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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.

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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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Twelve Years a Slave

by Solomon Northup, Ira Berlin, Henry Louis Gates and Steve McQueen

Paperback, 240 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published September 4 2013 | purchase

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Twelve Years a Slave describes the life of Solomon Northup, a free black man from Saratoga, N.Y., who was kidnapped in 1841 and forced into slavery in Louisiana for 12 years.

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Philomena

A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

by Martin Sixsmith and Judi Dench

Paperback, 420 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published November 6 2013 | purchase

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Philomena
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A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search
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Martin Sixsmith and Judi Dench

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Fifty years after giving her son up for adoption, Irishwoman Philomena Lee decides to find him, while, on the other side of the Atlantic, her son, a lawyer in the first Bush administration, struggles to find his mother.

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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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The Power of Habit

Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

by Charles Duhigg

Paperback, 383 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published January 7 2014 | purchase

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The Power of Habit
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Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
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Charles Duhigg

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New York Times business writer Charles Duhigg explores the science behind why we do what we do, and how companies use our habit-forming tendencies to sell and market products to us.

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My Beloved World

A Memoir

by Sonia Sotomayor

Paperback, 398 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published January 7 2014 | purchase

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My Beloved World
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A Memoir
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Sonia Sotomayor

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The first Hispanic-American on the U.S. Supreme Court shares the story of her life before becoming a judge, describing such experiences as her youth in a Bronx housing project, her relationship with a passionately spiritual grandparent, the ambition that fueled her Ivy League education and the individuals who helped shape her career.

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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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Detroit

An American Autopsy

by Charlie LeDuff

Paperback, 287 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published January 28 2014 | purchase

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Detroit
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An American Autopsy
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Charlie LeDuff

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When he returned to his old hometown, Detroit, Charlie LeDuff was horrified to see how far the city had fallen. He used his reporting experience to try to uncover what had happened to what was once America's richest city.

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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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The Unwinding

An Inner History of the New America

by George Packer

Paperback, 434 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $16, published March 4 2014 | purchase

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The Unwinding
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An Inner History of the New America
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George Packer

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According to New Yorker writer George Packer, there used to be a kind of understanding among Americans — one in which everyone had a job and a purpose. But that deal has come undone. In The Unwinding, Packer explores what happened. The book is a collection of vignettes and profiles of ordinary and famous American lives, from the son of Southern tobacco farmers to a Silicon Valley billionaire.

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Show Your Work!

10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered

by Austin Kleon

Paperback, 215 pages, Workman Pub Co, $11.95, published March 11 2014 | purchase

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Show Your Work!
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10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered
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Austin Kleon

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Austin Kleon presents practical advice for increasing productivity on creative projects and improving chances for success.

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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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Lone Survivor

The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson

Paperback, 392 pages, Little Brown & Co, $17, published November 19 2013 | purchase

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Lone Survivor
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The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
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Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson

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The leader, and only survivor, of a team of U.S. Navy SEALs sent to northern Afghanistan to capture a well-known al Qaeda leader chronicles the events of the battle that killed his teammates and offers insight into the training of this elite group of warriors.

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