New Books Blog

July 2021 New Non-fiction

Politics Special Edition!

Landslide : The Final Days of the Trump White House

Landslide : The Final Days of the Trump White House

by Wolff, Michael

Michael Wolff pulled back the curtain on the Trump presidency with his #1 bestselling blockbuster Fire and Fury. Now, in Landslide, he closes the door on the presidency with a final, astonishingly candid account. Once again, Wolff has gotten top-level access and takes us front row as Trump’s circle of plotters whittles down to the most enabling and the president reaches beyond the bounds of democracy as he entertains the idea of martial law and balks at calling off the insurrectionist mob that threatens the institution of democracy itself.

The Bomber Mafia : a dream, a temptation, and the longest night of the second World War

by Gladwell, Malcolm

In The Bomber Mafia, Malcolm Gladwell weaves together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath, and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard to examine one of the greatest moral challenges in modern American history. Most military thinkers in the years leading up to World War II saw the airplane as an afterthought. But a small band of idealistic strategists, the “Bomber Mafia”, asked: What if precision bombing could cripple the enemy and make war far less lethal?

Killing the mob

by O’Reilly, Bill

O’Reilly and co-author Martin Dugard trace the brutal history of 20th Century organized crime in the United States, and expertly plumb the history of this nation’s most notorious serial robbers, conmen, murderers, and especially, mob family bosses. Covering the period from the 1930s to the 1980s, O’Reilly and Dugard trace the prohibition-busting bank robbers of the Depression Era, such as John Dillinger, Bonnie & Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby-Face Nelson. In addition, the authors highlight the creation of the Mafia Commission, the power struggles within the “Five Families,” the growth of the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover, the mob battles to control Cuba, Las Vegas and Hollywood, as well as the personal war between the U.S. Attorney General Bobby Kennedy and legendary Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa.

“Frankly, we did win this election” : the inside story of how Trump lost

by Bender, Michael C.

Beginning with President Trump’s first impeachment and ending with his second, this book chronicles the inside-the-room deliberations between Trump and his campaign team as they opened 2020 with a sleek political operation built to harness a surge of momentum from a bullish economy, a unified Republican Party, and a string of domestic and foreign policy successes–only to watch everything unravel when fortunes suddenly turned. Frankly, We Did Win This Election is the inside story of how Trump lost, and the definitive account of his final year in office that draws a straight line from the president’s repeated insistence that he would never lose to the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol that imperiled one of his most loyal lieutenants–his own vice president.

How I saved the world

by Watters, Jesse

At one of the most chaotic periods in American history, in a time of national distrust and despair, one tanned TV host holds the key to the future. Watters outlines the stark choice ahead of us between all-American hamburgers and leftist Green New Deal breadlines (okay, maybe that one is a no-brainer) and shows the way for order and fairness to be restored. A manifesto and a call-to-arms from a man for all seasons, How I Saved the World is a hilarious, enlightening, entertaining book with a reasonable chance of winning a Nobel Prize in every category, even chemistry.

American Marxism

by Levin, Mark R. 

In 2009, Mark R. Levin galvanized conservatives with his unforgettable manifesto Liberty and Tyranny, by providing a philosophical, historical, and practical framework for halting the liberal assault on Constitution-based values. That book was about standing at the precipice of progressivism’s threat to our freedom and now, over a decade later, we’re fully over that precipice and paying the price. In American Marxism, Levin explains how the core elements of Marxist ideology are now pervasive in American society and culture.

And one more, an uplifting story of success in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles!

Trejo : my life of crime, redemption, and Hollywood

by Trejo, Danny

For the first time, the full, fascinating, and inspirational true story of Danny Trejo’s journey from crime, prison, addiction, and loss to unexpected fame as Hollywood’s favorite bad guy with a heart of gold.

January 2021 New Non-fiction

The Age of Wood : Our Most Useful Material and the Construction of Civilization
by Ennos, A. R.

As the dominant species on Earth, humans have made astonishing progress since our ancestors came down from the trees. But how did the descendants of small primates manage to walk upright, become top predators, and populate the world? How were humans able to develop civilizations and produce a globalized economy? Now, in The Age of Wood, Roland Ennos shows for the first time that the key to our success has been our relationship with wood.

All Lara’s Wars
by Jagielski, Wojciech

In All Lara’s Wars, the great events of the last half-century–the realignment of Eastern Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union, and the rise in the Middle East of ISIS and its quest for a new Caliphate–converge in this account of a Chechen-Georgian family whose two sons become radicalized, and how their mother–Lara–travels to Syria by bus and at great risk, not to join them but to bring them home. Thrilling and poignant!

Adrift : How Our World Lost Its Way
by Maalouf, Amin and Frank Wynne

Our divided humanity is unable to address global threats to the environment and our health. How did we get here and what is yet to come? World-renowned scholar and bestselling author Amin Maalouf seeks to raise awareness and pursue a new human solidarity. In Adrift, Maalouf traces how civilizations have drifted apart throughout the 20th century, mixing personal narrative and historical analysis to provide a warning signal for the future.

All I Ever Wanted : A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir
by Valentine, Kathy

At twenty-one, Kathy Valentine was at the Whisky in Los Angeles when she met a guitarist from a fledgling band called the Go-Go’s—and the band needed a bassist. The Go-Go’s became the first multi-platinum-selling, all-female band. The band’s success brought the pressures of a relentless schedule culminating in a wild, hazy, substance-fueled tour that took the band from the club circuit to arenas, where fans, promoters, and crew were more than ready to keep the party going.

Bag Man : The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-up, & Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House
by Maddow, Rachel

The knockdown, drag-out, untold story of the other scandal that rocked Nixon’s White House! In this blockbuster account, Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz detail the investigation that exposed the crimes and the backroom bargain that forced the vice-president’s resignation, but also spared him years in federal prison. Based on the award-winning hit podcast, Bag Man expands and deepens the story of Spiro Agnew’s scandal and its lasting influence.

Caste : The Origins of Our Discontents
by Wilkerson, Isabel

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions. In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.

The Answer Is… : Reflections on My Life
by Trebek, Alex

The Answer Is…Reflections on My Life combines illuminating personal anecdotes with Alex Trebek’s thoughts on a range of topics, including marriage, parenthood, education, success, spirituality, and philanthropy. Trebek also addresses the questions he gets asked most often by Jeopardy! fans, such as what prompted him to shave his signature mustache. The book uses a novel structure inspired by Jeopardy!, with each chapter title in the form of a question, and features dozens of never-before-seen photos that candidly capture Trebek over the years

The last days of John Lennon
by Patterson, James

With the Beatles, John Lennon surpasses his youthful dreams, achieving a level of superstardom that defies classification. We were the best bloody band there was, he says. There was nobody to touch us. Nobody except the original nowhere man, Mark David Chapman. Chapman once worshipped his idols from afar, but now harbors grudges against those, like Lennon, whom he feels betrayed him. He’s convinced Lennon has misled fans with his message of hope and peace. And Chapman’s not staying away any longer. The greatest true-crime story in music history, as only James Patterson can tell it.

Humans
by Stanton, Brandon

Brandon Stanton’s new book, Humans … shows us the world. Brandon Stanton created Humans of New York in 2010. What began as a photographic census of life in New York City, soon evolved into a storytelling phenomenon. Over the next several years, Stanton broadened his lens to include people from across the world. Traveling to more than forty countries, he conducted interviews across continents, borders, and language barriers. The faces and locations will vary from page to page, but the stories will feel deeply familiar. Told with candor and intimacy, Humans provides a portrait of our shared experience.

Wintering : The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times
by May, Katherine

An intimate, revelatory book exploring the ways we can care for and repair ourselves when life knocks us down. Sometimes you slip through the cracks: unforeseen circumstances like an abrupt illness, the death of a loved one, a break up, or a job loss can derail a life. These periods of dislocation can be lonely and unexpected. For May, her husband fell ill, her son stopped attending school, and her own medical issues led her to leave a demanding job. Wintering explores how she not only endured this painful time, but embraced the singular opportunities it offered.

Early March 2019 New Non-fiction

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Gutter Auteur: The Films of Andy Milligan
by Craig, Robert

Working virtually alone, on infinitesimal budgets, Milligan crafted some unique melodramas of the 1960s and 1970s. Using costumes sewn by the filmmaker, Milligan’s gritty, bizarre films come across as the random cinéma vérité of a lunatic with a home movie camera. Evident throughout are deconstruction of the heterosexual paradigm, and the family as breeder of dysfunction. From incest to murder to sadomasochistic monks, the films of Andy Milligan are fun for the whole family! (Just kidding; seriously, don’t let any kids – or, for that matter, anyone! – near Milligan’s movies. His vision was as warped as his movies were cheap and badly acted. But, if you do decide to watch one, be warned: Like a train wreck or a car accident, you will NOT be able to look away! Now, swirl camera, babe!)

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Shameless: A Sexual Reformation
by Bolz-Weber, Nadia

Nothing gives church folk anxiety quite like the subject of sex. And that’s why in Shameless, Pastor Nadia sets out to reclaim the conversation for a new generation. In the spirit of Martin Luther, Bolz-Weber calls for a reformation of the way believers understand and express their sexuality. To make her case, Bolz-Weber draws on experiences from her own life as well as her parishoners’, then puts them side by side with biblical narrative and theology to explore what the church has taught and about sex, and the harm that has often come as a result. Along the way, Bolz-Weber reexamines patriarchy, gender, and sexual orientation with candor but also with hope–because, as she writes, “I believe that the Gospel can heal the pain that even the church has caused.

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In the Shadows of a Presidency
by Estulin, Daniel

On November 8, 2016, the seemingly impossible became real: Donald Trump—billionaire tycoon with fundamentally xenophobic, savage, and populist speech—won the presidency and began endangering values like democracy and world peace. Author Daniel Estulin argues that nothing about this situation was accidental and that behind this terrifying event many interests are hidden. From his privileged status as a Russian ex-spy, Daniel Estulin dives into the long process that has led Donald Trump to the presidency. In The Shadows of a Presidency offers a behind-the-scenes chronicle of the actors, governments, companies, and institutions involved in his election and the payout it will yield for insiders.

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On the Art of Writing Copy
by Lewis, Herschell Gordon

This book has been the bible for aspiring copywriters for twenty years. This new edition carries that tradition forward. The written word has always been powerful … and today it is more powerful than ever in new forms that weren’t imagined just fifteen years ago. For anyone interested in the power of the written word, this is your book. It shows how to harness that power in all its various forms, from traditional print to the newer electronic and social media. It provides and discusses the key concepts driving powerful advertising and sell copy and shows how to apply those concepts in the everyday world of advertising, marketing, and sales.

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The Uninhabitable Earth: Life after Warming
by Wallace-Wells, David

In his travelogue of our near future, David Wallace-Wells brings into stark relief the climate troubles that await–food shortages, refugee emergencies, and other crises that will reshape the globe. But the world will be remade by warming in more profound ways as well, transforming our politics, our culture, our relationship to technology, and our sense of history. It will be all-encompassing, shaping and distorting nearly every aspect of human life as it is lived today. Like The Population Bomb, An Inconvenient Truth, and Silent Spring before it, The Uninhabitable Earth is both a meditation on the devastation we have brought upon ourselves and an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation.

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In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy
by Martel, Frédéric

“[An] earth-shaking exposé of clerical corruption … What Martel does, quite masterfully, is to connect the dots that reveal an ecclesial system in profound decay … In the Closet of the Vatican examines in impressive detail the double lives led by many of the church’s prelates … Without question, [the book] is a truly remarkable publishing event.” – National Catholic Reporter

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Air Fryer Perfection: From Crispy Fries and Juicy Steaks to Perfect Vegetables: What to Cook and How To Get the Best Results
by America’s Test Kitchen

Are air fryers worth the investment of money and counter space? Yes, if you’re looking to use less fat in your cooking, you crave minimal fuss and mess, you want fast meals and sides that satisfy adults and kids alike, and you appreciate consistently great results. Air Fryer Perfection contains surprising, foolproof recipes plus everything we learned about air fryers—from how to make the crispiest, crunchiest, tastiest food to how to keep your air fryer clean.

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The FrightFest Guide to Exploitation Movies
by Jones, Alan

From the moment motion pictures were invented, fearless entrepreneurs, poverty row profiteers and money-grabbing grifters gave cinemagoers what they truly craved…. the sex, horror and cheap thrills that were too hot for Hollywood to handle. And so the exploitation industry was born. Nothing was taboo and selling sin, shock and sensation became an art form. Enter, if you dare, into the sordid, sleazy underworld of Z-studio slime and punishment, where orgies of the dead, cesspools of vice and shameless desires featured tantalizing titles, lurid artwork, daring advertising campaigns and overblown hype.

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Let That Sh*t Go: Find Peace of Mind and Happiness in Your Everyday
by Purewal, Nina

In Let That Sh*t Go, Kate Petriw and Nina Purewal share the wisdom they’ve gained though decades of practising and teaching others to find peace of mind no matter how busy they are. Learn to put your life in perspective, take each day one step at a time and steal moments of calm amid the chaos. And remember: it’s not worth holding onto that sh*t.

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Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals
by Hollis, Rachel

Rachel Hollis is sounding a wake-up call. She knows that many women have been taught to define themselves in light of other people; whether as wife, mother, daughter, or employee … instead of learning how to own who they are and what they want. With a challenge to women everywhere to stop talking themselves out of their dreams, Hollis identifies the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt, and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence, and believing in yourself.

Early October 2018 New Non-fiction

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The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing
Emre, Merve

An unprecedented history of the personality test that has achieved cult-like devotion, devised a century ago by a pair of homemakers and found today in boardrooms, classrooms, and beyond. The Personality Brokers examines nothing less than the definition of the self — our attempts to grasp, categorize, and quantify our personalities. Surprising and absorbing, the book, like the test at its heart, considers the timeless question: What makes you you?

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Injustice, Gods Among Us Year One: The Complete Collection
Taylor, Tom

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Injustice, Gods Among Us Year Two: The Complete Collection
Taylor, Tom

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Injustice, Gods Among Us Year Three: The Complete Collection
Taylor, Tom

In an alternate reality, Superman descends into tyranny following his family’s death at the Joker’s hands and establishes a totalitarian One Earth Regime. In response, Batman forms an insurgency to fight back against the Regime!

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The Shadow President: The Truth about Mike Pence
D’Antonio, Michael

“[The Shadow President] presents an entirely damning portrait of Pence. You’ve seen his colors before, but not so vividly and in this detail.” ―Frank Bruni, The New York Times

“Producing a biography of a living, controversial politician is always difficult. D’Antonio and Eisner have succeeded in this well-documented, damning book. Cue the outrage from Sean Hannity et al.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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These Truths: A History of the United States
Lepore, Jill

In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation. A spellbinding chronicle filled with arresting sketches of Americans from John Winthrop and Frederick Douglass to Pauli Murray and Phyllis Schlafly, These Truths offers an authoritative new history of a great, and greatly troubled, nation”– Provided by publisher.

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Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
Smarsh, Sarah

During Smarsh’s turbulent childhood in Kansas in the ’80s and ’90s, the forces of cyclical poverty and the country’s changing economic policies solidified her family’s place among the working poor.  Combining memoir with powerful analysis and cultural commentary, this is an uncompromising look at class, identity, and the particular perils of having less in a country known for its excess.

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The Deep State: How an Army of Bureaucrats Protected Barack Obama and Is Working to Destroy the Trump Agenda
Chaffetz, Jason

Former Congressman and current Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz explains how we ended up with a politicized federal bureaucracy that actively works to promote the Democrat party agenda and undermine Donald Trump. In Deep State, Chaffetz highlights the Deep State’s tactics, illuminates the problems, and offers a way to fight back and win.

Mid-May 2018 New Non-fiction

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Meghan: A Hollywood Princess
by Morton, Andrew

Get ready for the royal wedding! A biography of the American actress discusses her early life, acting career, humanitarian work, and her relationship with Prince Harry.

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Pizzapedia: An Illustrated Guide to Everyone’s Favorite Food
by Bransfield, Dan

Pizza is a food that lends itself to legend and obsession, spanning geography, generations, and gender. Pizzapedia celebrates all there is to fixate about: the stories behind its origin (we have the ancient Greeks to thank before the Italians); the delectable ingredients, from San Marzano tomatoes to buffalo mozzarella; the failed and the famous inventions; the merits of Sicilian vs. New York vs. Chicago vs. new (Detroit?!) styles; and much more!

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The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of A Lost World
by Brusatte, Stephen

A sweeping narrative scientific history that tells the epic story of the dinosaurs, examining their origins, their habitats, their extinction, and their living legacy. Print run 75,000.

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Rocket Billionaires: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the New Space Race
by Fernholz, Tim

Follows the major players and corporations who are all competing in the new “space race” to colonize the Moon, send civilians into space, or send humans to Mars.

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Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion
by Dean, Michelle

The ten brilliant women who are the focus of Sharp came from different backgrounds and had vastly divergent political and artistic opinions. But they all made a significant contribution to the cultural and intellectual history of America and ultimately changed the course of the twentieth century, in spite of the men who often undervalued or dismissed their work. Mixing biography, literary criticism, and cultural history, Sharp is a celebration of this group of extraordinary women, an engaging introduction to their works, and a testament to how anyone who feels powerless can claim the mantle of writer, and, perhaps, change the world.

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Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics Is Destroying American Democracy
by Goldberg, Jonah

With his trademark blend of political history, social science, economics, and pop culture … Jonah Goldberg makes the timely case that America and other democracies are in peril as they lose the will to defend the values and institutions that sustain freedom and prosperity. Instead we are surrendering to populism, nationalism and other forms of tribalism.

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Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen
by Mogel, Wendy

Presents an essential guide to the art of talking with children that demonstrates how a change of voice can transform conversations and ease parent-child relationships, sharing strategies for communicating with kids at different age levels.

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War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
by Farrow, Ronan

The journalist and former U.S. State Department official explores the decline of American diplomacy and traditional statecraft, the abdication of global leadership, and how the work of peacemaking has been taken over by the military-industrial complex.

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Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood
by Andrew, Mari

Adulting meets Hyperbole and a Half in this witty, starkly honest, and absolutely on-point book of essays and illustrations on the realities of growing up and finding yourself. Within each chapter, Mari Andrew shares her personal experiences in never-before-seen essays, accompanied by spreads of her signature illustrations, 90 percent of which are brand new. Readers are bound to see some of themselves in this book, whether seeking advice on how to handle growing up, or just looking for a friend who can commiserate.

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Breasts: The Owner’s Manual: Every Woman’s Guide to Reducing Cancer Risk, Making Treatment Choices, and Optimizing Outcomes
by Funk, Kristi

A comprehensive guide to total breast health from the go-to breast care expert for Good Morning America and The Doctors. Every year, 1 million cases of breast cancer are diagnosed globally, with more than 240,000 in the US alone. Breasts: The Owner’s Manual will help many women avoid this unwelcome journey and will provide wisdom and practical advice for those already walking this challenging path.