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Bolivar

American Liberator

by Marie Arana

Hardcover, 603 pages, Simon & Schuster, $35, published April 9 2013 | purchase
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  • Marie Arana

An authoritative portrait of the Latin-American warrior-statesman examines his life against a backdrop of the tensions of 19th-century South America, covering his achievements as a strategist, abolitionist and diplomat.

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Shocked

Shocked

My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me

by Patricia Volk

Hardcover, 283 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me
  • Patricia Volk

The author shares the lessons about womanhood and personal style she learned from both her mother, an upper-middle-class New Yorker who was the polished hostess at her family's garment district restaurant, and Elsa Schiaparelli, the outrageous, iconoclastic Italian fashion designer.

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Ninety Days

Ninety Days

A Memoir of Recovery

by Bill Clegg

Paperback, 194 pages, Little Brown & Co, $14.99, published April 9 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir of Recovery
  • Bill Clegg

Bill Clegg has a simple goal: stay clean and sober for 90 days. Six weeks out of his most recent rehab, he returns to New York and starts attending two or three meetings each day. It is in these refuges that he befriends essential new allies. At first, the support is not enough: Clegg relapses with only three days left. That's when the battle to reclaim his life gets reignited. As any recovering addict knows, hitting rock bottom is just the beginning.

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Meatless Days

Meatless Days

by Sara Suleri

Paperback, 186 pages, Univ of Chicago Pr, $14, published June 11 1991 | purchase
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Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar

Everything Is Perfect When You're A Liar

by Kelly Oxford

Paperback, 317 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published January 21 2014 | purchase
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In no time, Kelly Oxford went from being a housewife and mother of three to a Twitter and Internet celebrity known for her trademark blend of wit and self-deprecation. Her book is a series of outrageous vignettes about her life so far.

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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother

If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother

by Julia Sweeney

Hardcover, 246 pages, Simon & Schuster, $26, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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The Broadway actress and early-1990s cast member of Saturday Night Live shares parenting misadventures, from her poignant decision to adopt as a single woman to her efforts to explain the birds and the bees to her precocious 8-year-old.

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Some Assembly Required

Some Assembly Required

A Journal Of My Son's First Son

by Anne Lamott and Sam Lamott

Paperback, 272 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • A Journal Of My Son's First Son
  • Anne Lamott and Sam Lamott

Anne Lamott has entered a new and unexpected chapter in her life: grandmotherhood. Stunned to learn that her son, Sam, is about to become a father at 19, Lamott begins a journal about the first year of her grandson's life. Some Assembly Required is the true story of how the birth of a baby changes a family and redefines each member's role.NPR Bestseller

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Keeping Hope Alive

Keeping Hope Alive

One Woman: 90,000 Lives Changed

by Hawa, Dr. Abdi

Hardcover, 246 pages, Grand Central Pub, $26.99, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • One Woman: 90,000 Lives Changed
  • Hawa, Dr. Abdi

In a story of bravery and perseverance, Dr. Hawa Abdi, "the Mother Teresa of Somalia," reflects on founding the camp for internal refugees that kept 90,000 of her fellow citizens safe, inspiring her daughters to become doctors and being kidnapped by radical insurgents.

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Mom & Me & Mom

Mom & Me & Mom

by Maya Angelou

Hardcover, 201 pages, Random House Inc, $22, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Maya Angelou

The celebrated author shares the intimate story of her relationship with her mother, including the events that prompted her mother to send young Angelou to Arkansas to live with her grandmother, and the complicated fallout that shaped their family life.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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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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  • How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War
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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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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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