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Ruth Ware's Homage to an Agatha Christie Classic, Rebecca Roanhorse's Pre-Columbian-Inspired Fantasy, & 54 Other Superb New Books

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The Heart of a Leader: Fifty-Two Emotional Intelligence Insights To Advance Your Career

This informative, detailed guide to using emotional intelligence on the job is tailored to those in midcareer, seeking careers in business, or wishing to learn more about emotional intelligence. Business administration students could use this as supplemental reading for management courses.

Last Mission to Tokyo: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raiders and Their Final Fight for Justice

Will appeal to readers of military and World War II history and legal thrillers.
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Separated: Inside an American Tragedy

Readers interested in learning more about immigration policy will be drawn to this captivating account, which deftly weaves together the political and the personal.
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She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality

An empowering introduction to key issues facing women; however, readers familiar with current events will be unlikely to discover new material. For readers interested in feminism and political activism.
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The Modern Detective: How Corporate Intelligence Is Reshaping the World

Maroney has crafted an entertaining read that will appeal to fans of mystery and detective stories updated for a modern world. Those interested in pursuing a career in research and investigation will also appreciate this volume.
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Memoirs of a Kamikaze: A World War II Pilot’s Inspiring Story of Survival, Honor and Reconciliation

Odachi provides personal insight on the last days of empire, and his stories of crime in Tokyo give this memoir life. This book deserves a spot next to Yasuo Kawahara’s classic autobiography Kamikaze.
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Two Trees Make a Forest: In Search of My Family’s Past Among Taiwan’s Mountains and Coasts

A poignant and beautifully written account of family, time, and place. Readers of Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s Go Home!, which discusses home and belonging from the perspective of the Asian diaspora, or Anna Sherman’s The Bells of Old Tokyo, which explores a place alternately in the present and the past, will also enjoy.
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AOC: The Fearless Rise and Powerful Resonance of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

While there are several articles about Ocasio-Cortez, this book dives deep into her background, image, and ideas, and comes up with important insights. For readers interested in aspiring to politics.

Trauma and the 12 Steps: An Inclusive Guide to Enhancing Recovery

A must-read for addiction sponsors, mental health professionals, and anyone who has experienced or is struggling with trauma and addiction.
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Let Them Eat Pancakes: One Man’s Personal Revolution in the City of Light

An additional purchase for large collections where expat memoirs are in high demand or where Carlson’s previous work has circulated well.
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The Erratics

Similar to Maya Shanbhag Lang’s What We Carry, this account is a touching portrayal of grief, family, and what is best left unspoken.

A People Betrayed: A History of Corruption, Political Incompetence and Social Division in Modern Spain

A definitive political history of modern Spain: searing, sympathetic, analytical, and packed with enough intrigues and regime changes to excite scholars and history buffs alike.

Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism

Highly recommended; the currency of this work is both engrossing and petrifying.
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Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America

Insight into Abrams and her personal and political journey are the main strengths of this important book. Those not familiar with U.S. voting history will find it to be especially informative.
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Participatory Archives: Theory and Practice

This is a solid work for understanding the past, present, and future of participatory archives. Archivists and MLIS students and their professors will benefit from engaging in conversation about this topic and worthwhile read.

A Field Guide to Grad School: Uncovering the Hidden Curriculum

Undergraduate students considering graduate school as well as current graduate students will find the information contained here helpful, making this a useful guide for college and university libraries. Highly recommended for anyone curious about what to expect in graduate school.

Zconomy: How Gen Z Will Change the Future of Business—and What To Do About It

Vital for all businesses and organizations with any direct contact with Gen Z. Highly recommended for all university libraries supporting business and psychology curriculum.
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Meeting the Challenge of Teaching Information Literacy

Experienced instruction librarians will find themselves in familiar territory here, but new professionals might welcome the overview and reflection questions.
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The Infinite Machine: How an Army of Crypto-hackers Is Building the Next Internet with Ethereum

This will appeal to people fascinated with the possibilities of cryptocurrency, as well as those interested in the personalities involved and the business history of the concept.
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The Apocalypse Factory: Plutonium and the Making of the Atomic Age

While avid readers of World War II will turn to Richard Rhodes’s The Making of the Atomic Bomb as the definitive book on the Manhattan Project, those looking for a digestible and humanistic version of events will find Olson’s book fascinating and thought provoking. The rare crossover nonfiction for history and science readers to enjoy and ponder.
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Soul Full of Coal Dust: A Fight for Breath and Justice in Appalachia

An engrossing read for those interested in social justice.
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Outsmarting AI: Power, Profit, and Leadership in the Age of Machines

Recommended for general readers curious about AI, and business owners interested in implementing AI to realize a ROI (return on investment). A great addition to collections in which Alex Castrounis’s AI for People and Business circulates well.

Henry Kissinger and American Power: A Political Biography

This richly detailed investigation will find an appreciative audience among Cold War scholars and current history readers. See Barry Gewen’s The Inevitability of Tragedy for more insight into Kissinger’s political underpinnings.
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The Beauty of Home: Redefining Traditional Interiors

Anyone trying to emulate Flanigan’s refined, somewhat stark look will enjoy learning her methods and also poring over the inspiring photos. Those seeking a bolder, homier look should see James T. Farmer’s Arriving Home.

Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music

With this multifaceted jewel of a book, Ross has produced a monumental study of Wagner’s legacy. Eighteen out of 18 anvils.
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Tomboyland

Readers of all kinds will wish to sit down with this tomboy, not just those interested in issues of androgyny. Recommended.
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The House That Rock Built: How It Took Time, Money, Music Moguls, Corporate Types, Politicians, Media, Artists, and Fans To Bring the Rock Hall to Cleveland

This informative and entertaining read will likely become the definitive volume on this important cultural center’s formation, and is a worthy companion to stand beside Nick Talevski’s useful if dated The Unofficial Encyclopedia of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Beethoven, a Life

Detailed and engaging, this fitting tribute to the iconic composer will enrich anyone’s enjoyment and appreciation of his great music.

Time of the Magicians: Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Cassirer, Heidegger, and the Decade That Reinvented Philosophy

This book is a tapestry of contrasts and conjunctions; both colorful and elegant, juxtaposing smooth and rough in a narrative structure that surprises, explains, and compels readers ever forward. Highly recommended.

Just Us: An American Conversation

“How does one say/ what if/ without reproach?” asks Rankine, and proceeds to show us. In the end it is “just us” wanting “justice,” which will require whiteness to be visible and interrogated. A must-read to add to the conversation on racism, antiracism, and white fragility.

Wild Thing: The Short, Spellbinding Life of Jimi Hendrix

There will be much interest in all things Hendrix on the 50th anniversary of his death this September. As his chronicler, Norman is, most definitely, experienced. Essential for music collections and anyone interested in Hendrix or music of the 1960s. [See Prepub Alert, 4/15/20.]
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Austen Years: A Memoir in 5 Novels

A successful reminder of how time-honored literature evokes insight into our present reality and why the classics should be read more and often.
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My Life in the Purple Kingdom

This page-turning memoir, while focusing on the artist’s early days and ignoring the past 30 years of his life, will appeal to BrownMark’s fans and general music enthusiasts.
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American Utopia

Whether or not readers are fans of Byrne, they’ll enjoy this colorful and playful presentation.
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Memphis Mayhem: A Story of the Music That Shook Up the World

This quick romp through Memphis music from a racial perspective will complement Robert Gordon’s books, as well as James Dickerson’s Goin’ Back to Memphis.
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Albrecht Dürer

Both exhibition catalog and academic endeavor, this will be enjoyed by scholars and Dürer aficionados alike.
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The Baddest Bitch in the Room

An enlightening memoir about self-discovery, embracing one’s heritage, and finding success.
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The Book of Unconformities: Speculations on Lost Time

A work of poetic science, a smashing together of the human and the natural world, of cultures separated by time. Just as a geologic unconformity, this is erudite and artistic.
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The Butterfly Effect: Insects and the Making of the Modern World

Melillo introduces many little-known facts and moments of insight, making this an engaging and often surprising read for those interested in environmental history.
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The Everyday Ayurveda Guide to Self-Care: Rhythms, Routines, and Home Remedies for Natural Healing

There’s much to learn from O’Donnell, and her book makes it easy for readers to enhance learn new ways of self-care as well as balancing and healing the body, mind, and soul.

Science Fictions: How Fraud, Bias, Negligence, and Hype Undermine the Search for Truth

An uncompromising examination of the collision between the ideals of science and the realities of scientific publishing. Highly recommended for popular science readers curious about what lurks behind science headlines.
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Conflict in the Modern Middle East: An Encyclopedia of Civil War, Revolutions, and Regime Change

A thorough introduction to the Arab Spring with succinct and informative overviews of countries, cultures, and people most affected by the developments and outcomes.
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Ancient Rome: Facts and Fictions

A decent attempt with a worthwhile premise, this book may be of interest to history buffs or undergraduate students, though the lengthy passages of ancient texts may prove difficult to follow for general readers.

Mastering United States Government Information: Sources and Services

Brown’s discussion of both print and digital government documents has paid off in an invaluable reference for all readers—professionals, academic, public and secondary school students
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Notable African American Writers

Comprehensive and useful for a variety of audiences.

God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World

A wonderful, exciting, engaging, scholarly yet accessible work for all readers of world history, a book that addresses a critical but often overlooked axis of global history.
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Eliot Ness and the Mad Butcher: Hunting America’s Deadliest Unidentified Serial Killer at the Dawn of Modern Criminology

A successful blend of history and suspense, this volume will appeal to readers interested in true crime and law enforcement. Readers intrigued by the Mad Butcher may also enjoy James Jessen Badal’s In the Wake of the Butcher.

Data Science for Librarians

A worthy contribution to the dynamic field of data science, suited for library professionals in all types of libraries.
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Poetic License

This moving, well-written book is recommended to readers who enjoy dark family memoirs.
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The World Aflame: A New History of War and Revolution: 1914–1945

Those who relish history and photography will appreciate this eloquent and artistic work.
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Break It Up: Secession, Division, and the Secret History of America’s Imperfect Union

Packed with notes on a variety of sources, this book can be a dense read. But for readers interested in American history and politics, particularly the role and response of the federal government during crises, this book offers a powerful and refreshing account on disunity in America and helps us understand more about today’s political fragmentation under state and national governments.

Bound by War: How the United States and the Philippines Built America’s First Pacific Century

It’s difficult to imagine a better book about this often-overlooked, yet important relationship between two countries. Capozzola makes history accessible, and tells his story exceedingly well.
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Fathoms: The World in the Whale

In lyrical language, Giggs leads readers on a journey through underwater cultures and the place of whales in the chain of life. Recommended for readers interested in nature, ecology, and environmentalism.
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Chronic: The Hidden Cause of the Autoimmune Pandemic and How To Get Healthy Again

Not the mainstream approach endorsed by the American College of Physicians and other medical groups but a glint of hope to the many people living with Lyme+ diseases and those who treat them.
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World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments

A lyrical exploration of a woman finding her true home in the world, interspersed with hauntingly beautiful descriptions of the lives of the animals and plants that illuminate it, this natural history will appeal to nature lovers and readers who relish thoughtful, introspective works. Also suggest to fans of Margaret Renkl’s Late Migrations.
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One Hundred Dogs and Counting: One Woman, Ten Thousand Miles, and A Journey into the Heart of Shelters and Rescues

This honest, engaging journey should be shared with all animal and pet lovers, especially those in the Southern states the author profiles.

Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain

Eagleman claims that whatever information the brain is fed, it will learn to extract what it can, and there is much to extract from this fascinating work, that is recommended for readers interested in neuroscience, technology, and the intersection of the two.

Vagina: A Re-Education

A necessary resource on an often-stigmatized subject, this book will appeal to anyone looking to learn more about the vagina and women’s health.
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Inventory

A poetic and brutal reflection on the ways the unspoken past haunts the present, the construction of histories from fragments and secrets, and the physical, mental, and emotional traumas that result when violence becomes part of the daily landscape.

Higher Expectations: Can Colleges Teach Students What They Need To Know in the 21st Century?

Highly recommended for college faculty and administrators, and anyone interested in how college students can find meaning and purpose in life.

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The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South

With elements of legal and social history, this work is recommended for readers interested in the history of race and racism, and how it relates to medical practice in the United States.

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How To Catch a Killer: Hunting and Capturing the World’s Most Notorious Serial Killers

A focus on how killers are caught brings a fresh approach even to familiar cases. Ramsland presents concise, compelling examples of the progress of police work over the last century. Highly recommended for true crime buffs.
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Carville’s Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice

A heart-wrenching story of little-known social history.

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Serial Killers of the ’70s: Stories Behind a Notorious Decade of Death

True crime buffs will be familiar with most of these names, but Fritsch competently captures the era.
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The Innovation Delusion: How Our Obsession with the New Has Disrupted the Work That Matters Most

Vinsel and Russell’s observations make a compelling counterpoint to the innovation mania that has dominated this decade. Will appeal to innovation skeptics and fans of Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow and Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit.

Looking for Miss America: A Pageant’s 100-Year Quest to Define Womanhood

This work offers a thought-provoking, balanced, and highly informative look at an institution that has perplexed and enticed Americans since its founding.

Say It Louder! Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy

Insightful political and cultural analysis highly recommended for all readers.
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Don’t Be a Victim: Fighting Back Against America’s Crime Wave

For fans of Grace as well as those seeking advice on personal safety. [See Prepub Alert, 12/9/19.]
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Best Technologies for Public Libraries: Policies, Programs, and Services

Librarians will find useful advice as they evaluate, select, and integrate new technologies. The book can be read à la carte to consider a specific technology or cover to cover for an overview of a range of possibilities.

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Losers: Dispatches from the Other Side of the Scoreboard

A fascinating look at another side of sports, emphasizing those who lost games, matches, and tournaments, along with the pressures they faced and the ramifications of their losses. A wonderful choice for sports enthusiasts.
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Fangirls: Scenes From Modern Music Culture

Anyone who has wondered why someone would bid thousands for a wad of used chewing gum or collect a closetful of an idol’s clothing will come away with greater understanding. May fit a niche for broad collections.

Jane Austen: Writing, Society, Politics

Highly recommended.

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Working on a Song: The Lyrics of Hadestown

Fans of Hadestown, especially, will gain a better understanding of Mitchell’s lyricism, while theater lovers, generally, will appreciate insight into the dramaturgy. A captivating read.

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The Draw Anything Book: Over 200 Simple Step-by-Step Drawing Sequences for All Kinds of Things

Fun for fledgling artists of all ages, who will find plenty of tidbits of creative wisdom to be gleaned in this affordable and helpful guide.
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Paris Fashion and World War Two: Global Diffusion and Nazi Control

Scholarly in tone and ambitious in scope, this book is recommended to readers interested in the fashion and history of the World War II period.

Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times

This major work in moral philosophy and theology should engage all readers, but particularly scholars, undergraduates, and graduate students.
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Blizzard

For large poetry collections.

Cy Young: The Baseball Life and Career

Fans of baseball history and those interested in learning more about one of the most celebrated pitchers in baseball history will thoroughly enjoy.

The Blessing and the Curse: The Jewish People and Their Books in the Twentieth Century

The focus throughout this illuminating and invaluable study is on secular modern Jewish writers from Central and Eastern Europe and their descendants. For all Jewish literature collections, and for informed general readers interested in modern Jewish secular literary culture.

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Real Change: Mindfulness To Heal Ourselves and the World

Fans of Salzberg’s Real Love podcast series and anyone seeking loving-kindness meditative guidance will appreciate these words on compassionate activism.
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Hosts and Guests

Like award-wining poet Christian Wiman, Klug bears witness to the fruitful cross-pollinations of contemporary poetry and contemporary religious faith, and like Wiman, he is worth watching. This new collection will reward attentive readers, regardless of their religious beliefs.
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Veritas: A Harvard Professor, a Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife

This is a well-researched, engrossing backstory of failed discovery from a noted scholar. Best suited for readers interested in biblical studies and papyrology.
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The Caiplie Caves

While this moodily erudite exploration of solitude exudes a timeless aura, most individual poems rarely transcend a claustrophobic flatness of expression, diluting “the nervous power of life” that potentially resides within their subjects. [See “Versifying,” LJ 1/17/20.]

COVID-19: The Pandemic That Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One

This readable, essential account for all readers will be of particular interest to anyone working in public health.

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Baking with Bruno: A French Baker’s North American Love Story

Simple and elegant, this charming collection of favorite desserts, all easily prepared, will be welcomed by beginner to intermediate home bakers.
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Drink What You Want: The Subjective Guide to Making Objectively Delicious Cocktails

Those new to home bartending will be encouraged, and even old hands will find something to learn in this fun, useful book for thirsty home mixologists.
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Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters

Crenn offers a breezy and altogether engaging read that embraces and celebrates the events in her life that have culminated in a remarkable career.
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America’s Test Kitchen Eds. Foolproof Fish: Modern Recipes for Everyone, Everywhere

With this book, anyone will find this a delightful guide to preparing fish and seafood, no matter their expertise.
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Rose’s Ice Cream Bliss

Beranbaum’s fun guide is sure to satisfy one’s craving for homemade, machine-churned, custard-style ice cream. A treat for culinary collections.
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Trejo’s Tacos: Recipes and Stories from L.A.: A Cookbook

Readers will find Trejo’s cookbook, like his acting roles, to be a solid effort which does not hold back nor disappoint.
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The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook: 125 Homegrown Recipes from the Hills of New England

With a conversational tone, this guide will appeal to many home cooks looking for fresh yet comforting ideas for meals. The combination of food history and community stories will have readers feeling as if they, too, have visited the Berkshires.
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An Onion in My Pocket: My Life with Vegetables

Madison is a prolific cookbook author, and this latest offering presents an intriguing and insightful look into how her upbringing influenced both her professional and private life.
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Women in the Kitchen: Twelve Essential Cookbook Writers Who Defined the Way We Eat, from 1661 to Today

An additional purchase for large collections with culinary histories in high ­demand.

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Similar to her previous book, the latest by Wilkerson is destined to become a classic, and is urgent, essential reading for all.

The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States

Although focused primarily on the history of St. Louis and surrounding areas, this well researched and thoroughly documented work is too important to be dismissed as a strictly regional history. Highly recommended for all readers interested in American history.

Vesper Flights

Macdonald’s unique voice is highly recommended for fans of her first book and science enthusiasts who enjoy natural history with a British flavor.

Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars: Space, Exploration, and Life on Earth

This engaging account will interest sf lovers, scientists, and dreamers who see the red planet in the night sky and wonder, what if.

Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close

This vital book will be especially useful for young women as they navigate their relationships and the world, but may also be an important read for older women who are reflecting on how they grew up and who they came of age alongside.

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