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Drift

The Unmooring of American Military Power

by Rachel Maddow

Hardcover, 304 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published March 27 2012 | purchase

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The Unmooring of American Military Power
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In past wars, the U.S. practically dismantled its military after the troops came home. But today, says MSNBC News anchor and writer Rachel Maddow, the nation finds itself in a state of almost permanent war. Her book argues that the U.S. military has grown bloated partially because the nation is insulated from the wars its soldiers fight.

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Wild

From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

by Cheryl Strayed

Hardcover, 336 pages, Knopf, $25.95, published March 20 2012 | purchase

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From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
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Cheryl Strayed

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At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington state — and she would do it alone.

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Imagine

How Creativity Works

by Jonah Lehrer

Hardcover, 256 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, published March 19 2012 | purchase

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Imagine
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How Creativity Works
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Jonah Lehrer

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An examination of the new science of creativity explains how it involves distinct thought processes that can be tapped by anyone, revealing the practices of successful companies and creative individuals while considering how to use scientific principles to increase creativity.

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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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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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The Big Miss

My Years Coaching Tiger Woods

by Hank Haney

Hardcover, 262 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published March 27 2012 | purchase

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The Big Miss
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My Years Coaching Tiger Woods
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Hank Haney

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A noted golf instructor who worked with Tiger Woods discusses his experiences with the golfer, who was at the top of his game until a public scandal threw him off track.

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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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Some Assembly Required

A Journal Of My Son's First Son

by Anne Lamott and Sam Lamott

Hardcover, 272 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published March 20 2012 | purchase

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A Journal Of My Son's First Son
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Anne Lamott and Sam Lamott

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Anne Lamott has entered a new and unexpected chapter in her life: grandmotherhood. Stunned to learn that her son, Sam, is about to become a father at 19, Lamott begins a journal about the first year of her grandson's life. Some Assembly Required is the true story of how the birth of a baby changes a family and redefines each member's role.

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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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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

by Jeanette Winterson

Hardcover, 230 pages, Pgw, $25, published March 6 2012 | purchase

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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
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Jeanette Winterson

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Jeanette Winterson tells the story of how a painful past, which she thought she had overcome, rose to haunt her later in life, sending her on a maddening search for her biological mother. Through her story, Winterson also shows how fiction and poetry can form a string of guiding lights, a life raft that supports us when we are sinking.

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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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Behind The Beautiful Forevers
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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. The story illuminates the way their efforts to build better lives are challenged by religion, caste and economic tensions.

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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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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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New American Haggadah

by Jonathan Safran Foer and Nathan Englander

Hardcover, 160 pages, Little Brown & Co., $29.99, published March 5 2012 | purchase

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New American Haggadah
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Jonathan Safran Foer and Nathan Englander

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The author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close offers a new translation of the text of prayer and song used by Jewish familes each year to celebrate Passover and the story of Exodus, with the text augmented by commentary by a number of modern-day thinkers, including Michael Pollan, Lemony Snicket, Tony Kushner and Judith Shulevitz.

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