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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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The Boys In The Boat
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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

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

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. The story illuminates the way their efforts to build better lives are challenged by religion, caste and economic tensions.

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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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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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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

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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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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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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Lawrence in Arabia

War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East

by Scott Anderson

Paperback, 577 pages, Random House Inc, $17.95, published June 3 2014 | purchase

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Lawrence in Arabia
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War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
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Scott Anderson

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A narrative chronicle of World War I's Arab Revolt explores the pivotal roles of a small group of adventurers and low-level officers who orchestrated a secret effort to control the Middle East. These individuals, including T.E. Lawrence, instigated jihad against British forces, built an elaborate intelligence ring and forged ties to gain valuable oil concessions.

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I Wear the Black Hat

Grappling With Villains (Real and Imagined)

by Chuck Klosterman

Paperback, 242 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published July 1 2014 | purchase

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I Wear the Black Hat
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Grappling With Villains (Real and Imagined)
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Chuck Klosterman

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The cultural critic questions how modern people understand the concept of villainy and offers insight into the appeal of antiheroes. He describes how his youthful idealism gave way to an adult sympathy with notorious cultural figures.

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Thinking in Numbers

On Life, Love, Meaning, and Math

by Daniel Tammet

Paperback, 271 pages, Little Brown & Co, $16, published July 15 2014 | purchase

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Thinking in Numbers
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On Life, Love, Meaning, and Math
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Daniel Tammet

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From snowflakes to Anne Boleyn's extra finger, David Tammet illustrates the way numbers and equations form the basis of our lives.

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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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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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A House in the Sky

A Memoir

by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett

Paperback, 373 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published June 17 2014 | purchase

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A House in the Sky
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A Memoir
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Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett

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American Amanda Lindhout recounts visiting Somalia in 2008, and being abducted and held hostage for 460 days.