History, Biography, and Politics

As an educated white woman, Alice Goffman entered her new home in a lower-income black Philadelphia neighborhood as an outsider. In On the Run, she describes her own gradual acceptance into the community while witnessing the stresses and threats created by a probation and parole system theoretically supposed to protect. Engaging and tragically informative, I wish this examination of the biases and flaws of the U.S. “justice” system had been published sooner.                                                                

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Jocelyn
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250065667
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Published: Picador USA - April 7th, 2015

In September of 1978, the presidents of the U.S., Israel, and Egypt gathered at Camp David and created a treaty that remains one of the diplomatic triumphs of the century. Exhaustively researched, this book gives an inside look at that time, as well as an intimate look at the strong personalities involved, and provides a historical overview of the Israeli conflict. It’s completely gripping, thought-provoking, and leaves you better informed—my kind of non-fiction.

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Flannery
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804170024
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Published: Vintage - April 28th, 2015

This book triggered the same kind of paranoia that George Orwell’s 1984 did when I read it back in high school… except this is real! No Place to Hide is an absolute must-read for anyone with a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Gmail emailaccount, iPhone smart cell phone… basically any sort of Internet or digital presence, which is near impossible in this Digital Age. —Andrés

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ISBN: 9781250062581
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Published: Picador USA - April 28th, 2015

Once Upon a Time in Russia is the untold true story of the larger-than-life billionaire oligarchs—“Godfather of the Kremlin” Boris Berezovsky and his protégé Roman Abramovich—who surfed the waves of privatization to reap riches after the fall of the Soviet regime. Mezrich, bestselling author of Bringing Down the House and The Accidental Billionaires, has written this story of obscene wealth and power, a trail of dead bodies, exile and suicide, with the pace of a thriller. It might sound like a Hollywood script (and the movie rights have been sold), but it’s true. A captivating summer read.

$28.00
ISBN: 9781476771892
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Published: Atria Books - June 2nd, 2015

“Neurologist Oliver Sacks’ empathy and intellectual curiosity, his delight in, as he calls it, ‘joining particulars with generalities’ and, especially, ‘narratives with neuroscience’— have never been more evident than in his beautifully conceived new book, On The Move. This meta memoir, in which Sacks reconsiders aspects of his life and work that he’s written about in a dozen previous books, is remarkably candid and deeply affecting. On The Move is a gift, a message from a writer who, though past 80 and mortally ill, retains the ethos of the handsome stud sitting astride a motorbike on its cover: Stay alive; keep moving.” —The Boston Globe

$22.36
ISBN: 9780385352543
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 28th, 2015

With his homespun style and easy manner, Willie Nelson narrates his wild life—from the cotton fields in Abbott, Texas, to the top of the country music charts; from rags to riches and through tax evasion and “creative” solutions to such problems. Tying it all together is his incredible passion for music and his own personal strain of spiritual awareness. It’s a good book to get lost in, a great primer on the country music scene and many of its iconic figures, and a wonderful way to spend some time with Willie.

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Nici
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316403559
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Published: Little Brown and Company - May 5th, 2015

Being a dedicated Trekkie, I was drawn to actress Kate Mulgrew’s memoir for the juicy Trek gossip (it’s minimal, but delicious) and discovered she is quite a fantastic writer. There is an unapologetic honesty she brings to this book that I find absolutely refreshing. Born with Teeth is the survey of Mulgrew’s life that sings with passion and joy, remorse and loss.

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Louise
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316334310
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 14th, 2015

Elephants are amazing creatures, and no one believed that more than J. H. “Billy” Williams, who thought so highly of them that he formed a company of elephants in World War II to fight the Japanese in Burhma. I very rarely read nonfiction, but I was pulled into the story of Williams and his companion, Bandoola. Full of engaging facts, as well as a testament to the bonds of friendship, this book will intrigue and delight you.

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Jax
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812981650
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Published: Random House Trade - April 14th, 2015

Elon Musk provides the first inside look into the life and times of Silicon Valley’s most audacious entrepreneur: the man behind PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family, and his friends, the book traces the risk-taking entrepreneur’s journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world.
“This thrilling book will make you want to start a car company, build spaceships, and go to Mars. The only downside is when you eventually remember that you’re not Elon Musk.” —Aaron Levie, CEO of Box

$28.99
ISBN: 9780062301239
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Published: Ecco Press - May 19th, 2015

Molly Wizenberg’s latest memoir delivers exactly what it promises: a man, a woman, a restaurant, and a marriage. Wizenberg uses her award-winning prose to deliver what is sometimes a brutally honest story, with candid examinations of both herself and her husband Brandon, as they embark together in discovering what a life and future together will be—while also, somewhat inadvertently, endeavoring to launch a high-end pizza restaurant. A fascinating, poignant, and delicious read.

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Jocelyn
$15.99
ISBN: 9781451655117
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 26th, 2015

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