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NONFICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN
August 2018

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Biography

All Happy Families: A Memoir by Jeanne McCulloch

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Describes how the author's Hamptons wedding was shattered by her father's tragic fatal stroke, clashing personalities, the strict societal mores of the privileged class and the transforming beliefs of two remarkable families. A first book.

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Baseball Cop by Anonymous

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Presents the story of baseball in America, looking at not just the sport itself but also the Americans who love baseball.

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Been So Long: My Life and Music by Jorma Kaukonen

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The Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna co-founder and guitarist offers a candid memoir.

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The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America's Law Enforcement by Matthew Horace & Ron Harris

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A CNN contributor, and former law-enforcement himself, offers a personal account of the racism, crimes and color lines that challenge America's law enforcement, sharing insights into high-profile cases, the Black Lives Matter movement and what is needed for change.

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Elizabeth Warren: Her Fight, Her Work, Her Life by Antonia Felix

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Traces the iconic senator's rise from her hardscrabble origins in the American Midwest to a leader in progressive politics, sharing stories from her career, as well as her insights into the economic realities of today. By a New York Times best-selling author.

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A Girl's Guide to Missiles: Growing Up in America's Secret Desert by Karen Piper

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A young woman who came of age with missiles presents a poignant, surreal and honest look at growing up on one of the most secretive weapons installations on Earth.

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The Impostor: A True Story by Javier Cercas

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The award-winning author of Soldier of Salamis presents a narrative investigation into the real identity and motivations of Enric Marco, who was exposed as a fraud after receiving innumerable honors as an inspirational speaker and holocaust survivor.

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Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Icon by Charles Casillo

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The author of The Marilyn Diaries draws on new research and interviews to reveal how Monroe's traumatic childhood contributed to her struggle with bipolar disorder and impacted her career and personal life.

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Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown

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Combining interviews, parodies, dreams, parallel lives, diaries, announcements, lists, catalogues and essays on Princess Margaret, the author offers a kaleidoscopic experiment in biography and a witty meditation on fame and art, snobbery and deference, bohemia and high society.

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The Only Girl: My Life and Times on the Masthead of Rolling Stone by Robin Green

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The only woman writer on the masthead of Rolling Stone magazine in the early 70s provides a raucous and vividly dishy memoir.

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Playing to the Gods: Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse, and the Rivalry that Changed Acting Forever by Peter Rader

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Traces the infamous rivalry between two renowned 19th-century actresses, credited with popularizing the natural style of acting that is celebrated today, sharing insights into their personalities, ambitions and relationships with each others' lovers.

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She Begat This: 20 Years of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Joan Morgan

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The award-winning author of When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost presents a revelatory exploration of the life of Lauryn Hill, her history-shaping 1998 solo album and her remarkable artistic legacy.

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Summer by Karl Ove Knausgaard

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The grand finale of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s intensely-personal memoir series about the four seasons is illustrated with paintings by German artist Anselm Kiefer.

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Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart by Mimi Swartz

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A two-time National Magazine Award winner traces the medical and technological quest to develop a successful artificial heart implant, chronicling the evolution of cardiac medicine while exploring the pioneering work of two Texas Heart Institute innovators.

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Tragedy + Time: A Tragi-comic Memoir by Adam Cayton-Holland

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A poignant memoir about the touring comic author's beautiful, funny and ultimately heartbreaking relationship with his younger sister describes their activist upbringing and the mental illness and depression that culminated in her suicide.

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Unnecessary Roughness: Inside the Trial and Final Days of Aaron Hernandez by Jose Baez. Foreword by Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez.

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An insider's account of the trial and final days of New England Patriots tight-end Aaron Hernandez—written by his defense attorney, who is also a New York Times best-selling author—chronicles the near-impossible courtroom victory that led to Hernandez's acquittal days before his suicide.

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The Victorian and the Romantic: A Memoir, a Love Story, and a Friendship Across Time by Nell Stevens

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The author of Bleaker House traces the impossible romance between mid-19th-century Brontë biographer Elizabeth Gaskell and much-younger American critic Charles Eliot Norton, exploring how the PhD-candidate author drew literary and personal inspiration from their relationship.

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General Nonfiction

Another Good Dog: One Family and Fifty Foster Dogs by Cara Sue Achterberg

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The best-selling author of Girls' Weekend describes her decision to convert her Pennsylvania farm into a foster home for dogs, recounting her experiences with dozens of remarkable canines throughout her first two years.

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The Art of Being Bill: Bill Murray and the Many Faces of Awesome by Ezra Croft & Jennifer Raiser

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A collection of nearly 150 artworks featuring iconic star Bill Murray depicts him as both a portrait subject and an ironic presence within famed masterpieces, in a volume complemented by quotes, a film history and details about each piece.

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Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car and How It Will Reshape Our World by Lawrence D. Burns with Christopher Shulgan.

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A veteran insider chronicles the race to develop and perfect the driverless car, sharing insights into how self-driving innovations will create profound changes in commuting, employment, safety and environmental responsibility.

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Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence by Daniel Siegel

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The New York Times best-selling author of Brainstorm and Mindsight introduces readers to his science-based Wheel of Awareness meditation discipline, demonstrating how a practice of focused attention and kindness can promote brain health and psychological wellness.

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Behind the Line of Scrimmage: Inside the Front Office of the NFL by Michael Huyghue. Foreword by Desmond Howard.

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The former collegiate star, sports agent and NFL executive describes the racial dynamics that impacted his childhood and career in professional sports, outlining the challenges that remain in sports for today's minorities.

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Bitwise: A Life in Code by David Auerbach

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An ode to the computer codes and languages that captured the author's imagination as a child demonstrates how computers and algorithms shape, and sometimes compromise, human understandings of identity and the greater world.

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The Classical Music Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained by DK Publishing

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A graphic-led book explores and explains the key ideas underpinning the world’s greatest classical compositions and musical traditions; defines their importance to the musical canon; and places them into their wider social, cultural and historical context.

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Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America by Beth Macy

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In a book that includes deeply human and unforgettable portraits of the families and first responders affected, the author takes readers into the epicenter of America's more than 20-year struggle with opioid addiction. By the author of the national best-seller Factory Man.

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Elegy Landscapes: Constable and Turner and the Intimate Sublime by Stanley Plumly

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A sweeping look at the lives and work of English Romantic masters John Constable and J.M.W. Turner discusses their influences, disparities, unique perspectives and roles in the advents of Impressionism and Modernism.

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The Great American Read: The Book of Books by PBS

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Illustrated with original-manuscript and first-edition covers, a companion to the PBS 2018 summer series reveals America's 100 best-loved novels, profiling each for author stories, social relevance, media adaptations, rejections and bannings.

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Gross Anatomy: Dispatches From the Front (and Back) by Mara Altman

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A doodle-illustrated essay collection by the author of Bearded Lady takes readers on an anecdotal tour of the female body that explores the social biases, self-maintenance practices and aesthetic realities that shape how women view themselves.

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The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities by Wayne Kramer

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Published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the song "Kick Out the Jams," a memoir by MC5's legendary guitarist traces the band's brief but significant role in redefining rock-and-roll, while reflecting on his personal struggles with addiction and creativity.

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How to Be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving Almost Every Minute by KJ Dell'Antonia

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A former lead editor of the New York Times "Motherlode" blog presents a guide for overwhelmed parents on how to achieve greater happiness in everyday family life, drawing on the latest research to outline common missteps and practical solutions.

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Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared by Jessica Honegger

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The founder of the Noonday Collection fair-trade jewelry brand shares the story of her rapid-growing artisan business while challenging readers to trade their comfort zones for lives of impact and adventure.

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In the Name of the Father: Family, Football, and the Manning Dynasty by Mark Ribowsky

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A portrait of the Manning family traces their story against a backdrop of American football history and the fading traditions of Southern Christian manhood, illuminating the scandals and rivalries that have overshadowed their achievements. By the author of The Last Cowboy.

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Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road by Kate Harris

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An Oxford-trained scientist and award-winning writer presents an evocative travelogue and memoir of her journey by bicycle along the Silk Road and how it became synonymous with humanity's exploration of boundaries. A first book.

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The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity by Kwame Anthony Appiah

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The author of Cosmopolitanism draws on historical events to reveal how the collective identities that shape our polarized world are inherently contradictory, subject to cycles of conflict and based on illusory misconceptions.

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Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters by Anne Boyd Rioux

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A 150th anniversary tribute describes the cultural significance of Louisa May Alcott's classic, exploring how its relatable themes and depictions of family resilience, community and female resourcefulness have inspired generations of writers.

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My Diarrhe by Miranda Sings

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From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Selp-Helf comes the “leaked” diary of YouTube comedic personality Miranda Sings.

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The Revolutionary Genius of Plants: A New Understanding of Plant Intelligence and Behavior by Stefano Mancuso

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A forefront neurobiologist from the University of Florence presents a paradigm-shifting report on the plant world's sophisticated ability to innovate, adapt and learn, explaining how plants can offer compelling solutions to many of today's technological and ecological problems.

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The Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water’s Edge by Susan Hand Shetterly

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An acclaimed nature writer examines the lifecycle of seaweed on the Gulf of Maine and looks at the people who farm and harvest it—and the difficult task of protecting this critical resource against forces both natural and man-made. By the author of Settled in the Wild.

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Sit Down and Shut Up: How Discipline Can Set Students Free by Cinque Henderson

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A former writer for HBO's The Newsroom presents an insider's account of the difficulties faced by teachers of students with extreme behavioral challenges, outlining frank recommendations for disciplinary approaches that acknowledge the racial and economic realities of the rural South.

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Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear by Kim Brooks

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A full-length memoir based on the author's viral essay recounts a harrowing family event and how it reflected changes in beliefs and heightened fears that have transformed parenting in the course of a single generation.

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The Splintering of the American Mind: Identity Politics, Inequality, and Community on Today’s College Campuses by William Egginton

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A timely and controversial book asserts that identity politics has come to dominate higher learning in America and explains the consequences for the country.

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Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became Temporary by Louis Hyman

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The author of Debtor Nation presents a history of the lesser-known origins of the "gig economy" that reveals how deliberate decisions made by consultants and CEOs in the 1950s and 1960s upended the stability of the workplace.

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The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization by Vince Beiser

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Reveals the world's absolute dependence on sand as a resource material used in virtually every structure and consumer product, describing how the planet's dwindling sand levels and related human practices are incurring significant environmental consequences.

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The Younger Next Year Back Book: The Whole-body Plan to Conquer Back Pain Forever (Younger Next Year) by Chris Crowley & Jeremy James

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A whole-body guide to back pain and fitness incorporates recommendations by a back-pain doctor and patient that identify triggering movements to reduce or potentially heal pain to help sufferers pursue long-term health goals. Part of a New York Times best-selling series.

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History

America: The Farewell Tour by Chris Hedges

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning presents a controversial examination of today's America that connects unemployment, deindustrialization and dwindling opportunities to today's rise in depression, hate and drug abuse.

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Chesapeake Requiem: A Year With the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island by Earl Swift

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The Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of The Big Roads presents a 200-year history of Chesapeake Bay's Tangier Island crabbing community while explaining how rapidly rising sea levels will render the island uninhabitable within 20 years.

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The Chosen Wars: How Judaism Became an American Religion by Steven R. Weisman

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The award-winning author of The Great Tax Wars traces the redefinition of Judaism throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, citing the roles of key contributors and the dynamic influence of western culture.

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The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq by C. J. Chivers

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Gun traces the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq through its most at-risk participants, offering insights into such events as the hunt for bin Laden and counterguerilla warfare in the mountains of the Korengal Valley.

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Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O'Brien

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An award-winning journalist traces the lesser-known story of five women, including Amelia Earhart, who successfully fought to compete against men in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s and 1930s.

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Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's Lost Hero by Christian Di Spigna

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A richly detailed portrait of lesser-known Founding Father, Dr. Joseph Warren, examines his work as a forefront architect of the colonial rebellion, before his hero's death at Bunker Hill obscured his essential role in America's independence.

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Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East by David D. Kirkpatrick

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The Middle East correspondent of the New York Times presents a candid narrative of how and why the Arab Spring sparked, then failed, and the truth about America’s role in that failure and the subsequent military coup that put Egyptian President Sisi in power.

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The Terracotta Warriors: Exploring the Most Intriguing Puzzle in Chinese History by Edward Burman

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Traces the discovery of the famed terracotta warriors against a backdrop of what is currently known about the Qin Dynasty, offering scholarly insights into the surprising theories about the creation of the Qin Emperor's remarkable third-century B.C. mausoleum.

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Political Science

Godless Citizens in a Godly Republic: Atheists in American Public Life by R. Laurence Moore & Isaac Kramnick

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Two Cornell University professors examine the stigma that has caused atheists to be marginalized by First Amendment protections, the dramatic rise of atheism in America and the inherent prejudices of a non-secular Constitution that accepts religion as proof of integrity.

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Outside the Wire: Ten Lessons I've Learned in Everyday Courage by Jason Kander

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A veteran of the war in Afghanistan, the first millennial elected to statewide office and the founder of Let America Vote discusses his life—from joining the military following 9/11, to launching his first political campaign, to becoming the next step in the evolution of the Democratic Party. Tour.

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Resistance Is Futile: How the Trump-Hating Left Lost Its Collective Mind by Ann H. Coulter

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A TV pundit defends Trump’s policies in the face of what she sees as liberal hypocrisy and exaggeration.

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The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump by Gregg Jarrett

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A Fox News legal analyst asserts that Hillary Clinton had deep-state collaborators in government, who committed nefarious actions during and after the 2016 election.

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Trump Must Go: The Top 100 Reasons to Dump Trump (and One to Keep Him) by Bill Press

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The host of The Bill Press Show presents a scathing critique of the current administration, asserting that it is diminishing the United States and its people and offering 100 specific reasons why Donald Trump should be removed from office.

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Science

The Disordered Mind: What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves by Eric R. Kandel

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A Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist draws on his extensive research to explore how the mind and one's individual sense of self arise from the physical matter of the brain, explaining what brain disorders can teach us about human nature.

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Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World by Maryanne Wolf

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Draws on the author's extensive research from Proust and the Squid to consider the future of the reading brain and its capacity for critical thinking, empathy and reflection in today's highly digitized world.

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Through Two Doors at Once: The Elegant Experiment That Captures the Enigma of Our Quantum Reality by Anil Ananthaswamy

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The award-winning author of The Man Who Wasn't There traces the story of the "double-slit" experiment that demonstrated how a sunbeam split into two paths, which challenged 19th-century understandings about light and the nature of reality, triggering debates that continue today.

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Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology by Lisa Margonelli

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A kaleidoscopic report on the mysteries and scientific understandings about termites describes how they consume $40 billion in valuables every year and how the effort to control them has been shaped by history, technology and human limitations.

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Social Science

American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis—and How to End It by Ryan Hampton

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A recovery advocate for the Facing Addiction not-for-profit and former White House staffer traces his own recovery journey while comprehensively explaining the national opioid crisis and his recommendations for addressing it.

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Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-Class Metropolis by Sam Anderson

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An award-winning journalist documents the idiosyncratic mix of history, sports, urban studies and more reflected in Oklahoma City, tracing its chaotic origins through the near-instant metropolis of today through the stories of creative innovators.

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Burden: A Preacher, a Klansman, and a True Story of Redemption in the Modern South by Courtney Hargrave

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Tells the true story of a man who started a controversial museum honoring the Ku Klux Klan and the African-American family who took him in after he had changed his ways and ended up broke and homeless, in the book that inspired the forthcoming motion picture starring Forest Whitaker.

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Where Did You Get This Number?: A Pollster's Guide to Making Sense of the World by Anthony Salvanto

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The elections and surveys director for CBS News presents a fast-paced, illuminating tour through the world of polling and elections to reveal what they actually say about today's America. A first book.

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Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas

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The author of The True American presents a scathing insider's report on the realities of the global elite's efforts to tackle important world issues through philanthropy and free enterprise while ignoring their direct role in creating the problems.

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True Crime

A Deal With the Devil: The Dark and Twisted True Story of One of the Biggest Cons in History by Blake Ellis & Melanie Hicken

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An award-winning CNN investigative journalist team presents a full-length account exposing the activities of a French psychic at the center of a decades-long, multimillion-dollar international con targeting the elderly and other vulnerable individuals.

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Judas: How a Sister's Testimony Brought Down a Criminal Mastermind by Astrid Holleeder

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An insider's account of the life and trial of Willem Holleeder, written by his sister and confidante, breaks silence on his roles in the 1983 abduction of Heineken's CEO and numerous assassinations.

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King Con: The Bizarre Adventures of the Jazz Age's Greatest Impostor by Paul Willetts

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A portrait of charismatic vaudeville performer and 1920s con artist Edgar LaPlante describes how he amassed millions through a fraudulent charity, his seduction of a wealthy Austrian countess and his friendships with celebrities and powerful world leaders.

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Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago by Max Allan Collins & A. Brad Schwartz

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A groundbreaking dual biography of notorious gangster Al Capone and Prohibition agent Eliot Ness explores the violence and corruption of 1930s Chicago and the history-shaping raids and arrests made by the legendary Untouchables.

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