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  • Details about The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts

    The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts

    Joshua Hammer

    To save precious centuries-old Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians in Timbuktu pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean's Eleven. In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that had fallen into obscurity. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu tells the incredible story of how Haidara, a ……more

  • Details about Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

    Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

    Matthew Desmond

    New York Times Bestseller From Harvard sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond, a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that will forever change the way we look at poverty in America   In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the $20 a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott……more

  • Details about The Blood of Emmett Till

    The Blood of Emmett Till

    Timothy B. Tyson

    Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction A New York Times Notable Book A Washington Post Notable Book This extraordinary New York Times bestseller reexamines a pivotal event of the civil rights movement--the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till--"and demands that we do the one vital thing we aren't often enough asked to do with history: learn from it" ( The Atlantic ). In 1955, white men in the Mississippi Delta lynched a fourteen-year-old from Chicago named Emmett Till. His murder w……more

  • Details about The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir

    The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir

    Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

    "Complex and challenging... push[es] the boundaries of writing about trauma." -- The New York Times "A True Crime Masterpiece" - Vogue Entertainment Weekly "Must" List and Best Books of the Year So Far Real Simple's Best New Books " The Fact of a Body is one of the best books I've read this year. It's just astounding." -- Paula Hawkins, author of Into the Water and The Girl on the Train "This book is a marvel. The Fact of a Body is equal parts gripping and haunting and will leave you quest……more

  • Details about The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History

    The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History

    Paul Andrew Hutton

    In the tradition of Empire of the Summer Moon, a stunningly vivid historical account of the manhunt for Geronimo and the 25-year Apache struggle for their homeland. They called him Mickey Free. His kidnapping started the longest war in American history, and both sides--the Apaches and the white invaders--blamed him for it. A mixed-blood warrior who moved uneasily between the worlds of the Apaches and the American soldiers, he was never trusted by either but desperately needed by both. He was t……more

  • Details about Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

    Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

    David Grann

    "Disturbing and riveting...Grann has proved himself a master of spinning delicious, many-layered mysteries that also happen to be true...It will sear your soul." --Dave Eggers, New York Times Book Review From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage In……more

  • Details about The Lost City of the Monkey God

    The Lost City of the Monkey God

    Douglas Preston

    A five-hundred-year-old legend. An ancient curse. A stunning medical mystery. And a pioneering journey into the unknown heart of the world's densest jungle. Since the days of conquistador Hern_n Cort_s, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred cit……more

  • Details about Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam

    Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam

    Mark Bowden

    "An extraordinary feat of journalism . . . full of emotion and color."--Karl Marlantes, Wall Street Journal The first battle book from Mark Bowden since his #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down , Hue 1968 is the story of the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning point in the American War in Vietnam.In the early hours of January 31, 1968, the North Vietnamese launched over one hundred attacks across South Vietnam in what would become known as the Tet Offensive. The lynchpin of T……more

  • Details about American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land

    American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land

    Monica Hesse; Tanya Eby (Narrated by)

    Shocked by a five-month arson spree that left rural Virginia reeling, Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse drove down to Accomack County to cover the trial of Charlie Smith, who pled guilty to sixty-seven counts of arson. But Charlie wasn't lighting fires alone: he had an accomplice, his girlfriend Tonya Bundick. Through her depiction of the dangerous shift that happened in their passionate relationship, Hesse brilliantly brings to life the once-thriving coastal community and its distressed inh……more

  • Details about The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

    The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

    Kate Moore

    ANew York Times, USA Today, andWall Street JournalBestseller! "the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still."--NPR Books The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger The Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War. Meanwhil……more