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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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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 World Almanac And Book Of Facts 2013

by Sarah Janssen

Paperback, 1007 pages, World Almanac Adult, $12.99, published December 4 2012 | purchase

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The World Almanac And Book Of Facts 2013
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Sarah Janssen

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The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2013 presents a reference with comprehensive facts and statistics on current events, people and the countries of the world, along with 2012 U.S. presidential election results, and original articles on recent issues and topics.

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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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How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You

by Oatmeal

Paperback, 130 pages, Andrews McMeel, $14.99, published October 9 2012 | purchase

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How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You
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Oatmeal

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A collection of cat comics, facts and instructional guides from TheOatmeal.com.

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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 Old Farmer's Almanac 2013

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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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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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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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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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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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Rin Tin Tin

The Life And The Legend

by Susan Orlean

Paperback, 324 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published October 9 2012 | purchase

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Rin Tin Tin
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The Life And The Legend
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Susan Orlean

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Susan Orlean chronicles the rise of the iconic German shepherd character, sharing the stories of the real World War I dog and canine performer and exploring Rin Tin Tin's relevance in military and popular culture.

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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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