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When Leonard Lost His Spots

When Leonard Lost His Spots

by Monique Costa

Paperback, 54 pages, Lightning Source Inc, $14.99, published October 31 2012 | purchase
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  • Monique Costa

What happens when a beautiful lioness discovers she was born into the body of a male leopard? The family is shocked, the transition begins, and an amazing story unfolds.

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Good Day For A Picnic

Good Day For A Picnic

Simple Food That Travels Well

by Jeremy Jackson

Hardcover, 214 pages, Harpercollins, $22.95, published May 1 2005 | purchase
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  • Good Day For A Picnic
  • Simple Food That Travels Well
  • Jeremy Jackson

A collection of 100 recipe ideas for summer outings recommends a range of drinks, sandwiches, entrées, and desserts that can enhance such occasions as beach visits, field trips, and park concerts, in a volume featuring such options as Ginger Iced Tea, Lamb Mezza Pitas, and Strawberry Cupcakes. By the author of The Cornbread Book. 20,000 first printing.

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Indian Cooking Unfolded

Indian Cooking Unfolded

A Master Class in Indian Cooking, Featuring 100 Easy Recipes Using 10 Ingredients or Less

by Raghavan Iyer

Paperback, 304 pages, Workman Pub Co, $19.95, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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  • A Master Class in Indian Cooking, Featuring 100 Easy Recipes Using 10 Ingredients or Less
  • Raghavan Iyer

In this lively introduction to Indian cooking, the author of The Turmeric Trail reveals how to create 100 of the cuisine's most popular dishes. Step-by-step photo gatefolds complement the recipes.

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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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  • 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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Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

Lots Of Candles, Plenty Of Cake

A Memoir of a Woman's Life

by Anna Quindlen

Paperback, 182 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir of a Woman's Life
  • Anna Quindlen

A candid and whimsical memoir explores what matters to middle-aged women.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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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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  • 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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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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  • The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers
  • Richard Benson

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

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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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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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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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  • 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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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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Outliers

Outliers

The Story of Success

by Malcolm Gladwell

Paperback, 309 pages, Little Brown & Co, $16.99, published June 7 2011 | purchase
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  • Outliers
  • The Story of Success
  • Malcolm Gladwell

The author of Blink identifies the qualities of successful people, posing theories about the cultural, family and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers, in a resource that covers such topics as the secrets of software billionaires, why certain cultures are associated with better academic performance and why The Beatles earned their fame.NPR Bestseller

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Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

by David Sedaris

Hardcover, 275 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • David Sedaris

A collection of essays by the humorist traces his offbeat travel experiences, which involve surreal encounters with everything from French dentistry and Australian kookaburras to Beijing squat toilets and a wilderness Costco in North Carolina.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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The Unwinding

The Unwinding

An Inner History of the New America

by George Packer

Paperback, 434 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $16, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • An Inner History of the New America
  • George Packer

According to New Yorker writer George Packer, there used to be a kind of understanding among Americans — one in which everyone had a job and a purpose. But that deal has come undone. In The Unwinding, Packer explores what happened. The book is a collection of vignettes and profiles of ordinary and famous American lives, from the son of Southern tobacco farmers to a Silicon Valley billionaire.NPR Bestseller

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The Guns at Last Light

The Guns At Last Light

The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945

by Rick Atkinson

Hardcover, 877 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $40, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945
  • Rick Atkinson

The final volume of the World War II trilogy brings to life the Allies' brutal struggles in Normandy and at the Battle of the Bulge. It also illustrates the freeing of Paris as experienced by participants from every level of the military.NPR Bestseller

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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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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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The Boys in the Boat

The Boys In The Boat

Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

by Daniel James Brown

Hardcover, 404 pages, Penguin Group USA, $28.95, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • The Boys In The Boat
  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • Daniel James Brown

Daniel James Brown traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder and a homeless teen rower.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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Eleven Rings

Eleven Rings

The Soul of Success

by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty

Hardcover, 356 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published May 21 2013 | purchase
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  • The Soul of Success
  • Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty

The head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers traces the life experiences and philosophies that inspired his championship-winning techniques. He cites his relationships with such players as Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman and Kobe Bryant, while describing how he forged successful teams by combining talents and promoting trust.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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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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Out of Our Heads

Out of Our Heads

Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness

by Alva Noe

Paperback, 214 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $15, published February 2 2010 | purchase
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  • Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness
  • Alva Noe

A noted philosopher and member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Science examines flaws in current understandings about consciousness while proposing a radical solution that argues that consciousness must not be limited to the confines of the brain.

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Run, Brother, Run

Run, Brother, Run

A Memoir of a Murder in My Family

by David Berg

Hardcover, 254 pages, Simon & Schuster, $26, published June 11 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir of a Murder in My Family
  • David Berg

Run, Brother, Run is a memoir of a wild boyhood in Texas that led to the murder of the author's brother, Alan, in 1968. The book explores the author's striving Jewish family and the miscarriage of justice when Alan's murderer went unpunished.

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The Faraway Nearby

The Faraway Nearby

by Rebecca Solnit

Hardcover, 259 pages, Penguin Group USA, $25.95, published June 13 2013 | purchase
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  • The Faraway Nearby
  • Rebecca Solnit

This companion to A Field Guide for Getting Lost explores the ways that people construct lives from stories and connect to each other through empathy, narrative and imagination, sharing illustrative anecdotes about historical figures and members of the author's own family.

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Learning to Listen

Learning to Listen

A Life Caring for Children

by T. Berry Brazelton

Hardcover, 224 pages, Perseus Books Group, $24.99, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Learning to Listen
  • A Life Caring for Children
  • T. Berry Brazelton

The pediatrician shares the life-shaping experiences that inspired his career, from the Texas childhood during which he routinely cared for younger cousins to his revolutionary observations of newborn behavior.

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American Gun

American Gun

A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms

by Chris Kyle and William Doyle

Hardcover, 302 pages, HarperCollins, $29.99, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms
  • Chris Kyle and William Doyle

Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle examines the most important American firearms. He uses them as a window into United States history and shows how the American story has been tied to, and shaped by, guns.

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The Honest Truth About Dishonesty

How We Lie to Everyone — Especially Ourselves

by Dan Ariely

Paperback, 285 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published June 18 2013 | purchase
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  • The Honest Truth About Dishonesty
  • How We Lie to Everyone — Especially Ourselves
  • Dan Ariely

From Washington, D.C., to Wall Street, the classroom to the workplace, author and behavior economist Dan Ariely explores the question of dishonesty. He helps us understand why cheating is so prevalent and what we can do about it.

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The Deserters

The Deserters

A Hidden History of World War II

by Charles Glass

Hardcover, 380 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18.50, published June 13 2013 | purchase
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  • A Hidden History of World War II
  • Charles Glass

A narrative history of World War II from the perspective of deserters reveals how desertion was often experienced as a natural part of conflict, sharing the stories of a decorated soldier-turned-gangster and a three-time deserter who eventually lost his legs in combat.

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Cows Save the Planet

Cows Save the Planet

And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth

by Judith D. Schwartz and Gretel Ehrlich

Paperback, 220 pages, Chelsea Green Pub Co, $17.95, published May 20 2013 | purchase
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  • Cows Save the Planet
  • And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth
  • Judith D. Schwartz and Gretel Ehrlich

This book explains the role of soil in ecology and the economy, and reveals how treating soil in an environmentally sensitive way can bring about positive changes with respect to climate change, biodiversity loss, obesity, and other crises.

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Why the West Rules For Now

Why the West Rules For Now

The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future

by Ian Morris

Paperback, 750 pages, St Martins Pr, $22, published October 25 2011 | purchase
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  • Why the West Rules For Now
  • The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future
  • Ian Morris

An archaeologist and historian offers his view on why the West has dominated the globe for the past two hundred years and whether or not its power will last, examining the past fifty thousand years of human history and predicting what the next one hundred years will bring.

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Confessions of a Sociopath

Confessions of a Sociopath

A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight

by M. E. Thomas

Hardcover, 302 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight
  • M. E. Thomas

An account of the author's life as a diagnosed non-criminal sociopath explains how her charisma and penchant for convincing lies enables her to influence and seduce others, offering insight into her system of ethics while advising readers on how to manage a relationship with a sociopath.

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