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Kamala's Way: An American Life Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982175764
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 12th, 2021

A revelatory biography of the first Black woman to stand for Vice President, charting how the daughter of two immigrants in segregated California became one of this country’s most effective power players.

There’s very little that’s conventional about Kamala Harris, and yet her personal story also represents the best of America.


A Promised Land Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781524763169
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Published: Crown - November 17th, 2020

A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making—from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW


An Onion in My Pocket: My Life with Vegetables Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525656012
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Published: Knopf - November 10th, 2020

From the author of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone ("The Queen of Greens," The Washington Post)—a warm, bracingly honest memoir that also gives us an insider's look at the vegetarian movement.


Time of the Magicians: Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Cassirer, Heidegger, and the Decade That Reinvented Philosophy Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525559665
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Published: Penguin Press - August 18th, 2020

A grand narrative of the intertwining lives of Walter Benjamin, Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Ernst Cassirer, major philosophers whose ideas shaped the twentieth century


Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735221253
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Published: Penguin Press - November 10th, 2020

An instant New York Times bestseller

From the bestselling author of The Cost of These Dreams


We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781538746837
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 10th, 2020

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

Named One of The Best Books of 2020 by NPR's Fresh Air * Publishers Weekly * Marie Claire * Redbook * Vogue * Kirkus Reviews * Book Riot * Bustle

A Recommended Book by The New York Times * The Washington Post * Booklist * The Boston Globe * Amazon * Goodreads * Buzzfeed * Town & Country * Refinery29 * BookRiot * CrimeR


The Tsarina's Lost Treasure: Catherine the Great, a Golden Age Masterpiece, and a Legendary Shipwreck Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781643135564
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Published: Pegasus Books - September 1st, 2020

A riveting history and maritime adventure about priceless masterpieces originally destined for Catherine the Great.

On October 1771, a merchant ship out of Amsterdam,  Vrouw Maria, crashed off the stormy Finnish coast, taking her historic cargo to the depths of the Baltic Sea.


The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero Who Infiltrated Auschwitz Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062561534
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Published: Custom House - June 23rd, 2020

COSTA BOOK AWARD WINNER: BOOK OF THE YEAR • #1 SUNDAY TIMES (UK) BESTSELLER


The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781982129149
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 13th, 2020

From the author of Bowling Alone and Our Kids, a “sweeping yet remarkably accessible” (The Wall Street Journal) analysis that “offers superb, often counterintuitive insights” (The New York Times) to demonstrate how we have gone from an individualistic “I” society to a more communitarian “We” society and then back again,


Why Didn't We Riot?: A Black Man in Trumpland Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781635420289
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Published: Other Press - October 6th, 2020

In these impassioned, powerful essays, an award-winning journalist deals forthrightly with what it means to be Black in Trump’s America.
 


Show Them You're Good: A Portrait of Boys in the City of Angels the Year Before College Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982116330
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Published: Scribner - August 18th, 2020

The bestselling, critically acclaimed, award-winning author of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace presents a brilliant and transcendent work that closely follows four Los Angeles high school boys as they apply to college.

Four teenage boys are high school seniors at two very different schools within the city of Los Angeles, the second largest school district in the nati


Waste: One Woman's Fight Against America's Dirty Secret Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781620976081
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Published: New Press - November 17th, 2020

The MacArthur grant-winning "Erin Brockovich of Sewage" tells the riveting story of the environmental justice movement that is firing up rural America, with a foreword by the renowned author of Just Mercy


Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250239402
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 3rd, 2020

"Elements of Tara Westover’s Educated... The mill comes to represent something holy to [Eliese] because it is made not of steel but of people."
New York Times Book Review


How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower's Biggest Decisions Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250238771
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - August 11th, 2020

How Dwight D. Eisenhower led America through a transformational time—by a DC policy strategist, security expert and his granddaughter.


The Power of Adrienne Rich: A Biography Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385541503
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Published: Nan A. Talese - November 17th, 2020

The first comprehensive biography of Adrienne Rich, feminist and queer icon and internationally revered National Book Award winning poet.


Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781324001546
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 10th, 2020

What modern authoritarian leaders have in common (and how they can be stopped).