History, Biography, and Politics

Before Jack the Ripper in England, America had its own first serial killer (before that term existed), in Austin, Texas. The growing town of Austin and its inhabitants tried to balance their newfound prosperity with the terror of an unknown killer. Smartly written, Hollandsworth’s account reads like a thriller, full of scandal, indiscretions, and no easy answers. - Rachel

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The Midnight Assassin: The Hunt for America's First Serial Killer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250118493
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Published: Picador USA - April 11th, 2017

David Grann excels at bring history to life, and this may be his best book yet. In the 1920s, members of the oil-rich Osage Indian nation were murdered in increasing numbers, and the troubled, fledgling FBI was sent to investigate. While researching this forgotten chapter in American history, Grann discovered and exposed a plot more sinister than he initially realized. A gripping blend of history and true crime, this is terrific. I loved it. - Flannery

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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385534246
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Published: Doubleday Books - April 18th, 2017

Sometimes a book jumps out at you that you didn't even know you needed in your life, and this was one of those books for me. Caitlin Doughtry tells her story about being a mortician in the Bay Area and it is dark and hilarious while at the same time being informative. - Karena

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393351903
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 28th, 2015

Learn more about the first American woman in space! This richly detailed biography examines Sally Ride's early life, her work in NASA, and her foundation, which inspires girls in science to dream big. It chronicles her struggles and triumphs, both personal and professional, and shows how she led her life with a quiet and unshakeable confidence. - Benay

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Sally Ride: America S First Woman in Space Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476725772
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 24th, 2015

With mastery and empathy, Alexander draws a line from American slavery to the Jim Crow era to modern mass incarceration. Upon finishing The New Jim Crow, you may be left feeling like the world has turned on its head, or perhaps the book will confirm and contextualize what you've already experienced. - ND

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By Michelle Alexander, Cornel West (Introduction by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781595586438
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Published: New Press - January 16th, 2012

I am obsessed with Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore. She tells us a unique history of San Francisco during the years when it was still a supremely weird place that the moneyed hadn't (completely) ruined yet. The valuable underground knowledge and lore it unearths and the undeniably queer spark of intelligence and self-reflection make this a vital historical document. - Louise

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The End of San Francisco Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780872865723
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Published: City Lights Books - March 19th, 2013

I have all the love for this collection of essays. There are essays on the sci-fi/fantasy genre that every fan should read; just a couple examples are about the 'unlikeable women,' and remaking the hero archetype. I specifically liked "The Increasingly Poor Economics of Penning Problematic Stories" because it is something that I think about constantly when consuming media. - Karena

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The Geek Feminist Revolution: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765386243
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Published: Tor Books - May 31st, 2016

This book offers a wealth of information about the African-American female mathematicians working at NASA who went unnoticed for so long. What I found when I delved into Shetterly’s well researched and lovingly written homage to these women was a reminder that not all heroes have plaques, and sometimes it’s just about showing up demanding one more inch of dignity. - Jax

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Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062363602
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Published: William Morrow & Company - December 6th, 2016

A very powerful, unforgettable book that tells the stories of North Korean defectors. Examines so many parts of life in North Korea- ideology, entertainment, love, family, famine, education, and perceptions of the West. Learn about politics, history, and human rights through the lens of fascinating, horrifying, beautiful, strange, and ultimately human stories. - Benay

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Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385523912
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - September 21st, 2010

My favorite thing about this book is that it leaves you wanting to read more; full of literary references and name-dropping galore! A biography that’s more adventure than simply a book of facts, Hemingway and Dos Passos, saving lives to great effect. Two literary giants inspired by wartime woes, dodging bullets while their writing skills grow. It’s a quick read and lot’s fun, especially if you're like me and into WWI. - Ashley

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The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, DOS Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780306823831
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Published: Da Capo Press - March 28th, 2017

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