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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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Apocalyptic Planet

Apocalyptic Planet

Field Guide to the Everending Earth

by Craig Childs

Hardcover, 343 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • Field Guide to the Everending Earth
  • Craig Childs

This narrative discusses the Earth's inherent instability and susceptibility toward violent natural disasters and climate extremes, and challenges beliefs about apocalyptic inevitability while revealing how to change humanity's place within the planet's cycles.

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A World in One Cubic Foot

A World in One Cubic Foot

Portraits of Biodiversity

by David Liittschwager and E. O. Wilson

Hardcover, 203 pages, Univ of Chicago Pr, $45, published November 15 2012 | purchase
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  • David Liittschwager and E. O. Wilson

Presents portraits of the diverse life forms that moved through one cubic foot of space over twenty-four hours in six different ecosystems around the world.

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Gossip

Gossip

The Untrivial Pursuit

by Joseph Epstein

Paperback, 242 pages, Mariner Books, $13.95, published November 27 2012 | purchase
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  • The Untrivial Pursuit
  • Joseph Epstein

An incisive exploration of the cultural practice of gossip defines the phenomenon as an eternal and necessary human enterprise that has evolved to new levels in the Internet age, exploring the ways that gossip has had a negative impact on politics and journalism. By the best-selling author of Snobbery.

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The Particle at the End of the Universe

The Particle at the End of the Universe

How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World

by Sean Carroll

Hardcover, 341 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World
  • Sean Carroll

Examines the effort to discover the Higgs boson particle by tracing the development and use of the Large Hadron Collider and how its findings are dramatically shaping scientific understandings while enabling world-changing innovations.

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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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  • One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection
  • A.J. Jacobs

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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  • The Life of an Eccentric in an Age of Change
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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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Hallucinations

Hallucinations

by Oliver Sacks

Paperback, 326 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks investigates the types, physiological sources and cultural resonances of hallucinations, tracing everything from intoxication to the manifestations of injury and illness.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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  • My Month of Madness
  • Susannah Cahalan

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 Antidote

The Antidote

Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

by Oliver Burkeman

Hardcover, 304 pages, Faber and Faber, $25, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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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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The Generals

The Generals

American Military Command from World War II to Today

by Thomas E. Ricks

Hardcover, 558 pages, Penguin Group USA, $32.95, published October 30 2012 | purchase
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  • American Military Command from World War II to Today
  • Thomas E. Ricks

The Generals describes the values, strategic thinking and leadership qualities of military leaders from World War II to the present day and how the widening separation between performance and accountability has not resulted in any recent Marshalls, Eisenhowers or Pattons.

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