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Promised Land: How the Rise of the Middle Class Transformed America, 1929-1968 Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982102715
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Published: Scribner - July 20th, 2021

A groundbreaking work of history about the American middle class—its rise, why it faltered, and who truly benefited from its dominance.

In Promised Land, David Stebenne “invites us to remember those decades in which both the middle class and the Democratic Party were ascendant” (The Wall Street Journal).


The Sensitives: The Rise of Environmental Illness and the Search for America's Last Pure Place Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982128524
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 20th, 2021

A compelling exploration of the mysteries of environmental toxicity and the community of “sensitives”—people with powerful, puzzling symptoms resulting from exposure to chemicals, fragrances, and cell phone signals, that have no effect on “normals.”

They call themselves “sensitives.” Over fifty million Americans endure a mysterious environmen


In the Forest of No Joy: The Congo-Océan Railroad and the Tragedy of French Colonialism Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780393541014
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 20th, 2021

The epic story of the Congo-Océan railroad and the human costs and contradictions of modern empire.


The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781631499012
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Published: Liveright - July 13th, 2021

A briskly told, 30,000-year history of textiles that “will make you rethink your relationship with fabric” (Elle Decoration).

 


Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250830012
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - July 13th, 2021

An instant New York Times bestseller.

Critics agree: Michael Wolff’s Landslide is THE book on Trump.

Landslide . . . is the one to leap upon. Smart, vivid and intrepid . . .” —The New York Times

“I inhaled Landslide, gobbled it up.” —Slate


The Director: My Years Assisting J. Edgar Hoover Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982164706
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Published: Scribner - July 13th, 2021

The first book ever written about FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover by a member of his personal staff—his former assistant, Paul Letersky—The Director offers unprecedented insight into an American legend.

The 1960s and 1970s were arguably among America’s most turbulent post-Civil War decades.


Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062966049
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Published: Dey Street Books - July 6th, 2021

"A must read."—Margaret Atwood


Across the Airless Wilds: The Lunar Rover and the Triumph of the Final Moon Landings Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062986535
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Published: Custom House - July 6th, 2021

“Earl Swift lays out this great unsung saga with verve and magisterial sweep." —Hampton Sides


Voices of the Pacific, Expanded Edition: Untold Stories from the Marine Heroes of World War II Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593185315
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Published: Dutton Caliber - July 6th, 2021

From the bestselling author of A Higher Call and Spearhead comes an unflinching firsthand chronicle of the heroic US Marines who fought on Guadalcanal, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, and in other pivotal battles during the Pacific War, a classic book now expanded with new stories from the flyboys overhead and the home front at war.


Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062936806
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Published: HarperOne - July 6th, 2021

A memoir-in-essays from disability advocate and creator of the Instagram account @sitting_pretty Rebekah Taussig, processing a lifetime of memories to paint a beautiful, nuanced portrait of a body that looks and moves differently than most.


Phosphorescence: A Memoir of Finding Joy When Your World Goes Dark Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593236918
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Published: Random House - July 6th, 2021

“Both timeless and timely, this is a book of wisdom and wonder” (Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of March), a deeply personal exploration of what can sustain us through our darkest moments.


Lieutenant Dangerous: A Vietnam War Memoir Cover Image
By Jeff Danziger, Jeff Danziger (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781586422738
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Published: Steerforth Press - July 6th, 2021

A must-read war memoir... with zero punches pulled, related by one of the most incisive observers of the American political scene. --KIRKUS (starred review)


Empire: A New History of the World Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781643137681
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Published: Pegasus Books - July 13th, 2021

A dazzling new history of the world told through the ten major empires of human civilization.

Eminent historian Paul Strathern opens the story of Empire with the Akkadian civilization, which ruled over a vast expanse of the region of ancient Mesopotamia, then turns to the immense Roman Empire, where we trace back our Western and Eastern roots.

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Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982111915
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 6th, 2021

A close friendship is one of the most influential and important relationships a human life can contain. Anyone will tell you that!