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Duty

Duty

Memoirs of a Secretary at War

by Robert M. Gates

Hardcover, 618 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published January 14 2014 | purchase

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Robert M. Gates

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The former Secretary of Defense offers a candid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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

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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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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David and Goliath

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 Boys in the Boat

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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This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

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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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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My Age of Anxiety

My Age Of Anxiety

Fear, Hope, Dread, And The Search For Peace Of Mind

by Scott Stossel

Hardcover, 400 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published January 7 2014 | purchase

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Fear, Hope, Dread, And The Search For Peace Of Mind
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Scott Stossel

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The author recounts his lifelong battle with anxiety and provides a history of efforts to understand it.

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Little Failure

Little Failure

A Memoir

by Gary Shteyngart

Hardcover, 349 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published January 7 2014 | purchase

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Gary Shteyngart

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The award-winning author of Super Sad True Story traces his uproarious experiences as a young bullied Jewish-Russian immigrant in Queens, his haphazard college pursuits and his initial forays into a literary career.

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I Am Malala

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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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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Grain Brain

Grain Brain

The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain's Silent Killers

by David Perlmutter, M.D. and Kristin Loberg

Hardcover, 323 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27, published September 17 2013 | purchase

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The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers
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David Perlmutter, M.D. and Kristin Loberg

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A neurologist describes how carbs, even the healthy ones, destroy brain function and cause a range of diseases, including ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches and depression. He offers a 30-day plan to reprogram dietary habits and repair brain cells.

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Things That Matter

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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The Bully Pulpit

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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My Life in Middlemarch

My Life in Middlemarch

by Rebecca Mead

Hardcover, 293 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published January 28 2014 | purchase

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Rebecca Mead

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A New Yorker writer and author of One Perfect Day explores the themes and complex influence of George Eliot's Middlemarch, discussing how her own repeated readings of the literary classic shaped her education, career, relationships and family life.

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Killing Jesus

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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One Summer

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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Stitches

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.