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Killing Kennedy

The End of Camelot

by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Hardcover, 325 pages, Henry Holt & Co., $28, published October 2 2012 | purchase

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Killing Kennedy
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The End of Camelot
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Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

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The host of The O'Reilly Factor recounts the brutal murder of John F. Kennedy and how gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into a cataclysmic division involving the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

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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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America Again

Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't

by Stephen Colbert

Hardcover, 240 pages, Grand Central Publishing, $28.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase

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America Again
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Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't
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Stephen Colbert

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The political satirist, comedian and host of The Colbert Report puts his signature humorous spin on health care, the economy and food, promising that this book will single-handedly fix an America that is broken and has lost its way.

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Waging Heavy Peace

A Hippie Dream

by Neil Young

Hardcover, 502 pages, Blue Rider Press, $30, published September 25 2012 | purchase

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Waging Heavy Peace
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A Hippie Dream
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Neil Young

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Neil Young presents the story of his career against a backdrop of 40 years of history. He discusses such topics as his collaborations with fellow artists, his creative process and his activist work with Farm Aid and The Bridge School.

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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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Joseph Anton

A Memoir

by Salman Rushdie

Hardcover, 636 pages, Random House, $30, published September 18 2012 | purchase

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Joseph Anton
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A Memoir
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Salman Rushdie

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In 1988, Salman Rushdie published a novel, The Satanic Verses, that many Muslims declared to be offensive, whether they'd read it or not. In 1989, Iran's leader issued a fatwa, or religious edict, calling for the death of the author and anyone associated with the book's publication. Bounties were offered and translators and others were attacked, some even murdered. Rushdie, who was born in India but lived in England at the time, went into hiding. Joseph Anton is his memoir of that experience.

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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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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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The Oath

The Obama White House and the Supreme Court

by Jeffrey Toobin

Hardcover, 325 pages, Random House Inc, $28.95, published September 18 2012 | purchase

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The Oath
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The Obama White House and the Supreme Court
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Jeffrey Toobin

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President Obama and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts both went to Harvard Law School and worked on the Harvard Law Review, but their similar legal backgrounds have led to dramatically different conclusions. Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine, presents an insider's account of an ideological war between the Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration. Toobin argues that the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision and the Affordable Care Act ruling show how the Constitution is being reinterpreted — and how Supreme Court precedent is being quickly overturned.

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The End of Your Life Book Club

by Will Schwalbe

Hardcover, 336 pages, Knopf, $25, published October 2 2012 | purchase

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The End Of Your Life Book Club
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Will Schwalbe

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The End of Your Life Book Club recounts how author Will Schwalbe and his mother read and discussed books during her chemotherapy treatments, thus furthering their appreciation for literature and strengthening their bond.

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How Children Succeed

Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

by Paul Tough

Hardcover, 231 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27, published September 4 2012 | purchase

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How Children Succeed
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Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
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Paul Tough

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How Children Succeed challenges conventional views about standardized testing to argue that success is more determined by self-discipline, character and optimism. Paul Tough describes the work of pioneering researchers and educators whose insights into childhood stress and economic disadvantages have enabled effective new teaching methods.

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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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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 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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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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The Price of Politics

by Bob Woodward

Hardcover, 428 pages, Simon & Schuster, $30, published September 11 2012 | purchase

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The Price of Politics
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Bob Woodward

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The Price of Politics traces the behind-the-scenes battle between President Obama and Congress over the nation's economy.