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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 alcoholics;...
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2 - 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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3 - Educated: A Memoir

Tara Westover - Random House

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Taras older...
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4 - All About Love: New Visions

bell hooks - Perennial

"The word "love" is most often defined as a noun, yet...we would all love to better if we used it as a verb," writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provacative and intensely personel, the renowned scholar, cultural...
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5 - The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War

Malcolm Gladwell - Little, Brown & Company

Malcolm Gladwell weaves together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath, and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard to examine one of the greatest moral challenges in modern American history.
 
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6 - 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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7 - Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know

Malcolm Gladwell - Little, Brown and Company

Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Outliers, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers--and why they often go wrong.How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville...
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8 - 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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9 - Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

Jon Krakauer - Anchor

This extraordinary work of investigative journalism takes readers inside America's isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities, where some 40,000 people still practice polygamy. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like...
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10 - Outliers: The Story of Success

Malcolm Gladwell - Back Bay Books

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention...
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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 - 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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13 - The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

Walter Isaacson - Simon & Schuster

When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she came home one day to find that her dad had left a paperback titled The Double Helix on her bed. She put it aside, thinking it was one of those detective tales she loved. When she read it on a rainy Saturday, she discovered she was right, in a way....
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14 - A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II

Sonia Purnell - Viking

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"Excellent ... This book is as riveting as any thriller, and as hard to put down." -- The New York Times Book Review"A compelling biography of a masterful spy, and a reminder of what can be done with a few brave people -- and a little...
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15 - Walk in My Combat Boots: True Stories from America's Bravest Warriors

James Patterson - Little, Brown and Company

The sacrifices of service are indescribable -- except by those who have made them. Their personal stories of battlefield life reveal: - The goal to "be ready every day, every single day," -- and how that can quickly descend into chaos. - The realization that every solider must...
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