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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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Lawrence in Arabia

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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  • War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
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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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Still Foolin' 'Em

Still Foolin' 'Em

Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, And Where the Hell Are My Keys?

by Billy Crystal

Hardcover, 272 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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One of America's most successful comedians looks back at his extraordinary career, highlighting the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life and outlining the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old.

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

Salinger

by David Shields and Shane Salerno

Hardcover, 698 pages, Simon & Schuster, $37.50, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • David Shields and Shane Salerno

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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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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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

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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Wilson

Wilson

by A. Scott Berg

Hardcover, 818 pages, Penguin Group USA, $40, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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This biography of the 28th president of the United States includes details from recently discovered papers that highlight the character of the scholar-leader who shepherded his country through World War I.

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

Grumpy Cat

A Grumpy Book

by Grumpy Cat

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

Empty Mansions

The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune

by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.

Hardcover, 456 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
  • Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.

Empty Mansions traces the life of a reclusive American heiress against a backdrop of the now-infamous W. A. Clark family and includes coverage of the Internet sensation and elder-abuse investigation that occurred at the end of her life.

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

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Five Days at Memorial

Five Days at Memorial

Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

by Sheri Fink

Hardcover, 272 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
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A Pulitzer Prize-winning doctor, reporter and author of War Hospital reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center after Hurricane Katrina destroyed its generators. She reveals how caregivers were forced to make life-and-death decisions without essential resources, an experience that raised key issues about practitioner responsibilities and end-of-life care.

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