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Boomerang

Boomerang

Travels in the New Third World

by Michael Lewis

Hardcover, 213 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $25.95, published October 3 2011 | purchase

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The author of The Big Short describes the effect that the bubble of cheap credit — readily available to almost anyone from 2002 to 2008 — had on countries besides the U.S., including Iceland, Greece and Germany.

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Killing Lincoln

Killing Lincoln

The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Hardcover, 324 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published September 27 2011 | purchase

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The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and writer Martin Dugard focus on the life, death and legacy of the 16th president in their book Killing Lincoln. The authors reconstruct the final days of Lincoln's life and examine the plot against the president at the end of the Civil War in April 1865.

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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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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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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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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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The Swerve

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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How the World Became Modern
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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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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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Rin Tin Tin

Rin Tin Tin

The Life And The Legend

by Susan Orlean

Hardcover, 324 pages, Simon & Schuster, $26.99, published September 27 2011 | purchase

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Susan Orlean chronicles the rise of the iconic German shepherd character, sharing the stories of the real World War I dog and canine performer and exploring Rin Tin Tin's relevance in military and popular culture.

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Jacqueline Kennedy

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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Historic Conversations on Life With John F. Kennedy
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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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Seriously... I'm Kidding

Seriously... I'm Kidding

by Ellen DeGeneres

Hardcover, 241 pages, Grand Central Publishing, $26.99, published October 4 2011 | purchase

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Ellen DeGeneres

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The stand-up comedian, television host, bestselling author and actress candidly discusses her personal life and professional career and describes what it was like to become a judge on American Idol.

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Destiny of the Republic

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
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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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The Better Angels of Our Nature

The Better Angels Of Our Nature

Why Violence Has Declined

by Steven Pinker

Hardcover, 802 pages, Penguin Group USA, $40, published October 4 2011 | purchase

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The Better Angels of Our Nature
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Why Violence Has Declined
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Steven Pinker

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Steven Pinker's controversial history of violence argues that these are the most peaceful times of human existence, and draws on provocative psychological insights into the intrinsic values that are causing people to condemn violence as unacceptable.

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Confidence Men

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
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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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Hemingway's Boat

Hemingway's Boat

Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961

by Paul Hendrickson

Hardcover, 531 pages, Random House Inc, $30, published September 20 2011 | purchase

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Hemingway's Boat
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Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961
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Paul Hendrickson

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An assessment of the decades before Ernest Hemingway's suicide reveals the key life moments that occurred onboard his beloved boat, Pilar, from celebrations with friends and romantic liaisons to the dissolutions of marriages and alcohol-marked withdrawals from society. By the author of the National Book Critics Circle-winning Sons of Mississippi.

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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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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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