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In the Garden of Beasts

In the Garden Of Beasts

Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

by Erik Larson

Paperback, 448 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published May 1 2012 | purchase
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The best-selling author of Devil in the White City documents the efforts of William E. Dodd, the first American ambassador to Hitler's Germany, to acclimate to a residence in an increasingly violent city where he is forced to associate with the Nazis while his daughter pursues a relationship with Gestapo chief Rudolf Diels.

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Bossypants

Bossypants

by Tina Fey

Paperback, 275 pages, Little Brown & Co, $15.99, published January 3 2012 | purchase
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The breakout star of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock gives a humorous account of her life, as well as behind-the-scenes stories from her hit shows.

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Turn Right at Machu Picchu

Turn Right at Machu Picchu

Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

by Mark Adams

Paperback, 333 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published April 24 2012 | purchase
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A re-creation of Hiram Bingham III's discovery of the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, in the Andes Mountains of Peru. Describes Bingham's struggles with rudimentary survival tools and his experiences at the sides of local guides.

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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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  • Jennifer S. Holland

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

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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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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Humor writer Richard Benson collects hilariously wrong test answers.

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The Greater Journey

The Greater Journey

Americans in Paris

by David McCullough

Paperback, 558 pages, Simon & Schuster, $20, published May 15 2012 | purchase
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The best-selling author of 1776 tells the story of the generations of American artists, writers and doctors who traveled to Paris — the intellectual, scientific and artistic capital of the Western world — fell in love with the city and its people, and changed America through what they learned there.

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Nothing Daunted

Nothing Daunted

The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West

by Dorothy Wickenden

Paperback, 286 pages, Simon & Schuster, $15, published April 24 2012 | purchase
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A full-length account based on an admired New Yorker article that traces the experiences of classmates Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood, who in 1916 left their affluent New York lives to teach school on the Western frontier.

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The Psychopath Test

The Psychopath Test

A Journey Through the Madness Industry

by Jon Ronson

Paperback, 275 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published May 1 2012 | purchase
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Traces how the author's investigation into an alleged hoax unexpectedly drew him into the mental-health industry, explaining how an influential psychologist revealed the psychopathic profiles of top CEOs and politicians while imparting strategies for recognizing psychopathic behavior. By the author of The Men Who Stare at Goats.

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Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey

The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle

by Fiona, Countess of Carnarvon

Paperback, 310 pages, Random House Inc, $15.99, published December 27 2011 | purchase
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Examines the life of Lady Almina, the fifth Countess of Carnarvon, and the events in Highclere Castle during World War I.

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Moonwalking With Einstein

Moonwalking With Einstein

The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

by Joshua Foer

Paperback, 307 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published February 28 2012 | purchase
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Having achieved the seemingly unachievable — becoming a U.S. memory champion — Foer shows how anyone with enough training and determination can achieve mastery of his memory.

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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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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 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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  • Edmund De Waal

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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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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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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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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