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Weeks on List: 8

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

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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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Weeks on List: 12

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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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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Wild
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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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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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The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2014
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Sarah Janssen

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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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Weeks on List: 16

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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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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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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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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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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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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Holidays on Ice
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With Six New Stories
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David Sedaris

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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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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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Dog Shaming

by Pascale Lemire

Paperback, 191 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published September 24 2013 | purchase

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Dog Shaming
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Pascale Lemire

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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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Long Walk to Freedom

The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

by Nelson Mandela

Paperback, 638 pages, Little Brown & Co, $18, published October 8 2013 | purchase

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Long Walk to Freedom
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The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
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Nelson Mandela

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The leader of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement chronicles his life, including his tribal years, his time spent in prison and his return to lead his people.

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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.

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The Monuments Men

Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter

Paperback, 473 pages, Little Brown & Co, $17, published October 22 2013 | purchase

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The Monuments Men
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Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
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Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter

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Robert Edsel and Bret Witter trace the lesser-known effort by an Allied division to find and secure European art that had been looted by the Nazis. They outline the dramatic story of how the men risked their lives and raced against time with limited supplies and scraps of information, sometimes obtained from colorful sources.