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Dameronia

The Life and Music of Tadd Dameron

by Paul Combs

Hardcover, 264 pages, Univ of Michigan Pr, $50, published November 19 2012 | purchase
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  • The Life and Music of Tadd Dameron
  • Paul Combs

Tadd Dameron, one of the most significant figures in jazz history, was a private man, and despite his musical significance, his personal life is little-known. This biography sheds light on Dameron's musicical impact and the forces in his private life that led him to withdraw from the center of the jazz world.

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Her

Her

A Memoir

by Christa Parravani

Paperback, 320 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Christa Parravani

Christa and Cara Parravani were identical twins. When they were 28, Cara died of a drug overdose and Christa spiraled into depression. In Her, Christa tells the story of what happened before and after the death of a twin both beloved and impossible to save.

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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

by Jeanette Winterson

Paperback, 236 pages, Pgw, $15, published March 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson tells the story of how a painful past, which she thought she had overcome, rose to haunt her later in life, sending her on a maddening search for her biological mother. Through her story, Winterson also shows how fiction and poetry can form a string of guiding lights, a life raft that supports us when we are sinking.NPR Bestseller

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The Book of My Lives

The Book of My Lives

by Aleksandar Hemon

Paperback, 242 pages, St Martins Pr, $15, published January 28 2014 | purchase
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  • Aleksandar Hemon

Aleksandar Hemon pays tribute to the two cities of his youth: Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he spent his time poking at the pretensions of the city's elders; and Chicago, where he started a new life after Sarajevo came under siege.

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Persepolis

Persepolis

The Story of a Childhood

by Marjane Satrapi

Paperback, 153 pages, Random House Inc, $13.95, published June 1 2004 | purchase
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  • The Story of a Childhood
  • Marjane Satrapi

The great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran in a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contraditions between public and private life.

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A Wedding in Haiti

A Wedding In Haiti

by Julia Alvarez

Paperback, 287 pages, Workman Pub Co, $15.95, published March 19 2013 | purchase
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  • Julia Alvarez

Growing up in the Dominican Republic, author and poet Julia Alvarez says, she was taught to view neighboring Haiti with suspicion. But because of a promise made one night, Haiti, and a particular Haitian boy named Piti, would become ingrained in her heart — so much so that she would find herself smuggling Piti out of Haiti with his new family, and then finding her way back there after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

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Dreaming in French

Dreaming In French

The Paris Years Of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, And Angela Davis

by Alice Yaeger Kaplan

Paperback, 293 pages, Univ of Chicago Press, $15, published March 22 2013 | purchase
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  • The Paris Years Of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, And Angela Davis
  • Alice Yaeger Kaplan

Alice Kaplan takes readers into the lives, hopes and ambitions of three young women who would become American icons, tracing their paths to Paris and tracking the discoveries, intellectual adventures, friendships and loves that they found there. For Jacqueline Kennedy, Susan Sontag and Angela Davis, France was far from a passing fancy; rather, the year abroad would influence them for the rest of their lives.

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The Still Point of the Turning World

The Still Point of the Turning World

by Emily Rapp

Hardcover, 260 pages, Penguin Group USA, $25.95, published March 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Emily Rapp

Emily Rapp's high hopes for her infant son were shattered when he was diagnosed with a fatal degenerative disorder at nine months. Her memoir describes loving a son she knew she would lose, and coping with her grief by studying great works of art, literature, philosophy and theology.

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Prague Winter

Prague Winter

A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948

by Madeleine Korbel Albright and Bill Woodward

Paperback, 467 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published February 19 2013 | purchase
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  • A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948
  • Madeleine Korbel Albright and Bill Woodward

The former secretary of state paints a portrait of her early life, from 1937 to 1948, during which she witnessed the Nazi invasion of her native Prague, the Holocaust, the defeat of fascism, the rise of communism and the onset of the Cold War.NPR Bestseller

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Come As You Are

Come As You Are

The Story of Nirvana

by Michael Azerrad

Paperback, 344 pages, Random House Inc, $19.95, published October 1 1993 | purchase
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  • The Story of Nirvana
  • Michael Azerrad

An illustrated, inside look at the rock group Nirvana offers a candid look the band's members, chronicling their rapid rise in the music world and revealing the true story of the drug-abuse rumors surrounding them. Original.

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Brothers Emanuel

Brothers Emanuel

A Memoir of an American Family

by Ezekiel J. Emanuel

Paperback, 274 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published November 12 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir of an American Family
  • Ezekiel J. Emanuel

The brothers in the Emanuel family are known for their success and for their chutzpah. The youngest is Ari Emanuel, a high-powered Hollywood agent and the inspiration for a blunt-talking character on the HBO show Entourage. Then there's middle brother and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a tough, foul-mouthed former White House chief of staff and congressman. Author Ezekiel, a doctor and professor, is the oldest, and in this memoir he traces the brothers' careers while offering insight into their upbringing.

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Toms River

Toms River

A Story of Science and Salvation

by Dan Fagin

Hardcover, 538 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published March 19 2013 | purchase
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  • A Story of Science and Salvation
  • Dan Fagin

A small town home to a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping.

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Mighty Be Our Powers

Mighty Be Our Powers

How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War

by Leymah Gbowee

Paperback, 260 pages, Perseus Books Group, $14.99, published March 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Leymah Gbowee

Propelled by her realization that it is women who suffer most during conflicts — and that the power of women working together can create an unstoppable force — Leymah Gbowee helped organize and then led a coalition of Christian and Muslim women who confronted Liberia's ruthless president and rebel warlords by sitting in public protest and even holding a sex strike. In Mighty Be Our Powers, she traces her journey from abused civil war refugee to women's rights and peace activist.

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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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Unsinkable

Unsinkable

A Memoir

by Debbie Reynolds and Dorian Hannaway

Hardcover, 306 pages, HarperCollins, $28.99, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Debbie Reynolds and Dorian Hannaway

The film legend and Hollywood icon shares the highs and lows of her life as an actress during Hollywood's Golden Age, including stories from her lifelong friendship with Elizabeth Taylor and intimate details of her marriages and family life.

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