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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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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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The Future

The Future

Six Drivers of Global Change

by Albert Gore

Hardcover, 558 pages, Random House Inc, $30, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Six Drivers of Global Change
  • Albert Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore explains the six forces that are shaping our world: economic globalization, digital communications, a shifting balance of power, unsustainable growth, scientific revolutions and our changing relationship with our ecosystem.

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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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Life Code

Life Code

The New Rules for Winning in the Real World

by Dr. Phil McGraw

Hardcover, 241 pages, Ingram Pub Services, $26, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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  • The New Rules for Winning in the Real World
  • Dr. Phil McGraw

Dr. Phil presents advice on how to deal with people who abuse and exploit others, and shares the right strategies to ensure personal fulfillment and successful relationships.

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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
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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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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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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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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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True Love

True Love

24 Surprising Stories of Animal Affection

by Rachel Buchholz

Hardcover, 90 pages, Random House Inc, $9.95, published January 1 2013 | purchase
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  • 24 Surprising Stories of Animal Affection
  • Rachel Buchholz

This Valentine's Day collection of stories that demonstrate endearing examples of animal friendship and love includes the tales of a devoted bear who provided food for an injured sibling; a lioness who risked her life to save her cub from a crocodile; and a duck who braved snowstorms and other hazards to reunite with his mate.

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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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Detroit

Detroit

An American Autopsy

by Charlie LeDuff

Hardcover, 286 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published February 7 2013 | purchase
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  • An American Autopsy
  • Charlie LeDuff

When he returned to his old hometown, Detroit, Charlie LeDuff was horrified to see how far the city had fallen. He used his reporting experience to try to uncover what had happened to what was once America's richest city.

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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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Francona

Francona

The Red Sox Years

by Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy

Hardcover, 352 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, published January 22 2013 | purchase
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  • The Red Sox Years
  • Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy

The former Red Sox manager reflects on his tenure with the team, chronicling the challenges of managing difficult players, satisfying multiple owners, and dealing with both championship and losing seasons.

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Killing Lincoln

Killing Lincoln

The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Hardcover, 324 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published September 27 2011 | purchase
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  • The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
  • Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and writer Martin Dugard focus on the life, death and legacy of the 16th president in their book Killing Lincoln. The authors reconstruct the final days of Lincoln's life and examine the plot against the president at the end of the Civil War in April 1865.

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