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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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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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  • Mark Pendergrast
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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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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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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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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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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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Cooked

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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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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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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Drift

Drift

The Unmooring of American Military Power

by Rachel Maddow

Paperback, 275 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Rachel Maddow

In past wars, the U.S. practically dismantled its military after the troops came home. But today, says MSNBC News anchor and writer Rachel Maddow, the nation finds itself in a state of almost permanent war. Her book argues that the U.S. military has grown bloated partially because the nation is insulated from the wars its soldiers fight.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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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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Unflinching Courage

Unflinching Courage

Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas

by Kay Bailey Hutchison

Hardcover, 358 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published April 16 2013 | purchase
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  • Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison

The first woman to represent Texas in the United States Senate introduces some of the extraordinary women who have shaped the state of Texas and the nation, including Clara Driscoll, who fought to save and preserve The Alamo.

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The Dispensable Nation

The Dispensable Nation

American Foreign Policy in Retreat

by Vali Nasr

Paperback, 300 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published January 14 2014 | purchase
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  • American Foreign Policy in Retreat
  • Vali Nasr

The former State Department adviser for Afghanistan and Pakistan offers a reassessment of American foreign policy, offering his advice for directing our country away from failing relations in the Middle East and towards more productive partnerships with other foreign allies. He critiques the executive branch for looking to the military and intelligence agencies for approaches to problems in Afghanistan and elsewhere, rather than working with civilians to find political solutions.

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The Child Catchers

The Child Catchers

Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption

by Kathryn Joyce

Hardcover, 272 pages, Perseus Books Group, $26.99, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • The Child Catchers
  • Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption
  • Kathryn Joyce

The author of Quiverfull reveals how adoption has become entangled in the conservative Christian agenda as a reflection of pro-life initiatives, explaining how child and family well-being has become a lesser priority in a market increasingly driven by profit and religious ideology.

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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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  • Ngugi wa Thiong'o
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Taco USA

Taco USA

How Mexican Food Conquered America

by Gustavo Arellano

Paperback, 310 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published April 16 2013 | purchase
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  • How Mexican Food Conquered America
  • Gustavo Arellano

For 50 years, the taco has been a staple of American life. It's in school lunches and Michelin-star restaurants; it even helped launch the food truck craze. So how did the taco come to loom so large in American bellies? Gustavo Arellano explains our love of all things folded into a tortilla.

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Air Castle of the South

Air Castle of the South

WSM and the Making of Music City

by Craig Havighurst

Paperback, 320 pages, Univ of Illinois Pr, $27.95, published April 15 2013 | purchase
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  • Craig Havighurst

When a proposal to pull country music from the Nashville radio station WSM sparked public outcry in 2002, Craig Havighurst scoured new and existing sources to document the station's effect on the city's character and self-image.

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