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Jewish Jocks

Jewish Jocks

An Unorthodox Hall of Fame

by Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy

Hardcover, 285 pages, Twelve, $26.99, published October 30 2012 | purchase
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  • An Unorthodox Hall of Fame
  • Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy

With contributions from celebrated Jewish writers including David Remnick, Jonathan Safran Foer and Dahlia Lithwick, Jewish Jocks provides an overview of the most influential Jewish figures in sports, from Howard Cosell to Sandy Koufax.

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A History of the World in Twelve Maps

A History of the World in Twelve Maps

by Jerry Brotton

Hardcover, 513 pages, Gardners Books, $51.50, published September 6 2012 | purchase
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  • Jerry Brotton
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The Gershwins and Me

The Gershwins and Me

A Personal History in Twelve Songs

by Michael Feinstein

Hardcover, 351 pages, Simon & Schuster, $45, published October 16 2012 | purchase
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  • The Gershwins and Me
  • A Personal History in Twelve Songs
  • Michael Feinstein

A five-time Grammy nominee presents an illustrated tribute to the lives and legacies of the Gershwins that is presented through the stories of 12 of their most enduring songs, including "Strike Up the Band" and "Love Is Here to Stay," in a volume that is complemented by a CD of original recordings.

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Uncle Silas a Tale of Bartram Haugh

Uncle Silas a Tale of Bartram Haugh

by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Paperback, 436 pages, Dover Pubns, $14.95, published June 1 1966 | purchase
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  • Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Maud Ruthyn and her father are haunted by premonitions of death during their sojourn in a gloomy old mansion

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The First Four Notes

The First Four Notes

Beethoven's Fifth And The Human Imagination

by Matthew Guerrieri

Hardcover, 304 pages, Knopf, $26.95, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • Beethoven's Fifth And The Human Imagination
  • Matthew Guerrieri

A music critic presents a revelatory work of music history that analyzes Beethoven's iconic symphony, assessing the composer's influences and legacy while challenging popular beliefs that Beethoven was deaf at the time of the Fifth's composition.

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The Color of Christ

The Color of Christ

The Son of God & The Saga of Race in America

by Paul Harvey and Edward J. Blum

Hardcover, 340 pages, Univ of North Carolina Pr, $32.50, published September 21 2012 | purchase
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  • The Son of God & The Saga of Race in America
  • Paul Harvey and Edward J. Blum

The Color of Christ explores the dynamic nature of Christ worship in the U.S., addressing how his image has been visually remade to champion the causes of white supremacists and civil rights leaders alike, and why the idea of a white Christ has endured.

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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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  • An Album
  • 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

Paperback, 256 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
  • Katherine Boo

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 Passage Of Power
  • 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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