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First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062938497
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Published: Harper - April 6th, 2021

Blending history, science, and culture, a stunning and highly engaging evolutionary story exploring how walking on two legs allowed humans to become the planet’s dominant species.

Humans are the only mammals to walk on two, rather than four legs—a locomotion known as bipedalism.


The Undocumented Americans Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399592706
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Published: One World - April 6th, 2021

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans in this deeply personal and groundbreaking portrait of a nation.


Within Our Grasp: Childhood Malnutrition Worldwide and the Revolution Taking Place to End It Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781524747244
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Published: Pantheon - April 6th, 2021

An important, hopeful book that looks at the urgent problem of childhood malnutrition worldwide and the revolutionary progress being made to end it.
 


The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062874214
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Published: William Morrow - April 6th, 2021

One of the most important stories of World War II, already optioned by Steven Spielberg for a major motion picture: a spectacular, searing history that brings to light the extraordinary accomplishments of brave Jewish women who became resistance fighters—a group of unknown heroes whose exploits have never been chronicled in full, until now.

Witnesses to the brutal murd


I Have Been Buried Under Years of Dust: A Memoir of Autism and Hope Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062984340
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Published: William Morrow - April 6th, 2021

A remarkable memoir by a mother and her autistic daughter who’d long been unable to communicate—until a miraculous breakthrough revealed a young woman with a rich and creative interior life, a poet, who’d been trapped inside for more than two decades.

“I have been buried under years of dust and now I have so much to say.”


The Wild Silence: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143136422
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Published: Penguin Books - April 6th, 2021

AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

The incredible follow-up to the international bestseller The Salt Path, a story of finding your way back home.


Becoming Duchess Goldblatt Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780358569831
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Published: Mariner Books - April 13th, 2021

One of the New York Times’ 20 Books to Read in 2020

“A tonic . . . Splendid . . . A respite . . . A summer cocktail of a book.”
Washington Post

“Unforgettable . . .


My Broken Language: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590047
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Published: One World - April 6th, 2021

A Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright tells her lyrical story of coming of age against the backdrop of an ailing Philadelphia barrio, with her sprawling Puerto Rican family as a collective muse.
 


Square Haunting: Five Writers in London Between the Wars Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780451497802
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Published: Crown - April 6th, 2021

A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE • “A beautiful and deeply moving book.”—Sally Rooney, author of Normal People


Allegorizings Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780871404145
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Published: Liveright - April 6th, 2021

Jan Morris delivers her final volume, brimming with reminiscences, meditations on daily life, and mini-essays on everything from maturity to whistling to Princess Diana.


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Broken (in the best possible way) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250077035
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - April 6th, 2021

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Furiously Happy and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened comes a deeply relatable book filled with humor and honesty about depression and anxiety.


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Finding Freedom: A Cook's Story; Remaking a Life from Scratch Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250312341
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Published: Celadon Books - April 6th, 2021

From Erin French, owner of the critically acclaimed The Lost Kitchen, a TIME world dining destination, a life-affirming memoir about survival, renewal, and finding a community to lift her up


Pelosi Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250798459
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Published: Picador - April 6th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A riveting inside account of the unprecedented rise to power and unmatched political legacy of the first woman Speaker of the House, by award-winning journalist Molly Ball


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Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501160349
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 6th, 2021

A Best Book of 2020: The Washington Post * NPR * Chicago Tribune * Smithsonian

A “remarkable” (Los Angeles Times), “seductive” (The Wall Street Journal) debut from the new cohost of Radiolab, Why Fish Don’t Exist is a dark and astonishing t


The Invention of Miracles: Language, Power, and Alexander Graham Bell's Quest to End Deafness Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501167096
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 6th, 2021

An astonishingly revisionist biography of Alexander Graham Bell, telling the true—and troubling—story of the inventor of the telephone.

We think of Alexander Graham Bell as the inventor of the telephone, but that’s not how he saw his own career.


Beautiful Things: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982151119
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Published: Gallery Books - April 6th, 2021

I come from a family forged by tragedies and bound by a remarkable, unbreakable love,” Hunter Biden writes in this deeply moving memoir of addiction, loss, and survival.

When he was two years old, Hunter Biden was badly injured in a car accident that killed his mother and baby sister.


We Are Each Other’s Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062932563
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Published: Amistad - April 6th, 2021

From the author of Queen Sugar—now a critically acclaimed series on OWN directed by Ava Duvernay—comes a beautiful exploration and celebration of black farming in America. 

In this impressive anthology, Natalie Baszile brings together essays, poems, photographs, quotes, conversations, and first-person stories to examine black people’s co


The Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Renaissance Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802158529
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - April 13th, 2021

The Renaissance in Florence conjures images of beautiful frescoes and elegant buildings--the dazzling handiwork of the city's skilled artists and architects.


Valcour: The 1776 Campaign That Saved the Cause of Liberty Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250247117
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 6th, 2021

The wild and suspenseful story of one of the most crucial and least known campaigns of the Revolutionary War when America’s scrappy navy took on the full might of Britain’s sea power.


In the Waves: My Quest to Solve the Mystery of a Civil War Submarine Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781524744175
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Published: Dutton - April 6th, 2021

 
One of "The Most Fascinating Books WIRED Read in 2020"

"One part science book, one part historical narrative, one part memoir . . . harrowing and inspiring.”The Wall Street Journal 


How a determined scientist cracked the case of the first successful—and disastrous—submarine attack

 


Had I Known: Collected Essays Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781455543694
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Published: Twelve - March 23rd, 2021

**FINALIST FOR THE 2021 PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY**

This informative book contains the most provocative, incendiary, and career-making pieces by bestselling author, essayist, political activist, and "veteran muckraker" Barbara Ehrenreich (The New Yorker).

 A self-proclaimed "myth buster by trade," Barbara Ehrenr


A Black Women's History of the United States Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807001998
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Published: Beacon Press - March 16th, 2021

2021 NAACP Image Award Nominee: Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

A vibrant and empowering history that emphasizes the perspectives and stories of African American women to show how they are—and have always been—instrumental in shaping our country


The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women's Rights Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476760735
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Published: Scribner - March 30th, 2021

From the intimate perspective of three friends and neighbors in mid-nineteenth century Auburn, New York—the “agitators” of the title—acclaimed author Dorothy Wickenden tells the fascinating and crucially American stories of abolition, the Underground Railroad, the early women’s rights movement, and the Civil War.


The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781984854537
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 23rd, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the veteran political journalist and 60 Minutes correspondent, a deep dive into the history, evolution, and current state of the American presidency, and how we can make the job less impossible and more productive—featuring a new post-2020–election epilogue


Wine Girl: The Trials and Triumphs of America's Youngest Sommelier Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062961686
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Published: Ecco - March 23rd, 2021

An affecting memoir from the country’s youngest sommelier, tracing her path through the glamorous but famously toxic restaurant world 


Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307455802
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Published: Vintage - March 30th, 2021

“You can almost taste the food in Bill Buford’s Dirt, an engrossing, beautifully written memoir about his life as a cook in France.” —The Wall Street Journal


Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525560180
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Published: Penguin Press - March 23rd, 2021

A dazzling biography of one of the twentieth century's most respected painters, Helen Frankenthaler, as she came of age as an artist in postwar New York


The Beauty of Living Twice Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525656760
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Published: Knopf - March 30th, 2021

“Not your typical Hollywood autobiography. Brutally honest, restless and questing.” 
O, The Oprah Magazine
 
“Elegantly written with her wicked sense of humor on full display, the memoir is catnip for fans who have never managed to crack the exterior of the elusive star.” 
Vogue

 


The Pianist from Syria: A Memoir Cover Image
By Aeham Ahmad, Emanuel Bergmann (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501173509
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Published: Atria Books - March 30th, 2021

This astonishing true story presents an “affecting viewpoint on life in Syria before and in the midst of extreme violence” (Booklist), offering a deeply personal and unique perspective on one of the most devastating refugee crises of this century.

Aeham Ahmad was born a second-generation refugee—the son of a blind violinist and carpenter who recognized Aeham&


Churchill & Son Cover Image
$34.00
ISBN: 9781524744458
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Published: Dutton - March 30th, 2021

The intimate, untold story of Winston Churchill's enduring yet volatile bond with his only son, Randolph

“Fascinating… well-researched and well-written.”—Andrew Roberts • “Beautifully written… A triumph.”—Damien Lewis • “Fascinating, acute and touching.”—Simon Sebag Montefiore


Every Day Is a Gift: A Memoir Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781538718506
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Published: Twelve - March 30th, 2021

Learn the incredible story of Illinois senator and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth and see what inspired her to follow the path that made her who she is today.

In Every Day Is a Gift, Tammy Duckworth takes readers through the amazing—and amazingly true—stories from her incomparable life.


Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life's Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union (Law in the Public Square #2) Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780520381926
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Published: University of California Press - March 16th, 2021

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's last book is a curation of her own legacy, tracing the long history of her work for gender equality and a “more perfect Union.”

In the fall of 2019, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg visited the University of California, Berkeley School of Law to deliver the first annual Herma Hill Kay Memorial Lecture in honor of her friend, the late Herma Hill Kay


Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780306846373
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Published: Hachette Books - March 16th, 2021

Discover untold secrets with this extraordinary memoir of drama and tragedy by Anne Glenconner—a close member of the royal circle and lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret. 

Anne Glenconner has been at the center of the royal circle from childhood, when she met and befriended the future Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, the Princess Margaret.


Uprooted: Recovering the Legacy of the Places We've Left Behind Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593084021
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Published: Sentinel - March 16th, 2021

"A superior exploration of the consequences of the hollowing out of our agricultural heartlands."—Kirkus Reviews

In the tradition of Wendell Berry, a young writer wrestles with what we owe the places we’ve left behind. 

 


This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316257572
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 16th, 2021

In this ‘vital book for these times’ (Kirkus Reviews), Don Lemon brings his vast audience and experience as a reporter and a Black man to today’s most urgent question: How can we end racism in America in our lifetimes?
 
The host of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon is more popular than ever.


Taking A Long Look: Essays on Culture, Literature and Feminism in Our Time Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781788739771
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Published: Verso - March 16th, 2021

One of our most vital and incisive writers on literature, feminism, and knowing one's self


Free Speech: And Why You Should Give a Damn Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781952536106
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Published: New Idea Press - April 1st, 2021

In America we like to think we live in a land of liberty, where everyone can say whatever they want. Throughout our history, however, we have also been quick to censor people who offend or frighten us. We talk a good game about freedom of speech, then we turn around and deny it to others.


In Search of a Kingdom: Francis Drake, Elizabeth I, and the Perilous Birth of the British Empire Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062875358
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Published: Custom House - March 16th, 2021

"FASCINATING. ... Dramatic and timely." –New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice


Terror to the Wicked: America's First Trial by Jury That Ended a War and Helped to Form a Nation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101871713
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Published: Pantheon - March 16th, 2021

A little-known moment in colonial history that changed the course of America’s future.A riveting account of a brutal killing, an all-out manhunt, and the first murder trial in America,set against the backdrop of the Pequot War(between the Pequot tribe and the colonists of Massachusetts Bay) that ended this two-year war and brought about a peace that allowed the colonies to become a nation


Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802148759
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Published: Grove Press - March 16th, 2021

A brilliantly conceived and vividly drawn story--Washington, D.C. on the eve of Abraham Lincoln's historic second inaugural address as the lens through which to understand all the complexities of the Civil War