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The Patriarch

The Patriarch

The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy

by David Nasaw

Hardcover, 868 pages, Penguin Group USA, $40, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy
  • David Nasaw

Historian David Nasaw draws on exclusive records to offer insight into Joseph P. Kennedy's shrewd financial talents and considerable ambition for his family, providing coverage of such topics as the controversies surrounding his character and his role in several mainstream political events.NPR Bestseller

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Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed

Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed

The Story of the Village of Le Chambon and How Goodness Happened There

by Philip P. Hallie

Paperback, 303 pages, Harpercollins, $14.99, published May 1 1994 | purchase
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  • The Story of the Village of Le Chambon and How Goodness Happened There
  • Philip P. Hallie
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Of Africa

Of Africa

by Wole Soyinka

Hardcover, 199 pages, Yale Univ Pr, $24, published November 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Of Africa
  • Wole Soyinka

The first African recipient of a Nobel Prize in Literature offers a thought-provoking analysis of Africa's current crises while making recommendations for cultural and political renewal, exploring the region's history as it relates to the histories of other nations and critically assessing Africa's stances on race and religious tolerance. 10,000 first printing.

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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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Marmee & Louisa

Marmee & Louisa

The Untold Story Of Louisa May Alcott And Her Mother

by Eve Laplante

Paperback, 368 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published November 19 2013 | purchase
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  • The Untold Story Of Louisa May Alcott And Her Mother
  • Eve Laplante

In this dual biography, uncovered family papers allow Eve LaPlante to revise the common conceptions of Louisa May Alcott's home life. Most biographers focus on Alcott's relationship with her father, but as it turns out, the author of Little Women had a deeply influential relationship with her hardworking mother. Abigail May Alcott served as the intellectual and emotional center of Louisa's life, acting as a moral beacon on issues like social reform and gender inequality. When Louisa began writing her classic novel, it was to her mother's diaries that she first turned.

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Help, Thanks, Wow

Help, Thanks, Wow

The Three Essential Survival Prayers

by Anne Lamott

Hardcover, 102 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17.95, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • The Three Essential Survival Prayers
  • Anne Lamott

Help, Thanks, Wow describes the three simple prayers — asking for assistance from a higher power, expressing gratitude and feeling awe — that help to deal with the hardships of daily life.NPR Bestseller

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Far from the Tree

Far From The Tree

Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

by Andrew Solomon

Paperback, 962 pages, Simon & Schuster, $21.50, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
  • Andrew Solomon

The National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon explores the consequences of extreme personal differences between parents and children, describing his own experiences as a gay child of straight parents, and evaluating the circumstances of people affected by physical, developmental or cultural factors that divide families.NPR Bestseller

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Killing Lincoln

Killing Lincoln

The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Hardcover, 324 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published September 27 2011 | purchase
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  • Killing Lincoln
  • The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
  • Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and writer Martin Dugard focus on the life, death and legacy of the 16th president in their book Killing Lincoln. The authors reconstruct the final days of Lincoln's life and examine the plot against the president at the end of the Civil War in April 1865.NPR Bestseller

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The Signal and the Noise

The Signal And The Noise

Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don't

by Nate Silver

Hardcover, 534 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published September 27 2012 | purchase
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  • Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don't
  • Nate Silver

The founder of FiveThirtyEight.com challenges myths about predictions in subjects ranging from the financial market and weather to sports and politics, profiling the world of prediction to explain how to distinguish true signals from hype.NPR Bestseller

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Behind The Beautiful Forevers

Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

by Katherine Boo

Paperback, 256 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • Behind The Beautiful Forevers
  • Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
  • Katherine Boo

A profile of everyday life in the settlement of Annawadi as experienced by a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother and a young scrap-metal thief, illuminating the way their efforts to build better lives are challenged by religion, caste and economic tensions.NPR Bestseller

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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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Games without Rules

Games without Rules

The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan

by Mir Tamim Ansary

Hardcover, 397 pages, PublicAffairs, $27.99, published November 27 2012 | purchase
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  • Games without Rules
  • The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan
  • Mir Tamim Ansary

Tamim Ansary traces the history of Afghanistan and the power conflicts that have interrupted its ongoing struggle to combine a democracy with Islamist fanaticism and meld the modern world with the tribal village republics that populate the countryside.

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Jews and Words

Jews And Words

by Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger

Hardcover, 232 pages, Yale University Press, $25, published November 20 2012 | purchase
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  • Jews And Words
  • Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger

A novelist father and his historian daughter describe the intricate relationship between Jews and words, backing up their theory that the Jewish experience is not dependent on historical heroes or rituals, but on the written word passed between generations.

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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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America Aflame

America Aflame

How the Civil War Created a Nation

by David Goldfield

Paperback, 632 pages, Bloomsbury Press, $20, published September 4 2012 | purchase
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  • America Aflame
  • How the Civil War Created a Nation
  • David Goldfield

A narrative history of the Civil War era argues that the conflict occurred as a result of a breakdown induced by the infusion of evangelical religion into the public sphere, causing citizens to regard political differences as matters of good and evil to be fought at any cost.

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Team of Rivals

Team Of Rivals

The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Paperback, 916 pages, Simon & Schuster, $21, published October 16 2006 | purchase
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  • The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin

An analysis of Abraham Lincoln's political talents identifies the strengths and abilities that enabled his election and describes how he used those same abilities to rally former opponents to win the Civil War.NPR Bestseller

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In the Garden of Beasts

In The Garden Of Beasts

Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

by Erik Larson

Paperback, 448 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published May 1 2012 | purchase
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  • In The Garden Of Beasts
  • Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
  • Erik Larson

The best-selling author of Devil in the White City documents the efforts of William E. Dodd, the first American ambassador to Hitler's Germany, to acclimate to a residence in an increasingly violent city where he is forced to associate with the Nazis while his daughter pursues a relationship with Gestapo chief Rudolf Diels. NPR Bestseller

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The Swerve

The Swerve

How the World Became Modern

by Stephen Greenblatt

Paperback, 356 pages, W. W. Norton & Co., Inc., $16.95, published September 4 2012 | purchase
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  • How the World Became Modern
  • Stephen Greenblatt

A humanities professor describes the impact of the translation of the last remaining manuscript of On the Nature of Things by Roman philosopher Lucretius, which fueled the Renaissance and inspired artists, great thinkers and scientists.NPR Bestseller, Literary Award Winner

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Catherine the Great

Catherine The Great

Portrait Of A Woman

by Robert K. Massie

Paperback, 639 pages, Random House Trade Paperbacks, $20, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • Portrait Of A Woman
  • Robert K. Massie

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Peter the Great presents a reconstruction of the 18th century empress's life that covers such topics as her efforts to engage Russia in the cultural life of Europe, her creation of the Hermitage art collection and her numerous scandal-free romantic affairs.NPR Bestseller

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The Greater Journey

The Greater Journey

Americans in Paris

by David McCullough

Paperback, 558 pages, Simon & Schuster, $20, published May 15 2012 | purchase
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  • The Greater Journey
  • Americans in Paris
  • David McCullough

The best-selling author of 1776 tells the story of the generations of American artists, writers and doctors who traveled to Paris — the intellectual, scientific and artistic capital of the Western world — fell in love with the city and its people, and changed America through what they learned there.NPR Bestseller

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Reporting the Revolutionary War

Reporting The Revolutionary War

Before It Was History, It Was News

by Todd Andrlik

Hardcover, 384 pages, Sourcebooks Inc, $39.99, published November 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Before It Was History, It Was News
  • Todd Andrlik

Todd Andrlik presents a collection of primary-source newspaper articles and correspondence reporting the events of the Revolution, containing both American and British eyewitness accounts and commentary and analysis from 37 historians.

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The Fiddler On Pantico Run

An African Warrior, His White Descendants, A Search For Family

by Joe Mozingo

Hardcover, 304 pages, Free Press, $25.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • The Fiddler On Pantico Run
  • An African Warrior, His White Descendants, A Search For Family
  • Joe Mozingo

The Fiddler On Pantico Run uncovers the history of Joe Mozingo's multicultural family as well as the story of his ancestor, a Jamestown colony slave who won his freedom in 1672 to then become a tobacco farmer and the head of one of America's first mixed-race families.

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