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Present Shock

Present Shock

When Everything Happens Now

by Douglas Rushkoff

Hardcover, 296 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published March 21 2013 | purchase
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  • When Everything Happens Now
  • Douglas Rushkoff

The author of Life, Inc. examines the pros and cons of today's digitally driven, real-time world, explaining how to safeguard against the vulnerabilities of instant-experience media while maximizing its benefits.

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Gods Like Us

Gods Like Us

On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame

by Ty Burr

Hardcover, 413 pages, Pantheon, $14.98, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame
  • Ty Burr

Offers a history of stardom, from the early years of cinema through the reality stars of the Internet age, offering anecdotes and explorations of the ways in which fame both reflects and obscures the people behind the celebrity image.

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Mighty Be Our Powers

Mighty Be Our Powers

How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War

by Leymah Gbowee

Paperback, 260 pages, Perseus Books Group, $14.99, published March 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Mighty Be Our Powers
  • How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War
  • Leymah Gbowee

Propelled by her realization that it is women who suffer most during conflicts — and that the power of women working together can create an unstoppable force — Leymah Gbowee helped organize and then led a coalition of Christian and Muslim women who confronted Liberia's ruthless president and rebel warlords by sitting in public protest and even holding a sex strike. In Mighty Be Our Powers, she traces her journey from abused civil war refugee to women's rights and peace activist.

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Escape from Camp 14

Escape From Camp 14

One Man's Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea to Freedom in the West

by Blaine Harden

Paperback, 210 pages, Penguin Group USA, $15, published March 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Escape From Camp 14
  • One Man's Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea to Freedom in the West
  • Blaine Harden

Until his early 20s, the only life Shin Dong-hyuk had ever known was one of constant beatings, near starvation and snitching on others to survive. Born into one of the worst of North Korea's system of prison camps, Shin was doomed to a life of hard labor and an early death. But when he was 23, he managed to elude the guards and escape. Reporter Blaine Harden tells the tale of Shin's imprisonment and astounding getaway.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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Toms River

Toms River

A Story of Science and Salvation

by Dan Fagin

Hardcover, 538 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published March 19 2013 | purchase
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  • A Story of Science and Salvation
  • Dan Fagin

A small town home to a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping.

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Brothers Emanuel

Brothers Emanuel

A Memoir of an American Family

by Ezekiel J. Emanuel

Paperback, 274 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published November 12 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir of an American Family
  • Ezekiel J. Emanuel

The brothers in the Emanuel family are known for their success and for their chutzpah. The youngest is Ari Emanuel, a high-powered Hollywood agent and the inspiration for a blunt-talking character on the HBO show Entourage. Then there's middle brother and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a tough, foul-mouthed former White House chief of staff and congressman. Author Ezekiel, a doctor and professor, is the oldest, and in this memoir he traces the brothers' careers while offering insight into their upbringing.

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Come As You Are

Come As You Are

The Story of Nirvana

by Michael Azerrad

Paperback, 344 pages, Random House Inc, $19.95, published October 1 1993 | purchase
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  • The Story of Nirvana
  • Michael Azerrad

An illustrated, inside look at the rock group Nirvana offers a candid look the band's members, chronicling their rapid rise in the music world and revealing the true story of the drug-abuse rumors surrounding them. Original.

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Color Blind

Color Blind

The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball's Color Line

by Tom Dunkel

Hardcover, 345 pages, Pgw, $25, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Color Blind
  • The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball's Color Line
  • Tom Dunkel

Taking readers back in time to the mid-1930s, Tom Dunkel chronicles an integrated baseball team in Bismarck, N.D., that rose above a segregated society to become champions, delving into the history of the players, the town and baseball itself.

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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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Drift

Drift

The Unmooring of American Military Power

by Rachel Maddow

Paperback, 275 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • The Unmooring of American Military Power
  • Rachel Maddow

In past wars, the U.S. practically dismantled its military after the troops came home. But today, says MSNBC News anchor and writer Rachel Maddow, the nation finds itself in a state of almost permanent war. Her book argues that the U.S. military has grown bloated partially because the nation is insulated from the wars its soldiers fight.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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  • 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 Four Agreements

The Four Agreements

A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom: A Toltec Wisdom Book

by Don Miguel Ruiz

Paperback, 138 pages, Hay House Inc, $12.95, published November 1 1997 | purchase
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  • A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom: A Toltec Wisdom Book
  • Don Miguel Ruiz

Don Miguel Ruiz identifies four self-limiting beliefs that impede one's experience of freedom, true happiness and love.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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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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Prague Winter

Prague Winter

A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948

by Madeleine Korbel Albright and Bill Woodward

Paperback, 467 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published February 19 2013 | purchase
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  • Prague Winter
  • A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948
  • Madeleine Korbel Albright and Bill Woodward

The former secretary of state paints a portrait of her early life, from 1937 to 1948, during which she witnessed the Nazi invasion of her native Prague, the Holocaust, the defeat of fascism, the rise of communism and the onset of the Cold War.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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  • 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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Lean In

Lean In

Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

by Sheryl Sandberg

Hardcover, 228 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published March 11 2013 | purchase
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  • Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
  • Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook's chief operating officer shares provocative, anecdotal advice for women, urging them to take risks and seek new challenges to find work that they can love and engage in passionately.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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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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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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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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Salt Sugar Fat

Salt Sugar Fat

How the Food Giants Hooked Us

by Michael Moss

Hardcover, 446 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published February 26 2013 | purchase
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  • How the Food Giants Hooked Us
  • Michael Moss

A New York Times reporter traces the rise of the processed food industry and how addictive salt, sugar and fat have enabled its dominance in the past half-century. He identifies deliberate corporate practices behind current trends in obesity, diabetes and other health challenges.NPR Bestseller

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Unbroken

Unbroken

A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

by Laura Hillenbrand

Hardcover, 473 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published November 16 2010 | purchase
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  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken tells the gripping true story of a U.S. airman who was the sole survivor when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II. He faced thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft and an even greater trial. NPR Bestseller

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The Drunken Botanist

The Drunken Botanist

The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks

by Amy Stewart

Hardcover, 381 pages, Workman Pub Co, $19.95, published March 19 2013 | purchase
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  • The Drunken Botanist
  • The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks
  • Amy Stewart

From beer to bourbon, and martinis to Manhattans, all the world's alcoholic drinks come from plants. Garden writer Amy Stewart explores the plants behind our favorite cocktails: the fruits and grains that become alcohol; the herbs that add flavor; and the garnishes and mixers that add the finishing touches.NPR Bestseller

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Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice

by Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy

Paperback, 528 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $16.95, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice
  • Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy

Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy trace James "Whitey" Bulger's life, from his childhood and extraordinary criminal career to his time as an informant and his capture in 2011.NPR Bestseller

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Out of Order

Out of Order

Stories From the History of the Supreme Court

by Sandra Day O'Connor

Paperback, 233 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Out of Order
  • Stories From the History of the Supreme Court
  • Sandra Day O'Connor

The former Supreme Court justice shares stories about the history and evolution of the Supreme Court, tracing the roles of key contributors and sharing the events behind important transformations.NPR Bestseller

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New American Haggadah

New American Haggadah

by Jonathan Safran Foer and Nathan Englander

Hardcover, 160 pages, Little Brown & Co., $29.99, published March 5 2012 | purchase
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  • New American Haggadah
  • Jonathan Safran Foer and Nathan Englander

The author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close offers a new translation of the text of prayer and song used by Jewish familes each year to celebrate Passover and the story of Exodus, with the text augmented by commentary by a number of modern-day thinkers, including Michael Pollan, Lemony Snicket, Tony Kushner and Judith Shulevitz.NPR Bestseller

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The Bonobo and the Atheist

The Bonobo and the Atheist

In Search of Humanism Among the Primates

by Frans De Waal

Hardcover, 289 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $27.95, published March 25 2013 | purchase
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  • The Bonobo and the Atheist
  • In Search of Humanism Among the Primates
  • Frans De Waal

A renowned primatologist argues that ethical behavior witnessed in animals is the evolutionary and biological origin of human fairness and explains that morality has more to do with natural instincts than with religion. 30,000 first printing.

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Sex and the Citadel

Sex and the Citadel

Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World

by Shereen El Feki

Paperback, 346 pages, Random House Inc, $16.95, published January 21 2014 | purchase
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  • Sex and the Citadel
  • Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World
  • Shereen El Feki

Shereen El Feki spent five years traveling across the Arab world asking people about sex. She wanted to learn about the lives of young single people, married couples, gay people and sex workers, and how the sexual aspects of their lives reflect larger religious, cultural and political shifts. What she actually learned is that the Arab patriarchy is alive and well – and women are some of its staunchest supporters.

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The Book of My Lives

The Book of My Lives

by Aleksandar Hemon

Paperback, 242 pages, St Martins Pr, $15, published January 28 2014 | purchase
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  • The Book of My Lives
  • Aleksandar Hemon

Aleksandar Hemon pays tribute to the two cities of his youth: Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he spent his time poking at the pretensions of the city's elders; and Chicago, where he started a new life after Sarajevo came under siege.

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The Still Point of the Turning World

The Still Point of the Turning World

by Emily Rapp

Hardcover, 260 pages, Penguin Group USA, $25.95, published March 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Emily Rapp

Emily Rapp's high hopes for her infant son were shattered when he was diagnosed with a fatal degenerative disorder at nine months. Her memoir describes loving a son she knew she would lose, and coping with her grief by studying great works of art, literature, philosophy and theology.

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