History, Biography, and Politics

No one on Earth can see beyond political rhetoric and deliver such an unbiased analysis of the international theatre quite like the linguist and uber-intellectual Noam Chomsky. His latest book, although as sharp and piercing as any of his others, is written with an accessible tone perfect for anyone who is reading his work for the first time, and explores the tough world issues that most of us push to the back of our mind. - Aric

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Who Rules the World? Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250131089
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Published: Picador USA - May 2nd, 2017

Miéville manages to take a chaotic and confusing moment in history and make it thrillingly present. On this, the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution of 1917, it’s fascinating and instructive to look back at the revolution that continues to have such reverberations around the world. Written with brilliant, illuminating, and immersive prose, October will make you feel as though you jumped on the Trans-Siberian Express to experience the revolution yourself. - Jax

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October: The Story of the Russian Revolution Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781784782771
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Published: Verso - May 9th, 2017

At the tender age of 19, Paul Brinkley-Rogers met Kaji Yukiko while stationed in post–World War II Yokosuka, Japan. At the time, he had no idea how his relationship with this enigmatic woman, this lover of poetry and the arts, this complicated orphan of a war-ravaged country, would impress itself upon his life, but now at 75, he returns to her letters and that time encapsulated and pens a love letter of his own: this beautiful, intimate, immediate book. - Melinda

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Please Enjoy Your Happiness: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501151262
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Published: Touchstone Books - June 6th, 2017

In 2006, Al Franken was a writer, actor, talk radio host, and comedian on Saturday Night Live. In 2007, Franken was running for Senate against a conservative incumbent. In 2009, Franken became a U.S. senator, representing Minnesota. He has written since but never about his own journey from entertainer to lawmaker. Until now. We are fortunate, because when else would be better to read about the underdog fighting to take part in the political process? - Jocelyn

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Al Franken, Giant of the Senate Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455540419
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Published: Twelve - May 30th, 2017

Sherman Alexie has written a memoir! My anticipation of this book is brimming to the boiling point. Alexie, known for his sharp wit and gifted storytelling, has turned his focus to the personal. After his mother died, Alexie used writing to deal with his grief, and in this collage of essays, photos, and poems, he gives a window onto his life growing up poor on an Indian reservation. With humor, anger, wit, and raw, poignant love, Alexie also writes of the life of his mother—a complex woman who helped shape the writer and man that Alexie would become. - S.M.C.

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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316270755
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Published: Little Brown and Company - June 13th, 2017

A detailed, progressive investigation by an academic who has had it with people misreading Austen! Kelly easily debunks the image of a quiet, receding, marriage-obsessed author and shows the subversive class criticisms Austen embedded in her writing during a period when censorship reigned. Alternating narrative biography with detailed explorations of each published novel, Kelly preaches mostly to the choir: it’s a good read for those who are familiar with the Austen canon. - a.c.

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Jane Austen, the Secret Radical Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524732103
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 2nd, 2017

Normally I shy away from memoirs written by poets, afraid that their style of writing won’t translate into a cohesive narrative. But Patricia Lockwood’s clever turns of phrase and eccentric personality are right at home in this book, which is primarily the story of her beer-drinking Catholic priest of a father and how growing up in this paradoxical environment shaped her life. It’s real and irreverent and will delight fans of Jenny Lawson and Mary Karr. - Louise

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ISBN: 9781594633737
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 2nd, 2017

Fair served as a contract interrogator for the U.S. military during the Iraq War. In this searing memoir, he recounts several of the “enhanced interrogations” he participated in, the moral gray areas that troubled his Christian faith and his sense of human decency, and the long period of nightmares that followed his service. When his health began to deteriorate and his marriage teetered on the brink of divorce, he decided to put pen to paper in a last-ditch effort to save his own life. The book is a compelling, heartbreaking addition to the growing body of important writing about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. - Rico

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Consequence: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250118424
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Published: Picador USA - April 11th, 2017

From the first pages of this highly anticipated memoir, Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist) takes readers on an emotional journey. Searching through photo albums for clues, Gay traces her very happy childhood to where she is now: struggling “to love or at least tolerate this body in a world that displays nothing but contempt for it.” After having been raped, she filled the void and protected herself by eating and eating “in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe.” Self-conscious, in pain, and trapped in her body, Gay takes on what it means to truly take care of yourself, all while facing the unrelenting judgment of society. Breathtakingly honest and brave, Hunger will not leave you unchanged. - S.B.

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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062362599
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Published: Harper - June 13th, 2017

It came as no surprise that Evicted was this year’s recipient for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction. The power of its storytelling—following landlords and their tenants who are embroiled in a pattern of eviction and subsequent poverty in Milwaukee—is about as flawless as can be and immediately pulls the reader into the many challenges facing low-income communities across America. Is the struggle in our communities due to a failure of personal responsibility or to the systematic racial and economic injustices that place the tenants at the mercy of our policies? Getting a small glimpse in how this plays out in the lives of real people facing these issues is breathtaking. It is truly one of the best books I’ve read in the last decade. - Casey

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553447453
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Published: Broadway Books - February 28th, 2017

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