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Silent Fury

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A Silent Fury: The El Bordo Mine Fire Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$11.16
ISBN: 9781911508786
Availability: Available at Warehouse
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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$26.95
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


Stamped

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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

Jason Reynold's "Stamped Jr" is a great resource for kids and adults who want to talk to kids about the systemic racism rooted in our country's history. Reynolds weaves together historical moments (some that students may have studied in other contexts, others totally new) in a way that connects them to a larger picture and to today. His playful asides make it feel far from textbook reading; perfect for at-home study. Highly recommend the audiobook from Libro.fm - you'll really feel like you're hanging out with Jason Reynolds in your living room!

Leila


Author in Chief

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Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781476786391
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - February 11th, 2020

 

Author in Chief is for every American history aficionado. Imagine spending 10 years to collect the facts and details behind many presidential publications which Craig Fehrman has done. He recounts untold stories and fits them into a fascinating retelling of presidential lives and publications. 

 

Megan


The Splendid and the Vile

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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780385348713
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Published: Crown - February 25th, 2020

 

Award-winning author Eric Larson, author of the bestselling The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake among others, tells the fascinating story of the first year of the Battle of Britain and how Winston Churchill rose to the occasion, stood firm and convinced the world the British would stay calm and carry on.

Nathan


The British Are Coming

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The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 (The Revolution Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781627790437
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 14th, 2019

 

Atkinson brings the same engaging narrative style and excellent researcher's eye for the telling detail to the American Revolution as he did for his masterly WW2/Europe trilogy. (And as a longtime citizen of Concord and history fan I'm a demanding audience!)

Gary


The Atlas of Boston History

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By Nancy S. Seasholes (Editor)
$40.00
ISBN: 9780226631158
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 10th, 2019

 

Visually stunning and beautifully designed, this comprehensive history of the city begins with its geological origins (under 4,000 feet of ice in the last Ice Age), through the periods before European colonization, 250 years as the most important city in North America, through the present day.  Many of the maps and illustrations are original for this volume, and the text represents the contributions of 40 historians, scholars and experts. It is that rare item, an indispensable reference book that is informative and gorgeous at the same time.

David


Stamped from the Beginning

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Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781568585987
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Published: Bold Type Books - August 15th, 2017

 

So much of what seemed chaotic about American history and especially contemporary American politics snapped into clarity for me when I read this book. Kendi’s ideas absolutely changed the way I understand our current crisis, as well as the forces of racism and antiracism that have shaped our culture and society.

Josh


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