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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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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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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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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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Barack Obama

Barack Obama

The Story

by David Maraniss

Hardcover, 672 pages, Simon & Schuster, $32.50, published June 19 2012 | purchase
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of They Marched Into Sunlight draws on hundreds of interviews and written sources to present a richly textured account of the 44th president and the forces that shaped his character and beliefs, tracing the experiences of family members before his birth through his entry into politics.

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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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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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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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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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The Amateur

The Amateur

Barack Obama in the White House

by Edward Klein

Hardcover, 277 pages, Regnery Publishing, $27.95, published May 15 2012 | purchase
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Edward Klein, author of The Truth About Hillary, argues that President Obama is arrogant and incompetent. He discusses what he calls the first lady's control over Obama; why Rahm Emanuel left the White House; and how, Klein says, the president has forgotten and ignored those who helped put him in power.

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Killing Lincoln

Killing Lincoln

The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Hardcover, 324 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published September 27 2011 | purchase
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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and writer Martin Dugard focus on the life, death and legacy of the 16th president in their book Killing Lincoln. The authors reconstruct the final days of Lincoln's life and examine the plot against the president at the end of the Civil War in April 1865.

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American Grown

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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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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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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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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The Price of Inequality

The Price of Inequality

How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future

by Joseph E. Stiglitz

Hardcover, 352 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $27.95, published June 11 2012 | purchase
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Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz argues that economic inequality is achieved through stifling of true capitalism, then offers analysis and solutions.

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Cronkite

Cronkite

by Douglas Brinkley

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