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Wild

Wild

From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

by Cheryl Strayed

Paperback, 315 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published March 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Cheryl Strayed

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington state — and she would do it alone.

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Proof of Heaven

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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  • A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into the Afterlife
  • Eben Alexander, M.D.

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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Quiet

Quiet

The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

by Susan Cain

Paperback, 352 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
  • Susan Cain

Susan Cain demonstrates how introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued in modern culture, charting the rise of extrovert ideology while sharing anecdotal examples of how to use introvert talents to adapt to various situations.

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow

by Daniel Kahneman

Paperback, 499 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $16, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Daniel Kahneman

A psychologist draws on years of research to introduce his "machinery of the mind" model on human decision-making, revealing the faults and capabilities of intuitive versus logical thinking.

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Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Let's Pretend This Never Happened

A Mostly True Memoir

by Jenny Lawson

Paperback, 370 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Jenny Lawson

In an illustrated memoir, Jenny Lawson shares humorous stories from her life, including her awkward upbringing in Texas and her relationship with her husband.

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America the Beautiful

America The Beautiful

Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great

by Ben Carson, M.D. and Candy Carson

Paperback, 205 pages, Zondervan, $14.99, published January 22 2013 | purchase
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  • Ben Carson, M.D. and Candy Carson

Neurosurgeon and humanitarian Ben Carson delivers a sobering manifesto on America's greatness and failings, and the values and changes it will take to carry the country into a prosperous future.

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Escape from Camp 14

Escape From Camp 14

One Man's Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea to Freedom in the West

by Blaine Harden

Paperback, 210 pages, Penguin Group USA, $15, published March 26 2013 | purchase
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Until his early 20s, the only life Shin Dong-hyuk had ever known was one of constant beatings, near starvation and snitching on others to survive. Born into one of the worst of North Korea's system of prison camps, Shin was doomed to a life of hard labor and an early death. But when he was 23, he managed to elude the guards and escape. Reporter Blaine Harden tells the tale of Shin's imprisonment and astounding getaway.

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Why Does the World Exist?

Why Does The World Exist?

An Existential Detective Story

by Jim Holt

Paperback, 320 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $16.95, published April 8 2013 | purchase
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  • An Existential Detective Story
  • Jim Holt

The search for the origins of the universe extends beyond God and the Big Bang theory; a philosopher explores the bizarre possibilities inspired by physicists, theologians, mathematicians and even novelists.

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Drift

Drift

The Unmooring of American Military Power

by Rachel Maddow

Paperback, 275 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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In past wars, the U.S. practically dismantled its military after the troops came home. But today, says MSNBC News anchor and writer Rachel Maddow, the nation finds itself in a state of almost permanent war. Her book argues that the U.S. military has grown bloated partially because the nation is insulated from the wars its soldiers fight.

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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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  • Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
  • Erik Larson

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

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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  • Mindy Kaling

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 Swerve

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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  • Stephen Greenblatt

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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When Women Were Birds

When Women Were Birds

Fifty-Four Variations on Voice

by Terry Tempest Williams

Paperback, 228 pages, St Martins Press, $15, published February 26 2013 | purchase
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After her mother's death, Terry Tempest Williams was shocked to find that, of all the journals her mother had left her, three shelves' worth were blank. Williams meditates on the meaning of that strange legacy in When Women Were Birds.

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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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