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Edited by AMIT MAJMUDAR

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 05/23/2017

Price: $12.95

ISBN: 978-1-524-71132-0

Poets on the march: 50 crucial poems written in response to the current political climate, selected and introduced by the Ohio Poet Laureate—and son of immigrants—Amit Majmudar.


In a political atmosphere where language and even meaning itself are continually under threat, poetry has a critical role to play. And our poets have been responding—in the streets and at their desks, demanding a full accounting from themselves and from their nation. Majmudar's elegant introduction to these vital...

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Written by KRISTEN RADTKE

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 04/18/2017

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87083-9

A gorgeous graphic memoir about loss, love, and confronting grief
 
When Kristen Radtke was in college, the sudden death of a beloved uncle and the sight of an abandoned mining town after his funeral marked the beginning moments of a lifelong fascination with ruins and with people and places left behind. Over time, this fascination deepened until it triggered a journey around the world in search of ruined places. Now, in this genre-smashing graphic memoir, she leads us through deserted cities...

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THE WILD SAGA OF THE KIDNAPPING, CRIMES AND TRIAL OF PATTY HEARST
Written by JEFFREY TOOBIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 04/04/2017

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80315-3

From New Yorker staff writer and bestselling author of The Nine and The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson, the definitive account of the kidnapping and trial that defined an insane era in American history

On February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, a sophomore in college and heiress to the Hearst Family fortune, was kidnapped by a ragtag group of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbonese Liberation Army. The weird turns that followed in this already sensational take are truly...

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HOW DARWIN'S THEORY OF EVOLUTION IGNITED A NATION
Written by RANDALL FULLER

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: Viking

On Sale: 01/24/2017

Price: $27.00

ISBN: 978-0-525-42833-6

A compelling portrait of a unique moment in American history when the ideas of Charles Darwin reshaped American notions about nature, religion, science and race

“A lively and informative history.” – The New York Times Book Review

Throughout its history America has been torn in two by debates over ideals and beliefs.  Randall Fuller takes us back to one of those turning points, in 1860, with the story of the influence of Charles Darwin’s just-published On the Origin of Species on five American...

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FROM I LOVE LUCY TO THE WALKING DEAD, HOW TV BECAME TERRIFIC
Written by DAVID BIANCULLI

Format: Hardcover, 592 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 11/15/2016

Price: $32.50

ISBN: 978-0-385-54027-8

Television shows have now eclipsed films as the premier form of visual narrative art of our time. This new book by one of our finest critics explains—historically, in depth, and with interviews with the celebrated creators themselves—how the art of must-see/binge-watch television evolved. 

Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way. In tracing the...

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Written by MARK GREIF

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 09/06/2016

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87115-7

A brilliant collection of critical essays by a young writer who is already a star in the intellectual firmament—a book of scope and acuity worthy to be mentioned in the same breath as Susan Sontag's Against Interpretation and Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem.

Over the course of eleven years Mark Greif has been publishing superb and in some cases superstar essays in n+1, the high-profile little magazine that he co-founded with some Harvard classmates. These essays address such key...

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A STORY OF MEMORY, MADNESS, AND FAMILY SECRETS
Written by LUKE DITTRICH

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 08/09/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99273-1

“Oliver Sacks meets Stephen King”* in this propulsive, haunting journey into the life of the most studied human research subject of all time, the amnesic known as Patient H.M., a man who forever altered our understanding of how memory works—and whose treatment raises deeply unsettling questions about the human cost of scientific progress. For readers of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks comes a story that has much to teach us about our relentless pursuit of knowledge.
 
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MY LIFE AS A PRETENDER
Written by CHRISSIE HYNDE

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 08/09/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-91223-2

Chrissie Hynde, leader of the Pretenders, is one of the most widely imitated figures in rock: sexy, unflappable, vulnerable yet tough, a groundbreaking songwriter and performer. In these pages, Chrissie gives us her story. We see her all-American 1950s childhood in Ohio, and her teenage self falling for the rock music of the 1960s. We follow her to London, where she takes a job with NME and makes her way into the churning ’70s London punk scene, meeting Lemmy, Sid Vicious and Iggy Pop,...

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Written by JILL LEPORE

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 05/17/2016

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-94758-6

From New Yorker staff writer and Harvard historian Jill Lepore, the dark, spellbinding tale of her restless search for the long-lost, longest book ever written, a century-old manuscript called “The Oral History of Our Time.”

Joe Gould, a madman, believed he was the most brilliant historian of the twentieth century. So did some of his friends, a group of modernist writers and artists that included E. E. Cummings, Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, John Dos Passos, and Ezra Pound. Gould...

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THE PRESIDENT, THE PURCHASE, AND THE EXPLORERS WHO TRANSFORMED A NATION
Written by JULIE M. FENSTER

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 05/10/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-95648-4

At the dawn of the nineteenth century, as Britain, France, Spain, and the United States competed for control of the land west of the Mississippi River, the stakes for American expansion were high. Even after the American purchase of the Louisiana Territory, Spain was prepared to employ any means to retain it. With war expected at any moment, Jefferson played a game of strategy, putting on the ground a cadre of explorers who seized it through investigation. 
 
Responsible for orchestrating the...

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LIVES ON THE EDGE OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Written by KATHLEEN DUVAL

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 04/12/2016

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98120-9

A rising-star historian offers a significant new global perspective on the Revolutionary War with the story of the conflict as seen through the eyes of the outsiders of colonial society 

Winner of the Journal of the American Revolution Book of the Year Award • Winner of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Jersey History Prize • Finalist for the George Washington Book Prize


Over the last decade, award-winning historian Kathleen DuVal has revitalized the study of early America’s...

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SEARCHING FOR JAMES BROWN AND THE AMERICAN SOUL
Written by JAMES MCBRIDE

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 04/05/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99350-9

National Book Award winner James McBride goes in search of the “real” James Brown after receiving a tip that promises to uncover the man behind the myth. His surprising journey illuminates not only our understanding of this immensely troubled, misunderstood, and complicated soul genius but the ways in which our cultural heritage has been shaped by Brown’s legacy.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FINALIST

Kill ’Em and Leave is more than a book about...

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