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Cooked

A Natural History of Transformation

by Michael Pollan

Hardcover, 468 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • A Natural History of Transformation
  • Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. There, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements — fire, water, air and earth — to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. And he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world, standing squarely between nature and culture.NPR Bestseller

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This Is Running for Your Life

This Is Running for Your Life

Essays

by Michelle Orange

Paperback, 337 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $16, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Michelle Orange

Combining stories from her own life along with journalistic pieces, Michelle Orange discusses pop culture and how it affects our daily lives and personal interactions.

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How to Create the Perfect Wife

How to Create the Perfect Wife

Britain's Most Ineligible Bachelor and His Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate

by Wendy Moore

Hardcover, 343 pages, Perseus Books Group, $27.99, published April 9 2013 | purchase
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  • Britain's Most Ineligible Bachelor and His Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate
  • Wendy Moore

Traces the efforts of eighteenth-century author and radical Thomas Day to create an ideal wife, describing how he adopted two young orphans and raised them according to the extreme principles of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Enlightenment.

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Top of the Morning

Top of the Morning

Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV

by Brian Stelter

Hardcover, 312 pages, Grand Central Pub, $28, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV
  • Brian Stelter

Learn the behind-the-scenes dirt on America's favorite morning television shows from a book all about the fierce competition between Good Morning America and The Today Show.

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The Sleepwalkers

The Sleepwalkers

How Europe Went to War in 1914

by Christopher Clark

Paperback, 736 pages, HarperCollins, $18.99, published March 18 2014 | purchase
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  • How Europe Went to War in 1914
  • Christopher Clark

One hundred years ago, European statesmen were in the process of stumbling, or as Christopher Clark would say, "sleepwalking," into a gigantic war. Clark's book is a history of Europe in the years leading up to World War I.

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Uncommon Grounds

Uncommon Grounds

The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

by Mark Pendergrast

Paperback, 424 pages, Perseus Books Group, $19.95, published September 28 2010 | purchase
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  • The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World
  • Mark Pendergrast
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Superman

Superman

The Unauthorized Biography

by Glen Weldon

Hardcover, 344 pages, John Wiley & Sons Inc, $25.95, published April 1 2013 | purchase
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  • The Unauthorized Biography
  • Glen Weldon

Superman is more than a character — he's a cultural phenomenon, as demonstrated in this exploration of his 75 years of adventure, reinvention and influence.

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Return of a King

Return of a King

The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42

by William Dalrymple

Hardcover, 515 pages, Random House Inc, $30, published April 16 2013 | purchase
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  • The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42
  • William Dalrymple

The author of City of Djinns examines the mid-19th-century Afghan war as a tragic result of neocolonial ambition, cultural collision and hubris, exploring such topics as the reestablishment of a puppet-leader Shah, the conflict's brutal human toll and the similarities between the war and present-day challenges.

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The Third Coast

The Third Coast

When Chicago Built the American Dream

by Thomas Dyja

Hardcover, 508 pages, Penguin Group USA, $29.95, published April 18 2013 | purchase
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  • When Chicago Built the American Dream
  • Thomas Dyja

A cultural history of mid-twentieth-century Chicago traces the emergence of mass-marketing practices, technological advances and artistic development that profoundly influenced modern America.

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Sketches of Iran

Sketches of Iran

A Glimpse from the Front Lines of Human Rights

by Omid Memarian

Hardcover, 107, Intl. Camp. for Human Rights in Iran, , published January 1 2013 | purchase
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  • A Glimpse from the Front Lines of Human Rights
  • Omid Memarian

Editor Omid Memarian pairs political cartoons with essays for an unvarnished view of life inside Iran.

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The Anatomy of Violence

The Anatomy of Violence

The Biological Roots of Crime

by Adrian Raine

Paperback, 478 pages, Random House Inc, $17.95, published February 11 2014 | purchase
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  • The Biological Roots of Crime
  • Adrian Raine

Criminologist Adrian Raine argues that while there is a social and environmental element to violent behavior, biology also plays a role.

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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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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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The Passage of Power

The Passage Of Power

The Years Of Lyndon Johnson

by Robert A. Caro

Paperback, 768 pages, Vintage, $18.95, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • The Years Of Lyndon Johnson
  • Robert A. Caro

Robert Caro has spent decades researching Lyndon Johnson's life; previous books in his massive biography of Johnson told the story of Johnson's rise to national prominence. In this fourth volume, Caro takes up Johnson's dismal years as vice president and his sudden presidency, which he used to shepherd the 1964 Civil Rights Act through Congress.

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VJ

VJ

The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave

by Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn and Gavin Edwards

Hardcover, 318 pages, Pocket Books, $25, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave
  • Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, et al

The surviving original MTV VJs present a behind-the-scenes oral history of the early years of MTV that explores the channel's cultural influence and the stories behind such artists as Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, and Duran Duran.

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Why Does the World Exist?

Why Does The World Exist?

An Existential Detective Story

by Jim Holt

Paperback, 320 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $16.95, published April 8 2013 | purchase
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  • An Existential Detective Story
  • Jim Holt

The search for the origins of the universe extends beyond God and the Big Bang theory; a philosopher explores the bizarre possibilities inspired by physicists, theologians, mathematicians and even novelists.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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Escape from Camp 14

Escape From Camp 14

One Man's Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea to Freedom in the West

by Blaine Harden

Paperback, 210 pages, Penguin Group USA, $15, published March 26 2013 | purchase
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  • One Man's Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea to Freedom in the West
  • Blaine Harden

Until his early 20s, the only life Shin Dong-hyuk had ever known was one of constant beatings, near starvation and snitching on others to survive. Born into one of the worst of North Korea's system of prison camps, Shin was doomed to a life of hard labor and an early death. But when he was 23, he managed to elude the guards and escape. Reporter Blaine Harden tells the tale of Shin's imprisonment and astounding getaway.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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  • 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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