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The Good Doctor

The Good Doctor

A Father, a Son, and the Evolution of Medical Ethics

by Barron H. Lerner

Hardcover, 223 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published May 13 2014 | purchase
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  • A Father, a Son, and the Evolution of Medical Ethics
  • Barron H. Lerner

Barron Lerner traces the disparate approaches to end-of-life care practiced by a father and son, and explores ongoing debates about patient suffering versus informed consent, analyzing how their respective views reflect polarized opinions about the powers of doctors and the influence of evolving medical technology.

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Auto Biography

Auto Biography

A Classic Car, an Outlaw Motorhead, & 57 Years of the American Dream

by Earl Swift

Hardcover, 355 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published May 6 2014 | purchase
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  • A Classic Car, an Outlaw Motorhead, & 57 Years of the American Dream
  • Earl Swift

Determined to restore a rusted out wreck of an old Chevy to its former glory in one last attempt to salvage his business and stay out of jail, Tommy Arney finds himself once again on the wrong side of the law, in this wise, funny and heartbreaking true story of man, machine and the rise, fall and rebirth of the American dream.

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David and Goliath

David and Goliath

Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

by Malcolm Gladwell

Hardcover, 305 pages, Little Brown & Co, $29, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
  • Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak, the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed.NPR Bestseller

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Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty

Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty

by Diane Keaton

Hardcover, 192 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published April 29 2014 | purchase
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  • Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty
  • Diane Keaton

The film star describes the ups and downs of living in a beauty-obsessed world, recounting stories about a makeup artist's embarrassing advice, her trip to Victoria's Secret with her teenage daughter and the personal style choices she's made.NPR Bestseller

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The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction

An Unnatural History

by Elizabeth Kolbert

Hardcover, 319 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published February 11 2014 | purchase
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  • The Sixth Extinction
  • An Unnatural History
  • Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of geologists, botanists, marine biologists and other researchers to discuss five devastating mass extinctions and to predict the coming of a sixth.NPR Bestseller

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A Sting in the Tale

A Sting in the Tale

My Adventures With Bumblebees

by Dave Goulson

Hardcover, 256 pages, St Martins Pr, $25, published April 29 2014 | purchase
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  • My Adventures With Bumblebees
  • Dave Goulson

Tales of a child's fascination with nature are interspersed with the author's lifelong research into the habits, history, and importance of bumblebees.

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WTF, Evolution!?

WTF, Evolution!?

A Theory of Unintelligible Design

by Mara Grunbaum

Paperback, 272 pages, Workman Pub Co, $12.95, published October 7 2014 | purchase
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  • A Theory of Unintelligible Design
  • Mara Grunbaum

A collection of more than 100 outlandish mammals, reptiles, insects, fish, birds and other creatures whose very existence leaves us shaking our heads.

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Wild Cats of the World

Wild Cats of the World

by Melvin E. Sunquist and Fiona Sunquist

Hardcover, 452 pages, Univ of Chicago Pr, $49, published September 1 2002 | purchase
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  • Melvin E. Sunquist and Fiona Sunquist

This detailed volume on 36 cats species from around the world provides information on each variety's characteristics, distribution, ecology, behavior, status in the wild and conservation efforts.

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Relatively Indolent but Relentless

Relatively Indolent but Relentless

A Cancer Treatment Journal

by Matt Freedman

Hardcover, pages cm, Random House Inc, $23.95, published April 29 2014 | purchase
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  • A Cancer Treatment Journal
  • Matt Freedman

Traces the cartoonist author's 35-day course of treatment for a rare form of cancer, describing how he underwent radiation and chemotherapy at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston while maintaining an illustrated journal of his experiences.

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Infinitesimal

Infinitesimal

How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World

by Amir Alexander

Hardcover, 352 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $27, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World
  • Amir Alexander

Amir Alexander takes readers from the religious strife of the 16th century to the battlefields of the English civil war in order to recount the epic battle over a simple, yet forbidden, mathematical concept that would eventually become the foundation of calculus.

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Missing Microbes

Missing Microbes

How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues

by Martin Blaser

Hardcover, 273 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • Missing Microbes
  • How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues
  • Martin Blaser

Martin Blaser takes us to the front lines of cutting-edge research into the adverse effects of antibiotics on our bodies and the possible extinction of our irreplaceable microbes due to our most revered medical advances.

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Quiet

Quiet

The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

by Susan Cain

Paperback, 352 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Quiet
  • The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
  • Susan Cain

Susan Cain demonstrates how introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued in modern culture, charting the rise of extrovert ideology while sharing anecdotal examples of how to use introvert talents to adapt to various situations.NPR Bestseller

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Gulp

Gulp

Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

by Mary Roach

Paperback, 352 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $15.95, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
  • Mary Roach

The author of Stiff, about corpses, and Spook, about the afterlife, now explores the living human body. Gulp follows the digestive system from the mouth to the ... south, discussing food flavors, rectum uses, flatulence and the functions of saliva, among many other alimentary topics.NPR Bestseller

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The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit

Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

by Charles Duhigg

Paperback, 383 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  • Charles Duhigg

New York Times business writer Charles Duhigg explores the science behind why we do what we do, and how companies use our habit-forming tendencies to sell and market products to us.NPR Bestseller

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The Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard

by Peter Matthiessen

Paperback, 336 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published September 30 2008 | purchase
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  • Peter Matthiessen
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First Light

First Light

The Search for the Edge of the Universe

by Richard Preston

Paperback, 300 pages, Random House Inc, $19, published October 1 1996 | purchase
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  • First Light
  • The Search for the Edge of the Universe
  • Richard Preston

An entertaining and compelling account of contemporary astronomy focusses on the Hale Telescope in southern California, where a diverse, international group of scientists explores the edges of the universe. Reprint.

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The Sober Truth

The Sober Truth

Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry

by Lance, M.D. Dodes and Zachary Dodes

Hardcover, 179 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry
  • Lance, M.D. Dodes and Zachary Dodes

Based on in-depth analyses, the latest research and convincing case studies, a doctor with more than 35 years of experience treating people with addictions builds a powerful and compelling case against Alcoholics Anonymous, 12-step programs and the growing for-profit rehab industry.

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The Anatomy of Violence

The Anatomy of Violence

The Biological Roots of Crime

by Adrian Raine

Paperback, 478 pages, Random House Inc, $17.95, published February 11 2014 | purchase
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  • The Biological Roots of Crime
  • Adrian Raine

Criminologist Adrian Raine argues that while there is a social and environmental element to violent behavior, biology also plays a role.

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Ha!

Ha!

The Science of When We Laugh and Why

by Scott Weems

Hardcover, 230 pages, Perseus Books Group, $26.99, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • The Science of When We Laugh and Why
  • Scott Weems

A cognitive neuroscientist investigates the science of humor and laughing, exploring why surprise is an important element in what people find funny, why computers are bad at detecting humor, and how laughing affects the immune system.

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