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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.
Looking for Hickories: The Forgotten Wildness of the Rural Midwest by Thomas Springer
SCIENCE NATURE SPR
A masterfully written collection that establishes a new voice for the spirit of the upper Midwest and Michigan and offers a fresh look at the landscape as well as the everyday lives of the people who make up the region's small communities
The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú
BIOGRAPHY CANTÚ 02/18
A lyrical and moving account from a third-generation Mexican-American who spends four years seeing for himself the horrors endured by ‘crossers’.
The Wisdom of Wolves: Lessons From the Sawtooth Pack by Jim & Jamie Dutcher
ANIMALS MAMMALS WOLVES DUT 03/18
From the world-famous couple who lived alongside a three-generation wolf pack, this book of inspiration, drawn from the wild, will fascinate animal and nature lovers alike.
The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison
BIOGRAPHY JAMISON 03/18
Presents an exploration of addiction that blends memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and journalistic reportage to analyze the role of stories in conveying the addiction experience, sharing insights based on the lives of artists whose achievements were shaped by addiction.
My Dead Parents: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn
BIOGRAPHY YURCHYSHYN 03/18
In this beautifully written, poignant, honest, and unflinching work, the author takes readers with her on her journey through grief and discovery as she finds out – for good or ill – who her parents really were.
Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evans by Terry Evans
ART PHOTOG EVA 03/13
The photographs of Terry Evans capture the enduring beauty of the American prairie landscape.
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore
HISTORY US 20TH MOO 04/17
Kate Moore tells the story of young women who were drawn to glamorous work with radium in the 1910s and 20s, only to have their lives taken — painfully, horrendously, and very early — by the lethal substance.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
SOCSCI ADI 03/17
What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed TEDx talk of the same name—by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun.
Grant by Ron Chernow
BIOGRAPHY GRANT 10/17
Pulitzer Prize-winner and biographer of Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, and John D. Rockefeller, Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.
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.