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David and Goliath

David and Goliath

Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

by Malcolm Gladwell

Hardcover, 305 pages, Little Brown & Co, $29, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak, the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed.

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I Am Malala

I Am Malala

The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai

Hardcover, 327 pages, Little Brown & Co, $26, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai

I Am Malala describes the life of the young Pakistani student who advocated for women's rights and education in the Taliban-controlled Swat Valley, survived an assassination attempt and became the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Double Down

Double Down

Game Change 2012

by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann

Hardcover, 499 pages, Penguin Group USA, $29.95, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Mark Halperin and John Heilemann

The authors of Game Change present an account of the 2012 presidential election that draws on hundreds of insider interviews to illuminate what the election meant to both parties. Double Down covers the dramatic Republican nomination fight, the rise and fall of Mitt Romney, and Barack Obama's Election Day triumph.

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The Bully Pulpit

The Bully Pulpit

Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Hardcover, 910 pages, Simon & Schuster, $40, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin

Focusing on the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft, this book revisits the Progressive Era during which Roosevelt wielded the bully pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses and corrupt money brokers only to see it compromised by Taft.

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Things That Matter

Things That Matter

Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics

by Charles Krauthammer

Hardcover, 387 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published October 22 2013 | purchase
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  • Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist presents a collection of his essays on what he believes renders the "American experiment" vibrant and special, exploring topics ranging from health care and space exploration to religion and baseball.

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Stitches

Stitches

A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair

by Anne Lamott

Hardcover, 96 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17.95, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair
  • Anne Lamott

The best-selling author of Help, Thanks, Wow shares lighthearted advice about how to make sense of chaotic experiences, providing recommendations for restoring peace while balancing emotional, spiritual and interpersonal aspects of everyday life.

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Killing Jesus

Killing Jesus

A History

by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Hardcover, 293 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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  • A History
  • Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Bill O'Reilly traces the events leading up to the execution of one of the most influential men in history — Jesus of Nazareth — examining Jesus' life and recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable.

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One Summer

One Summer

America, 1927

by Bill Bryson

Hardcover, 509 pages, Random House Inc, $28.95, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson recounts the summer of 1927, when mainstream pursuits and historical events were marked by contributions by such figures as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth and Al Capone.

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Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book

Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book

by Diane Muldrow

Hardcover, 1 volume (unpaged), Random House Childrens Books, $9.99, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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  • Diane Muldrow

A "guide to life" for grown fans of classic Little Golden Books combines lighthearted advice with illustrations from 60 favorites that convey such nuggets of wisdom as "don't forget to enjoy your wedding," "be a hugger" and "sweatpants are bad for morale."

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The Death of Santini

The Death of Santini

The Story of a Father and His Son

by Pat Conroy

Hardcover, 338 pages, Random House Inc, $28.95, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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The author of The Prince of Tides chronicles his efforts to reconcile with the harsh fighter pilot father who inspired The Great Santini, recounting how at the end of his father's life, he defended the author from his critics while helping to heal family estrangements.

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This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

by Ann Patchett

Hardcover, 306 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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Inviting readers into her personal life, the author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto shares the stories of the people, places, ideals and art to which she has remained indelibly committed.

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The Reason I Jump

The Reason I Jump

The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy With Autism

by Naoki Higashida

Hardcover, 135 pages, Random House Inc, $22, published August 27 2013 | purchase
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  • Naoki Higashida

A journey into the mind of a remarkable 13-year-old Japanese boy with severe autism shares firsthand insights into a variety of experiences associated with the disorder, from behavioral traits and misconceptions to perceptions about the world and social awareness. Translated by David Mitchell and KA Yoshida.

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The Men Who United the States

The Men Who United The States

America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible

by Simon Winchester

Hardcover, 463 pages, HarperCollins, $29.99, published October 15 2013 | purchase
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  • America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible
  • Simon Winchester

The author follows in the footsteps of America's most essential explorers, thinkers and innovators to offer a different perspective on how the most powerful nation on Earth came together.

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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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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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