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The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062916129
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Published: Harper - June 11th, 2019

From CNN’s veteran Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, an explosive, first-hand account of the dangers he faces reporting on the current White House while fighting on the front lines in President Trump’s war on truth. 

In Mr.

Giants of the Monsoon Forest: Living and Working with Elephants Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393247763
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 11th, 2019

High in the mountainous rainforests of Burma and India grow some of the world's last stands of mature, wild teak. For more than a thousand years, people here have worked with elephants to log these otherwise impassable forests and move people and goods (often illicitly) under cover of the forest canopy.

Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525559962
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Published: Penguin Press - June 11th, 2019

From a decorated Marine war veteran and National Book Award Finalist, an astonishing reckoning with the nature of combat and the human cost of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

"War hath determined us ..." - John Milton, Paradise Lost

Kingdom of Lies: Unnerving Adventures in the World of Cybercrime Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250201348
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 11th, 2019

“Wow. Kate Fazzini is the rare top-level reporter who can make you see, smell and feel a hidden world, not just understand it. Cybercrime (and security) has found its Michael Lewis.” —Bret Witter, co-author of the #1 NYT bestseller The Monuments Men

One of BookRiot's "50 of the Best Books to Read This Summer"

One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501106293
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 11th, 2019

The remarkable story of the trailblazers and the ordinary Americans on the front lines of the epic mission to reach the moon.

President John F. Kennedy astonished the world on May 25, 1961, when he announced to Congress that the United States should land a man on the Moon by 1970.

How to Skimm Your Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984820808
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 11th, 2019

It might seem like everyone you know took secret classes on budgeting, owning their career, and choosing the right wine—and you were sick that day. Enter: How to Skimm Your Life.

Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525560623
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Published: Penguin Press - June 11th, 2019

From America’s leading scholar of democracy,a personal, passionate call to action against the rising authoritarianism that challenges our world order—and the very value of liberty

The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey into Greenland's Buried Past and Our Perilous Future Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812996623
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Published: Random House - June 11th, 2019

A riveting, urgent account of the explorers and scientists racing to understand the rapidly melting ice sheet in Greenland, a dramatic harbinger of climate change

Are We There Yet?: The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393292749
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 11th, 2019

Robot-controlled cars have already logged millions of miles. These technological marvels promise cleaner air, smoother traffic, and tens of thousands of lives saved. But even if robots turn into responsible drivers, are we ready to be a nation of passengers?

Symphony in C: Carbon and the Evolution of (Almost) Everything Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393609431
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 11th, 2019

Carbon is everywhere: in the paper of this book and the blood of our bodies. It's with us from beginning to end, present in our baby clothes and coffin alike. We live on a carbon planet, and we are carbon life. No other element is so central to our well-being; yet, when missing or misaligned, carbon atoms can also bring about disease and even death.

My Parents: An Introduction / This Does Not Belong to You Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374217433
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Published: MCD - June 11th, 2019

Two books in one in a flip dos-à-dos format: The story of Aleksandar Hemon’s parents’ immigration from Sarajevo to Canada and a book of short memories of the author’s family, friends, and childhood in Sarajevo

Underland: A Deep Time Journey Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393242140
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2019

Hailed as "the great nature writer of this generation" (Wall Street Journal), Robert Macfarlane is the celebrated author of books about the intersections of the human and the natural realms. In Underland, he delivers his masterpiece: an epic exploration of the Earth's underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself.

Naturally Tan: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250208668
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 4th, 2019

A USA Today Hottest Book of the Summer for 2019!
A Best Nonfiction Book for 2019 in Women's Day!
One of Hello Giggles's "Most Anticipated Books of 2019 to Add to Your Reading List"!

“Just when I thought I knew everything about Tan, he hits me with this. His story is so heartwarming, and wickedly funny.” —Antoni Porowski

Woodstock: 50 Years of Peace and Music Cover Image
By Daniel Bukszpan, Amalie R. Rothschild (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9781623545314
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Published: Imagine - June 4th, 2019

Giftable 50th anniversary commemorative with never-before-seen images and original interviews. Hear from performers and attendees in their own voices! Featuring Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and The Grateful Dead, as well as unsung audience members and folks behind the scenes. This compendium remembers all the people who made the three days of peace and music an impossible success.

Chasing the Moon: The People, the Politics, and the Promise That Launched America into the Space Age Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524798123
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 4th, 2019

JFK issued the historic moon landing challenge. These are the stories of the visionaries who helped America complete his vision with the first lunar landing fifty years ago.

A Companion Book to the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE® Film on PBS®

This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374276027
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 4th, 2019

A timely argument for why the United States and the West would benefit from accepting more immigrants

Where the Lost Dogs Go: A Story of Love, Search, and the Power of Reunion Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328995056
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - June 4th, 2019

From a New York Times best-selling author, an important and heartfelt exploration into the world of lost dogs and the power of reunion

One in six dogs go missing at some point in their lives, leaving bereft owners to search high and low, hang missing posters, check shelters, and hope for good news. But amid these grim statistics, countless happy endings are forged.

The Cat in the Box Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492671237
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Published: Sourcebooks - June 4th, 2019

Finally, a simplified explanation of Schr dinger's cat paradox for quantum mechanics enthusiasts

Have you been lying awake at night pondering quantum superposition? Have you fretted about how to explain its flawed interpretation? Are you a fan of Schr dinger's cat? Or do you know someone who is? This is the book for you

Scholars of Mayhem: My Father's Secret War in Nazi-Occupied France Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735225206
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

The astonishing untold story of the author's father, the lone American on a four-person team of Allied secret agents dropped into Nazi-occupied France, whose epic feats of irregular warfare proved vital in keeping German tanks away from Normandy after D-Day.

For the Love of Books: Stories of Literary Lives, Banned Books, Author Feuds, Extraordinary Characters, and More Cover Image
ISBN: 9781510741577
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Published: Skyhorse - June 18th, 2019

A light-hearted book about books and the people who write them for all lovers of literature.
Do you know:

  • Which famous author died of caffeine poisoning?
  • Why Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was banned in China?
  • Who was the first British writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature?
  • What superstitions Truman Capote kept whenever he wrote?
  • Who

  • Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780735222540
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    Published: Viking - June 4th, 2019

    "A fascinating glimpse into the consciousness of being an outsider in every possible way, and what it takes to find your path into the life you'd like to lead."--Nylon

    Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780062868879
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    Published: Harper Wave - May 28th, 2019

    A brash, enlightening, and wildly entertaining feminist look at gendered language and the way it shapes us, written with humor and playfulness that challenges words and phrases and how we use them.

    “I get so jazzed about the future of feminism knowing that Amanda Montell’s brilliance is rising up and about to explode worldwide.”—Jill Soloway

    The Conservative Sensibility Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780316480932
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    Published: Hachette Books - June 4th, 2019

    From the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, an "astonishing" and "enthralling" (Booklist) new examination of how the Founders' belief in natural rights created a great American political tradition--"easily one of the best books on American Conservatism ever written" (Jonah Goldberg).

    The Last Pirate of New York: A Ghost Ship, a Killer, and the Birth of a Gangster Nation Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780399589928
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    Published: Spiegel & Grau - June 4th, 2019

    Was he New York City’s last pirate . . . or its first gangster? This is the true story of the bloodthirsty underworld legend who conquered Manhattan, dock by dock—for fans of Gangs of New York and Boardwalk Empire.

    The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780451499240
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    Published: Crown - June 4th, 2019

    “In this masterpiece, Jamil Zaki weaves together the very latest science with stories that will stay in your heart forever.”—Angela Duckworth, author of Grit

    Camp: Stories and Itineraries for Sleeping Under the Stars Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780525577256
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    Published: Clarkson Potter - June 4th, 2019

    Pitch a tent and unroll your sleeping bag in some of the most secluded campsites on Earth. 

    Rockonomics: A Backstage Tour of What the Music Industry Can Teach Us about Economics and  Life Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781524763718
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    Published: Currency - June 4th, 2019

    Alan Krueger, a former chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, uses the music industry, from superstar artists to music executives, from managers to promoters, as a way in to explain key principles of economics, and the forces shaping our economic lives.

    The Crowded Hour: Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and the Dawn of the American Century Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781501143991
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    Published: Scribner - June 4th, 2019

    The dramatic story of the most famous regiment in American history: the Rough Riders, a motley group of soldiers led by Theodore Roosevelt, whose daring exploits marked the beginning of American imperialism in the 20th century.

    When America declared war on Spain in 1898, the US Army had just 26,000 men, spread around the country—hardly an army at all.

    Fire in the Sky: Cosmic Collisions, Killer Asteroids, and the Race to Defend Earth Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781501187742
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    Published: Scribner - June 4th, 2019

    Combining history, pop science, and in-depth reporting, a fascinating account of asteroids that hit Earth long ago, and those streaming toward us now, as well as how we are preparing against asteroid-caused catastrophe.

    One of these days, warns Gordon Dillow, the Earth will be hit by a comet or asteroid of potentially catastrophic size. The only question is when.

    Definitely Hispanic: Growing Up Latino and Celebrating What Unites Us Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781501194207
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    Published: Atria Books - June 4th, 2019

    Perfect for fans of Fresh Off the Boat’s situational humor and Jane the Virgin’s celebration of Latinidad, Definitely Hispanic is a collection of introspective memoiristic essays by social media influencer and viral phenomenon LeJuan James about growing up Hispanic in the US.

    LeJuan James loves being Hispanic.

    Formation: A Woman's Memoir of Stepping Out of Line Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781538731536
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    Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 4th, 2019

    One of Bookriot's "Best Books of the Summer": Cheryl Strayed's Wild meets Anthony Swofford's Jarhead in this powerful literary memoir of a young Army recruit driven to prove herself in a man's world.

    Rainbow Warrior: My Life in Color Cover Image
    By Gilbert Baker, Dustin Lance Black (Foreword by)
    ISBN: 9781641601504
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    Published: Chicago Review Press - June 4th, 2019

    In 1978, Harvey Milk asked Gilbert Baker to create a unifying symbol for the growing gay rights movement, and on June 25 of that year, Baker’s Rainbow Flag debuted at San Francisco’s Gay Freedom Day Parade.

    The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781501168680
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    Published: Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2019


    Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David McCullough rediscovers an important and dramatic chapter in the American story—the settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would come to define our country.

    As part of the Treaty of Paris, i

    This America: The Case for the Nation Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781631496417
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    Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - May 28th, 2019

    With dangerous forms of nationalism on the rise, Lepore, a Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer, repudiates nationalism here by explaining its long history--and the history of the idea of the nation itself--while calling for a "new Americanism" a generous patriotism that requires an honest reckoning with America's past.

    Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781250178954
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    Published: Forge Books - May 28th, 2019

    The highly anticipated first book by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, the voices behind the #1 hit podcast My Favorite Murder!

    Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781101947869
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    Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

    New York Times Best Seller
    “Compelling . . . at once a true-crime thriller, courtroom drama, and miniature biography of Harper Lee. If To Kill a Mockingbird was one of your favorite books growing up, you should add Furious Hours to your reading list today.” —Southern Living

    Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781538729748
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    Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 21st, 2019

    Following the success of his #1 New York Times bestseller Make Your Bed, which has sold over one million copies, Admiral William H. McRaven is back with amazing stories of adventure during his career as a Navy SEAL and commander of America's Special Operations Forces.

    This Is the Book You Give Your Dad: Everything an Awesome Father Wants to Know Cover Image
    By Matt Goulet, Andrew Janik (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9781982105242
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    Published: Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2019

    The quirky and charming illustrated book for the #1 man in your life—dad!—is complete with all of the facts, fun, and knowledge he needs to become the King of Dads.

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    The Queeriodic Table: A CELEBRATION OF LGBTQ+ CULTURE Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781786857521
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    Published: Summersdale - May 7th, 2019

    As featured in The New York Times

    A cleverly designed gift book playing on the 'periodic table' to celebrate all aspects of LGBTQ+ culture, in small, easy-to-digest sections.

    No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781635570977
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    Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - May 7th, 2019

    “A seminal and breathtaking account of why home is the most dangerous place to be a woman . . . A tour de force.” —Eve Ensler

    "Terrifying, courageous reportage from our internal war zone." Andrew Solomon

    "Extraordinary." New York Times ,“Editor’s Choice”

    Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781524733537
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    Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2019

    “A gripping and beautiful book about the power of love in the face of unimaginable loss.”
     --Cheryl Strayed

    For readers of The Bright Hour and When Breath Becomes Air, a moving, transcendent memoir of loss and a stunning exploration of marriage in the wake of unimaginable grief.

    Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save His Legacy Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781335016447
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    Published: Hanover Square Press - May 21st, 2019

    Mental Floss Book to Read in Summer 2019
    "Gripping.... Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense is a must-read." --NPR
    A President on Trial. A Reputation at Stake.

    Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780062892560
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    Published: HarperOne - May 28th, 2019

    Shannon Watts was a stay-at-home mom folding laundry when news of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary flashed across the television screen. In one moment, she went from outraged to engaged and decided to do something about it.

    Animal Beauty: On the Evolution of Biological Aesthetics Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780262039949
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    Published: Mit Press - May 14th, 2019

    An illustrated exploration of colors and patterns in the animal kingdom, what they communicate, and how they function in the social life of animals.

    At Home with Muhammad Ali: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Forgiveness Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780062917393
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    Published: Amistad - May 7th, 2019

    Muhammad Ali’s daughter captures the legendary heavyweight boxing champion, Olympic Gold medalist, activist, and philanthropist as never before in this candid and intimate family memoir, based on personal recordings he kept throughout his adult life.

    Athlete. Activist. Champion. Ambassador. Icon. Father. The greatest, Muhammad Ali, is all of these things.

    Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780316409131
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    Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 7th, 2019

    A Bill Gates Summer Reading Pick

    A "riveting and illuminating" (Yuval Noah Harari) new theory of how and why some nations recover from trauma and others don't, by the Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of the landmark bestsellers Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse.

    Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780374214968
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    Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 21st, 2019

    No one knows more about everything—especially everything rude, clever, and offensively compelling—than John Waters. The man in the pencil-thin mustache, auteur of the transgressive movie classics Pink Flamingos, Polyester, the original Hairspray, Cry-Baby, and A Dirty Shame, is one of the world’s great sophisticates, and in Mr.

    On Democracy Cover Image
    By E. B. White, Jon Meacham (Foreword by)
    ISBN: 9780062905437
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    Published: Harper - May 7th, 2019

    “I am a member of a party of one, and I live in an age of fear.”

    These words were written by E. B. White in 1947.

    Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780393609455
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    Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 7th, 2019

    For Chinese immigrant Wong Chut King, surviving in San Francisco meant a life in the shadows. His passing on March 6, 1900, would have been unremarkable if a city health officer hadn't noticed a swollen black lymph node on his groin--a sign of bubonic plague. Empowered by racist pseudoscience, officials rushed to quarantine Chinatown while doctors examined Wong's tissue for telltale bacteria.

    The Sad Little Fact Cover Image
    By Jonah Winter, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780525581796
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    Published: Schwartz & Wade - May 7th, 2019

    A New York Times bestselling author and the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of The Good Egg deliver a perfectly timed, funny read-aloud about the importance of telling the truth.

    There once was a fact who could not lie.

    But no one believed him.

    Howard Stern Comes Again Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781501194290
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    Published: Simon & Schuster - May 14th, 2019

    Rock stars and rap gods. Comedy legends and A-list actors. Supermodels and centerfolds. Moguls and mobsters. A president.

    Over his unrivaled four-decade career in radio, Howard Stern has interviewed thousands of personalities—discussing sex, relationships, money, fame, spirituality, and success with the boldest of bold-faced names. But which interviews are his favorites?