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Margaret Thatcher

The Authorized Biography

by Charles Moore

Hardcover, 896 pages, Gardners Books, $50.40, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • Charles Moore

The authorized autobiography offers insight into Margaret Thatcher's early life and formation, especially through her extensive correspondence with her sister. It recreates the atmosphere of British politics as Thatcher was making her way, based on unrestricted access to all of her papers and unpublished interviews.

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Stolen

Escape from Syria

by Louise Monaghan

Hardcover, 255 pages, St Martins Pr, $25.99, published June 18 2013 | purchase
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In the middle of one of the worst civil wars in Syria's history, Louise Monaghan crossed a heavily guarded border to save her 6-year-old daughter from the father who had callously snatched her from her home in Cyprus.

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Runaway Girl

Runaway Girl

Escaping Life on the Streets, One Helping Hand at a Time

by Carissa Phelps and Larkin Warren

Paperback, 311 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published June 25 2013 | purchase
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  • Carissa Phelps and Larkin Warren

A preadolescent runaway describes the violence and trauma that marked her early life before the unexpected kindness of a teacher helped her get off the streets. She went on to pursue a master's degree and now dedicates herself to helping other at-risk youth.

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Mo' Meta Blues

Mo' Meta Blues

The World According to Questlove

by Ahmir Thompson and Ben Greenman

Hardcover, 288 pages, Grand Central Pub, $26, published June 18 2013 | purchase
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  • Ahmir Thompson and Ben Greenman

The drummer for the Grammy Award-winning group The Roots, which also serves as the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, discusses a historical range of musical artists as well as African American art, hip hop, culture and philosophy. 40,000 first printing.

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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
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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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The Black Count

The Black Count

Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count Of Monte Cristo

by Tom Reiss

Paperback, 432 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count Of Monte Cristo
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Gen. Thomas-Alexandre Dumas was one of the heroes of the French Revolution, leading armies of thousands in triumph through the snows of the Alps and the sands of Egypt. Today, he is almost forgotten, though he lives on in his son's stories. The son of a Haitian slave and a French nobleman, this mixed-race swordsman was the father of novelist Alexandre Dumas, and his adventures helped inspire The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. Tom Reiss' biography of the elder Dumas explores the real-life adventures behind these classic novels.NPR Bestseller

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Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

Lots Of Candles, Plenty Of Cake

A Memoir of a Woman's Life

by Anna Quindlen

Paperback, 182 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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A candid and whimsical memoir explores what matters to middle-aged women.NPR Bestseller

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A Natural Woman

A Natural Woman

A Memoir

by Carole King

Paperback, 488 pages, Grand Central Pub, $16.99, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
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The legendary, award-winning singer, songwriter and pianist tells her life story — beginning with her childhood in Brooklyn, through her marriage to co-writer Gerry Goffin, her experiences as a mother, and what it was like to write and record Tapestry.NPR Bestseller

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Queen of the Air

Queen Of The Air

A True Story Of Love And Tragedy At The Circus

by Dean Jensen

Hardcover, 327 pages, Crown, $26, published June 11 2013 | purchase
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Dean Jensen traces the story of world-famous trapeze artist Leitzel and her star-crossed love affair with Alfredo Codona of the famous Flying Codona Brothers. From a disadvantaged youth, Leitzel went on to have impressive achievements with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

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Long Walk to Freedom

Long Walk to Freedom

The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

by Nelson Mandela

Paperback, 638 pages, Little Brown & Co, $18, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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The leader of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement chronicles his life, including his tribal years, his time spent in prison and his return to lead his people.NPR Bestseller

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Conversations With Myself

Conversations With Myself

by Nelson Mandela

Paperback, 454 pages, St Martins Press, $18, published September 27 2011 | purchase
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Draws on the author's personal archive of never-before-seen papers to offer unique access to the private life of the incomparable world leader, who worked from prison to end apartheid in South Africa. By the author of Long Walk to Freedom.

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Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner

The Secret Conversations

by Peter Evans and Ava Gardner

Hardcover, 293 pages, Simon & Schuster, $26, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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Ava Gardner's interviews with Peter Evans trace the late film legend's golden-era Hollywood life, from her impoverished childhood in North Carolina through the heights of her career.

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The Girl Who Loved Camellias

The Girl Who Loved Camellias

The Life and Legend of Marie Duplessis

by Julie Kavanagh

Hardcover, 288 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published June 11 2013 | purchase
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Marie Duplessis was a famous courtesan and mistress to such figures as Alexandre Dumas and Franz Liszt. The author traces her life from Normandy to Paris, where she became one of the most adored women in 1840s France.

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You Don't Know Me but You Don't Like Me

You Don't Know Me but You Don't Like Me

Phish, Insane Clown Posse, and My Misadventures With Two of Music's Most Maligned Tribes

by Nathan Rabin

Paperback, 261 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published June 11 2013 | purchase
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  • Phish, Insane Clown Posse, and My Misadventures With Two of Music's Most Maligned Tribes
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While grappling with his own mental well-being, writer Nathan Rabin journeys with the fan bases of Phish and Insane Clown Posse and discovers how both groups have tapped into the human need for community.

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Surgeon in Blue

Surgeon in Blue

Jonathan Letterman, the Civil War Doctor Who Pioneered Battlefield Care

by Scott McGaugh

Hardcover, 342 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $25.95, published July 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Jonathan Letterman, the Civil War Doctor Who Pioneered Battlefield Care
  • Scott McGaugh

Civil War surgeon Jonathan Letterman redefined military medicine over the course of four major battles and made battlefield survival possible by creating the first organized ambulance corps and a more effective field hospital system.

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The Richard Burton Diaries

The Richard Burton Diaries

by Richard Burton and Chris Williams

Paperback, 693 pages, Yale Univ Pr, $22, published July 9 2013 | purchase
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Actor Richard Burton was a lifelong diary-keeper and his journals chronicle his experiences from 1939 to 1983. A compilation of those entries, edited by Chris Williams, reveals Burton's struggles with weight, drinking and jealousy — especially with respect to his wife, Elizabeth Taylor.

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The Good Son

The Good Son

The Life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini

by Mark Kriegel

Paperback, 316 pages, Simon & Schuster, $15.99, published July 9 2013 | purchase
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  • The Life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini
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FOX Sports columnist Mark Kriegel follows the story of the 1980s champion fighter — who was motivated by a promise he made to his war-injured father. The Good Son follows Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini's rise to the status of a national hero before a fateful match in 1982, in which his South Korean challenger sustained brain injuries and died days later.

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Self-Inflicted Wounds

Self-Inflicted Wounds

Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation

by Aisha Tyler

Hardcover, 231 pages, HarperCollins, $24.99, published July 9 2013 | purchase
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The co-host of The Talk and the creator of the top-ranked podcast Girl on Guy presents a hilarious collection of candid personal essays about the spectacular mistakes she has made in her life and what those epic fails have taught her.

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