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The World Until Yesterday

The World Until Yesterday

What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?

by Jared Diamond

Paperback, 499 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • The World Until Yesterday
  • What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?
  • Jared Diamond

Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond has spent nearly 50 years studying cultures in Papua New Guinea. Now, he collects his decades of fieldwork to argue that traditional societies still have much to teach us on a wide spectrum of topics — from ways to eat and stay fit to methods of raising children and organizing communities.NPR Bestseller

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The Queen of Katwe

The Queen of Katwe

A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster

by Tim Crothers

Hardcover, 232 pages, Simon & Schuster, $26, published October 9 2012 | purchase
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  • The Queen of Katwe
  • A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster
  • Tim Crothers

Traces the story of an Ugandan teen who was introduced to chess by a missionary mentor and struggled to overcome formidable levels of poverty to become her country's national champion.

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The Ledge

The Ledge

An Adventure Story Of Friendship And Survival On Mount Rainier

by Jim Davidson and Kevin Vaughan

Paperback, 272 pages, Ballantine Books, $16, published January 1 2013 | purchase
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  • An Adventure Story Of Friendship And Survival On Mount Rainier
  • Jim Davidson and Kevin Vaughan

The Ledge documents the 1992 mountaineering venture during which co-author Jim Davidson and his best friend, Mike Price, ascended Mount Rainier before a tragic fall that instantly ended Mike's life and forced Jim to climb to safety with sparse equipment.

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Once Upon a Secret

Once Upon A Secret

My Affair With President John F. Kennedy And Its Aftermath

by Mimi Alford

Paperback, 213 pages, Random House Trade Paperbacks, $15, published January 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Once Upon A Secret
  • My Affair With President John F. Kennedy And Its Aftermath
  • Mimi Alford

A former mistress of the 35th president breaks 40 years of silence to present a memoir of their 18-month relationship, when she was a college intern at the White House, and discusses the effects of keeping silent on her later life.NPR Bestseller

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To Sell Is Human

To Sell Is Human

The Surprising Truth About Moving Others

by Daniel H. Pink

Hardcover, 260 pages, Riverhead Hardcover, $26.95, published December 31 2012 | purchase
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  • To Sell Is Human
  • The Surprising Truth About Moving Others
  • Daniel H. Pink

The best-selling author of Drive explores the power of selling while arguing that everyone, including non-professional salespeople, engages in persuasive or "moving" behaviors, in a guide that counsels readers on how to navigate powerful economic changes while building modern negotiating skills.

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A Curious Man

A Curious Man

The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not!" Ripley

by Neal Thompson

Hardcover, 320 pages, Random House, $26, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • A Curious Man
  • The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not!" Ripley
  • Neal Thompson

Neal Thompson recounts the life of Robert Ripley, the enigmatic cartoonist-turned-globetrotting-millionaire who won international fame by celebrating the world's strangest oddities, and whose outrageous showmanship taught us to believe in the unbelievable.

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Dearie

Dearie

The Remarkable Life Of Julia Child

by Bob Spitz

Paperback, 557 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • Dearie
  • The Remarkable Life Of Julia Child
  • Bob Spitz

Julia Child was a genuine rebel: She took the pretensions that embellished French cuisine and fricasseed them to a fare-thee-well, paving the way for a new era of American food — not to mention blazing a new trail in television. Bob Spitz reveals the history behind the woman who taught America how to cook.NPR Bestseller

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I'm Your Man

I'm Your Man

The Life Of Leonard Cohen

by Sylvie Simmons

Hardcover, 570 pages, Ecco, $27.99, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • I'm Your Man
  • The Life Of Leonard Cohen
  • Sylvie Simmons

An intimate portrait of one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, I'm Your Man draws upon Leonard Cohen's private archives and a wealth of interviews with many of his closest associates, colleagues and other artists whose work he has inspired.NPR Bestseller

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Barack Obama

Barack Obama

The Story

by David Maraniss

Paperback, 641 pages, Simon & Schuster, $18, published January 15 2013 | purchase
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  • Barack Obama
  • The Story
  • David Maraniss

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of They Marched Into Sunlight draws on hundreds of interviews and written sources to present a richly textured account of the 44th president and the forces that shaped his character and beliefs, tracing the experiences of family members before his birth through his entry into politics.NPR Bestseller

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A Difficult Woman

A Difficult Woman

The Challenging Life And Times Of Lillian Hellman

by Alice Kessler-Harris

Hardcover, 439 pages, Bloomsbury Press, $30, published April 24 2012 | purchase
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  • A Difficult Woman
  • The Challenging Life And Times Of Lillian Hellman
  • Alice Kessler-Harris

A provocative assessment of the controversial playwright challenges the opinions of her detractors while exploring contradictions in her character, from her non-practice of Judaism and her impassioned but nonpartisan political views to her sexual freedom in spite of a scorn for the women's movement and her writing of memoirs that repeatedly questioned the authenticity of memory.

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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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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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  • Team Of Rivals
  • 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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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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  • In The Garden Of Beasts
  • 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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  • The Swerve
  • 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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Bossypants

Bossypants

by Tina Fey

Paperback, 275 pages, Little Brown & Co, $15.99, published January 3 2012 | purchase
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  • Bossypants
  • Tina Fey

The breakout star of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock gives a humorous account of her life, as well as behind-the-scenes stories from her hit shows.NPR Bestseller

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F in Exams

F In Exams

The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers

by Richard Benson

Paperback, 128 pages, Chronicle Books, $9.95, published February 23 2011 | purchase
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  • F In Exams
  • The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers
  • Richard Benson

Humor writer Richard Benson collects hilariously wrong test answers.NPR Bestseller

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Dancers Among Us

Dancers Among Us

A Celebration Of Joy In The Everyday

by Jordan Matter

Paperback, 229 pages, Workman Publishing Company, $17.95, published October 23 2012 | purchase
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  • Dancers Among Us
  • A Celebration Of Joy In The Everyday
  • Jordan Matter

Dancers Among Us presents photographs of dancers leaping and spinning in the midst of daily life: on the beach; at a construction site; in a library, a restaurant and a park.NPR Bestseller

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

by Mindy Kaling

Paperback, 222 pages, Three Rivers Press, $14, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
  • Mindy Kaling

The writer and actor best known for her role on The Office shares observations on everything from favorite male archetypes and her hatred of dieting to her relationship with her mother and the haphazard creative process of The Office's writers' room.NPR Bestseller

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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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  • Help, Thanks, Wow
  • 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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America Again

America Again

Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't

by Stephen Colbert

Hardcover, 240 pages, Grand Central Publishing, $28.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • America Again
  • Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't
  • Stephen Colbert

The political satirist, comedian and host of The Colbert Report puts his signature humorous spin on health care, the economy and food, promising that this book will single-handedly fix an America that is broken and has lost its way.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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  • Wild
  • 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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I Could Pee on This

I Could Pee On This

And Other Poems By Cats

by Francesco Marciuliano

Hardcover, 111 pages, Chronicle Books, $12.95, published August 15 2012 | purchase
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  • I Could Pee On This
  • And Other Poems By Cats
  • Francesco Marciuliano

Francesco Marciuliano, author of the comic strip Sally Forth, gives voice to the thoughts and feelings of cats in this collection of poems attributed to felines.NPR Bestseller

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Killing Lincoln

Killing Lincoln

The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Hardcover, 324 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published September 27 2011 | purchase
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  • Killing Lincoln
  • The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
  • Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and writer Martin Dugard focus on the life, death and legacy of the 16th president in their book Killing Lincoln. The authors reconstruct the final days of Lincoln's life and examine the plot against the president at the end of the Civil War in April 1865.NPR Bestseller

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Waging Heavy Peace

Waging Heavy Peace

A Hippie Dream

by Neil Young

Paperback, 502 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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  • A Hippie Dream
  • Neil Young

Neil Young presents the story of his career against a backdrop of 40 years of history. He discusses such topics as his collaborations with fellow artists, his creative process and his activist work with Farm Aid and The Bridge School.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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  • Behind The Beautiful Forevers
  • 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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The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

by Deb Perelman

Hardcover, 321 pages, Knopf, $35, published October 30 2012 | purchase
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  • The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
  • Deb Perelman

The award-winning blogger for Smitten Kitchen presents a long-awaited first cookbook of 100 new and favorite recipes — from Mushroom Bourguignon and Pancetta to Buttered Popcorn Cookies and Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake — in a volume that features adapted options for busy home cooks.NPR Bestseller

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The Signal and the Noise

The Signal And The Noise

Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don't

by Nate Silver

Hardcover, 534 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published September 27 2012 | purchase
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  • The Signal And The Noise
  • Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don't
  • Nate Silver

The founder of FiveThirtyEight.com challenges myths about predictions in subjects ranging from the financial market and weather to sports and politics, profiling the world of prediction to explain how to distinguish true signals from hype.NPR Bestseller

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The Patriarch

The Patriarch

The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy

by David Nasaw

Hardcover, 868 pages, Penguin Group USA, $40, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • The Patriarch
  • The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy
  • David Nasaw

Historian David Nasaw draws on exclusive records to offer insight into Joseph P. Kennedy's shrewd financial talents and considerable ambition for his family, providing coverage of such topics as the controversies surrounding his character and his role in several mainstream political events.NPR Bestseller

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Book of Gin

The Book of Gin

by Richard Barnett

Hardcover, 275 pages, Grove Atlantic Press, $24, published December 4 2012 | purchase
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  • The Book of Gin
  • Richard Barnett

Richard Barnett traces the spirit's life, from its beginnings in alchemy to its current popularity among boutique distillers.

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The Inspired Vegan

The Inspired Vegan

Seasonal Ingredients, Creative Recipes, Mouthwatering Menus

by Bryant Terry

Paperback, 201 pages, Perseus Books Group, $19, published January 24 2012 | purchase
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  • The Inspired Vegan
  • Seasonal Ingredients, Creative Recipes, Mouthwatering Menus
  • Bryant Terry

Presents vegan recipes which incorporate seasonal ingredients, sharing cooking techniques and seasonal menus.

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Dirt Candy A Cookbook

Dirt Candy A Cookbook

Flavor-forward Food from the Upstart New York City Vegetarian Restaurant

by Amanda Cohen, Ryan Dunlavey and Grady Hendrix

Paperback, 224 pages, Clarkson Potter, $19.99, published August 21 2012 | purchase
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  • Dirt Candy A Cookbook
  • Flavor-forward Food from the Upstart New York City Vegetarian Restaurant
  • Amanda Cohen, Ryan Dunlavey, et al

Dirt Candy presents recipes for vegetarian appetizers, sauces, entrees and desserts that are featured at the author's New York City restaurant, including such dishes as sound-ground grits, cauliflower and waffles, and caramel popcorn pudding.

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How To Be Black

by Baratunde Thurston

Paperback, 254 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published October 30 2012 | purchase
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  • How To Be Black
  • Baratunde Thurston

Drawn from more than 30 years of living and redefining blackness, an editor at The Onion presents this tongue-in-cheek guide to being black that pokes fun at the so-called experts, purists and racists who think they know what black people believe, do, stand for and like.

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Wherever I Wind Up

Wherever I Wind Up

My Quest for Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball

by R. A. Dickey and Wayne Coffey

Hardcover, 340 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published March 29 2012 | purchase
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  • Wherever I Wind Up
  • My Quest for Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball
  • R. A. Dickey and Wayne Coffey

Relates the author's unlikely journey to the big leagues after his athletic dream was nearly destroyed and how he was sustained by his Christian faith and the love of his family before emerging as one of the National League's premier pitchers.

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Sophie Calle

Sophie Calle

The Address Book

by Sophie Calle

Hardcover, 104 pages, Siglio, $29.95, published September 30 2012 | purchase
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  • Sophie Calle
  • The Address Book
  • Sophie Calle

After finding a lost address book, the artist sets out to understand its owner by randomly interviewing contacts to learn more about the personality and past of its owner.

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As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh

As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh

Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980

by Susan Sontag and David Rieff

Paperback, 523 pages, St Martins Pr, $20, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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  • As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh
  • Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980
  • Susan Sontag and David Rieff

A second volume of Susan Sontag's journals shares intimate reflections on the writer's artistic and political development during a trip to Hanoi at the peak of the Vietnam War and throughout her filmmaking years in Sweden.

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All We Know

All We Know

Three Lives

by Lisa Cohen

Hardcover, 429 pages, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $30, published July 17 2012 | purchase
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  • All We Know
  • Three Lives
  • Lisa Cohen

Lisa Cohen chronicles the lives of New York intellectual Esther Murphy, celebrity ephemera collector Mercedes de Acosta and British Vogue editor Madge Garland as well as their lifestyles, influence on fashion and celebrity friendships.

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Let's Bring Back

Let's Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition

A Compendium Of Impish, Romantic, Amusing, And Occasionally Appalling Potations From Bygone Eras

by Lesley M. M. Blume and Grady McFerrin

Hardcover, 207 pages, Chronicle Books, $18.95, published September 26 2012 | purchase
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  • Let's Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition
  • A Compendium Of Impish, Romantic, Amusing, And Occasionally Appalling Potations From Bygone Eras
  • Lesley M. M. Blume and Grady McFerrin

Culled from ancient times through the 1960s, these delectable vintage cocktails are by turns fizzy and silken, sweet and tart, lethal and prim. Some of them are absurd, several are sentimental, while others are outright scandalous.

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