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Wild

From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

by Cheryl Strayed

Paperback, 315 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published November 18 2014 | purchase

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Wild
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From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
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Cheryl Strayed

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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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Weeks on List: 11

Unbroken

A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

by Laura Hillenbrand

Paperback, 500 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published November 4 2014 | purchase

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Unbroken
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A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
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Laura Hillenbrand

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Unbroken tells the true story of a U.S. airman who survived his bomber crashing into the sea during World War II. After that, he faced thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst, starvation and a prisoner-of-war camp.

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The Boys In The Boat

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

by Daniel James Brown

Paperback, 404 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published May 27 2014 | 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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Weeks on List: 8

American Sniper

The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

by Chris Kyle, Scott Mcewen and Jim DeFelice

Paperback, 14 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published November 25 2014 | purchase

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American Sniper
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The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
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Chris Kyle, Scott Mcewen, et al

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A Navy SEAL who served in Iraq and Afghanistan describes his life as a father, a husband and a sniper.

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The Sixth Extinction

An Unnatural History

by Elizabeth Kolbert

Paperback, 319 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published January 6 2015 | purchase

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The Sixth Extinction
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An Unnatural History
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Elizabeth Kolbert

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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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Weeks on List: 3

10% Happier

How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-help That Actually Works: A True Story

by Dan Harris

Paperback, 237 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published December 30 2014 | purchase

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10% Happier
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How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-help That Actually Works: A True Story
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Dan Harris

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The TV anchor takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news looking to discover a way to happiness.

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The Power of Habit

Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

by Charles Duhigg

Paperback, 383 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published January 7 2014 | purchase

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The Power of Habit
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Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
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Charles Duhigg

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New York Times business writer Charles Duhigg explores the science behind why we do what we do, and how companies use our habit-forming tendencies to sell and market products to us.

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Weeks on List: 20

The Heart of Everything That Is

The Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American Legend

by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

Paperback, 414 pages, Simon & Schuster, $17, published September 2 2014 | purchase

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The Heart of Everything That Is
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The Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American Legend
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Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

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This never-before-told story of the great Oglala Sioux chief — the only Plains Indian to defeat the United States Army in a war — places readers at the center of the conflict over western expansion. The Heart of Everything That Is draws on a wealth of evidence — including Red Cloud's biography, which was lost for nearly a hundred years.

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Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

by David Sedaris

Paperback, 275 pages, Little Brown & Co, $17, published June 3 2014 | purchase

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Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
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David Sedaris

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A collection of essays by the humorist traces his offbeat travel experiences, which involve surreal encounters with everything from French dentistry and Australian kookaburras to Beijing squat toilets and a wilderness Costco in North Carolina.

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Weeks on List: 57

Brain On Fire

My Month of Madness

by Susannah Cahalan

Paperback, 266 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published August 6 2013 | purchase

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Brain On Fire
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My Month of Madness
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Susannah Cahalan

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Susannah Cahalan was a healthy 24-year-old when she began to experience seizures, hallucinations and increasingly psychotic behavior. Her symptoms frightened family members and baffled a series of doctors until she was finally diagnosed with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, a rare autoimmune disease that can attack the brain. As one doctor put it, "her brain was on fire." Cahalan recounts her experience with the disease in Brain on Fire.

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The Smartest Kids In The World

And How They Got That Way

by Amanda Ripley

Paperback, 306 pages, Simon & Schuster, $15.99, published July 29 2014 | purchase

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The Smartest Kids In The World
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And How They Got That Way
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Amanda Ripley

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Amanda Ripley looks at the world's new education superpowers through the experiences of three American teenagers who chose to spend one school year living abroad — one in Finland, one in South Korea and one in Poland.

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This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

by Ann Patchett

Paperback, 306 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published October 7 2014 | purchase

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This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
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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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Pogue's Basics

Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) for Simplifying the Technology in Your Life

by David Pogue

Paperback, 357 pages, St Martins Pr, $19.99, published December 9 2014 | purchase

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Pogue's Basics
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Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) for Simplifying the Technology in Your Life
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David Pogue

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David Pogue shares tips for making the most of technological devices, including using bowls of uncooked rice to dry out a wet cell phone and using Google to gain essential updates about a flight's status.

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Bad Feminist

by Roxane Gay

Paperback, 320 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published August 5 2014 | purchase

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Bad Feminist
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Roxane Gay

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Roxane Gay (author of An Untamed State) says pink is her favorite color, and she once live-tweeted Vogue's famed September issue. In this essay collection, she takes on our notions of feminism, current culture, and the state of feminism today, while documenting her own evolution as a woman.

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Weeks on List: 1

Alan Turing

The Enigma

by Andrew Hodges

Paperback, 736 pages, Princeton Univ Pr, $16.95, published November 10 2014 | purchase

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Alan Turing
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The Enigma
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Andrew Hodges

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Andrew Hodges explores the life of mathematician Alan Turing, including his character and his pioneering role in electronic computer design.