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In an age of fake news, ‘alternative facts,’ and infinite information, it can be infuriating to argue over the truth. With humor and a wealth of examples, MacDonald argues that most ‘truths’ are slippery. Truth challenges you to think critically by illustrating how truth can be manipulated and by identifying ways to strengthen your defenses against misleaders. - Natalie

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Truth: How the Many Sides to Every Story Shape Our Reality Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316510820
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Published: Little Brown and Company - March 6th, 2018

The world really is getting faster, so be thankful that our brains are built for change. Science-writing favorite Leonard Mlodinow explores neuroscience with an entertaining voice and loads of pop-culture references. I was particularly drawn in by his analysis of the history and development of human thrill-seeking. Elastic is for the novelty-seeker, creator, and explorer within each of us that wants to thrive in a new world. - Clara

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Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101870921
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Published: Pantheon Books - March 20th, 2018

Recently graduated from Harvard, and with big dreams of changing the world, Kuo moved to the Mississippi Delta to teach. One child in particular captured her heart, a quiet boy named Patrick. Kuo’s writing chronicles her friendship with Patrick and the many lessons they taught each other throughout the years. Full of poetry and self-reflection, Kuo’s story tugs at the heartstrings—inspires and devastates. - Jade

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Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812987140
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Published: Random House Trade - April 3rd, 2018

There is a world of experiences out there and we tend to hear only a very specific set of stories in our usual media. This collection of essays shares some of those little-told experiences. These women talk about race, gender, body image, sexuality, and being incarcerated with prose that doesn’t allow you to be impervious. They are flesh and blood and their voices are there for us to take heed of. - Karena

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All the Women in My Family Sing: Women Write the World: Essays on Equality, Justice, and Freedom Cover Image
By Deborah Santana (Editor), America Ferrera (Contribution by), Natalie Baszile (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780997296211
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Published: Nothing But the Truth Publishing - January 30th, 2018

Two respected and best-selling journalists piece together the story of Russia’s sophisticated, years-long effort to upend American democracy using cyber warfare before, during, and after Trump’s election. Isikoff and Corn are not only accomplished reporters, but they know how to both lay out the big picture as well as provide fascinating details. Since “Putin’s War on America” continues to unfold, with new developments and revelations seemingly every day, Russian Roulette is not a definitive look back on an ominous time in history; but it is a fascinating read that addresses not only the Russians’ role, but the contributions—wittingly and otherwise—of the Trump and Clinton campaigns, the F.B.I., and even President Obama. - S.B.

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Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538728758
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Published: Twelve - March 13th, 2018

I thought I understood the basics of water conservation until I read Where the Water Goes. As the author recounts his travels along the Colorado River and his conversations with experts, it becomes clear that no one really has a viable solution to the water shortage in the West. Written with a balance of humor and sincerity, this book is a wakeup call to anyone who thinks the drought is over. - Jade

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Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735216099
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 10th, 2018

As someone who grew up with a British father and an American mother, I was excited to read about “the common language that separates” them. Although some parts weren’t the revelations I was expecting but simply a confirmation, I imagine much of this book will provide fun insights into the language the reader uses every but perhaps haven’t given much thought since their school days. - Ian

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The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143131106
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Published: Penguin Books - April 10th, 2018

While not a particularly religious person, Magdalena’s words give me faith in a world where it can be hard to come by, especially when it comes to its flora and fauna. Stating that he does not accept extinction as an answer, he goes on to prove that with his methods and approach to saving the world’s rare plants, some of which only have one specimen left. Even if you’re not a plant person, the story telling and adventuring within may convert you, or at least make you pause a little longer at the garden center. - Rachel

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The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World's Rarest Species Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385543613
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Published: Doubleday Books - April 10th, 2018

The book cuts a large swath across the many fields of mathematics, tilling them for satisfying brain food. But the parts I enjoyed most about the book are when the authors take concepts they’ve broken down in mathematical detail—such as randomness and prime numbers—then philosophize about them and what they mean to our everyday lives. Are unknown digits of pi actually random? Does math exist outside of the observer? It’s a fun trip. - Ian

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Weird Math: A Teenage Genius and His Teacher Reveal the Strange Connections Between Math and Everyday Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781541644786
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Published: Basic Books - April 17th, 2018

Everyone knows that America is 50 states—but what about the not-quite states? How did American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands become U.S. territories—and why are they often forgotten? (Say, after a devastating hurricane, or two.) “"An informative romp through the country's lesser explored areas, this book will engage history and political science buffs, along with travelers interested in the complete United States of America. —Library Journal

The Not-Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393355611
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 27th, 2018



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