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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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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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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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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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  • 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 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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  • 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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Vow

Vow

A Memoir of Marriage (and Other Affairs)

by Wendy Plump

Paperback, 262 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • A Memoir of Marriage (and Other Affairs)
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Writing as both betrayer and betrayed, Wendy Plump explores the infidelities of her marriage.

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Days That I'll Remember

Days That I'll Remember

Spending Time With John Lennon and Yoko Ono

by Jonathan Cott

Paperback, 242 pages, Random House Inc, $16.95, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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When Jonathan Cott and John Lennon met in 1968, it was the beginning of a friendship that would span more than two decades. Cott's new book chronicles his years in Lennon and Yoko Ono's company.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot

Hardcover, 369 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published February 2 2010 | purchase
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling numerous medical and scientific discoveries.NPR Bestseller

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Wave

Wave

by Sonali Deraniyagala

Paperback, 227 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published December 31 2013 | purchase
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  • Sonali Deraniyagala

Sonali Deraniyagala lost her husband, parents and two young sons in the terrifying Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. They had been vacationing on the southern coast of her home country, Sri Lanka, when the wave struck. Wave is her brutal but lyrically written account of the awful moment and the grief-crazed months after, as she learned to live with her almost unbearable losses — and allow herself to remember details of her previous life.NPR Bestseller

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The Heavy

The Heavy

A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet: A Memoir

by Dara-lynn Weiss

Hardcover, 240 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published January 15 2013 | purchase
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  • A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet: A Memoir
  • Dara-lynn Weiss

An expansion of the author's controversial "Up Front" column in Vogue magazine describes her family's efforts to help her clinically obese, seven-year-old daughter to lose weight, recounting how their progress was challenged by judgmental and conflictingdetractors.

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The Aquariums of Pyongyang

The Aquariums of Pyongyang

Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag

by Kang Chol-Hwan, Pierre Rigoulot and Yair Reiner

Paperback, 238 pages, Perseus Books Group, $16.95, published August 23 2005 | purchase
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The Guttenberg Bible

The Guttenberg Bible

A Memoir

by Steve Guttenberg

Hardcover, 334 pages, Thomas Dunne Books, $25.99, published May 8 2012 | purchase
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  • Steve Guttenberg

The star of such blockbuster 1980s films as Police Academy and Three Men and a Baby describes his early encounters with celebrities and casting agents on the Paramount lot before rising to fame and learning how to stay grounded through the support of his family.

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