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Weeks on List: 3

The Wright Brothers

by David McCullough

Hardcover, 320 pages, Simon & Schuster, $30, published May 5 2015 | purchase

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David McCullough tells the story of Wilbur and Orville Wright, two brothers who taught the world to fly.

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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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The Road to Character

by David Brooks

Hardcover, 300 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published April 14 2015 | purchase

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The Road to Character
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David Brooks

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The New York Times columnist and author of The Social Animal evaluates America's transition to a culture that values self-promotion over humility, explaining the importance of an engaged inner life in personal fulfillment.

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Dead Wake

The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

by Erik Larson

Hardcover, 430 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published March 10 2015 | purchase

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Dead Wake
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The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
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Erik Larson

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Erik Larson presents a 100th-anniversary chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania that discusses the factors that led to the tragedy and the contributions of such figures as President Wilson, bookseller Charles Lauriat and architect Theodate Pope Riddle.

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Weeks on List: 14

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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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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Missoula

Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

by Jon Krakauer

Hardcover, 367 pages, Random House Inc, $28.95, published April 21 2015 | purchase

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Missoula
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Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
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Jon Krakauer

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A stark, meticulously reported narrative about a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana ­— stories that illuminate the human drama behind the national plague of campus rape.

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On the Move

A Life

by Oliver Sacks

Hardcover, 397 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published April 28 2015 | purchase

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On the Move
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A Life
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Oliver Sacks

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Oliver Sacks recounts his life and career, sharing his experiences as a neurologist in the early 1960s, his obsession with motorcycles and speed, and finding a long-forgotten illness in the wards of a New York hospital.

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Very Good Lives

The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination

by J. K. Rowling and Joel Holland

Hardcover, 69 pages, Little Brown & Co, $15, published April 14 2015 | purchase

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Very Good Lives
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The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
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J. K. Rowling and Joel Holland

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J. K. Rowling's 2008 commencement speech at Harvard University addresses the difficulty of embracing failure and how to use your imagination to better yourself.

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A Lucky Life Interrupted

A Memoir of Hope

by Tom Brokaw

Hardcover, 230 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published May 12 2015 | purchase

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A Lucky Life Interrupted
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A Memoir of Hope
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Tom Brokaw

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The NBC nightly news anchor reflects on his struggle with myeloma, coming to terms with his own mortality, and what does and has meant the most to him throughout his life.

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Hold Still

A Memoir With Photographs

by Sally Mann

Hardcover, 482 pages, Little Brown & Co, $32, published May 12 2015 | purchase

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Hold Still
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A Memoir With Photographs
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Sally Mann

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The author tells her family's history in photographs and words, after sorting through a box of old papers that revealed scandals, alcohol and domestic abuse, affairs, family land ownership, and racial complications.

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When to Rob a Bank

And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants

by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Hardcover, 387 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published May 5 2015 | purchase

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When to Rob a Bank
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And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants
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Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

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This 10th anniversary, curated collection of blog posts from Freakonomics.com shares insights into the role of luck in making money, the unpredictable nature of winning and more.

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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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The Quartet

Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789

by Joseph J. Ellis

Hardcover, 290 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published May 12 2015 | purchase

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The Quartet
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Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789
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Joseph J. Ellis

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The author of Founding Brothers shares historical insights into America's post-revolution efforts for independence, citing key debates over the creations of the Articles of Confederation and the Bill of Rights.

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Clinton Cash

The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich

by Peter Schweizer

Hardcover, 243 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published May 5 2015 | purchase

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Clinton Cash
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The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich
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Peter Schweizer

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Peter Schweizer investigates how Bill and Hilary Clinton went from "dead broke" on leaving the White House to millionaires.