Holiday Recommendations - Adult Biography / Politics / History

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 • NAACP IMAGE AWARD NOMINEE • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW


Eleanor Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781439192016
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 6th, 2020

New York Times Bestseller

Prizewinning bestselling author David Michaelis presents a “stunning” (The Wall Street Journal) breakthrough portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt, America’s longest-serving First Lady, an avatar of democracy whose ever-expanding agency as diplomat, activist, and humanitarian made her one of the world’s most widely admired a


The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781631491665
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Published: Liveright - October 20th, 2020

WINNER — 2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTION • TIME Magazine — 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2020 • A New York Times Notable Book of 2020 and Editors' Choice Selection • Best Books of 2020: NPR, Washington Post, Library Journal, Chicago Public Library •  Excerpted in The New Yorker • Longlisted — Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction •


Eat a Peach: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524759216
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Published: Clarkson Potter - September 8th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the chef behind Momofuku and star of Netflix’s Ugly Delicious—an intimate account of the making of a chef, the story of the modern restaurant world that he helped shape, and how he discovered that success can be much harder to understand than failure.


A Handful of Earth, a Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia Butler Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781626400634
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Published: Angel City Press - October 20th, 2020

A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler offers a blueprint for a creative life from the perspective of award-winning science-fiction writer and "MacArthur Genius" Octavia E. Butler. It is a collection of ideas about how to look, listen, breathe--how to be in the world. This book is about the creative process, but not on the page; its canvas is much larger.


She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781982157289
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Published: Scribner - October 13th, 2020

Nominated for the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award

The National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Heartland focuses her laser-sharp insights on a working-class icon and one of the most unifying figures in American culture: Dolly Parton.

Growing up amid Kansas wheat fields and airplane factories, Sarah Smarsh witnessed fir


The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2020 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES * THE WASHINGTON POST * NPR * PEOPLE * TIME MAGAZINE* VANITY FAIR * GLAMOUR 


2021 WOMEN'S PRIZE FINALIST


Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593230251
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Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST • “An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times


Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781982174026
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Published: Scribner - October 27th, 2020

A FINANCIAL TIMES BEST BOOK OF 2020

A concise, brilliant, and trenchant examination of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s successful lifelong quest for the presidency by National Book Award winner Evan Osnos.

President Joseph R. Biden Jr.


His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope Cover Image
By Jon Meacham, John Lewis (Afterword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781984855022
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Published: Random House - August 25th, 2020

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of America 


No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250265616
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 17th, 2020

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A moving account of resilience, hope, fear and mortality, and how these things resonate in our lives, by actor and advocate Michael J. Fox.



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

FINALIST FOR THE J.


Trust: America's Best Chance Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9781631498770
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Published: Liveright - October 6th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250800466
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Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - November 10th, 2020

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

An urgent primer on race and racism, from the host of the viral hit video series

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man”


I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538745359
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 17th, 2020

From the charming and wickedly funny co-creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a collection of hilarious personal essays, poems and even amusement park maps on the subjects of insecurity, fame, anxiety, and much more.


Solutions and Other Problems Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982156947
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Published: Gallery Books - September 22nd, 2020

INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

For the first time in seven years, Allie Brosh—beloved author and artist of the extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller Hyperbole and a Half—returns with a new collection of comedic, autobiographical, and illustrated essays.


Just Us: An American Conversation Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781644450215
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 8th, 2020

FINALIST FOR THE 2021 ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN NONFICTION

Claudia Rankines Citizen changed the conversationJust Us urges all of us into it


Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250155931
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 1st, 2020

Finalist for the 2020 National Book Critics John Leonard Prize for Best First Book
One of O Magazine's Best Books of Fall 2020

“A powerful, blistering, devastating book. Kerri Arsenault is both a graceful writer and a grieving daughter in search of answers and ultimately, justice.” —Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance


Our Bodies, Their Battlefields: War Through the Lives of Women Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781501199172
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Published: Scribner - September 22nd, 2020

From Christina Lamb, the coauthor of the bestselling I Am Malala and an award-winning journalist—an essential, groundbreaking examination of how women experience war.

In Our Bodies, Their Battlefields, longtime intrepid war correspondent Christina Lamb makes us witness to the lives of women in wartime.


The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780553459395
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Published: Avery - September 8th, 2020

"A deeply curious and evenhanded report on our national appetites." --The New York Times

In the tradition of Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore's Dilemma, an extraordinary investigation into the human lives at the heart of the American grocery store


White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781948226745
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Published: Catapult - October 6th, 2020

Called "powerful and provocative by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of the New York Times bestselling How to be an Antiracist, this explosive book of history and cultural criticism reveals how white feminism has been used as a weapon of white supremacy and patriarchy deployed against Black and Indigenous women, and women of color.


The Language of Thieves: My Family's Obsession with a Secret Code the Nazis Tried to Eliminate Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781324005919
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 13th, 2020

Tracking an underground language and the outcasts who depended on it for their survival.


Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780307961167
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Published: Knopf - October 27th, 2020

“Finally, the biography that Sylvia Plath deserves . . . A spectacular achievement.” —Ruth Franklin, author of Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life


I'll Be Seeing You: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593134672
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Published: Random House - October 27th, 2020

The beloved New York Times bestselling author tells the poignant love story of caring for her parents in their final years in this beautifully written memoir.

I’ll Be Seeing You moved me and broadened my understanding of the human condition.”—Wally Lamb, author of I Know This Much Is True


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.


Down Along with That Devil's Bones: A Reckoning with Monuments, Memory, and the Legacy of White Supremacy Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781616209100
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 29th, 2020

ESSENTIAL ANTIRACIST READING

“We can no longer see ourselves as minor spectators or weary watchers of history a­fter finishing this astonishing work of nonfiction.” —Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy

 
Connor Towne O’Neill’s journey onto the battlefield of white supremacy began with a visit to Selma, Alabama, in 2015.


Paper Bullets: Two Artists Who Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781616209162
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Published: Algonquin Books - November 10th, 2020

“A Nazi resistance story like none you’ve ever heard or read.” —Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers and On Desperate Ground

"Every page is gripping, and the amount of new research is nothing short of mind-boggling.


First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062997456
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Published: Harper - November 10th, 2020

New York Times Bestseller
Editors' Choice 
New York Times Book Review


Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250762641
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Published: Picador - November 3rd, 2020

In her own words, Ruth Bader Ginsburg offers an intimate look at her life and career, through an extraordinary series of conversations with the head of the National Constitution Center.


The Power of Adrienne Rich: A Biography Cover Image
$32.50
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.


We Gather Together: A Nation Divided, a President in Turmoil, and a Historic Campaign to Embrace Gratitude and Grace Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593183250
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Published: Dutton - November 10th, 2020

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Castle and The Girls of Atomic City comes a new way to look at American history through the story of giving thanks.


The Moth and the Mountain: A True Story of Love, War, and Everest Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501143373
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - November 17th, 2020

“An outstanding book.” —The Wall Street Journal * “Gripping at every turn.” —Outside * “A gem of a book.” —The Guardian * “A hell of a ride.” —The Times (London)

An extraordinary true story about one man’s attempt to salve the wounds of war and save his own soul through an a


This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781641292696
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Published: Soho Press - November 10th, 2020

A 2021 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Critical/Biographical

“Jacqueline Winspear has created a memoir of her English childhood that is every bit as engaging as her Maisie Dobbs novels, just as rich in character and detail, history and humanity. Her writing is lovely, elegant and welcoming.”—Anne Lamott


This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781632869258
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 13th, 2020

Ahead of the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving, a new look at the Plymouth colony's founding events, told for the first time with Wampanoag people at the heart of the story.


Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062873040
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Published: Harper - August 4th, 2020

One of TIME's 100 Must Read Books of 2020 and one of Good Housekeeping's Best Books of the Year


Sigh, Gone: A Misfit's Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250194718
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 21st, 2020

For anyone who has ever felt like they don't belong, Sigh, Gone shares an irreverent, funny, and moving tale of displacement and assimilation woven together with poignant themes from beloved works of classic literature.


Rage Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982131739
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 15th, 2020

Bob Woodward’s new book, Rage, is an unprecedented and intimate tour de force of new reporting on the Trump presidency facing a global pandemic, economic disaster and racial unrest.

Woodward, the #1 international bestselling author of Fear: Trump in the White House, has uncovered the precise moment the president was warned that the Covid-19 epidemic would be the b


Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063052642
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Published: HarperVia - November 24th, 2020

From one of China’s most acclaimed and decorated writers comes a powerful first-person account of life in Wuhan during the COVID-19 outbreak.


The Last American Aristocrat: The Brilliant Life and Improbable Education of Henry Adams Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982128234
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Published: Scribner - November 24th, 2020

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

A revelatory biography of literary icon Henry Adams—one of America’s most prominent writers and intellectuals of his era, who witnessed and contributed to the United States’ dramatic transition from a colonial society to a modern nation.

Henry Adams is perhaps the m


Saving Freedom: Truman, the Cold War, and the Fight for Western Civilization Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062950499
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Published: Harper - November 24th, 2020

New York Times Bestseller!


Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781982132071
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Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - October 6th, 2020

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

“A meditation on kindness and hope, and how to move forward through grief.” —NPR

“A shining reminder to learn all we can from this moment, rebuilding ourselves in the darkness so that we may come out wiser, kinder, and stronger on the other side.” —The Boston Globe

“Powerful essa


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