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Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted

And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made the Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic

by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

Hardcover, 324 pages, Simon & Schuster, $26, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made the Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic
  • Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

The story of the making of The Mary Tyler Moore Show offers insight into how the show reflected changing American perspectives and was the first situation comedy to employ numerous women as writers and producers.

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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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  • A True Story Of Love And Tragedy At The Circus
  • Dean Jensen

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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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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Overweight Sensation

The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman

by Mark Cohen

Hardcover, 353 pages, Brandeis University Press, $29.95, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman
  • Mark Cohen

Mark Cohen argues for Allan Sherman's legacy as a touchstone of postwar humor and a turning point in Jewish American cultural history.

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Fairyland

Fairyland

A Memoir of My Father

by Alysia Abbott

Hardcover, 352 pages, W.W. Norton & Co. Inc., $12, published June 3 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir of My Father
  • Alysia Abbott

Describes the author's life being raised by her widowed, bi-sexual father in the liberating cultural mecca of San Francisco in the 1970s and 1980s and how AIDS began claiming the lives of their friends and eventually her father.

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Imperfect Harmony

Imperfect Harmony

Finding Happiness Singing With Others

by Stacy Horn

Paperback, 256 pages, Workman Pub Co, $15.95, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Finding Happiness Singing With Others
  • Stacy Horn

The author of Unbelievable describes the feeling of community and transcendence she experiences while participating in a choir, tracing the history of group singing and the dramatic stories of conductors and composers while drawing on scientific findings to reveal the physical benefits of song. Original. 20,000 first printing.

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The World Is a Carpet

The World Is a Carpet

Four Seasons in an Afghan Village

by Anna Badkhen

Hardcover, 271 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published May 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Anna Badkhen

In a portrait of a remote Afghan village where heroin is cheaper than rice and American fighter planes fly overhead, Anna Badkhen documents the community's annual tradition of recording the year's experiences through intricately woven rugs.

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Nine Years Under

Nine Years Under

Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home

by Sheri Booker

Hardcover, 261 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26, published May 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home
  • Sheri Booker

A darkly comic coming-of-age memoir of the author's teen experiences in an urban Baltimore funeral home describes how a beloved relative's death prompted a summer job that turned into a nine-year immersion in a business marked by regional gang violence, AIDS and other intimate tragedies.

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Doc

Doc

A Memoir

by Ellis Henican and Dwight Gooden

Hardcover, 285 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Ellis Henican and Dwight Gooden

One of the bad boys of the 1986 World Series-winning New York Mets discusses his life, from his Atlanta childhood with his alcoholic, womanizing father, through his baseball career, self-destructive drug binges, and experience on "Celebrity Rehab."

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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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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 Memoir of a Woman's Life
  • Anna Quindlen

A candid and whimsical memoir explores what matters to middle-aged women.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
  • Tom Reiss

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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Eleven Rings

Eleven Rings

The Soul of Success

by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty

Hardcover, 356 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published May 21 2013 | purchase
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  • The Soul of Success
  • Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty

The head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers traces the life experiences and philosophies that inspired his championship-winning techniques. He cites his relationships with such players as Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman and Kobe Bryant, while describing how he forged successful teams by combining talents and promoting trust.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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Give Me Everything You Have

Give Me Everything You Have

On Being Stalked

by James Lasdun

Paperback, 218 pages, St Martins Pr, $15, published February 4 2014 | purchase
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  • On Being Stalked
  • James Lasdun

A true story of obsessive love turning to obsessive hate, Give Me Everything You Have chronicles the author's harrowing ordeal at the hands of a former student whose campaign of hate mail, violently anti-Semitic online postings and false public accusations were orchestrated to destroy his professional and personal life.

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After Visiting Friends

After Visiting Friends

A Son's Story

by Michael Hainey

Paperback, 299 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published February 18 2014 | purchase
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  • A Son's Story
  • Michael Hainey

Michael Hainey was 6 years old when his father, a young journalist at the Chicago Tribune, died under mysterious circumstances. Now a journalist himself, Hainey embarks on a journey to find out what exactly happened to his father, why it was kept a secret and what it means for his family and himself.

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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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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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Brotherhood

Brotherhood

Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream

by Deepak Chopra and Sanjiv Chopra

Hardcover, 366 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, published May 21 2013 | purchase
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  • Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream
  • Deepak Chopra and Sanjiv Chopra

Traces the lives of the Chopra brothers from India to the United States, where they both excelled in healing, one as a world-renowned spiritual teacher, the other as a professor at Harvard Medical School.

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Brilliant Blunders

Brilliant Blunders

From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe

by Mario Livio

Hardcover, 341 pages, Simon & Schuster, $26, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe
  • Mario Livio

Draws on the careers of five renowned scientists including Charles Darwin, William Thomson, Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle and Albert Einstein to reveal the important roles of their mistakes in advancing science, from Pauling's error in his model of DNA molecule structure to Hoyle's dismissal of the "Big Bang" theory.

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Slouching Toward Adulthood

Slouching Toward Adulthood

Observations From The Not-So-Empty Nest

by Sally Koslow

Paperback, 258 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published May 28 2013 | purchase
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  • Observations From The Not-So-Empty Nest
  • Sally Koslow

A few years back, journalist Sally Koslow was settling into an empty nest. Her two 20-something sons had been launched out of the house and into the wider world. Then, suddenly and unexpectedly, her sons landed back home and she found herself parenting two dependent adult children. She was startled to learn that her family was part of a much larger trend; according to the Pew Research Center, one-fifth of young adults ages 25 to 34 live in multigenerational households. In Slouching Toward Adulthood, Koslow draws on interviews with other parents and their grown children to assess the employment, monetary and social aspects of prolonged dependency — a phase that she calls "adultescence."

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The Wolf and the Watchman

The Wolf And The Watchman

A Father, a Son, and the CIA

by Scott C. Johnson

Hardcover, 304 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $26.95, published May 20 2013 | purchase
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  • A Father, a Son, and the CIA
  • Scott C. Johnson

A former Newsweek foreign correspondent describes how the ongoing deception he lived with as a teenager after learning his father was a spy for the CIA led him to a career in uncovering truths around the world.

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