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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...
Evicted
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
Sapiens
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...
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...
How to Survive a Plague
The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS
David France - Nov 29, 2016 (first published in 2013)
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The definitive history of the successful battle to halt the AIDS epidemic from the creator of, and inspired by, the seminal documentary How to Survive a Plague. A riveting, powerful telling of the story of the grassroots movement of activists, many of them in a life-or-death struggle, who seized upon scientific research to help develop the drugs t...
The Collected Schizophrenias
Essays
Esmé Weijun Wang - Feb 05, 2019
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An intimate, moving book written with the immediacy and directness of one who still struggles with the effects of mental and chronic illness, The Collected Schizophrenias cuts right to the core. Schizophrenia is not a single unifying diagnosis, and Esmé Weijun Wang writes not just to her fellow members of the "collected schizophrenias" but to those...
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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...
March
Book Three
John Lewis - Aug 02, 2016
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Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world....
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
Educated by Tara Westover
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni EDDO-LODGE
The Civil War by Shelby Foote
These Truths by Jill Lepore
The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
The Gulag Archipelago Volume 1 by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Good Talk by Mira Jacob
The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
The Power Broker by Robert A. Caro
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez
The Feynman Lectures on Physics by Richard P. Feynman
Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
The Last Lion by William Manchester
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
Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
Relationship Goals by Michael Todd
Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King
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
High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove
The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Hinton
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
If This Is a Man and The Truce by Primo Levi
Fearless by Eric Blehm
Grant by Ron Chernow
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat
Harry Potter Page to Screen by Bob McCabe
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Crashed by K. Bromberg
The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog by Bruce Perry
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
The Choice by Dr. Edith Eva Eger
The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
She Said by Jodi Kantor
Poor Charlie's Almanack by Peter D. Kaufman
How Not to Die by Michael Greger M.D. FACLM
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
Assata An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
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
The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony
Women, Race, & Class by Angela Y. Davis
Finding Chika by Mitch Albom
Heavy by Kiese Laymon
Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 20th Anniversary Edition by Toni Weschler
Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond
Blowout by Rachel Maddow
Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
C Programming Language by Brian W. Kernighan
Harry Potter Film Wizardry by Brian Sibley
With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge
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