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My Beloved World

My Beloved World

A Memoir

by Sonia Sotomayor

Hardcover, 320 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published January 15 2013 | purchase

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My Beloved World
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A Memoir
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Sonia Sotomayor

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The first Hispanic-American on the U.S. Supreme Court shares the story of her life before becoming a judge, describing such experiences as her youth in a Bronx housing project, her relationship with a passionately spiritual grandparent, the ambition that fueled her Ivy League education and the individuals who helped shape her career.

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I Could Pee on This

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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Help, Thanks, Wow

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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Wild

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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Salt Sugar Fat

Salt Sugar Fat

How the Food Giants Hooked Us

by Michael Moss

Hardcover, 446 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published February 26 2013 | purchase

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Salt Sugar Fat
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How the Food Giants Hooked Us
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Michael Moss

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A New York Times reporter traces the rise of the processed food industry and how addictive salt, sugar and fat have enabled its dominance in the past half-century. He identifies deliberate corporate practices behind current trends in obesity, diabetes and other health challenges.

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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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Behind The Beautiful Forevers
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Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
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Katherine Boo

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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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Life Code

Life Code

The New Rules for Winning in the Real World

by Dr. Phil McGraw

Hardcover, 241 pages, Ingram Pub Services, $26, published February 12 2013 | purchase

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Life Code
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The New Rules for Winning in the Real World
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Dr. Phil McGraw

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Dr. Phil presents advice on how to deal with people who abuse and exploit others, and shares the right strategies to ensure personal fulfillment and successful relationships.

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No Easy Day

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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Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice

by Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy

Hardcover, 478 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $26.95, published February 11 2013 | purchase

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Whitey Bulger
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America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice
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Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy

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Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy trace James "Whitey" Bulger's life, from his childhood and extraordinary criminal career to his time as an informant and his capture in 2011.

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The Future

The Future

Six Drivers of Global Change

by Albert Gore

Hardcover, 558 pages, Random House Inc, $30, published January 29 2013 | purchase

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The Future
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Six Drivers of Global Change
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Albert Gore

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Former Vice President Al Gore explains the six forces that are shaping our world: economic globalization, digital communications, a shifting balance of power, unsustainable growth, scientific revolutions and our changing relationship with our ecosystem.

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The World Until Yesterday

The World Until Yesterday

What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?

by Jared Diamond

Hardcover, 498 pages, Penguin Group USA, $36, published December 31 2012 | purchase

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The World Until Yesterday
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What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?
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Jared Diamond

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Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond has spent nearly 50 years studying cultures in Papua New Guinea. Now, he collects his decades of fieldwork to argue that traditional societies still have much to teach us on a wide spectrum of topics — from ways to eat and stay fit to methods of raising children and organizing communities.

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Going Clear

Going Clear

Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

by Lawrence Wright

Hardcover, 430 pages, Random House Inc, $28.95, published January 17 2013 | purchase

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Going Clear
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Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
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Lawrence Wright

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Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lawrence Wright draws from more than 200 interviews with current and former Scientologists to present a look inside the world of Scientology and the life of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, who died in 1986. He examines the group's special cosmology, uncovers its outsized efforts to attract members from Hollywood and considers a difficult question: What makes a belief system a religion?

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Detroit

Detroit

An American Autopsy

by Charlie LeDuff

Hardcover, 286 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published February 7 2013 | purchase

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Detroit
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An American Autopsy
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Charlie LeDuff

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When he returned to his old hometown, Detroit, Charlie LeDuff was horrified to see how far the city had fallen. He used his reporting experience to try to uncover what had happened to what was once America's richest city.

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The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

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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Francona

Francona

The Red Sox Years

by Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy

Hardcover, 352 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, published January 22 2013 | purchase

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Francona
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The Red Sox Years
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Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy

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The former Red Sox manager reflects on his tenure with the team, chronicling the challenges of managing difficult players, satisfying multiple owners, and dealing with both championship and losing seasons.

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