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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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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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  • David McCullough

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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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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  • Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
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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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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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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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  • 47 Remarkable Stories From the Animal Kingdom
  • 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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The Eighty-Dollar Champion

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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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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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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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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Lost in Shangri-La

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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  • A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
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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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Destiny of the Republic

Destiny of the Republic

A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

by Candice Millard

Paperback, 398 pages, Anchor, $16, published June 12 2012 | purchase
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  • A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
  • Candice Millard

This narrative account of President James Garfield's political career offers insight into his background as a scholar and Civil War hero; his battles against the corrupt establishment; and Alexander Graham Bell's failed attempt to save him from an assassin's bullet.

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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

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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Steal Like an Artist

Steal Like an Artist

10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

by Austin Kleon

Paperback, 140 pages, Workman Pub Co, $10.95, published February 28 2012 | purchase
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Austin Kleon offers advice and encouragement to help readers foster creativity and be artistically productive in a wide variety of endeavors.

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Blue Nights

Blue Nights

by Joan Didion

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