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Meatless Days

Meatless Days

by Sara Suleri

Paperback, 186 pages, Univ of Chicago Pr, $14, published June 11 1991 | purchase
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Outside The Wire

Outside the Wire

American Soldiers' Voices from Afghanistan

by Christine Dumaine Leche

Hardcover, 148 pages, University of Virginia Press, $23.95, published April 8 2013 | purchase
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  • American Soldiers' Voices from Afghanistan
  • Christine Dumaine Leche

This collection of 38 narratives by American soldiers serving in Afghanistan offers an inside look at everyday life in a war zone. Writing instructor Christine Dumaine Leche taught classes at air bases in the Afghan war zone, and her students — who often attended class after a long day of conflict and danger — composed these personal, emotional reflections.

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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 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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Those Angry Days

Those Angry Days

Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight over World War II, 1939-1941

by Lynne Olson

Hardcover, 548 pages, Random House Inc, $18, published March 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight over World War II, 1939-1941
  • Lynne Olson

Lynne Olson traces the crisis period leading up to America entering World War II, describing the nation's polarized interventionist and isolationist factions as represented by the government, in the press and on the streets.NPR Bestseller

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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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Between Man and Beast

Between Man and Beast

An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure That Took the Victorian World by Storm

by Monte Reel

Paperback, 402 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published December 3 2013 | purchase
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  • An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure That Took the Victorian World by Storm
  • Monte Reel

The improbable explorer Paul du Chaillu was the first European to confirm the existence of gorillas. The discovery he made on his West African expedition turned a legend into scientific fact, but his findings did not go unquestioned. Monte Reel delves into the complex history of du Chaillu — an adventurer without a scientific background, an observer whose reports were marred by exaggerations and a man altogether embroiled in controversies, from Darwin's discoveries to his own family history.

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Keeping Hope Alive

Keeping Hope Alive

One Woman: 90,000 Lives Changed

by Hawa, Dr. Abdi

Hardcover, 246 pages, Grand Central Pub, $26.99, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Hawa, Dr. Abdi

In a story of bravery and perseverance, Dr. Hawa Abdi, "the Mother Teresa of Somalia," reflects on founding the camp for internal refugees that kept 90,000 of her fellow citizens safe, inspiring her daughters to become doctors and being kidnapped by radical insurgents.

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The New Mind of the South

The New Mind Of The South

by Tracy Thompson

Paperback, 271 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published March 18 2014 | purchase
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Twenty years after she left the South, Georgia native Tracy Thompson went on a four-year journey to explore what it means to be Southern in the 21st century. In The New Mind Of The South, she shares her discoveries.

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A Slap in the Face

A Slap in the Face

Why Insults Hurt - and Why They Shouldn't

by William B. Irvine

Hardcover, 253 pages, Oxford Univ Pr, $21.95, published March 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Why Insults Hurt - and Why They Shouldn't
  • William B. Irvine

Insults are part of the fabric of daily life. But why do we insult each other? Why do insults cause us such pain? Most importantly, how can we overcome our inclination to insult others? William Irvine undertakes a wide-ranging investigation of insults, their history, the role they play in social relationships, and the science behind them.

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Gods Like Us

Gods Like Us

On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame

by Ty Burr

Hardcover, 413 pages, Pantheon, $14.98, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame
  • Ty Burr

Offers a history of stardom, from the early years of cinema through the reality stars of the Internet age, offering anecdotes and explorations of the ways in which fame both reflects and obscures the people behind the celebrity image.

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Mighty Be Our Powers

Mighty Be Our Powers

How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War

by Leymah Gbowee

Paperback, 260 pages, Perseus Books Group, $14.99, published March 26 2013 | purchase
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  • How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War
  • Leymah Gbowee

Propelled by her realization that it is women who suffer most during conflicts — and that the power of women working together can create an unstoppable force — Leymah Gbowee helped organize and then led a coalition of Christian and Muslim women who confronted Liberia's ruthless president and rebel warlords by sitting in public protest and even holding a sex strike. In Mighty Be Our Powers, she traces her journey from abused civil war refugee to women's rights and peace activist.

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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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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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Brothers Emanuel

Brothers Emanuel

A Memoir of an American Family

by Ezekiel J. Emanuel

Paperback, 274 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published November 12 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir of an American Family
  • Ezekiel J. Emanuel

The brothers in the Emanuel family are known for their success and for their chutzpah. The youngest is Ari Emanuel, a high-powered Hollywood agent and the inspiration for a blunt-talking character on the HBO show Entourage. Then there's middle brother and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a tough, foul-mouthed former White House chief of staff and congressman. Author Ezekiel, a doctor and professor, is the oldest, and in this memoir he traces the brothers' careers while offering insight into their upbringing.

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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
  • Frans De Waal

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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Sex and the Citadel

Sex and the Citadel

Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World

by Shereen El Feki

Paperback, 346 pages, Random House Inc, $16.95, published January 21 2014 | purchase
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  • Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World
  • Shereen El Feki

Shereen El Feki spent five years traveling across the Arab world asking people about sex. She wanted to learn about the lives of young single people, married couples, gay people and sex workers, and how the sexual aspects of their lives reflect larger religious, cultural and political shifts. What she actually learned is that the Arab patriarchy is alive and well – and women are some of its staunchest supporters.

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FDR and the Jews

FDR and the Jews

by Allan J. Lichtman and Richard Breitman

Hardcover, 433 pages, Harvard Univ Pr, $29.95, published March 19 2013 | purchase
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  • Allan J. Lichtman and Richard Breitman

Richard Breitman and Allan Lichtman draw upon new primary sources to examine the debate over whether Franklin D. Roosevelt turned his back on the Jews of Hitler's Europe.

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