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Cleopatra

Cleopatra

A Life

by Stacy Schiff

Paperback, 432 pages, Little Brown & Co, $16.99, published September 6 2011 | purchase

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Stacy Schiff separates fact from fiction to reconstruct the life of Cleopatra, revealing her as a complex woman and shrewd monarch whose life and death reshaped the ancient world.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot

Paperback, 381 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published March 8 2011 | purchase

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling numerous medical and scientific discoveries.

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Unlikely Friendships

Unlikely Friendships

47 Remarkable Stories From the Animal Kingdom

by Jennifer S. Holland

Paperback, 210 pages, Workman Pub Co, $13.95, published June 21 2011 | purchase

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Unlikely Friendships
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47 Remarkable Stories From the Animal Kingdom
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Jennifer S. Holland

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A collection of stories about animals that have forged unlikely, abiding bonds with other animals of different species, from Koko the gorilla and All Ball the kitten to Owen the hippo and the tortoise Mzee.

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Heaven is for Real

Heaven Is for Real

A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent

Paperback, 163 pages, Thomas Nelson Inc, $16.99, published November 2 2010 | purchase

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Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent

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Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent tell the story of a Nebraska pastor's 4-year-old son, who loses consciousness during surgery, sees a vision of heaven and meets Jesus' special horse.

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Empire of the Summer Moon

Empire of the Summer Moon

Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

by S.C. Gwynne

Paperback, 371 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published May 10 2011 | purchase

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Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
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S.C. Gwynne

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Describes the actions of both whites and Comanches during a 40-year war over territory, in a story that begins with the kidnapping of a white girl who grew up to marry a Comanche chief and have a son, Quanah, who became a great warrior.

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Just Kids

Just Kids

by Patti Smith

Paperback, 288 pages, Harpercollins, $16, published November 2 2010 | purchase

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Artist and musician Patti Smith recounts her romance, lifetime friendship and shared love of art with Robert Mapplethorpe in an illustrated memoir, with a colorful cast of characters including Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol and William Burroughs.

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Born to Run

Born To Run

A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

by Christopher McDougall

Paperback, 287 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published March 29 2011 | purchase

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A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
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Christopher McDougall

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Recounts the author's experiences with the reclusive Tarahumara Indians, whose techniques allow them to run long distances with ease, and describes his training for a 50-mile race with the tribe and a number of ultramarathoners.

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F in Exams

F in Exams

The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers

by Richard Benson

Paperback, 128 pages, Chronicle Books, $9.95, published February 23 2011 | purchase

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F In Exams
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The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers
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Humor writer Richard Benson collects hilariously wrong test answers.

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Outliers

Outliers

The Story of Success

by Malcolm Gladwell

Paperback, 309 pages, Little Brown & Co, $16.99, published June 7 2011 | purchase

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Malcolm Gladwell

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The author of Blink identifies the qualities of successful people, posing theories about the cultural, family and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers, in a resource that covers such topics as the secrets of software billionaires, why certain cultures are associated with better academic performance and why The Beatles earned their fame.

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The Emperor of All Maladies

The Emperor of All Maladies

A Biography of Cancer

by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Paperback, 571 pages, Simon & Schuster, $18, published August 9 2011 | purchase

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A Biography of Cancer
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Siddhartha Mukherjee

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A historical assessment of cancer addresses both the courageous battles against the complex disease and the misperceptions and hubris that have compromised modern understandings, providing coverage of such topics as ancient-world surgeries and the developments of present-day treatments.

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Let's Take the Long Way Home

Let's Take the Long Way Home

A Memoir of Friendship

by Gail Caldwell

Paperback, 198 pages, Random House Inc, $14, published August 9 2011 | purchase

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Let's Take the Long Way Home
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Gail Caldwell

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Traces the author's close friendship with the late fellow writer Caroline Knapp, describing their shared experiences with sobriety, a love of dogs and Caroline's battle with cancer.

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The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project

Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

by Gretchen Rubin

Paperback, 315 pages, Harpercollins, $14.99, published March 1 2011 | purchase

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Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
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Gretchen Rubin

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The Happiness Project chronicles the author's year spent testing the edicts of conventional wisdom to assess their potential for improving life, describing various activities ranging from getting more sleep and singing to her children to starting a blog and imitating a spiritual master.

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Life

Life

by Keith Richards and James Fox

Paperback, 564 pages, Little Brown & Co, $16.99, published May 3 2011 | purchase

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The lead guitarist for The Rolling Stones recounts his life, from a youth obsessed with Chuck Berry to the formation of the Stones and their subsequent stardom, and discusses his problems with drugs, the death of Brian Jones, and his relationship with Mick Jagger.

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The Hare With Amber Eyes

The Hare With Amber Eyes

A Hidden Inheritance

by Edmund De Waal

Paperback, 354 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published August 2 2011 | purchase

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The Hare With Amber Eyes
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A Hidden Inheritance
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Edmund De Waal

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Traces the parallel stories of 19th century art patron Charles Ephrussi and his unique collection of 264 miniature netsuke — Japanese ivory carvings — documenting Ephrussi's relationship with Marcel Proust and the impact of the Holocaust on his cosmopolitan family.

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The Old Farmer's Almanac 2012

The Old Farmer's Almanac 2012

by Old Farmer's Almanac

Paperback, 288 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.95, published September 13 2011 | purchase

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The Almanac returns with weather predictions; astronomical data; gardening advice; and ideas, hints and charts that provide simple solutions for everyday challenges.