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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
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Laura Hillenbrand

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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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A Stolen Life

by Jaycee Dugard

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

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Jaycee Dugard

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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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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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In The Garden Of Beasts
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Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
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Erik Larson

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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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Go The F- - - To Sleep

by Adam Mansbach

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

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Go the F- - - to Sleep
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Adam Mansbach

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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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Bossypants

by Tina Fey

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

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Tina Fey

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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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1493

Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

by Charles C. Mann

Hardcover, 535 pages, Random House Inc, $30.50, published August 9 2011 | purchase

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1493
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Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
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Charles C. Mann

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When Columbus crossed the Atlantic in 1492, his journey prompted the exchange of not only information but also food, animals, insects, plants and viruses between the continents. Charles C. Mann documents the lesser-known consequences of Columbus' voyage to the New World.

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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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The Greater Journey
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Americans in Paris
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David McCullough

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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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Prime Time

Love, Health, Sex, Fitness, Friendship, Spirit: Making the Most of All of Your Life

by Jane Fonda

Hardcover, 416 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published August 9 2011 | purchase

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Prime Time
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Love, Health, Sex, Fitness, Friendship, Spirit: Making the Most of All of Your Life
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Jane Fonda

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The Oscar-winning actress, fitness expert and political activist outlines a road map for seniors who are experiencing unprecedented rates of longevity, sharing practical advice on everything from fitness and sexuality to coming to terms with past mistakes and embracing a spiritual life.

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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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Turn Right at Machu Picchu
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Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
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Mark Adams

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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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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 Social Animal
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The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement
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David Brooks

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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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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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SEAL Team Six
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Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper
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Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin

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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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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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Nothing Daunted
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The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West
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Dorothy Wickenden

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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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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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Incognito
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The Secret Lives of the Brain
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David M. Eagleman

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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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Weeks on List: 7

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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Reckless Endangerment
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How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon
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Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner

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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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Weeks on List: 11

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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Lost in Shangri-La
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A True Story Of Survival, Adventure, And The Most Incredible Rescue Mission Of World War II
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Mitchell Zuckoff

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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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