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1 - The Library Book

Susan Orlean · Simon & Schuster

Susan Orlean's bestseller and New York Times Notable Book is "a sheer delight ... as rich in insight and as varied as the treasures contained on the shelves in any local library" (USA TODAY) - a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution and an investigation...
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2 - Just mercy

Bryan Stevenson · Books on Tape, 2014.

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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3 - No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference

Greta Thunberg · Penguin

The history-making, ground-breaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young activist who has become the voice of a generation'Everything needs to change. And it has to start today' In August 2018 a fifteen-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, decided not to go to school one day....
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5 - Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018

David Kipen · Modern Library

A rich mosaic of diary entries and letters from the likes of Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Susan Sontag, Albert Einstein, Cesar Chavez, Joan Rivers, and many more, this is the story of Los Angeles as told by locals, transplants, and some just passing through.
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6 - Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari · HarperCollins

New York Times BestsellerFrom 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....
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7 - The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Bessel A. van Der Kolk · Gildan Media and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged edition

[Read by Lloyd James] 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 on a daily basis; one in five Americans...
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9 - The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations

Toni Morrison · Knopf

Arguably the most celebrated and revered writer of our time now gives us a new nonfiction collection--a rich gathering of her essays, speeches, and meditations on society, culture, and art, spanning four decades.

The Source of Self-Regard is brimming with all the elegance...
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10 - Calypso

David Sedaris · Little Brown and Company

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11 - Born a Crime

Trevor Noah · Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, New York...

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12 - Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave

Zora Neale Hurston · HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio

A major literary event: a never-before-published work from the author of the American classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God which brilliantly illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of the last known survivor of the Atlantic slave trade -- illegally smuggled...
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13 - Upstream: Selected Essays

Mary Oliver · Penguin Books

"In the beginning I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed. I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it and react to it, before I knew at all who I was, what I was, what I wanted to be." So begins Upstream, a collection of essays in which...
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14 - The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

Don Miguel Ruiz · Amber-Allen Publishing

In The Four Agreements, bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience...
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15 - The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris

Tilar J. Mazzeo · Harper

Set against the backdrop of the Nazi occupation of World War II, The Hôtel on Place Vendôme is the captivating history of Paris's world-famous Hôtel Ritz - a breathtaking tale of glamour, opulence, and celebrity; dangerous liaisons, espionage, and resistance - from Tilar J. Mazzeo,...
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