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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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From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
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Cheryl Strayed

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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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Orange Is the New Black

My Year in a Women's Prison

by Piper Kerman

Paperback, 327 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published August 6 2013 | purchase

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Orange Is the New Black
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My Year in a Women's Prison
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Piper Kerman

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Piper Kerman's memoir explores her time at a women's prison in Connecticut, where she was incarcerated for drug trafficking. While there, she gained a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and met a varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances.

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Unlikely Loves

43 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom

by Jennifer S. Holland

Paperback, 208 pages, Workman Pub Co, $13.95, published October 8 2013 | purchase

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Unlikely Loves
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43 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom
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Jennifer S. Holland

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Overflowing with full-color photos and based on interviews with scientists, zoologists and animal caretakers from around the world, this celebration of love between species explores animal attachments of all types.

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

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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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Brain On Fire

My Month of Madness

by Susannah Cahalan

Paperback, 266 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published August 6 2013 | purchase

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Brain On Fire
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My Month of Madness
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Susannah Cahalan

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Susannah Cahalan was a healthy 24-year-old when she began to experience seizures, hallucinations and increasingly psychotic behavior. Her symptoms frightened family members and baffled a series of doctors until she was finally diagnosed with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, a rare autoimmune disease that can attack the brain. As one doctor put it, "her brain was on fire." Cahalan recounts her experience with the disease in Brain on Fire.

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Far From The Tree

Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

by Andrew Solomon

Paperback, 962 pages, Simon & Schuster, $21.50, published October 1 2013 | purchase

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Far From The Tree
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Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
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Andrew Solomon

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The National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon explores the consequences of extreme personal differences between parents and children, describing his own experiences as a gay child of straight parents, and evaluating the circumstances of people affected by physical, developmental or cultural factors that divide families.

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The Old Farmer's Almanac 2014

by Yankee Publishing Incorporated

Paperback, 304 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $7.95, published September 3 2013 | purchase

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The Old Farmer's Almanac 2014
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Yankee Publishing Incorporated

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An annual release of America's oldest continuously published periodical shares weather predictions for the coming year while incorporating coverage of such engaging topics as how to hook six favorite angler fish, the truth about whole grains, and health practices for each zodiac sign.

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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis

by Timothy Egan

Paperback, 370 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $15.95, published August 6 2013 | purchase

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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher
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The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
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Timothy Egan

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Timothy Egan recounts the pioneering photographer Edward Curtis' life-risking effort to document the disappearing North American Indian nation, offering insight into the danger and resolve behind his venture, his elevation to an impassioned advocate and the posthumous discovery of his achievements.

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How Music Works

by David Byrne

Paperback, 352 pages, Pgw, $20, published September 17 2013 | purchase

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How Music Works
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David Byrne

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David Byrne, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and co-founder of Talking Heads, presents a celebration of music as he knows it. He draws on his own experiences to explore everything from Balinese performance techniques to the acoustics of CBGB, deal structures and Celia Cruz — and, of course, the band that first made him famous.

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The Best American Essays 2013

by Cheryl Strayed

Paperback, 316 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $14.95, published October 8 2013 | purchase

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The Best American Essays 2013
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Cheryl Strayed

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The Best American Essays compiles the best literary essays of the year 2013 originally published in American periodicals, including works by Alice Munro, David Searcy, Angela Morales and Walter Kirn.

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Steve Jobs

A Biography

by Walter Isaacson

Paperback, 631 pages, Simon & Schuster, $20, published September 10 2013 | purchase

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Steve Jobs
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A Biography
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Walter Isaacson

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Walter Isaacson delves into the computer visionary's personal life and professional legacy — from learning the art of good craftsmanship as a kid to becoming a notoriously demanding boss to fighting the cancer that eventually killed him.

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The Gifts of Imperfection

Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

by Brene Brown

Paperback, 137 pages, Perseus Distribution Services, $14.95, published October 4 2010 | purchase

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The Gifts of Imperfection
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Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
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Brene Brown

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An expert on the psychology of shame presents advice on how to overcome paralyzing fears and self-consciousness, and at the same time increase feelings of self-worth, gratitude and acceptance.

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How Children Succeed

Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

by Paul Tough

Paperback, 231 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $15.95, published July 2 2013 | purchase

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How Children Succeed
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Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
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Paul Tough

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How Children Succeed challenges conventional views about standardized testing to argue that success is more determined by self-discipline, character and optimism. Paul Tough describes the work of pioneering researchers and educators whose insights into childhood stress and economic disadvantages have enabled effective new teaching methods.

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Weeks on List: 14

Wreck This Journal

Black

by Keri Smith

Paperback, 224, Perigee Trade, $15, published August 7 2012 | purchase

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Wreck This Journal
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Black
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Keri Smith

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Like the original Wreck This Journal, this expanded edition invites readers to alter and destroy its pages as a way to express creative energy.