History, Biography, and Politics

As a girl who desperately wanted to be an astronaut, the name Sally Ride meant everything to me. But I knew very little about her; Ride was an extremely private person who rarely spoke about her life. Before her untimely death in 2012, Ride gave permission to her partner to go forward with a biography. Sherr's book captures Ride's brilliance, verve, and determination. 

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Kat
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476725765
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 3rd, 2014

This memoir is chock-full of twists and turns as it chronicles his search of two distinct yet parallel mysteries that color his life. Mr. Cumming's voice is rich, distinctive, and you can't help but imagine it in a Scottish brogue. His openness is easy to relate to and incredibly refreshing from such a theatrical powerhouse. 

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Ivy
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062225061
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 7th, 2014

I’ve always loved maps, but previously knew very little about the history of cartography, so I found this fascinating. While clearly delineating the technical advances of the great cartographers Brotton discusses the political, economic and/or religious objectives that distort all maps. This is a perfect book for map lovers, history buffs and fans of well-researched non-fiction. 

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Rico
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143126027
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Published: Penguin Books - October 28th, 2014

Pairing short essays with impressive illustrations, The Who, the What, and the When is a charming crash course in side-kicks.. Historically, aesthetically, and emotionally appealing, this book shows how many of our esteemed heroes found success because of people who believed in them, supported them, or (in some cases) challenged them. 

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Nici
$24.95
ISBN: 9781452128276
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 14th, 2014

In her early 20’s, Caitlin Doughty worked in an Oakland mortuary running the cremation machines. In her memoir, Doughty blends mortuary stories with the history of death rituals and argues for a cultural need to become more familiar with death. Her charming voice makes this an enjoyable, fascinating read. It may seem unorthodox, but we all know someone who will love this!

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Flannery
$24.95
ISBN: 9780393240238
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 15th, 2014

This is one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. Beyond being funny and visually amazing, it is genuinely inspiring. I honestly felt like a more confident, beautiful person after reading it. - Flan Amy Poehler’s book is fantastic of course (plus, pictures!) but some stories are just meant to be heard. I loved listening to her entirely. I dare say we’re BFFs now.

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Melinda
$23.19
ISBN: 9780062268341
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 28th, 2014
During the final years of her life, the Egyptian queen Hatshepsut had a pair of obelisks erected that were inscribed with the following passage: “Now my heart turns this way and that, as I think what the people will say—those who shall see my monuments in years to come, and who shall speak of what I have done.” Dear reader, this book will have you speaking about what Queen Hatshepsut has done. Make your fourth-grade teacher proud with your newfound knowledge of one of history’s most vibrant figures.
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Megan
$28.00
ISBN: 9780307956767
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 14th, 2014

Will Boast thought he’d lost his family, until a deeply held secret revealed a second chance he never thought he’d have.

“Don’t let the title of Boast’s magnificent memoir fool you—Epilogue is about beginnings as much as endings, discovering as much as losing family. It’s honest, heartbreaking, gorgeously written, and hands down the most moving book I’ve read so far this year.” —Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

$25.95
ISBN: 9780871403810
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 27th, 2014
From the creator and star of the HBO series Girls comes this new collection of autobiographical essays. For fans of David Sedaris and Tina Fey (and for those of us who loved Dunham’s performance on Saturday Night Live), this is sure to be an entertaining and enlightening read. Ever honest, charming, and funny, Dunham will bring a smile to your face—but a guffaw may very well slip out.
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Sara
$22.40
ISBN: 9780812994995
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Published: Random House - September 30th, 2014
The dramatic family life of this engaging, eccentric actor is probably know by very few. Not My Father’s Son exposes childhood wounds and universal themes—of family bonds, shame, anxiety and mental illness, and healing. Cumming asks (and answers, with satisfying closure) if we are inevitably trapped in—or blessed by—the patterns of our parents. He champions self-discovery through a touching journey into his heritage. And as we all know, he’s incredibly funny.
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Julia
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062225061
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 7th, 2014

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