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A Fighting Chance

A Fighting Chance

by Elizabeth Warren

Hardcover, 365 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published April 22 2014 | purchase
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  • Elizabeth Warren

The Massachusetts senator chronicles her childhood pursuit of an education and her two-decade career in Washington.

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Gandhi Before India

Gandhi Before India

by Ramachandra Guha

Hardcover, 672 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published April 15 2014 | purchase
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  • Ramachandra Guha

The first volume of a series detailing the life and work of the influential political advocate draws on private papers and other untapped sources to cover his birth in 1869 through his upbringing in Gujarat, discussing his London education and decades asa lawyer in South Africa.

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Year of No Sugar

Year of No Sugar

A Memoir

by Eve O. Schaub and David Gillespie

Paperback, 303 pages, Sourcebooks Inc, $14.99, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Eve O. Schaub and David Gillespie

Chronicles the author and her family's twelve-month no-sugar experiment and the positive results it yielded, shedding new light on oft-followed nutritional advice while offering tips on shopping for items with less and no added sugar.

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In My Skin

In My Skin

My Life on and Off the Basketball Court

by Brittney Griner and Sue Hovey

Hardcover, 216 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • My Life on and Off the Basketball Court
  • Brittney Griner and Sue Hovey

The No. 1 pick in the 2013 WNBA draft and Phoenix Mercury star recalls the painful episodes in her life and describes how she came to celebrate what makes her unique.

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Living With a Wild God

Living With a Wild God

A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth About Everything

by Barbara Ehrenreich

Hardcover, 237 pages, Grand Central Pub, $26, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth About Everything
  • Barbara Ehrenreich

Part memoir, part spiritual inquiry, an atheist and rationalist, after coming across the journal she kept during her adolescence, sets out to answer her younger self's uninhibited musings on questions of spirituality, science and morality.

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Updike

Updike

by Adam Begley

Hardcover, 558 pages, HarperCollins, $29.99, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • Adam Begley

Delving into his best-loved works, this glimpse into the life of the award-winning author, based on in-depth research and interviews, reveals a private person compelled to spill his secrets on the printed page.

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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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  • Essays
  • Leslie Jamison

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.NPR Bestseller

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The Impossible Exile

The Impossible Exile

Stefan Zweig at the End of the World

by George Prochnik

Hardcover, 340 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published May 6 2014 | purchase
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  • Stefan Zweig at the End of the World
  • George Prochnik

George Prochnik documents the tragic story of intellectual, humanitarian and best-selling author Stefan Zweig, tracing his rapid downfall after the rise of the Nazis and the years of exile that culminated in his 1942 suicide.

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A View from a Broad

A View from a Broad

by Bette Midler

Hardcover, 140 pages, Simon & Schuster, $29.99, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • Bette Midler

In this re-release of her 1980 memoir, Grammy Award-winning performer Bette Midler reflects on her early career, her fear of flying and the wisdom she learned along the way.

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The Last Pirate

The Last Pirate

A Father, His Son, and the Golden Age of Marijuana

by Tony Dokoupil

Hardcover, 252 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • A Father, His Son, and the Golden Age of Marijuana
  • Tony Dokoupil

Tony Dokoupil traces the story of the his father's rise and fall as a marijuana smuggler against a backdrop of Reagan politics and the heated debates about the drug that continue today.

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A Man Called Destruction

A Man Called Destruction

The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, from Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man

by Holly George-Warren

Hardcover, 370 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published March 20 2014 | purchase
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  • The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, from Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man
  • Holly George-Warren

Drawing on interviews with more than 100 close associates, a revelatory account of the late music artist's career traces his fame as a teen rock star in the 1960s and descent to humble jobs before his comeback as a solo artist, producer and innovator in the indie-rock genre.

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My Usual Table

My Usual Table

A Life in Restaurants

by Colman Andrews

Hardcover, 322 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published March 18 2014 | purchase
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  • A Life in Restaurants
  • Colman Andrews

Combining his story of growing up during Hollywood's golden age with tales of pursuing great food around the world, the author reveals how he has watched the changing history and culture of food in America and Western Europe.

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Sous Chef

Sous Chef

24 Hours on the Line

by Michael Gibney

Hardcover, 214 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • 24 Hours on the Line
  • Michael Gibney

An executive sous chef who has worked alongside cooks from some of the nation's leading restaurants documents an intense twenty-four-hour period that illuminates the allures and adversities of a professional culinary life.

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The Hard Way On Purpose

The Hard Way On Purpose

Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt

by David Giffels

Paperback, 256 pages, Simon & Schuster, $15, published March 18 2014 | purchase
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  • Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt
  • David Giffels

Introducing readers to Midwestern life and culture, an award-winning author and journalist explores the meaning of identity and place, hamburgers, hard work and basketball in a region where pride was born of economic failure and hardship. Original.

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How About Never - Is Never Good for You?

How About Never - Is Never Good for You?

My Life in Cartoons

by Bob Mankoff

Hardcover, 285 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $32.50, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • My Life in Cartoons
  • Bob Mankoff

A memoir in cartoons by a longtime editor of The New Yorker collects his most popular illustrations in a tribute to the form, tracing his youth and career while assessing the psychology of cartooning.NPR Bestseller

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Busted

Busted

A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love

by Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker

Hardcover, 242 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published March 11 2014 | purchase
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  • A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love
  • Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker

This gripping true story will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they follow two journalists—both middle-class working mothers—as they form an unlikely bond with a convicted street dealer to expose the dirty cops who are just as corrupt as the criminals they target. 30,000 first printing.

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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
  • Cheryl Strayed

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.NPR Bestseller

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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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  • A Memoir
  • Sonia Sotomayor

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.NPR Bestseller

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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 Untold Story of the Women who Helped Win World War II
  • Denise Kiernan

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.NPR Bestseller

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Detroit

Detroit

An American Autopsy

by Charlie LeDuff

Paperback, 287 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published January 28 2014 | purchase
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  • An American Autopsy
  • Charlie LeDuff

When he returned to his old hometown, Detroit, Charlie LeDuff was horrified to see how far the city had fallen. He used his reporting experience to try to uncover what had happened to what was once America's richest city.NPR Bestseller

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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 March 8 2011 | purchase
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  • My Year in a Women's Prison
  • Piper Kerman

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.NPR Bestseller

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Pistol

Pistol

The Life of Pete Maravich

by Mark Kriegel

Paperback, 393 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published February 5 2008 | purchase
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  • The Life of Pete Maravich
  • Mark Kriegel

An account of the personal life and professional achievements of the troubled 1970s basketball star, from his relationship with his obsessive father and unbroken college scoring record to the personal demons that challenged his life and his evangelical Christian faith.

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Dancing Fish and Ammonites

Dancing Fish And Ammonites

A Memoir

by Penelope Lively

Hardcover, 234 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published February 6 2014 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Penelope Lively

The award-winning author of Moon Tiger reflects on the influences that have shaped her literary life, from her early childhood in Cairo and boarding-school education in England to her love for archaeology and the sweeping changes in 20th-century Great Britain.NPR Bestseller

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Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor

The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson

Paperback, 446 pages, Grand Central Pub, $9, published November 19 2013 | purchase
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  • The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
  • Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson

The leader, and only survivor, of a team of U.S. Navy SEALs sent to northern Afghanistan to capture a well-known al Qaeda leader chronicles the events of the battle that killed his teammates and offers insight into the training of this elite group of warriors.NPR Bestseller

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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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  • Sonali Deraniyagala

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.NPR Bestseller

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My Life in the Middle Ages

My Life in the Middle Ages

A Survivor's Tale

by James Atlas

Paperback, 220 pages, HarperCollins, $13.95, published April 1 2006 | purchase
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  • A Survivor's Tale
  • James Atlas

A humorous memoir of the foibles of midlife features essays on such topics as the period's joys and challenges, the lessons learned by the author in literature and from the people he encountered, and the outcomes of his life choices.

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His Ownself

His Ownself

A Semi-Memoir

by Dan Jenkins

Hardcover, 266 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • A Semi-Memoir
  • Dan Jenkins

The award-winning sportswriter and author of Baja Oklahoma traces the story of his life and career from his Depression-era childhood in Texas and early journalism days to his decades with Sports Illustrated and induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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The Splendid Things We Planned

The Splendid Things We Planned

A Family Portrait

by Blake Bailey

Hardcover, 254 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $25.95, published March 3 2014 | purchase
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  • A Family Portrait
  • Blake Bailey

This darkly humorous account of growing up in a prosperous, eccentric family with an older brother whose erratic and increasingly dangerous behavior threatens them all was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

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