History, Biography, and Politics

This memoir is an ode to clever, curious girls who strain against the path. Dillard approached childhood with a furious joy, consuming everything her quiet upbringing offered with an infectious vitality. "I read some few books with such reverence," Dillard writes, "I didn't close them at the finish, but only moved the pile of pages back to the start." I felt the same. - Katherine

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An American Childhood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060915186
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 15th, 2013

In 2016, fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first hijab-wearing Muslim American woman to compete -and medal- in the Olympics. Her inspiring memoir details how she challenged stereotypes surrounding black and Muslim woman in America, and how she overcame self-doubt, racism, misogyny, and Islamophobia to proudly represent the United States on the world stage. - Stuart

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Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316518963
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Published: Hachette Books - July 24th, 2018

This history book was written for anyone who loves true crime or scandalous drama. The narrative follows Nicolas de la Reynie, the man appointed by Louis XIV to clean up crime-ridden Paris as the city’s first chief of police. La Reynie’s investigation into the twisted “Affair of the Poisons” takes us deep into a thrilling story of murder, witchcraft, intrigue, sex, and revenge. - Clara

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City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393355437
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 10th, 2018

Beachy writes a history of Berlin and of the development of our modern conceptions of gender and sexuality, breaking new ground in the politics, activism, and social scenes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This book stands out to me for its passionate respect for and interest in the institutional and intellectual creations of gay and transgender people and their legacies. - Clara

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Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307473134
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Published: Vintage - October 13th, 2015

Once a person is evicted, they often fall prey to the vicious cycle of eviction and homelessness, perpetuated by a slew of absurd laws and inadequate safety nets. Desmond follows families as they struggle to hold down jobs, provide for their children, resist addiction, and evade eviction in a housing system seemingly pitted against them. Heart-wrenching and insightful - a must-read. - Jade

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553447453
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Published: Broadway Books - February 28th, 2017

It would be easy to roll your eyes at the idea that any 25 year-old could write a memoir that’s equal parts substantial and entertaining, but Schwartz is the brilliant mind behind @GuyInYourMFA and @YADystopianNovel. Full of raw honesty about her struggles with dating, self-esteem, and eating disorders, this book will make you wish Dana were your best friend. - Jessica

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Choose Your Own Disaster Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781478970392
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 19th, 2018

The reasons for the 2008 housing crisis and ensuing Great Recession are numerous and complicated but McLean and Nocera do an outstanding job of starting at the beginning and telling the story, through all its various strands, in such a way as to make it compelling and comprehensible. I’ve read a handful of books on the financial crisis and this is the best of the bunch. - Rico

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All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781591844389
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Published: Portfolio - August 30th, 2011

Organizing her thoughts around the 40 questions posed to undocumented minors, Luiselli tells the stories of child migrants from their origins, to crossing the border, to experiences with border patrol and immigration court. This compact, powerful book is required reading for public conversation about immigration, the border, and the human costs of racism and nationalism. - Clara

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Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

If you're like me, Robin Williams was part of your life at some point. I, unlike a lot of kids my age, was introduced to his standup first rather than his work in Disney. It broke my heart when I heard he passed. This biography is fantastic. It tells the story of Robin the man, not just Robin the performer. Be warned, it's a five alarm snot bomb so bring your tissues. - Karena

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Robin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781627794244
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 15th, 2018

New York Times best-selling author and officer of the Order of the British Empire, Simon Winchester this time examines not a person, place, or event exactly, but a concept—precision. In this masterfully written study of accuracy and its role in the Industrial Revolution and beyond, Winchester takes us on a journey through time and across the globe, all the while questioning the obsession with precision and wondering what we may have lost because of it. - Aric

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The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062652553
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Published: Harper - May 8th, 2018

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