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Joseph Anton

A Memoir

by Salman Rushdie

Paperback, 656 pages, Random House, $18, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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In 1988, Salman Rushdie published a novel, The Satanic Verses, that many Muslims declared to be offensive, whether they'd read it or not. In 1989, Iran's leader issued a fatwa, or religious edict, calling for the death of the author and anyone associated with the book's publication. Bounties were offered and translators and others were attacked, some even murdered. Rushdie, who was born in India but lived in England at the time, went into hiding. Joseph Anton is his memoir of that experience.NPR Bestseller

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Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

A Biography

by Walter Isaacson

Paperback, 631 pages, Simon & Schuster, $20, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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Walter Isaacson delves into the computer visionary's personal life and professional legacy — from learning the art of good craftsmanship as a kid to becoming a notoriously demanding boss to fighting the cancer that eventually killed him.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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Poser

Poser

My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses

by Claire Dederer

Paperback, 344 pages, St Martins Pr, $15, published January 3 2012 | purchase
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  • My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses
  • Claire Dederer

Describes the factors that compelled the author to try yoga and her subsequent enthusiasm for the practice, recounting her love-hate relationship with trickier poses while revealing how her yoga experience came to reflect her values and generational dynamics.

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Still Foolin' 'Em

Still Foolin' 'Em

Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, And Where the Hell Are My Keys?

by Billy Crystal

Hardcover, 272 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Billy Crystal

One of America's most successful comedians looks back at his extraordinary career, highlighting the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life and outlining the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old.NPR Bestseller

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Orange is the New Black

Orange Is the New Black

My Year in a Women's Prison

by Piper Kerman

Paperback, 327 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published March 8 2011 | purchase
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  • Piper Kerman

Piper Kerman's memoir explores her time at a women's prison in Connecticut, where she was incarcerated for drug trafficking. While there, she gained a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and met a varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances.NPR Bestseller

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Elsewhere

Elsewhere

A Memoir

by Richard Russo

Paperback, 246 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Richard Russo

Richard Russo delivers an upbeat, personal account of his youth and the 1950s upstate New York town his family struggled to escape. He recounts the encroaching poverty and illness that challenged everyday life and the dreams his mother instilled that inspired his career.NPR Bestseller

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Brain on Fire

Brain On Fire

My Month of Madness

by Susannah Cahalan

Paperback, 266 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published August 6 2013 | purchase
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Susannah Cahalan was a healthy 24-year-old when she began to experience seizures, hallucinations and increasingly psychotic behavior. Her symptoms frightened family members and baffled a series of doctors until she was finally diagnosed with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, a rare autoimmune disease that can attack the brain. As one doctor put it, "her brain was on fire." Cahalan recounts her experience with the disease in Brain on Fire.NPR Bestseller

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Waging Heavy Peace

Waging Heavy Peace

A Hippie Dream

by Neil Young

Paperback, 502 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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Neil Young presents the story of his career against a backdrop of 40 years of history. He discusses such topics as his collaborations with fellow artists, his creative process and his activist work with Farm Aid and The Bridge School.NPR Bestseller

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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis

by Timothy Egan

Paperback, 370 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $15.95, published August 6 2013 | purchase
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Timothy Egan recounts the pioneering photographer Edward Curtis' life-risking effort to document the disappearing North American Indian nation, offering insight into the danger and resolve behind his venture, his elevation to an impassioned advocate and the posthumous discovery of his achievements.NPR Bestseller

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A Woman in the Crossfire

A Woman in the Crossfire

Diaries of the Syrian Revolution

by Samar Yazbek and Max Weiss

Paperback, 269 pages, Consortium Book Sales & Dist, $18.95, published August 28 2012 | purchase
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  • Samar Yazbek and Max Weiss

A journalist's account of the Syrian uprising describes her role in an opposition group, encounters with authorities, life with her daughter underground, observations of early demonstrations and escape to Europe.

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Asad of Syria

Asad of Syria

The Struggle for the Middle East

by Patrick Seale

Paperback, 552 pages, Univ of California Pr, $36.95, published January 1 1990 | purchase
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  • The Struggle for the Middle East
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Peter Seale traces the life and political career of former Syrian president Hafez Assad, discussing his role in the history of Syria and sharing his vision of the future of the region.

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The Bald Mermaid

The Bald Mermaid

A Memoir

by Sheila Bridges

Hardcover, 345 pages, Antique Collectors Club Ltd, $35, published August 1 2013 | purchase
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Oddly Normal

Oddly Normal

One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms With His Sexuality

by John Schwartz

Paperback, 300 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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New York Times correspondent John Schwartz recounts his efforts to help his son feel less alone as a gay teenager.

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My Heart Is an Idiot

My Heart Is an Idiot

by Davy Rothbart

Paperback, 307 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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The creator of Found magazine discusses his frequent failings at love and his many cross-country journeys.

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Salinger

Salinger

by David Shields and Shane Salerno

Hardcover, 698 pages, Simon & Schuster, $37.50, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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David Shields and Shane Salerno draw on extensive research and exclusive interviews to share previously undisclosed aspects of the enigmatic writer's life, from his private relationships and service in World War II to his legal concerns and innermost secrets.NPR Bestseller

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March

Book One

by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

Paperback, 121 pages, Top Shelf Productions, $14.95, published August 13 2013 | purchase
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  • John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, et al

A vivid first-hand account of Congressman John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights meditates in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

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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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The Scientists

The Scientists

A Family Romance

by Marco Roth

Paperback, , St Martins Pr, $15, published August 27 2013 | purchase
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Marco Roth grew up on New York's Upper West Side in a lost post-war world of high European culture. His liberal Jewish family put an intense emphasis on the life of the mind in a way that sometimes felt more like the 1890s than the 1980s. In his memoir, Roth struggles to understand how his upbringing both liberated and, as he puts it, "thwarted" him. He also reflects on his father's death from AIDS and the probability that his father was secretly gay.

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Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story

Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story

A Life of David Foster Wallace

by D.T. Max

Paperback, 352 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published August 27 2013 | purchase
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David Foster Wallace had an extraordinary impact on American writing; when he committed suicide in 2008, U.S. literature lost one of its most influential living writers. D.T. Max takes a deeply researched look at the writer's life and work, drawing on conversations with family and friends, as well as hundreds of unpublished letters, manuscripts and audio recordings.NPR Bestseller

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