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Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers

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Weeks on List: 5

Yes Please

by Amy Poehler

Hardcover, 329 pages, HarperCollins, $28.99, published October 28 2014 | purchase

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Yes Please
Author
Amy Poehler

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The actress best known for her work on Parks and Recreation and Saturday Night Live reveals personal stories and offers her humorous take on such topics as love, friendship, parenthood and her relationship with Tina Fey.

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Weeks on List: 3

Small Victories

Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace

by Anne Lamott

Hardcover, 286 pages, Penguin Group USA, $22.95, published November 10 2014 | purchase

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Small Victories
Subtitle
Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace
Author
Anne Lamott

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Anne Lamott presents a collection of essays that focus on hope and discuss how prevailing over life's hardships can transform our perceptions and our lives.

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Weeks on List: 10

Killing Patton

The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Hardcover, 352 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $30, published September 23 2014 | purchase

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Killing Patton
Subtitle
The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General
Author
Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

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The anchor of cable's The O'Reilly Factor and an historian explore the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Gen. George S. Patton after World War II and describe the powerful people who may have wanted him out of the way.

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Weeks on List: 8

Being Mortal

Medicine and What Matters in the End

by Atul Gawande

Hardcover, 282 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $26, published October 7 2014 | purchase

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Being Mortal
Subtitle
Medicine and What Matters in the End
Author
Atul Gawande

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A prominent surgeon argues against modern medical practices that extend life at the expense of quality of life and outlines suggestions for freer, more fulfilling approaches to death that enable more dignified and comfortable choices.

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Weeks on List: 3

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A Portrait of My Father

by George W. Bush

Hardcover, 294 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published November 11 2014 | purchase

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41
Subtitle
A Portrait of My Father
Author
George W. Bush

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The 43rd president of the U.S. offers an intimate biography of his father, the 41st president, tracing his career as an accomplished statesman and discussing his influence on the author's own political career.

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Weeks on List: 5

Make It Ahead

by Ina Garten

Hardcover, 272 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published October 28 2014 | purchase

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Make It Ahead
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Ina Garten

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A celebrity chef shares favorite make-ahead recipes and meal planning tips for a variety of occasions, suggesting preparation options for low-stress dishes that improve if prepared in advance.

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Weeks on List: 13

What If?

Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

by Randall Munroe

Hardcover, 303 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24, published September 2 2014 | purchase

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What If?
Subtitle
Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
Author
Randall Munroe

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The creator of the popular webcomic "xkcd" presents his heavily researched answers to his fans' oddest questions, including "What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool?" and "Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?"

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Weeks on List: 9

Not That Kind of Girl

A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned

by Lena Dunham

Hardcover, 256 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published September 30 2014 | purchase

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Not That Kind of Girl
Subtitle
A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned
Author
Lena Dunham

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The creator and star of HBO's Girls documents her coming-of-age in and out of the spotlight, recounting her experiences with everything from dieting and embarrassing sex to dirty old men and performing in less-than-ideal conditions.

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Weeks on List: 4

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 About Love I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Author
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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Weeks on List: 4

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 9 2014 | purchase

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Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Author
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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Weeks on List: 4

The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up

The Japanese Art Of Decluttering And Organizing

by Marie Kondo

Hardcover, 213 pages, Random House Inc, $16.99, published October 14 2014 | purchase

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The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up
Subtitle
The Japanese Art Of Decluttering And Organizing
Author
Marie Kondo

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This guide to cleaning and organizing a living space discusses best methods for decluttering and the impact that an organized home can have on mood and physical and mental health.

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Weeks on List: 2

Money

Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom

by Tony Robbins

Hardcover, 656 pages, Simon & Schuster, $28, published November 18 2014 | purchase

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Money
Subtitle
Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom
Author
Tony Robbins

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Tony Robbins draws from research and interviews with financial experts to offer a seven-step blueprint for attaining financial freedom.

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Weeks on List: 7

Plenty More

Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London's Ottolenghi

by Yotam Ottolenghi

Hardcover, 339 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published October 14 2014 | purchase

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Plenty More
Subtitle
Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London's Ottolenghi
Author
Yotam Ottolenghi

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Yotam Ottolenghi collects more than 100 vegetarian recipes organized by cooking method, including fig salad, root vegetable pie, and apricot, walnut and lavender cake.

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Weeks on List: 6

The Innovators

The Innovators

How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

by Walter Isaacson

Hardcover, 528 pages, Simon & Schuster, $35, published October 7 2014 | purchase

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The Innovators
Subtitle
How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
Author
Walter Isaacson

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A revelatory history of the people who created the computer and the internet discusses the process through which innovation happens in the modern world, citing the pivotal contributions of such figures as programming pioneer Ada Lovelace.

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Weeks on List: 1

You Can't Make This Up

Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television

by Al Michaels and L. Jon Wertheim

Hardcover, 288 pages, HarperCollins, $28.99, published November 18 2014 | purchase

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Title
You Can't Make This Up
Subtitle
Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television
Author
Al Michaels and L. Jon Wertheim

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A respected sports broadcaster interweaves the story of his life and career with tales of major events and engaging figures in modern sports, from the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" finals to the 1989 World Series earthquake.