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1 - The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Bessel A Van der Kolk · Viking

A pioneering researcher and one of the world's foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing

Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with...
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2 - The Sisters of Auschwitz: The True Story of Two Jewish Sisters' Resistance in the Heart of Nazi Territory

Roxane van Iperen · Harper Paperbacks

The unforgettable story of two unsung heroes of World War II: sisters Janny and Lien Brilleslijper who joined the Dutch Resistance, helped save dozen of lives, were captured by the Nazis, and ultimately survived the Holocaust.Eight months after Germany's invasion of Poland, the Nazis...
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3 - Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Trevor Noah · Spiegel & Grau

Trevor Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents' indiscretion,...
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4 - Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

Robin Wall Kimmerer · Milkweed Editions

Called the work of "a mesmerizing storyteller with deep compassion and memorable prose" (Publishers Weekly) and the book that, "anyone interested in natural history, botany, protecting nature, or Native American culture will love," by Library Journal, Braiding Sweetgrass...
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5 - Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Bryan Stevenson · Spiegel & Grau

A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice - from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice...
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6 - Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari · Harper

From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity's creation and evolution - a #1 international bestseller - that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be "human."

One hundred...

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7 - The Best of Me

David Sedaris · Little, Brown and Company

For more than twenty-five years, David Sedaris has been carving out a unique literary space, virtually creating his own genre. A Sedaris story may seem confessional, but is also highly attuned to the world outside. It opens our eyes to what is at absurd and moving about our daily existence....
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8 - The Deepest South of All: True Stories from Natchez, Mississippi

Richard Grant

Natchez, Mississippi, once had more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in America, and its wealth was built on slavery and cotton. Today it has the greatest concentration of antebellum mansions in the South, and a culture full of unexpected contradictions. Prominent white
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9 - The Glass Castle: A Memoir

Jeannette Walls · Scribner

Now a major motion picture from Lionsgate starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts.

MORE THAN SEVEN YEARS ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST
The perennially bestselling, extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, "nothing short of spectacular" (Entertainment...
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10 - Kitchen confidential : adventures in the culinary underbelly

Anthony Bourdain · Bloomsbury

A New York City chef who is also a novelist recounts his experiences in the restaurant business, and exposes abuses of power, sexual promiscuity, drug use, and other secrets of life behind kitchen doors.
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11 - Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman; Amazon.com · Farrar

In the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional;...
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12 - The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11

Garrett M. Graff · Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER

"This is history at its most immediate and moving ... A marvelous and memorable book." - Jon Meacham

"Remarkable ... A priceless civic gift ... On page after page, a reader will encounter words that startle, or make him angry, or heartbroken."...
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13 - Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Angela Duckworth · Simon & Schuster

In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and business people - both seasoned and new - that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called "grit."

Why...
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14 - My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

Resmaa Menakem · Central Recovery Press

The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze, and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society. In this groundbreaking work, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of body-centered...

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15 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot · Broadway Books

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells - taken without her knowledge in 1951 - became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's...
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