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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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  • 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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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 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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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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Hallucinations

Hallucinations

by Oliver Sacks

Paperback, 326 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks investigates the types, physiological sources and cultural resonances of hallucinations, tracing everything from intoxication to the manifestations of injury and illness.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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  • 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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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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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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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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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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  • The Unwinding
  • 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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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 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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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 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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Dad Is Fat

Dad Is Fat

by Jim Gaffigan

Hardcover, 274 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Jim Gaffigan

The comedian shares his misadventures as an unlikely father of five, including his formative years in a large Irish-Catholic family, his middle-of-the-night diaper-changing foibles and his struggles to lull tyrannical tots to sleep.NPR Bestseller

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Gunfight

Gunfight

The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America

by Adam Winkler

Paperback, 361 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $16.95, published July 15 2013 | purchase
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  • The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America
  • Adam Winkler

Adam Winkler uses the landmark 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller -- which invalidated a law banning handguns in the nation's capital — as a springboard to look at the American political battle over gun control.

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Better Off Without 'Em

Better Off Without 'Em

A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession

by Chuck Thompson

Paperback, 312 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published July 16 2013 | purchase
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  • Better Off Without 'Em
  • A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession
  • Chuck Thompson

Chuck Thompson describes his road-trip investigation into the North-South cultural divide in America. He meets with possum-hunting conservatives, trailer park lifers and prayer warriors before concluding that both sides might have been better of if the Confederate states had seceded.

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Butterfly People

Butterfly People

An American Encounter with the Beauty of the World

by William Leach

Hardcover, 388 pages, Random House Inc, $32.50, published April 9 2013 | purchase
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  • An American Encounter with the Beauty of the World
  • William Leach

This chronicle of 19th-century America's fascination with butterflies traces the achievements of six naturalists who identified countless new species and unveiled the mysteries of their existence.

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This Town

This Town

Two Parties and a Funeral — Plus Plenty of Valet Parking! — in America's Gilded Capital

by Mark Leibovich

Hardcover, 386 pages, Blue Rider Press, $27.95, published July 16 2013 | purchase
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  • Two Parties and a Funeral — Plus Plenty of Valet Parking! — in America's Gilded Capital
  • Mark Leibovich

A New York Times political feature correspondent examines the power wars and exploitative practices of the government in Washington, D.C., revealing how journalism careers are made and broken while news events and scandals are used as networking platforms.NPR Bestseller

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Zealot

Zealot

The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

by Reza Aslan

Hardcover, p. cm., Random House Inc, $27, published July 16 2013 | purchase
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  • The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
  • Reza Aslan

A biography of Jesus draws on biblical and historical sources to place his achievements and influence against the turbulent backdrop of his time.NPR Bestseller

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The Great Tamasha

The Great Tamasha

Cricket, Corruption, and the Spectacular Rise of Modern India

by James Astill

Hardcover, 304 pages, St Martins Pr, $27, published July 9 2013 | purchase
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  • The Great Tamasha
  • Cricket, Corruption, and the Spectacular Rise of Modern India
  • James Astill

A history of modern India as reflected through a prism of its national sport. Documents the emergence of the IPL under businessman Lalit Modi, tracing its meteoric successes through the adoption of American commercial models before its equally dramatic downfall amid scandals and corruption.

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I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place

I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place

by Howard Norman

Hardcover, 194 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, published July 9 2013 | purchase
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  • I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place
  • Howard Norman

A memoir of haunting and redemptive events covers such topics as a con-man father's betrayal, the murder-suicide of a house guest and a decade spent in the arctic as a translator of Inuit tales.

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Ready for a Brand New Beat

Ready for a Brand New Beat

How "Dancing in the Street" Became the Anthem for a Changing America

by Mark Kurlansky

Hardcover, 263 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published July 11 2013 | purchase
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  • Ready for a Brand New Beat
  • How "Dancing in the Street" Became the Anthem for a Changing America
  • Mark Kurlansky

Mark Kurlansky traces the meteoric popularity of the iconic song by Marvin Gaye, Mickey Stevenson and Ivy Jo Hunter against a backdrop of the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964, exploring how the song's multiple meanings rendered it an activist anthem.

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Deadly Spin

Deadly Spin

An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans

by Wendell Potter

Hardcover, 277 pages, St Martins Pr, $10, published November 9 2010 | purchase
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  • Deadly Spin
  • An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans
  • Wendell Potter

A former senior vice president at Cigna who testified before the Senate panel on health care reform explains how health insurers bankroll propaganda campaigns and lobbying efforts aimed solely protecting a company's profits and not the health of those insured.

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Smart Cities

Smart Cities

Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia

by Anthony Townsend

Hardcover, 400 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $28.95, published October 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Smart Cities
  • Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia
  • Anthony Townsend

Urbanist and technology expert Anthony Townsend takes a broad, historical look at the forces that have shaped the planning and design of cities and information technologies.

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Twinkie, Deconstructed

Twinkie, Deconstructed

My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated into What into What America Eats

by Steve Ettlinger

Paperback, 282 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published February 26 2008 | purchase
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  • Twinkie, Deconstructed
  • My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated into What into What America Eats
  • Steve Ettlinger

Ettlinger spent five years investigating the sources of processed food ingredients. He reveals the unexpected ways in which chemicals and other non-food raw materials are manufactured into common brand consumables.

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Blue Plate Special

Blue Plate Special

An Autobiography of My Appetites

by Kate Christensen

Hardcover, 240 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published July 9 2013 | purchase
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  • An Autobiography of My Appetites
  • Kate Christensen

The PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of The Great Man builds on her popular food-centric blog to recount her unconventional upbringing and her unusually happy and occasionally sorrowful life of literary and culinary sensuality.

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Eating on the Wild Side

Eating on the Wild Side

The Missing Link to Optimum Health

by Jo Robinson and Andie Styner

Hardcover, 407 pages, Little Brown & Co, $16, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • Eating on the Wild Side
  • The Missing Link to Optimum Health
  • Jo Robinson and Andie Styner

Describes how to replace modern fruits and vegetables, which are high in starch and sugar and lower in nutrients than earlier generations of the plants, with different varieties, easily located in grocery stores and farmers markets, that have better nutritional value. 75,000 first printing.

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