy tale–inspired story about the balance of power between men and women, family ties and first loves, and the choices that must be made whether you are ready or not.
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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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The Poet King

Myer’s lush prose and imagery amplifies a layered plot filled with magic, prophecy, and power.
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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 Immortal Conquistador

This fast-paced novella, filled with action and emotion, offers a satisfying entry back into the “Kitty Norville” series.
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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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Cursed

An eclectic and delightful mix of fairy tales and modern takes, told by some of today’s best speculative authors, will appeal to fans of the authors and themes alike.
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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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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.
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