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.

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 A comprehensive historical portrait of Laura Ingalls Wilder draws on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and official records to fill in the gaps in Wilder’s official story, sharing details about her pioneer experiences.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

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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.

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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.

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The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism

By John U. Bacon. A gripping account of the world’s largest man-made explosion before the atomic bomb describes the events that led to the catastrophic igniting of the French freighter Mont-Blanc in 1917 Halifax, killing and wounding thousands while leading to advances inmedicine and weapons science.

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Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II

By Liza Mundy. Documents the pivotal contributions of more than 10,000 American women who served as codebreakers during World War II, detailing how their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives and enabled their subsequent careers, in an account that also reveals the strict practice of secrecy that nearly erased their efforts from history.

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Grant

By Ron Chernow. Presents a portrait of the Civil War general and eighteenth president, challenging the views of his critics while sharing insights into his prowess as a military leader, the honor with which he conducted his administration, and the rise and fall of his fortunes.

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Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat into Victory

By Michael Korda.

“Combining epic history with rich family stories, Michael Korda chronicles the outbreak of World War II and the great events that led to Dunkirk. In an absorbing work peopled with world leaders, generals, and ordinary citizens who fought on both sides ofWorld War II, Alone brings to resounding life perhaps the most critical year of twentieth-century history. For, indeed, May 1940 was a month like no other, as the German war machine blazed into France while the supposedly impregnable Maginot Line crumbled, and Winston Churchill replaced Neville Chamberlain as prime minister in an astonishing political drama as Britain, isolated and alone, faced a triumphant Nazi Germany. Against this vast historical canvas, Michael Korda relates what happened and why, and also tells his own story, that of a six-year-old boy in a glamorous movie family who would himself be evacuated. Alone is a work that seamlessly weaves a family memoir into an unforgettable account of a political and military disaster redeemed by the evacuation of more than 300,000 men in four days–surely one of the most heroic episodes of the war. “The incredible, almost miraculous story of what happened at Dunkirk in the year 1940–and why–is unfolded in Alone with great narrative skill and superb delineation of a highly interesting cast of characters, including, importantly, the author himself and his own remarkable family.” — David McCullough

A Speck in the Sea: A Story of Survival and Rescue

By John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski. Two veteran sailors who co-own and operate a Montauk lobster boat recount the 2013 search-and-rescue mission for co-author John Aldridge, describing how his partner, their families, the local fishing community and the U.S. Coast Guard in three states mobilized an unprecedented and ultimately successful operation.

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