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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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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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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
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Sheryl Sandberg

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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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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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Cooked
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A Natural History of Transformation
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Michael Pollan

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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.

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The Guns at Last Light

The Guns At Last Light

The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945

by Rick Atkinson

Hardcover, 877 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $40, published May 14 2013 | purchase

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The Guns At Last Light
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The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945
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Rick Atkinson

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The final volume of the World War II trilogy brings to life the Allies' brutal struggles in Normandy and at the Battle of the Bulge. It also illustrates the freeing of Paris as experienced by participants from every level of the military.

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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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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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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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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
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Nathaniel Philbrick

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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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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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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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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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Country Girl
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Edna O'Brien

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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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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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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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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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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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Darth Vader and Son

Darth Vader And Son

by Jeffrey Brown

Hardcover, 64 pages, Chronicle Books, $14.95, published April 18 2012 | purchase

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Jeffrey Brown comically reimagines the plot of Star Wars with Darth Vader as a charming father.

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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
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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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VB6 Eat Vegan Before 6

VB6

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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VB6
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Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health ... for Good
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Mark Bittman and Dean Ornish

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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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The Outsider

The Outsider

by Jimmy Connors

Hardcover, 401 pages, HarperCollins, $28.99, published May 14 2013 | purchase

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The Outsider
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Jimmy Connors

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The former American tennis champion who won more than 100 men's singles titles from 1972 to 1989 offers an uncensored account of his life, discussing his mother, his romance with Chris Evert, and the game he dominated for so long.