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Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir

Natasha Trethewey · Ecco
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

A chillingly personal and exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedyAt age nineteen, Natasha Trethewey had her world...
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Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family

Robert Kolker · Doubleday
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science's great hope in the quest to understand the disease.

Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don's work...
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Untamed

Glennon Doyle · The Dial Press
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

In her most revealing and powerful book yet, the beloved activist, speaker, and author of the bestselling sensations Love Warrior and Carry On, Warrior explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet the expectations of the world, and start trusting the voice...
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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz

Erik Larson · Crown
Pages: 608
Format: Hardcover

On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons....
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Just Us: An American Conversation

Claudia Rankine · Graywolf Press
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

Claudia Rankine's Citizen changed the conversation -- Just Us urges all of us into itAs everyday white supremacy becomes increasingly vocalized with no clear answers at hand, how best might we approach one another? Claudia Rankine, without telling us what to do, urges us to begin the discussions...
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The Man Who Ate Too Much: The Life of James Beard

John Birdsall · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 496
Format: Hardcover

The definitive biography of America's best-known and least understood food personality, and the modern culinary landscape he shaped.After World War II, a newly affluent United States reached for its own gourmet culture, one at ease with the French international style of Escoffier, but also...
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Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains

Kerri Arsenault · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover

Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. For over 100 years the community orbited around a paper mill that employs most townspeople, including three generations of Arsenault's own family. Years after she moved away, Arsenault realized the price she paid...
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Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a chef in training, father, and sleuth looking for the secret of French cooking

Bill Buford · Knopf
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover

From the author of the best-selling, widely acclaimed Heat--a new hilariously self-deprecating, highly obsessive account of the author's adventures, this time, in the world of French haute cuisineBill Buford turns his inimitable attention from Italian cuisine to the food of France....
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The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood

Sam Wasson · Flatiron Books
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover

From the New York Times bestselling author of Fifth Avenue, Five A.M. and Fosse comes the revelatory account of the making of a modern American masterpiece.

Chinatown is the Holy Grail of 1970s cinema. Its twist ending is the most notorious...

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Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

James Nestor · Riverhead Books
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

No matter what you eat, how much you exercise, how skinny or young or wise you are, none of it matters if you're not breathing properly.There is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species,...
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The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir

Michele Harper · Riverhead Books
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

An emergency room physician explores how a life of service to others taught her how to heal herself.Michele Harper is a female, African American emergency room physician in a profession that is overwhelmingly male and white. Brought up in Washington, D.C., in a complicated family, she went...
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The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III

Peter Baker · Doubleday
Pages: 732
Format: Hardcover

Co-authored by the Chief White House correspondent at The New York Times and the Washington columnist at the The New Yorker, this is a biography any would-be power broker must own: the story of legendary White House chief of staff and secretary of state James A. Baker III, the man who ran Washington...
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Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America

Candacy Taylor · Abrams Press
Pages: 360
Format: Hardcover

The first book to explore the historical role and residual impact of the Green Book, a travel guide for black motorists Published from 1936 to 1966, the Green Book was hailed as the "black travel guide to America." At that time, it was very dangerous and di cult for African-Americans...
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Notes on a Silencing: A Memoir

Lacy Crawford · Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

A riveting, lucid memoir of a young woman's struggle to regain her sense of self after trauma, and the efforts by a powerful New England boarding school to silence her--at any cost When the elite St. Paul's School recently came under state investigation after extensive reports of sexual...
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A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith

Timothy Egan · Viking
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

"What a wondrous work! This beautifully written and totally clear-eyed account of his pilgrimage will have you wondering whether we should all embark on such a journey, either of the body, the soul or, as in Egan's case, both." --Cokie Roberts

"If this book doesn't...
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The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World

Sarah Stewart Johnson · Crown
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

A young planetary scientist intimately details the search for life on Mars, tracing our centuries-old obsession with this seemingly desolate planet. Mars was once similar to Earth, but today there are no rivers, no lakes, no oceans. Coated in red dust, the terrain is bewilderingly empty....
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Uncanny Valley: A Memoir

Anna Wiener · MCD
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

"A definitive document of a world in transition: I won't be alone in returning to Uncanny Valley for clarity and consolation for many years to come." -- Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion The prescient, page-turning account of a journey in Silicon...
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The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America's Forgotten Capital of Vice

David Hill · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

The incredible true story of America's original -- and forgotten -- capital of viceBack in the days before Vegas was big, when the Mob was at its peak and neon lights were but a glimmer on the horizon, a little Southern town styled itself as a premier destination for the American leisure...
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Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe

· Knopf
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover

From the world-renowned physicist, cofounder of the World Science Festival, and best-selling author of The Elegant Universe comes this captivating exploration of deep time and humanity's search for purpose.

Brian Greene takes readers on a breathtaking journey from the big bang...
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Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics

Dolly Parton · Chronicle Books
Pages: 380
Format: Hardcover

Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics is a landmark celebration of the remarkable life and career of a country music and pop culture legend.As told by Dolly Parton in her own inimitable words, explore the songs that have defined her journey. Illustrated throughout with previously...
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