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Consent : a memoir / Vanessa Springora ; translated from the French by Natasha Lehrer

A French memoir in the age of #metoo. A literary sensation, Vanessa Springora's Consent weaves her personal narrative of a relationship during her childhood with a famous, much older writer into a stunning and forceful indictment of the literary world that allowed sexual abuse of minors to occur unchecked.

Absentees : on variously missing persons / Daniel Heller-Roazen

From missing persons to disenfranchised civil subjects, from individuals tainted with infamy to the dead, Absentees explores the varieties of "nonpersons," human beings all too human, drawing examples, terms and concepts from the archives of European and American literature, legal studies, and the social sciences.

Girlhood : essays / Melissa Febos with illustrations by Forsyth Harmon

Blending investigative reporting, memoir, and scholarship, Febos charts how she and others like her have reimagined relationships and made room for the anger, grief, power, and pleasure women have long been taught to deny.

Elegy for Mary Turner : an illustrated account of a lynching / by Rachel Marie-Crane Williams

Powerful and haunting, this depiction, detailed with full-color artwork, names those who were lynched and tortured in late May 1918 in Valdosta, Georgia, including one black woman, Mary Turner, who was eight months pregnant at the time.

World travel : an irreverent guide / Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever ; illustrations by Wesley Allsbrook

A guide to some of the world's most fascinating places, as seen and experienced by writer, television host, and relentlessly curious traveler Anthony Bourdain.

Flash forward : an illustrated guide to possible (and not so possible) tomorrows / Rose Eveleth with Matt Lubchansky & Sophie Goldstein

In this innovative collection of comics and essays, Rose Eveleth poses provocative questions about our future, which are brought to life in twelve brand-new comics, each by a different acclaimed artist. Eveleth then reports on what is complete fantasy and what is only just out of reach. Introducing compelling visions of our potential to progress or wreak destruction, [this book] reveals how complicated, incredible, frightening, and curious our future might be.

The light of days : the untold story of women resistance fighters in Hitler's ghettos / Judy Batalion

One of the most important untold stories of World War II. The light of days is a soaring landmark history that brings to light the extraordinary accomplishments of brave Jewish women who helped weaponize Poland's Jewish youth groups to resist the Nazis. Witnesses to the brutal murder of their families and the violent destruction of their communities, a cadre of Jewish women in Poland--some still in their teens--became the nerves of a wide-ranging resistance network that fought the Nazis.

Fierce poise : Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York / Alexander Nemerov

A dazzling biography of one of the twentieth century's most respected painters, Helen Frankenthaler, as she came of age as both an artist and a woman in the vibrant art world of 1950s New York.

On time and water / Andri Snær Magnason ; translated by Lytton Smith

A work of narrative nonfiction that illustrates the reality of climate change--and offers hope in the face of an uncertain future.

The AOC generation : how millennials are seizing power and rewriting the rules of American politics / David Freedlander

A look at the rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and how a new generation of progressive activists are reshaping America.

Crying in H Mart : a memoir / Michelle Zauner

From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of this book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean-American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up the only Asian-American kid at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother's particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother's tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food.

Music : a subversive history / Ted Gioia

Ted Gioia reclaims the story of music for the riffraff, insurgents, and provocateurs. Gioia tells a four-thousand-year history of music as a global source of power, change, and upheaval. He shows how outcasts, immigrants, slaves, and others at the margins of society have repeatedly served as trailblazers of musical expression, reinventing our most cherished songs from ancient times all the way to the jazz, reggae, and hip-hop sounds of the current day.

Rock me on the water : 1974 : the year Los Angeles transformed movies, music, television, and politics / Ronald Brownstein

Documents the kaleidoscopic year during which transformative talents from Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard, and Beverly Hills heavily influenced pop culture, politics, and social movements.

The haunting of Alma Fielding : a true ghost story / Kate Summerscale

With characteristic rigor and insight, Kate Summerscale brilliantly captures the rich atmosphere of a haunting that transforms into a very modern battle between the supernatural and the subconscious.

The hill we climb : an inaugural poem for the country / Amanda Gorman ; foreword by Oprah Winfrey

On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet, at age twenty-two, to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. Her inaugural poem, "The Hill We Climb," is now available to cherish in this special edition.

Leaving isn't the hardest thing : essays / Lauren Hough

At once razor-sharp, profoundly brave, and often very, very funny, the essays in Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing interrogate our notions of ecstasy, queerness, and what it means to live freely. Each piece is a reckoning: of survival, identity, and how to reclaim one's past when carving out a future.

A little devil in America : notes in praise of Black performance / Hanif Abdurraqib

A Little Devil in America is an urgent project that unravels all modes and methods of black performance, in this moment when black performers are coming to terms with their value, reception, and immense impact on America. This book considers, critques, and praises performance in music, sports, writing, comedy, grief, games, and love.

The free world : art and thought in the Cold War / Louis Menand

A history of the thinkers, writers, and artists who shaped intellectual culture in Cold War Europe and America.

Manners will take you where brains and money won't : wisdom from Momma and 35 years at NASA / Donald G. James with Captain Dennis D. James

Donald James goes beyond handshakes and thank-you notes to explain how the true definition of manners is the authentic and genuine way we show up in the world. With inspiring and thought-provoking stories from his 35 years in public affairs and education at NASA, and guided by the lessons his mother taught him, Donald explains how having good manners is a key ingredient to finding purpose, fulfillment, and meaning in business and in life.

Nothing is wrong and here is why : essays / Alexandra Petri

Acclaimed Washington Post satirist Alexandra Petri offers perfectly logical, reassuring reasons for everything that has happened in recent American politics and culture that will in no way unsettle your worldview.

Not a novel : a memoir in pieces / Jenny Erpenbeck ; translated from the German by Kurt Beals

With deep insight and warm intelligence, Jenny Erpenbeck provides us with a collection of unforgettable essays that take us into the heart and mind of "one of the finest and most exciting writers alive."

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