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A Taste for Intrigue

A Taste for Intrigue

The Multiple Lives of François Mitterrand

by Philip Short

Hardcover, 620 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $40, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • The Multiple Lives of François Mitterrand
  • Philip Short

Documents the life of France's first popularly elected socialist president, covering such topics as the Observatory affair, his decision to join Petain's Vichy government, and his influence on French social and political dynamics.

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Forcing the Spring

Forcing the Spring

Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality

by Jo Becker

Hardcover, 470 pages, Penguin Group USA, $29.95, published April 22 2014 | purchase
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  • Forcing the Spring
  • Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality
  • Jo Becker

Draws on interviews and in-depth reporting to present an insider's account of a national civil rights struggle to stop Proposition 8, which removed the right of gay men and women to marry, and the campaign to undermine the Defense of Marriage Act.

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The Noble Hustle

The Noble Hustle

Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death

by Colson Whitehead

Hardcover, 256 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published May 6 2014 | purchase
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  • The Noble Hustle
  • Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death
  • Colson Whitehead

The best-selling author of Zone One describes his uproarious participation in the World Series of Poker after only six weeks of training, recounting how he interacted with a gritty subculture of high-stakes players while endeavoring to maintain his parenting responsibilities.

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Infinitesimal

Infinitesimal

How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World

by Amir Alexander

Hardcover, 352 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $27, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World
  • Amir Alexander

Amir Alexander takes readers from the religious strife of the 16th century to the battlefields of the English civil war in order to recount the epic battle over a simple, yet forbidden, mathematical concept that would eventually become the foundation of calculus.

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There Goes Gravity

There Goes Gravity

A Life in Rock and Roll

by Lisa Robinson

Hardcover, 361 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published April 22 2014 | purchase
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  • A Life in Rock and Roll
  • Lisa Robinson

A longtime music columnist presents an insider's assessment of major rock 'n' roll personalities while tracing her career and the genre's evolution over the past four decades.

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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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Wild

Wild

From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

by Cheryl Strayed

Paperback, 315 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published March 26 2013 | purchase
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  • From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Cheryl Strayed

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington state — and she would do it alone.NPR Bestseller

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Gulp

Gulp

Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

by Mary Roach

Paperback, 352 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $15.95, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
  • Mary Roach

The author of Stiff, about corpses, and Spook, about the afterlife, now explores the living human body. Gulp follows the digestive system from the mouth to the ... south, discussing food flavors, rectum uses, flatulence and the functions of saliva, among many other alimentary topics.NPR Bestseller

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Heaven Is for Real

Heaven Is for Real

A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent

Paperback, 209 pages, Harpercollins Christian Pub, $16.99, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
  • Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent

Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent tell the story of a Nebraska pastor's 4-year-old son, who loses consciousness during surgery, sees a vision of heaven and meets Jesus' special horse.NPR Bestseller

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Hyperbole and a Half

Hyperbole And A Half

Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

by Allie Brosh

Paperback, 369 pages, Simon & Schuster, $17.99, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
  • Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half began life as Allie Brosh's blog, full of crude sketches and absurdist rants about spelling, dogs, cake and the pressures of adulthood. But there's a serious side as well, in heartfelt, unsparing stories about her struggle with depression.NPR Bestseller

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Quiet

Quiet

The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

by Susan Cain

Paperback, 352 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
  • Susan Cain

Susan Cain demonstrates how introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued in modern culture, charting the rise of extrovert ideology while sharing anecdotal examples of how to use introvert talents to adapt to various situations.NPR Bestseller

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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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  • Orange Is the New Black
  • 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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The Girls of Atomic City

The Girls Of Atomic City

The Untold Story of the Women who Helped Win World War II

by Denise Kiernan

Paperback, 373 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published March 11 2014 | purchase
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  • The Girls Of Atomic City
  • The Untold Story of the Women who Helped Win World War II
  • Denise Kiernan

In Oak Ridge, Tenn., during World War II, thousands of young women were helping the war effort. They knew that sharing even seemingly innocent details about their labors could be cause for dismissal. Their work was as mysterious as it was top-secret — until the bombs were dropped.NPR Bestseller

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The Empathy Exams

The Empathy Exams

Essays

by Leslie Jamison

Paperback, 226 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $15, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • Essays
  • Leslie Jamison

Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, The Empathy Exams asks essential questions about our basic understanding of others.NPR Bestseller

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Flash Boys

Flash Boys

by Michael Lewis

Hardcover, 274 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $27.95, published March 31 2014 | purchase
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  • Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis argues that post-crisis Wall Street continues to be controlled by large banks and explains how a small, diverse group of Wall Street men have banded together to reform the financial markets.NPR Bestseller

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Living With a Wild God

Living With a Wild God

A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth About Everything

by Barbara Ehrenreich

Hardcover, 237 pages, Grand Central Pub, $26, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • Living With a Wild God
  • A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth About Everything
  • Barbara Ehrenreich

Part memoir, part spiritual inquiry, an atheist and rationalist, after coming across the journal she kept during her adolescence, sets out to answer her younger self's uninhibited musings on questions of spirituality, science and morality.NPR Bestseller

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The Boys in the Boat

The Boys In The Boat

Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

by Daniel James Brown

Hardcover, 404 pages, Penguin Group USA, $28.95, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • The Boys In The Boat
  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • Daniel James Brown

Daniel James Brown traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder and a homeless teen rower.NPR Bestseller

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The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction

An Unnatural History

by Elizabeth Kolbert

Hardcover, 319 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published February 11 2014 | purchase
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  • An Unnatural History
  • Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of geologists, botanists, marine biologists and other researchers to discuss five devastating mass extinctions and to predict the coming of a sixth.NPR Bestseller

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The Divide

The Divide

American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

by Matt Taibbi and Molly Crabapple

Hardcover, 416 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
  • Matt Taibbi and Molly Crabapple

The investigative journalist analyzes the emotionally galvanizing wealth gap in America and how it is transforming the meaning of rights, justice, and basic citizenship.NPR Bestseller

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A Call to Action

A Call to Action

Women, Religion, Violence, and Power

by Jimmy Carter

Hardcover, 211 pages, Simon & Schuster, $28, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • A Call to Action
  • Women, Religion, Violence, and Power
  • Jimmy Carter

The former president looks at the suffering, discrimination and abuse suffered by women around the world. NPR Bestseller

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The Story of the Jews

The Story of the Jews

Finding the Words 1000 BC -1492 AD

by Simon Schama

Hardcover, 288 pages, HarperCollins, $39.99, published March 18 2014 | purchase
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  • Finding the Words 1000 BC -1492 AD
  • Simon Schama

This illustrated companion to the PBS and BBC series The Story of the Jews traces the Jewish experience, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the New World in 1492.NPR Bestseller

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How Jesus Became God

How Jesus Became God

The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee

by Bart D. Ehrman

Hardcover, 404 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee
  • Bart D. Ehrman

Explores the historical Jesus and traces how he was transformed from a Jewish prophet to God himself. NPR Bestseller

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David and Goliath

David and Goliath

Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

by Malcolm Gladwell

Hardcover, 305 pages, Little Brown & Co, $29, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
  • Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak, the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed.NPR Bestseller

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A Fighting Chance

A Fighting Chance

by Elizabeth Warren

Hardcover, 365 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published April 22 2014 | purchase
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  • Elizabeth Warren

The Massachusetts senator chronicles her childhood pursuit of an education and her two-decade career in Washington.

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Louisiana Eats!

Louisiana Eats!

The People, the Food, and Their Stories

by Poppy Tooker and David G. Spielman

Hardcover, 136 pages, Pelican Pub Co Inc, $24.95, published August 23 2013 | purchase
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  • Louisiana Eats!
  • The People, the Food, and Their Stories
  • Poppy Tooker and David G. Spielman

Poppy Tooker collects an oral history of Louisiana's diverse food culture, bringing together recipes, portraits and stories from the people behind the dishes.

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A Bintel Brief

A Bintel Brief

Love and Longing in Old New York

by Liana Finck

Paperback, 112 pages, HarperCollins, $17.99, published April 15 2014 | purchase
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  • Love and Longing in Old New York
  • Liana Finck

Drawn from letters submitted to the popular advice column of The Forward, a widely read Yiddish language newspaper begun in 1906 New York, this illustrative tribute to the turn-of-the-century Jewish immigrants who transformed New York City offers insight into a segment of America's rich cultural past.

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The Internal Enemy

The Internal Enemy

Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832

by Alan Taylor

Hardcover, 605 pages, W.W. Norton, $35, published September 9 2013 | purchase
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  • Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832
  • Alan Taylor

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor details how runaway slaves turned to invading British forces for freedom and protection during the War of 1812. In exchange, the former slaves put their intimate knowledge of American waterways and countryside toward the British war effort.

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A Dreadful Deceit

A Dreadful Deceit

The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama's America

by Jacqueline Jones

Hardcover, 384 pages, Perseus Books Group, $29.99, published December 10 2013 | purchase
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  • A Dreadful Deceit
  • The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama's America
  • Jacqueline Jones

A historian presents the stories of six different African-Americans over three centuries to illuminate the long-standing issues of race and economic injustice that continue to cause division and tension in the modern United States.

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Gandhi Before India

Gandhi Before India

by Ramachandra Guha

Hardcover, 672 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published April 15 2014 | purchase
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  • Gandhi Before India
  • Ramachandra Guha

The first volume of a series detailing the life and work of the influential political advocate draws on private papers and other untapped sources to cover his birth in 1869 through his upbringing in Gujarat, discussing his London education and decades asa lawyer in South Africa.

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The Wrong Enemy

The Wrong Enemy

America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014

by Carlotta Gall

Hardcover, 329 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014
  • Carlotta Gall

A New York Times foreign correspondent looks at the fallout of Sept. 11 through first-hand accounts from Taliban warlords, intelligence thugs, American generals and Afghan politicians.

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Let's Talk About Love

Let's Talk About Love

Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste

by Carl Wilson

Paperback, 303 pages, Bloomsbury USA Academic, $19.95, published March 13 2014 | purchase
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  • Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste
  • Carl Wilson
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The People's Republic of Amnesia

The People's Republic of Amnesia

Tiananmen Revisited

by Louisa Lim

Hardcover, 240 pages, Oxford Univ Pr, $24.95, published June 3 2014 | purchase
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  • Tiananmen Revisited
  • Louisa Lim

Twenty five years after Tiananmen Square, NPR correspondent Louisa Lim explores how China was changed by the events of June 4, 1989 — when soldiers shot and killed unarmed civilians in Beijing.

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