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Off-Earth: Ethical Questions and Quandaries for Living in Outer Space

This well-researched and accessible book is for general readers or those interested in the philosophy of science or the ethics of space travel.

Wildlife Anatomy: The Curious Lives & Features of Wild Animals Around the World

This book, more than many like it, will entice readers to consult it over and over, consistently finding new information each time they do. Highly recommended for all libraries.
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Mushrooming: An Illustrated Guide to the Fantastic, Delicious, Deadly, and Strange World of Fungi

This book would complement environmental art and nature lovers’ collections. It also pairs well with works about Beatrix Potter’s artwork, Paul Stamets’s contributions to mycology, and Eugenia Bone’s Mycophilia. A beautiful artistic exploration and tribute to mushrooms for their own beauty and value.
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Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World

Grabar offers an intriguing, wide-ranging, readable perspective of the urban American parking scene, its issues, and possible future.
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Love, Nature, Magic: Shamanic Journeys into the Heart of My Garden

Recommended for people who love gardening or those with an interest in spiritual connections with nature.
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Birdgirl: Looking to the Skies in Search of a Better Future

This is Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle meets Neil Hayward’s Lost Among the Birds, and it will likely generate strong millennial appeal as well.
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Grimhaven

Tasker’s (1903–44) unromantic, soul-baring account combines the authenticity of memoir with the stirring progress of a bildungsroman. A worthy revival.
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The Bolivian Diary

Among Seven Stories Press’s vibrant English and Spanish editions of Che’s complete works, this raw account of his desperate and ultimately tragic final campaign makes a riveting and sobering bookend to the youthful idealism of his cult classic The Motorcycle Diaries.
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25 Ready-To-Use Sustainable Living Programs for Libraries

A useful collection of ideas for libraries interested in offering sustainable-living programs.
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Birdlife: A Naturalist’s Guide to Birds of the Southeast

A useful companion to classic guidebooks, rounding out collections for birders in the Southeastern U.S.
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Ikebana: The Zen Way of Flowers

This visually striking art book will appeal to all who appreciate the beauty of ikebana and might inspire readers to try their hand at creating their own hanaike using Ueno’s techniques.
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2023 Night Sky Almanac: A Month-by-Month Guide to North America’s Skies from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

More than 60 illustrations and detailed monthly notes makes this a good choice for Northern Hemisphere public libraries.
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Planktonia: The Nightly Migration of the Ocean’s Smallest Creatures

Sea angels, tonguefish, hydromedusae, and peppermint shrimp in all their majestic beauty. Consider for all libraries.
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The Tracker’s Field Guide: A Comprehensive Manual for Animal Tracking

Improved photos, updated species names, and ample sources make this revised edition a recommended choice, particularly for rural libraries.

The Academic Library in the United States: Historical Perspectives

This comprehensive and important work will be deeply appreciated by librarians and historians; a welcome addition to any higher-education library.
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Sustainable Online Library Services and Resources: Learning from the Pandemic

A valuable resource for academic libraries, library schools, and large public library systems.
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How To Promote Your Book: A Practical Guide to Publicizing Your Own Title

A beneficial purchase, of particular use for self-published and small-press authors, with information that will be helpful for anyone seeking to boost the visibility of their work.
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Project Management in Technical Services: Practical Tips and Case Studies

While one must take care that the costs of project management don’t outweigh the benefits, this work provides tools and examples to provide a solid starting point for interested librarians. Recommended reading for library administrators and technical services librarians.
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Kintsugi: The Wabi Sabi Art of Japanese Ceramic Repair

The technical aspects of kintsugi are best directed to artists interested in learning the Japanese techniques. For the layperson, there are other methods of repairing ceramics that mimic the look of kintsugi without the expense and difficulty.
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Gradual: The Case for Incremental Change in a Radical Age

Students of American government and public policy will gain useful insights from this study, and they may even view American politics in a whole new manner.
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Hitler’s Aristocrats: The Secret Power Players in Britain and America Who Supported the Nazis, 1923–1941

Recommended for informed readers who want to know more about the international clandestine machinations that enabled World War II to occur.

Presence: The Strange Science and True Stories of the Unseen Other

Best suited for readers with an interest in psychology, parapsychology, and related fields.

Four Battlegrounds: Power in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Recommended for both public and university libraries.
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Divining: A Memoir in Trees

Dunphy’s charming, lyrical ode to her special trees will appeal to readers who enjoy natural-history memoirs, books about trees, and reflections on women’s lives and relationships with people, history, current events, and the natural world.

Wolfish: Wolf, Self, and the Stories We Tell About Fear

A fascinating read, perfect for fans of Mary Roach’s Fuzz, or anyone who enjoys learning about wolves and what they can teach about human nature.
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The Anxiety Coach: Every Parent’s Guide to Building Resilience in Their Child

Filled with practical ideas, this will prove an ideal guide for the parents and children who struggle with anxiety.
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A Table Full of Love: Recipes To Comfort, Seduce, Celebrate & Everything Else in Between

Whether readers are looking for the perfect dish to woo or a way to comfort through food, McAlpine provides the tools and recipes to say it with love from a kitchen.
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BAO

Armchair travelers and fans of the brand will enjoy this title cover to cover, and serious home chefs will delight in the multifaceted, complex yet rewarding recipes. Instructions are in metric measurements, which will detract for some readers but not devotees.

A Generous Meal: Modern Recipes for Dinner

Flynn may be Canada’s best-kept secret, with her laidback attitude, entertaining chops, and deceptively simple dishes. She will be a popular fresh new voice for cookbook shelves.
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Cooking for the Culture: Recipes and Stories from the New Orleans Streets to the Table

Part memoir, part cookbook, this is a work that readers will devour cover to cover in between trying Boudy’s recipes in the kitchen. Boudy fans will come for the memoir and stay for the food, while other library patrons will come for the recipes and be delighted by Boudy’s journey.
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The Everlasting Meal Cookbook: Leftovers A–Z

Unique and practical, Adler’s title encourages home cooks to achieve what seems impossible: clean out the fridge, not into the garbage but into an appealing meal.
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The Teachers: A Year Inside America’s Most Vulnerable, Important Profession

This involving look at the teaching profession is recommended for any library with an education collection and where there is community interest.
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The Collaborators: Three Stories of Deception and Survival in World War II

A powerful exploration of complicity, ambivalence, and the human capacity for deception and self-rationalization.
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Design for a Better World: Meaningful, Sustainable, Humanity Centered

This is a book for a very patient reader, one willing to accept design as the most fundamental of human activities and good design as the panacea for society’s ills.
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Madison’s Militia: The Hidden History of the Second Amendment

Readers interested in the Second Amendment’s origins or in assessing arguments about its meaning will likely and deeply appreciate this comprehensive history.

The Best Strangers in the World: Stories from a Life Spent Listening

Shapiro’s confident, clear voice and self-deprecating humor, familiar to his many fans, translates well to the written word. His writing will resonate with many and is a treasure for biography readers. Highly recommended.
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More Numbers Every Day: How Data, Stats, and Figures Control Our Lives and How To Set Ourselves Free

This book is recommended for those interested in self-help, mathematics, and statistics.
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Eliza Scidmore: The Trailblazing Journalist Behind Washington’s Cherry Trees

Parsell’s readable, well-researched biography will bring Scidmore back into the limelight, appealing to readers with an interest in geography, journalism, conservation, and women’s studies.

Ghosts of the Orphanage: A Story of Mysterious Deaths, a Conspiracy of Silence, and a Search for Justice

An important look into the dark past of orphanages globally. It’s also a deep dive into the ways these horrific stories were kept out of the public eye for so long.
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Who Gets Believed?: When the Truth Isn’t Enough

This is a riveting read that will be of interest to many, from those concerned with the plight of refugees and the biases built into many American institutions to anyone who loves unconventional memoirs and beautiful writing.
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Rain of Ash: Roma, Jews, and the Holocaust

Of profound interest to serious students and readers of history.
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Tremors in the Blood: Murder, Obsession, and the Birth of the Lie Detector

True crime fans will likely want to read this book, especially those interested in the history of criminal science.
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Satellite Boy: The International Manhunt for a Master Thief That Launched the Modern Communication Age

Amelinckx’s book is ideal for both true-crime and technology buffs.

Saying It Loud: 1966—The Year Black Power Challenged the Civil Rights Movement

An important, accessible book for general readers and scholars.
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Exploring the American Presidency Through 50 Historic Treasures

These iconic pieces provide the opportunity to share little-known stories. Perfect for history buffs.
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The Watchmaker’s Daughter: The True Story of World War II Heroine Corrie ten Boom

A haunting and inspiring tale of moral courage. Recommended.

La Duchesse: The Life of Marie de Vignerot, Cardinal Richelieu’s Forgotten Heiress Who Shaped the Fate of France

This is a fine work that sheds light on the nearly forgotten story of a consequential figure in French history.
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The Dyslexic Advantage (Revised and Updated): Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

Based on hard science and on personal narratives from 20 people, this book is a comprehensive must-have title for educators, parents, and those who process things through a dyslexic lens.
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Building Boys: Raising Great Guys in a World that Misunderstands Males

A title filled with ideas that are sure to be helpful for parents of sons.

The Emotional Lives of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable, and Compassionate Adolescents

Comprehensive and encompassing of the many of the struggles teens face today, this book is a must for libraries looking for mental health resources for parents of teens.

Born Extraordinary: Empowering Children with Differences and Disabilities

Told from a unique perspective, this is an essential read; all parents can benefit from the advice in this book.
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When Children Come Out: A Guide for Christian Parents

The question of how churches can be more supportive to LGBTQIA+ people is a valid one, but the small sample size raises questions about whether the book can draw accurate conclusions.
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Modern Miss Mason: Discover How Charlotte Mason’s Revolutionary Ideas on Home Education Can Change How You and Your Children Learn and Grow Together

This is a helpful resource for the many parents who homeschool, and it may also by utilized as a guide for all parents to incorporate more nontraditional learning activities into their child’s routine.
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Tiny Feet: A Treasury for Parents: An Anthology

This book will likely make parents truly reflect on their decisions and choices, but the book’s density may be too dry or slow for the average reader.
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Book Bonding: Building Connections Through Family Reading

An advocate of seeing the world as it is and imagining what it could be, Lambert provides thought-provoking reflections in these beautifully written pieces.
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The Baby Market: The Case for Adoption Reform

Many parents will likely find this to be a helpful resource. Advocates for children will find plenty of ideas and guidance.
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Somebody Feed Phil, the Book: Untold Stories, Behind-the-Scenes Photos and Favorite Recipes

A charming feast for the ears, to be devoured by armchair travelers, home cooks, and anyone who loves food, people, and stories.
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Cooking from the Spirit: Easy, Delicious, and Joyful Plant-Based Inspirations

Charismatic Brown makes this audio cookbook a good bet for public libraries, especially where vegan cooking is popular.

The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams

An exceptionally narrated study of Adams’s life and his ideas of fairness and democracy; highly recommended.
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All That Is Wicked: A Gilded-Age Story of Murder and the Race To Decode the Criminal Mind

This audio is for listeners seeking a candid and complex historical biography that is alarming and alluring, though the depth may be daunting to the casual true-crime crowd. Recommended for fans of Erik Larson and Dean Jobb.
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The Pirate’s Wife: The Remarkable True Story of Sarah Kidd

While serious history buffs may wish for more facts and less supposition, this glimpse into the human side of piracy strikes a chord. Recommend to listeners who enjoy stories about the golden age of piracy and colonial American history.
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Smart Pop Explains Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Movies

Sure to entertain and enlighten The Hobbit and LOTR fans and settle arguments on details large and small.
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The Samurai Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide to Japan’s Elite Warrior Class

Vaporis includes scholarly research but writes for the general reader. Interest in samurai culture is significant, and this non-sensational choice emphasizes scholarship.
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The Ethical Traveler: 100 Ways To Roam the World (Without Ruining It!)

Full of bright, quick reminders for travelers and eco-conscious readers sticking close to home.
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Stories Behind the Poses: The Indian Mythology That Inspired 50 Yoga Postures

Suggest to readers looking to broaden and deepen yoga practice, and include in displays with yoga guides and training manuals.
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New York’s Great Lost Ballparks

A fascinating niche option for New York–area libraries and baseball history fans everywhere.

Biography of a Phantom: A Robert Johnson Blues Odyssey

McCormick conveys a wild enthusiasm for his research and the music of Robert Johnson that readers will find contagious.

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Can’t Stop the Grrrls: Confronting Sexist Labels in Music from Ariana Grande to Yoko Ono

Readers will learn a lot about the stars they think they know with this well-researched, smart book about misogyny in the music industry.
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Living Resistance: An Indigenous Vision for Seeking Wholeness Every Day

A work of both spiritual direction and challenge toward social engagement, with welcoming, lambent prose. Curtice is a fresh and intelligent voice in the genre.

The Questions That Matter Most: Reading, Writing, and the Exercise of Freedom

In this slim yet valuable book, Smiley gives educators, readers, and writers much to discuss. Highly recommended.

Lives of the Wives: Five Literary Marriages

A notable book about remarkable women that could have subsequent volumes. Recommended for readers interested in these authors or in 20th-century literature.
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Into the Groove: The Story of Sound from Tin Foil to Vinyl

A perfect fit for music lovers who’ve always wondered how a recorded performance reaches their ears.
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Spatial Orders, Social Forms: Art and the City in Modern Brazil

Architectural history scholars and advanced students of Latin America will benefit from this work, but the exhibition catalogues Condemned To Be Modern and Access for All: São Paulo’s Architectural Infrastructures will serve most readers better.
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My Cousin Maria Schneider: A Memoir

A terrific translation by fellow actress Ringwald makes this concise, harrowing book a powerful read.
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Queer Imaginings: On Writing and Cinematic Friendship

The range, both in chronology and subject, of this collection should provide much food for thought to dedicated scholars of auteur cinema and its intersections with queer filmmaking and criticism.
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Not Funny: Essays on Life, Comedy, Culture, Et Cetera

This perceptive and biting collection of humorous essays offers readers a wild ride.

True Life: Poems

Readers who enjoy W.S. Merwin, Mary Oliver, and Jane Kenyon will feel quite at home with Zagajewski’s poems; like those writers, he is never obscure or tentative but always luminous and alive. Essential for academic libraries and a worthy purchase for contemporary poetry collections in public libraries.
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The Business: A History of Popular Music from Sheet Music to Streaming

Entertaining and wince-inducing by turns. For anyone interested in how the music industry operates.

To 2040

A masterpiece that belongs in every library where poetry is found.
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The World Behind the World: Poems

Bernard has a sharp, critical eye and an ability to paint a scene quickly while also coloring it with social resonance. Similar word choices occasionally get repeated from poem to poem, but this collection is a marvel, gifting the reader with new subjects, unique perspectives, and an exuberant musicality that nearly leaps across the page. Highly recommended.
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Song and Self: A Singer’s Reflections on Music and Performance

Although some acquaintance with musicology and world history is assumed, the author’s engaging style and the universality of the subject matter will likely have widespread appeal. This title is warmly recommended.

Black Ball: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Spencer Haywood, and the Generation That Saved the Soul of the NBA

This is an intriguing and insightful look at pro basketball’s critical historical moments and players during the 1970s. It is highly recommended for all collections and should be considered a top purchase.
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The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records: A Great Migration Story, 1917–1932

Lively and informative, this book will appeal beyond lovers of these musical genres.

From From: Poems

Youn does an extraordinary job of blending historical themes with haunting modern-day experiences to clarify sense of self. Readers will be captivated.
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Music for Prime Time: A History of American Television Themes and Scoring

Burlingame has produced a thorough analysis of music composed for television that will probably remain in readers’ heads. Those seeking more information about these rerunning tunes will find it here.
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Parks and Recreation

Limited appeal, as it’s strictly a study of the show’s take on government and its ability to remain relevant. It’s not a homage to the characters or episodes.
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Rock Legends at Rockfield

This anecdotally rich book is breezily written with extended quotations forming the heart of the story of a still-in-use studio. It will appeal to rock-history fans in search of both musical lore and the stories behind some of rock’s most memorable albums and bands.
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In the Eye of the Storm: Modernism in Ukraine, 1900–1930s

An introduction to an influential period and a diverse group of artists whose works continue to be uncovered, and whose history reverberates today.
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More To Say: Essays and Appreciations

Readers of Beattie’s fiction will welcome this opportunity to experience her insights on the works of other creative individuals.
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The Art of the Straight Line: My Tai Chi

It is not necessary to be a fan of Reed, the Velvet Underground, or the martial arts to appreciate the beauty and serenity the book provides.
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Picasso the Foreigner: An Artist in France, 1900–1973

This hydra of a book, one head assessing Picasso’s art, the other looking at how he negotiated his position in France in politically tense times, is strongly recommended to all Picasso enthusiasts.
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Guitar: The Shape of Sound

A feast for the eyes that is sure to pull at the heartstrings of any guitar fan.
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Kevin Smith: His Films and Fans

Given the profanity-laced text and graphic sexual descriptions, this is not intended for all readers, but it provides a diverting, insider-y thrill ride for Kevin Smith fans and those interested in the mechanics of the movie business.

Concentrate: Poems

Simply put, one of the best books this reviewer has read in the last 12 months.

Citizen Welles: A Biography of Orson Welles

A wonderfully crafted and honest look at a creative giant.
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The Incredibly Strange Features of Ray Dennis Steckler

Curry combines extensive research with deft writing to reveal the life of a Z-movie director through his unconventional oeuvre. Aimed at cinephiles, the book celebrates an underdog who made movies in Hollywood’s shadow.
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Chita: A Memoir

An enjoyable and inspiring inside look at a life in the theater; will be of interest to celebrity watchers and aspiring actors.

Dancing Down the Barricades: Sammy Davis Jr. and the Long Civil Rights Era

A subtle, insightful book likely to be on many readers’ radar for its nuanced look at the consequences of a racial divide with roots that, as Jacobson makes clear, are longstanding, systemic, and institutional.
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The New Crusades: Islamophobia and the Global War on Muslims

Those interested in Islam, religious persecution, or the relationship between religion and politics will find this insightful and disturbing.

Barbra Streisand: The Music, The Albums, The Singles

Even ardent Streisand fans will find undiscovered gems and will likely appreciate Howe’s meticulous research.
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