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Last Ape Standing

Last Ape Standing

The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived

by Chip Walter

Hardcover, 220 pages, St Martins Pr, $26, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived
  • Chip Walter

Seeks to explain why homo sapiens survived while other hominids did not, drawing on recent scientific discoveries and examining the survival value of such factors as premature births, long childhoods, and an extremely social nature.

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Big Data

Big Data

A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think

by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier

Hardcover, 242 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think
  • Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier

This revelatory exploration of big data, which refers to our newfound ability to crunch vast amounts of information, analyze it instantly and draw profound and surprising conclusions from it, discusses how it will change our lives and what we can do to protect ourselves from its hazards.

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Revolutions That Made the Earth

Revolutions That Made the Earth

by Tim Lenton and Andrew Watson

Paperback, 440 pages, Oxford Univ Pr, $34.95, published July 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Tim Lenton and Andrew Watson
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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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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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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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Top Dog

Top Dog

The Science of Winning and Losing

by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

Hardcover, 498 pages, Grand Central Pub, $29.99, published February 19 2013 | purchase
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  • The Science of Winning and Losing
  • Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

The co-authors of the New York Times best-selling NurtureShock turn their attentions to the cutting edge science behind life's triumphs and failures and offer insight from politics, finance, science, sports and economics to tip the odds in your favor. (business & economics). Simultaneous.

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Erasing Death

The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death

by Sam Parnia, M.D. and Josh Young

Hardcover, 344 pages, HarperOne, $16, published February 26 2013 | purchase
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  • The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death
  • Sam Parnia, M.D. and Josh Young

Drawing from meticulous research, one of the world's leading experts on the scientific study of death, the human mind-brain relationship and near-death experiences demystifies what happens to human consciousness during and after death.

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Sticks and Stones

Sticks And Stones

Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy

by Emily Bazelon

Paperback, 391 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published February 11 2014 | purchase
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  • Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy
  • Emily Bazelon

Emily Bazelon explores teen bullying: what it is, what it isn't and how the rise of the Internet and social media make the experience more challenging.

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The Heavy

The Heavy

A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet: A Memoir

by Dara-lynn Weiss

Hardcover, 240 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published January 15 2013 | purchase
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  • A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet: A Memoir
  • Dara-lynn Weiss

An expansion of the author's controversial "Up Front" column in Vogue magazine describes her family's efforts to help her clinically obese, seven-year-old daughter to lose weight, recounting how their progress was challenged by judgmental and conflictingdetractors.

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Honeybee Democracy

Honeybee Democracy

by Thomas D. Seeley

Hardcover, 273 pages, Princeton Univ Pr, $29.95, published September 20 2010 | purchase
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  • Thomas D. Seeley
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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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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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  • Winning the Weight-Loss Battle for Good
  • Al Roker and Laura Morton
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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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