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Barkley: A Biography by Timothy Bella
This definitive new biography of the NBA legend explores his early years growing up in Alabama, his NBA career and emergence as an advocate for social change and enduring voice in pop culture.
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Chuck Berry: An American Life by R. J. Smith
This definitive biography of the legendary performer and rock and roll pioneer examines his St. Louis childhood and his transformative effect on American culture, as well as the more troubling aspects of his public and private life.
Elizabeth Taylor: The Grit & Glamour of an Icon by Kate Andersen Brower
The author of the New York Times best-seller The Residence returns with the first authorized biography of the Hollywood icon, including her rise to fame at age 12, her eight marriages and her efforts to fight AIDS.
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Hatching: Experiments in Motherhood and Technology by Jenni Quilter
A cultural critic examines her own experiences with in vitro fertilization, how much freedom reproductive technologies actually offer, and how it questions our understanding of fertility, motherhood and the female body.
A Heart That Works by Rob Delaney
The co-creator and co-star of the hit series Catastrophe presents a deeply personal memoir about the death of his young son from a brain tumor and takes readers through the grief and pain that followed.
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His Masterly Pen: A Biography of Jefferson the Writer by Fred Kaplan
The award-winning biographer offers a new look the life of Thomas Jefferson, focusing on his genius with language and how be both inspired and helped shape a new nation.
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Never Forget Our People Were Always Free: A Parable of American Healing by Benjamin Todd Jealous
Told in a series of parables, this courageous and empathetic book, drawing from a life lived on America’s racial fault line, illuminates for each of us how the path to healing our nation’s broken heart starts with each of us having the courage to heal our own.
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Pain Is Weakness Leaving the Body: A Marine's Unbecoming by Lyle Jeremy Rubin
Told in beautiful prose by an essayist, historian and veteran transformed, this honest reckoning with the war on terror, masculinity and the violence of American hegemony abroad, at home and on the psyche, describes the author’s own undoing and his personal and political conversion.
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Queens of the Age of Chivalry by Alison Weir
This epic narrative of the Age of Chivalry, a period of high drama in English history, which included the toppling of two kings, the Hundred Years’ War, the Black Death and the Peasants’ Revolt, focuses on the lives and reigns of five extraordinary queen consorts.
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The Stories We Tell: Every Piece of Your Story Matters by Joanna Gaines
In her first solo memoir, a New York Times best-selling author invites us on an authentic and deeply vulnerable journey into her story, and helps shine a light on the beauty of our own, guiding us to release the weights that hold us back so we may live and share our story in truth.
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Weightless: Making Space for My Resilient Body and Soul by Evette Dionne
Sharing her journey toward understanding our society and herself by tracking her relationships with friendship, sex, motherhood, agoraphobia, health, pop culture and self-image, a National Book Award nominee, in this insightful, funny and whip-smart book, explores the minefields fat black women are forced to navigate in the course of everyday life.
Young Bloomsbury: The Generation That Redefined Love, Freedom, and Self-expression in 1920s England by Nino Strachey
Revealing an aspect of history not yet explored, this illuminating—and thought-provoking—book brings to vibrant life the second generation of the iconic Bloomsbury Group who inspired their elders to new heights of creativity and passion while also pushing the boundaries of sexual freedom and gender norms in 1920s England.
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Business & Economics
The Bezos Blueprint: Communication Secrets of the World's Greatest Salesman by Carmine Gallo
Reveals the communication and leadership secrets of the Amazon founder, showing readers how to sharpen their writing, storytelling and communication skills to build the company or career of their dreams.
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Financial Feminist: Overcome the Patriarchy's Bullsh*t to Master Your Money and Build a Life You Love by Tori Dunlap
A globally recognized money and career expert teaches women how to overcome the unique obstacles standing in the way of their financial freedom, with tips on saving money, paying off debt, and ways to spend mindfully.
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It's Not TV: The Spectacular Rise, Revolution, and Future of HBO by Felix Gillette and John Koblin
Through the visionary executives, showrunners and producers, two veteran media reporters, in this meticulously researched, definitive story, reveal HBO’s ascent, its groundbreaking influence on American business, technology, and popular culture—and its increasingly precarious position in the very market it created.
Power Failure: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon by William D. Cohan
In this masterful re-appraisal of America’s most iconic corporation known for its ingenuity, innovation and industrial power, a New York Times best-selling author and pre-eminent financial journalist examines the meteoric rise—and unfathomable fall—of a once-great company, in this cautionary tale for the ages.
Raw Deal: Hidden Corruption, Corporate Greed, and the Fight for the Future of Meat by Chloe Sorvino
In this shocking page-turner, a financial journalist exposes the meat industry, the devastating failures of the country’s food system and the growing disappointment of alternative meat producers claiming to revolutionize the future of food.
The Age of Resilience: Reimagining Existence on a Rewilding Earth by Jeremy Rifkin
Exploring the cutting-edge scientific discoveries about human nature and the evolution of life, this defining work shows how we must relearn to adapt our species to the ever-present and powerful forces of a rewilding earth.
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Anatomy of 55 More Songs: The Oral History of Top Hits That Changed Rock, Pop and Soul by Marc Myers
The author of the 2016 smash hit Anatomy of a Song returns with 55 new oral histories and analyses of iconic songs such as Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising,” The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” and Elton John’s “Rocket Man.”
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Art Is Life: Icons & Iconoclasts, Visionaries & Vigilantes, & Flashes of Hope in the Night by Jerry Saltz
From the Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author of How to Be an Artist: a survey of the art world in turbulent times.
Con/Artist: The Life and Crimes of the World's Greatest Art Forger by Tony Tetro
A world-renowned art forger who has been duping the art world for 45 years and served time for a widely-publicized trial, describes the secrets and corruption of that universe while giving an art history lesson.
Dickens and Prince: A Particular Kind of Genius by Nick Hornby
From the best-selling author of High Fidelity comes a short, warm book about art, creativity and the unlikely similarities between Victorian novelist Charles Dickens and modern American rock star Prince.
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How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures by Sabrina Imbler
A collection of essays looks at various sea creatures living in hostile or remote environment.
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Lost to the World: A Memoir of Faith, Family, and Five Years in Terrorist Captivity by Shahbaz Taseer
This powerful memoir, a story of extraordinary sorrow but also of goodness and faith, recounts the author’s five-year-long captivity at the hands of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan after speaking in support of a Christian woman who had been accused of blasphemy and sentenced to death.
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Made With Love: Get Hooked With 30 Knitting and Crochet Patterns by Tom Daley
An Olympic gold medal-winning diver and beloved LGBTQ icon shares his joy of knitting and crocheting through 30 original projects that run the gamut from toys to clothing for adults and kids to home décor.
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Messi vs. Ronaldo: One Rivalry, Two Goats, and the Era That Remade the World's Game by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg
Two Wall Street Journal reporters and co-authors of The Club, weaving together the stakes, color and characters at the heart of each man’s story, examine the rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo that changed both the game and the business of international soccer forever.
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Mindful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Simple Path to Healing, Hope, and Peace by Seth J. Gillihan
One of the top popularizers of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a practicing psychologist blends insights from CBT, mindfulness, Stoicism and Christian mysticism into the therapeutic process to help us effectively overcome negative thinking, achieve deep healing and truly attain inner peace.
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The Number Ones: Twenty Chart-topping Hits That Reveal the History of Pop Music by Tom Breihan
Featuring the greatest pop artists of all times, this fascinating narrative of the history of popular music through the lens of the Billboard Hot 100, which began in 1958, revels a remarkably fluid and connected story of music that is as entertaining as it is enlightening.
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Reflections on the Sunday Gospel: How to More Fully Live Out Your Relationship With God by Pope Francis
Pope Francis illuminates a new way of experiencing the Gospel: by returning to the original word of God alongside reflections from early church leaders, in search of wisdom on living with meaning, purpose, and strength.
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Untangled: Walking the Eightfold Path to Clarity, Courage, and Compassion by Koshin Paley Ellison
A guidebook to finding expansive ease and true joy through what is traditionally called the eightfold path, one of Buddhism’s foundational teachings.
Why We Meditate: The Science and Practice of Clarity and Compassion by Daniel Goleman and Tsoknyi Rinpoche
Based on groundbreaking neuroscience, this practical and soul-stirring guide to meditation helps you break free from negative patterns of thought and behavior to radically embrace your very being.
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Health & Fitness
The Anti-Viral Gut: Tackling Pathogens from the Inside Out by Robynne Chutkan, M.D.
Sharing inspiring stories from her own patients, one of the most recognizable gastroenterologists working in America today offers a powerful roadmap to strengthening the gut-immune system by optimizing diet, exercise, sleep and time outdoors to boost your host defenses and overall health.
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Breathe In, Breathe Out: Restore Your Health, Reset Your Mind and Find Happiness Through Breathwork by Stuart Sandeman
A breathwork expert combines modern science and ancient wisdom to reveal the hidden power of breathing and demonstrates how changing the way you breathe can transform your mood and thoughts and overcome a negative mindset.
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Dr. Kellyann's Bone Broth Breakthrough: Turn Back the Clock, Reset the Scale, Replenish Your Power by Kellyann Petrucci
A board-certified naturopathic physician and nutrition consultant explains the benefits of bone broth added to a daily diet to improve digestive health, provide skin-plumping collagen and reduce stress and inflammation and offers 35 easily prepared, tasty recipes .
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The Noom Mindset: Learn the Science, Lose the Weight by Noom
Created by the leading digital health company that has helped millions achieve their weight and health goals, and based on more than a decade of research and experimentation, this book provides powerful tools to help you reach your weight and health goals, your way.
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Sleep Reimagined: The Fast Track to a Revitalized Life by Pedram Navab
A neurologist and sleep medicine specialist of 15 years presents a 6-step cognitive behavioral therapy program that guides readers to new and improved sleep in as little as four weeks.
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Blunt Instruments: Recognizing Racist Cultural Infrastructure in Memorials, Museums, and Patriotic Practices by Kristin Haas
A field guide to the memorials, museums, and practices that actually commemorate white supremacy in the United States—and how to reimagine a more deeply shared cultural infrastructure for the future.
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Bravo Company: An Afghanistan Deployment and Its Aftermath by Ben Kesling
Drawing on extensive interviews and original reporting, a Wall Street Journal correspondent tells the story of a parachute infantry regiment in Afghanistan and its members’ struggles to return to civilian life.
Egypt's Golden Couple: When Akhenaten and Nefertiti Were Gods on Earth by John Darnell and Colleen Darnell
A married team of Egyptologists look at the lives and reign of Akhenaten and Nefertiti, King Tut’s parents, who ushered in advances in art, urban design, religion and politics.
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Empire of Ice and Stone: The Disastrous and Heroic Voyage of the Karluk by Buddy Levy
The true, harrowing story of the ill-fated 1913 Canadian Arctic Expedition and the two men who came to define it.
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The Rebel and the Kingdom: The True Story of the Secret Mission to Overthrow the North Korean Regime by Bradley Hope
This remarkable story of idealism and insanity, hubris and heroism, follows Yale undergraduate Adrian Hong, who in the early 2000s, found purpose helping asylum-seeking North Korean escapee to safety and trying to subvert the North Korean regime, causing him to become one of the world’s most unlikely fugitives.
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Wings of War: The World War II Fighter Plane That Saved the Allies and the Believers Who Made It Fly by David Fairbank White and Margaret Stanback White
This incredible true story of the P-51 Mustang fighter, which began tearing across European skies in early 1944, and the unlikely crew of designers, engineers, test pilots and army officers who brought it from the drafting table to the skies over WWII, shows how this airplane changed the course of the war.
Be a Man: The Ultimate Guide by Be a Man Guy
The Boston-based Tik Tok, Instagram and podcast sensation presents stories, anecdotes and tongue-in-cheek advice for those wishing to achieve true manhood, such as “If you can’t fix something, chuck a wrench.”
The World Deserves My Children by Natasha Leggero
The stand-up comedian presents a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays on being a mom that explores themes like “geriatric” motherhood, parenting in an environmental panic, fear and love, conflicting advice on raising children and more.
Literary Collections, Criticisms and Poems
Maus Now: Selected Writing by Hilary Chute
Gathers together responses from leading critics, authors and academics who confirm how the classic graphic biography Maus has shaped the fields of literature, history and art, and enlivened our collective sense of possibilities for expression more than 40 years after its first publication.
Musical Tables: Poems by Billy Collins
In this new collection of more than 125 small poems, the former poet laureate of the U.S. writes about his trademark themes of nature, animals, poetry, mortality, absurdity and love as he channels his unique voice into a new phase of his exceptional career.
A Private Spy: The Letters of John Le Carré by John Le Carré, Tim Cornwell, ed.
Published for the first time, the correspondence of the popular Irish-British author best known for his espionage novels including his letters to writers, spies, politicians, artists, actors and public figures that reveal his humor, generosity and wit.
Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America by Leila Philip
Traces the beaver’s profound influence on our nation’s history, culture and environment, from the early days of western expansion, as well as profiling a colorful group of people who have devoted their lives to the wonderfully weird rodent.
Justice for Animals: Our Collective Responsibility by Martha C. Nussbaum
One of the world’s most influential philosophers and humanists provides a revolutionary approach to animal rights, ethics and law, examining the entire animal kingdom to help us understand how we can create a world in which human beings are truly friends of animals.
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The Mycocultural Revolution: Transforming Our World With Mushrooms, Lichens, and Other Fungi by Peter McCoy
Covering the essential information and skills for identifying, cultivating, and celebrating the uniqueness of fungi, this book enables anyone to quickly and easily engage in the art and science of mycology-the study of fungi.
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Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains by Bethany Brookshire
At the intersection of science, history and narrative journalism, this eye-opening study reveals why we deem certain animals “pests” and others not, and what this tells us about our own perceptions, beliefs and actions, as well as our place in the natural world.
Coffee Self-Talk: 5 Minutes a Day to Start Living Your Magical Life by Kristen Helmstetter
Features short affirmations to help you boost your self-esteem, find happiness, and attract the magical life of your dreams—all with your next cup of coffee!
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Flex Your Age: Defying Stereotypes & Reclaiming Empowerment by Joan MacDonald
Part self-help book and part memoire, this guide demonstrates how to embrace change and learn what you're capable of at any age through motivation techniques, fitness and nutrition fundamentals, and how to find and contribute to a community of support.
How to Be Loved: Simple Truths for Going Easier on Yourself, Embracing Imperfection & Loving Your Way to a Better Life by Humble the Poet
Explore simple truths for going easier on yourself, embracing imperfections and loving your way to a better life through insightful stories and down-to-earth advice.
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The Future Is Analog: How to Create a More Human World by David Sax
This eye-opening book, in chapters exploring work, school, leisure and more, suggests that if we want a healthy future, we need to choose not convenience but community, not technology but humanity.
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Hold the Line: Bill De Blasio, the NYPD, and the Broken Promises of Police Reform by Michael Hayes
An unprecedented breakdown of the NYPD’s powerful network of police unions, pro-police lawyers, and top brass who work relentlessly to shield police officers from any real accountability.
Ride or Die: A Feminist Manifesto for the Well-Being of Black Women by Shanita Hubbard
Melding her entertaining conversations with her black girlfriends and her personal experiences as a redeemed “ride-or-die” chick, an acclaimed writer urges black women to expel the myth that their self-worth is connected to how much labor they provide others, and guides them toward healing.
Screaming on the Inside: The Unsustainability of American Motherhood by Jessica Grose
Weaving together her personal journey with scientific, historical and contemporary reporting, a New York Times opinion writer dismantles 200 years of unrealistic parenting expectations and empowers today’s mothers to make choices that actually serve themselves, their children and their communities.
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