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Barack Obama II is an American attorney and politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the first African-American president of the United States
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Say Nothing
A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
by Patrick Radden Keefe (Feb 24, 2020)
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From award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussionsIn December 1972, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs. They never...
Normal People
A Novel
by Sally Rooney (Feb 17, 2020)
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At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school soccer team while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her housekeeping job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers—one they are d...
Lost Children Archive
A novel
by Valeria Luiselli (Feb 03, 2020)
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ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: THE WASHINGTON POST - TIME MAGAZINE - NPR - CHICAGO TRIBUNE - GQ - O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE - THE GUARDIAN - VANITY FAIR - THE ATLANTIC - THE WEEK - THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS - LIT HUB - KIRKUS REVIEWS - THE NEW YORK...
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Maid
Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
by Stephanie Land (Jan 20, 2020)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Evicted meets Nickel and Dimed in Stephanie Land's memoir about working as a maid, a beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in America. Includes a foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich. At 28, Stephanie Land's plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams of attending...
The Source of Self-Regard
Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations (Vintage International)
by Toni Morrison (Jan 13, 2020)
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Here is Toni Morrison in her own words: a rich gathering of her most important essays and speeches, spanning four decades. These pages give us her searing prayer for the dead of 9/11, her Nobel lecture on the power of language, her searching meditation on Martin Luther King Jr., her heart-wrenching eulogy for James Baldwin. She looks deeply into th...
Solitary
by Albert Woodfox (Dec 02, 2019)
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A Different Way to Win
Dan Rooney's Story from the Super Bowl to the Rooney Rule
by Jim Rooney (Nov 13, 2019)
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Dan Rooney was one of the most influential sports executives of his generation, the man who transformed the Pittsburgh Steelers into one of the National Football League’s great dynasties and premiere franchises. Some of his most important achievements, however, took place off the playing field as he sought to bring about equity in the league’s hiri...
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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
Native America from 1890 to the Present
by David Treuer (Nov 04, 2019)
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FINALIST FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCEA NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Chapter after chapter, it's like one shattered myth after another." - NPR"An informed, moving and kaleidoscopic portrait... Treuer's powerful book suggests the need for soul-searching about the meanings of American his...
Tough Love
My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For
by Susan Rice (Oct 07, 2019)
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Recalling pivotal moments from her dynamic career on the front lines of American diplomacy and foreign policy, Susan E. Rice--National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations--delivers an inspiring account of a life in service to family and country.Although you may think you know Susan Rice--whose name b...
The Topeka School
A Novel
by Ben Lerner (Sep 30, 2019)
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From the award-winning author of 10:04 and Leaving the Atocha Station, a tender and expansive family drama set in the American Midwest at the turn of the century: a tale of adolescence, transgression, and the conditions that have given rise to the trolls and tyrants of the new right.Adam Gordon is a senior at Topeka High School, class of 1997. His ...
The Education of an Idealist
A Memoir
by Samantha Power (Sep 09, 2019)
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ANEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, ANDUSA TODAYBESTSELLERANEW YORK TIMESNOTABLE BOOK OF 2019 • AN NPR BEST BOOK OF 2019 • ONE OF TIME’S MUST-READ BOOKS OF 2019 • AN ECONOMIST BOOK OF THE YEAR • A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK OF 2019 • A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST BOOK OF 2019“Her highly personal and reflective memoir . . . is a must-read for anyone ...
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The Anarchy
The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire
by William Dalrymple (Sep 09, 2019)
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The story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army.The creation of this new g...
Heartland
A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
by Sarah Smarsh (Sep 02, 2019)
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*Finalist for the National Book Award* *Finalist for the Kirkus Prize* *Instant New York Times Bestseller* *Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, New York Post, BuzzFeed, Shelf Awareness, Bustle, and Publishers Weekly* An essential read for our times: an eye-opening memoir of working-class poverty in America that will deepen our understanding of th...
The Yellow House
A Memoir (2019 National Book Award Winner)
by Sarah M. Broom (Aug 12, 2019)
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In 1961, Sarah M. Broom's mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant--the postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarah's father Simon Broom; their combin...
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Inland
A Novel
by Téa Obreht (Aug 12, 2019)
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In the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives unfold. Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life--her husband, who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons, who have vanished after an explosive argument. Nora is biding her time wi...
Trick Mirror
Reflections on Self-Delusion
by Jia Tolentino (Aug 05, 2019)
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Trick Mirror is an enlightening, unforgettable trip through the river of self-delusion that surges just beneath the surface of our lives. This is a book about the incentives that shape us, and about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly in a culture that revolves around the self. In each essay, Jia writes about the cultural prisms that have shape...
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The Nickel Boys
A Novel
by Colson Whitehead (Jul 15, 2019)
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In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the...
The Sixth Man
A Memoir
by Andre Iguodala (Jun 24, 2019)
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The standout memoir from NBA powerhouse Andre Iguodala, the indomitable sixth man of the champion Golden State Warriors. Andre Iguodala is one of the most admired players in the NBA. And fresh off the Warriors' third NBA championship in the last four years, his game has never been stronger.Off the court, Iguodala has earned respect, too--for his s...
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Exhalation
Stories
by Ted Chiang (May 06, 2019)
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alternate cover for this ISBN can be found hereThe universe began as an enormous breath being held.From the acclaimed author of Stories of Your Life and Others — the basis for the Academy Award-nominated film Arrival — comes a ground-breaking new collection of short fiction: nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories. These are tal...
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Girl, Woman, Other
by Bernardine Evaristo (May 01, 2019)
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Joint Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2019Teeming with life and crackling with energy — a love song to modern Britain and black womanhoodGirl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through t...
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The Moment of Lift
How Empowering Women Changes the World
by Melinda Gates (Apr 22, 2019)
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A debut from Forbes' third most powerful woman in the world, Melinda Gates, a timely and necessary call to action for women's empowerment.For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission. Her goal, as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. ...
Trust Exercise
A Novel
by Susan Choi (Apr 08, 2019)
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Pulitzer Finalist Susan Choi's narrative-upending novel about what happens when a first love between high school students is interrupted by the attentions of a charismatic teacherIn an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music...
How to Do Nothing
Resisting the Attention Economy
by Jenny Odell (Apr 08, 2019)
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This thrilling critique of the forces vying for our attention re-defines what we think of as productivity, shows us a new way to connect with our environment and reveals all that we’ve been too distracted to see about our selves and our world.When the technologies we use every day collapse our experiences into 24/7 availability, platforms for perso...
Finding My Voice
My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward
by Valerie Jarrett (Apr 01, 2019)
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFinalist for the NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Literary Work" "Valerie has been one of Barack and my closest confidantes for decades... the world would feel a lot better if there were more people like Valerie blazing the trail for the rest of us."--Michelle Obama"The ultimate Obama insider" ( The New York Times ) and...
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Stories
by Bryan Washington (Mar 18, 2019)
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Stories of a young man finding his place among family and community in Houston, from a powerful, emerging American voice. In the city of Houston - a sprawling, diverse microcosm of America - the son of a black mother and a Latino father is coming of age. He's working at his family's restaurant, weathering his brother's blows, resenting his older si...
American Spy
A Novel
by Lauren Wilkinson (Feb 11, 2019)
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What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love? One woman struggles to choose between her honor and her heart in this espionage drama.It's 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She's brilliant but she's also a young black woman working in an old boys' club, and her career ha...
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power
by Shoshana Zuboff (Jan 14, 2019)
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The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior.In this masterwork of original thinking and research, Shoshana Zuboff provides startling insights into the phenomenon t...
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Furious Hours
Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee
by Casey Cep (Dec 31, 2018)
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION Chosen as one of Barack Obama's favourite books of 2019‘A triumph on every level. One of the losses to literature is that Harper Lee never found a way to tell a gothic true-crime story she’d spent years researching. Casey Cep has excavated this mesmerizing story and tells it with grace ...
Men Without Women
Stories (Vintage International)
by Haruki Murakami (Apr 30, 2018)
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A dazzling new collection of short stories--the first major new work of fiction from the beloved, internationally acclaimed, Haruki Murakami since his #1 best-selling Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find the...
Pachinko
by Min Jin Lee (Nov 13, 2017)
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In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister pas...
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Lab Girl
by Hope Jahren (Feb 27, 2017)
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National BestsellerWinner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography A New York Times Notable BookWinner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Film Prize for Excellence in Science BooksFinalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing AwardOne of the Best Books of the Year: The Wa...
We Live in Water
Stories
by Jess Walter (Feb 11, 2013)
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We Live in Water is a darkly comic, moving collection of short stories that veer from comic tales of love to social satire to suspenseful crime fiction, from hip Portland to once-hip Seattle to never-hip Spokane, from a condemned casino in Las Vegas to a bottomless lake in the dark woods of Idaho. This is a world of lost fathers and redemptive con ...
The Orphan Master's Son
A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
by Adam Johnson (Aug 06, 2012)
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Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—-a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—-and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the North Korean state soon recognize the boy’s loyalty and keen instincts. Considering himself “a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,” Jun Do rises in the ranks. He becomes a profe...
The Warmth of Other Suns
The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
by Isabel Wilkerson (Oct 03, 2011)
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In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, author Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson...
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How to Read the Air
by Dinaw Mengestu (Oct 03, 2011)
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A "beautifully written"* (New York Times Book Review) novel of redemption by a prize-winning international literary star.From the acclaimed author of The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears comes a heartbreaking literary masterwork about love, family, and the power of imagination.Following the death of his father Yosef, Jonas Woldemariam feels compe...
The Shallows
What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
by Nicholas Carr (Jun 05, 2011)
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“Is Google making us stupid?” When Nicholas Carr posed that question, in a celebrated Atlantic Monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the Net’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?Now, C...
Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel (Aug 30, 2010)
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WINNER OF THE 2009 MAN BOOKER PRIZEWINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR FICTIONA NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEREngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and mos...
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The Shadow of Sirius
by W.S. Merwin (Sep 30, 2009)
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for PoetryFeatured on NPR's "Fresh Air" and "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS.Honored as one of the "Best Books of the Year" from Publishers Weekly."A collection of luminous, often tender poems that focus on the profound power of memory." —Pulitzer Prize Committee"In his personal anonymity, his strict individuated m...
Factfulness
Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
by Hans Rosling (Apr 06, 2020)
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“One of the most important books I’ve ever read—an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.” – Bill Gates“Hans Rosling tells the story of ‘the secret silent miracle of human progress’ as only he can. But Factfulness does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent...
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Prophet of Freedom
by David W. Blight (Jan 06, 2020)
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**Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History** “Extraordinary…a great American biography” (The New Yorker) of the most important African-American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era.As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818–...
American Prison
A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment
by Shane Bauer (Jun 10, 2019)
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In 2014, Shane Bauer was hired for $9 an hour to work as an entry-level prison guard at a private prison in Winnfield, Louisiana. An award-winning investigative journalist, he used his real name; In American Prison, Bauer weaves a much deeper reckoning with his experiences together with a thoroughly researched history of for-profit prisons in Ameri...
Florida
by Lauren Groff (May 20, 2019)
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In Lauren Groff’s Florida, the hot sun shines, but a wild darkness lurks. In her thrilling new book, Lauren Groff brings the reader into a physical world that is at once domestic and wild—a place where the hazards of the natural world lie waiting to pounce, yet the greatest threats and mysteries are still of an emotional, psychological nature. A fa...
There There
by Tommy Orange (May 06, 2019)
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Tommy Orange's wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. Among them is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, pulling his life together afte...
Washington Black
by Esi Edugyan (Apr 08, 2019)
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A dazzling adventure story about a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world.George Washington Black, or "Wash," an eleven-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master's brother as his manservant. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a natura...
Warlight
by Michael Ondaatje (Apr 01, 2019)
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It is 1945, and London is still reeling from years of war. Fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, Rachel, seemingly abandoned by their parents, have been left in the care of an enigmatic figure they call The Moth. They suspect he may be a criminal and grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of ...
The World as It Is
A Memoir of the Obama White House
by Ben Rhodes (Apr 01, 2019)
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From one of Barack Obama's most trusted aides comes a revelatory behind-the-scenes account of his presidency--and how idealism can confront harsh reality and still survive.For nearly ten years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration--first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor,...
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An American Marriage
A Novel
by Tayari Jones (Feb 04, 2019)
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Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years f...
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Feel Free
Essays
by Zadie Smith (Feb 04, 2019)
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From Zadie Smith, one of the most beloved authors of her generation, a new collection of essays Since she burst spectacularly into view with her debut novel almost two decades ago, Zadie Smith has established herself not just as one of the world's preeminent fiction writers, but also a brilliant and singular essayist. She contributes regularly to ...
How Democracies Die
by Steven Levitsky (Jan 07, 2019)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "Comprehensive, enlightening, and terrifyingly timely."--The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice) WINNER OF THE GOLDSMITH BOOK PRIZE - SHORTLISTED FOR THE LIONEL GELBER PRIZE - NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post - Time - Foreign Affairs - WBUR - PasteDonald Trump's presidency has raise...
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The Largesse of the Sea Maiden
Stories
by Denis Johnson (Jan 07, 2019)
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The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson. Written in the luminous prose that made him one of the most beloved and important writers of his generation, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating the ghosts of the past and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the univers...
Becoming
by Michelle Obama (Nov 12, 2018)
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In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerfu...
Barack Obama
Dec 28, 2018
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Asymmetry
A Novel
by Lisa Halliday (Oct 15, 2018)
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A singularly inventive and unforgettable debut novel about love, luck, and the inextricability of life and art, from 2017 Whiting Award winner Lisa Halliday.Told in three distinct and uniquely compelling sections, Asymmetry explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations: inequities in age, power, talent, we...
Arthur Ashe
A Life
by Raymond Arsenault (Aug 20, 2018)
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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK The first comprehensive, authoritative biography of American icon Arthur Ashe—the Jackie Robinson of men’s tennis—a pioneering athlete who, after breaking the color barrier, went on to become an influential civil rights activist and public intellectual.Born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1943, by the age of eleven, Arthur A...
Immigrant, Montana
A novel
by Amitava Kumar (Jul 30, 2018)
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The author of the widely praised Lunch with a Bigot now gives us a remarkable novel--reminiscent of Teju Cole, W. G. Sebald, John Berger--about a young new immigrant to the United States in search of love: across dividing lines between cultures, between sexes, and between the particular desires of one man and the women he comes to love.The young ma...
Educated
A Memoir
by Tara Westover (Feb 19, 2018)
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Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's ...
The Broken Ladder
How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die
by Keith Payne (May 01, 2017)
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A timely examination by a leading scientist of the physical, psychological, and moral effects of inequality. The levels of inequality in the world today are on a scale that have not been seen in our lifetimes, yet the disparity between rich and poor has ramifications that extend far beyond mere financial means. In The Broken Ladder psychologist Kei...
The Return
Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between
by Hisham Matar (Apr 03, 2017)
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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE - The acclaimed memoir about fathers and sons, a legacy of loss, and, ultimately, healing--one of The New York Times Book Review's ten best books of the year, winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book PrizeWhen Hisham Matar was a nin...
Americanah
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Mar 03, 2014)
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Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he...
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A Grain of Wheat
by Ngugi wa Thiong'o (Jun 04, 2012)
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Set in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and on the cusp of Kenya's independence from Britain, A Grain of Wheat follows a group of villagers whose lives have been transformed by the 1952-1960 Emergency. At the center of it all is the reticent Mugo, the village's chosen hero and a man haunted by a terrible secret. As we learn of the villagers' tangl...
Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe (May 31, 2007)
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Okonowo is the greatest warrior alive. His fame has spread like a bushfire in West Africa and he is one of the most powerful men of his clan.But he also has a fiery temper. Determined not to be like his father, he refuses to show weakness to anyone - even if the only way he can master his feelings is with his fists. When outsiders threaten the trad...
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A House for Mr. Biswas
by V. S. Naipaul (Mar 12, 2001)
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The early masterpiece of V. S. Naipaul’s brilliant career, A House for Mr. Biswas is an unforgettable story inspired by Naipaul's father that has been hailed as one of the twentieth century's finest novels.In his forty-six short years, Mr. Mohun Biswas has been fighting against destiny to achieve some semblance of independence, only to face a lifet...
Long Walk to Freedom
The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
by Nelson Mandela (Sep 30, 1995)
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Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at...
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Why Liberalism Failed
by Patrick J. Deneen (Feb 25, 2019)
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"One of the most important political books of 2018."—Rod Dreher, American Conservative Of the three dominant ideologies of the twentieth century—fascism, communism, and liberalism—only the last remains. This has created a peculiar situation in which liberalism’s proponents tend to forget that it is an ideology and not the natural end-state of hum...
Barack Obama
Jun 16, 2018
In a time of growing inequality, accelerating change, and increasing disillusionment with the liberal democratic order we’ve known for the past few centuries, I found this book thought-provoking. I don’t agree with most of the author’s conclusions, but the book offers cogent insights into the loss of meaning and community that many in the West feel, issues that liberal democracies ignore at their own peril.     source
Futureface
A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging
by Alex Wagner (Jan 07, 2019)
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An acclaimed journalist travels the globe to solve the mystery of her ancestry, confronting the question at the heart of the American experience of immigration, race, and identity: Who are my people?"A thoughtful, beautiful meditation on what makes us who we are . . . and the values and ideals that bind us together as Americans."--Barack Obama"A ri...
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Jun 16, 2018
I once wrote a book on my own search for identity, so I was curious to see what Alex, daughter of a Burmese mother and Iowan Irish-Catholic father – and a friend of mine – discovered during her own. What she came up with is a thoughtful, beautiful meditation on what makes us who we are – the search for harmony between our own individual identities and the values and ideals that bind us together as Americans.     source
Truth Decay
An Initial Exploration of the Diminishing Role of Facts and Analysis in American Public Life
by Jennifer Kavanagh (Jan 25, 2018)
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Political and civil discourse in the United States is characterized by “Truth Decay,” defined as increasing disagreement about facts, a blurring of the line between opinion and fact, an increase in the relative volume of opinion compared with fact, and lowered trust in formerly respected sources of factual information. This report explores the caus...
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Jun 16, 2018
The title is self-explanatory, but the findings are very interesting. A look at how a selective sorting of facts and evidence isn’t just dishonest, but self-defeating to a society that has always worked best when reasoned debate and practical problem-solving thrive.     source
The New Geography of Jobs
by Enrico Moretti (Mar 18, 2013)
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“A timely and smart discussion of how different cities and regions have made a changing economy work for them – and how policymakers can learn from that to lift the circumstances of working Americans everywhere.”—Barack Obama We’re used to thinking of the United States in opposing terms: red versus blue, haves versus have-nots. But today there are ...
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Jun 16, 2018
It’s six years old now, but still a timely and smart discussion of how different cities and regions have made a changing economy work for them – and how policymakers can learn from that to lift the circumstances of working Americans everywhere.     source
A Gentleman in Moscow
A Novel
by Amor Towles (Mar 25, 2019)
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The mega-bestseller with more than 1.5 million readers that is soon to be a major television series He can't leave his hotel. You won't want to.From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility--a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed...
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The Power
by Naomi Alderman (Jan 07, 2019)
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In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastati...
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Five-Carat Soul
by James McBride (Sep 24, 2018)
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One of The New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2017 "A pinball machine zinging with sharp dialogue, breathtaking plot twists and naughty humor... McBride at his brave and joyous best." --New York Times Book ReviewExciting new fiction from James McBride, the first since his National Book Award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird.The stories in Five-Ca...
Grant
by Ron Chernow (Sep 24, 2018)
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The #1 New York Times bestseller. New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2017Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an ...
Coach Wooden and Me
Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (May 07, 2018)
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores his 50-year friendship with Coach John Wooden, one of the most enduring and meaningful relationships in sports history.When future NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was still an 18-year-old high school basketball prospect from New York City named Lew Alcindor, he accepted a ...
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Dec 31, 2017
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Sing, Unburied, Sing
A Novel
by Jesmyn Ward (May 07, 2018)
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A searing and profound Southern odyssey by National Book Award–winner Jesmyn Ward.In Jesmyn Ward’s first novel since her National Book Award–winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. Drawing on Morrison and Faulkner, The Odyssey and the Old Testament, Ward give...
Anything Is Possible
A Novel
by Elizabeth Strout (Mar 26, 2018)
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Recalling Olive Kitteridge in its richness, structure, and complexity, Anything Is Possible explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others.Here are two sisters: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit w...
Exit West
A Novel
by Mohsin Hamid (Feb 26, 2018)
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In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, t...
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Janesville
An American Story
by Amy Goldstein (Jan 01, 2018)
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* Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year * 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year * A New York Times Notable Book * A Washington Post Notable Book * An NPR Best Book of 2017 * A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2017 * An Economist Best Book of 2017 * A Business Insider Best Book of 2017 * “A gripping story of psychological defeat an...
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Basketball
A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated
by Shea Serrano (Oct 09, 2017)
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#1 New York Timesbestseller Who is the greatest dunker of all time? Which version of the Michael Jordan was the best Michael Jordan? What is allowed and absolutely not allowed in a game of pickup basketball? Basketball (and Other Things) presents readers with a whole new set of pivotal and ridiculous fan disputes from basketball history, providing ...
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Dec 31, 2017
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Dying
A Memoir
by Cory Taylor (Jul 31, 2017)
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At the age of sixty, Cory Taylor is dying of melanoma-related brain cancer. Her illness is no longer treatable: she now weighs less than her neighbor’s retriever. As her body weakens, she describes the experience—the vulnerability and strength, the courage and humility, the anger and acceptance—of knowing she will soon die.Written in the space of a...
Evicted
Poverty and Profit in the American City
by Matthew Desmond (Feb 27, 2017)
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In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century America's most devastating problems. Its unforgettable sc...
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Life 3.0
Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
by Max Tegmark (Jul 30, 2018)
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In this authoritative and eye-opening book, Max Tegmark describes and illuminates the recent, path-breaking advances in Artificial Intelligence and how it is poised to overtake human intelligence. How will AI affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more th...
All the Light We Cannot See
A Novel
by Anthony Doerr (Apr 03, 2017)
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book, National Book Award finalist, more than two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller listFrom the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths ...
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Barbarian Days
A Surfing Life
by William Finnegan (Apr 25, 2016)
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“Reading this guy on the subject of waves and water is like reading Hemingway on bullfighting; William Burroughs on controlled substances; Updike on adultery. . . . a coming-of-age story, seen through the gloss resin coat of a surfboard.” —Sports IllustratedBarbarian Days is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing ...
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H Is for Hawk
by Helen Macdonald (Mar 07, 2016)
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Obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history combine to achieve a distinctive blend of nature writing and memoir from an outstanding literary innovator.When Helen Macdonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer—Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood—she'd never before been tempted to tra...
The Underground Railroad
A Novel
by Colson Whitehead (Jan 29, 2016)
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Winner of the Pulitzer PrizeWinner of the National Book AwardWinner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in FictionLonglisted for the Man Booker PrizeWinner of the Arthur C. Clarke AwardFinalist for the Dayton Literary Peace PrizeLonglisted for the Prix Medicis One of the Best books of the Year: The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, ...
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Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Jul 13, 2015)
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“This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.” In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s his...
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Seveneves
A Novel
by Neal Stephenson (May 18, 2015)
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What would happen if the world were ending?A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature co...
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The Sixth Extinction
An Unnatural History
by Elizabeth Kolbert (Jan 05, 2015)
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2015 Pulitzer Prize WinnerOver the last half-billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the din...
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The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins (Dec 31, 2014)
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An exclusive gift edition of the thriller of the year. A hardback, replete with a beguiling new design, foil packaging, top and tail binding, a placeholder ribbon and sprayed red edges.You Dont Know Her. But She Knows You. Rear Window meets Gone Girl, in this exceptional and startling psychological thriller "Gripping, enthralling - a top-notch thri...
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The Lowland
by Jhumpa Lahiri (Jun 16, 2014)
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A New York Times Book ReviewNotable Book •A Time Top Fiction Book •An NPR "Great Read" •A Chicago Tribune Best Book • A USA Today Best Book • A People magazine Top 10 Book •A Barnes and Noble Best New Book • A Good Reads Best Book •A Kirkus Best Fiction Book •A Slate Favorite Book • A Christian Science Monitor Best Fiction Book • An Apple Top 10 Bo...
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Washington
A Life
by Ron Chernow (Sep 26, 2011)
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A gripping portrait of the first president of the United States from the author of Alexander Hamilton, the New York Times bestselling biography that inspired the musical.Celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation and the first president of the United States. With a breadth and depth matched by n...
In the Shadow of Statues
A White Southerner Confronts History
by Mitch Landrieu (Mar 18, 2019)
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The New Orleans mayor who removed the Confederate statues confronts the racism that shapes us and argues for white America to reckon with its past. A passionate, personal, urgent book from the man who sparked a national debate."There is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence for it." When Mitch Landrieu addressed the people of Ne...
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An ultimately optimistic take from someone who believes the South will rise again not by reasserting the past, but by transcending it.     source
Self Reliance
by Ralph Waldo Emerson (Apr 02, 2017)
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 - April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more th...
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Abraham Lincoln
Selected Speeches and Writings
by Abraham Lincoln (Jul 29, 2009)
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?Alone among American Presidents, it is possible to imagine Lincoln, grown up in a different milieu, becoming a distinguished writer of a not merely political kind.?--Edmund WilsonRanging from finely honed legal argument to wry and some sometimes savage humor to private correspondence and political rhetoric of unsurpassed grandeur, the writings col...
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Gilead
A Novel
by Marilynne Robinson (Jan 09, 2006)
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Twenty-four years after her first novel, Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson returns with an intimate tale of three generations from the Civil War to the twentieth century: a story about fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that still rage at America's heart. Writing in the tradition of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman, Marilynne Robinson's beau...
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Song of Solomon
by Toni Morrison (Jun 07, 2004)
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Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García Márquez. As she follows Milkman from ...
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Moby Dick
by Herman Melville (Dec 04, 1999)
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Widely considered one of the great American novels, Herman Melville’s masterpiece went largely unread during his lifetime and was out of print at the time of his death in 1891. Called the greatest book about the sea ever written by D.H. Lawrence, Moby Dick features detailed descriptions of whale hunting and whale oil extraction as well as beautiful...
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Four Great Tragedies
Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth (Signet Classics)
by William Shakespeare (May 31, 1998)
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The greatest tragic plays of William Shakespeare--including Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth. What is tragedy? The Elizabethans defined it as a "lofty" play showing "personages of great state" caught up in a "lamentable" action that "beginneth prosperously and endeth unfortunately." Whether judged by this or any other standard, the plays sel...
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New American Standard Bible
by The Lockman Foundaiton (Feb 28, 1997)
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Parting the Waters
America in the King Years 1954-63
by Taylor Branch (Nov 14, 1989)
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In volume one of his America in the King Years, Pulitzer Prize winner Taylor Branch gives a masterly account of the American civil rights movement.Hailed as the most masterful story ever told of the American civil rights movement, Parting the Waters is destined to endure for generations.Moving from the fiery political baptism of Martin Luther King,...
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