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Thomas Jefferson

The Art of Power

by Jon Meacham

Hardcover, 800 pages, Random House, $35, published November 13 2012 | purchase

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Thomas Jefferson
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The Art of Power
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Jon Meacham

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion presents a portrait of the third president that considers his early life, his role as a Founding Father and his considerable achievements as a master politician.

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Help, Thanks, Wow

The Three Essential Survival Prayers

by Anne Lamott

Hardcover, 102 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17.95, published November 13 2012 | purchase

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Help, Thanks, Wow
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The Three Essential Survival Prayers
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Anne Lamott

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Help, Thanks, Wow describes the three simple prayers — asking for assistance from a higher power, expressing gratitude and feeling awe — that help to deal with the hardships of daily life.

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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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Barefoot Contessa Foolproof

Recipes You Can Trust

by Ina Garten and Quentin Bacon

Hardcover, 272 pages, Clarkson Potter, $35, published October 30 2012 | purchase

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Barefoot Contessa Foolproof
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Recipes You Can Trust
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Ina Garten and Quentin Bacon

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The Food Network celebrity chef presents a collection of accessible recipes that feature readily available ingredients. She also explains how to use strategic menu planning and culinary know-how to prepare such options as Lobster Corn Fritters, Slow-Roasted Filet of Beef With Basil Parmesan Mayonnaise and Sticky Toffee Date Cake.

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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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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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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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The Last Lion

Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender Of The Realm, 1940-1965

by William Manchester and Paul Reid

Hardcover, 1232 pages, Little Brown & Co., $40, published November 6 2012 | purchase

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The Last Lion
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Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender Of The Realm, 1940-1965
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William Manchester and Paul Reid

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A popular historian and an award-winning journalist join forces to recount the British fight against Nazi Germany in the years immediately after Winston Churchill became prime minister, when he organized his nation's military response and compelled the United States to get involved.

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Hallucinations

by Oliver Sacks

Hardcover, 288 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published November 6 2012 | purchase

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Hallucinations
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Oliver Sacks

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Oliver Sacks investigates the types, physiological sources and cultural resonances of hallucinations, tracing everything from intoxication to the manifestations of injury and illness.

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The Signal and the Noise

Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don't

by Nate Silver

Hardcover, 534 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published September 27 2012 | purchase

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The Signal And The Noise
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Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don't
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Nate Silver

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The founder of FiveThirtyEight.com challenges myths about predictions in subjects ranging from the financial market and weather to sports and politics, profiling the world of prediction to explain how to distinguish true signals from hype.

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The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

by Deb Perelman

Hardcover, 321 pages, Knopf, $35, published October 30 2012 | purchase

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The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
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Deb Perelman

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The award-winning blogger for Smitten Kitchen presents a long-awaited first cookbook of 100 new and favorite recipes — from Mushroom Bourguignon and Pancetta to Buttered Popcorn Cookies and Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake — in a volume that features adapted options for busy home cooks.

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The Patriarch

The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy

by David Nasaw

Hardcover, 868 pages, Penguin Group USA, $40, published November 13 2012 | purchase

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The Patriarch
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The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy
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David Nasaw

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Historian David Nasaw draws on exclusive records to offer insight into Joseph P. Kennedy's shrewd financial talents and considerable ambition for his family, providing coverage of such topics as the controversies surrounding his character and his role in several mainstream political 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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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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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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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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