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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
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The Years Of Lyndon Johnson
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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
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A Memoir of a Woman's Life
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Anna Quindlen

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

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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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Drift
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The Unmooring of American Military Power
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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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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
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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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I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)

by Stephen Colbert and Paul Hildebrand

Hardcover, 32 pages, Grand Central Publishing, $15.99, published May 8 2012 | purchase

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I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)
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Stephen Colbert and Paul Hildebrand

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The star of The Colbert Report offers a hilarious parody of a children's book that is meant for adults. Illustrated by Paul Hildebrand.

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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
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A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948
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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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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?
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A Comic Drama
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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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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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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
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A Mostly True Memoir
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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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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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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
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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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This Is How

Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More, for Young and Old Alike

by Augusten Burroughs

Hardcover, 230 pages, St Martins Pr, $24.99, published May 8 2012 | purchase

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This Is How
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Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More, for Young and Old Alike
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Augusten Burroughs

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Draws on the author's roller-coaster experiences with limited opportunities, successes and failures, to offer darkly humorous advice on surviving everything from riding elevators and gaining weight to finishing drinks and finding love.

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When Women Were Birds

Fifty-Four Variations on Voice

by Terry Tempest Williams

Hardcover, 208 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $23, published April 10 2012 | purchase

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When Women Were Birds
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Fifty-Four Variations on Voice
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Terry Tempest Williams

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After her mother's death, Terry Tempest Williams was shocked to find that, of all the journals her mother had left her, three shelves' worth were blank. Williams meditates on the meaning of that strange legacy in When Women Were Birds.

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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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A Natural Woman
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A Memoir
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Carole King

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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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