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Oddly Normal

One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms With His Sexuality

by John Schwartz

Paperback, 300 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms With His Sexuality
  • John Schwartz

New York Times correspondent John Schwartz recounts his efforts to help his son feel less alone as a gay teenager.

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My American Revolution

My American Revolution

by Robert Sullivan

Paperback, , St Martins Pr, $16, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • Robert Sullivan

Robert Sullivan offers a fringe history of the American Revolution in the middle colonies — New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania — detailing his one-man effort to reenact the Colonial Army's evacuation of Brooklyn, a tattoo artist's illegal use of a colonial submarine and the secret history of the Delaware crossing.

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The End of Men

The End of Men

And the Rise of Women

by Hanna Rosin

Paperback, 320 pages, Gardners Books, $21.95, published October 11 2012 | purchase
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  • And the Rise of Women
  • Hanna Rosin

A shift in power dynamics between men and women is having profound implications for marriage, sex, children and work. Hanna Rosin explores the radically different ways men and women become educated, earn money and conduct relationships.

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A Woman in the Crossfire

A Woman in the Crossfire

Diaries of the Syrian Revolution

by Samar Yazbek and Max Weiss

Paperback, 269 pages, Consortium Book Sales & Dist, $18.95, published August 28 2012 | purchase
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  • Diaries of the Syrian Revolution
  • Samar Yazbek and Max Weiss

A journalist's account of the Syrian uprising describes her role in an opposition group, encounters with authorities, life with her daughter underground, observations of early demonstrations and escape to Europe.

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Orange is the New Black

Orange Is the New Black

My Year in a Women's Prison

by Piper Kerman

Paperback, 327 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published March 8 2011 | purchase
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  • My Year in a Women's Prison
  • Piper Kerman

Piper Kerman's memoir explores her time at a women's prison in Connecticut, where she was incarcerated for drug trafficking. While there, she gained a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and met a varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances.NPR Bestseller

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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis

by Timothy Egan

Paperback, 370 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $15.95, published August 6 2013 | purchase
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  • The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
  • Timothy Egan

Timothy Egan recounts the pioneering photographer Edward Curtis' life-risking effort to document the disappearing North American Indian nation, offering insight into the danger and resolve behind his venture, his elevation to an impassioned advocate and the posthumous discovery of his achievements.NPR Bestseller

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The United States of Paranoia

The United States of Paranoia

A Conspiracy Theory

by Jesse Walker

Hardcover, 434 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published August 20 2013 | purchase
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  • A Conspiracy Theory
  • Jesse Walker

The books editor of Reason magazine explores the origins, evolution, legacy and impact of paranoia in American politics and culture by discussing five conspiracy narratives that keep recurring throughout history.

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Five Days at Memorial

Five Days at Memorial

Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

by Sheri Fink

Hardcover, 272 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
  • Sheri Fink

A Pulitzer Prize-winning doctor, reporter and author of War Hospital reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center after Hurricane Katrina destroyed its generators. She reveals how caregivers were forced to make life-and-death decisions without essential resources, an experience that raised key issues about practitioner responsibilities and end-of-life care.NPR Bestseller

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The Good Girls Revolt

The Good Girls Revolt

How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace

by Lynn Povich

Paperback, 264 pages, PublicAffairs, $14.99, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace
  • Lynn Povich

In the 1960s, Lynn Povich became part of a revolution at Newsweek when she and her female co-workers sued their bosses for equal opportunity in the newsroom. They asked for a third of the reporters and a third of the writers to be women, and a third of the researchers to be men.

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Wilson

Wilson

by A. Scott Berg

Hardcover, 818 pages, Penguin Group USA, $40, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • A. Scott Berg

This biography of the 28th president of the United States includes details from recently discovered papers that highlight the character of the scholar-leader who shepherded his country through World War I.NPR Bestseller

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Miss Anne in Harlem

Miss Anne in Harlem

The White Women of the Black Renaissance

by Carla Kaplan

Hardcover, 505 pages, HarperCollins, $28.99, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • The White Women of the Black Renaissance
  • Carla Kaplan

Brilliantly combining social history and biography, this never-before-told story of the independent-minded and spirited white women of the black Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s, collectively referred to as Miss Anne, explores their motivations and often misunderstood choices.

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Harlem Nocturne

Harlem Nocturne

Women Artists & Progressive Politics During World War II

by Farah Jasmine Griffin

Hardcover, 242 pages, Perseus Books Group, $26.99, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Women Artists & Progressive Politics During World War II
  • Farah Jasmine Griffin

In Harlem Nocturne, eminent scholar Farah Jasmine Griffin tells the stories of three black female artists who emerged during this period of unprecedented openness, flourishing professionally while also making enormous political strides for their fellow women and African Americans.

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Buck

Buck

by M. K. Asante

Hardcover, 252 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published August 20 2013 | purchase
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  • M. K. Asante

An account of the author's youth in Zimbabwe and in violent Philadelphia street gangs explores how his life was shaped by his father's absence, his brother's imprisonment, and his mother's and sister's struggles with mental illness.

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Confronting the Classics

Confronting The Classics

Traditions, Adventures and Innovations

by Mary Beard

Hardcover, 310 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $28.95, published September 9 2013 | purchase
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  • Traditions, Adventures and Innovations
  • Mary Beard

Mary Beard, drawing on 30 years of teaching and writing about Greek and Roman history, provides a panoramic portrait of the classical world, a book in which we encounter not only Cleopatra and Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Hannibal, but also the common people — the millions of inhabitants of the Roman Empire, the slaves, soldiers and women.

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Men We Reaped

Men We Reaped

A Memoir

by Jesmyn Ward

Hardcover, 256 pages, St Martins Pr, $26, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Jesmyn Ward

Jesmyn Ward recounts the loss of five young men in the author's life to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the misfortune that can follow those who live in poverty, sharing her experiences of living through the dying as she searches through answers in her community.

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Seward

Seward

Lincoln's Indispensable Man

by Walter Stahr

Paperback, 720 pages, Simon & Schuster, $19.99, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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  • Lincoln's Indispensable Man
  • Walter Stahr

The race for the Republican nomination of 1860 was one of the greatest political contests in American history: Abraham Lincoln versus Salmon Chase versus William Seward. Seward might have lost that campaign, but his greatest role was still to come — as the Secretary of State in Lincoln's famed "team of rivals." Walter Stahr describes how a man who was Lincoln's fiercest and most critical opponent eventually became his most loyal and trusted adviser.

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Wonder Women

Wonder Women

Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection

by Debora L. Spar

Hardcover, 305 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $27, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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  • Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection
  • Debora L. Spar

One of the first women professors at Harvard Business School, and the president of Barnard College examines how women's lives have — and have not — changed over the past 40 years.

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