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Help, Thanks, Wow

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
  • Anne Lamott

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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My Beloved World

My Beloved World

A Memoir

by Sonia Sotomayor

Hardcover, 320 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published January 15 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Sonia Sotomayor

The first Hispanic-American on the U.S. Supreme Court shares the story of her life before becoming a judge, describing such experiences as her youth in a Bronx housing project, her relationship with a passionately spiritual grandparent, the ambition that fueled her Ivy League education and the individuals who helped shape her career.

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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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  • And Other Poems By Cats
  • Francesco Marciuliano

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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The World Until Yesterday

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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  • What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?
  • Jared Diamond

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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Wild

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
  • Cheryl Strayed

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

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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  • Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
  • Katherine Boo

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

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The Dude and the Zen Master

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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  • Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman

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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Thomas Jefferson

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
  • Jon Meacham

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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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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Going Clear

Going Clear

Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

by Lawrence Wright

Hardcover, 430 pages, Random House Inc, $28.95, published January 17 2013 | purchase
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  • Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
  • Lawrence Wright

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lawrence Wright draws from more than 200 interviews with current and former Scientologists to present a look inside the world of Scientology and the life of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, who died in 1986. He examines the group's special cosmology, uncovers its outsized efforts to attract members from Hollywood and considers a difficult question: What makes a belief system a religion?

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Barefoot Contessa Foolproof

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
  • Ina Garten and Quentin Bacon

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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Killing Kennedy

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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  • The End of Camelot
  • Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

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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The Signal and the Noise

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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  • Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don't
  • Nate Silver

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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Far from the Tree

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
  • Andrew Solomon

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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A Higher Call

A Higher Call

An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

by Adam Makos and Larry Alexander

Hardcover, 392 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published December 19 2012 | purchase
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  • An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II
  • Adam Makos and Larry Alexander

In 1943, two fighter pilots — one American, one German — flew toward each other through the freezing skies over Germany. A Higher Call tells the true story of their astonishing encounter.

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