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NonFICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN
November 2017

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Biography

1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder by Arthur Herman
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The Pulitzer-finalist author of Gandhi and Churchill chronicles the intertwined stories of consequential world leaders Woodrow Wilson and Vladimir Lenin, revealing unexpected commonalities between the two men and their enduring influence on today's world.

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8 Seconds of Courage: A Soldier’s Story from Immigrant to the Medal of Honor by Flo Groberg & Tom Sileo
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A personal account by the first immigrant in four decades to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor describes his childhood relocation from France to the U.S., where as a naturalized citizen he joined the military and served multiple tours before he was wounded while protecting his patrol from a suicide bomber.

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Alone: Lost Overboard in the Indian Ocean by Brett Archibald
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An account of how the author fell overboard unnoticed and survived for 28 hours in the Indian Ocean without a raft or supplies describes how he endured rough weather and dangerous predators before his miraculous rescue.

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An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice by Khizr Khan
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The Pakistani immigrant-turned-U.S. citizen, Gold Star parent and popular DNC speaker documents the story of his family's pursuit of the American dream, urging readers to respond to today's tumultuous challenges by stepping forward and advocating on behalf of what they find most important.

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Avedon: Something Personal by Norma Stevens & Steven M. L. Aronson
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An intimate, candid portrait of the famed 20th-century photographer, co-written by his longtime business partner and confidante, traces Avedon's life from his humble New York childhood to his death during a shoot in 2004, covering such topics as his controversial portraits of his aging father and his "In the American West" series.

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Balancing Acts: Behind the Scenes at London's National Theatre by Nicholas Hytner
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The award-winning former director of London's National Theatre presents a candid, behind-the-scenes memoir about his career directing theater, producing films and opera and working closely with some of the world's most celebrated actors.

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Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship by Gregory Boyle
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The best-selling author of Tattoos on the Heart traces his experiences of working with gangs in Los Angeles for three decades, sharing what his efforts have taught him about faith, compassion and the enduring power of radical kinship.

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Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit by Chris Matthews
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A revelatory new portrait of Robert F. Kennedy by the anchor of MSNBC's Hardball depicts him as a perpetual family underdog, sharing insights into his decision to join the military as a common sailor, his ability to connect with voters from all walks of life and his assassination during his 1968 campaign.

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A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back by David Hallberg
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The first American dancer to join the famed Bolshoi Ballet as a principal classical stylist traces his struggles with bullying in childhood and the roles of self-doubt, perfectionism and body limitations on his triumphant performances.

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Breaking Free: How I Escaped My Father—Warren Jeffs—Polygamy, and the FLDS Cult by Rachel Jeffs
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The daughter of the self-proclaimed prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints describes the abusive patriarchal culture in which she was raised by sister wives and dominating men, sharing insight into how her father remains a powerful influence on his followers in spite of his life prison sentence.

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Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-believe by Cullen Murphy
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A poignant, half-century history of the cartoonists and illustrators from the Connecticut School, written by the son of the Rockwell-trained artist behind the popular strips Prince Valiant and Big Ben Bolt, explores the achievements and pop-culture influence of period artists in the aftermath of World War II.

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Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters With Reality and Virtual Reality by Jaron Lanier
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The Microsoft interdisciplinary scientist largely credited with popularizing virtual reality reflects on his lifelong relationship with technology, showing VR's ability to illuminate and amplify our understanding of our species and how the brain and body connect to the world. By the author of You Are Not a Gadget.

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The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World by Maya Jasanoff
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An exploration of the life and times of the controversial literary master places his achievements against a backdrop of turbulent globalization, detailing his wide-ranging experiences as a sailor, the role of new imperialism on his views and the inspirations for his four most-acclaimed works.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life by Robert Dallek
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A wide-ranging portrait of the 32nd President focuses on his career as an incomparable politician and dealmaker whose unusual skills served to unite divided factions, initiate essential reforms and transform America into an international superpower.

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Gold Dust Woman: The Biography of Stevie Nicks by Stephen Davis
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An in-depth portrait of the classic-rock artist includes coverage of such topics as her role in the stardom of Fleetwood Mac, the affairs that inspired her greatest songs, her struggles with addiction and her successful solo career. By the author of Hammer of the Gods.

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Growing Up Fisher: Musings, Memories, and Misadventures by Joely Fisher
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A behind-the-scenes memoir by the half sister of the late Carrie Fisher describes their upbringing in their Hollywood family, the author's personal struggles with identity, her two-decade marriage, her experiences as a mother to five children and how she became motivated to pursue a creative life in the wake of Carrie's death.

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Inventing Joy: Dare to Build a Brave & Creative Life by Joy Mangano
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The visionary entrepreneur and inventor behind such products as Huggable Hangers® shares an inspirational blueprint for promoting personal success, confidence and fulfillment, sharing stories from her childhood, family and career experiences that illustrate how healthier perspectives can significantly improve a life.

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L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home by David Lebovitz
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The professional baker and best-selling author of My Paris Kitchen presents a latest recipe-complemented account of his ex-pat life in Paris, drawing on his maddening experiences in apartment renovation as a launching point for stories about French culture, food and what it means to revamp a life.

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Lenin: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror by Victor Sebestyen
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Draws on diaries, memoirs and private letters written by both the controversial dictator and his friends to explore how Vladimir Lenin's personal life, including key relationships with women, shaped his politics and role in launching the Russian Revolution.

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Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy by Michael Perry
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The New York Times best-selling author of The Jesus Cow reflects on the lessons he has gleaned from French Renaissance philosopher Michel de Montaigne, contrasting his own life to that of the intellectual and explaining how de Montaigne's views shaped his perspectives on everything from faith to race to sex.

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The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir by Jenifer Lewis with Malaika Adero
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The "Mega Diva" star of Black-ish traces her personal journey from poverty to fame, sharing provocative insights into her battles with undiagnosed mental illness and sex addiction while citing the support of loving friends and the philosophies about self-acceptance that enabled her successes.

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The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom by Helen Thorpe
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The author of Soldier Girls traces the lives of 22 immigrant teens throughout the course of a year at Denver's South High School who attended a specially created English Language Acquisition class and who were helped to adapt through strategic introductions to American culture.

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Nobu: A Memoir by Nobu Matsuhisa
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The acclaimed celebrity chef and international restaurateur shares the dramatic story of his life, from his devotion to his family to his struggles with depression, while reflecting on the Japanese philosophies and passion that have rendered him one of the world's most respected fusion culinary artists.

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Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
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A comprehensive historical portrait of Laura Ingalls Wilder draws on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries and official records to fill in the gaps in Wilder's official story, sharing lesser-known details about her pioneer experiences while challenging popular misconceptions about how her books were ghostwritten.

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Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose by Joe Biden
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A former vice president of the United States chronicles the difficult final year of his son's battle with cancer and the lessons he learned from it.

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Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived by Antonin Scalia. Foreword by Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ed by Christopher J. Scalia & Edward Whelan.
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A collection of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s finest speeches covers topics as varied as the law, faith, virtue, pastimes, and his heroes and friends.

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Tanker Pilot: Lessons from the Cockpit by Mark Hasara. Foreword by Rush Limbaugh.
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A veteran air-refueling expert who served for more than two decades during the Cold War, Afghan War and Iraq War presents an eyewitness account of modern warfare, sharing inspirational stories and 12 moral lessons gleaned from his military experiences.

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The Trials of a Scold: The Incredible True Story of Writer Anne Royall by Jeff Biggers
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A passionate, carefully researched portrait of one of America's first woman muckrakers, who was convicted in a bizarre 1829 trial as a "common scold," describes the tenacity that earned her the first presidential interview ever granted to a woman and her tireless denouncement of the increasingly blurry lines between religion and politics.

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Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars by David Hepworth
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The award-winning music journalist and author of Never a Dull Moment presents an elegy to the age of the rock star that explores the defining moments and turning points in the lives of 40 rock stars from 1955 to 1995, including Chuck Berry, Elvis, Madonna, David Bowie and Prince.

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The Vanity Fair Diaries by Tina Brown
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The irreverent diaries of the author's celebrated years as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair also serves as a vibrant portrait of the 1980s in New York and Hollywood, describing her summons from London in the hopes of saving Condé Nast's troubled periodical and her experiences within the cutthroat world of glamour magazines.

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Business & Economics

Capitalism Without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy by Jonathan Haskel & Stian Westlake
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A comprehensive account of the growing dominance of the "intangible economy" traces the early 21st-century revolution through which heavy investments were made in such intangible assets as design, branding, R&D and software, exploring the value of such developments, how they are changing the world and how readers can best tap their potential.

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Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter by Dan Ariely & Jeff Kreisler
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The New York Times best-selling author of Predictably Irrational and his co-author share anecdotal insight into the illogical influences behind poor financial decisions and how to outmaneuver them, covering topics ranging from credit-card debt and household budgeting to holiday spending and real estate sales.

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Get Better: 15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work by Todd Davis
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The performance improvement experts at FranklinCovey outline anecdotal and practical recommendations for how organizations of any size or type can create a competitive advantage by building effective relationships.

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Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite by Jake Bernstein
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A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist takes readers inside the world revealed by the Panama Papers—a landscape of illicit money, political corruption and global fraud that comprises a hidden trillion-dollar economy that plays a major role in how the world really works— raising crucial questions about the trustworthiness of our financial and legal institutions.

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General Nonfiction

The Annotated African American Folktales by Henry Louis Gates & Maria Tatar, eds.
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A treasury of dozens of African-American folktales discusses their role in a broader sophisticated, complex and heterogeneous cultural heritage, sharing illuminating annotations and illustrations complementing such classics as the Brer Rabbit stories, the African trickster Anansi and out-of-print tales from the late 19th-century's Southern Workman.

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The Bad Food Bible: How and Why to Eat Sinfully by Aaron Carroll. Foreword by Nina Teicholz.
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Revealing how foods we are trained to avoid can actually improve health, a science-based cookbook reveals the positive benefits of enjoying moderate portions of vilified ingredients ranging from red meat and alcohol to gluten and salt.

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Counting Backwards: A Doctor's Notes on Anesthesia by Henry Jay Przybylo
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An anesthesiologist with more than 30 years of experience explores the most common but most mysterious procedure in medicine, telling intimate stories that explore the nature of consciousness, the politics of pain relief and the wonder of modern medicine.

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Don't Save Anything: Uncollected Essays, Articles, and Profiles by James Salter
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The late award-winning author of Dusk and Other Stories presents a collection of literary essays gathering his thoughts on such topics as the writers who shaped his literary world, America's changing military life, mountain climbing and his travels to Europe and Asia.

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The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the Plato System and the Dawn of Cyberculture by Brian Dear
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Documents the lesser-known story of the 1960s computer program and platform that the author argues marked the true beginning of cyberculture, revealing the role of PLATO ideas in inspiring countless technological innovations, from flat-panel wall TVs to multiplayer games.

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Golden Days: West's Lakers, Steph's Warriors, and the California Dreamers Who Reinvented Basketball by Jack McCallum
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Tells the interconnected stories of today’s Golden State Warriors and the early-1970s Los Angeles Lakers, two extraordinary teams playing in extraordinary times and linked by one extraordinary man: Jerry West. By the New York Times best-selling author of Dream Team.

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It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree by A. J. Jacobs
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The best-selling author of The Year of Living Biblically traces his three-year investigation into what constitutes family, describing how, after receiving an e-mail from a stranger who claimed to be a distant cousin, he embarked on an effort to build the biggest family tree in history.

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Maestros and Their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting by John Mauceri
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Complemented by vibrant illustrations and rich anecdotes, an accessible tour of the enigmatic craft of conducting by the celebrated international conductor explores how the art of his profession is itself a composition of legacy, tradition and techniques that involve intricate communicative gestures.

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The Museum of Broken Relationships: Modern Love in 203 Everyday Objects by Olinka Vistica & Drazen Grubisic
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From the tiny museum that has become an international phenomenon comes a crowdsourced gift book that celebrates the objects that outlast love.

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The Odyssey by Homer. Trans by Emily Wilson.
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Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, a new translation of the epic poem, and the first by woman, matches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus maintaining Homer’s intended pace.

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Silence: In the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge. Trans by Becky L. Crook.
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A compact meditation on the role of silence in a creative life contrasts silence to the constant distracting noises of today's connected world while describing the experiences of fellow poets, artists and explorers as well as his personal experiments during a 50-day solo walk in Antarctica without radio contact.

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Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone by Juli Berwald
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A former ocean biologist describes how she rediscovered her passion for marine science and the sea's imperiled ecosystems while investigating the enigmatic jellyfish and what the species' unique physiologies can teach us about engineering and environmental stability.

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Supernormal: The Untold Story of Adversity and Resilience by Meg Jay
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The clinical psychologist author of The Defining Decade explores the role of childhood loss and abuse in high achievement, sharing the stories of everyday people who became famous and influential public figures after enduring trauma in early life.

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Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age by Leslie Berlin
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A narrative history of the Silicon Valley generation that launched five major high-tech industries in seven years details the specific contributions of seven technical pioneers and how they established the foundation for today's tech-driven world.

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Two's Company: A Fifty-Year Romance with Lessons Learned in Love, Life & Business by Suzanne Somers
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The popular actress and best-selling author of Sexy Forever draws on the examples of her half-century marriage to Alan Hamel to counsel readers on how to mold and shape a healthy, lasting relationship without sacrificing individual strengths.

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Why Bob Dylan Matters by Richard F. Thomas
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A Harvard classics professor and expert on Bob Dylan expands on his popular seminar in a full-length, meditative examination of the Nobel Prize-winning lyricist's enduring influence, sharing insights into Dylan's formative experiences against a backdrop of western and classical literature.

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A World Without Whom: The Essential Guide to Language in the Buzzfeed Age by Emmy J. Favilla
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The creator of the BuzzFeed style guide builds on a premise that language in the Internet age is playful, flexible and ethically aware, sharing whimsical observations that explain how modern language has artistic qualities that should be assessed more for clarity than for adherence to grammatical rules.

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You Can't Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year As President Donald J. Trump: A So-Called Parody by Alec Baldwin & Kurt Andersen
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A satirical memoir written in the style of Donald Trump by the Emmy Award-winning actor and the host of Studio 360shares lampooning insights into the 45th President's election, disdain for the press, backroom strategy sessions with White House advisers and world-changing decisions.

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You Do You: How to Be Who You Are and Use What You've Got to Get What You Want by Sarah Knight
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Presents an irreverent, no-holds-barred guide to letting go of the weight of others' expectations and doubling down on your dreams to find real, lasting happiness.

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History

The Gifted Generation: When Government Was Good by David Goldfield
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A sweeping history of the post-World War II decades traces the efforts of an activist federal government to guide the country toward a realization of the American Dream, exploring how the era was marked by unprecedented economic, social and environmental growth. By the lead author of The American Journey.

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The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism by John U. Bacon
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A gripping account of the world's largest man-made explosion before the atomic bomb describes the events that led to the catastrophic igniting of the French freighter Mont-Blanc in 1917 Halifax, killing and wounding thousands while leading to advances in medicine and weapons science. By a New York Times best-selling author.

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Hellfire Boys: The Birth of the U.S. Chemical Warfare Service and the Race for the World's Deadliest Weapons by Theo Emery
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Traces the actions of the "Hellfire Battalion," a group of American engineers who were trained in gas warfare and were sent to the front lines in France to launch multiple assaults against the Germans.

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The Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush by Mark K. Updegrove
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Written with the full cooperation of Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, a major biographical examination of their relationship as presidents and as father and son draws on exclusive interviews with the pair and close family members.

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Our Year of War: Two Brothers, Vietnam, and a Nation Divided by Daniel P. Bolger
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Presents the story of Chuck Hagel—who would one day become U.S. secretary of defense—and his brother, Tom, who went to war in Vietnam, fought in the same unit, and saved each other's life, despite one supporting the war and the other detesting it.

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Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom by Russell Shorto
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From the best-selling author of The Island at the Center of the World comes an account of the American Revolution that draws on diaries, letters and more to flesh out six disparate lives affected by the war, including an African man who freed himself and his family from slavery, a woman who abandoned her abusive husband and an often-criticized George Washington.

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When the World Seemed New: George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War by Jeffrey A. Engel
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Based on unprecedented access to previously declassified documents and dozens of interviews with key policymakers, an account of the critical events faced by the 41st president examines his pivotal role in ending the Cold War.

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Performing Arts

The Book of Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual by Owen Williams
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An authorized, immersive guide to the creatures and scenes from the Alien film franchise provides diagrams, photos, an a futurebook of interactive 3D animations, sound and visual extras.

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Dear Evan Hansen: Through the Window by Steven Levenson; Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
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An official compendium offers a behind-the-scenes look at the hit musical, and winner of six Tony Awards, Dear Evan Hansen, in a visual journey that includes interviews with the cast and crew, behind-the-scenes photos, a deeper look into Evan's fictional world and the show's visual world, unreleased lyrics, the libretto and much more.

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Victoria and Albert: A Royal Love Affair by Daisy Goodwin
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An official tie-in to hit PBS show Victoria, written by the it's creator and screenwriter, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show, featuring never-before-seen interviews, photos, diary entries, profiles on all major characters and sumptuous detail on the costumes and props that bring Victoria and Albert's world to vivid life.

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Political Science

Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House by Donna Brazile
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From the former DNC chair and political operative comes a revealing look at the 2016 election: the first insider account of the Russian hacking of the DNC and the missteps by the Clinton campaign and Obama administration that enabled a Trump victory.

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The Last Liberal: How the Modern Left Abandoned Principle, Humor, Common Sense – And Liberalism  by Tucker Carlson
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The Fox News host and popular conservative figure shares his views and observations on the political arenas of today's world. By the author of Politicians, Partisans and Politics: My Adventures in Cable News.

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Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics by Lawrence O'Donnell
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The celebrated host of MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell presents an account of the 1968 presidential election to evaluate its lasting influence on American politics and the Democratic party, exploring the pivotal roles of RFK and McCarthy, two high-profile assassinations and the Chicago riots.

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War in 140 Characters: How Social Media Is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century by David Patrikarakos
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A journalist draws on unprecedented access to key players to explain how social media has affected modern warfare, in a book for which he traveled thousands of miles to meet a de-radicalized female member of ISIS recruited via Skype, a liberal Russian in Siberia who takes a job manufacturing "Ukrainian" news, and many others.

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What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism by Dan Rather & Elliot Kirschner
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The Emmy Award-winning veteran journalist shares passionate essays about what it means to be an American and the relevance of patriotism in today's world, exploring subjects ranging from the institutions that support the nation, major events from that past half century and how the country can better unite to secure a collective future.

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Religion

God: A Human History by Reza Aslan
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The best-selling author of Zealot and host of Believer explores how different ideas about religion have united, divided and propelled humanity forward for millennia.

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God's Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs by Timothy Keller & Kathy Keller
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Readers can unlock biblical wisdom and apply it to everyday, modern life with this year-long collection of daily devotionals that will reinforce their relationship with God and provide a new understanding of what it is to live a moral life.

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Higher Is Waiting by Tyler Perry
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The cinematic innovator behind Tyler Perry Studios traces his youth in New Orleans through his successful career, in an uplifting account of his spiritual awakening that explains how his faith has enriched his life and sustained him in hard times.

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Science

The Ascent of Gravity: The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything by Marcus Chown
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Explains why gravity holds the key to understanding the nature of time and the origin of the universe.

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How Language Began: The Story of Humanity's Greatest Invention by Daniel L. Everett
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A pioneering linguist upends widely held beliefs about the acquisition and use of language by debunking theories on a wide range of disciplines and through citing examples from his four decades of field work with Amazonian hunter-gatherers.

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The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion—Surprising Observations of a Hidden World by Peter Wohlleben. Foreword by J. Moussaieff Masson. Trans by Jane Billinghurst.
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The best-selling author of The Hidden Life of Trees presents a revelatory exploration of the diverse emotional intelligence of animals as demonstrated in vibrant stories about loving pigs, cheating magpies, scheming roosters and more.

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The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence by Amir Husain
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An award-winning entrepreneur and inventor explores universal questions about humanity's capacity for living and thriving in the coming age of sentient machines and AI, examining leading debates from opposing perspectives while urging readers to embrace emerging intellectual diversity and its potential role in enabling a positive life.

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Social Science

Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young
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The award-winning author of The Grey Album traces the history of the hoax as a distinct American phenomenon, exploring the roles of stereotype, suspicion and racism as factors that have shaped fraudulent activities from the heyday of P. T. Barnum through the "fake news" activities of Donald Trump.

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The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It by Joanna Scutts
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From the flapper to The Feminine Mystique, the author presents a cultural history of single women in the city through the reclaimed life of glamorous guru Marjorie Hillis.

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Garden of the Lost and Abandoned: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Woman and the Children She Saves by Jessica Yu
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A portrait of journalist, humanitarian and self-taught detective Gladys Kalibbala describes her high-risk efforts to connect missing and castaway children in Uganda to their families, tracing the influence of her "Lost and Abandoned" newspaper column and her dream of providing safe homes and livelihoods for thousands of street kids.

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