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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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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
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Rebecca Skloot

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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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At Home

A Short History of Private Life

by Bill Bryson

Paperback, 577 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published October 4 2011 | purchase

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At Home
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A Short History of Private Life
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Bill Bryson

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The author of A Short History of Nearly Everything explores the ways in which homes reflect history, from a bathroom's revelations about medicine and hygiene to a kitchen's exposure of the stories of trade and nutrition.

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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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Heaven Is for Real
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A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
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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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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 Old Farmer's Almanac 2012
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Old Farmer's Almanac

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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.

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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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Born To Run
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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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Awkward Family Pet Photos

by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

Paperback, 173 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published November 1 2011 | purchase

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Awkward Family Pet Photos
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Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

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Awkward Family Pet Photos celebrates the moving and disturbing bond between families and their pets through entries that show animal companions as wedding attendants, named after superheroes and dressed in a variety of outrageous outfits.

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Cleopatra

A Life

by Stacy Schiff

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

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Cleopatra
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A Life
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Stacy Schiff

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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 World Almanac and Book of Facts 2012

by World Almanac and Book of Facts

Paperback, 1007 pages, Facts on File, $12.99, published November 22 2011 | purchase

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The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2012
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World Almanac and Book of Facts

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Presents a reference with comprehensive facts and statistics on current events, people and the countries of the world, along with a preview of the 2012 presidential election and original articles on recent issues and topics.

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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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Empire of the Summer Moon
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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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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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Richard Benson

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Humor writer Richard Benson collects hilariously wrong test answers.

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Holidays on Ice

With Six New Stories

by David Sedaris

Paperback, 166 pages, Little Brown & Co, $10, published October 20 2010 | purchase

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Holidays on Ice
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With Six New Stories
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David Sedaris

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An anthology of humorous holiday tales and essays features excerpts from the author's "Barrel Fever" and "Naked," as well as "The Santaland Diaries" and "Season's Greetings to Our Friends and Family."

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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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Outliers
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The Story of Success
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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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Just Kids

by Patti Smith

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

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Just Kids
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Patti Smith

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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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The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book)

A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race

by Jon Stewart, David Javerbaum, Rory Albanese, Steve Bodow and Josh Lieb

Paperback, 244 pages, Grand Central Pub, $16.99, published October 18 2011 | purchase

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The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book)
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A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race
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Jon Stewart, David Javerbaum, et al

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The authors present a hilarious summation of humanity, in a book with color photos, graphs and charts that applies The Daily Show's trademark wit, irreverence and intelligence to every facet of human existence. Some nudity. By the authors of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book).

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