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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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. The story illuminates the way their efforts to build better lives are challenged by religion, caste and economic tensions.

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Thomas Jefferson

The Art of Power

by Jon Meacham

Hardcover, 800 pages, Random House, $35, published November 13 2012 | purchase

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The Art of Power
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion presents a portrait of the third president that considers his early life, his role as a Founding Father and his considerable achievements as a master politician.

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Barefoot Contessa Foolproof

Recipes You Can Trust

by Ina Garten and Quentin Bacon

Hardcover, 272 pages, Clarkson Potter, $35, published October 30 2012 | purchase

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Recipes You Can Trust
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Ina Garten and Quentin Bacon

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The Food Network celebrity chef presents a collection of accessible recipes that feature readily available ingredients. She also explains how to use strategic menu planning and culinary know-how to prepare such options as Lobster Corn Fritters, Slow-Roasted Filet of Beef With Basil Parmesan Mayonnaise and Sticky Toffee Date Cake.

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The Dude And The Zen Master

by Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman

Hardcover, 272 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published January 8 2013 | purchase

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The Dude And The Zen Master
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Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman

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A lighthearted and inspiring dialogue between the Oscar-winning actor and his longtime spiritual guru explores the challenges of Jeff Bridges' Hollywood career, and the ways in which Zen teachings have informed his efforts to do good in the modern world.

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Killing Kennedy

The End of Camelot

by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Hardcover, 325 pages, Henry Holt & Co., $28, published October 2 2012 | purchase

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Killing Kennedy
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The End of Camelot
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Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

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The host of The O'Reilly Factor recounts the brutal murder of John F. Kennedy and how gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into a cataclysmic division involving the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

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Fat Chance

Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease

by Robert H. Lustig

Hardcover, 320 pages, Penguin Group USA, $25.95, published December 27 2012 | purchase

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Fat Chance
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Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease
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Robert H. Lustig

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Dr. Robert Lustig chronicles how the food industry has replaced fat with sugar and triggered disastrous biochemical changes. Lustig believes the resulting health crisis can be overcome through strategic hormone-adjusting measures.

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Far From The Tree

Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

by Andrew Solomon

Hardcover, 672 pages, Scribner, $37.50, published November 13 2012 | purchase

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Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
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Andrew Solomon

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The National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon explores the consequences of extreme personal differences between parents and children, describing his own experiences as a gay child of straight parents, and evaluating the circumstances of people affected by physical, developmental or cultural factors that divide families.

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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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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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The Signal And The Noise

Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don't

by Nate Silver

Hardcover, 534 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published September 27 2012 | purchase

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The Signal And The Noise
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Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don't
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Nate Silver

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The founder of FiveThirtyEight.com challenges myths about predictions in subjects ranging from the financial market and weather to sports and politics, profiling the world of prediction to explain how to distinguish true signals from hype.

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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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Killing Lincoln
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The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
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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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Jerusalem

A Cookbook

by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

Hardcover, 288 pages, Ten Speed Press, $35, published October 16 2012 | purchase

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Jerusalem
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A Cookbook
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Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

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The London restaurateur and best-selling author of Plenty offers a tribute to the vibrant cuisine of Jerusalem that explores its cross-cultural influences and includes such options as Charred Baby Okra with Tomato and Preserved Lemon, Clementine and Almond Cake, and Braised Lamb Meatballs with Sour Cherries.

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