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Poems to Learn by Heart

Poems to Learn by Heart

by Caroline Kennedy and Jon J. Muth

Hardcover, 191 pages, Disney Pr, $19.99, published March 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Caroline Kennedy and Jon J. Muth

Features one hundred readily memorizable poems that convey a wide range of feelings, meanings, and wisdom, in a volume complemented by watercolor illustrations.

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Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted

And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made the Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic

by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

Hardcover, 324 pages, Simon & Schuster, $26, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted
  • And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made the Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic
  • Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

The story of the making of The Mary Tyler Moore Show offers insight into how the show reflected changing American perspectives and was the first situation comedy to employ numerous women as writers and producers.

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Queen of the Air

Queen Of The Air

A True Story Of Love And Tragedy At The Circus

by Dean Jensen

Hardcover, 327 pages, Crown, $26, published June 11 2013 | purchase
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  • A True Story Of Love And Tragedy At The Circus
  • Dean Jensen

Dean Jensen traces the story of world-famous trapeze artist Leitzel and her star-crossed love affair with Alfredo Codona of the famous Flying Codona Brothers. From a disadvantaged youth, Leitzel went on to have impressive achievements with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

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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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  • 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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Daily Rituals

Daily Rituals

How Artists Work

by Mason Currey

Hardcover, 278 pages, Knopf, $24.95, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • Daily Rituals
  • How Artists Work
  • Mason Currey

From Beethoven to Woody Allen, from Leo Tolstoy to Charles Dickens and John Updike, here are artists on how they create (and avoid creating) their works. Writers, composers, painters, choreographers, playwrights, philosophers, caricaturists, comedians, poets, sculptors and scientists consider how they work in letters, diaries and interviews compiled and edited by Mason Currey.

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The Billionaire's Apprentice

The Billionaire's Apprentice

The Rise of the Indian-American Elite and the Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund

by Anita Raghavan

Hardcover, 493 pages, Grand Central Pub, $29, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • The Billionaire's Apprentice
  • The Rise of the Indian-American Elite and the Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund
  • Anita Raghavan

Depicts the collapse of a multi-billion dollar South Asian hedge fund due to insider trading and describes the case brought against them by the son of Indian immigrants who went up against the corporation's founder.

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Overweight Sensation Cover

Overweight Sensation

The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman

by Mark Cohen

Hardcover, 353 pages, Brandeis University Press, $29.95, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman
  • Mark Cohen

Mark Cohen argues for Allan Sherman's legacy as a touchstone of postwar humor and a turning point in Jewish American cultural history.

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The Oath

The Oath

The Obama White House and the Supreme Court

by Jeffrey Toobin

Paperback, 325 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • The Obama White House and the Supreme Court
  • Jeffrey Toobin

President Obama and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts both went to Harvard Law School and worked on the Harvard Law Review, but their similar legal backgrounds have led to dramatically different conclusions. Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine, presents an insider's account of an ideological war between the Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration. Toobin argues that the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision and the Affordable Care Act ruling show how the Constitution is being reinterpreted — and how Supreme Court precedent is being quickly overturned.NPR Bestseller

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Fairyland

Fairyland

A Memoir of My Father

by Alysia Abbott

Hardcover, 352 pages, W.W. Norton & Co. Inc., $12, published June 3 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir of My Father
  • Alysia Abbott

Describes the author's life being raised by her widowed, bi-sexual father in the liberating cultural mecca of San Francisco in the 1970s and 1980s and how AIDS began claiming the lives of their friends and eventually her father.

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Imperfect Harmony

Imperfect Harmony

Finding Happiness Singing With Others

by Stacy Horn

Paperback, 256 pages, Workman Pub Co, $15.95, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Imperfect Harmony
  • Finding Happiness Singing With Others
  • Stacy Horn

The author of Unbelievable describes the feeling of community and transcendence she experiences while participating in a choir, tracing the history of group singing and the dramatic stories of conductors and composers while drawing on scientific findings to reveal the physical benefits of song. Original. 20,000 first printing.

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The World Is a Carpet

The World Is a Carpet

Four Seasons in an Afghan Village

by Anna Badkhen

Hardcover, 271 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published May 30 2013 | purchase
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  • The World Is a Carpet
  • Four Seasons in an Afghan Village
  • Anna Badkhen

In a portrait of a remote Afghan village where heroin is cheaper than rice and American fighter planes fly overhead, Anna Badkhen documents the community's annual tradition of recording the year's experiences through intricately woven rugs.

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The Call of Everest

The Call of Everest

The History, Science, and Future of the World's Tallest Peak

by Conrad Anker and Thomas Hornbein

Hardcover, 303 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • The Call of Everest
  • The History, Science, and Future of the World's Tallest Peak
  • Conrad Anker and Thomas Hornbein

Presents a historical survey of the world's tallest mountain, featuring accounts of famous climbs and tragedies, previously unpublished photographs, and scientific findings on the impact of climate change.

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Nine Years Under

Nine Years Under

Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home

by Sheri Booker

Hardcover, 261 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26, published May 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Nine Years Under
  • Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home
  • Sheri Booker

A darkly comic coming-of-age memoir of the author's teen experiences in an urban Baltimore funeral home describes how a beloved relative's death prompted a summer job that turned into a nine-year immersion in a business marked by regional gang violence, AIDS and other intimate tragedies.

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What Soldiers Do

What Soldiers Do

Sex and the American GI in World War II France

by Mary Louise Roberts

Hardcover, 351 pages, Univ of Chicago Pr, $30, published May 17 2013 | purchase
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  • Sex and the American GI in World War II France
  • Mary Louise Roberts
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Doc

Doc

A Memoir

by Ellis Henican and Dwight Gooden

Hardcover, 285 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Ellis Henican and Dwight Gooden

One of the bad boys of the 1986 World Series-winning New York Mets discusses his life, from his Atlanta childhood with his alcoholic, womanizing father, through his baseball career, self-destructive drug binges, and experience on "Celebrity Rehab."

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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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  • Wild
  • 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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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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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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  • Lots Of Candles, Plenty Of Cake
  • 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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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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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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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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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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Double Cross

Double Cross

The True Story of the D-Day Spies

by Ben MacIntyre

Paperback, 399 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • Double Cross
  • The True Story of the D-Day Spies
  • Ben MacIntyre

Early in 1944, American, British and Canadian soldiers gathered in Southern England and prepared to invade Nazi-occupied Europe. It was hard to hide the largest invasion force in history, so Great Britain instead tried to deceive the Germans into believing that the D-Day attacks would be anywhere but Normandy. As Ben MacIntyre explains, a sophisticated operation of deception began, in which extraordinary spies — including untrustworthy double agents, West End set designers and at least one pigeon handler — successfully fooled the Germans and saved thousands of lives.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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  • F In Exams
  • The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers
  • Richard Benson

Humor writer Richard Benson collects hilariously wrong test answers.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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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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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 Guns At Last Light
  • 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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  • Whitey Bulger
  • 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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Faces for Baby

Faces for Baby

by Yana Peel

Hardcover, 12 pages, Candlewick Pr, $21.99, published March 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Faces for Baby
  • Yana Peel

Presents simple works of art featuring the human face from prominent contemporary artists, intended to visually stimulate babies and very young children.

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You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!

You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!

by Jonah Winter and Terry Widener

Hardcover, 1 v. (unpaged), Random House Childrens Books, $17.99, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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  • You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!
  • Jonah Winter and Terry Widener

A visual profile of the record-setting baseball star, listed by The Sporting News as the best player after Babe Ruth, traces his Birmingham childhood, achievements in the Negro Leagues and fame as a center fielder for the Giants. Features a lenticular cover. By the author of You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!

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A Little Book of Sloth

A Little Book of Sloth

by Lucy Cooke

Hardcover, 64 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16.99, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Lucy Cooke

Presents a photo-essay that combines images of the photogenic mammals with information about sloths in general.

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