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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Unlikely Loves

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 World Almanac and Book of Facts 2014

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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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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Wave

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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The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

by Jordan Belfort

Paperback, 519 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published November 26 2013 | purchase

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The Wolf of Wall Street
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Jordan Belfort

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From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids waiting at home and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king, here, in Jordan Belfort's own words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called the Wolf of Wall Street. In the 1990s, Belfort became one of the most infamous kingpins in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island.

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The Gifts of Imperfection

The Gifts of Imperfection

Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

by Brene Brown

Paperback, 137 pages, Perseus Distribution Services, $14.95, published October 4 2010 | purchase

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The Gifts of Imperfection
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Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
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Brene Brown

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An expert on the psychology of shame presents advice on how to overcome paralyzing fears and self-consciousness, and at the same time increase feelings of self-worth, gratitude and acceptance.

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Philomena

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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The Secret Rooms

The Secret Rooms

A True Story of a Haunted Castle, a Plotting Duchess, and a Family Secret

by Catherine Bailey

Paperback, 465 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published December 31 2013 | purchase

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The Secret Rooms
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A True Story of a Haunted Castle, a Plotting Duchess, and a Family Secret
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Catherine Bailey

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After the Ninth Duke of Rutland died alone in a cramped room in Belvoir Castle in 1940, his son and heir ordered the room, which contained the Rutland family archives, sealed. Sixty years later, Catherine Bailey became the first historian given access. What she discovered was a mystery: the Duke had painstakingly erased three periods of his life from all family records — but why?