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Nonfiction Round-Up (1/9/19)

Life-saving dogs, easy recipes, historical conspiracies, influential queens, labor uprisings, and the roots of the American criminal justice system–check out today’s nonfiction picks!

HERO DOGS: How a Pack of Rescues, Rejects, and Strays Became America’s Greatest Disaster-Search Partners by Wilma Melville with Paul Lobo
The incredible memoir of how Wilma Melville turned a band of shelter dogs into one of America’s foremost disaster-response assets in catastrophes from 9/11 to Katrina. “It makes for a harrowing, often heartbreaking, yet inspirational tale as Melville eloquently explores the small victories and wrenching losses of the dogs’ much-needed work.”–Publishers Weekly

5 INGREDIENTS: Quick & Easy Food by Jamie Oliver
Maximum flavor with minimum fuss, lots of nutritious options, and loads of epic inspiration from one of the bestselling cookbook authors of all time.

THE FIRST CONSPIRACY: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch
The remarkable and previously untold truth behind the secret assassination attempt on George Washington and how the plot catalyzed the creation of the CIA and FBI. “Readers who like their histories full of twists, turns, and cliff-hangers will enjoy this romp through the Revolution.”–Booklist

QUEEN VICTORIA: Twenty-Four Days That Changed Her Life by Lucy Worsley
Two starred reviews!
A biography exploring the life Queen Victoria–both as a woman who defied convention and a queen who defined an era. “The Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces in England shares her unique access to the quotidian history of English royals to treat us to another delightful story from the inside…. An utterly enjoyable account of Victoria’s familial relationships.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

EDGE OF ANARCHY: The Railroad Barons, the Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America by Jack Kelly
The dramatic story of the explosive 1894 clash of industry, labor, and government that shook the nation and marked a turning point for America. “Kelly vividly portrays the personalities involved, from elected officials to labor leaders, and makes the tensions of the time quite contemporary.”–Booklist, starred review

BEYOND THESE WALLS: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States by Tony Platt
A groundbreaking investigation into the roots of the American criminal justice system reveals how the past bleeds into the present. “If changes are to be made regarding how America thinks about its justice system, Platt’s inquiry will be an essential tool.”–Booklist

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