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Leonardo Da Vinci Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501139154
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 17th, 2017

Master biographer Walter Isaacson--whose previous subjects include Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein--turns to the one and only Leonardo da Vinci in this thoroughly researched and highly readable biography. Did you know that this legendary artist and scientist was accused of both sodomy and heresy in his lifetime? --Michael

A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316382939
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Published: Hachette Books - October 3rd, 2017

Readers of Ta Nehisi-Coates, Jesmyn Ward, or Rebecca Solnit will be swallowed whole by this book’s vivid portraits of ordinary people living extraordinary lives fighting extremism in Africa. Okeowo chronicles four true stories from four different countries--Uganda, Mauritania, Nigeria, and Somalia. --Nicole

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399590566
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Published: One World - October 3rd, 2017

I found this to be an illuminating collection of essays. The author’s voice is critical, offering insights into the experiences and dreams of our fellow citizens facing inequities. This book helped me to understand and empathize with the author’s perspective on the Obama years. --Praveen

American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631490514
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - July 11th, 2017

In a riveting work of reportage, Hesse weaves together police procedural, sociological study, and love story to pull up and expose the roots of a bizarre crime spree that tore apart rural coastal Virginia a few years ago. Bristling with tension and paranoia, it's a captivating read. --Todd

Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977917
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 14th, 2017

Are you curious how we got to a “post-truth” world or why we are so enthralled by hoaxes? Kevin Young takes you from P.T. Barnum's “humbugs” on through current day imposters in this thorough history of “bunk.” An illuminating and timely read! --Carolee

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393240801
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 12th, 2017

The story of Adam and Eve remains one of our most enduring narrative traditions. With great empathy and wonder, Stephen Greenblatt brilliantly illuminates the long history of and ongoing cultural investment in a story both incredibly strange and profoundly meaningful. --Molly

Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062419095
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Published: William Morrow & Company - July 25th, 2017

This engrossing and intimate history foregrounds the young German Jewish men who escaped Hitler, immigrated to America, and enlisted in the army of their newfound country. A perfect pick for those with interests in Jewish and military histories! --Mya

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631492853
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - May 2nd, 2017

Rothstein uncovers how local and federal governments used housing policy to create and reinforce segregation in ways that survive today. Beginning with an unflinching look at the Bay Area before moving to urban areas more typically associated with segregation, this meticulously researched investigation makes for a compelling and important read. --Lilly

Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393245547
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 7th, 2017

Shorto masterfully weaves six disparate, surprisingly intimate mini-biographies into a sweeping portrayal of the American Revolution. Discover a diverse and cosmopolitan colonial America as you follow a former slave, a woman who leaves her abusive husband, and an Iroquois statesman as they fight for the still-unfinished project of American freedom. --Angie