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503 pp.
Art, Architecture & Design
Hardcover
Hollywood's Embassies: How Movie Theaters Projected American Power Around the World
Ross Melnick
In a history that stretches from Buenos Aires and Tokyo to Johannesburg and Cairo, Ross Melnick considers movie houses as cultural embassies.
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book
303 pp.
Art, Architecture & Design
Hardcover
Julia Morgan, the Road to San Simeon: Visionary Architect of the California Renaissance
Jordan L. Fugile
This lavish new interdisciplinary book celebrates not only Julia Morgan’s remarkable life and legacy but also the golden age of Beaux-Arts architecture that flourished in California at the dawn of the twentieth century.
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59 pp.
Art, Architecture & Design
Hardcover
Lackawanna County Tintype Project
Rebecca Daniels and Becca Bernstein
The Lackawanna County Tintype Project documented the stories residents of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their stories are accompanied by tintype portraits taken by photographer (and former Athenaeum staff member), Rebecca Daniels.
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296 pp.
Art, Architecture & Design
Hardcover
Super Tall: How the World's Tallest Buildings Are Reshaping Our Cities and Lives
Stefan Al
The global boom in skyscrapers—why it’s happening now, how they’re made, and what they do to cities and people.
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68 pp.
Art, Architecture & Design
Paperback
The American Alley: A Hidden Resource
Thomas Dougherty
Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) "are opening the door to developing the residential alley and the inner block for the first time in a century".
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301 pp.
Art, Architecture & Design
Hardcover
The House of Fragile Things: Jewish Art Collectors and the Fall of France
James McAuley
A powerful history of Jewish art collectors in France, and how their embrace of art and beauty was met with hatred and destruction.
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336 pp.
Art, Architecture & Design
Hardcover
The Women Who Changed Architecture
Beverly Willis
A visual and global chronicle of the triumphs, challenges, and impact of over 100 women in architecture, from early practitioners to contemporary leaders.
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book
378 pp.
Biography
Hardcover
Ancestor Trouble: A Reckoning and Reconciliation
Maud Newton
Searching, moving, and inspiring, Ancestor Trouble is one writer’s attempt to use genealogy—a once-niche hobby that has grown into a multi-billion-dollar industry—to expose the secrets and contradictions of her own ancestors, and to argue for the transformational possibilities that reckoning with our ancestors offers all of us.
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book
443 pp.
Biography
Hardcover
The Man Who Understood Democracy: The Life of Alexis de Tocqueville
Oliver Zunz
The richest, most nuanced portrait yet of a man who, born between the worlds of aristocracy and democracy, fought tirelessly for the only system that he believed could provide both liberty and equality.
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book
371 pp.
Detective
Hardcover
The King Arthur Case
Jean-Luc Bannalec
In this latest Brittany mystery, a scholar is murdered before a conference on research into King Arthur.
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book
358 pp.
Detective
Hardcover
The Verifiers
Jane Pek
A lifelong mystery reader who wrote her senior thesis on Jane Austen, Claudia can’t imagine a job more fun (or, to her family, less suitable). But when a client goes missing, Claudia starts digging deeper than she’s supposed to – right into a maelstrom of intrigue and deceit.
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book
229 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
Companion Piece
Ali Smith
From the Man Booker Prize shortlisted-author of the brilliant Seasonal Quartet series-a major new novel that promises to capture the present moment with Ali Smith's genius and bold spirit.
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book
424 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
Geiger
Gustaf Skordeman
The landline rings as Agneta is waving off her grandchildren. Just one word comes out of the receiver: 'Geiger'. For decades, Agneta has always known that this moment would come, but she is shaken. She knows what it means.
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book
270 pp.
Fiction
Paperback
New and Selected Stories
Cristina Rivera Garza
A collection of short stories from three decades of work. Translated from Spanish.
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book
344 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
Once a Thief
Christopher Reich
While seeking to prove his Ferrari's authenticity and expose the real identity of the buyer, freelance private spy Simon Riske crosses paths with Anna Bildt, who, looking into her father's murder, discovers that they have a common enemy as they are forced to play a deadly game.
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book
162 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
Safe Places
Kerry Dolan
Exploring the vagaries of life, human connection, and desire, the twelve stories of Safe Places navigate the fault lines of existence.
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book
211 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
School Days
Jonathan Galassi
From the president of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, a coming-of-age tale of privilege and hidden sexuality at a New England boys' boarding school.
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book
797 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
An immersive journey through American history. Dramatic, beautifully written, and compulsively readable, the novel brims from page to page with grand storytelling and heart. Spanning two hundred years, it takes an intimate look at race, feminism, love, and family as told by a line of unforgettable Black women from America's South.
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book
343 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
The Match
Harlan Coben
Wilde has grown up knowing nothing of his family, and even less about his own identity. All he knows is that, as a young child, he was found living a feral existence in the Ramapo mountains of New Jersey. He became known simply as Wilde, the boy from the woods. Now Wilde has had a hit on the DNA website he has been researching. A 100% match. His father.
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book
324 pp.
Fiction
Paperback
The Orphanage
Serhiy Zhadan
When hostile soldiers invade a neighboring city, Pasha, a thirty-five-year-old Ukrainian language teacher, sets out for the orphanage where his nephew Sasha lives, now in occupied territory. Translated from Ukrainian
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book
330 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
The Resting Place
Camilla Sten
The medical term is prosopagnosia. The average person calls it face blindness—the inability to recognize a familiar person’s face, even the faces of those closest to you. A heart-thumping, relentless thriller that will shake you to your core.
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book
418 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
The Summer Place
Jennifer Weiner
At her stepdaughter's wedding day to her pandemic boyfriend--the last gathering at the family's beach house in Cape Cod--Sarah is faced with lovers being revealed as their true selves, misunderstandings, and secrets, ensuring that nothing will ever be the same.
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book
386 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
True Biz
Sara Novic
Students and staff at a residential school for the Deaf deal with their personal crises and the bigger issue of keeping the school open. By an award-winning Philadelphia author.
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book
402 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
Trust
Hernan Diaz
An award-winning writer of absorbing, sophisticated fiction delivers a stylish and propulsive novel rooted in early 20th century New York, about wealth and talent, trust and intimacy, truth and perception. In glamorous 1920s New York City, two characters of sophisticated taste come together.
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book
338 pp.
History & Politics
Hardcover
Benjamin Franklin's Last Bet: The Favorite Founder's Divisive Death, Enduring Afterlife and Blueprint for American Prosperity
Michael Meyer
The incredible story of Benjamin Franklin’s parting gift to the working-class people of Boston and Philadelphia.
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book
240 pp.
History & Politics
Hardcover
In The Founder's Footsteps: Landmarks of the American Revolution
Adam Van Doren
Obscure and well-known, off-the-beaten path and urban, here are taverns, meeting houses, battlefields, forts, monuments, homes whose rich heritage all combine to define our country – the places where daring people forged a revolution.
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book
405 pp.
History & Politics
Hardcover
Of Blood and Sweat: Black Lives and the Making of White Power and Wealth
Clyde W. Ford
A compelling look at the past with broad implications for present-day calls for racial equity and justice and the abolishment of systemic racism.
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book
287 pp.
History & Politics
Hardcover
The Last Days of the Dinosaurs
Riley Black
A popular science writer examines the extinction of the dinosaurs and the changes that followed.
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book
111 pp.
History & Politics
Paperback
The SS United States: Ship of Power, Might and Indecision
William H. Miller
This is the story of a very great and beloved ship – her glory days, but also her days of struggle and indecision.
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book
170 pp.
Miscellaneous
Hardcover
Beethoven in Beijing
Jennifer Lin
Stories from the Philadelphia Orchestra’s historic journey to Communist China in 1973.
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book
282 pp.
Miscellaneous
Hardcover
Dressing Up: The Women Who Influenced French Fashion
Elizabeth L. Block
A provocative look at late 19th-century French fashion, which discredits the couturier as "genius creator" and makes you think differently about the impact of the American women who influenced the market.
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307 pp.
Miscellaneous
Hardcover
The Song of Our Scars: The Untold Story of Pain
Haider Warraich
A physician’s bold reexamination of the nature of pain not as a simple physical sensation, but as a social and cultural experience. An indictment of a broken system and a plea for a more holistic understanding of the human body.
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book
131 pp.
Miscellaneous
Hardcover
Vinegar Hill
Colm Toibin
In his first collection of poetry, author Colm Tóibín explores sexuality, religion, and belonging through a modern lens.
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