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Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman

Written as imagined life narratives, this is the most interesting history book I've read all year. Hartman revisits old sources about urban, black Philadelphia to interpret them through the overlooked eyes of young black women navigating social change at the turn of the 20th century. Her methodology dials in on women’s lived experiences and reads like short stories. Love! - Clara

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ISBN: 9780393285673
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 19th, 2019

The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman

With poetic irony, Ackerman tells the little-known true story of two zookeepers in 1930s Warsaw, Poland. Their world-view and extraordinary compassion led them to save hundreds of Jews imperiled by the Nazi invasion. This heroic narrative highlights contradictions of vulnerability and strength, good in the face of loss, and the rich compatibility of beauty and sadness. - Kären

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ISBN: 9780393333060
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2008

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

I fell in love with this book for the wonderfully written, humorous, heart-breaking story of Doughty herself. If you’re a fan of weird science or the macabre, chances are you’ve heard of this – the entertainingly honest memoir of a modern-day mortician. If, like me, you put off picking it up, take my word for it and hesitate no longer. I was fascinated by the humanizing facts of death. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780393351903
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 28th, 2015

Deep Creek by Pam Houston

It takes a certain kind of person - animal-lover, star-gazer, adventure seeker - to thrive while living at 9,000 feet. Pam Houston’s full heart and indomitable spirit are on full display in this memoir, which contains all the meditative and hopeful vignettes fans of Houston have come to expect. A great choice for fans of Cheryl Strayed and Terry Tempest Williams! - Jess

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ISBN: 9780393241020
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 29th, 2019

Hello World by Hannah Fry

Mathematics professor Dr. Hannah Fry has tackled with numbers Santa Claus and love, so it might seem a retreat to safety for her to write about algorithms…if the algorithms weren’t covering everything crucial about being a modern human, from our everyday interactions to our social justice systems. With intelligence and charm, Fry gives a tour through algorithms and lays out a better understanding of the possibilities before us. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780393634990
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 18th, 2018

Accessory to War by Neil DeGrasse Tyson & Avis Lang

If you found Astrophysics for People in a Hurry to be a fascinating journey through the cosmos, strap yourself in. The story of the connection between astrophysics and the military—laid out by the amazing Neil DeGrasse Tyson (of Cosmos fame) and Avis Lang—is full of fascinating actors, from lone people to whole governments to Earth itself. - Ian

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ISBN: 9780393064445
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 11th, 2018

The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis

You may know Michael Lewis from his best-selling books on the insider worlds of baseball (Moneyball), football (The Blind Side), the housing market (The Big Short), and the human psyche (The Undoing Project). Now his journalistic sights are on the US government and the current administration. Shying away from personalities and conspiracies, Lewis focuses on the agencies that make the country function—and exactly how and why they are (or aren’t) working. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781324002642
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 2nd, 2018

These Truths by Jill Lepore

A historian with many interests—from Jane Franklin to Wonder Woman—Jill Lepore here explores the very origins of our country. At a time when it feels like the foundation is crumbling, it’s important to look back and understand how the United States was formed. Lepore has a deftness with language that is always a delight to read. The pages of These Truths breezed by pleasurably. Ivy

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ISBN: 9780393635249
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 18th, 2018

Black Flags, Blue Waters by Eric Jay Dolin

Avast! This book is a delight, making pirate history engaging and fascinating. Every other page had some tidbit about piratical, world, and particularly American history that I couldn’t wait to talk about with people. The pirates are presented as honestly as possible, in their heroic triumphs and in the brutality and violence they were part of. Highly recommend for the pirate or history buff in your life. - Jax

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ISBN: 9781631492105
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Published: Liveright - September 18th, 2018

The Souls of Yellow Folk by Wesley Yang

“For the title of his debut collection of essays on race, gender, and American society, Wesley Yang invokes W.E.B. Du Bois’s 1903 classic study of race in America. These 13 essays explore the ways in which the American dream shapes and distorts an assortment of people: chefs, strivers, pickup artists, and school shooters. Included here is ‘Paper Tigers,’ Yang’s personal, National Magazine Award–winning look at Asian-American overachievers. As Yang’s avid followers already know, his laser scrutiny spares no one—not even Yang himself.” —The Millions

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ISBN: 9780393241747
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 13th, 2018

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