History, Biography, and Politics

In David Grann’s latest book, he sheds light on the tragic fate of the Osage people, who, in the 1920s, were manipulated into giving up their immense oil wealth to white men. Those who got in the way were systematically murdered. The masterful prose of Killers of the Flower Moon hooked me by the first paragraph, and I hungrily devoured every subsequent word. The book is, hands down, one of the best I’ve ever read. - Jade

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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307742483
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

This is the Native memoir we need to be reading right now, one that does not look so much at the experience as through it, beyond it into a painful, poetic, grippingly real journey through struggle, breakdown, mental illness, relationship, abuse, shame, strength, motherhood and the perseverance to live. Mailhot’s writing is magnetic, propulsive, exquisitely crafted to pinpoint the intensity, confusion and complexity of each moment. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9781619023345
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - February 6th, 2018

Tara Westover’s memoir is an incredible read, not just because she details a childhood foreign to so many of us, but because she writes with such generosity and honesty to the entire experience. Westover comes of age among religious fanaticism, government distrust (read: no school, no doctors), extreme paranoia and outright danger (read next: child labor in a scrapyard), and yet she rises above to learn herself into university and the world beyond, but always with an eye to her family, both beloved and estranged. - Melinda

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Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

A lawyer and social justice advocate, Stevenson paints a devastating picture of the American criminal justice system and the racial biases that permeate it. Drawing on his experiences as a black man in America and those of his many clients, Stevenson beseeches his readers to try and better understand our fellow humans, and to just show some mercy. - Jade

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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812984965
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - August 18th, 2015

This is not normal. Forget the Whitehouse—politics now is not normal. Daley pulls together the story of how following Obama’s 2008 election, key Republicans developed a meticulous, well-funded, often illegal plan to take over the U.S., by gerrymandering congressional district lines to create the nigh-unbreakable majority (and extreme politics) we’re dealing with today. - Jocelyn

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Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631493218
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - July 4th, 2017

This book provides a comprehensive deconstruction of digital privacy. Broken down into small vignettes that highlight either a historical or digital obfuscation, Finn & Nissenbaum offer an interesting guide for privacy in the 21st century. An excellent nightstand book, this is a vital tool for understanding just how the State can intrude upon our individual freedoms. - Gabe

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Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780262529860
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Published: Mit Press - September 2nd, 2016

A 2010 research dive into six companies that have been alternatively held darling or spurned by CSR hawks. Hawthorne’s work reveals so much about how we oversimplify corporate ethics. Are responsibly sourced yet prohibitively priced items moral? Do organizations with good benefits get a pass for anti-union sentiment? A fun overview to read years later. - a.c.

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Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807000601
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Published: Beacon Press - March 19th, 2013

Berkowitz approaches issues of gender, race, and sexuality through the lens of law and reveals the underpinnings of America’s perspective on sex, social welfare, marriage, immigration, and more. Berkowitz’s writing on the policing of single motherhood, the American eugenics movement, and the social capital of the phrase “welfare queen” is particularly relevant. - Clara

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The Boundaries of Desire: A Century of Bad Laws, Good Sex and Changing Identities Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619027466
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - July 12th, 2016

This book is hard to categorize, but so lovely and fun for the literary/history nerd. We’ll never know much about Shakespeare’s life, so Shapiro instead focuses on the events we know occurred during one of his most prolific years. Showing how those events likely influenced the content of Shakespeare’s plays opens up a whole new way of thinking about art and history. - Jocelyn

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A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 (P.S.) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060088743
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 1st, 2006

Chernow does an outstanding job of breathing life into every significant person who crossed Grant’s path, and each character and situation is rendered in superb detail. Chernow brings compassion, humor, and honesty to Grant’s story and sheds new light on the General’s life and times. This is a must read for any American history buff! - Stuart

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ISBN: 9781594204876
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

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