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Drift

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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  • Rachel Maddow

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

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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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

Imagine

How Creativity Works

by Jonah Lehrer

Hardcover, 256 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, published March 19 2012 | purchase
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  • How Creativity Works
  • Jonah Lehrer

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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Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Let's Pretend This Never Happened

A Mostly True Memoir

by Jenny Lawson

Hardcover, 318 pages, Penguin Group USA, $25.95, published April 17 2012 | purchase
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  • A Mostly True Memoir
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In an illustrated memoir, Jenny Lawson shares humorous stories from her life, including her awkward upbringing in Texas and her relationship with her husband.

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The Power of Habit

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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  • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  • Charles Duhigg

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

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
  • Laura Hillenbrand

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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Quiet

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 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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Weeks on List: 5

Some Assembly Required

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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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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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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10

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Darth Vader and Son

Darth Vader and Son

by Jeffrey Brown

Hardcover, 64 pages, Chronicle Books, $14.95, published April 18 2012 | purchase
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Jeffrey Brown comically reimagines the plot of Star Wars with Darth Vader as a charming father.

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The Big Miss

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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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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The Social Conquest of Earth

The Social Conquest of Earth

by Edward O. Wilson

Hardcover, 330 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $27.95, published April 9 2012 | purchase
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  • Edward O. Wilson

An acclaimed biologist discusses how morality, religion and the creative arts are biological in nature, and defends his theory that the origin of the human condition is due to group, not family, selection.

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The Presidents Club

The Presidents Club

Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity

by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy

Hardcover, 641 pages, Simon & Schuster, $32.50, published April 17 2012 | purchase
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  • Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy

Traces the history of the presidential fraternity conceived by Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover during Eisenhower's inauguration, exploring the ways the nation's presidents depended on, sabotaged and formed alliances that had world-changing impacts. Co-written by the co-author of The Preacher and the Presidents.

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A Natural Woman

A Natural Woman

A Memoir

by Carole King

Hardcover, 488 pages, Grand Central Pub, $27.99, published April 10 2012 | purchase
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  • Carole King

The legendary, award-winning singer, songwriter and pianist tells her life story — beginning with her childhood in Brooklyn, through her marriage to co-writer Gerry Goffin, her experiences as a mother, and what it was like to write and record Tapestry.

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Weeks on List: 10

Bringing Up Bebe

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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  • One American Mother Discovers The Wisdom Of French Parenting
  • Pamela Druckerman

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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