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The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction

An Unnatural History

by Elizabeth Kolbert

Hardcover, 319 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published February 11 2014 | purchase
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  • An Unnatural History
  • Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of geologists, botanists, marine biologists and other researchers to discuss five devastating mass extinctions and to predict the coming of a sixth.

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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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  • Diane Muldrow

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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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

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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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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  • Malcolm Gladwell

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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  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
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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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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

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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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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  • Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics
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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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  • Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin

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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HRC

HRC

State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton

by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes

Hardcover, 440 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published February 11 2014 | purchase
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  • State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton
  • Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes

Chronicles the return of Hillary Clinton from her primary defeat and achievements as Secretary of State through her consideration as a presidential candidate for the 2016 election, covering such topics as her decision to join the 44th President's cabinet and her relationship with Obama.

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Glitter and Glue

Glitter and Glue

A Memoir

by Kelly Corrigan

Hardcover, 224 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published February 4 2014 | purchase
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The author of the best-selling The Middle Place presents an account of her perspectives on motherhood, which have been shaped by her job as a nanny for a grieving Australian family and her character-testing experiences with her daughters.

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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
  • David Perlmutter, M.D. and Kristin Loberg

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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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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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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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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  • A Memoir
  • Gary Shteyngart

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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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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  • America, 1927
  • Bill Bryson

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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All Joy and No Fun

All Joy and No Fun

The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

by Jennifer Senior

Hardcover, 308 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published January 28 2014 | purchase
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Drawing on a vast array of sources in history, sociology, economics, psychology, philosophy and anthropology, journalist Jennifer Senior challenges our culture's most basic beliefs about parenthood, while revealing the profound ways children deepen and add purpose to our lives.

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