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The Story of the Jews

The Story of the Jews

Finding the Words 1000 BC -1492 AD

by Simon Schama

Hardcover, 288 pages, HarperCollins, $39.99, published March 18 2014 | purchase
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  • Finding the Words 1000 BC -1492 AD
  • Simon Schama

This illustrated companion to the PBS and BBC series The Story of the Jews traces the Jewish experience, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the New World in 1492.NPR Bestseller

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How Jesus Became God

How Jesus Became God

The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee

by Bart D. Ehrman

Hardcover, 404 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee
  • Bart D. Ehrman

Explores the historical Jesus and traces how he was transformed from a Jewish prophet to God himself. NPR Bestseller

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Reforming Hollywood

Reforming Hollywood

How American Protestants Fought for Freedom at the Movies

by William D. Romanowski

Hardcover, 298 pages, Oxford Univ Pr, $29.95, published June 26 2012 | purchase
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  • How American Protestants Fought for Freedom at the Movies
  • William D. Romanowski
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Rebel Music

Rebel Music

Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture

by Hisham D. Aidi

Hardcover, 398 pages, Random House Inc, $29.95, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture
  • Hisham D. Aidi

Illuminating the unexpected connections between urban marginality, music, and political mobilization, investigates the Muslim youth movements that have emerged as means of protest against the policies of the war on terror.

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Cut Me Loose

Cut Me Loose

Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood

by Leah Vincent

Hardcover, 228 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published January 21 2014 | purchase
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  • Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood
  • Leah Vincent

This book recounts the author's experiences after her fundamentalist Jewish family cut her off at the age of 16 for exchanging letters with a male friend and traces her downward spiral into promiscuity and self-destruction in New York City.

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The Age of Atheists

The Age of Atheists

How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God

by Peter Watson

Hardcover, 626 pages, Simon & Schuster, $35, published February 18 2014 | purchase
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  • How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God
  • Peter Watson

The distinguished historian and author of The Medici Conspiracy examines atheism as a modern intellectual achievement that has motivated individuals to pursue invention and self-reliance, citing the accomplishments of secular philosophers, scientists and artists who have worked in the absence of religious belief.

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The First Muslim

The First Muslim

The Story of Muhammad

by Lesley Hazleton

Paperback, 363 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published February 4 2014 | purchase
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  • The Story of Muhammad
  • Lesley Hazleton

Lesley Hazleton tells the story of how Mohammad went from orphan to merchant to founder of one of the Earth's largest faiths.

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Salaam, Love

Salaam, Love

American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy

by Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi

Paperback, 238 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published February 4 2014 | purchase
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  • American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy
  • Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi

Twenty-two writers, who are American Muslim men, speak openly about their romantic lives, offering a rare glimpse into their hearts, culture and religion, and sharing candid, humorous and revealing stories about loyalty, betrayal, intimacy and insecurity.

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The Dude and the Zen Master

The Dude And The Zen Master

by Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman

Paperback, 272 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published January 28 2014 | purchase
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  • Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman

A lighthearted and inspiring dialogue between the Oscar-winning actor and his longtime spiritual guru explores the challenges of Jeff Bridges' Hollywood career, and the ways in which Zen teachings have informed his efforts to do good in the modern world.NPR Bestseller

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The Pope and Mussolini

The Pope and Mussolini

The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe

by David I. Kertzer

Hardcover, 549 pages, Random House Inc, $32, published January 28 2014 | purchase
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  • The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe
  • David I. Kertzer

Analyzes the relationship between Pius XI and the notorious Italian dictator, tracing how after coming into power in the same year they forged covert ties to one another to consolidate power and pursue political goals.

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Burning the Midnight Oil

Burning the Midnight Oil

Illuminating Words for the Long Night's Journey into Day

by Phil Cousineau

Paperback, 322 pages, Pgw, $16.95, published December 17 2013 | purchase
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  • Illuminating Words for the Long Night's Journey into Day
  • Phil Cousineau

Phil Cousineau gathers an eclectic collection of poems and prose from great thinkers throughout the ages. These are pieces intended to relieve the insomniac's unease. From St. John of the Cross to Annie Dillard, Beethoven to The Song of Songs, this anthology ranges from saints, poets and shamans to astronomers and naturalists, and it tells of ancient tales and shining passages — all gathered beneath the dark umbrella of the night.

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Roman Pilgrimage

Roman Pilgrimage

The Station Churches

by George Weigel, Elizabeth Lev and Stephen Weigel

Hardcover, 409 pages, Perseus Books Group, $39.99, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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Roman Pilgrimage presents a stations pilgrimage tour of the Eternal City during the Lenten season, discussing the faith-based practices of today's pilgrims while offering commentaries on relevant liturgies, art and architecture.

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The Essential Rumi

The Essential Rumi

by Coleman Barks and Maulana Jalal Al-Din Rumi

Paperback, 302 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published February 1 1997 | purchase
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  • Coleman Barks and Maulana Jalal Al-Din Rumi

The Sufi master's work is translated here in a comprehensive volume designed to bring all the magic, mysticism and wisdom of the great Persian poet to an English-speaking audience.

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Hanukkah in America

Hanukkah in America

A History

by Dianne Ashton

Hardcover, 343 pages, New York Univ Pr, $29.95, published October 14 2013 | purchase
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  • A History
  • Dianne Ashton

Provides a comprehensive history of the Jewish holiday, from its roots in ancient history through its rise to prominence in the United States.

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Going Clear

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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  • Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
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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?NPR Bestseller

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Thomas Jefferson's Quran

Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an

Islam and the Founders

by Denise A. Spellberg

Hardcover, 392 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an
  • Islam and the Founders
  • Denise A. Spellberg

Denise Spellberg reveals the influence of Islam in the birth of American religious freedom, describing how Jefferson studied the Qur'an because he believed that Islam's Enlightenment ideals could inform the fledgling country's practical governance.

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Zealot

Zealot

The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

by Reza Aslan

Hardcover, p. cm., Random House Inc, $27, published July 16 2013 | purchase
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  • The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
  • Reza Aslan

A biography of Jesus draws on biblical and historical sources to place his achievements and influence against the turbulent backdrop of his time.NPR Bestseller

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The Faithful Scribe

The Faithful Scribe

A Story of Islam, Pakistan, Family, and War

by Shahan Mufti

Hardcover, 358 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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  • A Story of Islam, Pakistan, Family, and War
  • Shahan Mufti

A journalist explores years of family history to reveal the hybrid cultural and political landscape of Pakistan as a reflection of history's first Islamic democracy.

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An Appetite for Wonder

An Appetite For Wonder

The Making of a Scientist

by Richard Dawkins

Hardcover, 308 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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  • The Making of a Scientist
  • Richard Dawkins

The famous atheist and evolutionary biologist, whose work has touched on genes, evolution and religion, offers insight into his own evolution as a man and as a thinker, from his beginnings in Kenya to his intellectual awakening at Oxford.

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