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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

The Sons And Daughters Of Charles Dickens

by Robert Gottlieb

Hardcover, 256 pages, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25, published November 27 2012 | purchase
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  • Robert Gottlieb

Opening a unique window to Victorian England, this thought-provoking study of the author as a father and as a man highlights the strange and surprising stories of each of Dickens' 10 children — from Kate, who became a successful artist, to Frank, who died after serving in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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Margaret Sanger

Margaret Sanger

A Life of Passion

by Jean H. Baker

Paperback, 349 pages, Hill and Wang, $17, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • Jean H. Baker

A portrait of a forefront leader in the birth control movement by the author of Sisters seeks to restore her position in feminist history in an account that includes coverage of such topics as the nursing experiences that inspired her beliefs, her pioneering of a first family-planning clinic and her relationships with such figures as John Reed, Mabel Dodge and H. G. Wells.

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Drop Dead Healthy

Drop Dead Healthy

One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

by A.J. Jacobs

Paperback, 402 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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In Drop Dead Healthy, author A.J. Jacobs attempts to become the healthiest man in the world. Structuring his life around a deluge of diets and fitness regimens that often contradict each other, he experiences the logical conclusion of our culture's health obsessions. NPR Bestseller

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A Man of Misconceptions

A Man of Misconceptions

The Life of an Eccentric in an Age of Change

by John Glassie

Hardcover, 335 pages, Riverhead Hardcover , $26.95, published November 8 2012 | purchase
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Athanasius Kircher, the legendary 17th-century priest-scientist, was either a genius or a raving lunatic. This fascinating portrait traces his rise, success and eventual fall.

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Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die

Musings from the Road

by Willie Nelson and Kinky Friedman

Hardcover, 192 pages, William Morrow, $22.99, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • Willie Nelson and Kinky Friedman

In 1971 Nashville, after a life-changing experience, Willie Nelson decides to do things his own way, reinventing himself and resurrecting his career. In this holiday tale, Nelson recounts his colorful adventures.

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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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The Passage of Power

The Passage Of Power

The Years Of Lyndon Johnson

by Robert A. Caro

Paperback, 768 pages, Vintage, $18.95, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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Robert Caro has spent decades researching Lyndon Johnson's life; previous books in his massive biography of Johnson told the story of Johnson's rise to national prominence. In this fourth volume, Caro takes up Johnson's dismal years as vice president and his sudden presidency, which he used to shepherd the 1964 Civil Rights Act through Congress.

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The Boy Kings of Texas

The Boy Kings of Texas

by Domingo Martinez

Paperback, 443 pages, Globe Pequot Pr, $16.95, published July 3 2012 | purchase
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  • Domingo Martinez

Presents a memoir of growing up in 1980s Brownsville, Texas, describing intense relationships in a family surrounded by violence and poverty and caught between the conflicting values of two cultures.

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House of Stone

House Of Stone

A Memoir Of Home, Family, And A Lost Middle East

by Anthony Shadid

Hardcover, 311 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, published February 28 2012 | purchase
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After reporter Anthony Shadid was seized and beaten in Libya during the country's revolution, he returned to his great-grandfather's estate in Lebanon and began rebuilding. His memoir documents the shifting landscape of the Middle East and reflects on war, exile, rebirth and the universal yearning for home.NPR Bestseller

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Heaven's Coast

Heaven's Coast

A Memoir

by Mark Doty

Paperback, 305 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published March 1 1997 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
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A poet who won the National Book Critic's Circle Award shares the story of his relationship with lover Wally Roberts, who died of AIDS in 1993, recounting the effect the disease had on their lives and the aftermath of Wally's death

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Dog Years

Dog Years

A Memoir

by Mark Doty

Paperback, 267 pages, HarperCollins, $13.99, published April 1 2008 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Mark Doty

Offers a memoir of the author's relationship with a pair of beloved canine companions, their life-changing impact on him and his family, and their role in how he came to understand loss and grief.

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How to Live

How to Live

Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer

by Sarah Bakewell

Paperback, 399 pages, Random House Inc, $16.95, published September 20 2011 | purchase
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More than 400 years after his death, the words of writer and philosopher Michel Eyquem de Montaigne still ring true. In this engaging biography, Sarah Blakewell profiles the man known to many as the "first truly modern individual."NPR Bestseller

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Mrs. Nixon

Mrs. Nixon

A Novelist Imagines a Life

by Ann Beattie

Paperback, 282 pages, Scribner, $16, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • A Novelist Imagines a Life
  • Ann Beattie

A literary assessment of the former First Lady from the perspective of a short story master draws on a wealth of sources to reconstruct her worldview, covering her early experiences as a community theater actress and her marriage to the 37th president.

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Marbles

Marbles

Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me

by Ellen Forney

Paperback, 248 pages, Gotham, $20, published November 6 2012 | purchase
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  • Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me
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An artist describes her bipolar disorder diagnosis and her struggles with mental stability while discussing other artists and creative people throughout history who were also labeled as "crazy" — including Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe and Sylvia Plath.

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Who I Am

Who I Am

A Memoir

by Pete Townshend

Hardcover, 538 pages, HarperCollins, $32.50, published October 8 2012 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
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The rock 'n' roll legend and founding member of The Who presents a candid biography that reveals his struggles with drugs, sex and the ghosts of his troubled past, while detailing the band's meteoric rise to international fame and fortune.NPR Bestseller

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The Entertainer

The Entertainer

Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century

by Margaret Talbot

Paperback, 418 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century
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Margaret Talbot's new book traces the rise of popular entertainment over the past 100 years as reflected by the career of her father, actor Lyle Talbot, who worked as a traveling performer before advancing to regular roles in film and television.

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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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  • One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms With His Sexuality
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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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Fiction Ruined My Family

Fiction Ruined My Family

by Jeanne Darst

Paperback, 303 pages, Riverhead Trade, $16, published November 6 2012 | purchase
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  • Jeanne Darst

A deeply funny and bittersweet memoir of having grown up in an eccentric family of faded wealth and gentility in which the father's failed dreams of being a writer put the family in the poor-house, drove the mother to weepy alcoholism and provided author Jeanne Darst with a highly unusual approach to life — and a wicked sense of humor.

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Da Vinci's Ghost

Da Vinci's Ghost

Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image

by Toby Lester

Paperback, 275 pages, Free Press, $16, published October 30 2012 | purchase
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  • Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image
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Da Vinci's Ghost recounts the intellectual journey behind the creation of Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man and how the drawing represents the momentous period in Western history when the Middle Ages gave way to the Renaissance.

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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 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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