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Behind The Beautiful Forevers

Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

by Katherine Boo

Hardcover, 256 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published February 7 2012 | purchase

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Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
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Katherine Boo

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A profile of everyday life in the settlement of Annawadi as experienced by a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother and a young scrap-metal thief, illuminating the way their efforts to build better lives are challenged by religion, caste and economic tensions.

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Quiet

The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

by Susan Cain

Hardcover, 333 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published January 24 2012 | purchase

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The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
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Susan Cain

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Susan Cain demonstrates how introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued in modern culture, charting the rise of extrovert ideology while sharing anecdotal examples of how to use introvert talents to adapt to various situations.

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Bringing Up Bebe

One American Mother Discovers The Wisdom Of French Parenting

by Pamela Druckerman

Hardcover, 288 pages, Penguin Group USA, $25.95, published February 7 2012 | purchase

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Bringing Up Bebe
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One American Mother Discovers The Wisdom Of French Parenting
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Pamela Druckerman

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After becoming used to the stereotype of screaming, ill-tempered children, an American mother living in Paris was amazed at how well-behaved French children were. In this book she explains how parents can make their lives less stressful by taking some pointers from the French art of child-rearing.

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Steve Jobs

A Biography

by Walter Isaacson

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

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Steve Jobs
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A Biography
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Walter Isaacson

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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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Revelations

Visions, Prophecy, And Politics In The Book Of Revelation

by Elaine H. Pagels

Hardcover, 246 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published March 6 2012 | purchase

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Revelations
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Visions, Prophecy, And Politics In The Book Of Revelation
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Elaine H. Pagels

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Explores the New Testament book of Revelation in a historical first century context, reinterpreting the book as a scathing attack on the decadence of Rome that was subsequently adopted by early Christians as a weapon against heresy.

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The Power of Habit

Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

by Charles Duhigg

Hardcover, 371 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published February 28 2012 | purchase

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The Power of Habit
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Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
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Charles Duhigg

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New York Times business writer Charles Duhigg explores the science behind why we do what we do, and how companies use our habit-forming tendencies to sell and market products to us.

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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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American Sniper

The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

by Chris Kyle, Scott Mcewen and Jim DeFelice

Hardcover, 381 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published January 3 2012 | purchase

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American Sniper
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Chris Kyle, Scott Mcewen, et al

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A member of Navy SEAL Team 3 who served in Iraq and Afghanistan describes his life as a father, husband — and the serviceman with the most confirmed sniper kills in the history of the U.S. military.

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The End of Illness

by David B. Agus, M.D.

Hardcover, 335 pages, Simon & Schuster, $26, published January 17 2012 | purchase

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David B. Agus, M.D.

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Dr. David B. Agus — one of the nation's leading authorities on cancer treatment — addresses modern misconceptions about illness and wellness. Agus makes some surprising claims, asserting that a sedentary lifestyle can be worse than smoking, that vitamin supplements may do more harm than help and that poorly designed footwear factors into the development of heart disease.

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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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House Of Stone

A Memoir Of Home, Family, And A Lost Middle East

by Anthony Shadid

Hardcover, 311 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, published February 28 2012 | purchase

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House Of Stone
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Anthony Shadid

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After reporter Anthony Shadid was seized and beaten in Libya during the country's revolution, he returned to his great-grandfather's estate in Lebanon and began rebuilding. His memoir documents the shifting landscape of the Middle East and reflects on war, exile, rebirth and the universal yearning for home.

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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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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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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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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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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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