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The Longest Way Home

The Longest Way Home

One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down

by Andrew McCarthy

Hardcover, 273 pages, Free Press, $26, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • Andrew McCarthy

Actor-turned-travel writer Andrew McCarthy meditates on how travel has helped him overcome life-long fears and confront his resistance to commitment, tracing his soul-searching visits to the Patagonia, the Amazon and Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Seward

Seward

Lincoln's Indispensable Man

by Walter Stahr

Paperback, 720 pages, Simon & Schuster, $19.99, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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  • Lincoln's Indispensable Man
  • Walter Stahr

The race for the Republican nomination of 1860 was one of the greatest political contests in American history: Abraham Lincoln versus Salmon Chase versus William Seward. Seward might have lost that campaign, but his greatest role was still to come — as the Secretary of State in Lincoln's famed "team of rivals." Walter Stahr describes how a man who was Lincoln's fiercest and most critical opponent eventually became his most loyal and trusted adviser.

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The Gershwins and Me

The Gershwins and Me

A Personal History in Twelve Songs

by Michael Feinstein

Hardcover, 351 pages, Simon & Schuster, $45, published October 16 2012 | purchase
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  • A Personal History in Twelve Songs
  • Michael Feinstein

A five-time Grammy nominee presents an illustrated tribute to the lives and legacies of the Gershwins that is presented through the stories of 12 of their most enduring songs, including "Strike Up the Band" and "Love Is Here to Stay," in a volume that is complemented by a CD of original recordings.

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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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Purpose

Purpose

An Immigrant's Story

by Wyclef Jean and Anthony Bozza

Hardcover, 250 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • An Immigrant's Story
  • Wyclef Jean and Anthony Bozza

Touching on themes of poverty, immigration, father/son relationships, and fame, a musician, producer, and actor details his childhood growing up in Haiti and Newark, and gives the inside story on the hip hop group The Fugees.

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Rin Tin Tin

Rin Tin Tin

The Life And The Legend

by Susan Orlean

Paperback, 324 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published October 9 2012 | purchase
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  • The Life And The Legend
  • Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean chronicles the rise of the iconic German shepherd character, sharing the stories of the real World War I dog and canine performer and exploring Rin Tin Tin's relevance in military and popular culture. NPR Bestseller

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Into the Silence

Into the Silence

The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest

by Wade Davis

Paperback, 655 pages, Vintage, $16.95, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest
  • Wade Davis

Wade Davis describes British climbers' attempts to scale Mount Everest in the early 1920s, discussing such topics as the role of imperial ambition in the expedition and the way in which the ascent reflected England's post-World War I redemption efforts.

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Luck or Something Like It

Luck or Something Like It

by Kenny Rogers

Hardcover, 294 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • Kenny Rogers

The country music legend shares the story behind his meteoric rise to fame, including the highs and lows, and the secrets behind his biggest hits.

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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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  • The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
  • Timothy Egan

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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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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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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  • A Hippie Dream
  • Neil Young

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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Joseph Anton

A Memoir

by Salman Rushdie

Paperback, 656 pages, Random House, $18, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Salman Rushdie

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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Mortality

Mortality

by Christopher Hitchens

Hardcover, 128 pages, Twelve, $22.99, published September 4 2012 | purchase
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  • Christopher Hitchens

Mortality traces the author's battle with esophageal cancer — as he continued to write columns on politics and culture for Vanity Fair -- and describes his views on life and death.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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I'm Your Man

I'm Your Man

The Life Of Leonard Cohen

by Sylvie Simmons

Hardcover, 570 pages, Ecco, $27.99, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • The Life Of Leonard Cohen
  • Sylvie Simmons

An intimate portrait of one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, I'm Your Man draws upon Leonard Cohen's private archives and a wealth of interviews with many of his closest associates, colleagues and other artists whose work he has inspired.NPR Bestseller

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The Dangerous Animals Club

The Dangerous Animals Club

by Stephen Tobolowsky

Paperback, 352 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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  • Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky — a character actor who has appeared in hundreds of films and TV shows — looks back on his encounters with famous film directors, ghosts and pygmy hippos. In this collection of personal reflections, he explores life's great mysteries and the art of stagecraft, while revealing the highs and lows of playing roles so small that the characters are never named.

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Five Chiefs

Five Chiefs

A Supreme Court Memoir

by John Paul Stevens

Paperback, 292 pages, Little Brown & Co, $15.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • A Supreme Court Memoir
  • John Paul Stevens

Justice John Paul Stevens' new memoir is framed as a discussion about the office of the chief justice; it includes a brief history of the nation's first 12 chief justices, followed by thorough profiles of the five he knew well. Stevens retired in 2010 after nearly 35 years on the Supreme Court.

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Total Recall

Total Recall

My Unbelievably True Life Story

by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Peter Petre

Hardcover, 646 pages, Simon & Schuster, $35, published October 1 2012 | purchase
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  • My Unbelievably True Life Story
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger and Peter Petre

A personal account by the award-winning actor and former governor of California traces his high-stakes journey to the United States and rise from a Mr. Universe champion to a millionaire businessman, providing coverage of his political achievements and the choices he regrets.

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How to Be a Woman

How To Be A Woman

by Caitlin Moran

Paperback, 320 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published July 17 2012 | purchase
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  • Caitlin Moran

Piecing together common-sense observations with scenes from her own life, a major media personality in the U.K. sheds new light on feminism, discussing the reasons why female rights and empowerment are essential issues for both women and society itself.NPR Bestseller

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Catherine the Great

Catherine The Great

Portrait Of A Woman

by Robert K. Massie

Paperback, 639 pages, Random House Trade Paperbacks, $20, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • Portrait Of A Woman
  • Robert K. Massie

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Peter the Great presents a reconstruction of the 18th century empress's life that covers such topics as her efforts to engage Russia in the cultural life of Europe, her creation of the Hermitage art collection and her numerous scandal-free romantic affairs.NPR Bestseller

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot

Hardcover, 369 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published February 2 2010 | purchase
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  • Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling numerous medical and scientific discoveries.NPR Bestseller

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