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Weeks on List: 6

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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Weeks on List: 15

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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  • 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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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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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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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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Weeks on List: 6

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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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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Weeks on List: 5

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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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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  • 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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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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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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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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Why Priests?

Why Priests?

A Failed Tradition

by Garry Wills

Hardcover, 302 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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  • A Failed Tradition
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Garry Wills looks at the priesthood's relevance in today's world and draws on historical examples to consider whether or not Christianity would be stronger without priests.

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Coolidge

Coolidge

by Amity Shlaes

Hardcover, 565 pages, HarperCollins, $35, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Amity Shlaes

Amity Shlaes' reexamination of America's 30th president describes a man who restored national trust in government, lived by example, suffered great tragedy, emphasized the importance of presidential humility and inspired optimism.

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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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Weeks on List: 2

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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