Why Bob Dylan Matters

By Richard F. Thomas. A Harvard classics professor and expert on Bob Dylan expands on his popular seminar in a meditative examination of the musician’s enduring influence, sharing insights into Dylan’s formative experiences against a backdrop of western and classical literature.

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

By Caroline Fraser. A comprehensive historical portrait of Laura Ingalls Wilder draws on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and official records to fill in the gaps in Wilder’s official story, sharing details about her pioneer experiences.

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Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe

By Cullen Murphy. A poignant, half-century history of the cartoonists and illustrators from the Connecticut School, written by the son of the Rockwell-trained artist behind the popular strips Prince Valiant and Big Ben Bolt, explores the achievements and pop-culture influence of period artists in the aftermath of World War II.

A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot & Virginia Woolf

By Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney. Draws on letters and diaries to reveal the friendships of female literary masters, from the influence of feminist Mary Taylor on Charlotte Brontèe’s writings to the erotically charged, love-hate associations between Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield.

Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

By Joe Biden. The former vice-president of the United States chronicles the difficult final year of his son’s battle with cancer, his efforts to balance his responsibilities to the country and his family, and the lessons he learned.

The Revenge of Analog

By David Sax. Collects success stories of entrepreneurs, small business owners, and big corporations that explore unreported trends in analog consumerism and reveal a renewal of interest in tangible goods.

You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year As President Donald J. Trump: A So-called Parody

By Alec Baldwin and Kurt Anderson.

What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism

By Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner. The veteran journalist shares essays about what it means to be an American and the relevance of patriotism, discussing the institutions that support the nation, major events from the past half century, and how the country can better unite to secure a collective future.

Magnitude: The Scale of the Universe

By Kimberly Arcand and Megan Watzke. In a book featuring full-color illustrations and infographics throughout, the authors take readers on an expansive journey to the limits of size, mass, distance time and temperature in our universe.

It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree

By A. J. Jacobs. Traces the author’s three-year investigation into what constitutes family, describing how, after receiving an e-mail from a stranger who claimed to be a distant cousin, he embarked on an effort to build the biggest family tree in history.

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