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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

Kill ’Em and Leave is more than a book about James Brown. Brown’s rough-and-tumble...

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A MAN DIVIDED
Written by EVAN THOMAS

Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 03/08/2016

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98541-2

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY TIME AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH • “What was it really like to be Richard Nixon? Evan Thomas tackles this fascinating question by peeling back the layers of a man driven by a poignant mix of optimism and fear.”—Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs

Evan Thomas delivers the best single-volume biography of Richard Nixon to date, a radical, unique portrait of a complicated...

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LITERARY GREATNESS AND THE AMERICAN SUBLIME
Written by HAROLD BLOOM

Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 02/09/2016

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98746-1

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND KIRKUS REVIEWS

Hailed as “the indispensable critic” by The New York Review of Books, Harold Bloom—New York Times bestselling writer and Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University—has for decades been sharing with readers and students his genius and passion for understanding literature and explaining why it matters. Now he turns at long last to his beloved writers of our national literature...

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AN AMERICAN PLACE
Written by JEAN STEIN

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 02/09/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99840-5

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An epic, mesmerizing oral history of Hollywood and Los Angeles from the author of the contemporary classic Edie

Jean Stein transformed the art of oral history in her groundbreaking book Edie: American Girl, an indelible portrait of Andy Warhol “superstar” Edie Sedgwick, which was edited with George Plimpton. Now, in West of Eden, she turns to Los Angeles, the city of her childhood. Stein vividly captures a mythic cast of characters: their ambitions and triumphs as...

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PORTRAIT OF A FRIENDSHIP: PAULI MURRAY, ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, AND THE STRUGGLE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
Written by PATRICIA BELL-SCOTT

Format: Hardcover, 480 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 02/02/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-679-44652-1

A groundbreaking book—two decades in the works—that tells the story of how a brilliant writer-turned-activist, granddaughter of a mulatto slave, and the first lady of the United States, whose ancestry gave her membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution, forged an enduring friendship that changed each of their lives and helped to alter the course of race and racism in America. 

Pauli Murray first saw Eleanor Roosevelt in 1933, at the height of the Depression, at a...

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Written by JEANNE MARIE LASKAS

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 11/24/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98757-7

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Now a major motion picture starring Will Smith, Concussion is the riveting, unlikely story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the pathologist who made one of the most significant medical discoveries of the twenty-first century, a discovery that challenges the existence of America’s favorite sport and puts Omalu in the crosshairs of football’s most powerful corporation: the NFL.
 
Jeanne Marie Laskas first met the young forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu in 2009, while...

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THE AMERICAN ODYSSEY OF GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH
Written by JON MEACHAM

Format: Hardcover, 864 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 11/10/2015

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-06765-7

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review | Time | NPR | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In this brilliant biography, Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author, chronicles the life of George Herbert Walker Bush. Drawing on President Bush’s personal diaries, on the diaries of his wife, Barbara, and on extraordinary access to the forty-first president and his family,...

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A TRUE STORY OF MURDER IN AMERICA
Written by JILL LEOVY

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-52999-0

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A masterly work of literary journalism about a senseless murder, a relentless detective, and the great plague of homicide in America.

 
On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man is shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home, one of the thousands of black Americans murdered that year. His assailant runs down the street, jumps into an SUV, and vanishes, hoping to join the scores of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their...

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