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Sorry, Sorry, Sorry: The Case for Good Apologies

Useful, helpful, and full of relevant examples to illustrate how to improve one’s apology skills.
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Bloodbath Nation

Not a comfortable read but rather a work that deals with the societal consequences of sacrificing thousands of lives. Ideal for libraries with collections on both gun control and sociology.
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Cheap Land Colorado: Off-Gridders at America’s Edge

Readers who enjoyed Tara Westover’s Educated will be drawn to Conover’s book. An excellent addition to any nonfiction collection that provides a glimpse into a little-known community.
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Acne: A Memoir

This author-narrated gem is exactly as it should be. Only Chinn can do justice to her story, and she succeeds in style. Recommended for public libraries.
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Raising Raffi: The First Five Years

New parents, as well as parents of older children, will likely find both entertainment and solace in this smart, relatable work.
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Dispatches from the Gilded Age: A Few More Thoughts on Interesting People, Far-Flung Places, and the Joys of Southern Comforts

Wonderful stories written by a free-spirited woman from a privileged Southern family. Her irreverent style continues to charm.
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Bad City: Peril and Power in the City of Angels

This inside look at investigative reporting at a major U.S. newspaper will appeal to listeners with an interest in journalism, as well as fans of true crime podcasts that focus on criminal investigations.

She’s Nice Though: Essays on Being Bad at Being Good

This engaging audio will appeal to listeners looking for laugh-out-loud life stories about the curse of good girl energy in an era of bad bitch vibes. Recommended for fans of Lindy West and Samantha Irby.
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Asylum: A Memoir & Manifesto

This staggeringly powerful and sensitively-narrated memoir has a place in all public libraries.

The Crane Wife: A Memoir in Essays

Nothing short of a marvel, Hauser’s writing, combined with stellar narration, creates an exceptional audio experience.
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American Seoul: A Memoir

This is a troubling story and tough listen, both in terms of content and narration. An optional audio purchase for most libraries.
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Salty: Lessons on Eating, Drinking, and Living from Revolutionary Women

Despite the moments of slightly rocky narration, this is a captivating glimpse into the lives of nine creative, world-changing women that will appeal to both foodies and feminists.
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The Young H.G. Wells: Changing the World

An intriguing, intimate look into what drove this important person’s life and shaped his opinions.
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Retail Gangster: The Insane, Real-Life Story of Crazy Eddie

Known for a gritty, wry voice suited to hard-boiled characters, Ferrone adopts an irresistibly ironic delivery as brisk as a Crazy Eddie ad that’s perfectly matched to the tempo and tone of this detailed exposé. True financial crime fans will likely love it.
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Brown Enough: True Stories About Love, Violence, the Student Loan Crisis, Race, Familia, and Making It in America

An effective audiobook that raises thought-provoking questions about racial and color lines in America.

After the Ivory Tower Falls: How College Broke the American Dream and Blew Up Our Politics—and How To Fix It

This book should be required reading for anyone involved in government and higher education. Highly recommended.
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One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World

Marvelous narration by the author and interludes of Stella Levi singing make this an excellent addition to public library collections.
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The Pope at War: The Secret History of Pius XII, Mussolini, and Hitler

A timid religious leader, afraid to wield his moral authority against oppression and destruction, reminds listeners of the dangers of silence. Recommended for those interested in the papacy or World War II in Europe.

The Sewing Girl’s Tale: A Story of Crime and Consequences in Revolutionary America

History and true crime buffs, legal historians, and gender studies scholars will appreciate Sweet’s riveting exposé of the tremendous gender and class bias in postrevolutionary America.

The True Crime File: Serial Killers, Famous Kidnappings, Great Cons, Survivors & Their Stories, Forensics, Oddities & Absurdities, Quotes & Quizzes

With its coverage of more than 200 crimes, this book could have been lurid, but is instead presented with care and respect. An excellent addition to any true crime collection.
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Deer Creek Drive: A Reckoning of Memory and Murder in the Mississippi Delta

A vivid and descriptive account of a chilling crime and the environment in which it occurred. True crime fans will be captivated.
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Manifesting Justice: Wrongly Convicted Women Reclaim Their Rights

This insightful study is a timely and persuasive call to action. Recommended to those who appreciated Brittany K. Barnett’s A Knock at Midnight.

Tanqueray

These bawdy, gritty tales of New York City in the 1960s and 1970s will captivate listeners, but it’s Johnson who is the hero of this story. Listeners will relish every minute.
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Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire

Armchair travelers and sailors alike should enjoy this well-narrated seafaring saga/family biography, gracefully crafted by the author to be heartwarming as well as heart-stopping.
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A History of Delusions: The Glass King, a Substitute Husband, and a Walking Corpse

Despite some unevenness in the sound levels throughout the production, this engrossing and empathetically told audiobook will likely capture the interest of listeners who enjoy the works of Oliver Sacks and Sam Kean.
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Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America

A fascinating and unexpected exploration that gives beavers a deserved spotlight.
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The Matter of Everything: How Curiosity, Physics, and Improbable Experiments Changed the World

Readers curious about the important breakthroughs in physics will appreciate this conceptualized overview of some of the most innovative and influential experiments, which advanced the understanding of the fundamental nature of reality.
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Shark: Why We Need To Save the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator

The information in this enjoyable book will cause readers to ponder whether sharks are really the scary creatures that humans project them to be.
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Oil Beach: How Toxic Infrastructure Threatens Life in the Ports of Los Angeles and Beyond

Having thoroughly researched the environmental impact of these ports, Dunbar-Hester makes the case that San Pedro Bay has become a sacrifice zone to oil distribution and expanding global trade, with some environmental mitigation considered a cost of doing business.
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Virology: Essays for the Living, the Dead, and the Small Things in Between

Osmundson brings passion and emotion into these thoughtful and insightful essays while presenting citable facts to back up his point of view. This is one biology lesson readers won’t want to skip.
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Taming the Potted Beast: The Strange and Sensational History of the Not-So-Humble Houseplant

Part microhistory, part tips and tricks, this book is ideal for beginners and experts alike. A great read for all those who love their flora.
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Doctors and Distillers: The Remarkable Medicinal History of Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Cocktails

This quirky history is both entertaining and informative; an ideal recommendation for anyone who enjoyed Amy Stewart’s Drunken Botanist or Lydia Kang’s Quackery.
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Eat Up!

This empathetic and timely listen will inspire and inform. A celebration of food and humanity that will be welcomed by anyone wishing to embrace the notion that eating can be both pleasure and self-care.
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The Milky Way: An Autobiography of Our Galaxy

Listeners won’t want to miss this educational and fun take on the stars.
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Birds, Beasts, and Bedlam: Turning My Farm into an Ark for Lost Species

This entertaining listen will appeal to patrons hungry to learn more about science, environment, ecology, animal husbandry, and how one person can make a real difference.
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What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Libraries who serve any nerds should snap up this gem. Great on its own, and also a wonderful accompaniment to the print version of Munroe’s delightful book.

Endless Forms: The Secret World of Wasps

Engaging, informative, and fun, this audio will be a hit with popular science and nonfiction readers.

Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization

Tyson’s warmth and erudition make him a superb narrator of this excellent, thought-provoking book. A must-have for all public libraries.
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Good Grief: On Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter

Bartel’s debut is sure to appeal to animal lovers. Recommend to fans of Caitlin Doughty’s Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Mary Roach’s Stiff.

100 Animals That Can F*cking End You

Recommended for nature lovers, anyone who spends time watching cute animal videos, and science buffs. Some adult language is included, so beware of recommending to young children. Do your patrons a favor and make this delightful audio book available to them. Most everyone else will thank you.
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The Abortion Caravan

Although Wells’s book chronicles a Canadian story, this timely book would be an excellent addition to any nonfiction audio collection.
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Riding the Lightning: A Year in the Life of a New York City Paramedic

Almojera’s honest and raw memoir makes an impact. This timely addition to any collection will help preserve the story of the first few months of the pandemic and give listeners a glimpse into the hectic life of being a paramedic in a city that never sleeps.

Roll Red Roll: Rape, Power, and Football in the American Heartland

A compelling inside look into the casual acceptance of sexual assault that is pervasive in today’s society. Pair this flawless production with Tell Me Everything by Erika Krouse or Know My Name by Chanel Miller to learn more about rape culture.
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NothingBut the Night: Leopold & Loeb and the Truth Behind the Murder That Rocked 1920s America

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a compelling, well-researched, historical true crime presented in an in-depth and engaging manner. Recommended for fans of Erik Larson and Cara Robertson.
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Helltown: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer on Cape Cod

While elements of Sherman’s book will appeal to true crime readers, others may be disappointed by his fictional flair and reliance on uncited information. Recommend to general readers looking to understand the mind of a killer.
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Growing Up Getty: The Story of America’s Most Unconventional Dynasty

A captivating, if occasionally overawed, portrait of extraordinary wealth across multiple generations. Suggest to listeners who enjoyed Anderson Cooper’s Vanderbilt.
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The Year of the Horses

Maum’s well-constructed and absorbing memoir will be appreciated by her fans, as well as those who enjoy memoirs, horses, and stories of strong women finding hope and healing.
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All of This: A Memoir of Death and Desire

Those who take solace in deep explorations of the grace and crudeness of people at their most vulnerable will find kinship with Woolf’s journey. Recommended for listeners who enjoy the work of Roxane Gay or Jenny Lawson.
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We Carry Their Bones: The Search for Justice at the Dozier School for Boys

This moving tribute is highly recommended to listeners of Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys.
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Sinkable: Obsession, the Deep Sea, and the Shipwreck of the Titanic

Impeccably researched, this is a must-listen for Titanic enthusiasts of all ages.
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Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure

For libraries with healthy history collections and those who enjoy 19th-century U.S. history and the Ohio and Mississippi River regions.
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Wastelands: The True Story of Farm Country on Trial

This expertly presented audiobook is highly recommended for fans of true crime podcasts, legal thrillers, and those who have an interest in the food supply chain.
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Proving Ground: The Untold Story of the Six Women Who Programmed the World’s First Modern Computer

A solid audio that will be popular with fans of WWII stories, computer history, and the overlooked contributions of women.
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Lethal Tides: Mary Sears and the Marine Scientists Who Helped Win World War II

This audiobook, recounting the tremendous accomplishments of women working in unaccommodating and unappreciative environments, should appeal to readers of women’s studies and history. Share with fans of Beverly Weintraub’s Wings of Gold or Liza Mundy’s Code Girls. Librarians may also enjoy reading about the important cataloging work done by one of Sears’s primary researchers, the multilingual oceanographic librarian Mary Grier.
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Return to Uluru

A timely and well-researched look into the aboriginal history of Australia, with parallels to other modern civil rights movements. Readers who appreciated Sierra Crane Murdoch’s Yellow Bird or David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon will be drawn to this chilling look into Australian history.

Uncultured

Although this is Mestyanek Young’s first time narrating, listeners will appreciate hearing this deeply personal story told by the author herself. Share with fans of Tara Westover’s Educated and Deborah Feldman’s Unorthodox. Memoir readers will want to check this one out.
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Agent Josephine: American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy

Despite the captivating tale of admirable bravery, this book could have benefited from a more skilled narrator and sound engineer. An optional audio purchase for most libraries.
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Profiles in Ignorance: How America’s Politicians Got Dumb and Dumber

Librarians may recognize and relate to Borowitz’s amusing and insightful observations. This superbly narrated book should be a part of every public library collection.
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Crying in the Bathroom: A Memoir

Ultimately landing on a message of hope and solidarity, Sánchez’s writing is authentic and real about what it means to be a first-generation Latina. A solid addition to the feminist author memoir genre.
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Hanging Out: The Radical Power of Killing Time

This book is recommended for those interested in social theory, time management, and relationships.
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Sexuality Beyond Consent: Risk, Race, Traumatophilia

A powerful examination of clinical data alongside popular culture, this is a theoretical text appropriate for university-level classes on gender and sexuality. It also includes elements that will be of interest to general readers tired of self-help books designed to “fix” brokenness and interested in exploring what it means to find worth in and through trauma.
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Native Agency: Indians in the Bureau of Indian Affairs

A critical addition to sociological, historical, and anthropological collections, this book provides a multifaceted account of working within the BIA. Lambert has a rich perspective as a citizen of the Choctaw Nation, anthropologist, and former United States government employee.
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Cancel Wars: How Universities Can Foster Free Speech, Promote Inclusion, and Renew Democracy

Recommended for all education collections.
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Love Stories: Uplifting True Stories About Love

Together, it forms a story told through multiple voices that reminds readers that the ineluctable links between heartache and romance are what make emotions (and relationships) so worthwhile.

Emotional Labor: The Invisible Work Shaping Our Lives and How To Claim Our Power

This is a call to action for individuals and the organizations that sustain these practices.
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The Story of Abortion in America: A Street-Level History, 1652–2022

While the authors have done significant research in some areas, the book’s shortcomings result in the need for a library to have significant, additional material on hand to provide other perspectives and more solid facts.

Womb: The Inside Story of Where We All Began

A revelatory, straightforward, and important work.
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Teaching Fear: How We Learn To Fear Crime and Why It Matters

Recommended for educators, parents, and readers interested in gender identity, politics, and law.
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Wild Miami: Explore the Amazing Nature in and Around South Florida

Recommended for all libraries, particularly those in the southeastern region of the United States.
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The Land Beneath the Ice: The Pioneering Years of Radar Exploration in Antarctica

Recommended for all science collections.
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As Gods: A Moral History of the Genetic Age

An excellent book for those interested in genetics or the impact of science on society.

Between Light and Storm: How We Live with Other Species

This work has the capacity to forever change the thinking about humans’ relationship to animals and to lead to constructive ways of dealing with issues for the betterment of both. It belongs on the shelves of all academic and large public libraries.
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Why Am I Taller?: What Happens to an Astronaut’s Body in Space

Space buffs will likely find this an intriguing and informative peek into the various ways that space travel affects the human body.
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Remnants of Ancient Life: The New Science of Old Fossils

An accessible book on ancient life that focuses as much on chemistry as on biology.
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Vanishing Sands: Losing Beaches to Mining

An informative, detailed, extensively documented scholarly examination of sand mining and its associated issues that will appeal to geologists, environmentalists, and those concerned about climate change.
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Of Ice and Men: How We’ve Used Cold To Transform Humanity

Hogge makes many fascinating points and digressions in this casual history about applications of cold.
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Screaming on the Inside: The Unsustainability of American Motherhood

Though the info might not be surprising, this is a validating look at contemporary parenting.
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Unequal Cities: Overcoming Anti-Urban Bias To Reduce Inequality in the United States

The book covers perspectives already extensively discussed in urban literature.
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Astrotopia: The Dangerous Religion of the Corporate Space Race

A singular perspective on space technology, with unexpected comparisons to colonialism that will make readers think twice about the future of humanity on other planets.
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Writing the Revolution: Wikipedia and the Survival of Facts in the Digital Age

Ford pushes readers to more deeply understand how pieces of information become accepted, often unquestioned facts online and issues a call to promote data literacy. Highly recommended.
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Why Public Space Matters

Scholarly but still accessible to planners, activists, students, and general readers alike. A thoughtful and engaging exploration of mostly urban public spaces and why they matter for communities that care about socially just, equitable, sustainable, and flourishing societies.
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Cheap Land Colorado: Off-Gridders at America’s Edge

A raw, revealing, and effective look at life on the rural perimeters of society.
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Ride or Die: A Feminist Manifesto for the Well-Being of Black Women

Perfect for fans of Brittney Cooper’s Eloquent Rage and Mikki Kendall’s Hood Feminism.
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Queer Career: Sexuality and Work in Modern America

A fascinating and thought-provoking look into the relationship between sexual orientation and employment.
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A Cultural History of Shopping

Academic libraries should seriously consider adding this set (in one form or the other), as its interdisciplinary approach will support many departments and research paths.
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Indigenous Firsts: A History of Native American Achievements and Events

This painstakingly researched compendium, compiled by authors who are themselves Indigenous “firsts,” is an affordable and essential purchase for all reference collections.
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Jesintel: Living Wisdom from Coast Salish Elders

A rich visual feast that honors Pacific Northwest Indigenous life.
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The Alien Perspective: A New View of Humanity and the Cosmos

This is an excellent book for readers wanting to understand life here and elsewhere.
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Hate and Reconciliation: Approaches to Fostering Relationships Between People and Peace

Recommended for academic libraries, particularly those with psychology or criminology programs.
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How the Victorians Took Us to the Moon: The Story of the 19th-Century Innovators Who Forged Our Future

This thematic summary of the influence of Victorian innovation goes beyond the well-known names and also notes the leading role that imperialism played in the success of this era. Recommended for history of science audiences.
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The Trauma of Caste: A Dalit Feminist Meditation on Survivorship, Healing, and Abolition

An important account of caste discrimination.

The Pandemic Divide: How COVID Increased Inequality in America

Required, essential reading for Americans trying to reconcile their pandemic experiences.
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Disability Pride: Dispatches from a Post-ADA World

A sincere, thoughtful look at the advances made by the disabled community that deserve celebration and the improvements still to be made in all areas.
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How Sex Changed the Internet and the Internet Changed Sex: A History

This book is perfect for readers interested in how society reached the point it is at today with the internet and sex and the issues that have emerged.

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Democracy in the Present Tense: A Queer-Feminist Theory

This book will appeal and prove helpful to academic collections and scholarship examining political science through the lens of queer studies.

Butts: A Backstory

A fun, fascinating, and surprisingly empowering exploration of the history and cultural significance of the butt.
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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.

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.

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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