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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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In The Garden Of Beasts
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Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
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Erik Larson

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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

by Tina Fey

Paperback, 275 pages, Little Brown & Co, $15.99, published January 3 2012 | purchase

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Tina Fey

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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

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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Turn Right at Machu Picchu
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Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
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Mark Adams

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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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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 Greater Journey
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Americans in Paris
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David McCullough

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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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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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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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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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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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The Psychopath Test
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A Journey Through the Madness Industry
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Jon Ronson

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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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Lost in Shangri-La

A True Story Of Survival, Adventure, And The Most Incredible Rescue Mission Of World War II

by Mitchell Zuckoff

Paperback, 432 pages, Harper Perennial, $15.99, published April 24 2012 | purchase

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Lost in Shangri-La
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A True Story Of Survival, Adventure, And The Most Incredible Rescue Mission Of World War II
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Mitchell Zuckoff

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In 1945, a sightseeing trip over Shangri-La turned deadly when the plane crashed, leaving only three survivors who, battling for their survival, were caught between man-eating headhunters and the enemy Japanese. A real-life adventure drawn from personal interviews, declassified Army documents and personal photos and mementos.

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The Eighty-Dollar Champion

Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation

by Elizabeth Letts

Paperback, 338 pages, Random House, $16, published May 29 2012 | purchase

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The Eighty-Dollar Champion
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Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation
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Elizabeth Letts

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Elizabeth Letts traces the story of a champion equine jumper and the Dutch farmer who rescued him from the slaughterhouse, recounting the way the farmer discovered the horse's jumping talents and trained him to compete against the world's most expensive thoroughbreds.

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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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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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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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Nothing Daunted
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The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West
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Dorothy Wickenden

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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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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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Blue Nights

by Joan Didion

Paperback, 188 pages, Random House, $15, published May 29 2012 | purchase

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Blue Nights
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Joan Didion

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Joan Didion shares frank observations about the death of her daughter, about her own thoughts and fears about having children and growing old, and about her feelings of failure as a parent.

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