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In the Kingdom of Ice

The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

by Hampton Sides

Hardcover, 454 pages, Random House Inc, $28.95, published August 5 2014 | purchase

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In the Kingdom of Ice
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The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
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Hampton Sides

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Hampton Sides recounts the ill-fated 19th-century naval expedition to the North Pole that resulted in the sinking of the USS Jeannette and the crew's epic struggle for survival in the harsh and unforgiving Arctic environment.

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

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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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A Spy Among Friends

Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

by Ben MacIntyre

Hardcover, 368 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published July 29 2014 | purchase

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A Spy Among Friends
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Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
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Ben MacIntyre

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Ben Macintyre presents a portrait of Kim Philby, a British Cold War counterintelligence agent who was secretly working for the enemy.

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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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Think Like a Freak

The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Hardcover, 268 pages, HarperCollins, $28.99, published May 12 2014 | purchase

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Think Like a Freak
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The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain
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Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

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Think Like a Freak is a decision-making handbook that analyzes one's decisions, plans and morals, and shows how insights can be applied to daily life to make smarter, harder and better decisions.

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Hard Choices

by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hardcover, 635 pages, Simon & Schuster, $35, published June 10 2014 | purchase

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Hard Choices
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Hillary Rodham Clinton

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The former Secretary of State, senator, and First Lady shares candid reflections about the key moments of her service in the Obama Administration as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st century.

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Flash Boys

by Michael Lewis

Hardcover, 274 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $27.95, published March 31 2014 | purchase

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Flash Boys
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Michael Lewis

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Michael Lewis argues that post-crisis Wall Street continues to be controlled by large banks and explains how a small, diverse group of Wall Street men have banded together to reform the financial markets.

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century

by Thomas Piketty and Arthur Goldhammer

Hardcover, 685 pages, Harvard Univ Pr, $39.95, published April 15 2014 | purchase

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century
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Thomas Piketty and Arthur Goldhammer

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French economist Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from 20 countries, ranging as far back as the 18th century, to uncover key economic and social patterns about wealth and inequality.

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The Mockingbird Next Door

Life With Harper Lee

by Marja Mills

Hardcover, 278 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published July 15 2014 | purchase

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The Mockingbird Next Door
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Life With Harper Lee
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Marja Mills

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Describes the story of a journalist who befriended the notoriously quiet and private author of To Kill a Mockingbird, eventually moving in next door to the writer and her sister and becoming part of their life in Alabama.

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Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

A Memoir

by Roz Chast

Hardcover, 228 pages, St Martins Pr, $28, published May 6 2014 | purchase

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Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
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A Memoir
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Roz Chast

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A graphic memoir by a long-time New Yorker cartoonist celebrates the final years of her aging parents' lives through cartoons, family photos and documents that reflect the artist's struggles with caregiver challenges.

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The Invisible Bridge

The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan

by Rick Perlstein

Hardcover, 856 pages, Simon & Schuster, $37.50, published August 5 2014 | purchase

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The Invisible Bridge
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The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan
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Rick Perlstein

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The best-selling author of Nixonland presents a portrait of the United States during the turbulent political and economic upheavals of the 1970s, covering events ranging from the Arab oil embargo and the era of Patty Hearst to the collapse of the South Vietnamese government and the rise of Ronald Reagan.

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Goodnight Darth Vader

by Jeffrey Brown

Hardcover, 1 volume (unpaged), Chronicle Books Llc, $14.95, published July 22 2014 | purchase

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Goodnight Darth Vader
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Jeffrey Brown

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In this parody book for children and adults alike, Darth Vader tries to put those rambunctious twins, Luke and Leia, to bed. But first they want to hear a story and soon we see all the other popular Star Wars characters tucking in for the night and getting ready for bed.

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The First Family Detail

Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents

by Ronald Kessler

Hardcover, 258 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published August 5 2014 | purchase

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The First Family Detail
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Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents
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Ronald Kessler

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The author of The Secrets of the FBI investigates the relationship between the Secret Service and the presidency as reflected by the protective practices surrounding the First Ladies and children of Presidents Truman through Obama.

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Blood Feud

The Clintons vs. the Obamas

by Edward Klein

Hardcover, 302 pages, Perseus Distribution Services, $27.99, published June 23 2014 | purchase

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Blood Feud
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The Clintons vs. the Obamas
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Edward Klein

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Edward Klein looks at the rivalry between the Obamas and the Clintons.

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Elephant Company

The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II

by Vicki Constantine Croke

Hardcover, 343 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published July 15 2014 | purchase

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Elephant Company
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The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II
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Vicki Constantine Croke

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Vicki Constantine Croke tells the story of James Howard "Billy" Williams, whose uncanny rapport with elephants transformed him from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill.