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#1 HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

The libretto of the Grammy-, Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, annotated by its creator, along with backstage photos,interviews and a production history.

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#2 BORN A CRIME

Trevor Noah

A memoir about growing up in South Africa by the comedian, now the host of “The Daily Show,” whose parents were in an illegal (under apartheid) interracial relationship.

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#3 THE DAILY SHOW (THE BOOK)

Chris Smith

An oral history of the show, based on extensive interviews with Jon Stewart and others.

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#4 THE CASE OF BEASTS

Mark Salisbury

Filmmaking secrets, photography and artwork from “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” written by J. K. Rowling.

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#5 HUMANS OF NEW YORK: STORIES

Brandon Stanton

Photographs and interviews from the creator of the blog and the book “Humans of New York.”

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#6 SAPIENS

Yuval Noah Harari

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

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#7 HUMANS OF NEW YORK

Brandon Stanton

Four hundred color photos of New Yorkers, with brief commentary by the author.

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#8 AT THE EXISTENTIALIST CAFE

Sarah Bakewell

An account of the birth of one of the 20th century's major intellectual movements and the revolutionary thinkers who shaped it: Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, and others.

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#9 SPQR

Mary Beard

A concise history of ancient Rome.

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#10 SPEAKING AMERICAN

Josh Katz

The creator of The New York Times dialect quiz provides a guide to how words are pronounced in different parts of the country.

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