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That Used To Be Us

That Used To Be Us

How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back

by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum

Hardcover, 380 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $28, published September 5 2011 | purchase

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That Used To Be Us
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How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back
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Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum

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New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and foreign policy expert Michael Mandlebaum make recommendations for meeting four major challenges facing the United States: globalization, the information-technology revolution, chronic deficits and unbalanced energy consumption.

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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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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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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
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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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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

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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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In My Time

In My Time

A Personal and Political Memoir

by Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney

Hardcover, 565 pages, Pocket Books, $35, published August 30 2011 | purchase

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In My Time
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A Personal and Political Memoir
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Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney

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The former vice president of the United States reflects on his influential tenure in a much-anticipated memoir.

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Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

by Alexandra Fuller

Hardcover, 238 pages, Penguin Group USA, $25.95, published August 23 2011 | purchase

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Alexandra Fuller

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Alexandra Fuller's book traces the stories of her parents' respective childhoods in Kenya and England, recounts her own upbringing in Africa and offers insight into the impact of their beliefs and the waning of the British empire on her parents' marriage.

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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

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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

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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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

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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The Eighty-Dollar Champion

The Eighty-Dollar Champion

Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation

by Elizabeth Letts

Hardcover, 329 pages, Random House, $26, published August 23 2011 | purchase

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Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation
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Elizabeth Letts

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Elizabeth Letts traces the story of a champion equine jumper and the Dutch farmer who rescued him from the slaughterhouse, recounting the way the farmer discovered the horse's jumping talents and trained him to compete against the world's most expensive thoroughbreds.

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Arguably

Arguably

Essays

by Christopher Hitchens

Hardcover, 788 pages, Grand Central Publishing, $30, published September 1 2011 | purchase

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Essays
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Christopher Hitchens

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Spanning four remarkable decades, this collection includes the best-selling author's early writings on civil rights and international incidents, as well as his inflammatory — and now infamous — columns on the Clintons, the Catholic Church, Mother Teresa and radical Islam.

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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

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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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Just My Type

Just My Type

A Book About Fonts

by Simon Garfield

Hardcover, 356 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.50, published September 1 2011 | purchase

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Just My Type
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A Book About Fonts
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Simon Garfield

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Just My Type documents the history of typefaces from the early days of Gutenberg to the modern applications of digital fonts, tracing the impact of font usage in business and pop culture while explaining what favorite fonts reveal about personality.

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Prime Time

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

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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