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Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
1. Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

Frans de Waal · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 340
Format: Print book

A New York Times Bestseller From world-renowned biologist and primatologist Frans de Waal, a groundbreaking work on animal intelligence destined to become a classic.What separates your mind from an animal's? Maybe you think it's your ability to design tools, your sense of self, or your...
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At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Others
2. At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Others

Sarah Bakewell · Other Press
Pages: 439
Format: Print book

From the best-selling author of How to Live, a spirited account of one of the twentieth century's major intellectual movements and the revolutionary thinkers who came to shape it Paris, 1933: three contemporaries meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse....
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Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America
3. Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America

Patrick Phillips · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

A gripping tale of racial cleansing in Forsyth County, Georgia, and a harrowing testament to the deep roots of racial violence in America.Forsyth County, Georgia, at the turn of the twentieth century was home to a large African American community that included ministers and teachers, farmers...
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The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland
4. The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland

Dan Barry · Harper
Pages: 340
Format: Print book

With this Dickensian tale from America's heartland, New York Times writer and columnist Dan Barry tells the harrowing yet uplifting story of the exploitation and abuse of a resilient group of men with intellectual disability, and the heroic efforts of those who helped them to find justice...
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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
5. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Matthew Desmond · Crown Publishers
Pages: 418
Format: Print book

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | WINNER OF THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN NONFICTION | FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR NONFICTION | FINALIST FOR THE PEN/JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH AWARD FOR NONFICTION | NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by The New York...
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The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice
6. The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice

Patricia Bell-Scott · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 454
Format: Print book

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...
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The gene : an intimate history
7. The gene : an intimate history

Siddhartha Mukherjee · Scribner
Pages: 592
Format: Print book

THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A New York Times Notable Book A Washington Post and Seattle Times Best Book of the Year From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies - a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future:...
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Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race
8. Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race

Margot Lee Shetterly · William Morrow & Company
Pages: 368
Format: Print book

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner. Before John...
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In the Darkroom
9. In the Darkroom

Susan Faludi · Metropolitan Books
Pages: 432
Format: Print book

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author of Backlash, an astonishing confrontation with the enigma of her father and the larger riddle of identity consuming our age."In the summer of 2004 I set out to investigate someone I scarcely knew, my father. The project...
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Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams
10. Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams

Louisa Thomas · Penguin Press
Pages: 512
Format: Print book

An intimate portrait of Louisa Catherine Adams, the British-born American wife of John Quincy Adams, who witnessed firsthand the greatest transformations of her time Born in London to an American father and a British mother on the eve of the Revolutionary War, Louisa Catherine Johnson...
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Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
11. Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

Ruth Franklin · Liveright Publishing Corporation
Pages: 607
Format: Print book

This "historically engaging and pressingly relevant" biography establishes Shirley Jackson as a towering figure in American literature and revives the life and work of a neglected master.Still known to millions primarily as the author of the "The Lottery," Shirley Jackson...
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Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution
12. Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution

Nathaniel Philbrick · Viking
Pages: 427
Format: Print book

"Valiant Ambition may be one of the greatest what-if books of the age - a volume that turns one of America's best-known narratives on its head." - Boston Globe"Clear and insightful, it consolidates his reputation as one of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction."...
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