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1 - Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace

Carl Safina - Henry Holt and Co.

New York Times bestselling author Carl Safina brings readers close to three non-human cultures -- what they do, why they do it, and how life is for them.Some people insist that culture is strictly a human feat. What are they afraid of? This book looks into three cultures of other-than-human...
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2 - Carville's Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice

Pam Fessler - Liveright

The unknown story of the only leprosy colony in the continental United States, and the thousands of Americans who were exiled -- hidden away with their "shameful" disease.The Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans curls around an old sugar plantation that long housed...
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3 - Caste: The Origins of our Discontents

Isabel Wilkerson - Random House

The Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.

"As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless...
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4 - Children of the Land

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo - Harper

An Entertainment Weekly, The Millions, and LitHub Most Anticipated Book of 2020

This unforgettable memoir from a prize-winning poet about growing up undocumented in the United States recounts the sorrows and joys of a family torn apart by draconian policies and chronicles one young...

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5 - Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family

Robert Kolker - Doubleday

The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science's great hope in the quest to understand the disease.

Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don's work...
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6 - Just Us: An American Conversation

Claudia Rankine - Graywolf Press

Claudia Rankine's Citizen changed the conversation -- Just Us urges all of us into itAs everyday white supremacy becomes increasingly vocalized with no clear answers at hand, how best might we approach one another? Claudia Rankine, without telling us what to do, urges us to begin the discussions...
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7 - A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom

Brittany K. Barnett - Crown

An urgent call to free those buried alive by America's legal system, and an inspiring true story about unwavering belief in humanity - from a gifted young lawyer and important new voice in the movement to transform the system."An essential book for our time . . . Brittany K. Barnett...
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8 - Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir

Natasha Trethewey - Ecco

A chillingly personal and exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedyAt age nineteen, Natasha Trethewey had her world...
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9 - Oak Flat: A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West

Lauren Redniss - Random House

A powerful work of visual nonfiction about three generations of an Apache family struggling to protect sacred land from a multinational mining corporation, by MacArthur "Genius" and National Book Award finalist Lauren Redniss, the acclaimed author of Thunder & Lightning. Oak Flat...
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10 - We Have Been Harmonized: Life in China's Surveillance State

Kai Strittmatter - Custom House

One of the world's most respected investigative reporters reveals how George Orwell's chilling vision of authoritarianism in 1984 has come true in modern China's high-tech surveillance state.They are always watching.For nearly twenty years, politicians from President Bill Clinton...
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11 - Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy

David Zucchino - Atlantic Monthly Press

By 1898 Wilmington, North Carolina, was a shining example of a mixed-race community -- a bustling port city with a thriving African American middle class and a government made up of Republicans and Populists, including black aldermen, police officers, and magistrates. But across the state...
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