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Because I am adopted, I dread most narratives about adoption, which usually involve lots of weeping. Alice Stephens’ Famous Adopted People bucks all these traditional narratives, in both goofy and profound ways. Famous Adopted People is the first adoption novel that I’ve read that centers around the adoptee, Lisa, more than the relationship between the adoptee and her parents. However, Famous Adopted People isn’t just wonderful because it has a unique point of view: the dialogue is witty, the descriptions are sharp, and the plot is thrilling. This book is not just Bookseller Approved, but Adoptee Approved.

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781944700744
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Published: Unnamed Press - October 16th, 2018

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Ben Macintyre does not disappoint with his newest book, The Spy and the Traitor (Crown, $28). Very much a complement to his 2014 A Spy Among Friends, which tells the story of double agent Kim Philby’s betrayal of MI6, The Spy and the Traitor features KGB-agent-turned-British-spy, Oleg Gordievsky. Ben Macintyre immerses and inspires, allowing readers to understand Gordievsky’s ideological transformation and empathize with a double agent’s inability to share his innermost thoughts with his friends and family. Macintyre also includes the perfect (and infamous) foil to Gordievsky’s ideological turn: the tale of the mercenary CIA turncoat, Aldrich Ames. Even if Ames’s story is familiar to you, Macintyre ties Ames to Gordievsky’s tribulations, shedding new light on the human consequences of Ames’s betrayal. The Spy and the Traitor lends new perspective to infamous Cold War moments and tells an impossible-to-put-down story that will impress, thrill, and terrify its readers.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781101904190
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Published: Crown - September 18th, 2018

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Though today’s Congress seems combative, all the filibusters and name-calling are nothing compared to when Congressmen actually stabbed and shot one another. From the infamous caning of Charles Sumner to endless challenges to duel, as historian Joanne Freeman shows in The Field of Blood (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, $28), these frayed tensions were practically destined to erupt into the Civil War. Remembering the Congress of the past solely as hallowed halls and dignified men, she argues, is dangerous, as the real history reveals uncomfortable yet necessary truths about a nation on the brink of disunion. Written with wit, flair, and a hint of cheek, Freeman presents these Congressmen as petty, triumphant, stoic, and vengeful—or, as she puts it more simply, human.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780374154776
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 11th, 2018

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