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304 pp.
Art, Architecture & Design
Hardcover
Collecting Inspiration: Edward C. Moore at Tiffany & Co.
edited by Medill Higgins Harvey
This richly illustrated book is the first study of Moore's life, collection, and influence, presenting more than 170 examples from his vast collection, which ranges from Greek and Roman glass to Spanish vases, Japanese textiles, and Islamic tiles.
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202 pp.
Art, Architecture & Design
Hardcover
Diversity Among Architects: From Margin to Center
Craig L. Wilkins
This volume presents a series of essays questioning the homogeneity of architecture practitioners, who remain overwhelmingly male and Caucasian, to help you create a field more representative of the population you serve.
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292 pp.
Art, Architecture & Design
Paperback
Electric Light: An Architectural History
Sandy Isenstadt
Electric light was more than just a novel way of brightening a room or illuminating a streetscape; it brought with it new ways of perceiving and experiencing space itself.

Athenaeum lecture on October 27, 2021

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501 pp.
Art, Architecture & Design
Paperback
Eyes That Saw: Architecture After Las Vegas
Stanislaus von Moos & Martino Stierli
'Eyes that Saw: Architecture after Las Vegas' offers a richly illustrated collection of essays by renowned scholars of art and architectural history, eminent architects, and artists, investigating Learning from Las Vegas and its heritage from various perspectives.
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347 pp.
Art, Architecture & Design
Hardcover
Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror
Carlos Basualdo and Scott Rothkopf
The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art have partnered to do a sweeping exhibition of the artist's works.
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223 pp.
Art, Architecture & Design
Hardcover
Philadelphia: Portraits of the City
Jerome Lukowicz and Sean O'Rourke
Beautiful, black and white photographs by Jerome Lukowicz that provide an uncommon appraisal of the city of Philadelphia. The photographs present the city through singular views, common vistas, and vantage points that any resident or visitor would have, as they walk the streets of the city.
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438 pp.
Art, Architecture & Design
Hardcover
Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical History From the Enlightenment to the Present
Irene Cheng, Charles L. Davis II, Mabel O. Wilson.
This volume offers a welcome and long-awaited intervention for the field by shining a spotlight on constructions of race and their impact on architecture and theory in Europe and North America and across various global contexts since the eighteenth century.
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398 pp.
Art, Architecture & Design
Hardcover
Salut: France Meets Philadelphia
Lynn Miller and Therese Dolan
Winner of the 2020 Athenaeum Literary Award for Art & Architecture
Provides a thorough account of the impact on Philadelphia and its surrounding area of the French people and the Francophone community over the course of the city's more than 300-year history.
Athenaeum program on November 11, 2021

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183 pp.
Art, Architecture & Design
Hardcover
The Devil in the Gallery: How Scandal, Shock, and Rivalry Shaped the Art World
Noah Charney
This beautiful full-color book tells the stories of rivalries that not only stimulated and benefited the course of art, from ancient times to the present, but also help shape our narrative of art, lending it a sense of drama that it might otherwise lack.
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304 pp.
Art, Architecture & Design
Hardcover
The Gallery of Miracles and Madness: Insanity, Modernism and Hitler's War on Art
Charlie English
In The Gallery of Miracles and Madness, the Nazis' cultural destruction, which would rightly be considered among the lesser sins of the Reich, puts the horror of the Holocaust into relief. The cultural decimation--the burning of books and artwork--was a stepping stone to the more overt horrors of the Holocaust
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193 pp.
Art, Architecture & Design
Hardcover
The Poor Side of Town: And Why We Need It
Howard A. Husock
Combines a critique of more than a century of housing reform policies--including public and other subsidized housing, as well as exclusionary zoning--with the idea that small houses --a poor side of town--helps those of modest means build financial assets and join in the local democratic process.
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616 pp.
Biography
Hardcover
In the Shadow of the Empress: The Defiant Lives of Maria Theresa, Mother of Marie Antoinette, and Her Daughters
Nancy Goldstone
Empress Maria Theresa was a sovereign of uncommon strength and vision, the only woman ever to inherit and rule the vast Habsburg Empire in her own name. Goldstone tells her sprawling saga of the Empress, and of three of her daughters, unfolding against a backdrop of brilliant courts from Vienna to Versailles, embracing the exotic lure of Napes and Sicily, and wrapped in desire, adventure, ambition, treachery, sorrow, and glory.
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299 pp.
Biography
Hardcover
Lady Editor: Sarah Josepha Hale and the Making of the Modern American Woman
Melanie Kirkpatrick
For half a century Sarah Josepha Hale was the best known and most influential woman in America. As editor of Godey's Lady's Book, Hale was the leading cultural arbiter for the growing nation. Women (and many men) turned to her for advice on what to read, what to cook, how to behave, and -- most important -- what to think.
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376 pp.
Biography
Hardcover
Napoleon: A Life Told In Gardens and Shadows
Ruth Scurr
Ruth Scurr rejects the shibboleth of the "Great Man" theory of history, instead following the dramatic trajectory of Napoleon's life through gardens, parks, and forests, not through his battlefields.
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490 pp.
Biography
Hardcover
The Mountbattens: The Lives and Loves of Dickie and Edwina Mountbatten
Andrew Lownie
The intimate story of a unique marriage spanning the heights of British glamor and power that descends into infidelity, manipulation, and disaster through the heart of the twentieth century.
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317 pp.
Biography
Hardcover
Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of the American Dynasty
Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe
When eleven-year-old Cornelius Vanderbilt began to work on his father's small boat ferrying supplies in New York Harbor at the beginning of the nineteenth century, no one could have imagined that one day he would, through ruthlessness, cunning, and a pathological desire for money, build two empires that would make him the richest man in America. His son Billy doubled the money left by "the Commodore," but subsequent generations competed to find new and ever more extraordinary ways of spending it. Cooper, the Commodore's great-great-great-grandson, explores the story of his legendary family and their outsized influence.
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307 pp.
Detective
Hardcover
A Darker Reality
Anne Perry
A personal trip turns perilous after the murder of a British spy in Washington, D.C., forces Elena Standish to face dark family secrets in this exciting 1930s mystery by bestselling author Anne Perry.
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pp.
Detective
DVD
Mare of Easttown
HBO/Warner Brothers
Winner of Four Emmy Awards
Kate Winslet plays Mare Sheehan, a small-town Pennsylvania detective who investigates a local murder as life crumbles around her. The seven-part limited series is an exploration into the dark side of a close community and an authentic examination of how family and past tragedies can define our present.

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321 pp.
Detective
Hardcover
The Coldest Case
Martin Walker
After attending an exhibit on the facial reconstruction of ancient skulls, Bruno wonders if this technology might provide an invaluable clue to a 30-year-old cold case. But learning the identity of the murder victim is only the beginning.
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book
338 pp.
Detective
Paperback
The Darkness Knows
Arnaldur Indridason
In The Darkness Knows, the master of Icelandic crime writing reunites readers with Konrad, the unforgettable retired detective from The Shadow District. This is a powerful and haunting story about the poisonous secrets and cruel truths that time eventually uncovers.
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381 pp.
Detective
Hardcover
The Heron's Cry
Ann Cleeves
North Devon is enjoying a rare hot summer with tourists flocking to its coastline. Detective Matthew Venn is called out to a rural crime scene at the home of a group of artists. What he finds is an elaborately staged murder--Dr Nigel Yeo has been fatally stabbedwith a shard of one of his glassblower daughter's broken vases.
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296 pp.
Detective
Hardcover
The House of Ashes
Stuart Neville
Sara Keane's husband, Damien, has uprooted them from England and moved them to his native Northern Ireland for a "fresh start" in the wake of her nervous breakdown. Sara, who knows no one in Northern Ireland, is jobless, carless, friendless-all but a prisoner in her own house.
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436 pp.
Detective
Hardcover
The Madness of Crowds
Louise Penny
While the residents of the Québec village of Three Pines take advantage of the deep snow to ski and toboggan, to drink hot chocolate in the bistro and share meals together, the Chief Inspector finds his holiday with his family interrupted by a simple request.
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355 pp.
Detective
Hardcover
The Man Who Died Twice
Richard Osman
Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim - the Thursday Murder Club - are still riding high off their recent real-life murder case and are looking forward to a bit of peace and quiet at Cooper's Chase, their posh retirement village. But they are out of luck. An unexpected visitor - an old pal of Elizabeth's (or perhaps more than just a pal?) - arrives, desperate for her help.
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437 pp.
Detective
Hardcover
The Night Singer
Johanna Mo
The scars from a family tragedy draw an estranged police detective back to her childhood home as a teenage boy's death quickly causes the past to collide with the present.
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pp.
Detective
DVD
Whitstable Pearl
Acorn
Based on the novels by Julie Wassmer, this mystery series follows big-hearted restaurant owner Pearl Nolan, who sets up a local detective agency in the English seaside town of Whitstable after undergoing police training in an earlier career. She's joined by Detective Mike McGuire, who comes from London to investigate a case.
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290 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
A Passage North
Anuk Arudpragasam
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2021
A young man journeys into Sri Lanka's formerly war-torn north, and into a country's soul, in this searing novel of love and the legacy of war.

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336 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
A Song Everlasting
Ha Jin
From the universally admired, award-winning author of Waiting and The Boat Rocker, an urgent, timely novel that follows a famous Chinese singer severed from his country as he works to find his way in the United States.
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366 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
Against the Loveless World
Susan Abulhawa
From the internationally bestselling author of the "terrifically affecting" (The Philadelphia Inquirer) Mornings in Jenin, a sweeping and lyrical novel that follows a young Palestinian refugee as she slowly becomes radicalized while searching for a better life for her family throughout the Middle East.
Athenaeum program on November 4, 2021

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310 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
Bath Haus
P.J. Vernon
A young gay man in a perfect marriage strives to keep a dangerous indiscretion from his loving husband.
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356 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
Beautiful World, Where Are You
Sally Rooney
Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he'd like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend Eileen is getting over a break-up and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon are still young - but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart.
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278 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
Bewilderment
Richard Powers
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2021
The astrobiologist Theo Byrne searches for life throughout the cosmos while single-handedly raising his unusual nine-year-old, Robin, following the death of his wife. With its soaring descriptions of the natural world, its tantalizing vision of life beyond, and its account of a father and son's ferocious love, Bewilderment marks Richard Powers's most intimate and moving novel. At its heart lies the question: How can we tell our children the truth about this beautiful, imperiled planet?

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445 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
Damnation Spring
Ash Davidson
A mother and midwife inadvertently threatens the fortunes and livelihoods of her family and their neighbors after noticing an increase in local miscarriages and believes it's caused by the pesticides used by the Sanderson Timber Company, her husband's employer.
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290 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
Falling
T.J. Newman
Thirty minutes before a flight to New York, the family of the pilot is kidnapped and in order for them to live, all 143 passengers onboard must die in the first novel by a former flight attendant.
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book
593 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
Great Circle
Maggie Shipstead
Short Listed for the Booker Prize 2021
Spanning over a hundred years across Montana, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, New Zealand, London and Los Angeles, this breathtaking epic tells the story of Marian Graves, a female aviator determined to circumnavigate the globe, and Hadley Baxter, the actress cast to play Marian in a movie about her fateful disappearance in Antarctica.

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book
318 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
Harlem Shuffle
Colson Whitehead
In this novel set in Harlem in the 1960s Ray struggles between life as a respectable furniture salesman and one that is less on the up and up. From the multi-award-winning author of The Underground Railroad.
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book
364 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
How Beautiful We Were
Imbolo Mbue
A fearless young woman from a small African village starts a revolution against an American oil company in this sweeping, inspiring novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Behold the Dreamers.
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book
225 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
Intimacies
Katie Kitamura
An interpreter has come to The Hague to escape New York and work at the International Court. A woman of many languages and identities, she is looking for a place to finally call home.
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book
210 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
No One Is Talking About This
Patricia Lockwood
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2021
Is there life after the internet? As this urgent, genre-defying book opens, a woman who has recently been elevated to prominence for her social media posts travels around the world to meet her adoring fans. She is overwhelmed by navigating the new language and etiquette of what she terms "the portal," where she grapples with an unshakable conviction that a vast chorus of voices is now dictating her thoughts.

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book
319 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
Razorblade Tears
S.A. Cosby
A Black father. A white father. Two murdered sons. A quest for vengeance. Ike Randolph has been out of jail for fifteen years, with not so much as a speeding ticket in all that time. But a Black man with cops at the door knows to be afraid. The last thing he expects to hear is that his son Isiah has been murdered, along with Isiah's white husband, Derek.
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book
372 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
The Fortune Men
Nadifa Mohamed
Short Listed for the Booker Prize 2021
Mahmood Mattan is a fixture in Cardiff's Tiger Bay, 1952, which bustles with Somali and West Indian sailors, Maltese businessmen and Jewish families. He is a father, chancer, some-time petty thief. He is many things, in fact, but he is not a murderer.

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book
388 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
The Other Passenger
Louise Candlish
It all happens so quickly. One day you're living the dream, commuting to work by ferry with your charismatic neighbor Kit in the seat beside you. The next, Kit hasn't turned up for the boat and his wife, Melia, has reported him missing. When you get off at your stop, the police are waiting.
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book
322 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
The Plot
Jean Hanff Korelitz
A writer steals the plot of novel from one of his MFA students who has passed away. When the book becomes a runaway success an anonymous campaign lets him know that his theft is not secret.
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book
269 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
The Promise
Damon Galgut
Short Listed for the Booker Prize 2021
Haunted by an unmet promise, the Swart family loses touch after the death of their matriarch. Adrift, the lives of the three siblings move separately through the uncharted waters of South Africa; Anton, the golden boy who bitterly resents his life’s unfulfilled potential; Astrid, whose beauty is her power; and the youngest, Amor, whose life is shaped by a nebulous feeling of guilt.

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book
298 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
The Therapist
B.A. Paris
When Alice and Leo move into a newly renovated house in The Circle, a gated community of exclusive houses, it is everything they've dreamed of. But appearances can be deceptive..
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book
316 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
The Vixen
Francine Prose
Simon, newly hired by a distinguished New York publishing firm, gets his first assignment: editing The Vixen, the Patriot and the Fanatic, a lurid bodice-ripper improbably based on the recent trial and execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. Simon's mother was a childhood friend of Ethel Rosenberg's; his parents mourn Ethel's death. Simon meets The Vixen author, reckless, seductive Anya Partridge, ensconced in her opium-scented boudoir in a luxury Hudson River mental asylum. Simon comes to realize that everyone is not what they seem, that everyone is keeping secrets, and that ordinary events may conceal a diabolical plot.
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book
288 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
The Women of Troy
Pat Barker
A daring and timely feminist retelling of The Iliad from the perspective of the women of Troy who endured it–an extraordinary follow up to The Silence of the Girls from the Booker Prize-winning author of The Regeneration Trilogy.
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book
274 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
Wayward
Dana Spiotta
On the heels of the election of 2016, Samantha Raymond's life begins to come apart: her mother is ill, her teenage daughter is increasingly remote, and at 52, she finds herself staring into "the Mids"--that hour of supreme wakefulness between three and four in the morning in which women of a certain age suddenly find themselves contemplating motherhood, mortality, and, in this case, the state of our unraveling nation.
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book
371 pp.
Fiction
Hardcover
Where the Truth Lies
Anna Bailey
The town of Whistling Ridge guards its secrets. When seventeen-year-old Abigail goes missing, her best friend Emma, compelled by the guilt of leaving her alone at a party in the woods, sets out to discover the truth about what happened.
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book
560 pp.
History & Politics
Hardcover
All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler
Rebecca Donner
The life of Mildred Harnack, an American woman who was part of the leadership of the German resistance to Hitler.
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book
247 pp.
History & Politics
Paperback
Back From Battle: The Forgotten Story of Pennsylvania's Camp Discharge and the Weary Civil War Soldiers It Served
Jim Remsen and Brad Upp
The post, known as Camp Discharge, did its best to move the young Union veterans on to their next assignment or, more often, back to civilian life. During its brief existence, it sat on a bluff overlooking what is today one of the nation's busiest highways, the Schuylkill Expressway.
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book
377 pp.
History & Politics
Hardcover
Checkmate in Berlin: The Cold War Showdown That Shaped the Modern World
Giles Milton
The lively, immersive story of the race to seize Berlin in the aftermath of World War II that fired the starting gun for the Cold War.
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book
245 pp.
History & Politics
Hardcover
Here, Right Matters: An American Story
Alexander S. Vindman
Retired U.S Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander S. Vindman tells his story about reporting an infamous phone call by President Trump.
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book
502 pp.
History & Politics
Hardcover
Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution
Mike Duncan
he contemporary relevance and the life and times of the Marquis de Lafayette have never been more relevant. Today, the values codified and practiced by Lafayette are increasingly taken for granted and our society has grown complacent about their supposedly immutable and permanent force.
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book
312 pp.
History & Politics
Hardcover
Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency
Michael Wolff
With Fire and Fury Wolff defined the first phase of the Trump administration; in Siege he wrote an explosive account of a presidency under fire. In Landslide Wolff closes the story of Trump's four years in office and his tumultuous last months at the helm of the country, based on Wolff's extraordinary access to White House aides and to the former president himself, yielding a wealth of new information and insights about what really happened inside the highest office in the land, and the world.
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book
422 pp.
History & Politics
Hardcover
Noble Ambitions: The Fall and Rise of the English Country House After World War II
Adrian Tinniswood
Tinniswood proves that the country house is not only an iconic symbol, but a lens through which to understand the shifting fortunes of the British élite.
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book
482 pp.
History & Politics
Hardcover
Peril
Bob Woodward, Robert Costa
Bob Woodward and Robert Costa cover the end of the Trump presidency and the early months of the Biden presidency.
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book
237 pp.
History & Politics
Paperback
Real Philly History, Real Fast: Fascinating Facts and Interesting Oddities About the City's Heroes and Historic Sites
Jim Murphy
An alternative, history-focused guidebook to a selection of Philadelphia's heroes and notable places. (Includes the Athenaeum).
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book
441 pp.
History & Politics
Hardcover
The Ambassador: Joseph P. Kennedy at the Court of St. James, 1938-1940
Susan Ronald
On February 18, 1938, Joseph P. Kennedy was sworn in as US Ambassador to the Court of St. James. To say his appointment to the most prestigious and strategic diplomatic post in the world shocked the Establishment was an understatement: known for his profound Irish roots and staunch Catholicism, not to mention his "plain-spoken" opinions and womanizing, he was a curious choice as Europe hurtled toward war.
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book
817 pp.
History & Politics
Hardcover
The Words That Made Us: America's Constitutional Conversation, 1760-1840
Akhil Reed Amar
Constitutional scholar Akhil Reed Amar tells the story of America's constitutional conversation during its first eighty years--from the Constitution's birth in 1760 through the 1830s, when the last of America's early leaders died.
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book
200 pp.
History & Politics
Hardcover
This Used To Be Philadelphia
Natalie and Tricia Pompilio
This book will introduce you to the city's first residents, the Lenni Lenape, the tireless workers who made this "the Workshop of the World," and the current residents who love all of these stories as told through the spaces they have filled.
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book
374 pp.
History & Politics
Hardcover
Travels With George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy
Nathaniel Philbrick
The author examines the legacy of George Washington by retracing a trip that the new president made in 1789 around the country.
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book
530 pp.
History & Politics
Hardcover
WASPS: The Splendors and Miseries of an American Aristocracy
Michael Knox Beran
Envied and lampooned, misunderstood and yet distinctly American, WASPs are as much a culture, socioeconomic and ethnic designation, and state of mind. Throughout this dynamic story, Beran chronicles the efforts of WASPs to use their position to better the world around them, as well as the struggles of these WASPs to break free from their restrictive culture.
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book
293 pp.
History & Politics
Hardcover
White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation In the Age of Inequality
Sheryll Cashin
A meditation on how America protects and overinvests in "white space" and disinvests, surveils, and stereotypes in "the Hood;" Cashin calls for abolition of these anti-Black processes and bold new investment to repair poor Black neighborhoods and our broken race relations.
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book
566 pp.
Miscellaneous
Hardcover
A Carnival of Snackery
David Sedaris
The authors diary entries from 2003-2020. A Carnival of Snackery is a sort of sampler: the bitter and the sweet. Some entries are just what you wanted. Others you might want to spit discreetly into a napkin.
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book
308 pp.
Miscellaneous
Hardcover
Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law
Mary Roach
What's to be done about a jaywalking moose? A grizzly bear caught breaking and entering? A murderous tree? As New York Times best-selling author Mary Roach discovers, the answers are best found not in jurisprudence but in science: the curious science of human-wildlife conflict, a discipline at the crossroads of human behavior and wildlife biology.
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book
208 pp.
Miscellaneous
Hardcover
Immigration and Metropolitan Revitalization in the United States
edited by Domenic Vitiello and Thomas J. Sugrue
In the past decade, policy makers and scholars across the United States have come to understand that immigrants are driving metropolitan revitalization at least as much and belong at the center of the story.

Athenaeum program on December 16, 2021

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book
254 pp.
Miscellaneous
Hardcover
Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard
Douglas W. Tallamy
Tallamy takes the next step and outlines his vision for a grassroots approach to conservation. Nature's Best Hope shows how homeowners everywhere can turn their yards into conservation corridors that provide wildlife habitats.
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book
356 pp.
Miscellaneous
Hardcover
Smarter Tomorrow: How 15 Minutes of Neurohacking a Day Can Help You Work Better, Think Faster and Get More Done
Elizabeth R. Ricker
Ricker takes you on a wild romp through the cutting-edge world of neuroscience and biohacking. Readers will learn which four abilities can predict success in work and relationships-- and a new system for improving all four.
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book
221 pp.
Miscellaneous
Hardcover
Star Territory: Printing the Universe in 19th Century America
Gordon Fraser
The cosmic aspirations of present-day United States nationalists are not recent developments. Efforts to control and exploit the universe have deep roots in the nineteenth century. From John Adams to military explorer John C. Frémont to astronomer Maria Mitchell, officials and agents of the United States participated in a large-scale effort to map the new nation onto cosmic space, what Henry David Thoreau referred to as "star territory."
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book
254 pp.
Travel
Paperback
The Philadelphia Inquirer's Walking Tours of Historic Philadelphia
Edward Colimore
The Philadelphia Inquirer's Walking Tours of Historic Philadelphia takes history buffs on twelve walking tours through different city neighborhoods, visiting venerable buildings, quaint cobblestone streets, tiny courtyard gardens, magnificent parks, and out-of-the-way places that were part of the city's storied past.
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