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Weeks on List: 17

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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How to Be a Woman

by Caitlin Moran

Paperback, 320 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published July 17 2012 | purchase

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How To Be A Woman
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Caitlin Moran

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Piecing together common-sense observations with scenes from her own life, a major media personality in the U.K. sheds new light on feminism, discussing the reasons why female rights and empowerment are essential issues for both women and society itself.

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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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Bossypants
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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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1493

Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

by Charles C. Mann

Paperback, 690 pages, Vintage, $16.95, published July 24 2012 | purchase

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1493
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Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
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Charles C. Mann

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When Columbus crossed the Atlantic in 1492, his journey prompted the exchange of not only information but also food, animals, insects, plants and viruses between the continents. Charles C. Mann documents the lesser-known consequences of Columbus' voyage to the New World.

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Tiny Beautiful Things

Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar

by Cheryl Strayed

Paperback, 353 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published July 10 2012 | purchase

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Tiny Beautiful Things
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Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar
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Cheryl Strayed

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A collection of advice on everything from infidelity and grief to marital boredom and financial hardships from Cheryl Strayed's popular "Dear Sugar" column in the online magazine The Rumpus.

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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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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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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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To Heaven And Back

A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again — A True Story

by Mary C. Neal, M.D.

Paperback, 222 pages, Water Brook Press, $14.99, published May 29 2012 | purchase

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To Heaven And Back
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A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again — A True Story
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Mary C. Neal, M.D.

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After a serious kayak accident, Mary C. Neal recounts her spiritual journey to heaven and back to Earth again.

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That Used To Be Us

How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back

by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum

Paperback, 402 pages, Picador, $16, published August 21 2012 | purchase

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That Used To Be Us
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How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back
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Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum

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New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and foreign policy expert Michael Mandlebaum make recommendations for meeting four major challenges facing the United States: globalization, the information-technology revolution, chronic deficits and unbalanced energy consumption.

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Weeks on List: 14

I Remember Nothing

And Other Reflections

by Nora Ephron

Paperback, 137 pages, Random House Inc, $14, published November 1 2011 | purchase

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I Remember Nothing
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And Other Reflections
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Nora Ephron

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In a hilarious collection of personal essays, the best-selling author of I Feel Bad About My Neck discusses her career in journalism, divorce, a long-anticipated inheritance with unanticipated results, the evolution of her relationship with her email inbox and more.

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The Untethered Soul

The Journey Beyond Yourself

by Michael A. Singer

Paperback, 181 pages, New Harbinger Publications, $16.95, published October 3 2007 | purchase

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The Untethered Soul
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The Journey Beyond Yourself
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Michael A. Singer

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The Untethered Soul presents advice on ways to free oneself from habitual thoughts, emotions and energy patterns that limit one's consciousness.

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Incognito

The Secret Lives of the Brain

by David M. Eagleman

Paperback, 290 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published May 15 2012 | purchase

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Incognito
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The Secret Lives of the Brain
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David M. Eagleman

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Incognito examines the unconscious part of our brains — the complex neural networks that are constantly fighting one another and influencing how we act, the things we're attracted to and the thoughts we have.

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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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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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