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Hyperbole and a Half

Hyperbole And A Half

Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

by Allie Brosh

Paperback, 369 pages, Simon & Schuster, $17.99, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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Hyperbole and a Half began life as Allie Brosh's blog, full of crude sketches and absurdist rants about spelling, dogs, cake and the pressures of adulthood. But there's a serious side as well, in heartfelt, unsparing stories about her struggle with depression.

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Unlikely Loves

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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  • Jennifer S. Holland

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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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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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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The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2014

The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2014

by Sarah Janssen

Paperback, 1007 pages, Simon & Schuster, $13.99, published November 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Sarah Janssen

This annual reference book provides economic, political, scientific and other kinds of statistics on topics ranging from history and sports to geography and pop culture.

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The Old Farmer's Almanac 2014

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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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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Orange Is the New Black

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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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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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
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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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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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  • 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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How Music Works

How Music Works

by David Byrne

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

Dog Shaming

by Pascale Lemire

Paperback, 191 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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Based on the Web phenomenon dog shaming and containing all-new photos that are exclusive to the book, this album showcases snapshots of shamed pups confessing their biggest — and grossest — sins.

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Wreck This Journal

Wreck This Journal

Black

by Keri Smith

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

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

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The World Until Yesterday

The World Until Yesterday

What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?

by Jared Diamond

Paperback, 499 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond has spent nearly 50 years studying cultures in Papua New Guinea. Now, he collects his decades of fieldwork to argue that traditional societies still have much to teach us on a wide spectrum of topics — from ways to eat and stay fit to methods of raising children and organizing communities.

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Holidays on Ice

Holidays on Ice

With Six New Stories

by David Sedaris

Paperback, 166 pages, Little Brown & Co, $10, published October 20 2010 | purchase
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  • David Sedaris

An anthology of humorous holiday tales and essays features excerpts from the author's "Barrel Fever" and "Naked," as well as "The Santaland Diaries" and "Season's Greetings to Our Friends and Family."

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Awkward Family Holiday Photos

Awkward Family Holiday Photos

by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

Paperback, 204 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

A celebration of how families induce embarrassment during the holidays features photographs of kids cringing in homemade Halloween costumes, an overly patriotic uncle who literally wears a flag on the Fourth of July, and a forced re-creation of a Nativity scene that is anything but peaceful.

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Outliers

Outliers

The Story of Success

by Malcolm Gladwell

Paperback, 309 pages, Little Brown & Co, $16.99, published June 7 2011 | purchase
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  • The Story of Success
  • Malcolm Gladwell

The author of Blink identifies the qualities of successful people, posing theories about the cultural, family and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers, in a resource that covers such topics as the secrets of software billionaires, why certain cultures are associated with better academic performance and why The Beatles earned their fame.

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