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The Only Plane in the Sky
An Oral History of 9/11
Garrett M. Graff - Sep 10, 2019
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The first comprehensive oral history of September 11, 2001a panoramic narrative woven from the voices of Americans on the front lines of an unprecedented national trauma.Over the past eighteen years, monumental literature has been published about 9/11, from Lawrence Wrights The Looming Tower, which traced the rise of al-Qaeda, to The 9/11 Commissio...
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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...
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Braiding Sweetgrass
Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
Robin Wall Kimmerer - Aug 11, 2015 (first published in 2013)
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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 is poised to be a classic of nature writing. As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmere...
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Holy Bible
English Standard Version.
Esv - Apr 01, 2012
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The English Standard Version of the Bible, the world's fastest-growing Bible translation....
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Assata
An Autobiography
Assata Shakur - Nov 01, 2001 (first published in 1987)
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On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper. Long a target of J. Edgar Hoover's campaign to defame, infiltr...
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Beastie Boys Book
Michael Diamond - Oct 30, 2018
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A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself--by band members ADROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more.Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardo...
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How Not to Die
Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease
Michael Greger Faclm - Dec 08, 2015
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From the physician behind the wildly popular website NutritionFacts.org, How Not to Die reveals the groundbreaking scientific evidence behind the only diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of disease-related death.The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. In How Not to Die, D...
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Women, Race, & Class
Angela Y. Davis - Feb 12, 1983 (first published in 1981)
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A powerful study of the women's movement in the U.S. from abolitionist days to the present that demonstrates how it has always been hampered by the racist and classist biases of its leaders....
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Sister Outsider
Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press Feminist Series)
Audre Lorde - Aug 01, 2007 (first published in 1984)
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Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and...
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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...
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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 by Carmen Maria Machado
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
These Truths by Jill Lepore
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 Legend of Zelda by Patrick Thorpe
The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Hinton
The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger
Jesus the Christ by James Edward Talmage
Fearless by Eric Blehm
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat
Poor Charlie's Almanack by Peter D. Kaufman
Harry Potter Page to Screen by Bob McCabe
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
The Spy and the Traitor by Ben MacIntyre
The Choice by Edith Eva Eger
Crashed by K. Bromberg
The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog by Bruce Perry
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
The Power Broker by Robert A. Caro
The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
Grant by Ron Chernow
Stamped by Jason Reynolds
The Last Lion by William Manchester
The Civil War by Shelby Foote
Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
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
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Good Talk by Mira Jacob
Becoming by Michelle Obama
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez
Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
Behave by Robert M. Sapolsky
The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
She Said by Jodi Kantor
This Is Water by David Foster Wallace
White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
Heavy by Kiese Laymon
March by John Lewis
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
With the Old Breed by E. B. Sledge
The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony
Blowout by Rachel Maddow
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Educated by Tara Westover
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
The Feynman Lectures on Physics by Richard P. Feynman
If This Is a Man and The Truce by Primo Levi
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee
Dear Ijeawele Or A Feminist Manifesto by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Everybody, Always by Bob Goff
Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe
The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller
Finding Chika by Mitch Albom
Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler
Principles by Ray Dalio
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 Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson
Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich
Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins
Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow
Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
Network Effect by Martha Wells
Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King
Relationship Goals by Michael Todd