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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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Living With Guns

Living With Guns

A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment

by Craig R. Whitney

Hardcover, 285 pages, PublicAffairs, $28.99, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment
  • Craig R. Whitney

Living With Guns examines the war over gun control in America as well as the rigid ideologies that have informed the debate on both sides for over 50 years.

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Walkable City

Walkable City

How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time

by Jeff Speck

Paperback, 312 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $16, published November 12 2013 | purchase
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  • How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time
  • Jeff Speck

Jeff Speck, a city planner and architectural designer, delves into what it means to make a city pedestrian-friendly. Packed with observations and real-world examples, his book tackles the challenges of city life, advocating for smart growth and sustainable design while presenting a plan for making American cities safe and efficient.

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African American Faces of the Civil War

African American Faces of the Civil War

An Album

by Ronald S. Coddington and J. Matthew Gallman

Hardcover, 338 pages, Johns Hopkins Univ Pr, $29.95, published August 20 2012 | purchase
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  • Ronald S. Coddington and J. Matthew Gallman

Uses archival photographs to introduce African American men who fought in the Civil War, whose roles ranged from servants and laborers to junior officers, and includes details on each man's life through military records and personal files.

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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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Team of Rivals

Team Of Rivals

The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Paperback, 916 pages, Simon & Schuster, $21, published October 16 2006 | purchase
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  • The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin

An analysis of Abraham Lincoln's political talents identifies the strengths and abilities that enabled his election and describes how he used those same abilities to rally former opponents to win the Civil War.NPR Bestseller

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Catherine the Great

Catherine The Great

Portrait Of A Woman

by Robert K. Massie

Paperback, 639 pages, Random House Trade Paperbacks, $20, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • Portrait Of A Woman
  • Robert K. Massie

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Peter the Great presents a reconstruction of the 18th century empress's life that covers such topics as her efforts to engage Russia in the cultural life of Europe, her creation of the Hermitage art collection and her numerous scandal-free romantic affairs.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

Hardcover, 256 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published February 7 2012 | purchase
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  • Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
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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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Iron Curtain

The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

by Anne Applebaum

Paperback, 640 pages, Random House Inc, $17.95, published August 13 2013 | purchase
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  • The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956
  • Anne Applebaum

Before the Soviet bloc went bust, its network of regimes created an atmosphere of paranoia and brutality that affected millions. Anne Applebaum explores the domino effect of communism in the wake of World War II.

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The Passage of Power

The Passage Of Power

The Years Of Lyndon Johnson

by Robert A. Caro

Paperback, 768 pages, Vintage, $18.95, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • The Years Of Lyndon Johnson
  • Robert A. Caro

Robert Caro has spent decades researching Lyndon Johnson's life; previous books in his massive biography of Johnson told the story of Johnson's rise to national prominence. In this fourth volume, Caro takes up Johnson's dismal years as vice president and his sudden presidency, which he used to shepherd the 1964 Civil Rights Act through Congress.

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The Antidote

The Antidote

Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

by Oliver Burkeman

Hardcover, 304 pages, Faber and Faber, $25, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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Life After Life

Life After Life

The Investigation of a Phenomenon—Survival of Bodily Death

by Raymond A. Moody

Paperback, 175 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published March 1 2001 | purchase
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  • The Investigation of a Phenomenon--Survival of Bodily Death
  • Raymond A. Moody

Reports on and draws careful conclusions from the out-of-the-body experiences of people who, revived from clinical death or near-death, regained consciousness.

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Far from the Tree

Far From The Tree

Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

by Andrew Solomon

Paperback, 962 pages, Simon & Schuster, $21.50, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
  • Andrew Solomon

The National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon explores the consequences of extreme personal differences between parents and children, describing his own experiences as a gay child of straight parents, and evaluating the circumstances of people affected by physical, developmental or cultural factors that divide families.NPR Bestseller

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Lost at Sea

Lost at Sea

The Jon Ronson Mysteries

by Jon Ronson

Paperback, , Penguin Group USA, $16, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • The Jon Ronson Mysteries
  • Jon Ronson

In Lost at Sea, Jon Ronson — whom Daily Show host Jon Stewart once described as "an investigative satirist" — profiles such eccentricities of contemporary culture as indigo children, fans of Insane Clown Posse and practitioners of assisted suicide.

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Tombstone

Tombstone

The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962

by Yang Jisheng

Paperback, 629 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $17, published November 19 2013 | purchase
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  • The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962
  • Yang Jisheng

During The Great Leap Forward, an estimated 36 million Chinese starved to death in less than four years. The famine was among the worst the world has known — but the disaster was man-made. In Tombstone, Yang Jisheng offers an extensive account of those tragic years, drawing on a decade of undercover investigation to expose the role of Communist agricultural reform — and political violence — in exacerbating the harsh conditions. Banned in China and only recently translated into English, this history revises what once was recorded as truth.

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Don't Shoot

Don't Shoot

One Man, A Street Fellowship, And The End of Violence in Inner-City America

by David M. Kennedy

Paperback, 305 pages, Gardners Books, $22.55, published November 7 2011 | purchase
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  • One Man, A Street Fellowship, And The End of Violence in Inner-City America
  • David M. Kennedy

Traces the story of the "Boston Miracle" criminologist who rose from obscurity to a leading figure in the fight against gang- and drug-related inner-city violence, explaining how his methods involve large-scale interventions that promote cooperative efforts between gangs, law enforcement and communities.

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