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A question of freedom : the families who challenged slavery from the nation's founding to the Civil War / William G. Thomas III

The story of the longest and most complex legal challenge to slavery in American history, in which a number of enslaved families challenged their bondage in court.


The age of wood : our most useful material and the construction of civilization / Roland Ennos

A scholarly and scientific examination of the unrecognized role of trees in the planet's ecosystem reveals wood's unexpected influence on human evolution, civilization, and the global economy.


Monopolized : life in the age of corporate power / David Dayen

David Dayen explains how a narrow interpretation of the Sherman Act four decades ago spawned an age of unprecedented deregulation and corporate dominance. Dayen offers a riveting account of what it means to live in this period--and how we might resist this corporate hegemony.


Worth it : how a million-dollar pay cut and a $70,000 minimum wage revealed a better way of doing business / Dan Price

The "$70k CEO" shares why he decided to pay a living wage at his company and urges entrepreneurs and other leaders to use their values to make better business decisions.


The good American : the epic life of Bob Gersony, the U.S. Government's greatest humanitarian / Robert D. Kaplan

The Good American is a story about courage, intense loneliness, and the State Department's golden age during the late Cold War and post-Cold War. It is also a celebration of ground level reporting and getting a worm's eye view of crisis zones.


Think again : the power of knowing what you don't know / Adam Grant

The bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your beliefs and to know what you don't know, which can position you for success at work and happiness at home.


Four hundred souls : a community history of African America, 1619-2019 / edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

A "choral history" of African Americans covering 400 years of history in the voices of 80 writers, edited by the bestselling, National Book Award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain.


The unusual suspect : the rise and fall of a modern-day outlaw / Ben Machell

Machell tells the remarkable true story of a modern-day Robin Hood: a British college student who started robbing banks in the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2007.


A swim in a pond in the rain : in which four Russians give a master class on writing, reading, and life / by George Saunders

Paired with stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol, these essays are intended for anyone interested in how fiction works and why it's more relevant than ever in these turbulent times.


Let the Lord sort them : the rise and fall of the death penalty / Maurice Chammah

The author presents a deeply reported, searingly honest portrait of the death penalty in Texas--and what it reveals about crime and punishment in America.


This is the voice / by John Colapinto

Beginning with the novel--and compelling--argument that the ability to speak is what made man the planet's dominant species, the author shows why the voice is the most efficient, effective means of communication ever devised.


A shot in the moonlight : how a freed slave and a Confederate soldier fought for justice in the Jim Crow south / Ben Montgomery

The little-known true story of freed slave George Dinning and Colonel Bennett H. Young, a Confederate war hero, who in 1899 took on a Kentucky mob in court after Dinning was beaten for defending his farm against whites.


On lighthouses / Jazmina Barrera ; translated from Spanish by Christina MacSweeney

Divided into six chapters that each cover a specific lighthouse, this meditative account includes general explanations about lighthouses, literary references, shipwrecks, and legends, but also sublime personal digressions about her visits, about collecting, about birds, or about the very light that shines from the lighthouse lanterns.


Chatter : the voice in our head, why it matters, and how to harness it / Ethan Kross

An award-winning psychologist reveals the hidden power of the inner voice and shows how to harness it to live healthier, more satisfying, and productive lives.


Love is an ex-country : a memoir / Randa Jarrar

Queer. Muslim. Arab American. A proudly Fat woman. Randa Jarrar is all of these things. In this "viscerally elegant" and "intimately edgy" memoir of a cross-country road trip, she explores how to claim joy in an unraveling and hostile America.


Sanctuary : a memoir / Emily Rapp Black

Drawing on contemporary psychology, neurology, etymology, literature, art, and self-help, the author shows how people need a more complex understanding of the concept of resilience when applied to stories of loss and healing.

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