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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
TCRIME LAR 12/12
Erik Larson's gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder, the killer, and the great fair that obsessed them both.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
TCRIME GRA 04/17
Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas by Jerry Dennis
SCIENCE NATURE DEN 09/16
Dennis offers an engrossing description of being a crew member on the schooner Malabar on a six-week trip through the waters of Lakes Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior, weaving in anecdotes from his childhood, such as a family-fishing trip on Lake Michigan, together with informed commentary on the natural history of the lakes and the people who live there as well as evocative descriptions of the enchanting view of the forests along Lake Superior from the schooner.
She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harrassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement
BIOGRAPHY WEINSTEIN 09/19
From the Pulitzer-prize winning reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment and abuse comes the thrilling untold story of their investigation and its consequences for the #MeToo movement.
Parkland: Birth of a Movement
SOCSCI CUL 02/19
Offers an account of the extraordinary teenage survivors of Parkland who became activists and pushed back against the NRA and Congressional leaders, inspiring millions of Americans to join their grassroots #neveragain movement.
The Plaza: The Secret Life of America's Most Famous Hotel
ARCHITEC SAT 06/19
A journalist explains how one illustrious hotel has defined our understanding of money and glamour, from the Gilded Age to the Go-Go Eighties to today's Billionaire Row.
Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles of the Latin American Story
SOCSCI ARA 08/19
Marie Arana tells the stories of three people in contemporary Latin America whose lives emblemize the three powerful historical forces that still shape Latin America: mineral exploitation (silver), violence (sword), and the Church (stone).
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee
TCRIME CEP 05/19
The stunning story of an Alabama serial killer and the true-crime book that Harper Lee worked on obsessively in the years after To Kill a Mockingbird.
Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow
HISTORY US CIVWAR GAT 04/19
A compelling, visually dramatic rendering of the struggle by African-Americans for equality after the Civil War, from the hopes of Reconstruction to the violent counter-revolution that overthrew it to the long shadow cast by Jim Crow that still haunts us today.
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
TCRIME KEE 02/19
From award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions.
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
SPORTS BRO 05/15
Traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder, and a homeless teen rower.
The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home
HISTORY MILITARY VIETNAM LEE 04/19
The true story of the fierce band of women who battled Washington--and Hanoi--to bring their husbands home from the jungles of Vietnam.
Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church
BIOGRAPHY PHELPS-ROPER 10/19
The activist and TED speaker Phelps-Roper reveals her life growing up in the most hated family in America. Rich with suspense and thoughtful reflection, her life story exposes the dangers of black-and-white thinking and the need for true humility in a time of angry polarization.
The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays
MEDICAL MENTAL WAN 03/19
In essays that range from using fashion to present as high-functioning to the depths of a rare form of psychosis, and from the failures of the higher education system and the dangers of institutionalization to the complexity of compounding factors such as PTSD and Lyme disease, Wang's analytical eye, honed as a former lab researcher at Stanford, allows her to balance research with personal narrative.