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Talking to Strangers: A Memoir of My Escape from a Cult
by Marianne Boucher
Doubleday Canada
Trade Paperback

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Welcome to a place where you are valued. Where everyone is kind. Where you can be your truest self. 

It was the summer of 1980, and Marianne Boucher was ready to chase her figure skating dream. Fuelled by the desire to rise above her mundane high-school life,      she sought a new adventure as a glamorous performer in L.A.

And then a chance encounter on a California beach introduced her to a new group of people. People who shared her distrust of the status quo. People who seemed to value authenticity and compassion above all else. And they liked her. Not Marianne the performer, but Marianne the person.

Soon, she'd abandoned school, her skating and, most dramatically, her family to live with her new friends and help them fulfill their mission of "saving the world." She believed that no sacrifice was too great to be there--and to live wit…

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Me & Patsy Kickin' Up Dust:My Friendship with Patsy Cline
by Loretta Lynn
Grand Central Publishing
Hardcover

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Loretta Lynn and the late Patsy Cline are legends–country icons and sisters of the heart. For the first time ever Loretta tells their story: a celebration of their music and their relationship up until Patsy’s tragic and untimely death.

Full of laughter and tears, this eye-opening, heartwarming memoir paints a picture of two stubborn, spirited country gals who’d be damned if they’d let men or convention tell them how to be. Set in the heady streets of the 1960s South, this nostalgia ride shows how Nashville blossomed into the city of music it is today. Tender and fierce, Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust is an up-close-and-personal portrait of a friendship that defined a generation and changed country music indelibly–and a meditation on love, loss and legacy.

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Leadership Hero Code:Seven Principles for Thriving in Today's Workplace
by Kristen Hemingway
Hemingway Strategies Publishing
Trade Paperback

Confidently and authentically navigating today’s complex, ambiguous, and unpredictable workplace isn’t about putting on a brave face or taking one for the team. You need trustworthy diagnostics and tools you can count on to focus your energy on high-impact areas of leadership effectiveness. Leadership Hero Code identifies seven principles of leadership health, for you individually and for the teams you work with daily. Discover how you can recalibrate your leadership and your quality of life creating change even in the most conservative environments. Gain mastery over your career—and your life. Leadership Hero Code will give you the courage to be your own kind of hero.

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Her Argument: Epiphanies, Theories, Confessions
by Ellary Eddy
Darlingmedia Press
Trade Paperback

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This is not just another memoir:This is a deconstruction  of life, as lived by a human. This is not a how-to book:This is a what-if book.  A ‘what-if you could look at life as an intellectual adventure’ book. In a vein at once playful, philosophical and lyrical, artist Ellary Eddy builds a provocative case for the value of self-inquiry, authenticity, and radical astonishment at the marvel of existence. Using her own experiences as raw material, Eddy’s essays muse upon the nature of identity and explore the meaning of life in general. Her Argument coaxes you to throw off the shackles of everyday reality and, Tigger-like, bounce free, stripes rippling, into the frabjous wilderness of being. Eddy romps through a wide range of topics: sex, style, play, and dating, philosophy, poetry, art and dildos, daughters, joy, aging like a motherf***er and the ‘Good Life’.

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Swing Kings: The Inside Story of Baseball's Home Run Revolution
by Jared Diamond
William Morrow Books
Hardcover

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We are in a historic era for the home run. The 2019 season saw the most homers ever, obliterating a record set just two years before. It is a shift that has transformed the way the game is played, contributing to more strikeouts, longer games, and what feels like the logical conclusion of the analytics era. In Swing Kings, Wall Street Journal national baseball writer Jared Diamond reveals that the secret behind this unprecedented shift isn’t steroids or the stitching of the baseballs, it’s the most elemental explanation of all: the swing. In this lively narrative romp, he tracks a group of baseball’s biggest stars—including Aaron Judge, J.D. Martinez, and Justin Turner—who remade their swings under the tutelage of a band of renegade coaches, and remade the game in the process.
These coaches, many of them baseball washouts who have reinvented…

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Relentless Pursuit: My Fight for the Victims of Jeffrey Epstein
by Bradley J. Edwards
Gallery Books
Hardcover

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In June 2008, Florida-based victims’ rights attorney Bradley J. Edwards was thirty-two years old and had just started his own law firm when a young woman named Courtney Wild came to see him. She told a shocking story of having been sexually coerced at the age of fourteen by a wealthy man in Palm Beach named Jeffrey Epstein. Edwards, who had never heard of Epstein, had no idea that this moment would change the course of his life.

Over the next ten years, Edwards devoted himself to bringing Epstein to justice, and came close to losing everything in the process. Edwards tracked down and represented more than twenty of Epstein’s victims, shined a light on his shadowy network of accomplices, and uncovered the scope of his sexually exploitative organization, which reached into the highest levels of American society.

Edwards gives his riveting, blow-by-bl…

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The NRA:The Unauthorized History
by Frank Smyth
Flatiron Books
Hardcover

From the publisher's website:

The National Rifle Association is unique in American life. Few other civic organizations are as old or as large. None is as controversial. It is largely due to the NRA that the U.S. gun policy differs so extremely — some would say so tragically — from that of every other developed nation. But, as Frank Smyth shows, the NRA has evolved from an organization concerned above all with marksmanship — and which supported most government efforts around gun control for a hundred years — to one that resists all attempts to restrict guns in any way. At the same time, the organization has also buried its own remarkable history.  Here is that story, from the NRA’s surprising roots in post-Civil War New York City to the defining event that changed its culture forever — the so called “Cincinnati Revolt” of 1977 — to the present day, where President Donald Trump is the most ardent champion in the W…