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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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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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Weeks on List: 24

Lady Almina And The Real Downton Abbey

The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle

by Fiona, Countess of Carnarvon

Paperback, 310 pages, Random House Inc, $15.99, published December 27 2011 | purchase

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Lady Almina And The Real Downton Abbey
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The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle
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Fiona, Countess of Carnarvon

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Examines the life of Lady Almina, the fifth Countess of Carnarvon, and the events in Highclere Castle during World War I.

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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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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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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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Prague Winter

A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948

by Madeleine Korbel Albright and Bill Woodward

Paperback, 467 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published February 19 2013 | purchase

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Prague Winter
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A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948
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Madeleine Korbel Albright and Bill Woodward

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The former secretary of state paints a portrait of her early life, from 1937 to 1948, during which she witnessed the Nazi invasion of her native Prague, the Holocaust, the defeat of fascism, the rise of communism and the onset of the Cold War.

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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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Wreck This Journal

To Create Is to Destroy

by Keri Smith

Paperback, 184 pages, Perigee Trade, $13.95, published June 5 2007 | purchase

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Wreck This Journal
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To Create Is to Destroy
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Keri Smith

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Keri Smith encourages readers to compile a collection of their best mistake- and mess-making talents into a journal, then destroy, deface or damage it to fully experience the creative process.

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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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The 5 Love Languages

The Secret to Love That Lasts

by Gary D. Chapman

Paperback, 208 pages, Moody Pub, $14.99, published January 1 2010 | purchase

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The 5 Love Languages
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The Secret to Love That Lasts
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Gary D. Chapman

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A marriage counselor outlines five expressions of love — quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service and physical touch — and explains how to identify and communicate effectively in a spouse's "love language."

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The Righteous Mind

Why Good People Are Divided By Politics and Religion

by Jonathan Haidt

Paperback, 500 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published February 12 2013 | purchase

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The Righteous Mind
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Why Good People Are Divided By Politics and Religion
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Jonathan Haidt

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Jonathan Haidt investigates the morality at the core of religion and politics, offering scholarly insight into the motivations behind the cultural clashes that are polarizing America.

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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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The Happiness Project

Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

by Gretchen Rubin

Paperback, 315 pages, Harpercollins, $14.99, published March 1 2011 | purchase

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The Happiness Project
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Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
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Gretchen Rubin

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The Happiness Project chronicles the author's year spent testing the edicts of conventional wisdom to assess their potential for improving life, describing various activities ranging from getting more sleep and singing to her children to starting a blog and imitating a spiritual master.

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