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Calling Dr. Laura

Calling Dr. Laura

A Graphic Memoir

by Nicole Georges

Paperback, 260 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.95, published January 22 2013 | purchase
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  • A Graphic Memoir
  • Nicole Georges

Nicole Georges had always been told that her father was dead — until a psychic told her that he was very much alive. In this graphic memoir, Georges recounts how she learned the truth about her family... and then turned to the Dr. Laura show for advice.

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My Beloved World

My Beloved World

A Memoir

by Sonia Sotomayor

Paperback, 398 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Sonia Sotomayor

The first Hispanic-American on the U.S. Supreme Court shares the story of her life before becoming a judge, describing such experiences as her youth in a Bronx housing project, her relationship with a passionately spiritual grandparent, the ambition that fueled her Ivy League education and the individuals who helped shape her career.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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Francona

Francona

The Red Sox Years

by Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy

Hardcover, 352 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, published January 22 2013 | purchase
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  • The Red Sox Years
  • Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy

The former Red Sox manager reflects on his tenure with the team, chronicling the challenges of managing difficult players, satisfying multiple owners, and dealing with both championship and losing seasons.NPR Bestseller

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The Dude and the Zen Master

The Dude And The Zen Master

by Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman

Paperback, 272 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published January 28 2014 | purchase
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  • Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman

A lighthearted and inspiring dialogue between the Oscar-winning actor and his longtime spiritual guru explores the challenges of Jeff Bridges' Hollywood career, and the ways in which Zen teachings have informed his efforts to do good in the modern world.NPR Bestseller

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Unbroken

Unbroken

A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

by Laura Hillenbrand

Hardcover, 473 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published November 16 2010 | purchase
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  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken tells the gripping true story of a U.S. airman who was the sole survivor when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II. He faced thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft and an even greater trial. NPR Bestseller

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It's So Easy

And Other Lies

by Duff McKagan

Paperback, 366 pages, Simon & Schuster, $17, published March 20 2012 | purchase
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  • And Other Lies
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A founding member of Guns N' Roses shares the story of his career and private life, providing coverage of such topics as the band's rise to fame, his successful battle with alcoholism and his experiences as a husband and father. 200,000 first printing.

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Sugar in the Blood

Sugar in the Blood

A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire

by Andrea Stuart

Hardcover, 353 pages, Knopf, $16.57, published January 22 2013 | purchase
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  • A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire
  • Andrea Stuart

The author of The Rose of Martinique presents a history of the interdependence of sugar, slavery and colonial settlement in the New World through the story of the author's ancestors, exploring the myriad connections between sugar cultivation and her family's identity, genealogy and financial stability.

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Drinking With Men

Drinking With Men

by Rosie Schaap

Hardcover, 272 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published January 24 2013 | purchase
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  • Rosie Schaap

A Brooklyn bartender and writer of the New York Times Magazine "Drink" column shares the story of her misspent youth: years spent experiencing the rich communities in bars, a life marked by her teen activities of telling fortunes in exchange for beer and an unending quest through Manhattan and small-town New England in search of the perfect local haunt.

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The Master of Us All

The Master of Us All

Balenciaga, His Workrooms, His World

by Mary Blume

Paperback, 228 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $15, published February 11 2014 | purchase
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  • Balenciaga, His Workrooms, His World
  • Mary Blume

In the 1940s and '50s, Cristobal Balenciaga, the son of a poor Spanish seamstress, crafted the most sought-after bell-shaped coats, feathered pencil skirts and tunic dresses. He became an international fashion star, but, according to journalist Mary Blume, he had no interest in being one.

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Living and Dying in Brick City

Living and Dying in Brick City

An E.R. Doctor Returns Home

by Sampson Davis and Lisa Frazier Page

Hardcover, 241 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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  • An E.R. Doctor Returns Home
  • Sampson Davis and Lisa Frazier Page

Sampson Davis looks at the healthcare crisis in inner-city Newark, N.J. from a unique perspective: as a doctor who works on the front line of emergency medical care in the community where he grew up, and as a member of that community who has faced the same challenges as the people he treats every day.

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The Real Jane Austen

A Life In Small Things

by Paula Byrne

Paperback, 380 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • A Life In Small Things
  • Paula Byrne

Through an assortment of mundane objects, literary biographer Paula Byrne tells the story of Jane Austen's personal and creative life.

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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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With or Without You

With or Without You

A Memoir

by Domenica Ruta

Paperback, 222 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published March 11 2014 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Domenica Ruta

Domenica Ruta is an addict, alcoholic and occasional drug user, but perhaps the most complicated and toxic part of her addiction is the relationship she has with her mother — a bleached and tattooed brawler who believed it was more important to be interesting than good, who did and occasionally dealt drugs, and who allowed her daughter to stay home from school whenever a good movie was on.

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Give Me Everything You Have

Give Me Everything You Have

On Being Stalked

by James Lasdun

Paperback, 218 pages, St Martins Pr, $15, published February 4 2014 | purchase
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  • On Being Stalked
  • James Lasdun

A true story of obsessive love turning to obsessive hate, Give Me Everything You Have chronicles the author's harrowing ordeal at the hands of a former student whose campaign of hate mail, violently anti-Semitic online postings and false public accusations were orchestrated to destroy his professional and personal life.

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In the House of the Interpreter

In the House of the Interpreter

A Memoir

by Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Hardcover, 240 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published November 6 2012 | purchase
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After Visiting Friends

After Visiting Friends

A Son's Story

by Michael Hainey

Paperback, 299 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published February 18 2014 | purchase
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  • Michael Hainey

Michael Hainey was 6 years old when his father, a young journalist at the Chicago Tribune, died under mysterious circumstances. Now a journalist himself, Hainey embarks on a journey to find out what exactly happened to his father, why it was kept a secret and what it means for his family and himself.

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Noble Savages

Noble Savages

My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes — the Yanomamo and the Anthropologists

by Napoleon A. Chagnon

Paperback, 531 pages, Simon & Schuster, $20, published February 18 2014 | purchase
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  • My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes — the Yanomamo and the Anthropologists
  • Napoleon A. Chagnon

Anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon describes his life-long research among the Yanomamo, an isolated tribe in the Amazon, and the controversy inspired by his 1968 book Yanomamo: The Fierce People. Chagnon's conclusion that the Yanomamo's violent habits are biologically ingrained — rooted in genetics, rather than learned behavior — caused an uproar within the scientific community.

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