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The Secrets of Happy Families

The Secrets of Happy Families

Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More

by Bruce Feiler

Paperback, 308 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published December 31 2013 | purchase
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  • Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More
  • Bruce Feiler

Bruce Feiler and his wife have twin daughters, and every morning was a madcap rush to get everybody out the door on time. Feiler kept wondering if things could be better — easier, smoother, happier. So he set out on a mission to gather advice for how to build a stronger, happier and healthier family. The result is The Secrets of Happy Families, a collection of more than 200 strategies culled from conversations with, among others, business branding experts, sports coaches and even the team behind Modern Family.

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Days That I'll Remember

Days That I'll Remember

Spending Time With John Lennon and Yoko Ono

by Jonathan Cott

Paperback, 242 pages, Random House Inc, $16.95, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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When Jonathan Cott and John Lennon met in 1968, it was the beginning of a friendship that would span more than two decades. Cott's new book chronicles his years in Lennon and Yoko Ono's company.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot

Hardcover, 369 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published February 2 2010 | purchase
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling numerous medical and scientific discoveries.NPR Bestseller

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Thrive

Thrive

Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way

by Dan Buettner

Paperback, 283 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published October 18 2011 | purchase
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  • Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way
  • Dan Buettner

The first book to identify demographically proven "happiness hotspots" worldwide documents the happiest people on Earth and reveals how people can create their own happy zones.

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Wave

Wave

by Sonali Deraniyagala

Paperback, 227 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published December 31 2013 | purchase
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  • Sonali Deraniyagala

Sonali Deraniyagala lost her husband, parents and two young sons in the terrifying Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. They had been vacationing on the southern coast of her home country, Sri Lanka, when the wave struck. Wave is her brutal but lyrically written account of the awful moment and the grief-crazed months after, as she learned to live with her almost unbearable losses — and allow herself to remember details of her previous life.NPR Bestseller

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The Terror Courts

The Terror Courts

Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay

by Jess Bravin

Hardcover, 440 pages, Yale Univ Pr, $30, published February 19 2013 | purchase
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  • Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay
  • Jess Bravin

When the United States captured hundreds of suspected terrorists and imprisoned them at Guantanamo Bay, the detainment of these individuals was just the start of the story. The Terror Courts describes the legal, political, and moral issues that arose when Americans attempted to prosecute these men, and describes the consequences of creating a parallel system for legal justice.

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Honeybee Democracy

Honeybee Democracy

by Thomas D. Seeley

Hardcover, 273 pages, Princeton Univ Pr, $29.95, published September 20 2010 | purchase
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The Heavy

The Heavy

A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet: A Memoir

by Dara-lynn Weiss

Hardcover, 240 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published January 15 2013 | purchase
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  • A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet: A Memoir
  • Dara-lynn Weiss

An expansion of the author's controversial "Up Front" column in Vogue magazine describes her family's efforts to help her clinically obese, seven-year-old daughter to lose weight, recounting how their progress was challenged by judgmental and conflictingdetractors.

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The Outpost

The Outpost

An Untold Story of American Valor

by Jake Tapper

Paperback, 683 pages, Little Brown & Co, $18, published October 22 2013 | purchase
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  • An Untold Story of American Valor
  • Jake Tapper

Combat Outpost Keating, a U.S. camp in a particularly dangerous location in Afghanistan, was the site of a deadly Taliban attack in 2009. Jake Tapper investigates this bloody battle, examining its causes, consequences and preventability; after the attack, a Pentagon investigation concluded that there was no reason for Outpost Keating to have been there in the first place.

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Sticks and Stones

Sticks And Stones

Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy

by Emily Bazelon

Paperback, 391 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published February 11 2014 | purchase
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  • Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy
  • Emily Bazelon

Emily Bazelon explores teen bullying: what it is, what it isn't and how the rise of the Internet and social media make the experience more challenging.

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Erasing Death

The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death

by Sam Parnia, M.D. and Josh Young

Hardcover, 344 pages, HarperOne, $16, published February 26 2013 | purchase
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  • The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death
  • Sam Parnia, M.D. and Josh Young

Drawing from meticulous research, one of the world's leading experts on the scientific study of death, the human mind-brain relationship and near-death experiences demystifies what happens to human consciousness during and after death.

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The Cleanest Race

The Cleanest Race

How North Koreans See Themselves - and Why It Matters

by B. R. Myers

Paperback, 217 pages, Melville House, $20, published December 20 2011 | purchase
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  • How North Koreans See Themselves - and Why It Matters
  • B. R. Myers

North Korea analyst B.R. Myers presents a view of North Korea through the eyes of its citizens. He argues that the late Kim Jong Il guided his regime through a paranoid, race-based nationalism with roots in Japanese fascist thought.

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North Korea Through the Looking Glass

North Korea Through the Looking Glass

by Kong Dan Oh and Ralph C. Hassig

Paperback, 256 pages, Brookings Inst Pr, $24.95, published August 1 2000 | purchase
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  • Kong Dan Oh and Ralph C. Hassig
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The Aquariums of Pyongyang

The Aquariums of Pyongyang

Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag

by Kang Chol-Hwan, Pierre Rigoulot and Yair Reiner

Paperback, 238 pages, Perseus Books Group, $16.95, published August 23 2005 | purchase
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Avoiding Armageddon

Avoiding Armageddon

America, India, and Pakistan to the Brink and Back

by Bruce O. Riedel

Hardcover, 220 pages, Brookings Inst Pr, $27.95, published January 21 2013 | purchase
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  • America, India, and Pakistan to the Brink and Back
  • Bruce O. Riedel

India and Pakistan will be among the most important countries in the twenty-first century. In Avoiding Armageddon, Bruce Riedel explains the challenge and the importance of successfully managing America's affairs with these two emerging powers and their toxic relationship.

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The Guttenberg Bible

The Guttenberg Bible

A Memoir

by Steve Guttenberg

Hardcover, 334 pages, Thomas Dunne Books, $25.99, published May 8 2012 | purchase
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  • Steve Guttenberg

The star of such blockbuster 1980s films as Police Academy and Three Men and a Baby describes his early encounters with celebrities and casting agents on the Paramount lot before rising to fame and learning how to stay grounded through the support of his family.

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