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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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The Swerve

How the World Became Modern

by Stephen Greenblatt

Paperback, 356 pages, W. W. Norton & Co., Inc., $16.95, published September 4 2012 | purchase

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The Swerve
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How the World Became Modern
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Stephen Greenblatt

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A humanities professor describes the impact of the translation of the last remaining manuscript of On the Nature of Things by Roman philosopher Lucretius, which fueled the Renaissance and inspired artists, great thinkers and scientists.

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Arguably

Essays

by Christopher Hitchens

Paperback, 788 pages, Twelve, $18, published September 4 2012 | purchase

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Arguably
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Essays
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Christopher Hitchens

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Spanning four remarkable decades, this collection includes the best-selling author's early writings on civil rights and international incidents, as well as his inflammatory — and now infamous — columns on the Clintons, the Catholic Church, Mother Teresa and radical Islam.

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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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Eat to Live

The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss

by Joel Fuhrman

Paperback, 380 pages, Little Brown & Company, $15.99, published January 5 2011 | purchase

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Eat to Live
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The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss
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Joel Fuhrman

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Joel Fuhrman offers a highly effective and scientifically proven way to lose weight quickly.

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Boomerang

Travels in the New Third World

by Michael Lewis

Paperback, 216 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $16.95, published September 4 2012 | purchase

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Boomerang
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Travels in the New Third World
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Michael Lewis

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The author of The Big Short describes the effect that the bubble of cheap credit — readily available to almost anyone from 2002 to 2008 — had on countries besides the U.S., including Iceland, Greece and Germany.

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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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The Old Farmer's Almanac 2013

Paperback, 288 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.95, published September 3 2012 | purchase

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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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Catherine the Great

Portrait Of A Woman

by Robert K. Massie

Paperback, 639 pages, Random House Trade Paperbacks, $20, published September 18 2012 | purchase

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Catherine The Great
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Portrait Of A Woman
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Robert K. Massie

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Peter the Great presents a reconstruction of the 18th century empress's life that covers such topics as her efforts to engage Russia in the cultural life of Europe, her creation of the Hermitage art collection and her numerous scandal-free romantic affairs.

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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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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

by Mindy Kaling

Paperback, 222 pages, Three Rivers Press, $14, published September 18 2012 | purchase

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
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Mindy Kaling

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The writer and actor best known for her role on The Office shares observations on everything from favorite male archetypes and her hatred of dieting to her relationship with her mother and the haphazard creative process of The Office's writers' room.

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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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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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F for Effort!

More Of The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers

by Richard Benson

Paperback, 127 pages, Chronicle Books, $9.95, published July 11 2012 | purchase

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F For Effort!
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More Of The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers
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Richard Benson

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F for Effort! presents a collection of incorrect yet humorous test answers from real students, from an elementary student claiming that "two halves make a whale" to a high schooler who credits Galileo with inventing the solar system.

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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.