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Kill Anything That Moves

Kill Anything That Moves

The Real American War in Vietnam

by Nick Turse

Paperback, 376 pages, St Martins Pr, $17, published December 31 2013 | purchase
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  • The Real American War in Vietnam
  • Nick Turse

On March 16, 1968, between 347 and 504 unarmed Vietnamese civilians were gunned down by members of the U.S. Army in what became known as the My Lai Massacre. The U.S. government has maintained that atrocities like this were isolated incidents, but Nick Turse argues that the intentional killing of civilians during the Vietnam War was quite common.

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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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The Trip to Echo Spring

The Trip to Echo Spring

On Writers and Drinking

by Olivia Laing

Hardcover, 340 pages, St Martins Pr, $26, published December 31 2013 | purchase
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  • On Writers and Drinking
  • Olivia Laing

Examines the connection between creativity and alcohol by traveling to locales well-loved by six of America's greatest writers, who were also alcoholics, including John Cheever's New York, Tennessee Williams' New Orleans and Ernest Hemingway's Key West.

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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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  • 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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Outliers

Outliers

The Story of Success

by Malcolm Gladwell

Paperback, 309 pages, Little Brown & Co, $16.99, published June 7 2011 | purchase
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  • The Story of Success
  • Malcolm Gladwell

The author of Blink identifies the qualities of successful people, posing theories about the cultural, family and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers, in a resource that covers such topics as the secrets of software billionaires, why certain cultures are associated with better academic performance and why The Beatles earned their fame.NPR Bestseller

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast And Slow

by Daniel Kahneman

Paperback, 499 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $16, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Daniel Kahneman

A psychologist draws on years of research to introduce his "machinery of the mind" model on human decision-making, revealing the faults and capabilities of intuitive versus logical thinking.NPR Bestseller

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My Age of Anxiety

My Age Of Anxiety

Fear, Hope, Dread, And The Search For Peace Of Mind

by Scott Stossel

Hardcover, 400 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • Fear, Hope, Dread, And The Search For Peace Of Mind
  • Scott Stossel

The author recounts his lifelong battle with anxiety and provides a history of efforts to understand it.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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Neutrino Hunters

Neutrino Hunters

The Thrilling Chase for a Ghostly Particle to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

by Ray Jayawardhana

Hardcover, 243 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $27, published December 10 2013 | purchase
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  • The Thrilling Chase for a Ghostly Particle to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
  • Ray Jayawardhana

Presents an exploration into the world of neutrinos, incredibly small bits of matter that hold the secrets of the universe, and the lives of the scientists who chase them in hopes of offering new insights into physics and cosmology.

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Wild Ones

Wild Ones

A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America

by Jon Mooallem

Hardcover, 339 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published May 16 2013 | purchase
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  • A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America
  • Jon Mooallem

Tracks the dynamic relevance of America's animals throughout history to illuminate current extinction threats, tracing the author's tour of environmental regions with his young daughter to examine the conservation efforts for such species as the polar bear and the whooping crane.

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Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose

Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose

Natural History in Early America

by Lee Alan Dugatkin

Hardcover, 166 pages, Univ of Chicago Pr, $26, published November 15 2009 | purchase
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  • Natural History in Early America
  • Lee Alan Dugatkin

Capturing the essence of the origin and evolution of the so-called "degeneracy debates," over whether the flora and fauna of America (including Native Americans) were naturally weaker and feebler than species elsewhere in the world, this book chronicles Thomas Jefferson's efforts to counter French conceptions of American degeneracy, culminating in his sending of a stuffed moose to Buffon.

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Anything That Moves

Anything That Moves

Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture

by Dana Goodyear

Hardcover, 336 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published November 14 2013 | purchase
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  • Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture
  • Dana Goodyear

A New Yorker staff writer presents a narrative assessment of the American food world's extremes that considers how new animals, animal parts and trend ingredients are reshaping what we eat. Anything That Moves shares behind-the-scenes revelations about an intricate network of scavengers, dealers and pitchmen who are introducing exotic elements into the culinary marketplace.

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Promise Land

My Journey Through America's Self-Help Culture

by Jessica Lamb-Shapiro

Hardcover, 224 pages, Simon & Schuster, $25, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • My Journey Through America's Self-Help Culture
  • Jessica Lamb-Shapiro

This humorous and informative examination of the billion-dollar-a-year self-help industry describes the author's experiences trying to cure herself of phobias, dating men by following "The Rules" and literally walking over hot coals.

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Windfall

Windfall

The Booming Business of Global Warming

by Mckenzie Funk

Hardcover, 310 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published January 23 2014 | purchase
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  • The Booming Business of Global Warming
  • Mckenzie Funk

Shares the stories of entrepreneurs who are realizing marketing opportunities associated with global warming, from Israeli artificial snow-makers and private firefighters in California to fund managers backing Sudanese warlords and the Dutch architects of floating cities.

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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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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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Scent & Subversion

Scent & Subversion

Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume

by Barbara Herman

Hardcover, 281 pages, Lyons Press, $24.95, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume
  • Barbara Herman

Barbara Herman looks at the bold, sexy and downright odd smells that have defined women over the decades.

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