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Oct 27, 2019
1  (1)
On Tyranny
by Timothy Snyder

Twenty lessons from the 20th century about the course of tyranny.

2  (5)
Sapiens
by Yuval Noah Harari

How Homo sapiens became Earth's dominant species.

3  (2)
Born a Crime
by Trevor Noah

A memoir about growing up biracial in apartheid South Africa by the host of "The Daily Show."

4  (3)
The Body Keeps the Score
by Bessel van der Kolk

How trauma affects the body and mind, and innovative treatments for recovery.

5  (6)
White Fragility
by Robin DiAngelo

Historical and cultural analyses on what causes defensive moves by white people and how this inhibits cross-racial dialogue.

6  (4)
Just Mercy
by Bryan Stevenson

A civil rights lawyer and MacArthur grant recipient's memoir of his decades of work to free innocent people condemned to death.

7  (new)
Secret Empires
by Peter Schweizer

The author of "Clinton Cash" describes what some politicians might do to enrich themselves while in office.

8  (7)
The Library Book
by Susan Orlean

The story of the 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Public Library provides a backdrop to the evolution and purpose of libraries.

9  (10)
Outliers
by Malcolm Gladwell

Unexpected factors that explain why some people succeed, such as upbringing, timing and 10,000 hours of deliberate practice.

10  (new)
The Road to Unfreedom
by Timothy Snyder

A history of the rise of authoritarianism from Russia to the West following the conclusion of the Cold War.

11  (13)
Calypso
by David Sedaris

A collection of comedic stories on mortality, middle age and a beach house dubbed the Sea Section.

12  (11)
Why We Sleep
by Matthew Walker

A neuroscientist uses recent scientific discoveries to explain the functions of sleep and dreams.

13  (15)
Being Mortal
by Atul Gawande

The surgeon and New Yorker writer considers how doctors fail patients at the end of life, and how they can do better.

14  (new)
Grit
by Angela Duckworth

The MacArthur Fellow argues that passion and perseverance are more important than innate talent in creating success.

15  (new)
Hillbilly Elegy
by JD Vance

A Yale Law School graduate looks at the struggles of the white working class through the story of his own childhood.

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