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Van Gogh

Van Gogh

The Life

by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

Paperback, 953 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published December 4 2012 | purchase
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  • The Life
  • Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for biography for Jackson Pollock, Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith present an in-depth, accessible profile that draws on newly available primary sources to provide revisionist assessments of the influential artist's turbulent life and genius works.NPR Bestseller

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Lay the Favorite

Lay The Favorite

A Memoir Of Gambling

by Beth Raymer

Paperback, 228 pages, Spiegel & Grau, $15, published November 20 2012 | purchase
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  • A Memoir Of Gambling
  • Beth Raymer

Lay The Favorite documents the author's high-stakes adventures in the world of sports betting, tracing how she arrived in Vegas hoping to become a cocktail waitress only to be seduced by the adrenaline-fueled gambler's lifestyle and its surfeit of illusory glamour and nefarious characters.

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Mortality

Mortality

by Christopher Hitchens

Hardcover, 128 pages, Twelve, $22.99, published September 4 2012 | purchase
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  • Christopher Hitchens

Mortality traces the author's battle with esophageal cancer — as he continued to write columns on politics and culture for Vanity Fair -- and describes his views on life and death.NPR Bestseller

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Wild

Wild

From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

by Cheryl Strayed

Paperback, 315 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published March 26 2013 | purchase
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  • From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Cheryl Strayed

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington state — and she would do it alone.NPR Bestseller

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The Patriarch

The Patriarch

The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy

by David Nasaw

Hardcover, 868 pages, Penguin Group USA, $40, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy
  • David Nasaw

Historian David Nasaw draws on exclusive records to offer insight into Joseph P. Kennedy's shrewd financial talents and considerable ambition for his family, providing coverage of such topics as the controversies surrounding his character and his role in several mainstream political events.NPR Bestseller

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Waging Heavy Peace

Waging Heavy Peace

A Hippie Dream

by Neil Young

Paperback, 502 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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  • A Hippie Dream
  • Neil Young

Neil Young presents the story of his career against a backdrop of 40 years of history. He discusses such topics as his collaborations with fellow artists, his creative process and his activist work with Farm Aid and The Bridge School.NPR Bestseller

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Dream More

Dream More

Celebrate the Dreamer in You

by Dolly Parton

Hardcover, 122 pages, Penguin Group USA, $19.95, published November 27 2012 | purchase
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  • Celebrate the Dreamer in You
  • Dolly Parton

Based on her sensational commencement speech at the University of Tennessee and drawing on her own life experiences, the country superstar and cultural legend explores the four great hopes she urges us to embrace — dream more, learn more, care more and be more.

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Some of My Lives

Some of My Lives

A Scrapbook Memoir

by Rosamond Bernier

Paperback, 292 pages, Picador, $18, published November 27 2012 | purchase
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  • Some of My Lives
  • A Scrapbook Memoir
  • Rosamond Bernier

The co-founder of the art magazine L'OEIL reflects on her life in the arts, including her encounters with such artists as Pablo Picasso, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copeland, Karl Lagerfield and David Hockney.

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The Grand Tour

The Grand Tour

by Agatha Christie and Mathew Prichard

Hardcover, 376 pages, Harper, $29.99, published November 20 2012 | purchase
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  • Agatha Christie and Mathew Prichard

Told in never-before-published letters and photos taken from the Queen of Mystery's very own archives, this exciting travelogue, steeped in history and illustrated with photos, postcards, newspaper clippings and memorabilia, documents her eye-opening yearlong voyage around the British Empire in 1922.

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Marbles

Marbles

Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me

by Ellen Forney

Paperback, 248 pages, Gotham, $20, published November 6 2012 | purchase
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  • Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me
  • Ellen Forney

An artist describes her bipolar disorder diagnosis and her struggles with mental stability while discussing other artists and creative people throughout history who were also labeled as "crazy" — including Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe and Sylvia Plath.

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The Fiddler On Pantico Run

An African Warrior, His White Descendants, A Search For Family

by Joe Mozingo

Hardcover, 304 pages, Free Press, $25.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • An African Warrior, His White Descendants, A Search For Family
  • Joe Mozingo

The Fiddler On Pantico Run uncovers the history of Joe Mozingo's multicultural family as well as the story of his ancestor, a Jamestown colony slave who won his freedom in 1672 to then become a tobacco farmer and the head of one of America's first mixed-race families.

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The Gershwins and Me

The Gershwins and Me

A Personal History in Twelve Songs

by Michael Feinstein

Hardcover, 351 pages, Simon & Schuster, $45, published October 16 2012 | purchase
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  • The Gershwins and Me
  • A Personal History in Twelve Songs
  • Michael Feinstein

A five-time Grammy nominee presents an illustrated tribute to the lives and legacies of the Gershwins that is presented through the stories of 12 of their most enduring songs, including "Strike Up the Band" and "Love Is Here to Stay," in a volume that is complemented by a CD of original recordings.

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The Entertainer

The Entertainer

Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century

by Margaret Talbot

Paperback, 418 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century
  • Margaret Talbot

Margaret Talbot's new book traces the rise of popular entertainment over the past 100 years as reflected by the career of her father, actor Lyle Talbot, who worked as a traveling performer before advancing to regular roles in film and television.

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Titian

Titian

His Life

by Sheila Hale

Hardcover, 704 pages, Harper, $39.99, published November 20 2012 | purchase
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  • Titian
  • His Life
  • Sheila Hale

A full-length biography of a leading painter of the Italian High Renaissance takes into account recent historical art research and scholarship and examines all contemporary accounts of Titian's life and work, attempting to explain the evolution of his complex methods.

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Life Is a Gift

Life Is A Gift

The Zen Of Bennett

by Tony Bennett and Mitch Albom

Hardcover, 250 pages, Harper, $28.99, published November 20 2012 | purchase
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  • The Zen Of Bennett
  • Tony Bennett and Mitch Albom

The entertainment icon presents an array of stories that capture humorous and inspirational moments from his sixty-year career. He shares the wisdom he has gained from his own experiences and from the people he met along the way.

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Grace

Grace

A Memoir

by Grace Coddington

Hardcover, 333 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published November 20 2012 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Grace Coddington

An influential creative director of American Vogue magazine traces her decades in the fashion industry, recounting her early years as a model under the tutelage of Norman Parkinson, unexpected rise to fame and associations with numerous fashion luminaries, including a young Wintour.

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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

The Sons And Daughters Of Charles Dickens

by Robert Gottlieb

Hardcover, 256 pages, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25, published November 27 2012 | purchase
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  • The Sons And Daughters Of Charles Dickens
  • Robert Gottlieb

Opening a unique window to Victorian England, this thought-provoking study of the author as a father and as a man highlights the strange and surprising stories of each of Dickens' 10 children — from Kate, who became a successful artist, to Frank, who died after serving in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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