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The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780345544803
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 23rd, 2016

This is the true story of how, at the end of the war, American soldiers crossed enemy lines to one of Hitler’s secret farms to rescue the world's finest purebreds horses from being in danger of being slaughtered. A historic and heroic rescue.--Mya


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The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781451691931
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 9th, 2016

Six years after the American Revolution, the new nation was burdened with a chaotic political system, high debts, economic woes, and states and statesmen embroiled in self interest. In The First Congress Bordewich immerses us in the debates between the extraordinary men that fought over the creation of our government. A must-read.--Sina


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American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385536714
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Published: Doubleday Books - August 2nd, 2016

Author and lawyer Jeffrey Toobin turns his gaze onto the strange case of heiress Patty Hearst, whose kidnapping, bank robbery participation, year on the run, and courtroom confrontations led to the popularization of "Stockholm syndrome.” Toobin examines how Hearst suffered unimaginable trauma only to ended up joining her captors…or did she? --Kirsten


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The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812994803
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Published: Random House - August 16th, 2016

The perfect combination of art criticism and the gossip and politics that have always imbued the art world. Learn how some of the foremost artists of their time worked against each other and ultimately made each other better.--Mya


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A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781501141096
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Published: Simon & Schuster - December 6th, 2016

Bestselling novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt draws on her vast knowledge of art history, philosophy, biology, and gender theory in these stunning essays that showcase the need to collapse the division between sciences and the humanities.--Brynn


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The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501126345
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Published: Scribner Book Company - August 2nd, 2016

Inspired by James Baldwin’s 1963 classic, The Fire Next Time, National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward has gathered a selection of short essays, memoirs, and poems from our greatest writers on racial issues in America. This is timely, alluring, essential writing.--Leigh


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Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399588808
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Published: Random House - May 24th, 2016

Svetlana Alexievich, the 2015 Nobel Laureate for Literature, has created a new literary genre -- a distinctive documentary style -- to capture a collective memory of the last of the Soviets. Listen to those haunting voices, snatches of their kitchen conversations about war, revolution, famine, persecution, sacrifice, hope, family, love, and the downfall of communism.--Aggie


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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
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062363596
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 6th, 2016

In the midst of debates over whether separate was truly equal, black female mathematicians played a significant part in aeronautics’ greatest accomplishments. Shetterly, herself a daughter of one of NASA’s first black engineers, shares the stories of the women who worked as “human computers” and helped land a man on the moon. --Cressida


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The Journey Cover Image
By Francesca Sanna (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781909263994
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Published: Nobrow Press - September 13th, 2016

The Journey seems to be a children's picture book but quickly reveals itself to be a mirror for adults today. This masterpiece--and I do not use that word lightly--portrays a refugee family pursuing safety. What is unsaid speaks volumes, and the gorgeous illustrations will remain in mind long after The Journey ends.--Cressida