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March 22-28: The CIA, Central Bankers And Summer Camp()  

Cover of The Alchemists

March 27, 2014 This week in paperback, Mark Mazzetti investigates changes in the CIA, Neil Irwin looks at the guardians of the global economy and Meg Wolitzer follows a group of gifted friends.

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March 15-21: Typhoid Mary, World War I And Reflections From The South()  

The Sleepwalkers by Christopher Clark.

March 18, 2014 In paperback this week, Mary Beth Keane writes with the voice of Mary Mallon, Christopher Clark looks the years leading up to the Great War and Tracy Thompson explores what it means to be Southern.

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March 8-14: Bird-Watchers, A-Bombs And A Notorious Italian Dynasty()  

Cover of The Girls Of Atomic City

March 12, 2014 Brian Kimberling introduces a down-and-out nature researcher, Denise Kiernan looks at the making of America's World War II bombs and Sarah Dunant draws inspiration from the notorious Borgias family.

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March 1-7: America's 'Unwinding,' Black Identity And Fictional Self-Help()  

Cover of The Unwinding

March 5, 2014 This week's softcover releases include George Packer's The Unwinding, Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie's Americanah and Mohsin Hamid's How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia.

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Feb. 23-28: A Migrant Mother, A Lost Twin And A Human Fly()  

Her: A Memoir by Christa Parravani

February 25, 2014 Fiction and nonfiction softcover releases from Marisa Silver, Christa Parravani, Rebecca Miller and Sandra Day O'Connor.

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Feb. 16-22: A Secret, A Controversy And A Catcher's Career()  

Retired Major League Baseball player Mike Piazza's new autobiography, Long Shot, addresses the steroid controversy and recalls the first game after the Sept. 11 attacks.

February 18, 2014 In softcover nonfiction, Michael Hainey searches for clues about his father's death, anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon examines the heated response to his research and catcher Mike Piazza recounts his unlikely rise to the big leagues. In softcover fiction, D.A. Mishani tells of a detective who confronts an unexpectedly difficult case.

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Feb. 9-15: Balenciaga, Bullies And 'The Biological Roots Of Crime'()  

Master of Us All book cover.

February 11, 2014 In softcover nonfiction, Mary Blume explores the life of reclusive designer Cristobal Balenciaga, Emily Bazelon looks at teen bullying, Adrian Raine delves into neurocriminology, Rawn James Jr. traces the history of U.S. military integration, and Allen C. Guelzo commemorates the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg.

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Feb. 2-8: The Virgin Mary, The Prophet Muhammad And A Stalker Student()  

The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin.

February 4, 2014 In fiction, Colm Toibin imagines Mary's life after Jesus' crucifixion, Anthony Marra chronicles a child's fate in war-torn Chechnya and Jamaica Kincaid meditates on the unraveling of a marriage.

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Jan. 26-Feb. 1: Stanley McChrystal, Jeff Bridges And James Salter()  

Stanley McChrystal's new memoir, My Share of the Task, recounts lessons from his years in the military.

January 28, 2014 In softcover nonfiction, the four-star general describes a culture gap between the military and civilian worlds, and Bridges explains how The Dude – of The Big Lebowski – is a kind of Zen master. In fiction, James Salter chronicles betrayal, Taiye Selasi looks at a grieving Ghanaian family and Philipp Meyer delivers a multigenerational family saga.

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Jan. 19-25: A Twitter Star, An Infamous Murder And Arab World Intimacy()  

Jeffrey MacDonald before a hearing on July 7, 1970, on the murder charges against him. Errol Morris' book suggests that, despite his conviction, MacDonald was not guilty.

January 20, 2014 In softcover nonfiction, mother-of-three Kelly Oxford wisecracks, Errol Morris reexamines the Jeffrey MacDonald murder case and Shereen El Feki travels across the Arab world asking people about their sexuality.

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