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The Bee­keeper: Res­cu­ing the Stolen Women of Iraq By Dunya Mikhail NEW DI­REC­TIONS PUBLISHING In 2014, the Is­lamic State group (ISIS) in­vaded north­ern Iraq, killing men and en­slav­ing women. A lo­cal bee­keeper smug­gled some of the women back to their homes. Mikhail, a jour­nal­ist and poet, spoke to sur­vivors, bear­ing wit­ness to their wrench­ing sto­ries of hor­riɿc abuse.

City of Dev­ils By Paul French PI­CADOR

His­tor­i­cal true crime that trans­ports you back to the deca­dence and de­ranged beauty of 1930s Shanghai— a place that ri­valed Pro­hi­bi­tion Chicago for col­or­ful mis­cre­ants and bruis­ers, in­clud­ing an ex-navy boxer who be­came the Slot King of Shanghai. (Out in July.)

Ed­u­cated: A Mem­oir By Tara Westover RAN­DOM HOUSE

If you’ve ever ques­tioned why peo­ple stay in cults or abu­sive fam­i­lies, this com­ing-of-age mem­oir by the daugh­ter of Mor­mon fun­da­men­tal­ists pro­vides mov­ing an­swers. Westover, who ed­u­cated her way out of a very bad sit­u­a­tion, shows how blood ties can bind be­yond ra­tio­nal­ity, and how where you come from (in this case, Idaho) is rooted in your soul. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Ob­ses­sive Search for the Golden State Killer By Michelle Mcna­mara HARPERCOLLINS PUB­LISH­ERS 7he pro­liɿc rapist and mur­derer known as the Golden State Killer seems to have been caught, which makes no dif­fer­ence to this page-rip­per. Pat­ton Oswalt’s late wife, who spent the last decade of her life in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case (she died in 2016, with­out iden­ti­fy­ing the al­leged killer, James Dean­gelo), vividly re­counts the crimes and their im­pact on the killer’s vic­tims and fam­i­lies. But she’s also telling the big­ger story of ob­ses­sion—in this case, her own un­shak­able and de­bil­i­tat­ing de­sire to ɿnd an ex­pla­na­tion for evil.

In­sep­a­ra­ble: The Orig­i­nal Si­amese Twins and Their Rendezvous with Amer­i­can His­tory By Yunte Huang LIVERIGHT

De­hu­man­ized and dis­played as freaks in An­drew Jack­son’s Amer­ica, Chang and Eng Bunker, the orig­i­nal “Si­amese Twins” (born in Siam and con­joined at the ster­num) ended up op­pres­sors them­selves. Af­ter re­tir­ing in a small North Carolina town, they owned as many as 32 slaves and, be­tween them, fa­thered at least 21 chil­dren. If that doesn’t in­trigue you—wait, how can that not in­trigue you?

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