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No Easy Day

The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden: The Autobiography of a Navy SEAL

by Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer

Hardcover, 316 pages, Dutton Adult, $26.95, published September 4 2012 | purchase

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No Easy Day
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The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden: The Autobiography of a Navy SEAL
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Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer

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No Easy Day provides a firsthand account of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, while detailing the selection and training process for one of the most elite units in the military, the Navy SEALs.

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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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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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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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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 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

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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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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Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story

A Life of David Foster Wallace

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
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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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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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Wheat Belly

Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

by William Davis, M.D.

Hardcover, 292 pages, Rodale Books , $25.99, published August 30 2011 | purchase

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Wheat Belly
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Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health
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William Davis, M.D.

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William Davis argues that wheat plays a leading role in the nation's obesity epidemic. His book, Wheat Belly, is a guide to losing weight by eliminating wheat from the diet and applying nutritional guidelines to a plan also designed to address various related health problems.

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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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Happier At Home

Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life

by Gretchen Rubin

Hardcover, 273 pages, Crown Archetype, $26, published September 4 2012 | purchase

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Happier At Home
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Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life
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Gretchen Rubin

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The best-selling author of The Happiness Project recounts her efforts to render her home a place of greater simplicity, comfort and love. Happier at Home discusses how she experimented with a range of concrete resolutions and came to redefine her views about family, time and material comforts.

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The Party Is Over

How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted

by Mike Lofgren

Hardcover, 232 pages, Viking Adult, $25.95, published August 2 2012 | purchase

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The Party Is Over
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How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted
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Mike Lofgren

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The Party Is Over is a veteran congressional analyst's expose of the irrational and dysfunctional dealings that have come to define Washington politics. The book is based on an article the author wrote upon resigning after the debt ceiling crisis, and cites misbehavior by both Republicans and Democrats.

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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.