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Operation Chastise: The RAF's Most Brilliant Attack of World War II By Max Hastings Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062953612
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 22nd, 2022

One of the most lauded historians of our time returns to the Second World War in this magnificent retelling of the awe-inspiring raid on German dams conducted by the Royal Army Force’s 617 Squadron.


The York Patrol: The Real Story of Alvin York and the Unsung Heroes Who Made Him World War I's Most Famous Soldier By James Carl Nelson Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062975898
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 22nd, 2022

"Exceptional military history worthy of its heroic subject." —Matthew J. Davenport


Endpapers: A Family Story of Books, War, Escape, and Home By Alexander Wolff Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802158260
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Published: Grove Press - March 15th, 2022

A sweeping portrait of the turmoil of the twentieth century and the legacy of immigration, as seen through the German-American family of the celebrated book publisher Kurt Wolff


Germany: A Nation in Its Time: Before, During, and After Nationalism, 1500-2000 By Helmut Walser Smith Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781324091547
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Published: Liveright - March 1st, 2022

The first major history of Germany in a generation, a work that presents a five-hundred-year narrative that challenges our traditional perceptions of Germany’s conflicted past.


The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women's Rights By Dorothy Wickenden Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781476760742
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Published: Scribner - February 22nd, 2022

An LA Times Best Book of the Year, Christopher Award Winner, and Chautauqua Prize Finalist!

“Engrossing...


An Atlas of Extinct Countries By Gideon Defoe Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781609457662
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Published: Europa Compass - March 15th, 2022

The remarkable (and occasionally ridiculous) stories of 48 nations that fell off the map.

"Countries are just daft stories we tell each other. They're all equally implausible once you get up close."


Scoundrel: How a Convicted Murderer Persuaded the Women Who Loved Him, the Conservative Establishment, and the Courts to Set Him Free By Sarah Weinman Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062899767
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Published: Ecco - February 22nd, 2022

A Recommended Read from: The Los Angeles Times * Town and Country * The Seattle Times * Publishers Weekly * Lit Hub * Crime Reads * Alma


The First Kennedys: The Humble Roots of an American Dynasty By Neal Thompson Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780358437697
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Published: Mariner Books - February 22nd, 2022

“Here is that rare thing: an untold chapter in the Kennedy saga. . .Compelling and illuminating.”—Jon Meacham


Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: A Memoir By Bob Odenkirk Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399180514
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Published: Random House - March 1st, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this “essential” (Entertainment Weekly), “hilarious” (AV Club) memoir, the star of Mr.


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Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted By Suleika Jaouad Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399588600
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 1st, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A searing, deeply moving memoir of illness and recovery that traces one young woman’s journey from diagnosis to remission to re-entry into “normal” life—from the author of the Life, Interrupted column in The New York Times


Sentence: Ten Years and a Thousand Books in Prison By Daniel Genis Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525429555
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Published: Viking - February 22nd, 2022

A memoir of a decade in prison by a well-educated young addict known as the "Apologetic Bandit"


The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir By Sherry Turkle Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525560111
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Published: Penguin Books - March 1st, 2022

“A beautiful book… an instant classic of the genre.” —Dwight Garner, New York Times A New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2021 A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice Named a Best N


The Turning Point: 1851--A Year That Changed Charles Dickens and the World By Robert Douglas-Fairhurst Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525655947
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Published: Knopf - March 1st, 2022

A major new biography that takes an unusual and illuminating approach to the great writer—immersing us in one year of his life—from the award-winning author of Becoming Dickens and The Story of Alice.


I Was Better Last Night: A Memoir By Harvey Fierstein Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593320525
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Published: Knopf - March 1st, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • A poignant and hilarious memoir from the cultural icon, gay rights activist, and four-time Tony Award–winning actor and playwright, revealing never-before-told stories of his personal struggles and conflict, of sex and romance, and of his fabled career


The Other Dr. Gilmer: Two Men, a Murder, and an Unlikely Fight for Justice By Benjamin Gilmer Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593355169
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 1st, 2022

A “mesmerizing” (The New York Times Book Review) true story about a shocking crime and a mysterious illness that will forever change your notions of how we punish and how we heal—an expansion on one of the most popular This American Life episodes of all time


Never Simple: A Memoir By Liz Scheier Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250823137
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - March 1st, 2022

This gripping and darkly funny memoir “is a testament to the undeniable, indestructible love between a mother and a daughter” (Isaac Mizrahi).


The Copenhagen Trilogy: Childhood; Youth; Dependency By Tove Ditlevsen, Tiina Nunnally (Translated by), Michael Favala Goldman (Translated by) Cover Image
By Tove Ditlevsen, Tiina Nunnally (Translated by), Michael Favala Goldman (Translated by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250829788
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Published: Picador - February 22nd, 2022

Called “a masterpiece” by The New York Times, the acclaimed trilogy from Tove Ditlevsen, a pioneer in the field of genre-bending confessional writing.


You Don't Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War By Elizabeth Becker Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781541768239
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Published: PublicAffairs - February 22nd, 2022

The long buried story of three extraordinary female journalists who permanently shattered the official and cultural barriers to women covering war.


The Woman They Could Not Silence: The Shocking Story of a Woman Who Dared to Fight Back By Kate Moore Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781728242576
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Published: Sourcebooks - February 22nd, 2022

From the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Radium Girls comes another dark and dramatic but ultimately uplifting tale of a forgotten woman whose inspirational journey sparked lasting change for women's rights and exposed injustices that still resonate today.


The Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found By Frank Bruni Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982108571
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - March 1st, 2022

From New York Times columnist and bestselling author Frank Bruni comes a wise and moving memoir about aging, affliction, and optimism after partially losing his eyesight.

One morning in late 2017, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni woke up with strangely blurred vision. He wondered at first if some goo or gunk had worked its way into his right eye.


I Am a Girl from Africa: A Memoir of Empowerment, Community, and Hope By Elizabeth Nyamayaro Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982113025
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Published: Scribner - February 22nd, 2022

A “profound and soul-nourishing memoir” (Oprah Daily) from an African girl whose near-death experience sparked a lifelong dedication to humanitarian work that helps bring change across the world.

When severe drought hit her village in Zimbabwe, Elizabeth Nyamayaro, then only eight, had no idea that this moment of utter devastation would come to define her life&rsqu


Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America By Megan Kate Nelson Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982141332
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Published: Scribner - March 1st, 2022

From historian and critically acclaimed author of The Three-Cornered War comes the captivating story of how Yellowstone became the world’s first national park in the years after the Civil War, offering “a fresh, provocative study…departing from well-trodden narratives about conservation and public recreation” (Booklist, starred review).

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The Princess Spy: The True Story of World War II Spy Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones By Larry Loftis Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781982143879
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Published: Atria Books - March 1st, 2022

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER

“As exciting as any spy novel” (Daily News, New York), The Princess Spy follows the hidden history of an ordinary American girl who became one of the OSS’s most daring World War II spies before marrying into European nobility.


As a Woman: What I Learned about Power, Sex, and the Patriarchy after I Transitioned By Paula Stone Williams Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982153359
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Published: Atria Books - March 8th, 2022

This moving and unforgettable memoir of a transgender pastor’s transition from male to female is an “audacious, gripping, and profoundly real journey that speaks to the mind, heart, and soul” (Joshua J.


What It Took to Win: A History of the Democratic Party By Michael Kazin Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780374200237
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 1st, 2022

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

A leading historian tells the story of the United States’ most enduring political party and its long, imperfect and newly invigorated quest for “moral capitalism,” from Andrew Jackson to Joseph Biden.

One of Kirkus Reviews' 40 most anticipated books of 2022


Red Line: The Unraveling of Syria and America's Race to Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World By Joby Warrick Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525564812
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Published: Anchor - February 22nd, 2022

In Red Line, Joby Warrick, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Black Flags, shares the thrilling unknown story of America’s mission in Syria: to find and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons and keep them out of the hands of the Islamic State.


Black Ops: The Life of a CIA Shadow Warrior By Ric Prado Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250271846
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 1st, 2022

The Explosive National Bestseller

A memoir by the highest-ranking covert warrior to lift the veil of secrecy and offer a glimpse into the shadow wars that America has fought since the Vietnam Era.


Crossing Borders: The Reconciliation of a Nation of Immigrants By Ali Noorani Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781538143506
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - March 28th, 2022

Advance praise from public figures Jos Andr's, Al Franken, Jonathan Blitzer of The New Yorker, and Russell Moore of Christianity Today. Find the moving stories of American immigrants and their journeys in Ali Noorani's chronicle.


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