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Team of Rivals

The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Paperback, 916 pages, Simon & Schuster, $21, published October 16 2006 | purchase

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Team Of Rivals
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The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
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Doris Kearns Goodwin

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An analysis of Abraham Lincoln's political talents identifies the strengths and abilities that enabled his election and describes how he used those same abilities to rally former opponents to win the Civil War.

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Proof Of Heaven

A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into the Afterlife

by Eben Alexander, M.D.

Paperback, 196 pages, Simon & Schuster, $15.99, published October 23 2012 | purchase

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Proof Of Heaven
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A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into the Afterlife
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Eben Alexander, M.D.

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A Harvard-trained neurosurgeon shares a minute-by-minute account of his religiously transformative near-death experience and revealing weeklong coma. He describes his scientific study of near-death phenomena while explaining what he learned about the nature of human consciousness.

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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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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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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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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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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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Dancers Among Us

A Celebration Of Joy In The Everyday

by Jordan Matter

Paperback, 229 pages, Workman Publishing Company, $17.95, published October 23 2012 | purchase

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Dancers Among Us
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A Celebration Of Joy In The Everyday
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Jordan Matter

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Dancers Among Us presents photographs of dancers leaping and spinning in the midst of daily life: on the beach; at a construction site; in a library, a restaurant and a park.

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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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Lucky Peach Issue 5

Chinatown: Fall 2012

by Chris Ying, David Chang and Peter Meehan

Paperback, 176 pages, McSweeney's Insatiables, $12, published November 13 2012 | purchase

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Lucky Peach Issue 5
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Chinatown: Fall 2012
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Chris Ying, David Chang, et al

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A new issue of a popular journal founded by a James Beard Award-winning restaurateur focuses on the cuisine of Chinatown via travelogues, essays, art, photography, rants and recipes.

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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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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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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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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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