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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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From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
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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 Monuments Men

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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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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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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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
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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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5

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Gulp

Gulp

Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

by Mary Roach

Paperback, 352 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $15.95, published April 1 2014 | purchase

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Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
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Mary Roach

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The author of Stiff, about corpses, and Spook, about the afterlife, now explores the living human body. Gulp follows the digestive system from the mouth to the ... south, discussing food flavors, rectum uses, flatulence and the functions of saliva, among many other alimentary topics.

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Show Your Work!

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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The Girls of Atomic City

The Girls Of Atomic City

The Untold Story of the Women who Helped Win World War II

by Denise Kiernan

Paperback, 373 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published March 11 2014 | purchase

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The Girls Of Atomic City
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The Untold Story of the Women who Helped Win World War II
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Denise Kiernan

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In Oak Ridge, Tenn., during World War II, thousands of young women were helping the war effort. They knew that sharing even seemingly innocent details about their labors could be cause for dismissal. Their work was as mysterious as it was top-secret — until the bombs were dropped.

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The Power of Habit

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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The Plantagenets

The Plantagenets

The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England

by Dan Jones

Paperback, 534 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published March 25 2014 | purchase

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The Plantagenets
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The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England
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Dan Jones

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This epic history of the Plantagenet royal dynasty traces its first king's inheritance of a violence-stricken realm through the family's growth into a powerful empire that stretched from Scotland to Jerusalem.

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Heaven is for Real

Heaven Is for Real

A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent

Paperback, 163 pages, Thomas Nelson Inc, $16.99, published November 2 2010 | purchase

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Heaven Is for Real
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A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
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Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent

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Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent tell the story of a Nebraska pastor's 4-year-old son, who loses consciousness during surgery, sees a vision of heaven and meets Jesus' special horse.

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My Beloved World

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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The Empathy Exams

The Empathy Exams

Essays

by Leslie Jamison

Paperback, 226 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $15, published April 1 2014 | purchase

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The Empathy Exams
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Essays
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Leslie Jamison

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Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, The Empathy Exams asks essential questions about our basic understanding of others.

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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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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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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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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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Twelve Years a Slave

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
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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.