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Random Acts of Medicine by Anupam B. Jena and Christopher Worsham Paperback Buy from Other Retailers: Entangled Life: The Illustrated Edition by Merlin Sheldrake Hardcover Buy from Other Retailers: Why We Remember by Charan Ranganath Hardcover Buy from Other Retailers: The Creative Act by Rick Rubin Hardcover Buy from Other Retailers: The Storyteller’s Workbook by Adrienne Young and Isabel Ibañez Paperback Buy from Other Retailers: Never Pay the First Bill by Marshall Allen Hardcover Buy from Other Retailers: Half American by Matthew F. Delmont Paperback Buy from Other Retailers: Eve by Cat Bohannon Hardcover Buy from Other Retailers: Kingdom of Characters (Pulitzer Prize Finalist) by Jing Tsu Paperback Buy from Other Retailers: When Crack Was King by Donovan X. Ramsey Paperback Preorder from: Why We Remember by Charan Ranganath Hardcover Buy from Other Retailers: The Nature of Life and Death by Patricia Wiltshire Paperback Buy from Other Retailers: 101 Things I Learned® in Psychology School by Tim Bono Hardcover Buy from Other Retailers: Major Labels by Kelefa Sanneh Paperback Buy from Other Retailers: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer Paperback Buy from Other Retailers: This Is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan Paperback Buy from Other Retailers: A Map to Your Soul by Jennifer Freed, PhD Hardcover Buy from Other Retailers: Effortless by Greg McKeown Hardcover Buy from Other Retailers: MeatEater’s American History: The Long Hunters (1761-1775) by Steven Rinella and Clay Newcomb Buy from Other Retailers: What If? 2 by Randall Munroe Hardcover Buy from Other Retailers: Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard Paperback Buy from Other Retailers: The Power of Unwavering Focus by Dandapani Hardcover Buy from Other Retailers: All That She Carried by Tiya Miles Paperback Buy from Other Retailers: House Planted by Lisa Muñoz Hardcover Buy from Other Retailers: Run for Your Life by Mark Cucuzzella, MD Paperback Buy from Other Retailers: Blowout by Rachel Maddow Paperback Buy from Other Retailers: More to Explore

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    Random Acts of Medicine

    by Anupam B. Jena and Christopher Worsham

    Does timing, circ*mstance, or luck impact your health care? This groundbreaking book reveals the hidden side of medicine and how unexpected — but predictable — events can profoundly affect our health.

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    Entangled Life: The Illustrated Edition

    by Merlin Sheldrake

    In the first edition of the mind-bending, “gorgeous” (Margaret Atwood), ”brilliant [and] entrancing” (The Guardian) Entangled Life, Sheldrake introduced us to this mysterious but massively diverse kingdom of life. This new edition, abridged from the original, features over 100 full-color images that bring the spectacular variety, strangeness and beauty of fungi to life as never before.

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    Why We Remember

    by Charan Ranganath

    Including fascinating studies and examples from pop culture, and drawing on Ranganath’s life as a scientist, father, and child of immigrants, Why We Remember is a captivating read that unveils the hidden role memory plays throughout our lives. When we understand its power– and its quirks–we can cut through the clutter and remember the things we want to remember. We can make freer choices and plan a happier future.

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    The Creative Act

    by Rick Rubin

    The Creative Act is a beautiful and generous course of study that illuminates the path of the artist as a road we all can follow. It distills the wisdom gleaned from a lifetime’s work into a luminous reading experience that puts the power to create moments—and lifetimes—of exhilaration and transcendence within closer reach for all of us.

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    The Storyteller’s Workbook

    by Adrienne Young and Isabel Ibañez

    Wherever you are on your journey as a writer, The Storyteller’s Workbook is your one-stop shop for planning, writing, and pitching your novel. Find the space and freedom to create authentically with just enough structure and guidance to get you to the finish line. The Storyteller’s Workbook is designed to empower you to write the story only you can tell.

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    Never Pay the First Bill

    by Marshall Allen

    Never Pay the First Bill is a primer for anyone who wants to fight the predatory health care system — and win. Drawing on 15 years of investigating the healthcare industry, reporter Marshall Allen shows how companies and individuals have managed to force medical providers to play fair and shows how you can, too.

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    Half American

    by Matthew F. Delmont

    Half American is American history as you’ve likely never read it before. In these pages are stories of Black heroes such as Thurgood Marshall, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., Ella Baker, James Thompson, and Langston Hughes. Their bravery and patriotism in the face of unfathomable racism are both inspiring and galvanizing. In a time when the questions World War II raised regarding race and democracy in America remain troublingly relevant and still unanswered, this meticulously researched retelling makes for urgently necessary reading.

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    Eve

    by Cat Bohannon

    A myth-busting, eye-opening landmark account of how humans evolved, offering a paradigm shift in our thinking about what the female body is, how it came to be, and how this evolution still shapes all our lives today.

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    Kingdom of Characters (Pulitzer Prize Finalist)

    by Jing Tsu

    Kingdom of Characters follows the bold innovators who reinvented the Chinese language, among them an exiled reformer who risked a death sentence to advocate for Mandarin as a national language, a Chinese-Muslim poet who laid the groundwork for Chairman Mao’s phonetic writing system, and a computer engineer who devised input codes for Chinese characters on the lid of a teacup from the floor of a jail cell. Without their advances, China might never have become the dominating force we know today.

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    When Crack Was King

    by Donovan X. Ramsey

    The crack epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s is arguably the least examined crisis in American history. Beginning with the myths inspired by Reagan’s war on drugs, journalist Donovan X. Ramsey’s exacting analysis traces the path from the last triumphs of the Civil Rights Movement to the devastating realities we live with today: a racist criminal justice system, continued mass incarceration and gentrification, and increased police brutality.

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    Why We Remember

    by Charan Ranganath

    A new understanding of memory is emerging from the latest scientific research. In Why We Remember, pioneering neuroscientist and psychologist Charan Ranganath radically reframes the way we think about the everyday act of remembering. Combining accessible language with cutting-edge research, he reveals the surprising ways our brains record the past and how we use that information to understand who we are in the present and to imagine and plan for the future.

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    The Nature of Life and Death

    by Patricia Wiltshire

    A riveting blend of science writing and true-crime narrative, The Nature of Life and Death details Wiltshire’s unique journey from college professor to crime fighter: solving murders, locating corpses, and exonerating the falsely accused.

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    101 Things I Learned® in Psychology School

    by Tim Bono

    Why do we think, feel, and act the way we do? A professor and expert consultant on psychological health ponders these questions and more in this thought-provoking, illustrated guide.

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    Major Labels

    by Kelefa Sanneh

    An epic achievement and a huge delight, the entire history of popular music over the past fifty years refracted through the big genres that have defined and dominated it: rock, R&B, country, punk, hip-hop, dance music, and pop.

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    The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

    by David Treuer

    In The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, David Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir to create a sweeping history — and counter-narrative — of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present. It is the essential, intimate story of a resilient people in a transformative era.

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    This Is Your Mind on Plants

    by Michael Pollan

    From bestselling author Michael Pollan, a radical challenge to how we think about drugs, and an exploration into the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants — and the equally powerful taboos. This book holds up a mirror to our fundamental human needs and aspirations, the operations of our minds, and our entanglement with the natural world.

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    A Map to Your Soul

    by Jennifer Freed, PhD

    Nurture yourself and live your potential with this practical and accessible guide to your unique blend of fire, earth, air, and water from goop’s resident psychological astrologer. Written with the beginner in mind but offering insight to the experienced student of astrology, A Map to Your Soul will teach you to balance and support the elements within you, so you can finally truly flourish.

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    Effortless

    by Greg McKeown

    Getting ahead doesn’t have to be as hard as we make it. No matter what challenges or obstacles we face, there is a better way: instead of pushing ourselves harder, we can find an easier path. Effortless offers actionable advice for making the most essential activities the easiest ones, so you can achieve the results you want, without burning out.

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    MeatEater’s American History: The Long Hunters (1761-1775)

    by Steven Rinella and Clay Newcomb

    Steven Rinella (The MeatEater Podcast) and Clay Newcomb (MeatEater’s Bear Grease podcast) gather listeners for a new round of stories, this time drawing from the lives of the rugged Long Hunters, who include such figures as Daniel Boone, Henry Skaggs, and Kasper Mansker. These were the commercial hunters and trappers who explored and exploited the First Far West, the land across the Appalachian Mountains, in the era between the Seven Years War and the American Revolution — one of the most fabled periods of American history.

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    What If? 2

    by Randall Munroe

    The millions of people around the world who read and loved What If? still have questions, and those questions are getting stranger. Unfazed by absurdity, Munroe consults the latest research on everything from swing-set physics to airliner catapult-design to answer his readers’ questions, clearly and concisely, with illuminating and occasionally terrifying illustrations. As he consistently demonstrates, you can learn a lot from examining how the world might work in very specific extreme circ*mstances.

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    Finding the Mother Tree

    by Suzanne Simard

    From Suzanne Simard, the world’s leading forest ecologist who forever changed how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest, writes an inspiring, illuminating, and deeply personal journey of discovery.

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    The Power of Unwavering Focus

    by Dandapani

    The life you want is within reach if only you can master the power of focus. The Power of Unwavering Focus opens readers’ eyes to how practicing the skill of focus can drastically improve productivity, relationships, mental health, and happiness, ultimately gifting us the ability to direct awareness and energy toward achieving our life goals.

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    All That She Carried

    by Tiya Miles

    A renowned historian traces the life of a single object handed down through three generations of Black women to craft an extraordinary testament to people who are left out of the archives.

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    House Planted

    by Lisa Muñoz

    Get ready to transform your humble abode! In House Planted, interior plant designer Lisa Muñoz guides you step by step and room by room through picking the perfect plant for the perfect spot and incorporating plants into your indoor decor. Green up your living space with this bright, fresh, stylish introduction to choosing, caring for, and designing with houseplants.

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    Run for Your Life

    by Mark Cucuzzella, MD

    In Run for Your Life, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella gives us a straightforward, easy-to-follow look at the anatomy, biomechanics, and nutrition of running. His proven, practical techniques will help you to avoid injury and reach the goal of personal fitness and overall health.

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    Blowout

    by Rachel Maddow

    In 2010, the words “earthquake swarm” entered the lexicon in Oklahoma. That same year, a trove of Michael Jackson memorabilia — including his iconic crystal-encrusted white glove — was sold at auction for over $1 million to a guy who was, officially, just the lowly forestry minister of the tiny nation of Equatorial Guinea. And in 2014, revolutionaries in Ukraine raided the palace of their ousted president and found a zoo of peaco*cks, gilded toilets, and a floating restaurant modeled after a Spanish galleon. Unlikely as it might seem, there is a thread connecting these events, and Rachel Maddow follows it to its crooked source: the unimaginably lucrative and equally corrupting oil and gas industry.

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