History, Biography, and Politics

Much like Hannibal himself, this book punches far above its weight class. Although stripped for brevity, it hits with the impact of a tome two or three times its size. Hunt deftly tells the story, both personal and public, of one of the world’s greatest generals. - Ian

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ISBN: 9781439102176
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 11th, 2017

When mystery author Douglas Preston was offered the opportunity to explore one of the few places on earth still untouched by modern society, he seized it with gusto. Accompanying a team of scientists, Preston helicoptered into the Honduran jungle. There, he encountered snakes, ancient ruins, and a flesh-eating illness. - Jade

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ISBN: 9781455540013
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 5th, 2017

The summer of 1927 was particularly momentous for America. Major milestones were reached in aviation, baseball, automobiles, and entertainment. Bryson narrates these achievements with his trademark charm and a healthy dose of skepticism. He’s quick to point out that while great triumphs were had, many heroes of the era were deeply flawed. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780767919418
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Published: Anchor Books - June 3rd, 2014

On the eve of September 9th, 1900, a category 4 hurricane smashed into the town of Galveston, Texas, destroying it completely. Larson pieces together survivors’ accounts and historical records to create an exciting and suspenseful narrative. The similarities between this storm and hurricane Harvey have me pause, and reminded me of how often we allow history to repeat itself. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780375708275
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Published: Vintage Books USA - July 11th, 2000

Badass and gripping, this memoir feels like the most honest conversation you’ve ever had with a best friend about the important topics of your lives. Captivating whether you know Union or not, I want to hand this to every feminist with a reading list. Union’s transparency, intensity, and grace merit both awe and a prodigious red wine toast. - a.c.

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ISBN: 9780062693983
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 17th, 2017

I have to confess that I have not seen anything Gabourey has been in. However, her story intrigued me. She is a hilarious writer who speaks from her heart. This isn’t just a celebrity memoir, it’s about body image, race, feminism, and being famous in America when you don’t fit the widely accepted norm. I highly recommend! - Karena

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ISBN: 9780544786769
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 1st, 2017

In this beautifully produced book, interspersed with color reproductions of letters, photographs, articles and journal entries, Yamashita mines her own family’s history to explore the Japanese American experience through World War II, the internment camps, and the rippling effects on younger generations. This is not, however, straight history, but something much more meaningful, a celebrated fiction writer considering and attempting to make sense of her family’s past and of our own. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9781566894876
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 12th, 2017

What do you get when you put poet genius Eileen Myles together with a dog book? Nothing categorical, that’s for sure. An experimental delight, also certain. Afterglow explores the relationship of a beloved sixteen year old pitbull named Rosie and her devoted owner, but also expands well beyond to sex, politics, spirituality, life, loss, the whole gamut. Playful, heartbreaking, true and not, this is the most real book about life with a dog that I’ve ever read. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9780802127099
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Published: Grove Press - September 12th, 2017

It’s hard to imagine a memoir about one heartbroken single-ish mother’s struggle through the medical system to save her infant daughter being warm and joyful, and yet this book is exactly that. Harpham writes with such grace, honesty and humor, it is easy to follow her through the harrowing moments of her journey with her daughter Gracie and to discover with her the many different ways love and support can manifest and lead to outright joy. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9781250131560
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - August 1st, 2017

Kassabova returns to the land of her childhood, Bulgaria, to explore the complex Balkan borderlands it shares with Turkey and Greece. Through extensive research, interviews with townsfolk, and personal reflection, she examines the forces that continue to shape this intriguing region. Lyrical and rich with stories, this book is travelogue, political history, and folklore all in one. - Natalie

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ISBN: 9781555977863
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017



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