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Swimming Pretty: The Untold Story of Women in Water

A timely tribute to the glamour and athleticism of the pioneering women of synchronized swimming and their efforts to legitimize it as a sport. For readers who enjoy sports history and popular culture and for fans of Jordan Whitney-Wei’s Katharine Whitney Curtis: Mother of Synchronized Swimming.
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Challenging Modernity

This provocative volume is wide-ranging, and the contributors do not disappoint. Although neither Bellah nor the contributors offer a definitive conclusion, the scope, depth, and coherence of this collection is a brilliant elaboration of what might have occurred.
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The Demon of Unrest: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil War

Civil War buffs will be pleased with the laser focus of Larson’s latest; others may find it overly detailed and slow. Still, given Larson’s popularity, this is an essential purchase.
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The Backwards Hand: A Memoir

Lee’s candid and poignant writing style will appeal to numerous readers. His highly recommended memoir about what it’s like to be a person with a rare congenital disability is insightful.
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Digitally Invisible: How the Internet Is Creating the New Underclass

This thorough narrative rethinks the digital divide from the lens and considerations of race and place. It’s sure to inform debates and directions in public policy, industry, and civil society, including libraries.

Anna Haugh’s Irish Kitchen: Modern Home Cooking with Irish Heart

A well-rounded entry into global cuisine that home cooks will embrace. A winner for all collections.
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The Bartender’s Pantry: A Beverage Handbook for the Universal Bar

Bartending professionals will find this to be an invaluable resource, but home drink slingers seriously intent on upping their cocktail-mixing game might enjoy it as well.
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The Untold Story of Books: A Writer’s History of Publishing

Immensely readable; will appeal to bibliophiles, fans of microhistories, and armchair sociologists.
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From South Central to Southside: Gang Transnationalism, Masculinity, and Disorganized Violence in Belize City

An illuminating study about gangs and systemic inequality, best suited for an academic audience.
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The Literature of Japanese American Incarceration

An accessible examination of the U.S. concentration camps that held people solely because of their race and heritage, plus a look at how they impacted society and generations to come. Important for both researchers and students.
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The Wisdom of Sheep: Observations from a Family Farm

This book is a must-read for those who admire and appreciate organic livestock farms and the goods they produce. It also movingly demonstrates how to persevere through difficult times.

Latin-ish: More Than 100 Recipes Celebrating American Latino Cuisines

A superb, marvelously informative introduction to Latine cooking and cuisine in the U.S., enriched with intriguing snippets of Salazar’s heritage and culinary journeys.

American Civil Wars: A Continental History, 1850–1873

Based on an impressive array of secondary sources, this outstanding account will appeal to readers interested in the U.S. Civil War seeking to understand how it affected Mexico and British North America.
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Dog Smart: Life-Changing Lessons in Canine Intelligence

An engaging, compelling synthesis of the ways scientists study and document canine cognition; this will be enjoyed by all dog lovers.
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I’m Mostly Here To Enjoy Myself: One Woman’s Pursuit of Pleasure in Paris

A sensual and vibrant essay collection and memoir that spotlights the different types of connections people yearn for and enjoy.
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She Married the Boss!: Actresses Who Wed Directors

Well-researched with 30 pages of notes and a 10-page bibliography, Malone’s book has a tabloid feel, and its juicy little-known stories will be devoured by Hollywood gossip and celebrity mavens.
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Negotiating While Black: Be Who You Are To Get What You Want

Peterman provides tools that everyone can use to identify, confront, and reduce implicit bias and implement best practices of negotiation.
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More, Please: On Food, Fat, Bingeing, Longing, and the Lust for “Enough.”

This book’s tone is compassionate as Specter creates a foundation for accepting oneself and rejecting stereotypes. Self-help, sociology, entertainment, and memoir readers from many generations will appreciate this wholehearted approach, which challenges society to do a better job of understanding the realities of eating disorders.
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The Third Perspective: Brave Expression in the Age of Intolerance

A valuable guidebook for navigating discomfort with a sense of safety and strength that defies binary thinking and encourages readers to express themselves in authentic yet circumspect ways.
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Starring Joan Crawford: The Films, the Fantasy, and the Modern Relevance of a Silver Screen Icon

An enjoyable read that stands out among the numerous books written about Crawford over the years.

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Dark Calories: How Vegetable Oils Destroy Our Health and How We Can Get It Back

This book contains some intriguing conclusions about seed oils, but not all the arguments to turn readers away from them are proven.

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Hogbook and Lazer Eyes

This brief, visually rich graphic novel evokes an imperfect, appealing vision of domestic harmony.
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Willie, Waylon, and the Boys: How Nashville Outsiders Changed Country Music Forever

Fairbanks keeps the story moving, deftly changing from one musician to another throughout the book. This volume sings on each page and is suited to any library’s music history section.
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What We Keep: Advice from Artists and Designers on Living with the Things You Love

A mix of coffee-table book, art guide, and home decorating title, the audience for this most naturally makes it a fit for larger collections and universities supporting design programs.
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My Affair with Art House Cinema: Essays and Reviews

Erudite and comprehensible, this invitation to cinematic culture, just like encounters with many films, rewards repeat customers.
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Mother of Stories: An Elegy

These very personal and painful revelations from a death studies scholar will be of interest to readers of literate grief memoirs.
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Strike Up the Band: New York City in the Roaring Twenties

This highly recommended book bears comparison to Frederick Lewis Allen’s Only Yesterday. For general readers seeking a broad understanding of the decade and New York or scholars needing a reference point for this combustible era.
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Sacro Visions by Dolce & Gabbana

At once an evocation of what it means to worship and a celebration of the art of Dolce & Gabbana. Suggest to readers who thrilled to Andrew Bolton’s Heavenly Bodies exhibition catalogue.
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The Savage Style: The Savage Lifestyle

This book is filled with beautiful images of commendable but expensive designs.
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The Risk It Takes To Bloom: On Life and Liberation

This dynamic memoir is a transformative read about the importance of being true to oneself. Recommended for listeners seeking a voice to guide them through adversity and come out stronger on the other side.
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Rockin’ the Kremlin: My Incredible True Story of Gangsters, Oligarchs, and Pop Stars in Putin’s Russia

An absorbing illustration of the mutuality of music and politics. For musicians, business people in the music industry, and readers interested in the intersection of politics and art.
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Going Fast and Fixing Things: True Stories from the World’s Most Popular DIY Repair Expert and Car Aficionado

This title is part memoir, but it’s also an intriguing and insightful perspective that bounces from topic to topic as he conveys his messages about social media and typical societal practices in the U.S.
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brother. do. you. love. me

Readers who are or have been caregivers will relate the most to this moving, highly recommended work, but readers who enjoy stories about people uniting to overcome obstacles will appreciate this title too. Coe’s touching illustrations adorn and enhance this book.
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The Curious Cocktail Cabinet: 100 Recipes for Remarkable Gin Cocktails

An enormously helpful guide on how to assemble creative cocktails for the next happy hour.

I Curse You with Joy

This memoir is not about Hollywood or gossip; it’s about being human and embracing grace and empathy toward family and self. Haddish makes room for jokes about sex and bodily functions and provides plenty of laughs and heart in this ribald, raw, and candid memoir.

The Unofficial Oral History of Planet of the Apes, Vol. 1: 1963–1973

This comprehensive, authoritative, and entertaining oral history offers insights from dozens of actors, writers, directors, producers, makeup artists, stunt people, composers, and cinematographers working on the five films. It’s an essential purchase for fans of sci-fi films and the franchise that rivals James Bond in popularity and longevity.
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A Darker Shade of Blue: A Police Officer’s Memoir

For police memoir fans and people who enjoy reading about triumph over adversity. This isn’t as blistering as Edwin Raymond and Jon Sternfeld’s An Inconvenient Cop, which was about the NYPD, but this is a worthwhile and insightful account from a retired police superintendent.
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A History of the World in Twelve Shipwrecks

Gibbins’s intimate knowledge of underwater archaeology and his appealing writing style make this book attractive to fans of popular history and narratives with maritime themes. Give to readers who enjoyed David Grann’s The Wager.

Brilliant Exiles: American Women in Paris, 1900–1939

“Brilliant” also describes this beautiful, browsable, yet scrupulously researched volume. With copious chapter endnotes, an index, and luscious color spreads, this gathering of amazing, trail-blazing women is riveting.
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Taylor Swift Is Life: A Superfan’s Guide to All Things We Love About Taylor Swift

This title helps readers understand how Swift became a global phenomenon with an influential power that transcends music and pop culture. For both neophyte and advanced Swifties.

The Horses Who Made Me: A Journey to a Horsemanship Philosophy

This title introduces readers to the competitive and risky field of equestrianism. In addition to being a great memoir for animal lovers, it will inspire anyone who faces seemingly insurmountable career obstacles.

The Backyard Bird Chronicles

At turns engaging, sad, and philosophical, this highly recommended title demonstrates that anyone can be a bird watcher by simply venturing into their own backyard and it encourages readers to be aware of the natural world around them. Fans of Tan’s fiction will love this, but so will most other general readers.

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A Flower Garden for Pollinators

Readers will treasure the suggested plants, deeply enjoy the writing, and be charmed with the entire package. Don’t miss this.

A Year Full of Pots: Container Flowers for All Seasons

A feast for the eyes and blooming with inspiration, Raven’s text will please armchair gardeners and aid those looking to craft flower-filled delights.
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The Design of a Country Estate: Purple Cherry Architects & Interiors

This enjoyable coffee-table book, great for perusing and adding to collection displays, is a diverting read for a quick trip to a beautiful home and surrounding buildings. In some ways, this book is a more in-depth and expansive version of an enjoyable TV show about luxury homes without the nitty-gritty construction details.
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Outside In: A Year of Growing & Displaying

An attractive, inspiring book that shows that beautiful floral arrangements, from the simple to the exuberant, are within reach of all gardeners.
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A Great Gay Book: Stories of Growth, Belonging & Other Queer Possibilities

For librarians interested in expanding their LGBTQIA+ studies, literature, or arts collections, this book serves as a valuable source to complement existing scholarly works.
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This Is a Book for People Who Love Tattoos

If readers are wondering why their cubicle mate chose a snake over a bird or how tattooing went from pirates to celebrities, this book will provide answers or at least encourage new ways of thinking about the stories people tell with their skin.
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Being Bad: Breaking the Rules and Becoming Everything You’re Not Supposed To Be

Hard-biting and vulnerable, this is a recommended read for LGBTQIA+ patrons and twentysomething cis women, especially children of immigrants like the author.

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Award-Winning Author Stephen C. Pollock Discusses His Poetry Collection Exits

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Historical Dictionary of Confucianism

This well-researched, well-written reference is packed with information on one of the world’s foremost intellectual, moral, philosophical, and social systems. It’s an indispensable resource for high school and undergraduate students doing term papers, reports, and projects.
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Food To Die For: Recipes and Stories from America’s Most Legendary Haunted Places

This niche cookbook will be of great interest to a specific group of readers and cooks, paranormal activity aficionados and fans of ghostly legends in particular.
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Dinner Tonight: Simple Meals Full of Mediterranean Flavor

Berg delivers on her promise of maximum flavor and minimum fuss with a wonderful assortment of delicious dishes that easily answer the question of what to serve for dinner tonight.

Amrikan: 125 Recipes from the Indian American Diaspora

Even with other terrific guides on the subject, such as Priya Krishna’s Indian-ish (which is cited in Shah’s bibliography), cooks will not be able to resist this vivaciously written and vibrantly packaged paean to Indian American culinary mashups.

What To Cook When You Don’t Feel like Cooking

Highly approachable and friendly to all skill levels, this book fits the bill for anyone who hesitates to prepare meals; a must-have for time-constrained cooks. Essential for every collection.
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AfriCali: Recipes from My Jikoni

Moju delivers a culinary journey that is infused with personality and flavor, designed for modern home chefs looking for kitchen inspiration.
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Pretty Simple Cocktails: Margaritas, Mocktails, Spritzes, and More for Every Mood and Occasion

Those interested in cocktails, regardless of skill level, will return to this book time and again for inspiration, ideas, and guidance.

Sharks Don’t Sink: Adventures of a Rogue Shark Scientist

Readers certainly do not need to be scientists to enjoy this exceptional, well-written book, but it’s an excellent title for people, especially women and people of color, who are considering a career in marine science. This heartfelt story offers insight into both the stresses and excitement that await them.
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The Secret History of Sharks: The Rise of the Ocean’s Most Fearsome Predators

This chronological shark history is thorough, remarkably readable, and recommended for general readers and specialists alike.

Baking in the American South: 200 Recipes and Their Untold Stories (A Definitive Guide to Southern Baking)

Even with other outstanding guides on the subject, like Kelly Fields’s The Good Book of Southern Baking and Cheryl Day’s Treasury of Southern Cooking, Byrn’s wise, winning, and wonderful doorstop dive into the recipes and stories that make up the heart and soul of Southern baking is essential.

The Bean Book: 100 Recipes for Cooking with All Kinds of Beans, from the Rancho Gordo Kitchen

Authoritative, welcoming, and wide-ranging, this is a key title for all collections.

Lonesome for Wilderness: Tracking and Trailing in Forest, Desert, or Your Own Back Yard

A lovely book for nature lovers and for readers interested in wilderness exploration and tracking, filled with both reflection and timeless information.
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The Death of Truth: How Big Tech Gave Snake Oil Salesmen and Demagogues the Weapons To Destroy Trust and Polarize the World—And What We Can Do About It

A sound and valuable thesis with many insights for readers interested in improving information literacy and returning to a pre–fake news era.
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Preppy Kitchen Super Easy: 100 Simple and Versatile Recipes

An attractive and practical resource for everyday cooks, but it might be slightly out of reach for newer cooks and those on a budget.
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In France Profound: The Long History of a House, a Mountain Town, and a People

Best suited for fans of Allman’s work, along with readers intrigued by a little-known French town, the author’s 800-year-old house, and the book’s contemporary elements. This will appeal to readers who enjoy Martin Walker’s “Bruno, Chief of Police” mystery series as well.

Oh No He Didn’t!: Brilliant Women and the Men Who Took Credit for Their Work

This exceptional book’s stories of plagiarism showcase persistence and the insidious and enduring ways in which sexism informs and shapes the contemporary world. Murphy will motivate readers to challenge stereotypes.

Invisible Labor: The Untold Story of the Cesarean Section

This inciting, empowering book shows the clear need not just to improve women’s access to health care but also to shift the paradigm about the restrictions placed on reproductive rights.
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The Striker and the Clock: On Being in the Game

A thoughtful and engaging exploration of life on and off the soccer field. It will resonate with readers interested in the human side of professional sports and fans of When Nobody Was Watching by Carli Lloyd with Wayne Coffey, Abby Wambach’s Forward, and Raised a Warrior by Susie Petruccelli.
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Catherine de’ Medici: The Life and Times of the Serpent Queen

An intriguing, highly recommended look at a powerful queen and her life.
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I Talk About It All the Time

This is an important and exceptional memoir that will give readers greater insight into and understanding of the pervasiveness of racism, bias, and discrimination against a person’s sexual orientation.
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Project Eagle: The Top-Secret OSS Operation That Sent Polish Spies Behind Enemy Lines in World War II

These reports on a relatively small part of the war offer a glimpse of the problems and successes of inserting agents into enemy territory. Recommended for large World War II collections.
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The Longest Con: How Grifters, Swindlers, and Frauds Hijacked American Conservatism

A worthy addition to the growing body of literature about the current state of U.S. politics. Pairs well with Sarah Posner’s God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters and Maggie Haberman’s Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America.
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Yukikaze’s War: The Unsinkable Japanese Destroyer and World War II in the Pacific

This solid history of Japan’s Yukikaze naval destroyer is worth adding to collections.
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Dismantling Mass Incarceration: A Handbook for Change

Required reading for activists, legal professionals, and public officials. It’s sure to be assigned in seminars and college classrooms for years to come.

The Language Puzzle: Piecing Together the Six-Million-Year Story of How Words Evolved

A brilliant, generous, expansive, and joyful book about the evolution of language.

Cue the Sun!: The Invention of Reality TV

A detailed, engaging focus, interpretation, and historical commentary on the evolution and reception of reality shows. A must-read for social scientists and reality TV aficionados.
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Too Much Too Young, the 2 Tone Records Story: Rude Boys, Racism, and the Soundtrack of a Generation

Rachel’s writing and research of 2 Tone Records will draw readers, but the book is lengthy.

The 12-Hour Film Expert: Everything You Need To Know About Movies

This gateway book will deepen readers’ appreciation of milestone movies. A variety of readers, not just film fans, will want to peruse this engaging title.
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Moving Pictures: A History of American Animation from Gertie to Pixar and Beyond

Primarily for cinema buffs but interesting enough for general appeal. Larsen is immensely knowledgeable about the history of animation, and he writes lively prose.

Another Land of My Body

Leonard has written a work that can and should be savored by a wide range of readers.
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Through a Noir Lens: Adapting Film Noir Visual Style

A must for devoted movie lovers but an enjoyable reward for general film buffs as well.

Modern Poetry: Poems

A highly recommended volume that can be equally appreciated by dedicated poetry readers and those for whom it might be that rare reading of verse.
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The Crow: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Classic Film, Revised and Updated

A complete, highly detailed guide to a cult classic and a critical analytical look at film safety practices.

Farewell Yellow Brick Road: Memories of My Life on Tour

A must-have for fans and a fitting tribute to an amazing artist.
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Fugitive/Refuge

A wide-ranging work of current import, shaped by an intimate and urgent tone that draws in the reader.
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Infinite Dreams: The Life of Alan Vega

This biography’s candid photos and collections of images present an intimate glimpse into Vega’s life, work, and influence as an artist and performer.
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Silver: Poems

From fox to car to misty morning, silver glints throughout this polished collection, woven in like meaningfulness in life. A strong entry, appealing for most readers.

Prairie Man: My Little House Life & Beyond

Butler adeptly chronicles his trajectory into television, film, and Broadway and as a producer, and he’s candid about his personal and career achievements and missteps. He is as charming a writer as an actor. Fans will enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at his life and career.
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Feh: A Memoir

A page-turning memoir that shouldn’t be missed. Auslander’s nonfiction writing style is often compared to David Sedaris, and readers will see why with this title. It could motivate readers to keep trudging onward, even when life seems overwhelming.

Wrong Norma

Original, erudite, yet straightforwardly written; highly recommended for poetry enthusiasts.
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Black Bell

Complex and intriguing, this work will attract readers of cutting-edge poetry.
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Desolation: A Heavy Metal Memoir

A highly readable and often touching memoir about Lamb of God’s guitarist and lyricist.
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Bruce Willis: Celebrating the Cinematic Legacy of an Unbreakable Hollywood Icon

Willis’s fans will appreciate the book’s detailed filmography, but they won’t find personal anecdotes here.
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Colorfast

At once down-to-earth and sensuous; for most collections.
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With My Back to the World: Poems

Though Chang finally concedes that “My error was to become what / I wanted to be, not its tone,” there’s no easy understanding here. She’s grappling, and readers will too, but her refusal to trade in cliché makes this book stand out.

The Animal Is Chemical

A deeply human book for all readers.
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