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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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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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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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Weeks on List: 18

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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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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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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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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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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Wave

by Sonali Deraniyagala

Paperback, 227 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published December 31 2013 | purchase

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Wave
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Sonali Deraniyagala

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Sonali Deraniyagala lost her husband, parents and two young sons in the terrifying Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. They had been vacationing on the southern coast of her home country, Sri Lanka, when the wave struck. Wave is her brutal but lyrically written account of the awful moment and the grief-crazed months after, as she learned to live with her almost unbearable losses — and allow herself to remember details of her previous life.

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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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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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Going Clear

Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

by Lawrence Wright

Paperback, 538 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published November 5 2013 | purchase

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Going Clear
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Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
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Lawrence Wright

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Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lawrence Wright draws from more than 200 interviews with current and former Scientologists to present a look inside the world of Scientology and the life of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, who died in 1986. He examines the group's special cosmology, uncovers its outsized efforts to attract members from Hollywood and considers a difficult question: What makes a belief system a religion?

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Thinking, Fast And Slow

by Daniel Kahneman

Paperback, 499 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $16, published April 2 2013 | purchase

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Thinking, Fast And Slow
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Daniel Kahneman

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A psychologist draws on years of research to introduce his "machinery of the mind" model on human decision-making, revealing the faults and capabilities of intuitive versus logical thinking.

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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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Outliers
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The Story of Success
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Malcolm Gladwell

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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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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.