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June 29, 2012 The Price of Inequality, one economist's take on "today's divided society," debuts at No. 14.
July 22, 2011 In the summer of 1916, Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood left their tradition-bound lives in Auburn, N.Y., to teach on the Colorado frontier. Woodruff's granddaughter, Dorothy Wickenden, pieces together their story in Nothing Daunted, which enjoys its second week on the list.
July 15, 2011 In 1911, Hiram Bingham climbed the Andes Mountains and discovered a city in the clouds. A century later, travel writer Mark Jacobs retraces that explorer's perilous path. Turn Right at Machu Picchu debuts at No. 14.
July 8, 2011 London chef Yotam Ottolenghi may not be a vegetarian, but his new collection of 120 recipes is. Plenty, which caters to the less carnivorous among us, debuts at No. 9.
July 1, 2011 Comedian Chelsea Handler's friends and family recount her most notorious practical jokes in Lies Chelsea Handler Told Me. The collection enjoys its seventh week on the list.
June 24, 2011 When a military plane crashes in the mountains of New Guinea near the end of World War II, 21 people are killed. Journalist Mitchell Zuckoff tells the story of the three survivors in Lost in Shangri-La, which enjoys its third week on the list.
June 17, 2011 Steven Tyler, the lead singer of Aerosmith, tells the story of his rise to rock 'n' roll fame in Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? which enjoys its sixth week on the list.
June 10, 2011 Did you know that your brain doesn't like keeping secrets? In Incognito, Dr. David Eagleman examines the complex neural networks that fight it out to ultimately influence how we act. It debuts at No. 7.
June 3, 2011 David McCullough writes a history of notable 19th-century American travelers to Paris, tracking how the City of Light left a lingering impression on these artists, writers and scientists as they returned home. The Greater Journey debuts at No. 4.
May 27, 2011 Journalist and documentary filmmaker Jon Ronson takes a journey into the madness industry, consulting with psychologists and alleged psychopaths to uncover the facts and fictions of insanity. The Psychopath Test debuts at No. 6.
May 20, 2011 Erik Larson, of Devil in the White City, tells the true story of William Dodd, American ambassador to Germany during Adolf Hitler's rise to power. In the Garden of Beasts debuts at No. 1.
May 13, 2011 Barack Obama has written extensively about his father, but not much is known about the woman who actually raised him, Stanley Ann Dunham. Janny Scott delves into the life of a fiercely independent woman whose travels took her to Hawaii and then Indonesia. A Singular Woman debuts at No. 3.
May 6, 2011 Once a teen idol and now a full-fledged Hollywood star, Rob Lowe reflects on his heydays with the Brat Pack and his rocky transition to adulthood. His autobiography, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, debuts at No. 9.
April 29, 2011 Actress Gwyneth Paltrow celebrates family togetherness and her father's legacy in the kitchen with a cookbook of her favorite family recipes. My Father's Daughter debuts at No. 10.
April 22, 2011 Oscar award-winning actress Shirley MacLaine brings her free-spirited outlook on life and celebrity to print in a biting and insightful memoir. After decades in show business, MacLaine dishes out hard-won advice with sincerity and humor. I'm Over All That debuts at No. 5.
April 15, 2011 In Tina Fey's new memoir, she recounts her journey from amateur improv to a hectic life of acting, writing, executive-producing and being a mother. Written with uproarious humor and self-deprecating insight, Bossypants debuts at the top of this week's list.
April 8, 2011 In the latest biography of Mohandas Gandhi, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Joseph Lelyveld explores the man behind the myth. Lelyveld's thorough research and clear-eyed narration succeed in humanizing the beloved — and often deified — leader. Great Soul debuts at No. 13.
April 1, 2011 Sarah Vowell brings her wry humor to the story of Hawaii's Americanization — from the arrival of New England missionaries in the early 1800s to its annexation. Vowell includes every last ironic and hilarious detail of the history of the 50th state. Unfamiliar Fishes debuts at No. 3.
March 25, 2011 Reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells the incredible true story of an Afghan woman who set up a dressmaking business under Taliban rule to support her family — at a time when women could not even leave their houses without a male escort. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana debuts at No. 11.
March 18, 2011 When a load of thousands of plastic bath toys is mysteriously lost at sea, Donovan Hohn sets out to discover why. He soon finds himself on an accidental odyssey into the convoluted world of shipping corporations, toy factories, Arctic researchers and rogue sailors. Moby-Duck debuts at No. 13.
March 11, 2011 Gabrielle Hamilton, chef and owner of Prune restaurant in New York, describes "the inadvertent education of a reluctant chef" in her new memoir. Blood, Bones & Butter debuts on the list at No. 3.
March 4, 2011 Before Scott Brown was even elected a Massachusetts senator, he had survived a troubled childhood and found success as a college athlete, fashion model, law student and member of the National Guard. Against All Odds, the memoir of his extraordinary life journey, debuts at No. 15.
February 25, 2011 In A Widow's Story, Joyce Carol Oates describes her struggle to cope with the sudden death of her husband. Her new memoir debuts at No. 9.
February 18, 2011 The inner workings of the Bush administration, Sept. 11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, even his childhood during the Depression and World War II — all is up for discussion in former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's new memoir. Humorous and surprising, Known and Unknown debuts at No. 6.
February 11, 2011 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the story of a poor African-American mother whose cancerous cells were used posthumously to develop countless breakthroughs in modern medicine. Science writer Rebecca Skloot's book enjoys its 38th week on the list.
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