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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.

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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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 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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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.
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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.
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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.

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.

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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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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Zao Fan: Breakfast of China

Ambitious home cooks and armchair travelers alike will appreciate the insight and information Zee provides about the Chinese take on the most important meal of the day.
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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.
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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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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.
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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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The Lost Supper: Searching for the Future of Food in the Flavors of the Past

Although the audio presentation is somewhat uneven, Grescoe’s message that the world is bettered by eating adventurously and well will delight listeners interested in sustainability.
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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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.
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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.
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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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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.

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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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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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.

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.

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.
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The Quickening: Creation and Community at the Ends of the Earth

An elegantly narrated, fully fleshed account of a singular trip to an imperiled place. Listeners and readers of Margaret Lowman’s The Arbornaut or Naira de Gracia’s The Last Cold Place will love this.
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