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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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David and Goliath
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Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
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Malcolm Gladwell

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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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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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The Bully Pulpit
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Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
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Doris Kearns Goodwin

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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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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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I Am Malala
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The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
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Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai

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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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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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Things That Matter
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Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics
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Charles Krauthammer

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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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One Summer

America, 1927

by Bill Bryson

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

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One Summer
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America, 1927
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Bill Bryson

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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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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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This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
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Ann Patchett

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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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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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Stitches
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A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair
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Anne Lamott

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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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My Promised Land

The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

by Ari Shavit

Hardcover, 445 pages, Spiegel & Grau, $28, published November 19 2013 | purchase

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My Promised Land
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The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
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Ari Shavit

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Ari Shavit traces the events that led Israel to its current state of conflict through the stories of everyday citizens.

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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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Killing Jesus
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A History
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Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

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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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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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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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The Men Who United The States
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America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible
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Simon Winchester

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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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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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Jerusalem

A Cookbook

by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

Hardcover, 288 pages, Ten Speed Press, $35, published October 16 2012 | purchase

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Jerusalem
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A Cookbook
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Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

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The London restaurateur and best-selling author of Plenty offers a tribute to the vibrant cuisine of Jerusalem that explores its cross-cultural influences and includes such options as Charred Baby Okra with Tomato and Preserved Lemon, Clementine and Almond Cake, and Braised Lamb Meatballs with Sour Cherries.

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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 Death of Santini
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The Story of a Father and His Son
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Pat Conroy

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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.