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Fears of a Setting Sun

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Fears of a Setting Sun: The Disillusionment of America's Founders By Dennis C. Rasmussen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780691241418
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Published: Princeton University Press - November 8th, 2022

It will come as a surprise to many, as it did to me, almost all the Founding Fathers, save Madison, were so disillusioned by what had become of the experiment of the republic they helped create they did not expect it to survive much longer past their lifetimes. Rasmussen explains why.

Dale


The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream

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The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer By Dean Jobb Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781643752501
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Published: Algonquin Books - July 5th, 2022

Only a few years after Jack the Ripper terrorized London, another murderer roamed the streets, leaving poisoned victims in his wake, as he already had across North America.

John


Bad Mexicans

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Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands By Kelly Lytle Hernández Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781324004370
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 10th, 2022

Mexico's 1910 revolution involved -- among other conspirators -- a group of dissident journalists who launched attacks from the US while also fighting US imperialism in Mexico.

Sarah


The Dark Queens

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The Dark Queens: The Bloody Rivalry That Forged the Medieval World By Shelley Puhak Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635574913
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 22nd, 2022

Two queens in medieval France fight, strategize, and outmaneuver each other in an attempt to claim everything for themselves and their children. Brunhild and Fredegund battled 1500 years ago, but they'd be quite at home on House of Cards or Succession today.

Sarah


Dark Archives

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Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin By Megan Rosenbloom Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250800169
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Published: Picador - October 19th, 2021

Also affectionately known (by me) as the Human Skin Book Book. Rosenbloom is half of the duo that discovered a reliable way to test whether a book's cover is bound in animal or human leather and that testing journey takes her around the world. This delightful book (you read that right, delightful) is a studied and nuanced look at the history of bookbinding, the ways that cultural norms around death and dead bodies have changed, the true power of human mythmaking, and the scientific developments that have allowed us to test those myths. 

Meaghan


From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry

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From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement By Paula Yoo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781324002871
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Published: Norton Young Readers - April 20th, 2021

A deep dive into the 1982 murder of Vincent Chin, and its impact almost 40 years later. It's an important story, but better than that, it's an incredibly well-written book, with great storytelling pulling together the research and context.

Sarah


Silent Fury

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A Silent Fury: The El Bordo Mine Fire By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator) Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781911508786
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Published: And Other Stories - June 16th, 2020

 

A plaque. A press release. A mislabeled photograph. Like a paleontologist drawing a beast from a jaw bone, Herrera tells a story greed, imperialism, and complicity from a few fragments of information. The El Bordo Mine Fire is just one almost forgotten tragedy but, like Rukeyser's Book of the Dead, the bright, poetic light Herrera shines on it with A Silent Fury, casts a shadow on our biggest questions.

Josh


The Man in the Red Coat

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The Man in the Red Coat By Julian Barnes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525658771
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Published: Knopf - February 18th, 2020

In Belle Epoch France, Dr. Samuel Jean Pozzi was known as Le Medecin de l’Amour – the love doctor. Devastatingly handsome, dynamic and brilliant, Dr. Pozzi was an eminent gynecologist and surgical innovator. His portrait was painted by John Singer Sargent in 1881 and this picture inspired Julian Barnes to explore this captivating doctor’s life and the many well-known figures he knew – Proust, Bernhardt, Wilde – first names not necessary.

 

Nathan


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