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2009

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

by Blackmon, Douglas A.

In this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history--an "Age of Neoslavery" that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II.

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

by Meacham, Jon

Biography of President Andrew Jackson. Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy.

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

by Gordon-Reed, Annette

Not only a biography of Sally Hemings, who bore 7 children by Thomas Jefferson, this book details the extraordinary lives of her ancestors and descendants also. Winner of the National Book award, and the Pulitzer Prize for History.

The Shadow of Sirius

by Merwin, W. S.

The nuanced mysteries of light, darkness, temporality, and eternity interweave throughout Merwin's newest collection of poems.

2008

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

by Diaz, Junot

Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who--from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister--dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love.

The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945

by Friedlander, Saul

Saul Friedlander, the author, discusses and describes the Holocaust and World War II focusing his attention on the Jews.

Eden's Outcasts: The Story Of Louisa May Alcott And Her Father

by Matteson, John

Louisa May Alcott's name is known universally. Yet during her youth the famous Alcott was her father, Bronson -- an eminent teacher, lecturer and admired friend of Emerson and Thoreau.

What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848

by Howe, Daniel Walker

Howe illuminates the period from the battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era when the United States expanded to the Pacific and won control over the richest part of the North American continent.

Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005

by Hass, Robert

The poems in Hass's new collection--his first to appear in a decade--are grounded in the beauty and energy of the physical world, and in the bafflement of the present moment in American culture.

2007

The Road

by Mccarthy, Cormac

Winner of The Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2007, this is the story of a father and son walking alone through burned America, heading through the ravaged landscape to the coast.

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

by Wright, Lawrence

A sweeping history of the events leading to 9/11, by interweaving the stories of 4 men, which broadens and deepens our understanding of the tragedy.

The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher

by Applegate, Debby

No one predicted success for Henry Ward Beecher at his birth in 1813. The blithe, boisterous son of the last great Puritan minister, he seemed destined to be overshadowed by his brilliant siblings--especially his sister, Harriet Beecher.

The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation

by Roberts, Gene and Klibanoff, Hank

This is the story of how the nation's press corps, after decades of ignoring the problem, came to recognize the importance of the civil rights struggle and turn it into the most significant domestic news event of the twentieth century.

Native Guard

by Trethewey, Natasha

Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Natasha Trethewey's elegiac Native Guard is a deeply personal volume that brings together two legacies of the Deep South.

2006

March

by Brooks, Geraldine

Geraldine Brooks' novel centers on Mr. March, the absent father of Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women. From vibrant New England to the sensuous antebellum South, March adds adult resonance to Alcott's optimistic children's novel.

Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya

by Elkins, Caroline

As part of the Allied forces, thousands of Kenyans fought alongside the British in World War II.But just a few years after the defeat of Hitler, the British colonial government detained nearly the entire population of Kenya's largest ethnic minority, the Kikuyusome - one and a half million people.

American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

by Bird, Kai and Sherwin, Martin J.

A balanced story of his service to the Country.

Polio: An American Story

by Oshinsky, David M.

This is a history of the science and the cultural impact of polio on the American society.

2005

Gilead

by Robinson, Marilynne

John Ames is a preacher who has lived almost all of his life in Gilead, Iowa. He is writing a letter about his life to his almost seven-year-old son.

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden From the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

by Coll, Steve

The story of Bin Laden and the CIA to 2001.

De Kooning: An American Master

by Stevens, Mark and Swan, Annalyn

The young de Kooning overcame an unstable, impoverished, and often violent early family life to enter the Academic in Rotterdam, where he learned both classic art and guild techniques.

Washington's Crossing

by Fischer, David Hackett

Washington, and many other Americans, refused to let the Revolution die On Christmas night, as a howling nor'easter struck, he led his men across the river and attacked the exhausted Hessian garrison.

Delights and Shadows: Poems

by Kooser, Ted

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; "Delights & Shadows is a book with a deep stillness at its center, perfectly self-contained, yet echoing like a country well." The L.A. Times Book Review

2004

The Known World

by Jones, Edward

Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave, runs his affairs with unusual discipline. But when death takes him unexpectedly, his widow can't uphold the estate's order.

Gulag

by Applebaum, Anne

The Gulag--a vast array of Soviet concentration camps that held millions of political and criminal prisoners--was a system of repression and punishment that terrorized the entire society, embodying the worst tendencies of Soviet communism.

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