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1 - High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing

BEN AUSTEN · Harper
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

Joining the ranks of Evicted, The Warmth of Other Suns, and classic works of literary non-fiction by Alex Kotlowitz and J. Anthony Lukas, High-Risers braids personal narratives, city politics, and national history to tell the timely and epic story of Chicago's Cabrini-Green, America's most...
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3 - Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

DAVID W BLIGHT · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 896
Format: Hardcover

The definitive, dramatic biography of the most important African-American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era.As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818-1895)...
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4 - Rush: Revolution, Madness, and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father

STEPHEN FRIED · Crown
Pages: 576
Format: Hardcover

The remarkable story of Benjamin Rush, medical pioneer and one of our nation's most provocative and unsung Founding Fathers In the summer of 1776, fifty-six men put their quills to a dangerous document they called the Declaration of Independence. Among them was a thirty-year-old doctor...
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5 - Call Me American: A Memoir

Abdi Nor Iftin · Knopf
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

The incredible true story of a boy living in war-torn Somalia who escapes to America--first by way of the movies; years later, through a miraculous green card.Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop artists like...
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6 - The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century

Kirk Wallace Johnson · Penguin Books
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback

As heard on NPR's This American Life"Absorbing . . . Though it's non-fiction, The Feather Thief contains many of the elements of a classic thriller." - Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air"One of the most peculiar and memorable true-crime books ever." - Christian...
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7 - Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found

GILBERT KING · Riverhead Books
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover

"Compelling, insightful and important, Beneath a Ruthless Sun exposes the corruption of racial bigotry and animus that shadows a community, a state and a nation. A fascinating examination of an injustice story all too familiar and still largely ignored, an engaging and essential read."...
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8 - Heavy: An American Memoir

Kiese Laymon · Scribner
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

In this powerful and provocative memoir, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse.Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer....
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9 - Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

BETH MACY · Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

From the New York Times bestselling author of Factory Man comes the only book to fully chart the opioid crisis in America-an unforgettable portrait of the families and first responders on the front lines.In this masterful work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America's twenty-plus...
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10 - The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life

David Quammen · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover

Nonpareil science writer David Quammen explains how recent discoveries in molecular biology can change our understanding of evolution and life's history, with powerful implications for human health and even our own human nature. In the mid-1970s, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine...
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11 - Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore

ELIZABETH RUSH · Milkweed Editions
Pages: 312
Format: Hardcover

Harvey. Maria. Irma. Sandy. Katrina. We live in a time of unprecedented hurricanes and catastrophic weather events, a time when it is increasingly clear that climate change is neither imagined nor distant -- and that rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States in irrevocable...
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12 - Educated: A Memoir

Tara Westover · Random House
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge UniversityBook Club Pick for Now Read This, from PBS NewsHour and The New York Times "A coming-of-age memoir reminiscent...
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