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Wild

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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I Could Pee on This

by Francesco Marciuliano

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

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I Could Pee On This
Subtitle
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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Unbroken

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 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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Dearie

by Bob Spitz

Hardcover, 557 pages, Knopf, $29.95, published August 7 2012 | purchase

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Dearie
Subtitle
The Remarkable Life Of Julia Child
Author
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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Double Cross

by Ben MacIntyre

Hardcover, 399 pages, Crown, $26, published July 31 2012 | purchase

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Double Cross
Subtitle
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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Darth Vader and Son

by Jeffrey Brown

Hardcover, 64 pages, Chronicle Books, $14.95, published April 18 2012 | purchase

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Darth Vader And Son
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Jeffrey Brown

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Jeffrey Brown comically reimagines the plot of Star Wars with Darth Vader as a charming father.

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Paris

by Kati Marton

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

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Paris
Subtitle
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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Mortality

by Christopher Hitchens

Hardcover, 128 pages, Twelve, $22.99, published September 4 2012 | purchase

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Mortality
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Christopher Hitchens

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Mortality traces the author's battle with esophageal cancer — as he continued to write columns on politics and culture for Vanity Fair — and describes his views on life and death.

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Killing Lincoln

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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Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story

by D.T. Max

Hardcover, 356 pages, Viking Adult, $27.95, published August 30 2012 | purchase

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Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story
Subtitle
A Life of David Foster Wallace
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D.T. Max

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David Foster Wallace had an extraordinary impact on American writing; when he committed suicide in 2008, U.S. literature lost one of its most influential living writers. D.T. Max takes a deeply researched look at the writer's life and work, drawing on conversations with family and friends, as well as hundreds of unpublished letters, manuscripts and audio recordings.

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How Music Works

by David Byrne

Hardcover, 345 pages, McSweeney's, $32, published September 12 2012 | purchase

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How Music Works
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David Byrne

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David Byrne, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and co-founder of Talking Heads, presents a celebration of music as he knows it. He draws on his own experiences to explore everything from Balinese performance techniques to the acoustics of CBGB, deal structures and Celia Cruz — and, of course, the band that first made him famous.

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Quiet

by Susan Cain

Hardcover, 333 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published January 24 2012 | purchase

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Quiet
Subtitle
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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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?

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?
Subtitle
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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The Amateur

by Edward Klein

Hardcover, 277 pages, Regnery Publishing, $27.95, published May 15 2012 | purchase

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The Amateur
Subtitle
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.