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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 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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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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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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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. After that, he faced thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst, starvation and a prisoner-of-war camp.

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American Grown

The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America

by Michelle Obama

Hardcover, 271 pages, Random House Inc, $30, published May 29 2012 | purchase

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American Grown
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The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America
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Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama describes how she and her daughters planted a vegetable garden on the White House's South Lawn as part of an initiative to raise awareness about childhood obesity. American Grown shares the first lady's gardening tips, recipes and advice for making more healthful food choices.

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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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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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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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Cronkite

by Douglas Brinkley

Hardcover, 819 pages, HarperCollins, $34.99, published May 29 2012 | purchase

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Cronkite
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Douglas Brinkley

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The author of The Quiet World offers a candid look at the renowned yet fiercely private journalist and news anchor who reported on some of the biggest news of the 20th century.

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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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It Worked for Me
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In Life and Leadership
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Colin Powell and Tony Koltz

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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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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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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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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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The Swerve

How the World Became Modern

by Stephen Greenblatt

Hardcover, 320 pages, W.W. Norton & Co., Inc., $26.95, published September 26 2011 | purchase

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The Swerve
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How the World Became Modern
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Stephen Greenblatt

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A humanities professor describes the impact of the translation of the last remaining manuscript of On the Nature of Things by Roman philosopher Lucretius, which fueled the Renaissance and inspired artists, great thinkers and scientists.

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Weeks on List: 4

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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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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