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Weeks on List: 5

Lean In

Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

by Sheryl Sandberg

Hardcover, 228 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published March 11 2013 | purchase

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Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
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Facebook's chief operating officer shares provocative, anecdotal advice for women, urging them to take risks and seek new challenges to find work that they can love and engage in passionately.

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Weeks on List: 2

Gulp

Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

by Mary Roach

Hardcover, 336 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $26.95, published April 1 2013 | purchase

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Gulp
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Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
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Mary Roach

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The author of Stiff, about corpses, and Spook, about the afterlife, now explores the living human body. Gulp follows the digestive system from the mouth to the ... south, discussing food flavors, rectum uses, flatulence and the functions of saliva, among many other alimentary topics.

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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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The Drunken Botanist

The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks

by Amy Stewart

Hardcover, 381 pages, Workman Pub Co, $19.95, published March 19 2013 | purchase

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The Drunken Botanist
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The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks
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Amy Stewart

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From beer to bourbon, and martinis to Manhattans, all the world's alcoholic drinks come from plants. Garden writer Amy Stewart explores the plants behind our favorite cocktails: the fruits and grains that become alcohol; the herbs that add flavor; and the garnishes and mixers that add the finishing touches.

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Weeks on List: 2

It's All Good

Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great

by Gwyneth Paltrow

Hardcover, 303 pages, Grand Central Pub, $32, published April 2 2013 | purchase

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It's All Good
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Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great
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Gwyneth Paltrow

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The actress offers advice based on her own practices for energy restoration and weight loss, sharing 185 recipes that avoid animal products, refined ingredients and other potential toxins.

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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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Weeks on List: 4

The FastDiet

Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer With the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting

by Dr. Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer

Hardcover, 212 pages, Pocket Books, $24, published February 26 2013 | purchase

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The FastDiet
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Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer With the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting
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Dr. Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer

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The FastDiet presents a plan to lose weight by limiting caloric intake for two nonconsecutive days each week, a strategy that is thought to slow the aging process and reduce the risk of disease.

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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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Weeks on List: 2

Clean

Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy

by David Sheff

Hardcover, 374 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25, published April 2 2013 | purchase

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Clean
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Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy
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David Sheff

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Combining personal stories and experiences with cutting edge research approaches, the author of Beautiful Boy describes a new way of treating substance addiction, as well as accompanying mental illnesses.

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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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The Way of the Knife

The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth

by Mark Mazzetti

Hardcover, 381 pages, Penguin Group USA, $29.95, published April 9 2013 | purchase

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The Way Of The Knife
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The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth
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Mark Mazzetti

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The CIA used to be an intelligence agency, but as the nation's approach to warfare has shifted, so has the CIA's sphere of action. As New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti details, now the agency and America's special forces are competing covert paramilitary agencies, responsible for the defeat of Osama bin Laden and other strategic war efforts.

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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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Daring Greatly

How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

by Brene Brown

Hardcover, 287 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26, published September 11 2012 | purchase

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Daring Greatly
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How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
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Brene Brown

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Brene Brown encourages readers to embrace their vulnerabilities to live whole, courageous lives. She writes that traits typically regarded as character flaws and weaknesses are actually clear paths to engagement and meaningful connections.

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The Fast Metabolism Diet

Eat More Food & Lose More Weight

by Haylie Pomroy, Eve Adamson and Bruce M. Stark, M.D.

Hardcover, 256 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published April 9 2013 | purchase

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The Fast Metabolism Diet
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Eat More Food & Lose More Weight
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Haylie Pomroy, Eve Adamson, et al

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A nutritionist presents a plan for alternating nutritious foods in specific combinations so readers can confuse their metabolism and turn their bodies into fat-burning machines.

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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 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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