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Living and Dying in Brick City

Living and Dying in Brick City

An E.R. Doctor Returns Home

by Sampson Davis and Lisa Frazier Page

Hardcover, 241 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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  • An E.R. Doctor Returns Home
  • Sampson Davis and Lisa Frazier Page

Sampson Davis looks at the healthcare crisis in inner-city Newark, N.J. from a unique perspective: as a doctor who works on the front line of emergency medical care in the community where he grew up, and as a member of that community who has faced the same challenges as the people he treats every day.

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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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Coming Apart

Coming Apart

The State of White America, 1960-2010

by Charles Murray

Paperback, 417 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • The State of White America, 1960-2010
  • Charles Murray

The controversial best-selling author of The Bell Curve presents a sobering critique of the white American class structure that argues that the paths of social mobility that once advanced the nation are now serving to further isolate an elite upper class while enforcing a growing and resentful white underclass, with culturally disastrous potential.NPR Bestseller

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Sugar in the Blood

Sugar in the Blood

A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire

by Andrea Stuart

Hardcover, 353 pages, Knopf, $16.57, published January 22 2013 | purchase
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  • A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire
  • Andrea Stuart

The author of The Rose of Martinique presents a history of the interdependence of sugar, slavery and colonial settlement in the New World through the story of the author's ancestors, exploring the myriad connections between sugar cultivation and her family's identity, genealogy and financial stability.

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Glock

Glock

The Rise of America's Gun

by Paul Barrett

Paperback, 300 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published January 15 2013 | purchase
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  • The Rise of America's Gun
  • Paul Barrett

Glock tells the story of the American gun market as reflected by an Austrian six-cylinder revolver, tracing how it has become a weapon of choice on both sides of the law, in the entertainment industry and among Second Amendment enthusiasts.

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The Insurgents

The Insurgents

David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War

by Fred Kaplan

Paperback, 418 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War
  • Fred Kaplan

Based on secret documents, private emails and interviews, The Insurgents is the inside story of the small group of soldier-scholars, led by Gen. David Petraeus, who plotted to revolutionize the Army. Their aim was to build an Army that could fight a new kind of post-Cold War battle in cities and villages, against insurgents and terrorists.

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Mind and Cosmos

Mind and Cosmos

Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False

by Thomas Nagel

Hardcover, 130 pages, Oxford Univ Pr, $24.95, published September 26 2012 | purchase
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  • Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False
  • Thomas Nagel
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The First Muslim

The First Muslim

The Story of Muhammad

by Lesley Hazleton

Paperback, 363 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published February 4 2014 | purchase
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  • The First Muslim
  • The Story of Muhammad
  • Lesley Hazleton

Lesley Hazleton tells the story of how Mohammad went from orphan to merchant to founder of one of the Earth's largest faiths.

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Kill Anything That Moves

Kill Anything That Moves

The Real American War in Vietnam

by Nick Turse

Paperback, 376 pages, St Martins Pr, $17, published December 31 2013 | purchase
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  • The Real American War in Vietnam
  • Nick Turse

On March 16, 1968, between 347 and 504 unarmed Vietnamese civilians were gunned down by members of the U.S. Army in what became known as the My Lai Massacre. The U.S. government has maintained that atrocities like this were isolated incidents, but Nick Turse argues that the intentional killing of civilians during the Vietnam War was quite common.

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Manifest Injustice

Manifest Injustice

The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Fought for His Freedom

by Barry Siegel

Hardcover, 384 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published January 22 2013 | purchase
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  • Manifest Injustice
  • The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Fought for His Freedom
  • Barry Siegel

Bill Macumber served 38 years in prison for a double homicide he vehemently denies committing. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barry Siegel tells the story of Macumber's imprisonment and the long struggle for his freedom.

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Harlem Is Nowhere

Harlem Is Nowhere

A Journey to the Mecca of Black America

by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

Paperback, 320 pages, Back Bay Books, $14.99, published January 22 2013 | purchase
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  • A Journey to the Mecca of Black America
  • Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

The author explores Harlem's legacy through the lives of people who lived there, both celebrities and everyday people, including her own experiences, in a book that looks at the growing gentrification of the culture-rich New York neighborhood.

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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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God's Jury

God's Jury

The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World

by Cullen Murphy

Paperback, 310 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $14.95, published January 22 2013 | purchase
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  • God's Jury
  • The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World
  • Cullen Murphy

The acclaimed author of Are We Rome? reveals how the sentiments of the Inquisition are thriving and influential in today's world, tracing the history of the Inquisition's legacy through a series of diverse stories that lead to such modern incarnations as Vatican edicts, the Third Reich and Guantánamo's detention camps.

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