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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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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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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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Still Foolin' 'Em
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Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, And Where the Hell Are My Keys?
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Billy Crystal

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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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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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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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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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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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Guinness World Records 2014

by Guinness World Records Limited

Hardcover, 271 pages, Little Brown & Co, $28.95, published September 10 2013 | purchase

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Guinness World Records 2014
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Guinness World Records Limited

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This edition includes new and updated records with never-before-seen photography — from the new shortest living man and a slam-dunking parrot to the fiercest predators in the ocean.

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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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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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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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Wilson

by A. Scott Berg

Hardcover, 818 pages, Penguin Group USA, $40, published September 10 2013 | purchase

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Wilson
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A. Scott Berg

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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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Simple Dreams

A Musical Memoir

by Linda Ronstadt

Hardcover, 242 pages, Simon & Schuster, $26, published September 17 2013 | purchase

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Simple Dreams
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A Musical Memoir
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Linda Ronstadt

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The popular singer traces the story of her life and career from her Arizona upbringing in a musical family and her rise to stardom in Southern California, to her role in shaping 1970s sounds and her collaborations with fellow artists.

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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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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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Empty Mansions
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The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
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Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.

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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.