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The Drunken Botanist

The Drunken Botanist

The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks

by Amy Stewart

Hardcover, 381 pages, Workman Pub Co, $19.95, published March 19 2013 | purchase
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  • The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks
  • Amy Stewart

From beer to bourbon, and martinis to Manhattans, all the world's alcoholic drinks come from plants. Garden writer Amy Stewart explores the plants behind our favorite cocktails: the fruits and grains that become alcohol; the herbs that add flavor; and the garnishes and mixers that add the finishing touches.NPR Bestseller

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The Bonobo and the Atheist

The Bonobo and the Atheist

In Search of Humanism Among the Primates

by Frans De Waal

Hardcover, 289 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $27.95, published March 25 2013 | purchase
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  • In Search of Humanism Among the Primates
  • Frans De Waal

A renowned primatologist argues that ethical behavior witnessed in animals is the evolutionary and biological origin of human fairness and explains that morality has more to do with natural instincts than with religion. 30,000 first printing.

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Toms River

Toms River

A Story of Science and Salvation

by Dan Fagin

Hardcover, 538 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published March 19 2013 | purchase
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  • A Story of Science and Salvation
  • Dan Fagin

A small town home to a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping.

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Present Shock

Present Shock

When Everything Happens Now

by Douglas Rushkoff

Hardcover, 296 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published March 21 2013 | purchase
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  • When Everything Happens Now
  • Douglas Rushkoff

The author of Life, Inc. examines the pros and cons of today's digitally driven, real-time world, explaining how to safeguard against the vulnerabilities of instant-experience media while maximizing its benefits.

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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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Clean

Clean

Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy

by David Sheff

Hardcover, 374 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy
  • David Sheff

Combining personal stories and experiences with cutting edge research approaches, the author of Beautiful Boy describes a new way of treating substance addiction, as well as accompanying mental illnesses.NPR Bestseller

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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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Salt Sugar Fat

Salt Sugar Fat

How the Food Giants Hooked Us

by Michael Moss

Hardcover, 446 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published February 26 2013 | purchase
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  • How the Food Giants Hooked Us
  • Michael Moss

A New York Times reporter traces the rise of the processed food industry and how addictive salt, sugar and fat have enabled its dominance in the past half-century. He identifies deliberate corporate practices behind current trends in obesity, diabetes and other health challenges.NPR Bestseller

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God's Hotel

God's Hotel

A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine

by Victoria Sweet

Paperback, 416 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine
  • Victoria Sweet

San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital is the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the Hotel-Dieu (God's Hotel) that cared for the sick during the Middle Ages. It's also where Dr. Victoria Sweet learned a kind of attentive medicine that has almost vanished. God's Hotel chronicles the more than 20 years Sweet spent working at the hospital.

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In the Kingdom of the Sick

In the Kingdom of the Sick

A Social History of Chronic Illness in America

by Laurie Edwards

Hardcover, 243 pages, Walker Books, $26, published April 9 2013 | purchase
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  • A Social History of Chronic Illness in America
  • Laurie Edwards

Through research and patient narratives, health writer Laurie Edwards explores patient rights, the role of social media in medical advocacy, the origins of our attitudes about chronic illness.

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How Animals Grieve

How Animals Grieve

by Barbara J. King

Hardcover, 193 pages, Univ of Chicago Pr, $25, published March 21 2013 | purchase
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Letters to a Young Scientist

Letters To A Young Scientist

by Edward O. Wilson

Hardcover, 244 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $21.95, published April 15 2013 | purchase
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  • Edward O. Wilson

A Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist weaves together letters that highlight his childhood, career and why he became a biologist, in the hopes of inspiring today's young people into similar pursuits.NPR Bestseller

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Zoobiquity

Zoobiquity

The Astonishing Connection Between Human And Animal Health

by Barbara, M.D. Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers

Paperback, 398 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published April 9 2013 | purchase
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  • The Astonishing Connection Between Human And Animal Health
  • Barbara, M.D. Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers

A cardiologist and a science writer present a revelatory understanding of what animals can teach us about the human body and mind, exploring how animal and human commonality can be used to diagnose, treat, and heal patients of all species. NPR Bestseller

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