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The Soundtrack of My Life

The Soundtrack of My Life

by Clive Davis

Hardcover, 586 pages, Simon & Schuster, $30, published February 19 2013 | purchase
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  • Clive Davis

The Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music presents a candid assessment of his life and the past half-century of popular music from an insider's perspective, tracing the difficulties he faced as an orphaned teen, the controversies that challenged his ambitions and his work with a wide array of stars and personalities.

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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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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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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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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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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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Bossypants

Bossypants

by Tina Fey

Paperback, 275 pages, Little Brown & Co, $15.99, published January 3 2012 | purchase
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  • 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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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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The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project

Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

by Gretchen Rubin

Paperback, 315 pages, Harpercollins, $14.99, published March 1 2011 | purchase
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  • Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
  • Gretchen Rubin

The Happiness Project chronicles the author's year spent testing the edicts of conventional wisdom to assess their potential for improving life, describing various activities ranging from getting more sleep and singing to her children to starting a blog and imitating a spiritual master.NPR Bestseller

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Tiny Beautiful Things

Tiny Beautiful Things

Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar

by Cheryl Strayed

Paperback, 353 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published July 10 2012 | purchase
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  • Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar
  • Cheryl Strayed

A collection of advice on everything from infidelity and grief to marital boredom and financial hardships from Cheryl Strayed's popular "Dear Sugar" column in the online magazine The Rumpus.NPR Bestseller

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My Beloved World

My Beloved World

A Memoir

by Sonia Sotomayor

Paperback, 398 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • My Beloved World
  • A Memoir
  • Sonia Sotomayor

The first Hispanic-American on the U.S. Supreme Court shares the story of her life before becoming a judge, describing such experiences as her youth in a Bronx housing project, her relationship with a passionately spiritual grandparent, the ambition that fueled her Ivy League education and the individuals who helped shape her career.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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  • 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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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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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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Going Clear

Going Clear

Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

by Lawrence Wright

Paperback, 538 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Going Clear
  • Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
  • Lawrence Wright

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lawrence Wright draws from more than 200 interviews with current and former Scientologists to present a look inside the world of Scientology and the life of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, who died in 1986. He examines the group's special cosmology, uncovers its outsized efforts to attract members from Hollywood and considers a difficult question: What makes a belief system a religion?NPR Bestseller

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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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  • 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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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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Detroit

Detroit

An American Autopsy

by Charlie LeDuff

Paperback, 287 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published January 28 2014 | purchase
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  • An American Autopsy
  • Charlie LeDuff

When he returned to his old hometown, Detroit, Charlie LeDuff was horrified to see how far the city had fallen. He used his reporting experience to try to uncover what had happened to what was once America's richest city.NPR Bestseller

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Francona

Francona

The Red Sox Years

by Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy

Hardcover, 352 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, published January 22 2013 | purchase
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  • The Red Sox Years
  • Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy

The former Red Sox manager reflects on his tenure with the team, chronicling the challenges of managing difficult players, satisfying multiple owners, and dealing with both championship and losing seasons.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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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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  • The Guttenberg Bible
  • A Memoir
  • 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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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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  • Avoiding Armageddon
  • 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 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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  • The Cleanest Race
  • 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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  • The Aquariums of Pyongyang
  • Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag
  • Kang Chol-Hwan, Pierre Rigoulot, et al
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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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  • Erasing Death
  • 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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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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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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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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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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  • Thomas D. Seeley
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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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  • Wave
  • 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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