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New Nonfiction!

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Craft : an American history / Glenn Adamson

A groundbreaking and endlessly surprising history of how artisans created America, from the nation's origins to the present day.


Resetting the table : straight talk about the food we grow and eat / Robert Paarlberg

A bold, science-based corrective to the groundswell of misinformation about food and how it's produced, examining in detail local and organic food, food companies, nutrition labeling, ethical treatment of animals, environmental impacts, and every other aspect from farm to table.


The code breaker : Jennifer Doudna, gene editing, and the future of the human race / Walter Isaacson

The bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a gripping account of how the pioneering scientist Jennifer Doudna, along with her colleagues and rivals, launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and enhance our children.


Just as I am : a memoir / Cicely Tyson ; with Michelle Burford ; foreword by Viola Davis

The Academy, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning actress and trailblazer tells her stunning story, looking back at her life and six-decade career.


The doctors Blackwell : how two pioneering sisters brought medicine to women--and women to medicine / Janice P. Nimura

The vivid biography of two pioneering sisters who, together, became America's first female doctors and transformed New York's medical establishment by creating a hospital by and for women.


Extraterrestrial : the first sign of intelligent life beyond Earth / Avi Loeb

Harvard's top astronomer lays out his controversial theory that our solar system was recently visited by advanced alien technology from a distant star.


We had a little real estate problem : the unheralded story of Native Americans in comedy / Kliph Nesteroff

Comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff focuses on one of comedy's most significant and little-known stories: how, despite having been denied representation in the entertainment industry, Native Americans have influenced and advanced the art form. Profiles important events and humorists from the 1880s to the present.


Beloved beasts : fighting for life in an age of extinction / Michelle Nijhuis

A vibrant history of the modern conservation movement - told through the lives and ideas of the people who built it. In the late nineteenth century, as humans came to realize that our rapidly industrializing and globalizing societies were driving other animal species to extinction, a movement to protect and conserve them was born. In Beloved Beasts, acclaimed science journalist Michelle Nijhuis traces the movement's history.


Work won't love you back : how devotion to our jobs keeps us exploited, exhausted, and alone / Sarah Jaffe

You're told that if you "do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life." Whether it's working for "exposure" and "experience," or enduring poor treatment in the name of "being part of the family," all employees are pushed to make sacrifices for the privilege of being able to do what we love. In Work Won't Love You Back, Sarah Jaffe, a preeminent voice on labor, inequality, and social movements, examines this "labor of love" myth -- the idea that certain work is not really work, and therefore should be done out of passion instead of pay.


Dress codes : how the laws of fashion made history / Richard Thompson Ford

A law professor and cultural critic offers an eye-opening exploration of the laws of fashion throughout history, from the middle ages to the present day, examining the canons, mores and customs of clothing rules that we often take for granted.


White freedom : the racial history of an idea / Tyler Stovall

The era of the Enlightenment, which gave rise to our modern conceptions of freedom and democracy, was also the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. America, a nation founded on the principle of liberty, is also a nation built on African slavery, Native American genocide, and systematic racial discrimination. White Freedom traces the complex relationship between freedom and race from the eighteenth century to today, revealing how being free has meant being white.


The plague cycle : the unending war between humanity and infectious disease / Charles Kenny

This history of mankind's battles against infectious diseases looks at how epidemics shaped empires and economies and how medical revolutions freed us from these cycles until new threats caused by changes in global trade and climate.


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