History, Biography, and Politics

I’m pretty sure Alyssa Mastromonaco is my new best friend and, omg, what a dynamic bestie to have! By age 35, Alyssa was serving as Deputy Chief of Staff to Obama and her memoir romps through that experience as well as her life path getting there. Although I came for the nostalgia and much needed escape, I stayed for her humor, intelligence, and inspiring message which was conveyed not so much as manifesto but by example—hilarious, hardworking example. - Melinda

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Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781455588220
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Published: Twelve - March 21st, 2017

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of my favorite writers and her new book only solidifies that. In Dear Ijeawele, she offers advice to her friend on raising her child to be a feminist in fifteen suggestions. Adichie is passionate and eloquent in her delivery, making you feel as if she’s talking to you personally. - Karena

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Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781524733131
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 7th, 2017

I know what you’re thinking: “Another book about Nazi Germany? What could that possible add to our knowledge?” One word: drugs. So. Many. Drugs. This is no sensationalist story, but rather a thoroughly researched examination of the integral role drugs played in the rise and fall of the Third Reich—from the meth that fueled the troops to Hitler’s favorite cocktail of drugs, this book ensures that you will never look at the Third Reich the same way again. - Flannery

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Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich Cover Image
By Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside (Translator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781328663795
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 7th, 2017

Reading The Silk Roads can be like standing in the middle of a planetarium and looking straight up while the universe spins around at high speed. This book will reorient you by placing connections between east and west back at the center. Covering, among other things, religion, trade, war, disease, and agriculture, Frankopan weaves an epic tale dizzying in its re-conception. - Dave

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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781101912379
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Published: Vintage - March 7th, 2017

Wow, wow, wow, what an incredible story. Christopher Knight walked into the Maine woods at the age of twenty and lived there without human contact for almost three decades. A hermit in the extreme, this is the story of a man who never wanted his existence known, and Finkel writes it with respect, honesty and great care, weaving the astonishing details of Knight’s life (he never lit a fire in 27 years!) into a classic nonfiction narrative. - Melinda

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The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101875681
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 7th, 2017

I hadn’t heard of Lindy West before picking up this book, but after reading it, I felt like I’d known her all my life. Her hilarious but real take on pop culture, body shaming, social justice, and feminism puts her up there with Roxane Gay and Phoebe Robinson in my list of favorite writers with important things to say. - Karena

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Shrill Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316348461
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Published: Hachette Books - February 28th, 2017

As far as celebrity tell-alls goes, this had way more history lessons than most, but was also much more hilarious (and terrifying). Youssef tells his perspective on Egypt’s revolution(s)/coups/turbulence in the last six years, and if you are at all confused at how all of those words apply, then you need to read this book. I promise it is funny, and painfully biting, as it always is with the best satire. - Jax

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Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062446893
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Published: Dey Street Books - March 21st, 2017

We all know what they look like, and some of us can even pronounce them correctly on our first attempt. From pop culture to scientific spats, the ink blot test has permeated the world over. The first full-length biography of Rorschach written, The Inkblots delves into his background, the creation of his experiment, and the uproar it causes to this day. A lovely mixture of science and art, just the way Rorschach would have preferred. - Rachel

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The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780804136549
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - February 21st, 2017

Bless you, Jennifer Wright, for fulfilling my micro-history cravings with plague sociology. The conversational tone makes even the worst symptoms seem manageable (unless you're assumed a witch.) With detailed facts and snarky humor, Get Well Soon makes me grateful to be living with access to antibiotics, yet warily anticipating the future of plagues. - Rachel

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Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781627797467
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - February 7th, 2017

Refugee stories are massively important right now. This graphic memoir of tumultuous memories explores how to connect the past to the present and the long shadow it can throw on the next generation. The Bui family sought refuge from the fallout of the Vietnam war, but never imagined the lasting impact such trauma would have on their life in America. Drawn in an intensely personal style, I couldn’t help but be pulled into their story. - Ivy

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The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir Cover Image
By Thi Bui
$24.95
ISBN: 9781419718779
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 7th, 2017

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