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Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers

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Weeks on List: 2

Jacqueline Kennedy

Historic Conversations on Life With John F. Kennedy

by Michael Beschloss and Caroline Kennedy

Hardcover, 368 pages, Hyperion Books, $60, published September 14 2011 | purchase

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Jacqueline Kennedy
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Historic Conversations on Life With John F. Kennedy
Author
Michael Beschloss and Caroline Kennedy

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Jacqueline Kennedy presents the annotated transcription and original audio for the 1964 interviews Jacqueline Kennedy gave on her experience as the wife of John F. Kennedy, offering an intimate and detailed account of the man and his times.

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Weeks on List: 45

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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Unbroken
Subtitle
A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Author
Laura Hillenbrand

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Unbroken tells the true story of a U.S. airman who survived his bomber crashing into the sea during World War II, a foundering raft, thirst, starvation and a prisoner-of-war camp.

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Weeks on List: 1

Confidence Men

Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President

by Ron Suskind

Hardcover, 515 pages, HarperCollins, $29.99, published September 20 2011 | purchase

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Confidence Men
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Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President
Author
Ron Suskind

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Draws on hundreds of hours of interviews and in-depth research to relate the complete story of the nation's financial meltdown, from the trading floors of Lower Manhattan to the power corridors inside the Beltway.

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Weeks on List: 17

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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Weeks on List: 3

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
Subtitle
How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back
Author
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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Weeks on List: 20

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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Weeks on List: 25

Bossypants

by Tina Fey

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

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Bossypants
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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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Weeks on List: 5

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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Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
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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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Weeks on List: 2

Here Comes Trouble

Stories from My Life

by Michael Moore

Hardcover, 427 pages, Grand Central Publishing, $26.99, published September 13 2011 | purchase

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Here Comes Trouble
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Stories from My Life
Author
Michael Moore

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The influential best-selling author and Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker of such productions as Bowling for Columbine presents a systematic analysis of big business, Social Security, the military and other hot-button issues to share his unconventional perspectives on why the nation may not be as divided as believed.

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Weeks on List: 7

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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Weeks on List: 18

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
Subtitle
Americans in Paris
Author
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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Weeks on List: 1

The Swerve

How the World Became Modern

by Stephen Greenblatt

Hardcover, 320 pages, W.W. Norton & Co., Inc., $26.95, published September 26 2011 | purchase

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The Swerve
Subtitle
How the World Became Modern
Author
Stephen Greenblatt

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A humanities professor describes the impact of the translation of the last remaining manuscript of On the Nature of Things by Roman philosopher Lucretius, which fueled the Renaissance and inspired artists, great thinkers and scientists.

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Weeks on List: 1

Destiny of the Republic

A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

by Candice Millard

Hardcover, 339 pages, Doubleday, $28.95, published September 20 2011 | purchase

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Destiny of the Republic
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A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Author
Candice Millard

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This narrative account of President James Garfield's political career offers insight into his background as a scholar and Civil War hero; his battles against the corrupt establishment; and Alexander Graham Bell's failed attempt to save him from an assassin's bullet.

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Weeks on List: 5

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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The Eighty-Dollar Champion
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Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation
Author
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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Weeks on List: 4

Arguably

Essays

by Christopher Hitchens

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

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Arguably
Subtitle
Essays
Author
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.