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Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers

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The Passage Of Power

The Years Of Lyndon Johnson

by Robert A. Caro

Hardcover, 712 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published May 1 2012 | purchase

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The Passage Of Power
Subtitle
The Years Of Lyndon Johnson
Author
Robert A. Caro

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Robert Caro has spent decades researching Lyndon Johnson's life; previous books in his massive biography of Johnson told the story of Johnson's rise to national prominence. In this fourth volume, Caro takes up Johnson's dismal years as vice president and his sudden presidency, which he used to shepherd the 1964 Civil Rights Act through Congress.

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Lots Of Candles, Plenty Of Cake

A Memoir of a Woman's Life

by Anna Quindlen

Hardcover, 182 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published April 24 2012 | purchase

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Lots Of Candles, Plenty Of Cake
Subtitle
A Memoir of a Woman's Life
Author
Anna Quindlen

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A candid and whimsical memoir explores what matters to middle-aged women.

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Weeks on List: 6

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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Drift
Subtitle
The Unmooring of American Military Power
Author
Rachel Maddow

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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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Weeks on List: 7

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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Wild
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From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Author
Cheryl Strayed

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After her mother's death and the end of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed impulsively decided to hike more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington state — alone.

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End This Depression Now!

by Paul Krugman

Hardcover, p. cm., W.W. Norton & Co. Inc, $24.95, published April 30 2012 | purchase

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End This Depression Now!
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Paul Krugman

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With the Great Recession well into its fourth year, New York Times economics columnist Paul Krugman asks what makes this slump so intractable. He argues that recovery could take root if politicians simply mustered the will to end this depression now.

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Are You My Mother?

A Comic Drama

by Alison Bechdel

Hardcover, 286 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $22, published May 1 2012 | purchase

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Are You My Mother?
Subtitle
A Comic Drama
Author
Alison Bechdel

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Depicts the author's mother as a voracious reader, music lover and passionate amateur actress who quietly suffers as the wife of a closeted gay artist and withdraws from her young daughter, who searches for answers to the separation later in life.

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Prague Winter

A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948

by Madeleine Korbel Albright and Bill Woodward

Hardcover, 467 pages, HarperCollins, $29.99, published April 24 2012 | purchase

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Prague Winter
Subtitle
A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948
Author
Madeleine Korbel Albright and Bill Woodward

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The former secretary of state paints a portrait of her early life, from 1937 to 1948, during which she witnessed the Nazi invasion of her native Prague, the Holocaust, the defeat of fascism, the rise of communism and the onset of the Cold War.

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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
Subtitle
How Creativity Works
Author
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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Weeks on List: 3

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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Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Subtitle
A Mostly True Memoir
Author
Jenny Lawson

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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

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
Subtitle
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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Unbroken
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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 true story of a U.S. airman who survived his bomber crashing into the sea during World War II, a foundering raft, thirst, starvation and a prisoner-of-war camp.

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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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Quiet
Subtitle
The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Author
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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Manhunt

The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden From 9/11 to Abbottabad

by Peter L. Bergen

Hardcover, 359 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published May 1 2012 | purchase

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Manhunt
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The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden From 9/11 to Abbottabad
Author
Peter L. Bergen

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The author of the best-selling Holy War, Inc. presents a definitive account of the decade-long search for Osama bin Laden, sharing coverage of such topics as the CIA analyst team that gathered critical intelligence and what bin Laden's demise means for al-Qaida.

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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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The Presidents Club
Subtitle
Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity
Author
Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy

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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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My Cross to Bear

by Gregg Allman and Alan Light

Hardcover, 390 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published May 1 2012 | purchase

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My Cross to Bear
Author
Gregg Allman and Alan Light

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Offering a colorful portrait of growing up in the 1960s South, rock icon Greg Allman, of the Allman Brothers Band, reveals the band's many struggles, hardships, personality clashes and ultimately the joy that went into making music.