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Bad Poetry, Vol. 1: Tumbleweed

Recommended for those who want a straightforward, heartfelt read in tumultuous times, including YAs looking for resonance and anyone appreciating the insouciance of Rodriguez’s title.
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Claude Rains: An Invisible Man

With extensive photographs, notes, and bibliography, this is a notable and detailed tribute to an actor who deserves to be remembered.

Black Women Will Save the World: An Anthem

An informative, inspirational work by a leading political journalist; an essential purchase for public and academic libraries.

Butts: A Backstory

A fun, fascinating, and surprisingly empowering exploration of the history and cultural significance of the butt.
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The Last Hill: The Epic Story of a Ranger Battalion and the Battle That Defined WWII

Most libraries with World War II collections will want recent works, like Drury and Clavin’s, on the accomplishments of these famous Army Rangers.
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I Wore This Dress Today for You, Mom

Lit up with sudden lyricism (“Her body releasing mist from the hurricane inside her”), Dower’s sharply observed quotidian detail will draw in even casual readers of poetry.

Finalists

Armantrout at her most thoughtful; highly recommended.
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Belly to the Brutal

Givhan’s strong, vibrant writing can also be dense and layering, sometimes slowing up an understanding of her meaning, but the result is great for the word-hungry and readers interested in the female experience.

And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle

A scholarly book on the life, triumphs, and heartbreaks of Abraham Lincoln’s life, but general readers may enjoy it too. This is a title that will likely be a fruitful one for all levels of book discussion groups.
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Evolve or Die: Hard-Won Lessons from a Hockey Life

A disarmingly honest view of a storied career in Canadian sports broadcasting. Will likely appeal to hockey fans, particularly those who share Shannon’s feelings for Hockey Night in Canada.

The Columbo Companion 1968–78: Investigating Every Detail of All 45 “Classic Era” Columbo Adventures

An affectionate, critical, and immensely entertaining guide to the classic TV series.
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The Choreography of Everyday Life

A thoughtful addition to a dance library collection.
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Lapis

Despite its challenges, a book to be appreciated by poetry sophisticates.
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Mathematics for Ladies: Poems on Women in Science

For science readers who love poetry, poetry readers who love science, and feminists and students of all ages. [For more on this collection, see “Curating Creativity: Jessy Randall Finds Inspiration in the Archives | Peer to Peer Review.”]

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Drifting into Darkness: Murders, Madness, Suicide, and a Death “Under Suspicious Circumstances”

The well-written, well-researched book is ideal for fans of true crime and general readers.
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Listen, World! How the Intrepid Elsie Robinson Became America’s Most-Read Woman

. This engaging and well-researched biography reads like a novel and should appeal to readers interested in journalism, women’s studies, and adventure tales alike.
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The Ghosts That Haunt Me: Memories of a Homicide Detective

True crime readers will likely have a difficult time putting the book down.
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In Their Names: The Untold Story of Victims’ Rights, Mass Incarceration, and the Future of Public Safety

Supporters of criminal justice reform will enjoy this non-technical plea for change.
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Your Family Revealed: A Guide to Decoding the Patterns, Stories, and Belief Systems in Your Family

An involving, approachable book for readers looking for new and different ways to think about their own families.
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The Last Speaker of Bear: My Encounters in the North

Although the brevity of the essays may make readers wish Millman had opted to write the fuller memoir he mentions in the preface, those interested in the Arctic will likely appreciate what they’ve gotten.
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The Lives of Brian: A Memoir

This will definitely be a popular book with any library’s rock fan patrons. It’s also an inspiring story for all readers.
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Best Seat in the House: An Assistant Director Behind the Scenes of Feature Films

This unpretentious memoir about filmmaking will appeal to anyone in love with the big screen.
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The Thrill of Orthodoxy: Rediscovering the Adventure of Christian Faith

While those who feel the borders of their Christian faith are under threat may applaud the approach, those left on the outside may find this presentation less than thrilling.
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Invasion ’51: The Birth of Alien Cinema

Useful for film scholars or sociologists, yet still accessible for general sci-fi fans, Kotz’s book is a fascinating look at the debut of an extraterrestrial movie menace that’s still popular today.
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Stephen King: A Complete Exploration of His Work, Life, and Influences

Best suited to libraries with strong horror collections.
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Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard

An honest, at times humorous, and entertaining memoir that movie buffs, especially Harry Potter fans, will enjoy.
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Dying of Politeness: A Memoir

For admirers of Davis, film, or anyone who believes women deserve an equal voice in their industry. In particular, her take on the appeal of Thelma and Louise is spot on.

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All Our Griefs To Bear

Those who lead and support congregations would do well to consider this well-supported book. It’s filled with advice about how to adjust to a post-pandemic world.

The Power of Ideas: Words of Faith and Wisdom

Sacks, a sage, never fails to impart an accessible, yet deeply sagacious insight into the modern struggle for a life of meaning and purpose. A valuable list of his published works completes this collection.
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Listening in the Dark: Women Reclaiming the Power of Intuition

This title will resonate strongly with readers who enjoyed Clarissa Pinkola Estés’s Women Who Run with the Wolves, a work Tamblyn mentions a number of times. With a variety of perspectives, this collection validates women striving to hear and trust themselves.

The Black Family’s Guide to College Admissions: A Conversation About Education, Parenting, and Race

This excellent guide is highly recommended for any parent or student who is navigating the college admissions process, especially Black students and first-generation students. Readers may even learn some new things and trends.
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Jewish Soldiers in the Civil War: The Union Army

Highly recommended as a work that will make a fine addition to a comprehensive Civil War collection.

Liberated to the Bone: Histories. Bodies. Futures

Visceral and readable without ever feeling too steeped in theory or jargon, Raffo’s accessible book helps show that roots matter more than what many see and that change is impossible without a real weeding, a structural dismantling of what people prefer to simply cover up or look away from.
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Deadly Triangle: The Famous Architect, His Wife, Their Chauffeur, and Murder Most Foul

In spite of its flaws, this book is likely to appeal to true-crime fans. Goldenberg’s style titillates with the skill of a good gossip columnist, armed with the tools of both a criminalist and a historian.

Leading Inclusion: Drive Change Your Employees Can See and Feel

An outstanding source of information and advice for leaders who want to build inclusive work environments. It may also prove extremely beneficial for faculty and students of business administration schools. Highly recommended.
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The Peacemaker: Ronald Reagan, the Cold War, and the World on the Brink

Still, history buffs will likely enjoy this conscientiously-researched biography.
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For Profit: A History of Corporations

Readers interested in business and history will appreciate the depth of Magnuson’s research and the lessons it reveals about corporations, past and present.
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C. Vann Woodward: America’s Historian

A rewarding read for scholars of Southern and 20th-century historical references in the United States.

Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century

This volume, partly an economic history but mostly a thorough record of the global economy’s connection with politics, is destined to become a classic in its category. Social sciences and history collections would benefit the most from this book.
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Afternoons with Harper Lee

Recommended for readers interested in a close-up view of the person the author calls “America’s best loved writer of the world’s most famous novel.”
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Rip Van Winkle’s Republic: Washington Irving in History and Memory

Though from an academic press, this is an accessible and engaging book that should appeal to both Irving experts and neophytes.
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The Abyss: Nuclear Crisis Cuba 1962

Recommended for readers interested in this specific crisis and Cold War history in general.
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Paris in Turmoil: A City Between Past and Future

Readers already familiar with Paris will find this fiery and charming volume the perfect companion for a thought-provoking walk around the City of Light.
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Orwell and Empire

Readers seeking a different perspective on Orwell will appreciate this study. Kerr links Orwell’s writings to current discussions of Britain’s imperial past and matters of race, justice, and identity.

The Trayvon Generation

Hearing this work is a simultaneously motivating and heartbreaking experience. An absolute must-listen and essential purchase for all libraries.
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Some of My Best Friends: Essays on Lip Service

A great addition to any collection where thought-provoking essays are popular.
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Bodies on the Line: At the Front Lines of the Fight To Protect Abortion in America

Recommended for medium and large public libraries and any other libraries where women’s issues are strong circulators.
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Off the Edge: Flat Earthers, Conspiracy Culture, and Why People Will Believe Anything

Those who value information literacy will love hearing what this book reveals. Recommended.
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The Hawk’s Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty

Though listeners must rely on a supplemental pdf to view photographs of Montgomery’s training and close-ups of the hawks, the author’s irrepressible enthusiasm, vivid oral storytelling, and a brief clip of hawk sounds make this short listen, that grips and soars, an essential purchase.
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Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of America’s Public Monuments

Narrator Heather Masters’s clear voice, excellent enunciation, and measured delivery allow the often shocking stories behind some of the United States’ most famous monuments, such as the U.S. Capitol Building’s Freedom Statue and Mount Rushmore, to stand on their own.
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Knocked Down: A High-Risk Memoir

Captivating and wonderfully written, a print version or the upcoming audiobook narrated by the author is best for collections.
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On Tyranny, Expanded Audio Edition: Updated with Twenty New Lessons from Russia’s War on Ukraine

A first purchase for any library’s audio collection.
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The Premonitions Bureau: A True Account of Death Foretold

Rhind-Tutt’s well-paced narration is clear and sincere, perfectly matching the balanced tone of Knight’s deeply researched, enjoyably diverting social history. Recommended for all nonfiction collections.
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Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now

This heartfelt and entertaining chronicle serves as a showcase for exceptional Asian American audiobook narrators. A must-listen for pop culture buffs.
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The Battle Cry of the Siamese Kitten: Even More Tales from the Accidental Veterinarian

An entertaining, simple book, worthwhile for any library. This volume fits perfectly with Schott’s two previous “The Accidental Veterinarian” books.
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Back to the Moon: The Next Giant Leap for Humankind

Share this timely book with anyone interested in cosmology or the possibilities of future lunar exploration.

Seeing Science: The Art of Making the Invisible Visible

A worthy addition to any science collection, featuring stunning full-color images with broad appeal for multiple levels of engagement.
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The Rescue Effect: The Key to Saving Life on Earth

Socially conscious readers wanting to avoid doomsday environmental messaging will likely appreciate this one.
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Great Novels: The World’s Most Remarkable Fiction Explored and Explained

A worthwhile purchase for public library, high school, community college, and undergraduate collections.
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Opinions Throughout History: Worker’s Rights & Wages

A potentially useful reference work for high school and undergraduate collections.
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The Afterlife in Popular Culture: Heaven, Hell, and the Underworld in the American Imagination

O’Neill incorporates many examples from young-adult fiction as he provides clear, nonjudgmental evidence of the American fascination with, rather than fear of, life after death, focusing on the prevalent theme of optimism.
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Magill’s Literary Annual, 2022

Public and academic staff and patrons can benefit greatly from this quality annual.
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Latino Almanac: From Early Explorers to Corporate Leaders

Despite some flaws, this wide-ranging, clearly written volume will help researchers understand the past, present, and potential future of Latinos in the United States.
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Facts About the Presidents

Remains a standard of excellence for readers who never tire of learning things about American presidents and for researchers who want a well-organized and up-to-date source on the topic.
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Auto America: Car Culture, 1950s–1970s

Fun to browse, this is an excellent collection of vintage pictures for car enthusiasts and anyone else with an interest in mid-20th-century American culture and photography.
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The Ceiling Outside: The Science and Experience of the Disrupted Mind

Approachable and humanizing, this work is made accessible by the narrator’s flowing, conversational style. A worthwhile purchase.
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The Worth of Water: Our Story of Chasing Solutions to the World’s Greatest Challenge

A sensitive call to action for a very worthy cause: working to get clean water and sanitation for the poorest populations on our planet.
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Miss Chloe: A Memoir of a Literary Friendship with Toni Morrison

This exquisitely narrated audiobook is a balm and a delight. Share with listeners seeking to better understand Morrison and her works as well as the difficulties encountered by Black women seeking to establish themselves as authors and artists.
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The Monster’s Bones: The Discovery of T. Rex and How It Shook Our World

Recommended for history readers and dinosaur lovers.
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The Colony: Faith and Blood in a Promised Land

Recommended for fans of Jon Krakauer’s work.
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Brazen: My Unorthodox Journey from Long Sleeves to Lingerie

A compelling story, well told by Haart in a friendly and ingratiating manner.
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Been There, Done That: A Rousing History of Sex

This well-researched, uproariously funny audiobook is ideal for listeners who enjoyed Strange Bedfellows by Ina Park or Bonk by Mary Roach, both of which cover similar territory.
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Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks

This is a good addition to any popular nonfiction collection. The wide variety of people profiled gives the book broad appeal.
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Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker

Highly recommended. This audio treat for fans of Walker and her contemporaries is an essential purchase for libraries wishing to honor the achievements of Black authors, creators, and activists.
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Still Just a Geek: An Annotated Memoir

Wheaton’s memoir is packed with insights about celebrity culture, Hollywood, and the fight to destigmatize mental health to keep even the least Trekkie listener absorbed.
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The Man Who Invented Motion Pictures: A True Tale of Obsession, Murder, and the Movies

Despite those few strange moments, film and history buffs will find this compelling.
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Who Killed Jane Stanford? A Gilded Age Tale of Murder, Deceit, Spirits and the Birth of a University

A must-listen for history buffs and true crime fans.
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Pipeline

With a running time of just over an hour, this brief but captivating audio play is highly recommended. Share with listeners who appreciate YA crossover titles by authors such as Jason Reynolds, Angie Smith, and Nic Stone.
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The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward

An excellent choice for libraries with patrons interested in social sciences. The tips to help overcome regret add a self-help component, which will attract an even wider audience.
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Out of the Corner: A Memoir

A good mix of honesty and humor with lots of celebrity name-dropping. Recommended for all collections.
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Extreme North: A Cultural History

Jonathan Yen’s confident delivery and masterful pronunciations of the many non-English terms draw listeners into Brunner’s descriptions of the almost magical beauty of the far North, while his expressive readings of the racist and pseudoscientific perversions of the region (by Nazis and other white supremacists) will stay with listeners long after the audiobook has ended.

Finding Me: A Memoir

Not to be missed, this memoir is a powerful reminder that our childhoods do not define us, that we can determine our perception and worth.
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Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases

Holes’s acolytes will drive demand, but the work is not likely to appeal to those who aren’t established fans. An optional purchase.
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In the Houses of Their Dead: The Lincolns, the Booths, and the Spirits

Listeners will appreciate the clarity of voice Campbell executes, helping them keep it all straight and enhancing those moments they may not have known about before.
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It Was Vulgar and It Was Beautiful: How AIDS Activists Used Art To Fight a Pandemic

Lowery’s interviews with the members of the collective provides a sweeping look at the movements that changed the way in which people view government inaction, greed, and the stigma surrounding AIDS. Adam conveys the emotions of the collective members, adding a singular depth to the account. Lowery provides a well-organized list of sources for listeners who wish to learn more.

I Cried To Dream Again: Trafficking, Murder, and Deliverance; A Memoir

This empowering, candid memoir is a powerful call to eliminate the sentence of life without parole for teenagers.

Bomb Shelter

An irresistible listening experience. Philpott’s blending of deep insights with domestic relatability will appeal to fans of Glennon Doyle and Jenny Lawson.
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Game: An Autobiography

For basketball fans and those who bleed Duke blue, but Hill’s autobiography is also a worthy addition to any library’s sports collection as Hill, once a role model on the court, is one off it as well.
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What the Ermine Saw: The Extraordinary Journey of Leonardo da Vinci’s Most Mysterious Portrait

A story of beauty, art, and history well told by Collinsworth (Behaving Badly: The New Morality in Politics, Sex, and Business) with a clear and pitch-perfect narration by Cassandra Campbell.

Pandemic, Inc.: Chasing the Capitalists and Thieves Who Got Rich While We Got Sick

With engrossing narration from Godfrey, this call-to-action for increased pandemic preparedness, including the removal of partisan politics and unrestrained capitalism from future health-care emergencies, is an essential purchase for all libraries.

Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System

Coffey’s impassioned performance of this eye-opening work should spark important conversations about criminal justice reform.
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Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk

This quick listener will leave one feeling hopeful for the world.

Sandy Hook: An American Tragedy and the Battle for Truth

An outstanding treatise on the history and rise of conspiracy theories today.
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Manhattan Phoenix: The Great Fire of 1835 and the Emergence of Modern New York

A must for diehard Big Apple fans, but a miss for most.

Born To Be Hanged: The Epic Story of Gentleman Pirates Who Raided the South Seas, Rescued a Princess, and Stole a Fortune

Highly recommended for any maritime and history collections.

Rebel with a Clause: Tales and Tips from a Roving Grammarian

In order to really follow Jovin’s grammar examples, one must download an accompanying PDF, but casual listeners can skip it and still enjoy the ride, thanks to the audiobook’s careful narration in which punctuation and words are spelled out when necessary.
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Time Is a Mother

This is a timely collection of poetry and will make a great addition to any library collection.
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Conversations with People Who Hate Me: 12 Things I Learned from Talking to Internet Strangers

Listeners of the titular podcast will provide built-in demand for this author-narrated account of its origins and notable moments. Buy where fan interest warrants.

The King’s Shadow: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Deadly Quest for the Lost City of Alexandria

A valuable addition any nonfiction collection.
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