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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Behind The Beautiful Forevers

Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

by Katherine Boo

Hardcover, 256 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published February 7 2012 | purchase
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  • Katherine Boo

A profile of everyday life in the settlement of Annawadi as experienced by a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother and a young scrap-metal thief, illuminating the way their efforts to build better lives are challenged by religion, caste and economic tensions.

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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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  • A Biography
  • Walter Isaacson

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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Quiet

Quiet

The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

by Susan Cain

Hardcover, 333 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published January 24 2012 | purchase
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  • The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
  • Susan Cain

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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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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All There Is

All There Is

Love Stories from StoryCorps

by Dave Isay

Hardcover, 157 pages, Penguin Group USA, $24.95, published February 2 2012 | purchase
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  • Dave Isay

The founder of StoryCorps, a national project that records, shares and preserves the lives of Americans from all backgrounds, presents individuals' love stories, from early dating to finding connections and lifelong commitment.

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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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  • Daniel Kahneman

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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Bringing Up Bebe

Bringing Up Bebe

One American Mother Discovers The Wisdom Of French Parenting

by Pamela Druckerman

Hardcover, 288 pages, Penguin Group USA, $25.95, published February 7 2012 | purchase
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  • Pamela Druckerman

After becoming used to the stereotype of screaming, ill-tempered children, an American mother living in Paris was amazed at how well-behaved French children were. In this book she explains how parents can make their lives less stressful by taking some pointers from the French art of child-rearing.

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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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  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • Laura Hillenbrand

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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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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  • Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

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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Once upon a Secret

Once upon a Secret

My Affair With President John F. Kennedy And Its Aftermath

by Mimi Alford

Hardcover, 198 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published February 8 2012 | purchase
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A former mistress of the 35th president breaks 40 years of silence to present a memoir of their 18-month relationship, when she was a college intern at the White House, and discusses the effects of keeping silent on her later life.

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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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  • Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
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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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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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  • The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
  • Chris Kyle, Scott Mcewen, et al

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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The Science of Yoga

The Science of Yoga

The Risks and the Rewards

by William J. Broad

Hardcover, 298 pages, Simon & Schuster, $26, published February 7 2012 | purchase
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  • William J. Broad

Examines the health claims of modern yoga, drawing on scientific and cultural research to offer advice on how to recognize authentic yoga practice and gain actual benefits.

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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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  • The Life of a Modern Monarch
  • Sally Bedell Smith

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 Parody for the Next Generation
  • Ann Droyd

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

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