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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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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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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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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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Dearie
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The Remarkable Life Of Julia Child
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Bob Spitz

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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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I Could Pee on This

And Other Poems By Cats

by Francesco Marciuliano

Hardcover, 111 pages, Chronicle Books, $12.95, published August 15 2012 | purchase

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I Could Pee On This
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And Other Poems By Cats
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Francesco Marciuliano

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Francesco Marciuliano, author of the comic strip Sally Forth, gives voice to the thoughts and feelings of cats in this collection of poems attributed to felines.

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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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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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Double Cross
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The True Story of the D-Day Spies
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Ben MacIntyre

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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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Paris

A Love Story

by Kati Marton

Hardcover, 199 pages, Simon & Schuster, $24, published August 14 2012 | purchase

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Paris
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A Love Story
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Kati Marton

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An award-winning journalist and the author of Enemies of the People recounts how her marriages to Peter Jennings and Richard Holbrooke were shaped by the beauty and allure of Paris, where she found enduring love and healing against a backdrop of historical events.

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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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Killing Lincoln
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The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
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Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

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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

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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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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The Amateur
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Barack Obama in the White House
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Edward Klein

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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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Go the F- - - to Sleep

by Adam Mansbach

Hardcover, 32 pages, Akashic, $14.95, published June 14 2011 | purchase

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Go the F- - - to Sleep
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Adam Mansbach

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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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Winter Journal

by Paul Auster

Hardcover, 240 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $26, published August 21 2012 | purchase

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Winter Journal
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Paul Auster

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This memoir from the author of The Invention of Solitude details his mother's life and death, as well as the effects of time and aging on one's body and memory.

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Why Does the World Exist?

An Existential Detective Story

by Jim Holt

Hardcover, 309 pages, W.W. Norton & Co. Inc., $27.95, published July 16 2012 | purchase

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Why Does The World Exist?
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An Existential Detective Story
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Jim Holt

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The search for the origins of the universe extends beyond God and the Big Bang theory; a philosopher explores the bizarre possibilities inspired by physicists, theologians, mathematicians and even novelists.

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Paterno

by Joe Posnanski

Hardcover, 402 pages, Simon & Schuster, $28, published August 21 2012 | purchase

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Paterno
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Joe Posnanski

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Joe Posnanski offers a definitive account of the legendary college football coach. Written with the full cooperation of the subject and his family, Paterno traces his hire at Penn State after remarkable achievements as a quarterback at Brown University, his distinguished and award-winning career over 62 football seasons, his involvement in the Jerry Sandusky scandal and his legacy as Penn State faces its first season without him.

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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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The Power of Habit
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Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
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Charles Duhigg

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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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