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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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Zealot

Zealot

The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

by Reza Aslan

Hardcover, p. cm., Random House Inc, $27, published July 16 2013 | purchase
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  • Reza Aslan

A biography of Jesus draws on biblical and historical sources to place his achievements and influence against the turbulent backdrop of his time.

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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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This Town

This Town

Two Parties and a Funeral — Plus Plenty of Valet Parking! — in America's Gilded Capital

by Mark Leibovich

Hardcover, 386 pages, Blue Rider Press, $27.95, published July 16 2013 | purchase
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  • Mark Leibovich

A New York Times political feature correspondent examines the power wars and exploitative practices of the government in Washington, D.C., revealing how journalism careers are made and broken while news events and scandals are used as networking platforms.

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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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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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William Shakespeare's Star Wars

William Shakespeare's Star Wars

Verily, a New Hope

by Ian Doescher

Hardcover, 174 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Verily, a New Hope
  • Ian Doescher

A retelling of the first Star Wars film re-imagines the saga of a wise knight, an evil lord and a captive princess in iambic pentameter while conveying the valor and villainy of Shakespeare's greatest plays.

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The Boys in the Boat

The Boys In The Boat

Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

by Daniel James Brown

Hardcover, 404 pages, Penguin Group USA, $28.95, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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Daniel James Brown traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder and a homeless teen rower.

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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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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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Unbroken

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
  • Laura Hillenbrand

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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I Wear the Black Hat

I Wear The Black Hat

Grappling With Villains (Real and Imagined)

by Chuck Klosterman

Hardcover, 214 pages, Simon & Schuster, $25, published July 9 2013 | purchase
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  • Chuck Klosterman

The cultural critic questions how modern people understand the concept of villainy and offers insight into the appeal of antiheroes. He describes how his youthful idealism gave way to an adult sympathy with notorious cultural figures.

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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.

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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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The Unwinding

The Unwinding

An Inner History of the New America

by George Packer

Hardcover, 434 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $27, published May 21 2013 | purchase
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  • An Inner History of the New America
  • George Packer

According to New Yorker writer George Packer, there used to be a kind of understanding among Americans — one in which everyone had a job and a purpose. But that deal has come undone. In The Unwinding, Packer explores what happened. The book is a collection of vignettes and profiles of ordinary and famous American lives, from the son of Southern tobacco farmers to a Silicon Valley billionaire.

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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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  • Rick Atkinson

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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