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A Taste for Intrigue

A Taste for Intrigue

The Multiple Lives of Fran├žois Mitterrand

by Philip Short

Hardcover, 620 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $40, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • Philip Short

Documents the life of France's first popularly elected socialist president, covering such topics as the Observatory affair, his decision to join Petain's Vichy government, and his influence on French social and political dynamics.

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The Noble Hustle

The Noble Hustle

Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death

by Colson Whitehead

Hardcover, 256 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published May 6 2014 | purchase
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  • Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death
  • Colson Whitehead

The best-selling author of Zone One describes his uproarious participation in the World Series of Poker after only six weeks of training, recounting how he interacted with a gritty subculture of high-stakes players while endeavoring to maintain his parenting responsibilities.

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There Goes Gravity

There Goes Gravity

A Life in Rock and Roll

by Lisa Robinson

Hardcover, 361 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published April 22 2014 | purchase
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  • A Life in Rock and Roll
  • Lisa Robinson

A longtime music columnist presents an insider's assessment of major rock 'n' roll personalities while tracing her career and the genre's evolution over the past four decades.

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A Fighting Chance

A Fighting Chance

by Elizabeth Warren

Hardcover, 365 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published April 22 2014 | purchase
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  • Elizabeth Warren

The Massachusetts senator chronicles her childhood pursuit of an education and her two-decade career in Washington.

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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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Year of No Sugar

Year of No Sugar

A Memoir

by Eve O. Schaub and David Gillespie

Paperback, 303 pages, Sourcebooks Inc, $14.99, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Eve O. Schaub and David Gillespie

Chronicles the author and her family's twelve-month no-sugar experiment and the positive results it yielded, shedding new light on oft-followed nutritional advice while offering tips on shopping for items with less and no added sugar.

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In My Skin

In My Skin

My Life on and Off the Basketball Court

by Brittney Griner and Sue Hovey

Hardcover, 216 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • My Life on and Off the Basketball Court
  • Brittney Griner and Sue Hovey

The No. 1 pick in the 2013 WNBA draft and Phoenix Mercury star recalls the painful episodes in her life and describes how she came to celebrate what makes her unique.

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Living With a Wild God

Living With a Wild God

A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth About Everything

by Barbara Ehrenreich

Hardcover, 237 pages, Grand Central Pub, $26, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth About Everything
  • Barbara Ehrenreich

Part memoir, part spiritual inquiry, an atheist and rationalist, after coming across the journal she kept during her adolescence, sets out to answer her younger self's uninhibited musings on questions of spirituality, science and morality.NPR Bestseller

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Updike

Updike

by Adam Begley

Hardcover, 558 pages, HarperCollins, $29.99, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • Adam Begley

Delving into his best-loved works, this glimpse into the life of the award-winning author, based on in-depth research and interviews, reveals a private person compelled to spill his secrets on the printed page.

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The Empathy Exams

The Empathy Exams

Essays

by Leslie Jamison

Paperback, 226 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $15, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • Essays
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Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, The Empathy Exams asks essential questions about our basic understanding of others.NPR Bestseller

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The Impossible Exile

The Impossible Exile

Stefan Zweig at the End of the World

by George Prochnik

Hardcover, 340 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published May 6 2014 | purchase
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George Prochnik documents the tragic story of intellectual, humanitarian and best-selling author Stefan Zweig, tracing his rapid downfall after the rise of the Nazis and the years of exile that culminated in his 1942 suicide.

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A View from a Broad

A View from a Broad

by Bette Midler

Hardcover, 140 pages, Simon & Schuster, $29.99, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • Bette Midler

In this re-release of her 1980 memoir, Grammy Award-winning performer Bette Midler reflects on her early career, her fear of flying and the wisdom she learned along the way.

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The Last Pirate

The Last Pirate

A Father, His Son, and the Golden Age of Marijuana

by Tony Dokoupil

Hardcover, 252 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • A Father, His Son, and the Golden Age of Marijuana
  • Tony Dokoupil

Tony Dokoupil traces the story of the his father's rise and fall as a marijuana smuggler against a backdrop of Reagan politics and the heated debates about the drug that continue today.

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A Man Called Destruction

A Man Called Destruction

The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, from Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man

by Holly George-Warren

Hardcover, 370 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published March 20 2014 | purchase
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  • The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, from Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man
  • Holly George-Warren

Drawing on interviews with more than 100 close associates, a revelatory account of the late music artist's career traces his fame as a teen rock star in the 1960s and descent to humble jobs before his comeback as a solo artist, producer and innovator in the indie-rock genre.

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My Usual Table

My Usual Table

A Life in Restaurants

by Colman Andrews

Hardcover, 322 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published March 18 2014 | purchase
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  • Colman Andrews

Combining his story of growing up during Hollywood's golden age with tales of pursuing great food around the world, the author reveals how he has watched the changing history and culture of food in America and Western Europe.

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