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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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Zealot
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The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
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Reza Aslan

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

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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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Salinger

by David Shields and Shane Salerno

Hardcover, 698 pages, Simon & Schuster, $37.50, published September 3 2013 | purchase

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Salinger
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David Shields and Shane Salerno

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David Shields and Shane Salerno draw on extensive research and exclusive interviews to share previously undisclosed aspects of the enigmatic writer's life, from his private relationships and service in World War II to his legal concerns and innermost secrets.

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Grumpy Cat

A Grumpy Book

by Grumpy Cat

Hardcover, , Chronicle Books, $12.95, published July 23 2013 | purchase

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Grumpy Cat
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A Grumpy Book
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Grumpy Cat

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Internet sensation Grumpy Cat teaches the fine art of grumpiness with enough bad attitude to cast a dark cloud over the whole world. New and classic photos as well as grump-inspiring activities and games help put any bad mood in perspective.

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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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Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
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David Sedaris

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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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Lawrence in Arabia

War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East

by Scott Anderson

Hardcover, 577 pages, Doubleday, $28.95, published August 6 2013 | purchase

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Lawrence in Arabia
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War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
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Scott Anderson

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A narrative chronicle of World War I's Arab Revolt explores the pivotal roles of a small group of adventurers and low-level officers who orchestrated a secret effort to control the Middle East. These individuals, including T.E. Lawrence, instigated jihad against British forces, built an elaborate intelligence ring and forged ties to gain valuable oil concessions.

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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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Lean In
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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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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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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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William Shakespeare's Star Wars
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Verily, a New Hope
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Ian Doescher

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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

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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The Boys In The Boat
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Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
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Daniel James Brown

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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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I Could Chew on This

And Other Poems By Dogs

by Francesco Marciuliano

Hardcover, 110 pages, Chronicle Books, $12.95, published July 30 2013 | purchase

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I Could Chew on This
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And Other Poems By Dogs
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Francesco Marciuliano

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Francesco Marciuliano pens a canine response to the cat poetry collection I Could Pee on This.

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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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Mission in a Bottle

The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently — and Succeeding

by Seth Goldman, Barry Nalebuff and Sungyoon Choi

Hardcover, 278 pages, Random House Inc, $23, published September 3 2013 | purchase

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Mission in a Bottle
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The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently — and Succeeding
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Seth Goldman, Barry Nalebuff, et al

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An accessible two-color graphic book presents an account of how the co-founders of Honest Tea built their mission-driven business and shares entrepreneurial insights and advice about the importance of perseverance and creative problem-solving.

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Ottolenghi

The Cookbook

by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

Hardcover, 287 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published September 3 2013 | purchase

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Ottolenghi
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The Cookbook
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Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

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Ottolenghi contains 140 recipes from the Mediterranean-inspired chain restaurant, including options for such dishes as stuffed grape leaves, harissa-marinated chicken with red grapefruit salad, and sour cherry amaretti.

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The Liberty Amendments

Restoring the American Republic

by Mark R. Levin

Hardcover, 257 pages, Pocket Books, $26.99, published August 13 2013 | purchase

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The Liberty Amendments
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Restoring the American Republic
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Mark R. Levin

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The author of Ameritopia argues for smaller national government and a return to the constitutional freedoms outlined in the Bill of Rights.