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The Boys in the Boat

The Boys In The Boat

Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

by Daniel James Brown

Paperback, 404 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published May 27 2014 | purchase

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Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
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Daniel James Brown

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Daniel James Brown traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder and a homeless teen rower.

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Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

by David Sedaris

Paperback, 275 pages, Little Brown & Co, $17, published June 3 2014 | purchase

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Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
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David Sedaris

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A collection of essays by the humorist traces his offbeat travel experiences, which involve surreal encounters with everything from French dentistry and Australian kookaburras to Beijing squat toilets and a wilderness Costco in North Carolina.

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Behind The Beautiful Forevers

Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

by Katherine Boo

Paperback, 256 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published April 8 2014 | purchase

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Behind The Beautiful Forevers
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Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
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Katherine Boo

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A profile of everyday life in the settlement of Annawadi as experienced by a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother and a young scrap-metal thief, illuminating the way their efforts to build better lives are challenged by religion, caste and economic tensions.

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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, 209 pages, Harpercollins Christian Pub, $16.99, published March 4 2014 | 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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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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Brain on Fire

Brain On Fire

My Month of Madness

by Susannah Cahalan

Paperback, 266 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published August 6 2013 | purchase

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Brain On Fire
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My Month of Madness
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Susannah Cahalan

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Susannah Cahalan was a healthy 24-year-old when she began to experience seizures, hallucinations and increasingly psychotic behavior. Her symptoms frightened family members and baffled a series of doctors until she was finally diagnosed with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, a rare autoimmune disease that can attack the brain. As one doctor put it, "her brain was on fire." Cahalan recounts her experience with the disease in Brain on Fire.

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Dad Is Fat

Dad Is Fat

by Jim Gaffigan

Paperback, 274 pages, Random House Inc, $15.99, published April 22 2014 | purchase

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Dad Is Fat
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Jim Gaffigan

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The comedian shares his misadventures as an unlikely father of five, including his formative years in a large Irish-Catholic family and his struggles to lull tyrannical tots to sleep.

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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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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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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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One Summer

One Summer

America, 1927

by Bill Bryson

Paperback, 509 pages, Random House Inc, $16.95, published June 3 2014 | purchase

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One Summer
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America, 1927
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Bill Bryson

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Bill Bryson recounts the summer of 1927, when mainstream pursuits and historical events were marked by contributions by such figures as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth and Al Capone.

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Cooked

Cooked

A Natural History of Transformation

by Michael Pollan

Paperback, 468 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published April 29 2014 | purchase

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Cooked
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A Natural History of Transformation
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Michael Pollan

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Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. There, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements — fire, water, air and earth — to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink.

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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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The Guns at Last Light

The Guns At Last Light

The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945

by Rick Atkinson

Paperback, 877 pages, St Martins Pr, $20, published May 13 2014 | purchase

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The Guns At Last Light
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The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945
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Rick Atkinson

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The final volume of the World War II trilogy brings to life the Allies' brutal struggles in Normandy and at the Battle of the Bulge. It also illustrates the freeing of Paris as experienced by participants from every level of the military.

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Straight Flush

Straight Flush

The True Story of Six College Friends Who Dealt Their Way to a Billion-Dollar Online Poker Empire - and How It All Came Crashing Down...

by Ben Mezrich

Paperback, 288 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published May 20 2014 | purchase

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Straight Flush
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The True Story of Six College Friends Who Dealt Their Way to a Billion-Dollar Online Poker Empire - and How It All Came Crashing Down...
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Ben Mezrich

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Ben Mezrich follows a group of hard-partying fraternity brothers who turned a weekly poker game into one of the largest online poker companies in the world — and then became fugitives on the run after the U.S. Department of Justice went after them.

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No Easy Day

No Easy Day

The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden: The Autobiography of a Navy SEAL

by Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer

Paperback, 316 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published May 6 2014 | purchase

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No Easy Day
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The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden: The Autobiography of a Navy SEAL
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Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer

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No Easy Day provides a firsthand account of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, while detailing the selection and training process for one of the most elite units in the military, the Navy SEALs.