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NONFICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN FEBRUARY 2019

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Biography

Antarctica's Lost Aviator: The Epic Adventure to Explore the Last Frontier on Earth by Jeff Maynard

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Documents the first solo crossing of Antarctica by unlikely explorer Lincoln Ellsworth, a troubled but wealthy admirer of Wyatt Earp who hired Australian explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins to organize the ill-fated Ellsworth Trans-Antarctic Expeditions.

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The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation by Jodie Patterson

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A respected activist, entrepreneur and writer draws on inspiration from her 10-year-old transgender child in an exploration of identity, gender, authenticity and race as they have shaped generations of her African-American family.

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Devices and Desires: Bess of Hardwick and the Building of Elizabethan England by Kate Hubbard

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The critically acclaimed author of Serving Victoria illuminates the life of the little-known Bess of Hardwick—next to Queen Elizabeth I, the richest and most powerful woman in 16th-century England.

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Don't Let Me Down: A Memoir by Erin Hosier

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The co-author of Patty Schemel's Hit So Hard describes her complicated relationship with her hippie Christian mother and mercurial father, whose violent mood swings and love of music shaped her adult relationships.

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Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir by Victoria Riskin

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The daughter of the prolific actress best known for King Kong and the Academy Award-winning screenwriter for It Happened One Night presents a dual memoir that includes coverage of her father's longtime collaborations with Frank Capra and his early death.

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Figuring by Maria Popova

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The Brain Pickings science writer and host of The Universe in Verse explores the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of historical figures from four centuries, from astronomer Johannes Kepler to biologist Rachel Carson

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Grateful American: A Journey From Self to Service by Gary Sinise with Marcus Brotherton.

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The Oscar-nominated Hollywood Walk of Famer shares the lesser-known story of his journey from a troublemaking Chicago youth to co-founder of the legendary Steppenwolf Theater Company and advocate for America's active duty defenders, veterans and first responders.

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Help Me! by Marianne Power

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The author offers a humorous, thought-provoking and honest account of her year-long, often madcap, quest to find out if self-help books could really change her life.

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Henry VIII: And the Men Who Made Him by Tracy Borman

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An acclaimed historian offers a new portrait of Henry VIII and the men who greatly impacted his life and historic reign.

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How to Be Loved: A Memoir of Lifesaving Friendship by Eva Hagberg Fisher

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A luminous memoir that explains how friendship saved one woman’s life is for anyone who has loved a friend who was sick, grieving or lost—and for anyone who has struggled to seek or accept help.

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I.M.: A Memoir by Isaac Mizrahi

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A memoir by the multifaceted pop culture icon includes coverage of his experiences as a gay youth in a Syrian Jewish Orthodox family, his education at LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts and the making of his documentary, Unzipped.

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Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk by Amy S. Greenberg

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An exploration of the 11th First Lady's less-recognized political savvy and contributions to American feminism details the contradictions attributed to her character, her wartime achievements and her influential role at the Woman's Right's convention in 1848 Seneca Falls.

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Magic Is Dead: My Journey Into the World's Most Secretive Society of Magicians by Ian Frisch

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Follows one man's colorful, mysterious and personal journey into the world of magic, and his unlikely invitation into a secret underground society of revolutionary illusionists from around the world.

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The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose by Chris Wilson with Bret Witter. Foreword by Wes Moore.

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Presents the inspiring, instructive and ultimately triumphant memoir of a man who used hard work and a Master Plan to turn a life sentence into a second chance.

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The Pope: Francis, Benedict, and the Decision That Shook the World by Anthony McCarten

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The Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of The Theory of Everything and Darkest Hour tells the revealing tale of an unprecedented transfer of power, and of two very different men—who both happen to live in the Vatican. Basis for the forthcoming film.

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Sounds Like Titanic by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman

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An aspiring violinist leaves her Appalachia home to pursue a career in classical music in New York, only to discover that the ensemble she has joined only pretends to play over CD recordings.

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Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap by Judy Goldman

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The award-winning poet and author of Early Leaving describes how her husband of 40 years was inexplicably paralyzed by a routine procedure and how they struggled to reclaim their lives together in the face of daunting losses.

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Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter by Tom Clavin

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The best-selling author of Dodge City traces the life of the true James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok, from his service as a Union spy and lawman to his famous romances and the confrontations that shaped his gunfighter legend.

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General Nonfiction

Brown, White, Black: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion by Nishta J. Mehra

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An essay collection by the Blue Jean Gourmet blogger describes how her experiences as an Indian-American, the wife of a white Christian woman and the mother of an adopted black son have been challenged by rigid cultural family norms.

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Cosmos Possible Worlds by Ann Druyan. Foreword by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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A long-anticipated sequel to Carl Sagan's best-selling Cosmos presents an extraordinary tour through the unexplored realms of Earth and space, profiling the scientific visionaries of the past and present whose achievements are shaping the future.

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The Dumb Things Smart People Do with Their Money: Thirteen Ways to Right Your Financial Wrongs by Jill Schlesinger

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The Emmy Award-nominated CBX News business analyst and host of Jill on Money explores the common mistakes that intelligent people make with money, drawing on heartfelt stories to identify psychological blind spots that contribute to personal finance difficulties.

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From the Ground Up: A Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America by Howard Schultz

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The founder of Starbucks shares his dramatic, untold personal story—from his childhood in Brooklyn’s housing projects to his rise as a business icon—and lays out his vision for how companies can improve their social impact.

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How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency by Akiko Busch

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The author of Nine Ways to Cross a River explores the idea of invisibility in nature, art and science as part of the search for a more joyful and peaceful way of life in today's increasingly surveilled and publicity-obsessed world.

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Liquid Rules: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives by Mark Miodownik

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The New York Times best-selling author of Stuff Matters shows readers the secret lives of liquids: the shadow counterpart of our solid "stuff."

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No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Animal in History by Dane Huckelbridge

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Provides a true account of the deadliest animal of all time, the Champawat Tiger—responsible for killing more than 400 hundred humans in northern India in the first decade of the 20th century—and the hunter who finally brought it down.

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Power and Corruption: Inside the Vatican by Frederic Martel

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Offers an account of corruption and hypocrisy at the heart of the Vatican.

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Practical Equality: Forging Justice in a Divided Nation by Robert Tsai

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The American University professor and author of America's Forgotten Constitutions offers a precedents guide for activists, lawyers, public officials and citizens that identifies examples of how American legal ideas have been used innovatively to promote fairness, justice and free speech.

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Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

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Documents the notorious abduction and murder of I.R.A. Troubles victim Jean McConville in 1972 Belfast, exploring how the case reflected the brutal conflicts of Northern Ireland and their ongoing repercussions. By the author of The Snakehead.

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Seasonal Flower Arranging: Fill Your Home with Blooms, Branches, and Foraged Materials All Year Round by Ariella Chezar

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A lavishly photographed book by the author of The Flower Workshop provides step-by-step instructions for 39 themed floral arrangements and projects that reflect the changing seasons and the wild beauty of nature.

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Shameless: A Sexual Reformation by Nadia Bolz-Weber

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The best-selling author of Pastrix and Accidental Saints draws on parishioner testimonies to challenge outdated Christian views about sex, gender and the human body, counseling readers on how to draw on biblical theology to find healing and forgiveness.

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Shrubs: Discover the Perfect Plant for Every Place in Your Garden by Andy McIndoe

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An award-winning woody-plant expert counsels homeowners on how to select and maintain the correct shrubs for a wide variety of sites and conditions, offering illustrated, problem-solving advice for lighting, difficult soil and harsh conditions.

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Smarter Next Year: The Revolutionary Science for a Smarter, Happier You by David Bardsley

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The author argues that genes don’t control one's brain, but the person does, and offers ways for readers to train their brains with techniques designed to improve cognitive ability at any age.

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The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations by Toni Morrison

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An anthology of the Nobel Prize-winning writer's essays, speeches and commentary on society, culture and art includes her powerful prayer for the dead of 9/11, her searching meditation on Martin Luther King, Jr. and her poignant eulogy for James Baldwin.

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This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution by David Sloan Wilson

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The distinguished evolutionary biologist and author of Evolution for Everyone builds on decades of research to outline a paradigm-changing new approach to the applications of evolutionary theory in today's social and cultural institutions.

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Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls by Lisa Damour

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An urgent guide by the clinical-psychologist author of the best-selling Untangled shares anecdotal reassurance about how to protect today's girls from rising rates of unhealthy anxiety and stress, sharing critical steps for safeguarding against toxic cultural pressure.

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Walk This Way: Run-dmc, Aerosmith, and the Song That Changed American Music Forever by Geoff Edgers

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A Washington Post staff writer takes a deep dive into the story behind "Walk This Way," Aerosmith and Run-DMC’s legendary, groundbreaking mashup that forever changed music.

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The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film by W. K. Stratton

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For the 50th anniversary of the film, the author chronicles the making of The Wild Bunch, named one of the greatest Westerns of all time by the American Film Institute.

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Health & FITNESS

31-day Food Revolution: Heal Your Body, Feel Great, and Transform Your World by Ocean Robbins. Foreword by Joel Fuhrman.

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A one-month plan for transitioning to a healthy, ethical and sustainable diet reveals food-industry secrets that contribute to illness, outlining strategies for implementing more satisfying, sugar-free nutrition from plant-based sources.

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Cultured: How Ancient Foods Can Feed Our Microbiome by Katherine Harmon Courage

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The science journalist author of Octopus! draws on ancient food traditions and the latest research on healthy gut maintenance to explain the role of the microbiome and how to adapt a diet to promote optimal microbiome balance.

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The Hormone Fix: Burn Fat Naturally, Boost Energy, Sleep Better, and Stop Hot Flashes, the Keto-Green Way by Anna Cabeca

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For women approaching or in menopause comes a revolutionary diet and holistic lifestyle program for easier weight loss, better sleep, diminished hot flashes, a clearer head and a rejuvenated sex drive. Includes charts.

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Keto Diet: Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones, Fight Inflammation, and Reverse Disease by Josh Axe

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The best-selling author of Eat Dirt outlines a 30-day, step-by-step plan that offers scientific insights and shares dozens of satisfying keto-diet recipes for losing weight, reducing inflammation and bolstering health.

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History

Cold Warriors: Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War by Duncan White

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Examines the great writers on both sides of the Iron Curtain who played the dangerous games of espionage, dissidence and subversion that changed the course of the Cold War.

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Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust by Stephen Koch

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Tells the story of a forgotten 17-year-old Jew who was blamed by the Nazis for the anti-Semitic violence and terror known as the Kristallnacht, the pogrom still seen as an initiating event of the Holocaust.

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How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr

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The award-winning author of Thinking Small traces the lesser-known stories of the U.S. territories outside the mainland, including the Guano Islands, the Philippines and Puerto Rico, to offer insights into how America has transitioned from colonialism to technological innovation.

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Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham

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Draws on 20 years of research, recently declassified files and interviews with first-person survivors in an account of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster that also reveals how propaganda and secrets have created additional dangers.

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Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium by Lucy Inglis

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The creator of the award-winning Georgian London blog presents an authoritative history of opium that explores its many uses and controversies, covering subjects ranging from the heroin underworld to the development of synthetic opiates.

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Nature's Mutiny: How the Little Ice Age of the Long Seventeenth Century Transformed the West and Shaped the Present by Philipp Blom

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The author of Fracture chronicles the 17th-century climate crisis that transformed the social and political fabric of Europe, detailing apocalyptic weather patterns that shaped mass migrations, city growth, early capitalism and the Enlightenment era.

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The Polar Bear Expedition: The Heroes of America's Forgotten Invasion of Russia by James Carl Nelson

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Reveals a lost chapter in the history of World War I—the story of America’s invasion of Russia, in which a contingency of soldiers fought the Red Army and brutal conditions during the fall and winter of 1918–1919.

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Putin's World: Russia Against the West by Angela Stent

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A Georgetown University professor analyzes Russia's key relationships with its neighbors and major world powers, revealing how Putin-era Russians perceive their global role. By the author of the prize-winning The Limits of Partnership.

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Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey From Slavery to Segregation by Steve Luxenberg

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The award-winning author of Annie's Ghosts documents the story of the infamous 19th-century Supreme Court ruling in favor of segregation, tracing the half-century of history that shaped the ruling and the reverberations that are still being felt today.

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Spearhead: The World War II Odyssey of an American Tank Gunner by Adam Makos

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The best-selling author of A Higher Call documents the lesser-known story of a World War II tank platoon and the gentle soldier behind the immortalized film footage of history's iconic duel at the great cathedral in Cologne.

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Women Warriors: An Unexpected History by Pamela D. Toler

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Reveals how women have stepped out of traditional female roles throughout history to take up arms or assume leadership positions in transformative ways, from Britain Celtic tribe leader, Boudica, to Battle of Little Bighorn Cheyenne warrior, Buffalo Calf Road Woman.

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Women: Our Story by DK Pub.

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A celebration of the pivotal but less-recognized roles women have played in culture and society incorporates sumptuous illustrations into a reexamination of history from a female perspective. By the author of Suffragists in Washington, D.C.

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Political Science

Antisemitism: Here and Now by Deborah E. Lipstadt

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The award-winning author of The Eichmann Trial shares a provocative analysis of the persistence of antisemitism in today's world, identifying its overt practices by both the political right and left while sharing recommendations for what can be done.

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The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America by Nikesh Shukla & Chimene Suleyman, eds.

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A U.S. follow-up to the best-selling UK edition collects urgent essays by first- and second-generation immigrant writers on the realities of immigration, multiculturalism and marginalization in today's increasingly divided America.

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If We Can Keep It: How the Republic Collapsed and How It Might Be Saved by Michael Tomasky

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The Daily Beast columnist and editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas presents a revisionist assessment of the origins of political polarization in America that outlines ambitious recommendations in the areas of ranked-choice voting, at-large congressional elections and civics education.

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In Putin's Footsteps: Searching for the Soul of an Empire Across Russia's Eleven Time Zones by Nina Khrushcheva & Jeffrey Tayler

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Two senior reporters on Russia and the former Soviet Union, including Nikita Khrushchev's great-granddaughter, combine travelogue, current affairs and history in a chronicle demonstrating how Russia's dimensions have shaped its identity and culture.

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Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump's Presidential Palace by Laurence Leamer

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The inside story of how President Donald Trump became King of Palm Beach—and how Palm Beach, and the resort Mar-a-Lago, continue to be his spiritual home even as president—is told with unrivaled access.

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Nervous States: Democracy and the Decline of Reason by William Davies

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The University of London political economist and author of The Happiness Industry draws on 400 years of history to examine the systematic discrediting of scientists and experts by a trend-oriented modern public that would disregard objective facts.

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Zucked: The Education of an Unlikely Activist by Roger McNamee

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Tells the story of how a noted tech venture capitalist, and an early mentor to Mark Zuckerberg and investor in his company, woke up to the serious damage Facebook was doing to our society and set out to try to stop it.

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Self-Help

90 Seconds to a Life You Love: How to Master Your Difficult Feelings to Cultivate Lasting Confidence, Resilience, and Authenticity by Joan I. Rosenberg

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Reveals how eight commonly misunderstood core emotions can be recognized and balanced to minimize sabotaging disconnect, reduce anxiety, promote confidence and gain a greater awareness of personal ambitions.

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The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life by Katy Butler

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The best-selling author of Knocking on Heaven's Door draws on patient insights to counsel readers on how to navigate the health-care system for best-possible life quality and how to achieve an optimal end-of-life experience.

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Best Self: Be You, Only Better by Mike Bayer

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A well-known life coach, personal-development coach, addiction specialist and soon-to-be Dr. Phil Show regular provides a program to help readers examine where their lives are now and determine who they want to be.

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Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder by Reshma Saujani

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The best-selling author and founder of the Girls Who Code nonprofit shares insights into the toxic cultural standards affecting girls today, explaining how girls can transition from perfectionism to more courageous practices that understand the value of imperfection.

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Trust Ya Process: How to Hustle From the Block to the Boardroom by Jeezy & Benjamin Meadows-Ingram

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In an invaluable self-help business book, a superstar rapper shares the secrets to his success, providing simple, straight-talk lessons culled from his own life experiences.

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The Warrior Code: 11 Principles to Unleash the Badass Inside of You by Tee Marie Hanible with Denene Millner.

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A first book by the military trainer on American Grit and National Veteran's Chair for the Women's March describes the profound violence that marked her youth and her achievements as the only woman Marine in her Iraq-deployed unit.

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Social Science

Don't Label Me: An Unusual Conversation for Divided Times by Irshad Manji

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The founder of Moral Courage Project, first Oprah "Chutzpah" award winner and best-selling author of The Trouble with Islam Today incorporates epigenetics and epistemology insights into a unique conversation about diversity, bigotry and our common humanity.

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The Feminism Book by the Editors of DK. Foreword by Lucy Mangan.

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Combines authoritative text with bold graphics and quotes from leading contributors in an introduction to more than 85 of the most important ideas, movements and events that have defined feminism and feminist thought throughout history. Big Ideas Simply Explained series

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Fraternity: An Inside Look at a Year of College Boys Becoming Men by Alexandra Robbins

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The New York Times best-selling author of Pledged—a leading expert on Greek life—is back with another investigative narrative, this time exploring the secretive and sometimes dangerous world of fraternities.

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Good Kids, Bad City: A Story of Race and Wrongful Conviction in America by Kyle Swenson

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An award-winning investigative journalist documents the true story of one of the longest wrongful imprisonment cases in U.S. history, detailing how three African-American men were incarcerated for nearly four decades before a questionable young witness recanted his testimony.

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Parkland: Birth of a Movement by Dave Cullen

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The New York Times best-selling author of Columbine offers a deeply moving account of the extraordinary teenage survivors of Parkland who became activists and pushed back against the NRA and Congressional leaders—inspiring millions of Americans to join their grassroots #neveragain movement.

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Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval by Saidiya Hartman

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Traces a lesser-known time of radical transformation of black life in early 20th-century America, revealing how a large number of black women forged relationships, families and jobs that were more empowered and typically indifferent to moral dictates.

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