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Uncommon Grounds

Uncommon Grounds

The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

by Mark Pendergrast

Paperback, 424 pages, Perseus Books Group, $19.95, published September 28 2010 | purchase
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  • The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World
  • Mark Pendergrast
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The New Digital Age

The New Digital Age

Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business

by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen

Paperback, 351 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business
  • Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen

Imagine a world where machines wash, press and dress you on the way to work, and you can vacation via hologram on exotic beaches. In The New Digital Age, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Google's Jared Cohen do just that — but it's no gee-whiz Jetsons fantasy. The pair forecasts a raft of new innovations and corresponding threats that will arise for dictatorships, techno revolutionaries and terrorists, among others.

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The Sleepwalkers

The Sleepwalkers

How Europe Went to War in 1914

by Christopher Clark

Paperback, 736 pages, HarperCollins, $18.99, published March 18 2014 | purchase
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  • How Europe Went to War in 1914
  • Christopher Clark

One hundred years ago, European statesmen were in the process of stumbling, or as Christopher Clark would say, "sleepwalking," into a gigantic war. Clark's book is a history of Europe in the years leading up to World War I.

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Top of the Morning

Top of the Morning

Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV

by Brian Stelter

Hardcover, 312 pages, Grand Central Pub, $28, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV
  • Brian Stelter

Learn the behind-the-scenes dirt on America's favorite morning television shows from a book all about the fierce competition between Good Morning America and The Today Show.

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Blindspot

Blindspot

Hidden Biases of Good People

by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald

Hardcover, 254 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Hidden Biases of Good People
  • Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald

Prejudice toward others is often an unconscious part of the human psyche, according to the authors, who analyze the science behind biased feelings while sharing guidelines for identifying and learning from hidden prejudices.

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Zoobiquity

Zoobiquity

The Astonishing Connection Between Human And Animal Health

by Barbara, M.D. Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers

Paperback, 398 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published April 9 2013 | purchase
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  • The Astonishing Connection Between Human And Animal Health
  • Barbara, M.D. Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers

A cardiologist and a science writer present a revelatory understanding of what animals can teach us about the human body and mind, exploring how animal and human commonality can be used to diagnose, treat, and heal patients of all species. NPR Bestseller

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How to Create the Perfect Wife

How to Create the Perfect Wife

Britain's Most Ineligible Bachelor and His Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate

by Wendy Moore

Hardcover, 343 pages, Perseus Books Group, $27.99, published April 9 2013 | purchase
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  • Britain's Most Ineligible Bachelor and His Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate
  • Wendy Moore

Traces the efforts of eighteenth-century author and radical Thomas Day to create an ideal wife, describing how he adopted two young orphans and raised them according to the extreme principles of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Enlightenment.

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Fraud

Fraud

Essays

by David Rakoff

Paperback, 228 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published April 1 2002 | purchase
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  • Essays
  • David Rakoff

In a collection of essays, a New York City journalist applies his urbane, self-deprecating wit to expeditions as varied as the search for elves in Iceland, a foray into soap-opera acting, and contemplating the gin-soaked olive at the bottom of a martini glass.

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This Is Running for Your Life

This Is Running for Your Life

Essays

by Michelle Orange

Paperback, 337 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $16, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Essays
  • Michelle Orange

Combining stories from her own life along with journalistic pieces, Michelle Orange discusses pop culture and how it affects our daily lives and personal interactions.

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Cooked

Cooked

A Natural History of Transformation

by Michael Pollan

Hardcover, 468 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • A Natural History of Transformation
  • Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. There, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements — fire, water, air and earth — to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. And he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world, standing squarely between nature and culture.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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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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  • Quiet
  • 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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Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast And Slow

by Daniel Kahneman

Paperback, 499 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $16, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Thinking, Fast And Slow
  • Daniel Kahneman

A psychologist draws on years of research to introduce his "machinery of the mind" model on human decision-making, revealing the faults and capabilities of intuitive versus logical thinking.NPR Bestseller

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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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Why Does the World Exist?

Why Does The World Exist?

An Existential Detective Story

by Jim Holt

Paperback, 320 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $16.95, published April 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Why Does The World Exist?
  • An Existential Detective Story
  • Jim Holt

The search for the origins of the universe extends beyond God and the Big Bang theory; a philosopher explores the bizarre possibilities inspired by physicists, theologians, mathematicians and even novelists.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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  • Drift
  • 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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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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  • 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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Clean

Clean

Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy

by David Sheff

Hardcover, 374 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Clean
  • Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy
  • David Sheff

Combining personal stories and experiences with cutting edge research approaches, the author of Beautiful Boy describes a new way of treating substance addiction, as well as accompanying mental illnesses.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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The Way of the Knife

The Way Of The Knife

The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth

by Mark Mazzetti

Paperback, 381 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth
  • Mark Mazzetti

The CIA used to be an intelligence agency, but as the nation's approach to warfare has shifted, so has the CIA's sphere of action. As New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti details, now the agency and America's special forces are competing covert paramilitary agencies, responsible for the defeat of Osama bin Laden and other strategic war efforts. 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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Unflinching Courage

Unflinching Courage

Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas

by Kay Bailey Hutchison

Hardcover, 358 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published April 16 2013 | purchase
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  • Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison

The first woman to represent Texas in the United States Senate introduces some of the extraordinary women who have shaped the state of Texas and the nation, including Clara Driscoll, who fought to save and preserve The Alamo.

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The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen

The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen

by Matt Lee and Ted Lee

Hardcover, 240 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published February 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Matt Lee and Ted Lee

The Lee brothers have collected one hundred recipes inspired by their hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, including flounder in parchment with shaved vegetables, Hugenot torte and shrimp and grits.

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Superman

Superman

The Unauthorized Biography

by Glen Weldon

Hardcover, 344 pages, John Wiley & Sons Inc, $25.95, published April 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Superman
  • The Unauthorized Biography
  • Glen Weldon

Superman is more than a character — he's a cultural phenomenon, as demonstrated in this exploration of his 75 years of adventure, reinvention and influence.

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