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No Place Like Murder: True Crime in the Midwest

Janis Thornton · Quarry Books
Format: Paperback

A modern retelling of 20 sensational true crimes, No Place Like Murder reveals the inside details behind nefarious acts that shocked the Midwest between 1869 and 1950. The stories chronicle the misdeeds, examining the perpetrators' mindsets, motives, lives, apprehensions, and trials,...

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Bravey: Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain, and Other Big Ideas

Alexi Pappas · The Dial Press
Format: Book

When "Renaissance runner" (New York Times) Alexi Pappas - Olympic athlete, actress, filmmaker, and writer - was four years old, her mother died by suicide, drastically altering the course of Pappas's life and setting her on a search for female role models. When her father...

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Bevelations: Lessons from a Mutha, Auntie, Bestie

Bevy Smith · Andy Cohen Books
Format: Book

Bevy Smith was living what seemed like a glamorous dream as a fashion advertising executive, blazing a lucrative career for herself in the whitewashed magazine world. She jetsetted to Europe for fashion shows, dined and danced at every hot spot, and enjoyed a mighty roster of lovers.

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Aftershocks: A Memoir

Nadia Owusu · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

This poetic, genre-bending work - blending memoir with cultural history - from Whiting Award winner Nadia Owusu grapples with the fault lines of identity, the meaning of home, black womanhood, and the ripple effects, both personal and generational, of emotional trauma. Nadia Owusu grew...
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Black Firsts: 500 years of Trailblazing Achievements and Ground-Breaking Events

Jessie Carney Smith Ph.D. · Visible Ink Press
Pages: 800
Format: Paperback

The first African American president, U.S. senator, and the first black lawyer in the Department of Education. The first black chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and the first African American commissioned officer in the Marine Corps. The first black professors in a variety of fields....
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The Berlin Shadow: Living with the Ghosts of the Kindertransport

Jonathan Lichtenstein · Little, Brown Spark
Format: Book

In 1939, Jonathan Lichtenstein's father Hans escaped Nazi-occupied Berlin as a child refugee on the Kindertransport. Almost every member of his family died after Kristallnacht, and, upon arriving in England to make his way in the world alone, Hans turned his back on his German Jewish...

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Wild Minds: The Artists and Rivalries That Inspired the Golden Age of Animation

Reid Mitenbuler · Atlantic Monthly Press
Format: Book

In 1911, famed cartoonist Winsor McCay debuted one of the first animated cartoons, based on his sophisticated newspaper strip "Little Nemo in Slumberland," itself inspired by Freud's recent research on dreams. McCay is largely forgotten today, but he unleashed an art form,...

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Why Didn't We Riot?: A Black Man in Trumpland

Issac J. Bailey · Other Press
Pages: 192
Format: Hardcover

South Carolina-based journalist Issac J. Bailey reflects on a wide range of complex, divisive topics - from police brutality and Confederate symbols to respectability politics and white discomfort - which have taken on a fresh urgency with the protest movement sparked by George Floyd's...
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Tumult!: The Incredible Life and Music of Tina Turner

Donald Brackett · Backbeat
Format: Paperback

The narrative of Tumult! The Incredible Life and Music of Tina Turner is an extended exploration of the magical transformation of shy country girl Anna Mae Bullock into the boisterous force of nature we know today as Tina Turner. This is creative alchemy in action: turning into Turner...

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Total F*cking Godhead: The Biography of Chris Cornell

Corbin Reiff · Post Hill Press
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

"Reiff unearths plenty of unexpected details and novel anecdotes ... but the book is perhaps most valuable for the way it rounds out and humanizes this man who managed to keep so many of his cards close to the vest despite decades in the spotlight." - Variety With input from...
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Tom Seaver: A Terrific Life

Bill Madden · Simon & Schuster
Format: Book

He was called Tom Terrific for a reason. Tom Seaver was one of the most talented and popular players in the history of baseball. He is one of only two pitchers with 300 wins, 3,000 strikeouts, and an ERA under 3.00. He was a three-time Cy Young award winner, twelve-time All Star, and was elected...

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They Just Seem a Little Weird: How KISS, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, and Starz Remade Rock and Roll

Doug Brod · Hachette Books
Format: Book

It was the age when heavy-footed, humorless dinosaurs roamed the hard-rock landscape. But that all changed when into these dazed and confused mid-'70s strut-ted four flamboyant bands that reveled in revved-up anthems and flaunted a novel theatricality. In They Just Seem a Little...

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari · Harper
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover

Official U.S. edition with full color illustrations throughout.

New York Times Bestseller

A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg

From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity's creation and evolution...

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The Saint Makers: Inside the Catholic Church and How a War Hero Inspired a Journey of Faith

Joe Drape · Hachette Books
Format: Book

The Saint Makers chronicles the unlikely alliance between Father Hotze and Dr. Andrea Ambrosi, a country priest and a cosmopolitan Italian canon lawyer, as the two piece together the life of a long dead Korean War hero and military chaplain and fashion it into a case for eternal divinity....

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Particulate Matter

Felicia Luna Lemus · Akashic Books
Format: Book

"There are only a few words per page in Particulate Matter, but that doesn't actually matter. The words Felicia Luna Lemus does carefully choose serve to paint a brilliant picture of her marriage, of a Los Angeles covered in ash, of dashed hopes and new beginnings."--"A...

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Nine Days: The Race to Save Martin Luther King Jr.'s Life and Win the 1960 Election

Paul Kendrick · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Format: Book

Less than three weeks before the 1960 presidential election, thirty-one-year-old Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested at a sit-in at Rich's Department Store in Atlanta. That day would lead to the first night King had ever spent in jail -- and the time that King's family most...

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Moon U.S. Civil Rights Trail: A Traveler's Guide to the People, Places, and Events that Made the Movement

Deborah D. Douglas · Moon Travel
Format: Paperback

Travel the entire trail through the South, or take shorter trips with chapters on Charleston, Birmingham, Jackson, Memphis, Washington DC, and more places that were significant to the Civil Rights MovementLearn about Dr. King's legacy at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, be transformed...

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The Last Queen: Elizabeth II's Seventy Year Battle to Save the House of Windsor

Clive Irving · Pegasus Books
Format: Book

A timely and revelatory new biography of Queen Elizabeth (and her family) exploring how the Windsors have evolved and thrived, as the modern world has changed around them. Clive Irving's stunning new narrative biography The Last Queen probes the question of the British monarchy's...

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Finding Daniel Boone: His Last Days in Missouri and The Strange Fate of His Remains

Ted Franklin Belue · The History Press
Format: Paperback

Finding Daniel Boone is a unique tribute to America's frontier hero and offers closure to the greatest of all his mysteries: where he was buried. Part biography, part historical travelogue and eloquently narrated using fresh sources, rare forensic data and new field interviews, this...
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Featherhood: A Memoir of Two Fathers and a Magpie

Charlie Gilmour · Scribner
Format: Book

One spring day, a baby magpie falls out of its nest and into Charlie Gilmour's hands. Magpies, he soon discovers, are as clever and mischievous as monkeys. They are also notorious thieves, and this one quickly steals his heart. By the time the creature develops shiny black feathers...

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My Life in the Purple Kingdom

BrownMark · Univ Of Minnesota Press
Pages: 144
Format: Book

In the summer of 1981, Mark Brown was a teenager working at a 7-11 store when he wasn't rehearsing with his high school band, Phantasy. Come fall, Brown, now called BrownMark, was onstage with Prince at the Los Angeles Coliseum, opening for the Rolling Stones in front of 90,000 people....

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Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History

Farmer, Paul · FARRAR STRAUSS & GIROUX

The public health legend Paul Farmer offers a provocative account of the 2014 Ebola crisis and why it occurredIn 2014, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea suffered the worst epidemic of Ebola in history. The brutal virus spread rapidly through a clinical desert where basic health-care facilities...
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The Age of Wood: Our Most Useful Material and the Construction of Civilization

Roland Ennos · Scribner
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

As the dominant species on Earth, humans have made astonishing progress since our ancestors came down from the trees. But how did the descendants of small primates manage to walk upright, become top predators, and populate the world? How were humans able to develop civilizations and produce...
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Sittin' In: Jazz Clubs of the 1940s and 1950s

Jeff Gold · Harper Design
Format: Book

A rare collection of more than 200 full-color and black-and-white souvenir photographs and memorabilia that bring to life the renowned jazz nightclubs of the 1940s and 1950s, compiled by Grammy Award-winning record executive and music historian Jeff Gold and featuring exclusive interviews...

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Howard Thurman and the Disinherited: A Religious Biography

Paul Harvey · Eerdmans
Format: Book

Teacher. Minister. Theologian. Writer. Mystic. Activist. No single label can capture the multiplicity of Howard Thurman's life, but his influence is written all over the most significant aspects of the Civil Rights movement. In 1936, he visited Mahatma Gandhi in India and subsequently...

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Battle of Brothers: William and Harry – the Friendships and Feuds

Robert Lacey · Harper
Pages: 400
Format: Book

The world has watched Prince William and Prince Harry since they were born. Raised by Princess Diana to be the closest of brothers, how have the boy princes grown into very different, now distanced men?

From royal insider, biographer and historian Robert Lacey, this book reveals...

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The Beautiful Struggle

Ta-Nehisi Coates · Delacorte Press
Pages: 176
Format: Hardcover

Adapted from the adult memoir by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Water Dancer and Between the World and Me, this father-son story explores how boys become men, and quite specifically, how Ta-Nehisi Coates became Ta-Nehisi Coates. As a child, Ta-Nehisi Coates was seen...
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The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship

Deborah Willis · NYU Press
Format: Book

Though both the Union and Confederate armies excluded African American men from their initial calls to arms, many of the men who eventually served were black. Simultaneously, photography culture blossomed -- marking the Civil War as the first conflict to be extensively documented through...

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The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History

David F. Walker · Ten Speed Press
Format: Paperback

.Founded in Oakland, California, in 1966, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was a radical political organization that stood in defiant contrast to the mainstream civil rights movement. This gripping illustrated history explores the impact and significance of the Panthers, from...

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The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine

Janice P. Nimura · W. W. Norton & Company
Format: Book

"Janice P. Nimura has resurrected Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell in all their feisty, thrilling, trailblazing splendor." -- Stacy SchiffElizabeth Blackwell believed from an early age that she was destined for a mission beyond the scope of "ordinary" womanhood. Though...

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Dog Flowers: A Memoir

Danielle Geller · One World
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

After Danielle Geller's mother dies of a withdrawal from alcohol during a period of homelessness, she is forced to return to Florida. Using her training as a librarian and archivist, Geller collects her mother's documents, diaries, and photographs into a single suitcase and begins...
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Eat a Peach: A Memoir

David Chang · Clarkson Potter
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

The chef behind Momofuku and star of Netflix's Ugly Delicious gets uncomfortably real in his debut memoir. As a young, unspectacular cook, David Chang opened a noodle restaurant in Manhattan's East Village that should not have survived its first, misbegotten year. But, through...
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Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells

Michelle Duster · Atria/One Signal Publishers
Format: Book

Winner of a 2020 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, Ida B. Wells was born enslaved in Holly Springs, Mississippi, in 1862. In this inspiring and accessible biography, Duster tells the incredible story of Wells's life, including stories from her childhood in Mississippi, her famous...

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Inferno: A Memoir of Motherhood and Madness

Catherine Cho · Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

Inferno is the riveting memoir of a young mother who is separated from her newborn son and husband when she's involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward in New Jersey after a harrowing bout of postpartum psychosis.When Catherine Cho and her husband set off from London to introduce...
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Just As I Am

Cicely Tyson · HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

At last, the Academy, Tony, and three-time Emmy Award-winning actor and trailblazer, Cicely Tyson, tells her stunning story, looking back at her six-decade career and life.
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Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America

Maria Hinojosa · Atria Books
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning journalist who has collaborated with the most respected networks and is known for bringing humanity to her reporting. In this beautifully-rendered memoir, she relates the history of US immigration policy that has brought us to where we are today, as she shares...
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A Shot in the Moonlight: How a Freed Slave and a Confederate Soldier Fought for Justice in the Jim Crow South

Ben Montgomery · Little, Brown Spark
Format: Book

After moonrise on the cold night of January 21, 1897, a mob of twenty-five white men gathered in a patch of woods near Big Road in southwestern Simpson County, Kentucky. Half carried rifles and shotguns, and a few tucked pistols in their pants. Their target was George Dinning, a freed...

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The Unusual Suspect: The Rise and Fall of a Modern-Day Outlaw

Ben Machell · Ballantine Books
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

Stephen Jackley was a young British college student when the global financial crisis began in 2007. Overwhelmed by the growing indifference towards economic equality, he became obsessed with the idea of taking on the role of Robin Hood. With no prior experience, he resolved to become a bank...
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Veblen: The Making of an Economist Who Unmade Economics

Charles Camic · Harvard University Press
Format: Hardcover

Thorstein Veblen was one of America's most penetrating analysts of modern capitalist society. But he was not, as is widely assumed, an outsider to the social world he acidly described. Veblen overturns the long-accepted view that Veblen's ideas, including his insights about conspicuous...
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