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Go the F- - - To Sleep

Go the F- - - to Sleep

by Adam Mansbach

Hardcover, 32 pages, Akashic, $14.95, published June 14 2011 | purchase
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  • Adam Mansbach

A bedtime book for adults portrays the trials and tribulations of a parent whose little angel just won't nod off.

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In the Garden of Beasts

In the Garden of Beasts

Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

by Erik Larson

Hardcover, 448 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published May 10 2011 | purchase
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  • Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
  • Erik Larson

The best-selling author of Devil in the White City documents the efforts of William E. Dodd, the first American ambassador to Hitler's Germany, to acclimate to a residence in an increasingly violent city where he is forced to associate with the Nazis while his daughter pursues a relationship with Gestapo chief Rudolf Diels.

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Unbroken

Unbroken

A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

by Laura Hillenbrand

Hardcover, 473 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published November 16 2010 | purchase
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  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken tells the gripping true story of a U.S. airman who was the sole survivor when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II. He faced thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft and an even greater trial.

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The Greater Journey

The Greater Journey

Americans in Paris

by David McCullough

Hardcover, 558 pages, Simon & Schuster, $37.50, published May 24 2011 | purchase
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  • Americans in Paris
  • David McCullough

The best-selling author of 1776 tells the story of the generations of American artists, writers and doctors who traveled to Paris — the intellectual, scientific and artistic capital of the Western world — fell in love with the city and its people, and changed America through what they learned there.

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Bossypants

Bossypants

by Tina Fey

Hardcover, 277 pages, Little Brown & Co, $26.99, published April 5 2011 | purchase
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  • Tina Fey

The breakout star of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock gives a humorous account of her life, as well as behind-the-scenes stories from her hit shows.

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A Stolen Life

A Stolen Life

by Jaycee Dugard

Hardcover, 273 pages, Simon & Schuster, $24.99, published July 12 2011 | purchase
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  • Jaycee Dugard

The woman abducted at age 11 by a man and woman who subsequently held her hostage and sexually abused her for 18 years discusses her life.

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Nothing Daunted

Nothing Daunted

The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West

by Dorothy Wickenden

Hardcover, 286 pages, Simon & Schuster, $26, published June 21 2011 | purchase
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  • The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West
  • Dorothy Wickenden

A full-length account based on an admired New Yorker article that traces the experiences of classmates Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood, who in 1916 left their affluent New York lives to teach school on the Western frontier.

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Seal Team Six

Seal Team Six

Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin

Hardcover, 331 pages, St Martins Pr, $26.99, published May 10 2011 | purchase
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  • Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper
  • Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin

A Navy SEAL Team Six sniper traces the story of how he became an elite soldier while recounting the dramatic mission that nearly cost him his life, offering insider perspectives on his team's extensive training process at the Marines' Scout Sniper School.

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Lost in Shangri-la

Lost in Shangri-la

A True Story Of Survival, Adventure, And The Most Incredible Rescue Mission Of World War II

by Mitchell Zuckoff

Hardcover, 384 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published April 26 2011 | purchase
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  • A True Story Of Survival, Adventure, And The Most Incredible Rescue Mission Of World War II
  • Mitchell Zuckoff

In 1945, a sightseeing trip over Shangri-La turned deadly when the plane crashed, leaving only three survivors who, battling for their survival, were caught between man-eating headhunters and the enemy Japanese. A real-life adventure drawn from personal interviews, declassified Army documents and personal photos and mementos.

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Reckless Endangerment

Reckless Endangerment

How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon

by Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner

Hardcover, 331 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $30, published May 24 2011 | purchase
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  • How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon
  • Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner

In Reckless Endangerment, Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner trace the origins of the financial meltdown and describe how regulators failed to control greed and recklessness on Wall Street.

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The Social Animal

The Social Animal

The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

by David Brooks

Hardcover, 424 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published March 8 2011 | purchase
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  • The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement
  • David Brooks

David Brooks views current research from a variety of disciplines by following the lives and unconscious motivations of a hypothetical American couple as they grow, meet and change throughout their lives.

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Incognito

Incognito

The Secret Lives of the Brain

by David M. Eagleman

Hardcover, 290 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published May 31 2011 | purchase
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  • The Secret Lives of the Brain
  • David M. Eagleman

Incognito examines the unconscious part of our brains — the complex neural networks that are constantly fighting one another and influencing how we act, the things we're attracted to and the thoughts we have.

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Turn Right at Machu Picchu

Turn Right at Machu Picchu

Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

by Mark Adams

Hardcover, 333 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published June 30 2011 | purchase
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  • Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
  • Mark Adams

A re-creation of Hiram Bingham III's discovery of the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, in the Andes Mountains of Peru. Describes Bingham's struggles with rudimentary survival tools and his experiences at the sides of local guides.

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Absolute Monarchs

Absolute Monarchs

A History of the Papacy

by John Julius Norwich

Hardcover, 512 pages, Random House Inc, $30, published July 12 2011 | purchase
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  • A History of the Papacy
  • John Julius Norwich

A comprehensive history of the papacy describes the defining relevance of papal authority to the Church, chronicling the unexpectedly violent and colorful historical events that have indelibly shaped the Pope's authority and station.

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Area 51

Area 51

An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base

by Annie Jacobsen

Hardcover, 523 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27.99, published May 17 2011 | purchase
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  • An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base
  • Annie Jacobsen

Presents a history of the most famous secret military installation in the world, assembled from interviews with the people who served there and formerly classified information.

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