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The Passage of Power

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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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

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

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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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  • 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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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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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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It Worked for Me

It Worked for Me

In Life and Leadership

by Colin Powell and Tony Koltz

Hardcover, 283 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published May 22 2012 | purchase
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  • Colin Powell and Tony Koltz

Collecting lessons and personal anecdotes that have shaped the four-star general and former secretary of state's legendary career in public service, this blueprint for leadership offers wise advice for succeeding in the workplace and beyond.

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Are You My Mother?

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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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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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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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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Weeks on List: 3

This Is How

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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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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I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)

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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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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End This Depression Now!

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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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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12

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Prague Winter

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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  • Madeleine Korbel Albright and Bill Woodward

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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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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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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My Cross to Bear

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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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.

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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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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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