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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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Pieces Of Light

Pieces of Light

The New Science of Memory

by Charles Fernyhough

Hardcover, 305 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published March 19 2013 | purchase
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  • The New Science of Memory
  • Charles Fernyhough

A psychologist explains how memories are not static things we possess, but rather recollections we create each time we 'remember.'

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Frankenstein's Cat

Frankenstein's Cat

Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts

by Emily Anthes

Hardcover, 241 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $26, published March 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts
  • Emily Anthes

A journalist discusses how biotechnology is altering animals in ways both trivial and profound. It may sound like science fiction, but our ability to manipulate DNA is very real, and carries both perils and extraordinary potential.

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Aldo Leopold

Aldo Leopold

A Sand County Almanac & Other Writings on Conservation and Ecology

by Aldo Leopold

Hardcover, 931 pages, Penguin Group USA, $35, published March 21 2013 | purchase
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