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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 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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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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Never Goin' Back

Never Goin' Back

Winning the Weight-Loss Battle for Good

by Al Roker and Laura Morton

Hardcover, 275 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published December 31 2012 | purchase
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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
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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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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
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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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Living and Dying in Brick City

Living and Dying in Brick City

An E.R. Doctor Returns Home

by Sampson Davis and Lisa Frazier Page

Hardcover, 241 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Sampson Davis and Lisa Frazier Page

Sampson Davis looks at the healthcare crisis in inner-city Newark, N.J. from a unique perspective: as a doctor who works on the front line of emergency medical care in the community where he grew up, and as a member of that community who has faced the same challenges as the people he treats every day.

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The Disaster Diaries

The Disaster Diaries

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse

by Sam Sheridan

Hardcover, 324 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published January 24 2013 | purchase
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Plagued by insomnia and nightmares about a zombie apocalypse, Harvard grad turned boxer, cowboy, sailor and Wilderness EMT Sam Sheridan sets out to acquire the skills necessary to survive any doomsday scenario — from earthquakes and floods to invasion by alien monsters.

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Never Look A Polar Bear In The Eye

Never Look A Polar Bear In The Eye

A Family Field Trip to the Arctic's Edge in Search of Adventure, Truth, and Mini-Marshmallows

by Zac Unger

Hardcover, 296 pages, Perseus Books Group, $25, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • A Family Field Trip to the Arctic's Edge in Search of Adventure, Truth, and Mini-Marshmallows
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Zac Unger writes about Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, a.k.a. the polar bear capital of the world, where polar bears can be found roaming past coffee shops and scratching their backs against fence posts and front doorways.

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Mind and Cosmos

Mind and Cosmos

Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False

by Thomas Nagel

Hardcover, 130 pages, Oxford Univ Pr, $24.95, published September 26 2012 | purchase
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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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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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Missing Out

Missing Out

In Praise of the Unlived Life

by Adam Phillips

Hardcover, 224 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $25, published January 22 2013 | purchase
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According to Adam Phillips, all people lead two parallel lives: their actual life and their desired life. The disparity between the two causes most people to feel trapped by unmet needs and sacrifices. Drawing on examples from Shakespeare and from life, Phillips counsels readers on how to accept frustrations as a means of accomplishing personal goals and finding satisfaction.

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