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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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  • A Memoir
  • 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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The Soundtrack of My Life

The Soundtrack of My Life

by Clive Davis

Hardcover, 586 pages, Simon & Schuster, $30, published February 19 2013 | purchase
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  • Clive Davis

The Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music presents a candid assessment of his life and the past half-century of popular music from an insider's perspective, tracing the difficulties he faced as an orphaned teen, the controversies that challenged his ambitions and his work with a wide array of stars and personalities.

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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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The Girls of Atomic City

The Girls Of Atomic City

The Untold Story of the Women who Helped Win World War II

by Denise Kiernan

Paperback, 373 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published March 11 2014 | purchase
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  • The Untold Story of the Women who Helped Win World War II
  • Denise Kiernan

In Oak Ridge, Tenn., during World War II, thousands of young women were helping the war effort. They knew that sharing even seemingly innocent details about their labors could be cause for dismissal. Their work was as mysterious as it was top-secret — until the bombs were dropped.NPR Bestseller

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Born on a Mountaintop

Born on a Mountaintop

On the Road With Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier

by Bob Thompson

Hardcover, 375 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • On the Road With Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier
  • Bob Thompson

The author visits key areas in the life of Davy Crockett, including the legendary frontiersman's Tennessee River Valley home and the Alamo site in Texas, exploring Crockett's true life and enduring cultural influence.

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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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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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The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project

Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

by Gretchen Rubin

Paperback, 315 pages, Harpercollins, $14.99, published March 1 2011 | purchase
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  • Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
  • Gretchen Rubin

The Happiness Project chronicles the author's year spent testing the edicts of conventional wisdom to assess their potential for improving life, describing various activities ranging from getting more sleep and singing to her children to starting a blog and imitating a spiritual master.NPR Bestseller

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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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  • 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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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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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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Everybody Matters

Everybody Matters

My Life Giving Voice

by Mary Robinson and Tessa Robinson

Hardcover, 322 pages, Walker & Co., $26, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • My Life Giving Voice
  • Mary Robinson and Tessa Robinson

Ireland's first female president and a former United Nations high commissioner traces her childhood in a deeply Catholic family, her landmark wins as an activist lawyer and her struggles to advocate on behalf of human rights throughout the world.

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Still

Still

Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis

by Lauren F. Winner

Paperback, 244 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis
  • Lauren F. Winner

Ordained Episcopal priest Lauren F. Winner writes about the spiritual crisis she experienced when her mother died and her marriage unraveled. Still delivers reflections on how murky and gray the spiritual life can be while offering guidance on how to see the light we do encounter more clearly.

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Sum It Up

Sum It Up

1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective

by Pat Summitt and Sally Jenkins

Hardcover, 407 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • 1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective
  • Pat Summitt and Sally Jenkins

The former head coach of the Tennessee Vols women's basketball team describes how her upbringing helped her to develop a balanced coaching style and recounts her battle with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.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 Ordinary Acrobat

The Ordinary Acrobat

A Journey into the Wondrous World of the Circus, Past and Present

by Duncan Wall

Paperback, 322 pages, Random House Inc, $16.95, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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Duncan Wall recounts his novice plunge into the abstract and intensely competitive world of the contemporary circus. To the stories of his own experience, Wall adds a history of circus performance in general, including his commentary on its current resurgence in popularity with acts like Cirque du Soleil.

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Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno

A Memoir

by Rita Moreno

Hardcover, 288 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Rita Moreno

The Puerto Rican singer, dancer, and actress looks back at her life and career, from her arrival in New York at age five to winning an Academy Award for her role in "West Side Story" to her struggles to avoid typecasting.

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Long Shot

Long Shot

by Mike Piazza and Lonnie Wheeler

Paperback, 374 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16.95, published February 18 2014 | purchase
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  • Mike Piazza and Lonnie Wheeler

The 12-time All-Star catcher describes the inspiration he gleaned from his self-made father, his early career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, his memorable 2000 World Series with the New York Mets and the controversies that have marked his career.

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