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Facts and Fears by James R. Clapper

Former director of national intelligence James Clapper is known for his frankness; Obama said he has “a willingness to tell leaders what we need to know even if it’s not what we want to hear,” and he has been highly critical of Trump (“Sounding the treason alarm” is more accurate). While Clapper’s new book is a chronicle of his 50-plus years in intelligence, it also addresses the changes to the intelligence community over the years and asks questions such as “Is intelligence ethical?” and “What are the limits of what we should be allowed to do?” Given Clapper’s characteristic candor, his answers make for fascinating reading. - S.B.

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ISBN: 9780525558644
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Published: Viking - May 22nd, 2018

Atlas of a Lost World by Craig Childs

To truly understand the path that ancient peoples made across the Bering land bridge, author and adventurer Craig Childs doesn’t just study their path, he walks it. As he describes his journey and that of our ancient ancestors, he shows us a wild world of mastodons, mammoths, and saber-toothed cats. Written with a sense of poetry and appreciation for the untamed, Childs’s latest work is terrific for the student of history or the adventurer at heart. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780307908650
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Published: Pantheon - May 1st, 2018

From Cold War to Hot Peace by Michael McFaul

McFaul, who served in President Obama’s National Security Council and is the former U.S. ambassador to Russia, combines history and memoir to tell the story of U.S.–Russia relations from the fall of the Soviet Union to the present. I found it fascinating to read about it from his perspective—not only as an expert, but as an individual dealing with other individuals. You really see history as not just moves and countermoves by governments but as a series of efforts and decisions made by people. (Diplomacy never looked so good.) With its insider stories about Obama, Putin, and Russians we’ve recently seen in the Oval Office (like Foreign Minister Lavrov), this is a candid and compelling read. - S.B.

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ISBN: 9780544716247
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 8th, 2018

The View from Flyover Country by Sarah Kendzior

Although collected from essays Kendzior wrote for Al Jazeera between 2012 and 2014, they are just as timely and important today. Her book addresses the post-employment economy, race and religion, higher education, and the media with a fresh eye from living in Middle America. Her pieces are brief yet impactful, told up close and personal, making it an essential read in our efforts to truly understand each other and what makes up these United States today. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9781250189998
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 17th, 2018

My Life with Bob by Pamela Paul

Right off the bat, I felt a connection with Paul, who keeps a journal to track her books. I’m fantastically obsessed with doing this (I have a database! she admits nerdily). Each chapter is centered around a book that has made a difference in her life at one time or another. What I particularly enjoyed is that you don’t have to have read each mentioned book to relate. Perfect for any bibliophile. - Karena

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ISBN: 9781250182548
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Published: Picador - May 1st, 2018

This is Just My Face by Gabourey Sidibe

“Here, Gabourey Sidibe cements her status as gives-zero-effs queen of Hollywood and perceptive best friend in your head. Frank, funny, and insanely charming, these stories reveal the girl behind the gown and show Hollywood for what it really is: A wet t-shirt contest of an industry that sometimes redeems itself by picking the right star. Gabby is that star, and you'll root for her on every page—we are blessed by her honesty, passion and wit.” —Lena Dunham

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ISBN: 9781328915801
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Published: Mariner Books - May 1st, 2018

The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen, a Pulitzer Prize–winningauthor and refugee himself, has brought together a powerful collection of essays from writers with a myriad of immigrant experiences. Twenty pieces explore the complexities of leaving, of arriving, and of the barriers both seen and unseen that exist far beyond the actual crossing. Reyna Grande, Joseph Azam, Fatima Bhutto, Vu Tran—their stories demand that we see the refugee crisis for what it is, the real lives of so many affected, persevering and thriving in spite of it. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9781419729485
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 10th, 2018

On Gold Mountain by Lisa See

See chronicles her ancestors’ immigrant experience coming from China to California. Spanning 100 years of family history, from dynamiting railroads into mountainsides to rubbing shoulders with the Hollywood elite, See shares the triumphs and the devastations along the way. I was charmed by See’s honest, often emotional rendering of her family’s remarkable journey. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780307950390
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Published: Vintage - February 7th, 2012

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

I think I raved to everyone who would listen about how much I loved this book. Lockwood is hilarious, yet her words are thoughtful and heartfelt as she describes her ‘walking warning label’ of a mother and her priest father who has a habit of dropping his collar (and pants) at the door. Families aren’t perfect and Lockwood’s is no different. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780399573262
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2018

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer

A book about the past mixed with the politics of the today, all told through captivating reporting. It celebrates the true thrilling story of the people who smuggled old, rare books and scripts out of West Africa as they confront the new dangers of the present. Badass Librarians is both inspiring and page-turning. - Ian

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ISBN: 9781476777412
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 4th, 2017

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