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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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Double Cross

Double Cross

The True Story of the D-Day Spies

by Ben MacIntyre

Hardcover, 399 pages, Crown, $26, published July 31 2012 | purchase
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Early in 1944, American, British and Canadian soldiers gathered in Southern England and prepared to invade Nazi-occupied Europe. It was hard to hide the largest invasion force in history, so Great Britain instead tried to deceive the Germans into believing that the D-Day attacks would be anywhere but Normandy. As Ben MacIntyre explains, a sophisticated operation of deception began, in which extraordinary spies — including untrustworthy double agents, West End set designers and at least one pigeon handler — successfully fooled the Germans and saved thousands of lives.

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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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Dearie

Dearie

The Remarkable Life Of Julia Child

by Bob Spitz

Hardcover, 557 pages, Knopf, $29.95, published August 7 2012 | purchase
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Julia Child was a genuine rebel: She took the pretensions that embellished French cuisine and fricasseed them to a fare-thee-well, paving the way for a new era of American food — not to mention blazing a new trail in television. Bob Spitz reveals the history behind the woman who taught America how to cook.

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Monkey Mind

Monkey Mind

A Memoir of Anxiety

by Daniel B. Smith

Hardcover, 288 pages, Simon & Schuster, $25, published July 3 2012 | purchase
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Daniel Smith documents his experiences with a kind of anxiety that results in panic attacks, bouts of insomnia and thoughts of "existential ruin." He shares insights into anxiety in today's world, and stories of sufferers to illustrate anxiety's intellectual history and influence.

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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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Go the F- - - To Sleep

Go the F- - - to Sleep

by Adam Mansbach

Hardcover, 32 pages, Akashic, $14.95, published June 14 2011 | purchase
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A bedtime book for adults portrays the trials and tribulations of a parent whose little angel just won't nod off.

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9

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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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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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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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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 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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Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

Days Of Destruction, Days Of Revolt

by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco

Hardcover, 302 pages, Perseus Books Group, $28, published June 12 2012 | purchase
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire of Illusion and an American Book Award-winning cartoonist present a scathing graphic report on the crises facing America's poor as reflected in the city of Camden, N.J. The book traces the city's descent from an industrial giant to a region torn by unemployment, open-air drug markets and budget cuts.

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The Power of Habit

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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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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