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Runaway Girl

Runaway Girl

Escaping Life on the Streets, One Helping Hand at a Time

by Carissa Phelps and Larkin Warren

Paperback, 311 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published June 25 2013 | purchase
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  • Escaping Life on the Streets, One Helping Hand at a Time
  • Carissa Phelps and Larkin Warren

A preadolescent runaway describes the violence and trauma that marked her early life before the unexpected kindness of a teacher helped her get off the streets. She went on to pursue a master's degree and now dedicates herself to helping other at-risk youth.

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The Black Count

The Black Count

Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count Of Monte Cristo

by Tom Reiss

Paperback, 432 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • The Black Count
  • Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count Of Monte Cristo
  • Tom Reiss

Gen. Thomas-Alexandre Dumas was one of the heroes of the French Revolution, leading armies of thousands in triumph through the snows of the Alps and the sands of Egypt. Today, he is almost forgotten, though he lives on in his son's stories. The son of a Haitian slave and a French nobleman, this mixed-race swordsman was the father of novelist Alexandre Dumas, and his adventures helped inspire The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. Tom Reiss' biography of the elder Dumas explores the real-life adventures behind these classic novels.NPR Bestseller

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Double Cross

Double Cross

The True Story of the D-Day Spies

by Ben MacIntyre

Paperback, 399 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • The True Story of the D-Day Spies
  • Ben MacIntyre

Early in 1944, American, British and Canadian soldiers gathered in Southern England and prepared to invade Nazi-occupied Europe. It was hard to hide the largest invasion force in history, so Great Britain instead tried to deceive the Germans into believing that the D-Day attacks would be anywhere but Normandy. As Ben MacIntyre explains, a sophisticated operation of deception began, in which extraordinary spies — including untrustworthy double agents, West End set designers and at least one pigeon handler — successfully fooled the Germans and saved thousands of lives.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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  • Why Does The World Exist?
  • 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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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 Riddle of the Labyrinth

The Riddle of the Labyrinth

The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code

by Margalit Fox

Hardcover, 363 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • The Riddle of the Labyrinth
  • The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code
  • Margalit Fox

An intellectual detective story follows the quest to unlock one of the great secrets of human history — the decipherment of Linear B, an unknown script from the Aegean Bronze Age.

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The Center Holds

The Center Holds

Obama and His Enemies

by Jonathan Alter

Hardcover, 428 pages, Simon & Schuster, $19, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • The Center Holds
  • Obama and His Enemies
  • Jonathan Alter

Traces President Obama's reelection campaign against a backdrop of widespread unemployment and a vindictive political climate, offering insights into Mitt Romney's rival campaign and how the race reflected current views about the roles of government and societal values.

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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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  • Midnight in Mexico
  • 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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Why the West Rules For Now

Why the West Rules For Now

The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future

by Ian Morris

Paperback, 750 pages, St Martins Pr, $22, published October 25 2011 | purchase
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  • Why the West Rules For Now
  • The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future
  • Ian Morris

An archaeologist and historian offers his view on why the West has dominated the globe for the past two hundred years and whether or not its power will last, examining the past fifty thousand years of human history and predicting what the next one hundred years will bring.

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Cows Save the Planet

Cows Save the Planet

And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth

by Judith D. Schwartz and Gretel Ehrlich

Paperback, 220 pages, Chelsea Green Pub Co, $17.95, published May 20 2013 | purchase
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  • Cows Save the Planet
  • And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth
  • Judith D. Schwartz and Gretel Ehrlich

This book explains the role of soil in ecology and the economy, and reveals how treating soil in an environmentally sensitive way can bring about positive changes with respect to climate change, biodiversity loss, obesity, and other crises.

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The Deserters

The Deserters

A Hidden History of World War II

by Charles Glass

Hardcover, 380 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18.50, published June 13 2013 | purchase
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  • The Deserters
  • A Hidden History of World War II
  • Charles Glass

A narrative history of World War II from the perspective of deserters reveals how desertion was often experienced as a natural part of conflict, sharing the stories of a decorated soldier-turned-gangster and a three-time deserter who eventually lost his legs in combat.

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American Gun

American Gun

A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms

by Chris Kyle and William Doyle

Hardcover, 302 pages, HarperCollins, $29.99, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • American Gun
  • A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms
  • Chris Kyle and William Doyle

Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle examines the most important American firearms. He uses them as a window into United States history and shows how the American story has been tied to, and shaped by, guns.

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Out of Our Heads

Out of Our Heads

Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness

by Alva Noe

Paperback, 214 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $15, published February 2 2010 | purchase
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  • Out of Our Heads
  • Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness
  • Alva Noe

A noted philosopher and member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Science examines flaws in current understandings about consciousness while proposing a radical solution that argues that consciousness must not be limited to the confines of the brain.

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One and Only

One and Only

The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being One

by Lauren Sandler

Hardcover, 209 pages, Simon & Schuster, $24.99, published June 11 2013 | purchase
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  • One and Only
  • The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being One
  • Lauren Sandler

A prominent journalist, only child, and mother of an only child presents a case in support of one-child family life, offering perspectives on how single-child families can benefit the economy and environment while promoting child and parent autonomy.

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The Finish

The Finish

The Killing of Osama Bin Laden

by Mark Bowden

Paperback, 276 pages, Grove Press, $16, published June 11 2013 | purchase
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  • The Finish
  • The Killing of Osama Bin Laden
  • Mark Bowden

The Finish recounts the hunt for Osama bin Laden. It draws on primary sources to trace how key decisions were made leading up to his death, and reveals events from the perspectives of President Obama and an increasingly despondent bin Laden.

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The Telling Room

The Telling Room

A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese

by Michael Paterniti

Hardcover, 320 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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  • The Telling Room
  • A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese
  • Michael Paterniti

The author of the best-selling Driving Mr. Albert recounts his visit to the medieval Castilian village of Guzman as part of a decade-long effort to taste the world's finest cheese, an encounter that involved him in long-held regional secrets and the story of a heartbroken genius cheese-maker.NPR Bestseller

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The Long Walk

The Long Walk

A Story of War and the Life That Follows

by Brian Castner

Paperback, 222 pages, Anchor Books, $13, published April 9 2013 | purchase
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  • The Long Walk
  • A Story of War and the Life That Follows
  • Brian Castner

A memoir by a bomb-disposal veteran of the Iraq War traces his three tours of duty in the Middle East and his team's daily life-threatening efforts to stop roadside bombers, sharing additional coverage of the challenges he faced while reacclimating to civilian life. 75,000 first printing.

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