Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper

The Westboro Baptist Church has been a staple of Topeka, Kansas—and the American religious landscape—for decades. The inflammatory rhetoric of its congregants, who spread condemnation and cheer on tragedy, has brought them both worldwide fame and notoriety. Megan Phelps-Roper, as a granddaughter of the church’s founder, grew up with this as her backdrop, where protesting homosexuality and soldiers’ funerals with vulgar signage were regular occurrences. With an upbringing steeped in extremism, Phelps-Roper evolved not only to accept these views, but to offer full-throated support as she disseminated hateful rhetoric as a digital content manager for the church. And then Twitter changed everything.

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Commander in Cheat by Rick Reilly

During the first year of his presidency, Trump paid visits to his golf courses nearly 100 times. And while it’s hard to verify exactly how many rounds he’s officially played—considering the White House tends to blur the answer—it’s safe to assume that anyone who owns or manages sixteen courses has probably played more than a few times. But what does an affinity for greens, putts, and birdies reveal about the man who occupies the Oval Office?

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A Warning by Anonymous

In September 2018, an anonymous member of the Trump administration authored an op-ed for the New York Times decrying the president’s actions while also suggesting there was a cabal of officials serving as a barrier against his most irrational choices. Now one year later, this same author has come forward with more of the same: this time, a book-length eyewitness assessment of the tumultuous backstage drama that’s unfolded in the highest political office in the United States.

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Plaintiff in Chief by James D. Zirin

For a president who enjoys boasting about the vastness of—well—everything, it should come as no surprise that Donald Trump has been part of an audacious number of lawsuits. The roughly 3,500 cases themselves are as varied as Trump’s business schemes. It’s a wild ride, stemming all the way back to a 1973 case for housing discrimination to the pre-presidential Trump University class action lawsuit and every defamation case in-between.

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The Show Won’t Go On by Jeff Abraham and Burt Kearns

Performers are in a dangerous profession. From on-stage heart attacks to magic tricks gone wrong to simple but fatal choreographic errors, the world of show business is filled with stories of those who walked on stage for their ultimate final bow. With that macabre backdrop, authors Jeff Abraham and Burt Kearns, through interviews and anecdotes, explore a host of entertainers who died doing what they loved.

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See Jane Win by Caitlin Moscatello

In American politics, the 2018 midterms constituted a blue wave with Democratic candidates sweeping into elected office across the country, including taking control of the United State House of Representatives. This was due in massive part to an unprecedented number of women running, many of them as first time candidates. Journalist Caitlin Moscatello explores the state of American politics that led to this shift by focusing on four women and their historic campaigns: Abigail Spanberger, Anna Eskamani, London Lamar, and Catalina Cruz.

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