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Midnight in Mexico

Midnight in Mexico

A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent into Darkness

by Alfredo Corchado

Hardcover, 284 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published May 30 2013 | purchase
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  • A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent into Darkness
  • Alfredo Corchado

A Mexican-American journalist traces his 2007, twenty-four-hour effort to end a threat against his own life by a paramilitary group that sought to prevent his investigations into Mexico's drug trafficking and government corruption.

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I Wear the Black Hat

I Wear the Black Hat

Grappling With Villains (Real and Imagined)

by Chuck Klosterman

Hardcover, 214 pages, Simon & Schuster, $25, published July 9 2013 | purchase
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  • Grappling With Villains (Real and Imagined)
  • Chuck Klosterman

The cultural critic questions how modern people understand the concept of villainy and offers insight into the appeal of antiheroes. He describes how his youthful idealism gave way to an adult sympathy with notorious cultural figures.NPR Bestseller

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Eating on the Wild Side

Eating on the Wild Side

The Missing Link to Optimum Health

by Jo Robinson and Andie Styner

Hardcover, 407 pages, Little Brown & Co, $16, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • The Missing Link to Optimum Health
  • Jo Robinson and Andie Styner

Describes how to replace modern fruits and vegetables, which are high in starch and sugar and lower in nutrients than earlier generations of the plants, with different varieties, easily located in grocery stores and farmers markets, that have better nutritional value. 75,000 first printing.

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Twinkie, Deconstructed

Twinkie, Deconstructed

My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated into What into What America Eats

by Steve Ettlinger

Paperback, 282 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published February 26 2008 | purchase
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  • My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated into What into What America Eats
  • Steve Ettlinger

Ettlinger spent five years investigating the sources of processed food ingredients. He reveals the unexpected ways in which chemicals and other non-food raw materials are manufactured into common brand consumables.

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Smart Cities

Smart Cities

Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia

by Anthony Townsend

Hardcover, 400 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $28.95, published October 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia
  • Anthony Townsend

Urbanist and technology expert Anthony Townsend takes a broad, historical look at the forces that have shaped the planning and design of cities and information technologies.

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Ready for a Brand New Beat

Ready for a Brand New Beat

How "Dancing in the Street" Became the Anthem for a Changing America

by Mark Kurlansky

Hardcover, 263 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published July 11 2013 | purchase
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  • How "Dancing in the Street" Became the Anthem for a Changing America
  • Mark Kurlansky

Mark Kurlansky traces the meteoric popularity of the iconic song by Marvin Gaye, Mickey Stevenson and Ivy Jo Hunter against a backdrop of the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964, exploring how the song's multiple meanings rendered it an activist anthem.

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The Great Tamasha

The Great Tamasha

Cricket, Corruption, and the Spectacular Rise of Modern India

by James Astill

Hardcover, 304 pages, St Martins Pr, $27, published July 9 2013 | purchase
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  • Cricket, Corruption, and the Spectacular Rise of Modern India
  • James Astill

A history of modern India as reflected through a prism of its national sport. Documents the emergence of the IPL under businessman Lalit Modi, tracing its meteoric successes through the adoption of American commercial models before its equally dramatic downfall amid scandals and corruption.

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Gunfight

Gunfight

The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America

by Adam Winkler

Paperback, 361 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $16.95, published July 15 2013 | purchase
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  • The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America
  • Adam Winkler

Adam Winkler uses the landmark 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller -- which invalidated a law banning handguns in the nation's capital — as a springboard to look at the American political battle over gun control.

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Cotton Tenants

Cotton Tenants

Three Families

by John Summers, Adam Haslett, James Agee and Walker Evans

Hardcover, 224 pages, Melville House, $24.95, published May 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Three Families
  • John Summers, Adam Haslett, et al

Provides an unsparing record of three families surviving under the harsh conditions of Depression-era poverty in 1936 rural Alabama.

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Pilgrim's Wilderness

Pilgrim's Wilderness

A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier

by Tom Kizzia

Hardcover, 336 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published July 16 2013 | purchase
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  • A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier
  • Tom Kizzia

Years after Robert "Papa Pilgrim" Hale and his anti-establishment family settlement in remote Alaska, they were exposed as a cult-like prison where Hale brutalized and isolated his wife and 15 children. The family endured torturous abuse before the older children escaped and reported Hale to authorities.

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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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The Guns at Last Light

The Guns At Last Light

The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945

by Rick Atkinson

Hardcover, 877 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $40, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • The Guns At Last Light
  • The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945
  • Rick Atkinson

The final volume of the World War II trilogy brings to life the Allies' brutal struggles in Normandy and at the Battle of the Bulge. It also illustrates the freeing of Paris as experienced by participants from every level of the military.NPR Bestseller

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Subversives

Subversives

The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power

by Seth Rosenfeld

Paperback, 752 pages, St Martins Pr, $24, published July 23 2013 | purchase
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  • The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power
  • Seth Rosenfeld

Seth Rosenfeld details how the FBI employed fake reporters to plant ideas and shape public opinion about the 1964 University of California, Berkeley, student protest movement. In addition to planting stories with real reporters, the bureau managed — with the help of then-Gov. Ronald Reagan — to get the university's president fired.

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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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  • Essays
  • 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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Savage Continent

Savage Continent

Europe in the Aftermath of World War Two

by Keith Lowe

Hardcover, 460 pages, St Martins Press, $22, published July 3 2012 | purchase
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  • Savage Continent
  • Europe in the Aftermath of World War Two
  • Keith Lowe

Recounts the disorder in Europe after World War II, describing the brutal acts against Germans and collaborators, the anti-Semitic beliefs that reemerged, and the Allied-tolerated expulsions of citizens from their ancestral homelands.

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Savage Continent

Savage Continent

Europe in the Aftermath of World War II

by Keith Lowe

Paperback, 460 pages, Picador, $16, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Savage Continent
  • Europe in the Aftermath of World War II
  • Keith Lowe

Recounts the disorder in Europe after World War II, describing the brutal acts against Germans and collaborators, the anti-Semitic beliefs that reemerged, and the Allied-tolerated expulsions of citizens from their ancestral homelands.

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