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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

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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  • Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
  • Katherine Boo

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, illuminating the way their efforts to build better lives are challenged by religion, caste and economic tensions.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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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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A Bintel Brief

A Bintel Brief

Love and Longing in Old New York

by Liana Finck

Paperback, 112 pages, HarperCollins, $17.99, published April 15 2014 | purchase
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  • Love and Longing in Old New York
  • Liana Finck

Drawn from letters submitted to the popular advice column of The Forward, a widely read Yiddish language newspaper begun in 1906 New York, this illustrative tribute to the turn-of-the-century Jewish immigrants who transformed New York City offers insight into a segment of America's rich cultural past.

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The Internal Enemy

The Internal Enemy

Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832

by Alan Taylor

Hardcover, 605 pages, W.W. Norton, $35, published September 9 2013 | purchase
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  • Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832
  • Alan Taylor

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor details how runaway slaves turned to invading British forces for freedom and protection during the War of 1812. In exchange, the former slaves put their intimate knowledge of American waterways and countryside toward the British war effort.

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A Dreadful Deceit

A Dreadful Deceit

The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama's America

by Jacqueline Jones

Hardcover, 384 pages, Perseus Books Group, $29.99, published December 10 2013 | purchase
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  • A Dreadful Deceit
  • The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama's America
  • Jacqueline Jones

A historian presents the stories of six different African-Americans over three centuries to illuminate the long-standing issues of race and economic injustice that continue to cause division and tension in the modern United States.

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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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The Wrong Enemy

The Wrong Enemy

America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014

by Carlotta Gall

Hardcover, 329 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014
  • Carlotta Gall

A New York Times foreign correspondent looks at the fallout of Sept. 11 through first-hand accounts from Taliban warlords, intelligence thugs, American generals and Afghan politicians.

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The People's Republic of Amnesia

The People's Republic of Amnesia

Tiananmen Revisited

by Louisa Lim

Hardcover, 240 pages, Oxford Univ Pr, $24.95, published June 3 2014 | purchase
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  • Tiananmen Revisited
  • Louisa Lim

Twenty five years after Tiananmen Square, NPR correspondent Louisa Lim explores how China was changed by the events of June 4, 1989 — when soldiers shot and killed unarmed civilians in Beijing.

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We Are Not Afraid

We Are Not Afraid

The Story of Goodman, Schwerner, And Chaney, And the Civil Rights Campaign for Mississippi

by Seth Cagin and Philip Dray

Paperback, 500 pages, Perseus Books Group, $17.95, published April 25 2006 | purchase
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  • The Story of Goodman, Schwerner, And Chaney, And the Civil Rights Campaign for Mississippi
  • Seth Cagin and Philip Dray

A new edition of a classic account about the 1964 Mississippi murders of three young civil rights activists by the Ku Klux Klan is updated to include information about the recent prosecution of Edgar Ray Killen and offers insight into the roles played by Robert Kennedy, the Freedom Riders, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Reprint.

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The Cultural Cold War

The Cultural Cold War

The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters

by Frances Stonor Saunders

Paperback, 427 pages, Perseus Books Group, $27.95, published April 1 2001 | purchase
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  • The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters
  • Frances Stonor Saunders

Narrates the extraordinary story in which some of the most vocal exponents of intellectual freedom in the West were instruments of America's secret service, many as unwitting participants in the CIA's cultural operation, while others as willing collaborators.

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The Divide

The Divide

American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

by Matt Taibbi and Molly Crabapple

Hardcover, 416 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
  • Matt Taibbi and Molly Crabapple

The investigative journalist analyzes the emotionally galvanizing wealth gap in America and how it is transforming the meaning of rights, justice, and basic citizenship.NPR Bestseller

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An Idea Whose Time Has Come

An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964

by Todd S. Purdum

Hardcover, 400 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $30, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • An Idea Whose Time Has Come
  • Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Todd S. Purdum

In a layered narrative, Todd Purdum tells the story of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, recreating the legislative maneuvering and the larger-than-life characters who made its passage possible. From the Kennedy brothers to Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr. to Hubert Humphrey, Purdum shows how these all-too-human figures managed, in just over a year, to create a bill that prompted the longest filibuster in the history of the U.S. Senate, yet was ultimately adopted with overwhelming bipartisan support.

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Pedestrianism

Pedestrianism

When Watching People Walk Was America's Favorite Spectator Sport

by Matthew Algeo

Hardcover, 262 pages, Independent Pub Group, $24.95, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • When Watching People Walk Was America's Favorite Spectator Sport
  • Matthew Algeo

Revealing competitive walking as the most popular American spectator sport in the late nineteenth century, this history of pedestrianism explores how the sport bridged cultural boundaries and spawned the nation's first celebrity athletes.

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Weeping Mary

Weeping Mary

by O. Rufus Lovett and Anne Wilkes Tucker

Hardcover, 164 pages, Univ of Texas Pr, $45, published November 30 2006 | purchase
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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 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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The Fall of the House of Dixie

The Fall of the House of Dixie

The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South

by Bruce Levine

Paperback, 439 pages, Random House Inc, $17, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South
  • Bruce Levine

A revisionist history of the radical transformation of the American South during the Civil War examines the economic, social and political deconstruction and rebuilding of Southern institutions as experienced by everyday people. By the award-winning author of Confederate Emancipation.

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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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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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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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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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Parentology

Parentology

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask

by Dalton Conley

Hardcover, 237 pages, Simon & Schuster, $25, published March 18 2014 | purchase
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  • Parentology
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask
  • Dalton Conley

Outlines an engaged approach to child-rearing that is based on strategies for fostering child creativity and confidence, describing the author's experiences with such methods as bribing, conditioning psychology and placebo medications.

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A Call to Action

A Call to Action

Women, Religion, Violence, and Power

by Jimmy Carter

Hardcover, 211 pages, Simon & Schuster, $28, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • A Call to Action
  • Women, Religion, Violence, and Power
  • Jimmy Carter

The former president looks at the suffering, discrimination and abuse suffered by women around the world. NPR Bestseller

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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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The Heathen School

The Heathen School

A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic

by John Demos

Hardcover, 337 pages, Random House Inc, $30, published March 18 2014 | purchase
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  • A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic
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John Demos documents the story of a widespread, early 19th-century missionary project that reflected the Christian views of a fledgling United States.

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Savage Harvest

Savage Harvest

A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art

by Carl Hoffman

Hardcover, 322 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published March 18 2014 | purchase
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  • Savage Harvest
  • A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art
  • Carl Hoffman

Retracing the steps of Michael C. Rockefeller, who went missing during a 1961 expedition to New Guinea, an avid traveler immerses himself in the world of former headhunters and cannibals to uncover the truth behind the disappearance.

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