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Nonfiction releases from Nora Ephron, Simon Winchester, Brian Greene, Jay-Z and Russell Simmons.

I Remember Nothing

And Other Reflections

by Nora Ephron

Paperback, 137 pages, Random House Inc, $14, published November 1 2011 | purchase

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I Remember Nothing
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And Other Reflections
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Nora Ephron

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Four years after publishing I Feel Bad About My Neck, Nora Ephron, now 70, is more concerned than ever about aging. In her new book, I Remember Nothing, she rues cleavage that "looks like a peach pit" and taking "so many pills in the morning you don't have room for breakfast." In the title essay, Ephron flags life events of which she has retained nada — including meeting Eleanor Roosevelt in 1961 and seeing The Beatles live on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. She quips, "I was not at Woodstock, but I might as well have been because I wouldn't remember it anyway," and concludes, "On some level my life has been wasted on me. After all, if I can't remember it, who can?"

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Atlantic

Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

by Simon Winchester

Paperback, 677 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published November 23 2010 | purchase

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Atlantic
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Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
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Simon Winchester

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Geologist, journalist and now best-selling author Simon Winchester has spent his life following his curiosity to far-flung corners of the world. And though he has crossed many oceans, the one that has made the greatest impression on him is the one closest to home. Atlantic is a biography of the world's second largest ocean, which chronicles its origins, history and cultural influence.

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The Hidden Reality

Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

by Brian Greene

Paperback, 443 pages, Random House Inc, $16.95, published November 1 2011 | purchase

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The Hidden Reality
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Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos
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Brian Greene

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Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos, tackles the existence of multiple universes in his latest book, The Hidden Reality. Recent discoveries in physics and astronomy, he says, point to the idea that our universe may be one of many universes populating a grander multiverse. Greene thinks the key to understanding these multiverses comes from string theory, the area of physics he has studied for the past 25 years, which attempts to reconcile a mathematical conflict between two already accepted ideas in physics: quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity.

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Decoded

by Jay-Z

Paperback, 335 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published November 1 2011 | purchase

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Decoded
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Jay-Z

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Long before he sold 50 million records worldwide — and before he appeared alongside Warren Buffett on the cover of Fortune magazine, accumulated more than a dozen Grammy Awards and became the CEO of his own record label — Jay-Z was living with his mom in the Marcy Houses housing project in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, just trying to survive day by day. Now 41, Jay-Z hasn't forgotten his past. In his new book, Decoded, he unpacks the detailed riffs and lyrics that make up 36 of his songs while examining both his own life and the growth of hip-hop over the past two decades.

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Super Rich

A Guide to Having It All

by Russell Simmons and Chris Morrow

Paperback, 197 pages, Penguin Group USA, $15, published November 1 2011 | purchase

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Super Rich
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A Guide to Having It All
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Russell Simmons and Chris Morrow

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Russell Simmons has been called the godfather of hip-hop, and is considered one of the most successful African-American entrepreneurs in America today. He helped launch the careers of rap stars Run-DMC and 50 Cent, and created a host of high-flying enterprises, from fashion lines to hit TV shows. In his new book, Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All, Simmons talks about the role that yoga has played in his success. "Operating from a calm center doesn't mean you're not operating," he tells NPR's Michel Martin. "This book ... is about consciousness — and a state of needing nothing is how I define 'super rich.' "

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