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If You Can’t Take the Heat: Tales of Food, Feminism, and Fury

A wry look at feminism via food. Recommended for general readers.

The Well-Connected Animal: Social Networks and the Wondrous Complexity of Animal Societies

This fascinating, easy-to-read work describes the how, what, and why of animal behavior, much of which is remarkably similar to humans. A must-purchase, this book presents what is easily the most intriguing, thorough explanation of animal behavior ever produced.
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All in Her Head: How Gender Bias Harms Women’s Mental Health

Ideal for both general readers and for mental health professionals. This title deftly brings awareness to biases and dismissive attitudes about women patients and the barriers they face when they seek treatment and relief.

Mosquito Warrior: Yellow Fever, Public Health, and the Forgotten Career of General William C. Gorgas

This fascinating book is as much of an account of mosquito-borne illnesses, research, and treatment as it is the story of Gorgas’s life. Will draw biography, military history, and medical history readers.

The Black Woman’s Guide to Coping with Stress: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Skills To Create a Life of Joy and Well-Being

Giscombé’s commitment, expertise, and compassion is evident as she shares her methods for Black women to experience joy and well-being.
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American Black Widow: The Shocking True Story of a Preacher’s Wife Turned Killer

Fans of true crime tales will enjoy this retelling of the case of a woman whose two husbands mysteriously end up dead.
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Big Mall: Shopping for Meaning

The best up-to-date study on malls. For general readers, especially those interested in sociology and capitalism-related topics.
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There’s Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension

Beautifully written. Fans of Abdurraqib and basketball will enjoy the book.
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Tiny Extravaganzas

Braced by that ordinary tenderness and a crackling intelligence, this is work for anyone interested in contemporary poetry.
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Hollywood Fashion: 100 Years of Hollywood Icons

A fresh and appealing addition for film displays. It’s a foundational and fun overview for readers interested in learning more about classic and contemporary Hollywood fashion.
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The Afternoon of Christianity: The Courage To Change

While much of the book is aimed at the Catholic Church, the points are applicable to Christianity as a whole. Will appeal to readers interested in a scholarly analysis of the current state of Christianity in the modern world.
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Unruly: The Ridiculous History of England’s Kings and Queens

An absurdist history of English monarchs that entertains as it informs. Pair with Stephen Bates’s The Shortest History of the Crown.
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The United States of English: The American Language from Colonial Times to the Twenty-First Century

Ostler’s linguistic history is enlightening and fun, and Lewis’s smooth tone is a delight to hear. Sure to be a favorite among logophiles, this is a great recommendation for those who enjoyed E.J. White’s You Talkin’ to Me?? or Henry Hitchings’s The Secret Life of Words.

Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip

Algeo’s thoroughly engaging account of a former president’s unique summer road trip is chock-full of fascinating details and interesting people. Highly recommended for those interested in Americana and social and political history.
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How To Be a Good Savage and Other Poems

A groundbreaking and deeply passionate poetry collection that celebrates language and feminine power. Not to be missed.
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Surely You Can’t Be Serious: The True Story of ‘Airplane!’

This audiobook about the creation of an iconic film lands successfully. Recommended.
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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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The Place We Make: Breaking the Legacy of Legalized Hate

Sanderson’s research-supported arguments and persuasive, well-paced narration make for a compelling listen. Though the audio may be of special interest to those supporting racial reparations, progressive Christians, and Oregonians, this story deserves to be heard far and wide.
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More: A Memoir of Open Marriage

Winter’s conversational tone allows listeners to empathize with her as she stumbles through her marriage’s new dynamic and develops self-care techniques. Give to listeners who are curious about ethical non-monogamy as well as listeners who enjoy candid memoirs.
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The Manuscripts Club: The People Behind a Thousand Years of Medieval Manuscripts

Libraries who purchased Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts should acquire this marvelous companion piece.
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Klan War: Ulysses S. Grant and the Battle To Save Reconstruction

This emotional deep dive into the Klan’s roots and how Grant tried to suppress their impact reinforces the notion that while the Civil War may have legally ended enslavement, Reconstruction did nothing to eliminate prejudice and discrimination.
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Black AF History: The Un-Whitewashed Story of America

A stimulating, deeply researched history that is simultaneously entertaining and heartbreaking. Harriot’s self-narrated work is an essential purchase for all audio history collections.
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The Dish: The Lives and Labor Behind One Plate of Food

A captivating listen for foodies, restaurant professionals, and restaurant hopefuls.
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The Trials of Madame Restell: Nineteenth-Century America’s Most Infamous Female Physician and the Campaign To Make Abortion a Crime

A timely, well-researched account that provides historical insight into present-day debates about abortion and reproductive rights in the United States.
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Behind the Door: The Dark Truths and Untold Stories of the Cecil Hotel

This audiobook will appeal to those just learning of Lam’s death and the Cecil Hotel, but those seeking tell-all true crime rather than a memoir may be disappointed.
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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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My Vietnam, Your Vietnam: A Father Flees, a Daughter Returns; A Dual Memoir

A father-daughter memoir that highlights the complex nature of memory and perspective. Recommended for readers interested in personal narratives of connection.
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Up in Arms: How Military Aid Stabilizes—and Destabilizes—Foreign Autocrats

A valuable analysis of how military aid to other countries can hinder dictators as much as it can help them.
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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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Chicana Liberation: Women and Mexican American Politics in Los Angeles, 1945–1981

An excellent primer on the Chicana feminist movement that offers readers plenty to explore.
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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.

The Other Fab Four: The Remarkable True Story of the Liverbirds, Britain’s First Female Rock Band

A fascinating and tender look at the Liverbirds and their extraordinary lives.
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A Light in the Darkness: The Music and Life of Joaquín Rodrigo

This exhaustive, annotated treatment about Rodrigo’s work is best for musicologists, although cultural historians will find it helpful.

Lotus Girl: My Life at the Crossroads of Buddhism and America

An excellent memoir with a sense of humor. It’s full of insight and context regarding a distinctive slice of American Buddhist history.

Terrence Malick and the Examined Life

An exceptional and intriguing look at the career of Terrence Malick, an American filmmaking marvel.
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The Divine Economy: How Religions Compete for Wealth, Power, and People

A helpful title that frames religions as a business. Graduate students, scholars, and readers with a solid religious education will value this title the most.
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Worth Fighting For: Finding Courage and Compassion When Cruelty Is Trending

The essays feel as raw and as powerful as Pavlovitz’s blog. His confrontational style lends itself more to prodding and validating his fellow progressives than persuading conservative evangelicals. Still, his hopefulness about the fight for social justice is refreshing.
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The Tony Awards: A Celebration of Excellence in Theatre

A breezy, charming, heartwarming work for fans of Broadway and its stars. It shows love for theater craft and Broadway’s powerful sense of community while also recognizing that roads to success are often long and bumpy.
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Funny Boy: The Richard Hunt Biography

Exemplary research, culled from a plenitude of interviews with Hunt’s family, friends, and coworkers, reveals a talented artist with tireless energy, enthusiasm, wit, and personality.
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Playing the Percentages: How Film Distribution Made the Hollywood Studio System

A contribution to the lesser-known field of media distribution, this joins Joel Frykholm’s George Kleine and America Cinema and Michael Quinn’s dissertation “Early Feature Distribution,” which Long praises. Economic historians and attorneys interested in contracts and court rulings might be the most natural audience for this dissertation-styled book.

Shakespeare: The Man Who Pays the Rent

A compendium of great wit and wisdom with universal appeal. Both Shakespeare fans and novices, especially students who might find his language difficult to understand, will be delighted.

The House of Hidden Meanings: A Memoir

A probing, emotionally raw memoir that’s an introspective examination of RuPaul’s family and the issues he confronted before embracing self-love.

The Exvangelicals: Loving, Living, and Leaving the White Evangelical Church

A much-needed look at evangelicalism from a perspective that’s both investigative and personal. It offers intriguing, compelling insight with expert reporting.

Not Your China Doll: The Wild and Shimmering Life of Anna May Wong

A thoroughly researched and superbly written study of a remarkable woman. An important addition to film history and cultural studies collections.
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Dancing on the Edge: A Journey of Living, Loving, and Tumbling Through Hollywood

With his role in the Twin Peaks reboot and his numerous dance numbers finding new life online, Tamblyn, his engaging memoir, and his stories will be of high interest.
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The Animated Universal Classic Monsters

A highly specialized book that may have a narrow audience. Hahn’s hilarious writing style, however, makes this one of the more amusing film reference works available.
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Me and Mr. Jones: My Life with David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars

There’s little new here about Bowie, but this is an appealing look into a legendary era of rock. For Bowie fans and completist collections.

From the Moment They Met It Was Murder: ‘Double Indemnity’ and the Rise of Film Noir

Film lovers will eat up this book about Double Indemnity’s true-crime origins.

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Candida Royalle and the Sexual Revolution: A History from Below

For readers interested in works about feminism and sex in the late 20th century or in biographies of historically overlooked women.
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The God of Wild Places: Rediscovering the Divine in the Untamed Outdoors

A compelling, thematically rich, and deeply personal book, for readers exploring spirituality, personal growth, and the intricate relationship between faith and the natural world.
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Invitation to a Banquet: The Story of Chinese Food

A sumptuous exploration of Chinese food and cooking that might make listeners rethink their attitudes toward China’s cuisine.
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Omega Farm: A Memoir

For those ready to reflect on the pandemic and not opposed to a jumping timeline, this deeply personal story resonates.
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Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World

Listeners interested in politics or social media should appreciate Klein’s nuanced look at how people of all political ideologies can follow the online trail of alternative facts into the Mirror World.

The Jolliest Bunch: Unhinged Holiday Stories

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a collection of funny, festive family stories full of 1990s nostalgia and heartwarming holiday hijinks. Recommended for fans of arts and entertainment autobiographers, such as Leslie Jordan and Randy Rainbow.
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Exodus: The Shanghai Jews

A short but compelling docudrama that breathes life into the accounts of a too-little-discussed population of Holocaust survivors in Shanghai. Share with educators and general audiobook listeners seeking accounts of Jewish refugees or World War II history.
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World Within a Song: Music That Changed My Life and Life That Changed My Music

Tweedy’s charisma shines throughout this outstanding blend of memoir, music appreciation, and all-around joy. The journey through Tweedy’s musical history will have listeners hitting pause to check out the many songs he references.

Great Falls, MT: Fast Times, Post-Punk Weirdos, and a Tale of Coming Home Again

Part memoir, part performance, part comedy riff, this vibrant audiobook is not to be missed.
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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.

In the Form of a Question: The Joys and Rewards of a Curious Life

Schneider is not only curious; she is also interesting. Fans of her meteoric run on Jeopardy will enjoy this debut memoir, which provides food for thought for anyone curious about all the trivia of life.
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The Dictionary People: The Unsung Heroes Who Created the Oxford English Dictionary

This audio will appeal to logophiles and listeners seeking accessible, engaging arts and entertainment nonfiction. Recommended for fans of witty word nerd prose and podcasts, such as Kathryn and Ross Petras’s You’re Saying It Wrong.
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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.

The Woman in Me

Though Spears’s words are affecting on their own, narrator Williams’s gentle Southern drawl and slight vocal fry make this gripping memoir an unputdownable must-listen.
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The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel: Genius, Power, and Deception on the Eve of World War I

Brunt’s well-researched account should appeal to listeners interested in technology, engineering, and the social and political climate of the early 20th century.
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Making It So: A Memoir

Recommended for fans of Carrie Fisher’s memoirs or Dave Grohl’s The Storyteller.
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Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

Harden’s stunning account of Shin’s life reflects the courage and strength of one man who escaped brutal captivity in hopes of a better life.
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Daughter of the Dragon: Anna May Wong’s Rendezvous with American History

Cinema and history buffs alike will enjoy this engaging tale of a Chinese American cultural icon.
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The Cost of Free Land: Jews, Lakota, and an American Inheritance

Clarren lays bare the many wrongs inflicted on Indigenous peoples and suggests possible means of making reparations. An eye-opening book exploring the author’s family history against a troubling historical backdrop.
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God Save Benedict Arnold: The True Story of America’s Most Hated Man

A fascinating new look at this enigmatic American Revolution hero/traitor, delivered objectively.
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Class: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education

This deeply touching memoir sheds light on the seemingly insurmountable challenges encountered by impoverished people seeking better lives for themselves and their families. Fans of Maid and the Netflix series inspired by the book will want to listen to this.
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Karma: My Autobiography

The lackluster narration and sparse insights make this audio a necessary purchase only for dedicated fans.
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I Quit Everything: How One Woman’s Addiction to Quitting Helped Her Confront Bad Habits and Embrace Midlife

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a candid autobiographical analysis of the ease with which one becomes addicted to both substances and behaviors. Recommended for fans of Sarah Levy and Holly Whitaker.

Besaydoo: Poems

This brief, quietly gorgeous audiobook reveals new meaning with every listen. A radiant addition to any poetry collection.
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Unroyal: Three Women Who Shook the Monarchy

A richly rendered audiobook offering insight into the experiences of the women who shake (and are shaken by) the power of the Crown. Recommended for followers of British royalty and those seeking feminist cultural studies works.

The Upcycled Self: A Memoir on the Art of Becoming Who We Are

A portrait of an artist’s evolution that should resonate with hip-hop lovers and Roots fans alike. It’s short and will leave listeners wanting more.
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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.
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Sailing the Graveyard Sea: The Deathly Voyage of the Somers, the U.S. Navy’s Only Mutiny, and the Trial That Gripped the Nation

Recommended for fans of David Grann’s The Wager or Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea.
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Endangered Eating: America’s Vanishing Foods

An engaging food history and travelogue that will appeal to foodies, conservationists, and historians.

American Shield: The Immigrant Sergeant Who Defended Democracy

While there are other USCP accounts of the insurrection, this one stands apart, given Gonell’s immigrant beginnings and patriotic pride in his adopted country.
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The Money Kings: The Epic Story of the Jewish Immigrants Who Transformed Wall Street and Shaped Modern America

A commanding group biography commemorating the lives of wealthy Jewish power brokers. This skillfully narrated audio is highly recommended for those seeking a lively account of American financial and cultural history.
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The Burning of the World: The Great Chicago Fire and the War for a City’s Soul

Hopkins’s skillful performance of Berg’s meticulously researched narrative of the fire and its aftermath is a must-listen for anyone interested in American history and urban development.

Better Living Through Birding: Notes from a Black Man in the Natural World

This brilliant multidimensional nonfiction debut by Cooper, now the host of National Geographic’s Extraordinary Birder, should be cherished by all memoir fans and will strike a chord with his fellow sci-fi and comics fans.
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If You Would Have Told Me: A Memoir

Stamos shares the shiny and not-so-shiny memories of his past, reflecting on the importance of experiencing the good times and the bad. An excellent choice for those who enjoy memoirs and pop culture or are avid John Stamos fans.

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.
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Overlooked: A Celebration of Remarkable, Underappreciated People Who Broke the Rules and Changed the World

An endlessly fascinating look into the lives of extraordinary individuals, this audiobook is a treat.

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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Everywhere an Oink Oink: An Embittered, Dyspeptic, and Accurate Report of Forty Years in Hollywood

Recommended for fans of supercilious arts and entertainment autobiographies. Perhaps more palatable in print, as readers can absorb the information at their own pace; the audio format is an optional purchase for most libraries.
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