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Missing Microbes

Missing Microbes

How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues

by Martin Blaser

Hardcover, 273 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues
  • Martin Blaser

Martin Blaser takes us to the front lines of cutting-edge research into the adverse effects of antibiotics on our bodies and the possible extinction of our irreplaceable microbes due to our most revered medical advances.

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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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  • The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
  • Susan Cain

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.NPR Bestseller

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Gulp

Gulp

Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

by Mary Roach

Paperback, 352 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $15.95, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
  • Mary Roach

The author of Stiff, about corpses, and Spook, about the afterlife, now explores the living human body. Gulp follows the digestive system from the mouth to the ... south, discussing food flavors, rectum uses, flatulence and the functions of saliva, among many other alimentary topics.NPR Bestseller

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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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  • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  • Charles Duhigg

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.NPR Bestseller

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The Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard

by Peter Matthiessen

Paperback, 336 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published September 30 2008 | purchase
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  • Peter Matthiessen
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First Light

First Light

The Search for the Edge of the Universe

by Richard Preston

Paperback, 300 pages, Random House Inc, $19, published October 1 1996 | purchase
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  • The Search for the Edge of the Universe
  • Richard Preston

An entertaining and compelling account of contemporary astronomy focusses on the Hale Telescope in southern California, where a diverse, international group of scientists explores the edges of the universe. Reprint.

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The Sober Truth

The Sober Truth

Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry

by Lance, M.D. Dodes and Zachary Dodes

Hardcover, 179 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry
  • Lance, M.D. Dodes and Zachary Dodes

Based on in-depth analyses, the latest research and convincing case studies, a doctor with more than 35 years of experience treating people with addictions builds a powerful and compelling case against Alcoholics Anonymous, 12-step programs and the growing for-profit rehab industry.

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The Anatomy of Violence

The Anatomy of Violence

The Biological Roots of Crime

by Adrian Raine

Paperback, 478 pages, Random House Inc, $17.95, published February 11 2014 | purchase
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  • The Biological Roots of Crime
  • Adrian Raine

Criminologist Adrian Raine argues that while there is a social and environmental element to violent behavior, biology also plays a role.

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Ha!

Ha!

The Science of When We Laugh and Why

by Scott Weems

Hardcover, 230 pages, Perseus Books Group, $26.99, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • The Science of When We Laugh and Why
  • Scott Weems

A cognitive neuroscientist investigates the science of humor and laughing, exploring why surprise is an important element in what people find funny, why computers are bad at detecting humor, and how laughing affects the immune system.

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Reinventing American Health Care

Reinventing American Health Care

How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve Our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System

by Ezekiel J. Emanuel

Hardcover, 380 pages, Perseus Books Group, $26.99, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve Our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System
  • Ezekiel J. Emanuel

A health policy expert explains the American health care system and five problems that work against any attempts to reform it and discusses how the Affordable Care Act was passed and how it will positively affect future health care.

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The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction

An Unnatural History

by Elizabeth Kolbert

Hardcover, 319 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published February 11 2014 | purchase
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  • An Unnatural History
  • Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of geologists, botanists, marine biologists and other researchers to discuss five devastating mass extinctions and to predict the coming of a sixth.NPR Bestseller

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The Future of the Mind

The Future of the Mind

The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind

by Michio Kaku

Hardcover, 377 pages, Random House Inc, $28.95, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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  • The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
  • Michio Kaku

A survey of current groundbreaking research into the human mind reveals how top international laboratories have innovated unique technologies for recording mental capabilities and enabling controversial opportunities in the field of cognition enhancement.NPR Bestseller

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David and Goliath

David and Goliath

Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

by Malcolm Gladwell

Hardcover, 305 pages, Little Brown & Co, $29, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
  • Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak, the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed.NPR Bestseller

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The Middle Passage

The Middle Passage

From Misery to Meaning in Midlife

by James Hollis

Paperback, 127 pages, Inner City Books, $25, published January 1 1993 | purchase
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  • From Misery to Meaning in Midlife
  • James Hollis
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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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A Breast Cancer Alphabet

A Breast Cancer Alphabet

by Madhulika Sikka

Hardcover, 209 pages, Random House, $19, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Madhulika Sikka

This guide to life during and after breast cancer shares advice on how to plan a life after diagnosis. It covers topics ranging from intimacy and hair loss to working and managing the profound emotions that accompany the disease and its treatments.

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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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My Age of Anxiety

My Age Of Anxiety

Fear, Hope, Dread, And The Search For Peace Of Mind

by Scott Stossel

Hardcover, 400 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • Fear, Hope, Dread, And The Search For Peace Of Mind
  • Scott Stossel

The author recounts his lifelong battle with anxiety and provides a history of efforts to understand it.NPR Bestseller

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The Sound Book

The Sound Book

The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World

by Trevor Cox

Hardcover, 331 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $26.95, published February 10 2014 | purchase
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  • The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World
  • Trevor Cox

A professor of acoustic engineering provides a tour of the world's most amazing sound phenomena, including creaking glaciers, whispering galleries, stalactite organs, musical roads, humming dunes, seals that sound like alien angels and a Mayan pyramid that chirps like a bird.

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Earthmasters

Earthmasters

The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering

by Clive Hamilton

Hardcover, 247 pages, Yale Univ Pr, $28, published April 22 2013 | purchase
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  • The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering
  • Clive Hamilton

Clive Hamilton looks at climate change, focusing on collaboration between scientists and big business to develop advances in geoengineering so that humans can fight the warming of the globe.

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The Climate Casino

The Climate Casino

Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World

by William Nordhaus

Hardcover, 378 pages, Yale Univ Pr, $30, published October 22 2013 | purchase
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  • Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World
  • William Nordhaus

Presents an analysis of the economics and politics of the central environmental issue and discusses the steps necessary to reduce the perils of global warming.

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