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Toxic: Women, Fame, and the Tabloid 2000s

A good pick for listeners seeking stories of tragedy and triumph about a specific set of women celebrities who bore the brunt of the sexism for which society has only recently begun to atone. Recommended for fans of pop culture critique, such as Celebrity Nation by Landon Y. Jones.
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A City on Mars: Can We Settle Space, Should We Settle Space, and Have We Really Thought This Through?

The Weinersmiths’ (Soonish) lighthearted and accessible production is food for thought about space settlement, highlighting the many issues that must be addressed before humankind can realistically consider such an endeavor.

The Hidden Language of Cats: How They Have Us at Meow

A pleasurable and informative audiobook for cat lovers. Libraries will want to reserve a warm sunbeam for this one.

Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution

A brilliant, playful, paradigm-shifting work on the overlooked importance of women’s bodies to human evolution and scientific narratives. Highly recommended for all fans of science writing, especially those interested in women’s issues and human evolution.
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Escape to Clayoquot Sound: Finding Home in a Wild Place

A fascinating, immersive memoir of life off the grid. Will appeal to boaters, fishermen, adventurers, armchair travelers, and readers interested in the natural world.

Adventures in Volcanoland: What Volcanoes Tell Us About the World and Ourselves

Readers will easily imagine they are along for the ride in this crucial contribution to the geology of volcanoes. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this marvelous, earnest work is impressive and might motivate some readers to study volcanoes as a profession.
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Alien Earths: The New Science of Planet Hunting in the Cosmos

Science and space enthusiasts will revel in this journey through the cosmos. They will undoubtedly learn novel information along the way.

Light: The Visible Spectrum and Beyond

An essential purchase. This spectacular examination of light will impress curious readers eager to understand how light impacts their lives, from lighting the day to enabling X-rays in medical clinics to making cell phone calls. The title includes relatable language and excellent illustrated analogies, and it will appeal to fans of To Infinity and Beyond: A Journey of Cosmic Discovery by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Lindsey Nyx Walker.

Superfoods, Silkworms, and Spandex: Science and Pseudoscience in Everyday Life

This highly informative, authoritative title makes solid science accessible and entertaining, and it keeps alive the author’s tradition of clearly differentiating pseudoscience and quackery from empirical science. Schwarcz’s fans will love this latest book, and he’ll likely gain a new following as well. Nicely supplements The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan and Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer.
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Tampa Bay: The Story of an Estuary and Its People

With all its muck and scum, a book worthy of gloom, yet this telling of the Tampa Bay’s turnaround offers hope.
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The Importance of Being Educable: A New Theory of Human Uniqueness

This brief, philosophical treatise will be a thoughtful addition to academic collections focused on artificial intelligence and human learning.

Milk Street 365: The All-Purpose Cookbook for Every Day of the Year

Both newbie cooks and old hands in the kitchen will want a copy of this smartly written cookbook that delivers a year’s worth of delicious dishes and invaluable culinary insight.
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A Gardener at the End of the World

A well-written chronicle of a gardening year, a pandemic, and their intertwined histories. Will appeal to a broad range of readers.

Indulge: Delicious and Decadent Dishes To Enjoy and Share

Few home cooks will be able to resist indulging in Bertinelli’s latest book, which exhibits the same non-cheffy, warm, welcoming approach to cooking found in Ina Garten’s and Rachael Ray’s equally popular cookbooks.

Wild Chorus: Finding Harmony with Whales, Wolves, and Other Animals

At first glance, this book seems like a plea from an activist, but it’s far more than that. Peterson’s writing style and her intimately told stories about how animals and people can jointly navigate the planet have the ability to draw readers in and leave them with hope about the future of the world.
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Birds Through Indigenous Eyes: Native Perspectives on Birds of the Eastern Woodlands

This engaging work of ethno-ornithology is a must for bird watchers and readers who want to form a more profound relationship with nature.
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Long Problems: Climate Change and the Challenge of Governing Across Time

Best suited for academic readers interested in learning more about the link between climate change and political and social sciences.

PlantYou Scrappy Cooking: 140+ Plant-Based Zero-Waste Recipes That Are Good for You, Your Wallet, and the Planet

The message is important, and well delivered, but Bodrug has also created a cookbook vegans will treasure for the wealth of “I can make this; I am going to make that!” recipes that are sure to become standards.

Chase’s Calendar of Events 2024: The Ultimate Go-To Guide for Special Days, Weeks and Months. 67th ed

An invaluable resource for trivia fans, planners, media professionals, teachers, and librarians.
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The King of Diamonds: The Search for the Elusive Texas Jewel Thief

Perfect for true-crime lovers who want a story about sinister thefts that aims to uncover the psychological motivations behind some sensational crimes.

The Museum of Other People: From Colonial Acquisitions to Cosmopolitan Exhibitions

This highly recommended work about anthropological museums and creating culturally appropriate exhibits challenges preconceptions and encourages readers to think critically about this complex and important issue.
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A Travel Guide to the Middle Ages: The World Through Medieval Eyes

An informative and entertaining account of medieval travel that will be appreciated by readers of both popular history and travel stories. Those more interested in relics should consult Patrick J. Geary’s Furta Sacra.
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Forbidden Desire in Early Modern Europe: Male-Male Sexual Relations, 1400–1750

A significant contribution to the debate on the making of modern sexualities and an essential read for historians and serious students of premodern European history. Both general readers and scholars will undoubtedly come away with new insights from this meticulously researched and argued book.
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Soviet Adventures in the Land of the Capitalists: Ilf and Petrov’s American Road Trip

This book traces the elisions and obfuscations in Ilf and Petrov’s story and the political and humorous motivations they may have had for doing so. Questions of politics, art, commerce, identity, and how Soviet citizens perceived themselves in relation to Americans make for a fascinating story. It’s somewhat academic, but this book is a must for readers interested in Soviet, American, or Jewish history and radical politics.

The Riddles of the Sphinx: Inheriting the Feminist History of the Crossword Puzzle

As a gripping study sprinkled with puns and puzzles, this book encompasses the reasoning behind Shechtman’s own search for meaning while describing the constraints and histories of women who changed the narrative about wordplay. The book also soundly cracks the code for feminists puzzling over how wordplay fits into gender politics.
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The Constitutional Bind: How Americans Came To Idolize a Document That Fails Them

An eye-opening and exhaustive look at the U.S. Constitution. This book will reward readers’ tenacity and enlighten academics, policymakers, and civic-minded Americans alike.

Between Two Trailers: A Memoir

This debut is everything fans of memoirs could hope for: a beautifully written, searing and honest tribute to family.
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What Kind of Bird Can’t Fly: A Memoir of Resilience and Resurrection

A must have for readers interested in the consequences and transformation of mass incarceration, mass supervision, and inhumane policies and practices.

Skies of Thunder: The Deadly World War II Mission Over the Roof of the World

Readers interested in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II and Asian history will enjoy Alexander’s detailed and beautifully written account.

Slow Burn: The Hidden Costs of a Warming World

With gripping prose, this book encourages policymakers to consider the many hazards associated with the unavoidable increases in global temperature that the world faces. This is a call to arms addressing one of the most critical issues of contemporary times.
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Shock Values: Prices and Inflation in American Democracy

A solid history of American economic policies. Add to business and economics collections.

A Supreme Court Unlike Any Other: The Deepening Divide Between the Justices and the People

McMahon’s exemplary ability to explain the changes in party politics, ideologies, and political practices helps readers to visualize the monstrous philosophical gap between the judges and their electorate. This confirms his thesis that judicial independence is creating judicial isolation, to the detriment of the country. The book will appeal to voracious consumers of political thought and current events.

Cracking the Nazi Code: The Untold Story of Agent A12 and the Solving of the Holocaust Code

An extraordinary story of one man’s efforts to stop the Nazi regime. Best for those who enjoy history, biography, and tales of espionage.

Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity

This reader-friendly work concisely explains vital economic principles. The section on personal finance should be required reading for everyone. The superb electronic supplemental material package can be used to structure any introduction to economics course, and this work nicely supplements the fifth edition of Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics. Highly recommended for public libraries and all high school and university economics instructors.

Us, After: A Memoir of Love and Suicide

Readers who have experienced grief will find comfort in this deeply moving memoir of love and loss.
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Red Helicopter—A Parable for Our Times: Lead Change with Kindness (Plus a Little Math)

A well-crafted narrative with a genuine and heartfelt approach. Nominally a business title, but it will have a broad general appeal for readers looking to rediscover simple yet powerful principles that can lead to a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

And Then He Sang a Lullaby

This inaugural title in Roxane Gay’s new imprint with Grove Atlantic is a compelling, mature work of narrative grace.
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Most Delicious Poison: The Story of Nature’s Toxins—from Spices to Vices

This audiobook is rigorous and technical but relatable. Recommended where patrons show interest in popular science and history.
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He/She/They: How We Talk About Gender and Why It Matters

Bailar’s informative and affecting book couldn’t be timelier. An important resource for parents, friends, allies, teachers, trans and cisgender people, and anyone hoping to deepen their knowledge and understanding.

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Minority Rule: The Right-Wing Attack on the Will of the People—and the Fight To Resist It

Readers concerned about the future of democracy in the U.S. will find considerable value in this holistic, historical approach to current threats.
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Gennaro’s Verdure: Over 80 Vibrant Italian Vegetable Dishes

Even with the bumper crop of excellent plant-based cookbooks available like Nick Sharma’s Veg-Table, readers will want to consider making room for this exuberant, enthusiastic guide to cooking vegetables with a bit of Italian flair.
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Stuzzichini: The Art of the Italian Snack

While Anna Francese Gass’s excellent Italian Snacking covers some of the same culinary ground, cooks interested in fully exploring the wonderful world of Italian snacks will find Ferrari’s engagingly written and immensely informative guide irresistible.
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Seriously, So Good: Simple Recipes for a Balanced Life

Mouth-watering photos and easy instructions make Stanton’s cookbook debut perfect for new or experienced home cooks and people who love to entertain.
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Otter Country: An Unexpected Adventure in the Natural World

Darlington’s expressive descriptions animate this highly recommended book that looks back at how nature stories encouraged a child’s wonder of river otters. It also looks at how otter populations are recovering in the UK.
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Nosh: Plant-Forward Recipes Celebrating Modern Jewish Cuisine

This may find its audience with those seeking to create inclusive meals that will appeal to a variety of eaters, specifically those with certain food allergies or otherwise special diets.
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The Afterlife of Data: What Happens to Your Information When You Die and Why You Should Care

Best for readers curious about artificial intelligence, internet history, ethics, or sociology.
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I Will Tell No War Stories: What Our Fathers Left Unsaid About World War II

To readers’ benefit, the author comes to understand his father better, and he shares insights into air combatants’ experiences during World War II.
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Unhappy Achiever: Rejecting the Good Girl Image and Reclaiming the Joy of Inner Fulfillment

Readers will gravitate toward this book, which emphasizes that people shouldn’t be judged by a list of achievements. Perfect for fans of Elise Loehnen’s On Our Best Behavior or Katherine Morgan Schafler’s The Perfectionist’s Guide to Losing Control.
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A Nasty Little War: The Western Intervention into the Russian Civil War

A well-researched deep dive into military and political actions set against post–Russian Revolution.
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Barons: Money, Power, and the Corruption of America’s Food Industry

For readers with a serious interest in public policy and food production.
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The Secret Lives of Booksellers and Librarians: True Stories of the Magic of Reading

A noteworthy addition to the literature lauding the foot soldiers involved in getting books out to readers. A good complement to Debbie Berne’s The Design of Books.

The Danger Imperative: Violence, Death, and the Soul of Policing

This evenhanded, well written account will appeal to readers interested in public safety. The book benefits from interior photos of police stations and training materials.
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Arctic Traverse: Thousand-Mile Summer of Trekking the Brooks Range

This book gorgeously documents the author’s journey through a wild landscape. For readers of travel memoirs and outdoor adventures.
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The Summer Canada Burned: The Wildfire Season That Shocked the World

A recommended title for forestry and media collections in higher education and for followers of Canadian events and studies.
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Sloth

This compact volume nicely covers the past, present, and future of sloths for readers who have fallen in love with them based on popular culture depictions.
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Saving Michelangelo’s Dome: How Three Mathematicians and a Pope Sparked an Architectural Revolution

An accessible book about the history of the dome that sparked an architectural revolution; recommended for general audiences.
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Broken: Transforming Child Protective Services—Notes of a Former Caseworker

Parents and child-welfare professionals will benefit from this excellent work that gives an insider’s view of child protective services. Pair with We Were Once a Family by Roxanna Asgarian.
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Fire Dreams: Making Black Feminist Liberation in the South

WWAV’s experiences serve as an exemplar of Black women organizing in the South. Highly recommended for readers interested in grassroots activism and community organizing.

How To Win Friends and Influence Fungi: Collected Quirks of Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math from Nerd Nite

Delightful and eminently readable. This book about the Nerd Nite empire will be an excellent addition to science collections.
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Space Oddities: The Mysterious Anomalies Challenging Our Understanding of the Universe

Geared toward curious lay readers willing to be challenged with mind-bending scientific puzzles. It helps to have some familiarity with physics, but this book is accessible with clear explanations, a sprinkling of humor, and a dash of poetry. The combination makes for an engaging follow-up to Cliff’s previous book, How To Make an Apple Pie from Scratch.
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Southern Rivers: Restoring America’s Freshwater Biodiversity

A wide-ranging picture of interconnectedness between aquatic biodiversity and humanity. Includes rich terminology and vivid descriptions and photographs. Highly recommended for libraries in the Southeast or any library with a strong environmental history collection.

Deep Space: Beyond the Solar System to the Edge of the Universe and the Beginning of Time

A stunning and essential coffee-table book. Targeted at amateur astronomers, the book takes advantage of today’s advanced astronomy research that provides exciting new information from the sensitive eyes of modern large telescopes, both in space and on the ground. Nicely supplements Erich Karkoschka’s Observer’s Sky Atlas and the National Geographic Stargazer’s Atlas.

Twelve Trees: The Deep Roots of Our Future

This engaging heart-and-mind approach to educating readers about trees reveals that they too have lessons to offer to the world.
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Trash: A Poor White Journey

A poignant glimpse into the lives and obstacles in an impoverished postindustrial county. Includes a call to action to unite and empathize with others.
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Black Women, Ivory Tower: Revealing the Lies of White Supremacy in American Education

Harris’s weighty ruminations may serve as either a cautionary tale or a wake-up call for Black women readers, young and older, who are considering higher education. Readers interested in social issues within academia should also peruse the book.
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The Story of Earth’s Climate in 25 Discoveries: How Scientists Found the Connections Between Climate and Life

Adult readers seeking grounded scientific arguments about current climate change will appreciate this big-picture view of the history of Earth’s ecosystems and how present circumstances may herald another tipping point.
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Challenge to Civilization: Indigenous Wisdom and the Future

A thought-provoking work that embraces Indigenous spirituality and wisdom. Ideal for environmentalists and scholars of Indigenous beliefs.

The Big 100: The New World of Super-Aging

A brilliant study on aging that’s destined to become a classic.
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Dead Weight: Essays on Hunger and Harm

Written with acumen and care, this title will be of value to readers interested in learning more about media portrayals of disordered eating and feminist theory. Those drawn to the work of Roxane Gay, Elise Loehnen, and Susan Bordo will likely enjoy this title too.

2020: One City, Seven People, and the Year Everything Changed

Scholarly but engrossing, this book captures the lingering uncertainty that has characterized the COVID pandemic, while assessing its global effects and likely future challenges. This vital title has breadth.
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The Backyard Homestead Guide to Growing Organic Food: A Crop-by-Crop Reference for 62 Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, and Herbs

A solid reference guide that’s best for established gardeners looking to introduce organic methods and self-sustainability into their practice.
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How To Look at a Bird: Open Your Eyes to the Joy of Watching and Knowing Birds

Leslie’s gentle, encouraging tone will assuage any doubts of readers new to sketching nature. An inspirational first flight for fledgling birders.
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On the Move: The Overheating Earth and the Uprooting of America

Scientific and individual humanitarian aspects come together in a moving but scary portrait of what will happen if climate change continues to make places uninhabitable. Readers will find this book to be quite informative and prescient. Give to those who enjoyed Jared Diamond’s Collapse.
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42 Reasons To Hate the Universe (And One Reason Not To)

This book presents numerous dire details about all the things in the universe that could potentially kill you, but the scientific, and sometimes humorous, points make it one to purchase. Guaranteed to make readers smile and even occasionally laugh out loud.
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Happy Days: Images of the Pre-Sixties Past in Seventies America

An intriguing perspective of 1970s American culture and nostalgia. Of interest primarily to history buffs.
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The Science of ‘The Mandalorian’: The Anatomy of a Space Western

A fun read for dedicated Star Wars fans. Even so, some readers may conclude that the book missed the opportunity to incorporate more science analogies and aspects.
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Survive and Thrive: How To Prepare for Any Disaster Without Ammo, Camo, or Eating Your Neighbor

A solid selection for collections. Ideal for people who want to learn general survival tips and to feel prepared for any disaster, from pandemics to earthquakes.

He/She/They: How We Talk About Gender and Why It Matters

A vital and wide-ranging discussion of gender and sexuality. This thoughtful, galvanizing book is an essential purchase for all nonfiction collections.
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Choices: A Post-Roe Abortion Rights Manifesto

A timely look at the state of the pro-choice activist movement. Recommended for readers interested in abortion access and activism.

The Body Factory: From the First Prosthetics to the Augmented Human

Gruesome yet puckish, this summary conveys fascinating details of amputation, tourniquets, the phantom limb phenomenon, and prosthetics design. It makes a fine choice for adult and teen collections and for science curricula.
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Tenacious Beasts: Wildlife Recoveries That Change How We Think About Animals

A hopeful yet realistic look at successful wildlife rehabilitation projects, narrated with perfectly pitched intensity. This is sure to make an impact.
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Our Moon: How Earth’s Celestial Companion Transformed the Planet, Guided Evolution, and Made Us Who We Are

A solid biography of the Moon. There’s plenty here for readers who enjoy planetary and earth science books.

Dispersals: On Plants, Borders, and Belonging

These essays critically probe the native/nonnative paradigm of invasive-species ecology. Lee’s voice will stay with readers long after they finish this book.
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Not the End of the World: How We Can Be the First Generation To Build a Sustainable Planet

Ritchie expertly coaxes readers out of the pit of despair and into a metaphorical lab that’s bright, working, and committed to ecological problem-solving.
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The Story Is in Our Bones: How Worldviews and Climate Justice Can Remake a World in Crisis

Lake casts a wide net that embraces global Indigenous perspectives and modern science to discuss topics such as humanity’s origin, society’s relationship to nature, and the imperative need to halt and reverse climate change. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.

The Allure of the Multiverse: Extra Dimensions, Other Worlds, and Parallel Universes

This expert untangling of complicated concepts will kindle curiosity and awe for quantum physics. An excellent recommendation for both science-fiction enthusiasts and readers of popular nonfiction.
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Alcatraz Ghost Story: Roy Gardner’s Amazing Train Robberies, Escapes, and Lifelong Love

An excellent and thorough biography of a character whose true story is not widely known, and a wild ride through the Depression and the U.S. prison system; many will enjoy the journey.
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One Nation Under Guns: How Gun Culture Distorts Our History and Threatens Our Democracy

A fast-paced, reader-friendly polemic that demolishes gun-culture myths. Will attract many readers.

Long Live Queer Nightlife: How the Closing of Gay Bars Sparked a Revolution

An accessible, absorbing look into an evolving form of queer culture, written by a brilliant sociologist.
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The Witch of the Forest’s Guide to Tarot Magick

Cute and appealing. The wonderful list of suggested reading is a virtual who’s who of tarot (a good guide for parapsychology collection development). A helpful index completes the package.
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Madness: Race and Insanity in a Jim Crow Asylum

This well-researched title is an important chronicle of the treatment of Black Americans and their mental health during the Jim Crow era. Beyond promoting systemic change, Hylton compels readers to look within to assess how they treat and view the people around them.
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Astrosex: What the Stars Say About Our Sexuality

A frank, informative, and juicy look at sexuality through an astrological lens.
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Pendulum Magic: An Enchanting Divination Book of Discovery and Magic

This compact book will delight readers of esoteric divination, witchcraft, and good old-fashioned fortunetelling.
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Welcome the Wretched: In Defense of the “Criminal Alien.”

For those seeking to understand the traps and hidden history of immigration law.
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Innovation for the Masses: How To Share the Benefits of the High-Tech Economy

Effectively shows the importance of innovation in modern economies while also making clear that innovation alone does not guarantee good outcomes. Will appeal to those studying or working in public policy or economics.
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Down Ballot: How a Local Campaign Became a National Referendum on Abortion

Will likely be a popular selection as the 2024 election draws near. It will also be of interest to those teaching civics and journalism.

Your Tarot Guide: Learn To Navigate Life with the Help of the Cards

Readers of tarot will be drawn to the fabulous illustrations and intelligent interpretations in this guide. It’s intended for beginners but has something for all levels of tarot sophistication.

More: A Memoir of Open Marriage

An honest look at how an open marriage can work, an excellent read for people interested in self-discovery or ethical non-monogamy. Recommended for readers of Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy’s The Ethical Slut and Eve Rickert and Franklin Veaux’s More Than Two.
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Law Democratized: A Blueprint for Solving the Justice Crisis

Measurably advances the conversation about ways to meet people’s legal needs. This narrative demands the attention of readers interested in making the legal system work for everyone, regardless of their resources.
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