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"Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right" by Jane Mayer

'Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right' by Jane Mayer

Adult Book Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers?      The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against “big government” led to the ascendancy of a br ...

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"Boys in the Trees: A Memoir" by Carly Simon

'Boys in the Trees: A Memoir' by Carly Simon

Adult Book The Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller A People Magazine Top Ten Book of the Year!"Intelligent and captivating. Don't miss it." - People Magazine"One of the best celebrity memoirs of the year." -The Hollywood ReporterRock Star. Composer and Lyricist. Feminist Icon. Survivor. ...

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"The Promise (Elvis Cole #16, Joe Pike, #5)" by Robert Crais

'The Promise (Elvis Cole #16, Joe Pike, #5)' by Robert Crais

Adult Book Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are joined by Suspect heroes LAPD K-9 Officer Scott James and his German shepherd, Maggie, in the new heart-stopping thriller from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Robert Crais.             Loyalty, commitment, and the fight for justice have always driven Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. If they make a promise, they keep it. Even if it could get them killed.   ...

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"Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush" by Jon Meacham

'Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush' by Jon Meacham

Adult Book From Pulitzer Prize winner and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham comes a sweeping yet intimate biography of George H. W. Bush. Based on rigorous research, hours of private interviews, and extraordinary access to Bush’s diaries and to his family, Destiny and Power paints a vivid and affecting portrait of the distinctive American life of a man from the Greatest Generation: his childhood in Connecticut, his heroic ...

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"Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person" by Shonda Rhimes

'Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person' by Shonda Rhimes

Adult Book ***AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER***In this poignant, hilarious, and deeply intimate call to arms, Hollywood’s most powerful woman, the mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder reveals how saying YES changed her life—and how it can change yours too.She’s the creator and producer of so ...

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"Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History" by Brian Kilmeade

'Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History' by Brian Kilmeade

Adult Book From the authors of the  New York Times  bestseller  George Washington’s Secret Six , the little-known story of Thomas Jefferson’s battle to defend America against Islamic pirates. Brian Kilmeade – cohost of “Fox & Friends” on Fox News and the national radio show “Kilmeade & Friends” – returns with another fascinati ...

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"Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology" by Leah Remini

'Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology' by Leah Remini

Adult Book The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from B ...

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"The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs" by Elias Weiss Friedman

'The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs' by Elias Weiss Friedman

Adult Book New York Times bestsellerThe Dogist is a beautiful, funny, and inspiring tribute to the beloved dogs in our lives. Every page presents dog portraits that command our attention. Whether because of the look in a dog’s eyes, its innate beauty, or even the clothes its owner has dressed it in, the photos will make you ooh and aah, laugh, and fall in love. Photographed by Elias Weiss Fried ...

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"Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again" by Donald J. Trump

'Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again' by Donald J. Trump

Adult Book Look at the state of the world right now. It’s a terrible mess, and that’s putting it mildly. There has never been a more dangerous time. The politicians and special interests in Washington, DC, are directly responsible for the mess we are in. So why should we continue listening to them?It’s time to bring America back to its rightful owners—the American people.I’m not going to play the same game politici ...

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"The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime: Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-Minute Meals, and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper!" by Ree Drummond

'The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime: Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-Minute Meals, and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper!' by Ree Drummond

Adult Book THERE’S NO TIME LIKE DINNERTIME!Oh, don’t get me wrong. I adore breakfast. I love lunch! But dinnertime definitely tops them all. It’s the time of day when we reunite with our sweeties, our kids, our friends, our parents . . . and catch up on the events of the day over something mouthwatering and delicious. Dinnertime anchors us, nourishes us, and reassures us. It’s the greatest meal of the day! The P ...

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"The Witches: Salem, 1692" by Stacy Schiff

'The Witches: Salem, 1692' by Stacy Schiff

Adult Book The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra, the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials.It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. The panic spread quickly, involving the most ...

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"The Last of the President's Men" by Bob Woodward

'The Last of the President's Men' by Bob Woodward

Adult Book A new work of narrative nonfiction from bestselling author Bob Woodward.Bob Woodward exposes one of the final pieces of the Richard Nixon puzzle in his new book The Last of the President’s Men. Woodward reveals the untold story of Alexander Butterfield, the Nixon aide who disclosed the secret White House taping system that changed history and led to Nixon’s resignation. In forty-six hours of interviews with Butterfield, supported by t ...

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"Humans of New York: Stories" by Brandon Stanton

'Humans of New York: Stories' by Brandon Stanton

Adult Book In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton began an ambitious project -to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. The photos he took and the accompanying interviews became the blog Humans of New York. His audience steadily grew from a few hundred followers to, at present count, over twelve million. In 2013, his book Humans of New York, based on that blog, was published and immediately catapulted to the top of the N ...

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"The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain" by Bill Bryson

'The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain' by Bill Bryson

Adult Book The hilarious and loving sequel to a hilarious and loving classic of travel writing: Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson’s valentine to his adopted country of EnglandIn 1995 Bill Bryson got into his car and took a weeks-long farewell motoring trip about England before moving his family back to the United States. The book about that trip, Notes from a Small Island, is uproarious and endlessly endeari ...

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"Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir" by Stan Lee

'Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir' by Stan Lee

Adult Book In this gorgeously illustrated, full-color graphic memoir, Stan Lee—comic book legend and cocreator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Incredible Hulk, and a legion of other Marvel superheroes—shares his iconic legacy and the story of how modern comics came to be.Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. The most legendary name in the history of comic books, he has been the leading creative force behind Marvel Comics, and ...

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"The Power of I Am: Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today" by Joel Osteen

'The Power of I Am: Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today' by Joel Osteen

Adult Book Can two words give you the power to change your life? Yes they can! In the pages of his new book, bestselling author Joel Osteen shares a profound principle based on a simple truth. Whatever follows the words "I am" will always come looking for you. So, when you go through the day saying:"I am blessed"...blessings pursue you."I am talented"...talent follows you."I ...

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"M Train" by Patti Smith

'M Train' by Patti Smith

Adult Book From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids: an unforgettable odyssey into the mind of this legendary artist, told through the prism of cafés and haunts she has visited and worked in around the world.M Train is a journey through eighteen "stations." It begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as ...

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"Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter" by Kate Clifford Larson

'Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter' by Kate Clifford Larson

Adult Book They were the most prominent American family of the twentieth century. The daughter they secreted away made all the difference. Joe and Rose Kennedy’s strikingly beautiful daughter Rosemary attended exclusive schools, was presented as a debutante to the Queen of England, and traveled the world with her high-spirited sisters. And yet, Rosemary was intellectually disabled — a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and ...

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"A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties" by Ben Carson

'A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties' by Ben Carson

Adult Book Ben Carson, MD, was raised by a poor single mother in Detroit. He retired as the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a groundbreaking medical career of more than thirty-five years. He is the author of eight previous books including One Nation, America the Beautiful, and Gifted Hands. A former member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, he is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civil ...

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"Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better" by Tracey Stewart

'Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better' by Tracey  Stewart

Adult Book The more we know about the animals in our world and the better we care for them, the better our lives will be. Former veterinary technician and animal advocate Tracey Stewart understands this better than most—and she’s on a mission to change how we interact with animals. Through hundreds of charming illustrations, a few homemade projects, and her humorous, knowledgeable voice, Stewart provides insight into the secret lives of animals and the ...

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"A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction" by Patrick J. Kennedy

'A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction' by Patrick J. Kennedy

Adult Book Patrick J. Kennedy, the former congressman and youngest child of Senator Ted Kennedy, details his personal and political battle with mental illness and addiction, exploring mental health care's history in the country alongside his and every family's private struggles.On May 5, 2006, the New York Times ran two stories, “Patrick Kennedy Crashes Car into Capitol Barrier” and then, several hours later, “Patrick ...

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"Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear" by Elizabeth Gilbert

'Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear' by Elizabeth Gilbert

Adult Book Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us ho ...

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"Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things" by Jenny Lawson

'Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things' by Jenny  Lawson

Adult Book In LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, Jenny Lawson baffled readers with stories about growing up the daughter of a taxidermist. In her new book, FURIOUSLY HAPPY, Jenny explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. And terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.According to Jenny: "Some people might think that ...

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"Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection" by Kate Beaton

'Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection' by Kate Beaton

Adult Book The sequel to the hit comic collection Hark! a Vagrant, which appeared on best of lists from Time, NPR and USA Today; spent five months on the New York Times bestseller list; and won Harvey, Ignatz, and Doug Wright awards.Cartoonist Kate Beaton returns with all-new sidesplitting comics that showcase her irreverent love of history, pop culture, and literature. Collected from her ...

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