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Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

A Biography

by Walter Isaacson

Hardcover, 630 pages, Simon & Schuster, $35, published October 24 2011 | purchase

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Walter Isaacson delves into the computer visionary's personal life and professional legacy — from learning the art of good craftsmanship as a kid to becoming a notoriously demanding boss to fighting the cancer that eventually killed him.

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow

by Daniel Kahneman

Hardcover, 499 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $30, published October 25 2011 | purchase

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A psychologist draws on years of research to introduce his "machinery of the mind" model on human decision-making, revealing the faults and capabilities of intuitive versus logical thinking.

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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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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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In the Garden of Beasts

In the Garden Of Beasts

Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

by Erik Larson

Hardcover, 448 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published May 10 2011 | purchase

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In The Garden Of Beasts
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Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
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Erik Larson

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The best-selling author of Devil in the White City documents the efforts of William E. Dodd, the first American ambassador to Hitler's Germany, to acclimate to a residence in an increasingly violent city where he is forced to associate with the Nazis while his daughter pursues a relationship with Gestapo chief Rudolf Diels.

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Ameritopia

Ameritopia

The Unmaking of America

by Mark R. Levin

Hardcover, 270 pages, Pocket Books, $26.99, published January 17 2012 | purchase

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The Unmaking of America
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Mark R. Levin

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The nationally syndicated radio host explores the philosophical basis of America's foundations as well as the crises facing government today.

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Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great

Portrait Of A Woman

by Robert K. Massie

Hardcover, 625 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published November 8 2011 | purchase

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Catherine The Great
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Peter the Great presents a reconstruction of the 18th century empress's life that covers such topics as her efforts to engage Russia in the cultural life of Europe, her creation of the Hermitage art collection and her numerous scandal-free romantic affairs.

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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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Elizabeth the Queen

Elizabeth the Queen

The Life of a Modern Monarch

by Sally Bedell Smith

Hardcover, 663 pages, Random House Inc, $30, published January 10 2012 | purchase

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Elizabeth the Queen
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The Life of a Modern Monarch
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Sally Bedell Smith

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A tribute to the life and enduring reign of Elizabeth II draws on numerous interviews and previously undisclosed documents to juxtapose the queen's public and private lives.

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Goodnight iPad

Goodnight iPad

A Parody for the Next Generation

by Ann Droyd

Hardcover, 1 v. (unpaged), Penguin Group USA, $14.95, published October 27 2011 | purchase

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A bedtime story for bidding electronic gadgets goodnight, from the BlackBerry and the Nook to the iPad and MP3s.

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The Obamas

The Obamas

by Jodi Kantor

Hardcover, 352 pages, Little Brown & Co, $29.99, published January 10 2012 | purchase

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Jodi Kantor

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Jodi Kantor's book explores the Obama family's transition into the White House, capturing the emotions and personalities beneath the public facade as the president and the first lady deal with their new roles.

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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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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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The End of Illness

The End of Illness

by David B. Agus, M.D.

Hardcover, 335 pages, Simon & Schuster, $26, published January 17 2012 | purchase

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Dr. David B. Agus — one of the nation's leading authorities on cancer treatment — addresses modern misconceptions about illness and wellness. Agus makes some surprising claims, asserting that a sedentary lifestyle can be worse than smoking, that vitamin supplements may do more harm than help and that poorly designed footwear factors into the development of heart disease.

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American Sniper

American Sniper

The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

by Chris Kyle, Scott Mcewen and Jim DeFelice

Hardcover, 381 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published January 3 2012 | purchase

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American Sniper
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A member of Navy SEAL Team 3 who served in Iraq and Afghanistan describes his life as a father, husband — and the serviceman with the most confirmed sniper kills in the history of the U.S. military.

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Distrust That Particular Flavor

Distrust That Particular Flavor

by William Gibson

Hardcover, 259 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published January 3 2012 | purchase

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William Gibson

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A first collection of nonfiction writings by the best-selling author of Neuromancer includes his Wired magazine article on the Singapore trial of a drug trafficker, his New York Times piece on what was wrong with the Internet, and his Rolling Stone-published essay on the way music documents modern culture.

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The Swerve

The Swerve

How the World Became Modern

by Stephen Greenblatt

Hardcover, 320 pages, W.W. Norton & Co., Inc., $26.95, published September 26 2011 | purchase

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How the World Became Modern
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Stephen Greenblatt

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A humanities professor describes the impact of the translation of the last remaining manuscript of On the Nature of Things by Roman philosopher Lucretius, which fueled the Renaissance and inspired artists, great thinkers and scientists.

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