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Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

by David Sedaris

Hardcover, 275 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • David Sedaris

A collection of essays by the humorist traces his offbeat travel experiences, which involve surreal encounters with everything from French dentistry and Australian kookaburras to Beijing squat toilets and a wilderness Costco in North Carolina.

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Cooked

Cooked

A Natural History of Transformation

by Michael Pollan

Hardcover, 468 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • A Natural History of Transformation
  • Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. There, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements — fire, water, air and earth — to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. And he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world, standing squarely between nature and culture.

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Lean In

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
  • Sheryl Sandberg

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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Bunker Hill

Bunker Hill

A City, a Siege, a Revolution

by Nathaniel Philbrick

Hardcover, 398 pages, Penguin Group USA, $32.95, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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  • A City, a Siege, a Revolution
  • Nathaniel Philbrick

The author of Mayflower presents a history of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution, tracing the experiences of rebel leader Joseph Warren, a newly recruited George Washington and British Gen. William Howe.

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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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  • And Other Poems By Cats
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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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Waiting to Be Heard

Waiting To Be Heard

A Memoir

by Amanda Knox

Hardcover, 463 pages, HarperCollins, $28.99, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Amanda Knox

The young exchange student whose conviction and acquittal on murder charges in Italy made headlines worldwide tells the full story of her ordeal.

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Vader's Little Princess

Vader's Little Princess

by Jeffrey Brown

Hardcover, 1 volume (unpaged), Chronicle Books Llc, $14.95, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • Jeffrey Brown

In this comic re-imagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other — except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith.

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Gulp

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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  • Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
  • Mary Roach

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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It's All Good

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

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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Country Girl

Country Girl

A Memoir

by Edna O'Brien

Hardcover, 357 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27.99, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Edna O'Brien

The Irish novelist, poet and playwright presents a lyrical narrative of her life that describes her convent school education in Ireland, the scandal that ensued upon the publication of her first novel and the wild 1960s parties that introduced her to people from all walks of life.

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The Drunken Botanist

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 Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks
  • Amy Stewart

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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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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  • Anne Lamott

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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VB6 Eat Vegan Before 6

VB6 Eat Vegan Before 6

Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health ... for Good

by Mark Bittman and Dean Ornish

Hardcover, 276 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health ... for Good
  • Mark Bittman and Dean Ornish

The New York Times columnist builds on the theories of his earlier book Food Matters to outline a menu plan that eliminates meat and animal products throughout the day to promote weight loss and overall good health.

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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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  • A Memoir
  • Sonia Sotomayor

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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Mom & Me & Mom

Mom & Me & Mom

by Maya Angelou

Hardcover, 201 pages, Random House Inc, $22, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Maya Angelou

The celebrated author shares the intimate story of her relationship with her mother, including the events that prompted her mother to send young Angelou to Arkansas to live with her grandmother, and the complicated fallout that shaped their family life.

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