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The Feminine Mystique

The Feminine Mystique

by Betty Friedan

Hardcover, 562 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $25.95, published February 11 2013 | purchase
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A 50th-anniverary edition of Betty Friedan's groundbreaking book, with an introduction by Gail Collins and an afterword by Anna Quindlen.

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In the Shadow of the Sword

In The Shadow Of The Sword

The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire

by Tom Holland

Paperback, 526 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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  • The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire
  • Tom Holland

In this sweeping history, Tom Holland reexamines the rise of Islam and places it within the context of the Roman and Persian empires.

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Detroit

Detroit

An American Autopsy

by Charlie LeDuff

Paperback, 287 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published January 28 2014 | purchase
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  • An American Autopsy
  • Charlie LeDuff

When he returned to his old hometown, Detroit, Charlie LeDuff was horrified to see how far the city had fallen. He used his reporting experience to try to uncover what had happened to what was once America's richest city.NPR Bestseller

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In the House of the Interpreter

In the House of the Interpreter

A Memoir

by Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Hardcover, 240 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published November 6 2012 | purchase
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Noble Savages

Noble Savages

My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes — the Yanomamo and the Anthropologists

by Napoleon A. Chagnon

Paperback, 531 pages, Simon & Schuster, $20, published February 18 2014 | purchase
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  • My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes — the Yanomamo and the Anthropologists
  • Napoleon A. Chagnon

Anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon describes his life-long research among the Yanomamo, an isolated tribe in the Amazon, and the controversy inspired by his 1968 book Yanomamo: The Fierce People. Chagnon's conclusion that the Yanomamo's violent habits are biologically ingrained — rooted in genetics, rather than learned behavior — caused an uproar within the scientific community.

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Klansville, U.S.A.

Klansville, U.S.A.

The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era Ku Klux Klan

by David Cunningham

Hardcover, 337 pages, Oxford Univ Pr, $29.95, published November 14 2012 | purchase
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  • The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era Ku Klux Klan
  • David Cunningham

David Cunningham looks at the rise of KKK activity during the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s, focusing especially on the disproportionately large amount of Klan members in North Carolina.

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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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  • 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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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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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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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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Going Clear

Going Clear

Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

by Lawrence Wright

Paperback, 538 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
  • Lawrence Wright

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lawrence Wright draws from more than 200 interviews with current and former Scientologists to present a look inside the world of Scientology and the life of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, who died in 1986. He examines the group's special cosmology, uncovers its outsized efforts to attract members from Hollywood and considers a difficult question: What makes a belief system a religion?NPR Bestseller

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The World Until Yesterday

The World Until Yesterday

What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?

by Jared Diamond

Paperback, 499 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?
  • Jared Diamond

Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond has spent nearly 50 years studying cultures in Papua New Guinea. Now, he collects his decades of fieldwork to argue that traditional societies still have much to teach us on a wide spectrum of topics — from ways to eat and stay fit to methods of raising children and organizing communities.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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  • 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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This Is the Day

This Is the Day

The March on Washington

by Leonard Freed, Julian Bond, Michael Eric Dyson and Paul M. Farber

Hardcover, 108 pages, J Paul Getty Museum Pubns, $29.95, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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  • The March on Washington
  • Leonard Freed, Julian Bond, et al

Compiles the photographs taken by Leonard Freed of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, during which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.

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Thrive

Thrive

Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way

by Dan Buettner

Paperback, 283 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published October 18 2011 | purchase
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  • Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way
  • Dan Buettner

The first book to identify demographically proven "happiness hotspots" worldwide documents the happiest people on Earth and reveals how people can create their own happy zones.

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The Terror Courts

The Terror Courts

Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay

by Jess Bravin

Hardcover, 440 pages, Yale Univ Pr, $30, published February 19 2013 | purchase
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  • Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay
  • Jess Bravin

When the United States captured hundreds of suspected terrorists and imprisoned them at Guantanamo Bay, the detainment of these individuals was just the start of the story. The Terror Courts describes the legal, political, and moral issues that arose when Americans attempted to prosecute these men, and describes the consequences of creating a parallel system for legal justice.

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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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The Cleanest Race

The Cleanest Race

How North Koreans See Themselves - and Why It Matters

by B. R. Myers

Paperback, 217 pages, Melville House, $20, published December 20 2011 | purchase
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  • How North Koreans See Themselves - and Why It Matters
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North Korea analyst B.R. Myers presents a view of North Korea through the eyes of its citizens. He argues that the late Kim Jong Il guided his regime through a paranoid, race-based nationalism with roots in Japanese fascist thought.

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The Aquariums of Pyongyang

The Aquariums of Pyongyang

Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag

by Kang Chol-Hwan, Pierre Rigoulot and Yair Reiner

Paperback, 238 pages, Perseus Books Group, $16.95, published August 23 2005 | purchase
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The Girls of Atomic City

The Girls Of Atomic City

The Untold Story of the Women who Helped Win World War II

by Denise Kiernan

Paperback, 373 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published March 11 2014 | purchase
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  • The Untold Story of the Women who Helped Win World War II
  • Denise Kiernan

In Oak Ridge, Tenn., during World War II, thousands of young women were helping the war effort. They knew that sharing even seemingly innocent details about their labors could be cause for dismissal. Their work was as mysterious as it was top-secret — until the bombs were dropped.NPR Bestseller

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