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Weeks on List: 20

Being Mortal

Medicine and What Matters in the End

by Atul Gawande

Hardcover, 282 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $26, published October 7 2014 | purchase

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Being Mortal
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Medicine and What Matters in the End
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Atul Gawande

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A prominent surgeon argues against modern medical practices that extend life at the expense of quality of life while isolating the dying, outlining suggestions for freer, more fulfilling approaches to death that enable more dignified and comfortable choices.

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Weeks on List: 16

The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up

The Japanese Art Of Decluttering And Organizing

by Marie Kondo and Cathy Hirano

Hardcover, 213 pages, Random House Inc, $16.99, published October 14 2014 | purchase

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The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up
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The Japanese Art Of Decluttering And Organizing
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Marie Kondo and Cathy Hirano

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This guide to cleaning and organizing a living space discusses best methods for decluttering and the impact that an organized home can have on mood and physical and mental health.

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Weeks on List: 17

Yes Please

by Amy Poehler

Hardcover, 329 pages, HarperCollins, $28.99, published October 28 2014 | purchase

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Yes Please
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Amy Poehler

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The actress best known for her work on Parks and Recreation and Saturday Night Live reveals personal stories and offers her humorous take on such topics as love, friendship, parenthood and her relationship with Tina Fey.

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Weeks on List: 4

Leaving Before the Rains Come

by Alexandra Fuller

Hardcover, 258 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published January 22 2015 | purchase

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Leaving Before the Rains Come
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Alexandra Fuller

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The author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight traces her post-divorce confrontation of an upbringing in Africa that was overshadowed by the Rhodesian wars, her complicated parents and her courtship with her ex-husband.

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Weeks on List: 2

Believer

My Forty Years in Politics

by David Axelrod

Hardcover, 509 pages, Penguin Group USA, $35, published February 10 2015 | purchase

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Believer
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My Forty Years in Politics
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David Axelrod

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The man who masterminded Obama's historic election campaigns opens up about his years as a young journalist, political consultant and ultimately senior adviser to the president.

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Weeks on List: 22

Killing Patton

The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Hardcover, 352 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $30, published September 23 2014 | purchase

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Killing Patton
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The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General
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Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

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The anchor of cable's The O'Reilly Factor and an historian explore the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Gen. George S. Patton after World War II and describe the powerful people who may have wanted him out of the way.

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H Is for Hawk

by Helen Macdonald

Hardcover, 300 pages, Pgw, $26, published March 3 2015 | purchase

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H Is For Hawk
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Helen Macdonald

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An experienced falconer grieving the sudden death of her father recounts how she endeavored to train a dangerous goshawk predator as part of her personal recovery.

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Not That Kind of Girl

A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned

by Lena Dunham

Hardcover, 256 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published September 30 2014 | purchase

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Not That Kind of Girl
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A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned
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Lena Dunham

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The creator and star of HBO's Girls documents her coming-of-age in and out of the spotlight, recounting her experiences with everything from dieting and embarrassing sex to dirty old men and performing in less-than-ideal conditions.

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Weeks on List: 24

What If?

Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

by Randall Munroe

Hardcover, 303 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24, published September 2 2014 | purchase

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What If?
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Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
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Randall Munroe

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The creator of the popular webcomic "xkcd" presents his heavily researched answers to his fans' oddest questions, including "What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool?" and "Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?"

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Weeks on List: 7

Emotional Intelligence 2.0

by Travis, Ph.D. Bradberry, Jean Greaves, Patrick Lencioni, Sue DeLazaro and Melissa, Ph.D. Monday

Hardcover, 255 pages, Pgw, $24.99, published June 1 2009 | purchase

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Emotional Intelligence 2.0 presents a step-by-step guide for increasing emotional intelligence through four core principles: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management.

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Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned From a Little Golden Book

by Diane Muldrow

Hardcover, 1 volume (unpaged), Random House Childrens Books, $9.99, published September 24 2013 | purchase

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Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned From a Little Golden Book
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Diane Muldrow

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A "guide to life" for grown fans of classic Little Golden Books combines lighthearted advice with illustrations from 60 favorites that convey such nuggets of wisdom as "don't forget to enjoy your wedding," "be a hugger" and "sweatpants are bad for morale."

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Weeks on List: 11

Money

Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom

by Tony Robbins

Hardcover, 656 pages, Simon & Schuster, $28, published November 18 2014 | purchase

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Money
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Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom
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Tony Robbins

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Tony Robbins draws from research and interviews with financial experts to offer a seven-step blueprint for attaining financial freedom.

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The Motivation Manifesto

9 Declarations to Claim Your Personal Power

by Brendon Burchard

Hardcover, 234 pages, Hay House Inc, $19.99, published October 28 2014 | purchase

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The Motivation Manifesto
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9 Declarations to Claim Your Personal Power
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Brendon Burchard

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Brendon Burchard argues that all people seek personal freedom as a goal but are hindered by social oppression and self-doubt, and explains that by battling through these hindrances, people can take back control of their lives.

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Small Victories

Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace

by Anne Lamott

Hardcover, 286 pages, Penguin Group USA, $22.95, published November 10 2014 | purchase

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Small Victories
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Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace
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Anne Lamott

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Anne Lamott presents a collection of essays that focus on hope and discuss how prevailing over life's hardships can transform our perceptions and our lives.

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Red Notice

A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice

by Bill Browder

Hardcover, 396 pages, Simon & Schuster, $28, published February 3 2015 | purchase

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Red Notice
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A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice
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Bill Browder

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Expelled from Russia after exposing corruption in Russian companies, an investment broker describes how his attorney was detained, tortured and beaten to death for testifying against Russian law enforcement officers who stole millions in taxes paid to the government.