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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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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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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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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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Dameronia

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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Until I Say Goodbye

Until I Say Good-Bye

My Year of Living With Joy

by Susan Spencer-Wendel and Bret Witter

Hardcover, 362 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published March 12 2013 | purchase
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  • My Year of Living With Joy
  • Susan Spencer-Wendel and Bret Witter

A 45-year-old journalist and mother of three who has Lou Gehrig's disease, an irreversible condition that systematically destroys the nerves that power the muscles, invites readers on her transformational journey to make every day count.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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