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The Warmth of Other Suns
The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Isabel Wilkerson - Oct 04, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, author Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson...
A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari - May 15, 2018 (first published in 2011)
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100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be ens...
A Memoir
Tara Westover - Feb 20, 2018
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Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's ...
Being Mortal
Medicine and What Matters in the End
Atul Gawande - Sep 05, 2017
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In Being Mortal, author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its endingMedicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medic...
Poverty and Profit in the American City
Matthew Desmond - Feb 28, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century America's most devastating problems. Its unforgettable sc...
Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls
A Memoir
T Kira Madden - Mar 03, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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Acclaimed literary essayist T Kira Madden's raw and redemptive debut memoir is about coming of age and reckoning with desire as a queer, biracial teenager amidst the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida, a place where she found cult-like privilege, shocking racial disparities, rampant white-collar crime, and powerfully destructive standards...
Know My Name
A Memoir
Chanel Miller - Sep 24, 2019
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The riveting, powerful memoir of the woman whose statement to Brock Turner gave voice to millions of survivors. She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statemen...
Just Mercy
A Story of Justice and Redemption
Bryan Stevenson - Aug 18, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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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 dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poo...
In the Dream House
A Memoir
Carmen Maria Machado - Nov 05, 2019
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For years Carmen Maria Machado has struggled to articulate her experiences in an abusive same-sex relationship. In this extraordinarily candid and radically inventive memoir, Machado tackles a dark and difficult subject with wit, inventiveness and an inquiring spirit, as she uses a series of narrative tropes—including classic horror themes—to creat...
The New Jim Crow
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Michelle Alexander - Jan 07, 2020 (first published in 2010)
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A tenth-anniversary edition of the iconic bestseller, with a new preface by the authorSeldom does a book have the impact of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. Since it was first published in 2010, it has been cited in judicial decisions and has been adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads; it helped inspire the creation of the Marshall ...
Bad Blood
Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
John Carreyrou - Jan 28, 2020 (first published in 2018)
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In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the next Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with its breakthrough device, which performed the whole range of laboratory tests from a single drop of blood. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Ti...
These Truths by Jill Lepore
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee
How to Survive a Plague by David France
The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang
March by John Lewis
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre
The Power Broker by Robert A. Caro
The Feynman Lectures on Physics by Richard P. Feynman
The Last Lion by William Manchester
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni EDDO-LODGE
The Civil War by Shelby Foote
Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
The Gulag Archipelago Volume 1 by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
If This Is a Man and The Truce by Primo Levi
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Good Talk by Mira Jacob
The Choice by Dr. Edith Eva Eger
The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
She Said by Jodi Kantor
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
Heavy by Kiese Laymon
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez
Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich
Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham
Network Effect by Martha Wells
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King
Relationship Goals by Michael Todd
The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff
Holy Bible by ESV
The Legend of Zelda by Patrick Thorpe
Stamped by Jason Reynolds
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Jesus the Christ by James Edward Talmage
The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Hinton
Fearless by Eric Blehm
Grant by Ron Chernow
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat
Harry Potter Page to Screen by Bob McCabe
Crashed by K. Bromberg
The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog by Bruce Perry
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
How Not to Die by Michael Greger M.D. FACLM
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
Poor Charlie's Almanack by Peter D. Kaufman
The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
Assata An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Everybody, Always by Bob Goff
This Is Water by David Foster Wallace
Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe
Behave by Robert M. Sapolsky
The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller
March by John Lewis
Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge
The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony
Women, Race, & Class by Angela Y. Davis
Finding Chika by Mitch Albom
Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond
Blowout by Rachel Maddow
Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow
Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
C Programming Language by Brian W. Kernighan
Harry Potter Film Wizardry by Brian Sibley
Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller
The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape
The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson
Principles by Ray Dalio
Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda