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13 Seconds: A Look Back at the Kent State Shootings by Philip Caputo

Another Way Home: The Tangled Roots of Race in One Chicago Family by Ronne Hartfield 

Auschwitz Album: A Book Based Upon an Album Discovered by a Concentration Camp Survivor Lili Meier 

Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child by Elva Trevino Hart

Before Lewis and Clark: The Story of the Chouteaus, The French Dynasty That Ruled The American Frontier by Shirley Christian  

Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country by Louise Erdrich

Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves by Adam Hochschild

Central Michigan Avenue by Ellen Christensen 

Chicago Apartments: A Century of Lakefront Luxury by Neil Harris 

Chicago in Maps 1612 to 2002 by Robert A. Holland

City on Fire: the Forgotten Disaster that Devastated a Town and Ignited a Landmark Legal Battle by Bill Minutaglio 

Clearing Land: Legacies of the American Farm by Jane Brox

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond

A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 by Simon Winchester

Curriculum Vitae by Muriel Spark 

Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Fair America: World's Fairs in the United States 

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung

Forever Young: Photographs of Bob Dylan by Douglas R. Gilbert  

Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past by Ray Raphael  

Frank Lloyd Wright by Ada Louise Huxtable

General and the Jaguar: Pershing's Hunt for Pancho Villa by Eileen Welsome

Ghosting: A Double Life by Jennie Erdal

Good Women of China by Xinran

Guitar: An American Life by Tim Brookes

Here and Nowhere Else: Late Seasons of a Farm and Its Family by Jane Brox 

How to Be a (Bad) Birdwatcher by Simon Barnes 

An Immigrant Class: Oral Histories from Chicago's Newest Immigrants by Jeff Libman

Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya by Caroline Elkins 

Impresario: The Life and Times of Ed Sullivan by James Maguire

In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs by Christopher de Bellaigue 

In the Shadow of Fame: A Memoir by the Daughter of Erik H. Erikson by Sue Erikson Bloland 

The Journey That Saved Curious George by Louise Borden

The Judgment of Paris by Ross King

The Lady and the Panda by Vicki Constantine Croke

Library: An Unquiet History by Matthew Battles

Life Work by Donald Hall

Lincoln's Sanctuary: Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers' Home by Matthew Pinsker 

Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps by Ted Kooser 

London: A History by A. N. Wilson

Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Heart of a New Nation by David Price

Lovesick Blues: The Life of Hank Williams by Paul Hemphill

Luba: The Angel of Bergen-Belsen by Michelle R. McCann

Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind by Loung Ung

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick

Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure: The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika by Giles Foden

Mississippi in Africa: The Saga of the Slaves of Prospect Hill Plantation and Their Legacy in Liberia Today by Alan Huffman

Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Life of America’s First Poet by Charlotte Gordon 

Mom's Cancer by Brian Fies

Mozart and Leadbelly: Stories and Essays by Ernest J. Gaines

My Detachment: A Memoir by Tracy Kidder

My Confederate Kin by Thulani Davis

Never Have Your Dog Stuffed by Alan Alda

New Orleans: Elegance and Decadence by Richard Sexton

New Orleans, Mon Amour by Andrei Codrescu

Ogden Nash: The Life and Work of America’s Laureate of Light Verse by Douglas M. Parker

The Old Ball Game by Frank Deford

One Writer's Beginnings by Eudora Welty

The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan

An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina

The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It by Neal Bascomb

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi 

Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott

Population: 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time by Michael Perry

Portable Prairie: Confessions of an Unsettled Midwesterner by M. J. Andersen

Pueblo Revolt: The Secret Rebellion That Drove the Spaniards Out of the Southwest by David Roberts

The Renaissance: A Short History by Paul Johnson  

Revolutionary Characters by Gordon S. Wood

Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America's Independence by Carol Berkin  

Slave: My True Story by Mende Nazer 

Slaves in the Familt by Edward Ball

Summer of Ordinary Ways by Nicole Lea Helget 

This Ain't Brain Surgery by Larry Dierker

Tiger in the Attic: Memories of the Kindertransport and Growing Up English by Edith Milton

Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co. by Jeremy Mercer

Truck: A Love Story by Michael Perry

Tutankhaman and the Golden Age of Pharaohs by Zahi Hawass

TV a-Go-Go: Rock on TV from American Bandstand to American Idol by Jake Austen 

Twilight of the Long-ball Gods by John Schulian

Ulysses S. Grant by Josiah Bunting III 

Uncommon Carriers by John McPhee

Watchdogs of Democracy? by Helen Thomas

White Man's Burden by William Easterly

Why New Orleans Matters by Tom Piazza

The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden by Stanley Kunitz

Wilkie Collin's The Dead Alive: The Novel, the Case, and the Wrongful Convictions by Rob Warden 

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion