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Weeks on List: 8

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

A Biography

by Walter Isaacson

Hardcover, 630 pages, Simon & Schuster, $35, published October 24 2011 | purchase

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Walter Isaacson delves into the computer visionary's personal life and professional legacy — from learning the art of good craftsmanship as a kid to becoming a notoriously demanding boss to fighting the cancer that eventually killed him.

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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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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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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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Killing Lincoln
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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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Jack Kennedy

Jack Kennedy

Elusive Hero

by Chris Matthews

Hardcover, 479 pages, Simon & Schuster, $27.50, published November 1 2011 | purchase

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Jack Kennedy
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Elusive Hero
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Based on interviews with some of his closest associates, a portrait of the 35th president discusses his privileged childhood, military service, struggles with a life-threatening disease and career in politics.

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Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great

Portrait Of A Woman

by Robert K. Massie

Hardcover, 625 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published November 8 2011 | purchase

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Catherine The Great
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Portrait Of A Woman
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Robert K. Massie

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Peter the Great presents a reconstruction of the 18th century empress's life that covers such topics as her efforts to engage Russia in the cultural life of Europe, her creation of the Hermitage art collection and her numerous scandal-free romantic affairs.

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Then Again

Then Again

by Diane Keaton

Hardcover, 265 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published November 15 2011 | purchase

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Diane Keaton

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The award-winning actress documents her rise from everyday girl to acclaimed performer while exploring her defining relationship with her mother and how their shared and separate dreams influenced their experiences.

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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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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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Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow

by Daniel Kahneman

Hardcover, 499 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $30, published October 25 2011 | purchase

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Thinking, Fast And Slow
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Daniel Kahneman

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A psychologist draws on years of research to introduce his "machinery of the mind" model on human decision-making, revealing the faults and capabilities of intuitive versus logical thinking.

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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

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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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A History of the World in 100 Objects

A History of the World in 100 Objects

by Neil MacGregor

Hardcover, 707 pages, Penguin Group USA, $45, published October 27 2011 | purchase

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A History of the World in 100 Objects
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Neil MacGregor

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The renowned director of the British Museum narrates the stories of 100 human innovations to explain their pivotal role in shaping civilization, from weapons and the domestication of cows to currency and music.

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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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Weeks on List: 11

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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Weeks on List: 11

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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Travels in the New Third World
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Michael Lewis

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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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Weeks on List: 7

Goodnight iPad

Goodnight iPad

A Parody for the Next Generation

by Ann Droyd

Hardcover, 1 v. (unpaged), Penguin Group USA, $14.95, published October 27 2011 | purchase

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Goodnight iPad
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A Parody for the Next Generation
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Ann Droyd

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A bedtime story for bidding electronic gadgets goodnight, from the BlackBerry and the Nook to the iPad and MP3s.

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The Time of Our Lives

The Time of Our Lives

by Tom Brokaw

Hardcover, 291 pages, Random House, $26, published November 1 2011 | purchase

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The Time of Our Lives
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Tom Brokaw

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The former NBC news anchor and White House correspondent evaluates the American dream of the past, present and future as experienced by four generations of his and other families.

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