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21 Books to Help You Learn Something New

It is never too late to become an expert on a new topic! Learn from science and history scholars on everything from the nature of time to the politics of our founding fathers.

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    Never Pay the First Bill Book Cover Picture
    Never Pay the First Bill Book Cover Picture

    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 health care 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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    Never Pay the First Bill Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $24.00

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    The Nature of Life and Death Book Cover Picture
    The Nature of Life and Death Book Cover Picture

    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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    The Nature of Life and Death Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    Let's Make Dumplings! Book Cover Picture
    Let's Make Dumplings! Book Cover Picture

    Let’s Make Dumplings!

    by Hugh Amano and Sarah Becan

    An accessible and easy-to-follow comic book cookbook for bringing Asian dumplings into the home kitchen, with recipes for savory and sweet dumplings, dipping sauces, riffs, and more.
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    Let's Make Dumplings! Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $19.99

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    The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee Book Cover Picture
    The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee Book Cover Picture

    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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    The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    This Is Your Mind on Plants Book Cover Picture
    This Is Your Mind on Plants Book Cover Picture

    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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    This Is Your Mind on Plants Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Effortless Book Cover Picture
    Effortless Book Cover Picture

    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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    Effortless Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Winners Take All Book Cover Picture
    Winners Take All Book Cover Picture

    Winners Take All

    by Anand Giridharadas

    The groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite’s efforts to “change the world” preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve. An essential read for understanding some of the egregious abuses of power that dominate today’s news.
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    Winners Take All Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    New Women in the Old West Book Cover Picture
    New Women in the Old West Book Cover Picture

    New Women in the Old West

    by Winifred Gallagher

    A riveting history of the American West told for the first time through the pioneering women who used the challenges of migration and settlement as opportunities to advocate for their rights, and transformed the country in the process.
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    New Women in the Old West Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    A Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils Book Cover Picture
    A Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils Book Cover Picture

    A Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils

    by Lisa Butterworth

    A Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils encourages readers to incorporate their favorite oils into daily life, learning to make their own blends and discovering natural solutions to boost skin and hair health, alleviate anxiety and depression, support digestion, and treat inflammation.
    A Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils Book Cover Picture
    A Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $14.99

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    Finding the Mother Tree Book Cover Picture
    Finding the Mother Tree Book Cover Picture

    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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    Finding the Mother Tree Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.95

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    Facing the Mountain Book Cover Picture
    Facing the Mountain Book Cover Picture

    Facing the Mountain

    by Daniel James Brown

    From the bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat, comes a gripping World War II saga of patriotism, highlighting the contributions and sacrifices that Japanese immigrants and their American-born children made for the sake of the nation.
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    Facing the Mountain Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $30.00

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    Shape Book Cover Picture
    Shape Book Cover Picture

    Shape

    by Jordan Ellenberg

    Shape reveals the geometry underneath some of the most important scientific, political, and philosophical problems we face. Geometry asks: Where are things? Which things are near each other? How can you get from one thing to another thing? Those are important questions. The word “geometry,” from the Greek for “measuring the world.” If anything, that’s an undersell. Geometry doesn’t just measure the world—it explains it. Shape shows us how.
    Shape Book Cover Picture
    Shape Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Madhouse at the End of the Earth Book Cover Picture
    Madhouse at the End of the Earth Book Cover Picture

    Madhouse at the End of the Earth

    by Julian Sancton

    The true survival story of an early polar expedition that went terribly awry—with the ship frozen in ice and the crew trapped inside for the entire sunless, Antarctic winter. Equal parts maritime thriller and gothic horror, Madhouse at the End of the Earth is an unforgettable journey into the deep.
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    Madhouse at the End of the Earth Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $30.00

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    All That She Carried Book Cover Picture
    All That She Carried Book Cover Picture

    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.
    All That She Carried Book Cover Picture
    All That She Carried Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Madhur Jaffrey's Instantly Indian Cookbook Book Cover Picture
    Madhur Jaffrey's Instantly Indian Cookbook Book Cover Picture

    Madhur Jaffrey’s Instantly Indian Cookbook

    by Madhur Jaffrey

    Master Indian cooking at home with more than seventy recipes from the multi-James Beard Award-winning author Madhur Jaffrey, “the queen of Indian cooking” (Saveur).
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    Madhur Jaffrey's Instantly Indian Cookbook Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $22.00

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    The Ground Breaking Book Cover Picture
    The Ground Breaking Book Cover Picture

    The Ground Breaking

    by Scott Ellsworth

    A riveting and essential new book, The Ground Breaking not only tells the long-suppressed story of the notorious Tulsa Race Massacre, but also unearths the lost history of how the massacre was covered up, and of the courageous individuals who fought to keep the story alive.  The Ground Breaking recounts the ongoing archaeological saga, the search for the unmarked graves of the victims of the massacre, and the fight to win restitution for the survivors and their families.
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    The Ground Breaking Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    The Fate of Food Book Cover Picture
    The Fate of Food Book Cover Picture

    The Fate of Food

    by Amanda Little

    In the fascinating story of the sustainable food revolution, an environmental journalist and professor asks the question: Is the future of food looking bleak—or better than ever?
    The Fate of Food Book Cover Picture
    The Fate of Food Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.99

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    National Audubon Society Birds of North America Book Cover Picture
    National Audubon Society Birds of North America Book Cover Picture

    National Audubon Society Birds of North America

    by National Audubon Society

    From the most trusted name in birding comes a completely new and definitive guide to the birds of North America: the most comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date work of its kind. Readers will come to rely on this work of remarkable breadth, depth, and elegance. It is a must-have reference for the library of any birder.
    National Audubon Society Birds of North America Book Cover Picture
    National Audubon Society Birds of North America Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $49.95

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    How To

    by Randall Munroe

    A highly impractical guide for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole, How To is a delightfully mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day.
    How To Book Cover Picture
    How To Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Run for Your Life Book Cover Picture
    Run for Your Life Book Cover Picture

    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.
    Run for Your Life Book Cover Picture
    Run for Your Life Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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    Metropolis Book Cover Picture
    Metropolis Book Cover Picture

    Metropolis

    by Ben Wilson

    From a brilliant young historian, a colorful journey through 7,000 years and twenty-six world cities that shows how urban living has been the spur and incubator to humankind’s greatest innovations.
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    Metropolis Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $32.50

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