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The Dangerous Animals Club

The Dangerous Animals Club

by Stephen Tobolowsky

Paperback, 352 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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  • Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky — a character actor who has appeared in hundreds of films and TV shows — looks back on his encounters with famous film directors, ghosts and pygmy hippos. In this collection of personal reflections, he explores life's great mysteries and the art of stagecraft, while revealing the highs and lows of playing roles so small that the characters are never named.

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Seward

Seward

Lincoln's Indispensable Man

by Walter Stahr

Paperback, 720 pages, Simon & Schuster, $19.99, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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  • Lincoln's Indispensable Man
  • Walter Stahr

The race for the Republican nomination of 1860 was one of the greatest political contests in American history: Abraham Lincoln versus Salmon Chase versus William Seward. Seward might have lost that campaign, but his greatest role was still to come — as the Secretary of State in Lincoln's famed "team of rivals." Walter Stahr describes how a man who was Lincoln's fiercest and most critical opponent eventually became his most loyal and trusted adviser.

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Why Nations Fail

Why Nations Fail

The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson

Paperback, 529 pages, Random House Inc, $17, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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  • Why Nations Fail
  • The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
  • Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson

In Why Nations Fail, two economists investigate a question that knows no easy answer: why are some nations rich while others are poor? Why is life so drastically different on opposite sides of a border — whether between South and North Korea, Haiti and the Dominican Republic or the U.S. and Mexico? Damon Acemoglu and James Robinson argue for the importance of man-made political and economic institutions, more so than other features like geography or culture.

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How Music Works

How Music Works

by David Byrne

Paperback, 352 pages, Pgw, $20, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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  • David Byrne

David Byrne, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and co-founder of Talking Heads, presents a celebration of music as he knows it. He draws on his own experiences to explore everything from Balinese performance techniques to the acoustics of CBGB, deal structures and Celia Cruz — and, of course, the band that first made him famous.NPR Bestseller

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Men We Reaped

Men We Reaped

A Memoir

by Jesmyn Ward

Hardcover, 256 pages, St Martins Pr, $26, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Jesmyn Ward

Jesmyn Ward recounts the loss of five young men in the author's life to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the misfortune that can follow those who live in poverty, sharing her experiences of living through the dying as she searches through answers in her community.

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Roy G. Biv

Roy G. Biv

An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color

by Jude Stewart

Hardcover, pages cm, St Martins Press, $22, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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  • An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color
  • Jude Stewart

A design expert and writer provides readers with a whole new way of looking at the world around us, bringing it all vividly to life, from Sweden's "black socks of envy" to Britain's pink-colored machismo.

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The Witness Wore Red

The Witness Wore Red

The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders To Justice

by Rebecca Musser and M. Bridget Cook

Hardcover, 340 pages, Grand Central Pub, $26, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • The Witness Wore Red
  • The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders To Justice
  • Rebecca Musser and M. Bridget Cook

A woman who escaped an abusive marriage to a polygamist leader in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints reveals the horrors of her daily life and how her court testimony helped many other women and children.

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1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off

1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off

by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, James Harkin, Anne Miller and Andy Murray

Hardcover, 334 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $15.95, published September 9 2013 | purchase
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  • 1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off
  • John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, et al

The creators of the popular BBC quiz show QI collect the most bizarre, hilarious and improbable tidbits of knowledge - all of which have been meticulously researched.

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Orange is the New Black

Orange Is the New Black

My Year in a Women's Prison

by Piper Kerman

Paperback, 327 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published March 8 2011 | purchase
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  • Orange Is the New Black
  • My Year in a Women's Prison
  • Piper Kerman

Piper Kerman's memoir explores her time at a women's prison in Connecticut, where she was incarcerated for drug trafficking. While there, she gained a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and met a varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances.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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  • 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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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis

by Timothy Egan

Paperback, 370 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $15.95, published August 6 2013 | purchase
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  • The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
  • Timothy Egan

Timothy Egan recounts the pioneering photographer Edward Curtis' life-risking effort to document the disappearing North American Indian nation, offering insight into the danger and resolve behind his venture, his elevation to an impassioned advocate and the posthumous discovery of his achievements.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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Elsewhere

Elsewhere

A Memoir

by Richard Russo

Paperback, 246 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Richard Russo

Richard Russo delivers an upbeat, personal account of his youth and the 1950s upstate New York town his family struggled to escape. He recounts the encroaching poverty and illness that challenged everyday life and the dreams his mother instilled that inspired his career.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 Hare With Amber Eyes

The Hare With Amber Eyes

A Hidden Inheritance

by Edmund De Waal

Paperback, 354 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published August 2 2011 | purchase
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  • A Hidden Inheritance
  • Edmund De Waal

Traces the parallel stories of 19th century art patron Charles Ephrussi and his unique collection of 264 miniature netsuke — Japanese ivory carvings — documenting Ephrussi's relationship with Marcel Proust and the impact of the Holocaust on his cosmopolitan family.NPR Bestseller

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Waging Heavy Peace

Waging Heavy Peace

A Hippie Dream

by Neil Young

Paperback, 502 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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  • A Hippie Dream
  • Neil Young

Neil Young presents the story of his career against a backdrop of 40 years of history. He discusses such topics as his collaborations with fellow artists, his creative process and his activist work with Farm Aid and The Bridge School.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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Brain on Fire

Brain On Fire

My Month of Madness

by Susannah Cahalan

Paperback, 266 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published August 6 2013 | purchase
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  • Brain On Fire
  • My Month of Madness
  • Susannah Cahalan

Susannah Cahalan was a healthy 24-year-old when she began to experience seizures, hallucinations and increasingly psychotic behavior. Her symptoms frightened family members and baffled a series of doctors until she was finally diagnosed with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, a rare autoimmune disease that can attack the brain. As one doctor put it, "her brain was on fire." Cahalan recounts her experience with the disease in Brain on Fire.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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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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  • This Town
  • 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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Salinger

Salinger

by David Shields and Shane Salerno

Hardcover, 698 pages, Simon & Schuster, $37.50, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • Salinger
  • David Shields and Shane Salerno

David Shields and Shane Salerno draw on extensive research and exclusive interviews to share previously undisclosed aspects of the enigmatic writer's life, from his private relationships and service in World War II to his legal concerns and innermost secrets.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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Lawrence in Arabia

Lawrence in Arabia

War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East

by Scott Anderson

Hardcover, 577 pages, Doubleday, $28.95, published August 6 2013 | purchase
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  • Lawrence in Arabia
  • War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
  • Scott Anderson

A narrative chronicle of World War I's Arab Revolt explores the pivotal roles of a small group of adventurers and low-level officers who orchestrated a secret effort to control the Middle East. These individuals, including T.E. Lawrence, instigated jihad against British forces, built an elaborate intelligence ring and forged ties to gain valuable oil concessions.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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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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Mission in a Bottle

Mission in a Bottle

The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently — and Succeeding

by Seth Goldman, Barry Nalebuff and Sungyoon Choi

Hardcover, 278 pages, Random House Inc, $23, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • Mission in a Bottle
  • The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently — and Succeeding
  • Seth Goldman, Barry Nalebuff, et al

An accessible two-color graphic book presents an account of how the co-founders of Honest Tea built their mission-driven business and shares entrepreneurial insights and advice about the importance of perseverance and creative problem-solving.NPR Bestseller

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Ottolenghi

Ottolenghi

The Cookbook

by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

Hardcover, 287 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • The Cookbook
  • Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

Ottolenghi contains 140 recipes from the Mediterranean-inspired chain restaurant, including options for such dishes as stuffed grape leaves, harissa-marinated chicken with red grapefruit salad, and sour cherry amaretti.NPR Bestseller

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I Got Schooled

I Got Schooled

The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America's Education Gap

by M. Night Shyamalan

Hardcover, 306 pages, Simon & Schuster, $25, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • I Got Schooled
  • The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America's Education Gap
  • M. Night Shyamalan

The filmmaker of such blockbusters as The Sixth Sense identifies five methods for positively transforming America's underperforming schools, covering topics ranging from longer school hours and smaller schools to an improved tenure system and a refocus on instruction over administration.

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Confronting the Classics

Confronting The Classics

Traditions, Adventures and Innovations

by Mary Beard

Hardcover, 310 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $28.95, published September 9 2013 | purchase
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  • Confronting The Classics
  • Traditions, Adventures and Innovations
  • Mary Beard

Mary Beard, drawing on 30 years of teaching and writing about Greek and Roman history, provides a panoramic portrait of the classical world, a book in which we encounter not only Cleopatra and Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Hannibal, but also the common people — the millions of inhabitants of the Roman Empire, the slaves, soldiers and women.

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Average Is over

Average Is Over

Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation

by Tyler Cowen

Hardcover, 290 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published September 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Average Is Over
  • Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation
  • Tyler Cowen

Describes the post-recession job market that is erasing the middle range, leaving only high-earning jobs that utilize machine intelligence and data analysis and low-earning jobs for those who are not learning and adopting the new technologies.

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The Big Questions in Science

The Quest to Solve the Great Unknowns

by Mun Keat Looi, Hayley Birch and Colin Stuart

Hardcover, 192 pages, Gardners Books, $25.30, published September 12 2013 | purchase
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  • The Big Questions in Science
  • The Quest to Solve the Great Unknowns
  • Mun Keat Looi, Hayley Birch, et al
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Buck

Buck

by M. K. Asante

Hardcover, 252 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published August 20 2013 | purchase
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  • M. K. Asante

An account of the author's youth in Zimbabwe and in violent Philadelphia street gangs explores how his life was shaped by his father's absence, his brother's imprisonment, and his mother's and sister's struggles with mental illness.

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Miss Anne in Harlem

Miss Anne in Harlem

The White Women of the Black Renaissance

by Carla Kaplan

Hardcover, 505 pages, HarperCollins, $28.99, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Miss Anne in Harlem
  • The White Women of the Black Renaissance
  • Carla Kaplan

Brilliantly combining social history and biography, this never-before-told story of the independent-minded and spirited white women of the black Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s, collectively referred to as Miss Anne, explores their motivations and often misunderstood choices.

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Harlem Nocturne

Harlem Nocturne

Women Artists & Progressive Politics During World War II

by Farah Jasmine Griffin

Hardcover, 242 pages, Perseus Books Group, $26.99, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Harlem Nocturne
  • Women Artists & Progressive Politics During World War II
  • Farah Jasmine Griffin

In Harlem Nocturne, eminent scholar Farah Jasmine Griffin tells the stories of three black female artists who emerged during this period of unprecedented openness, flourishing professionally while also making enormous political strides for their fellow women and African Americans.

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Wilson

Wilson

by A. Scott Berg

Hardcover, 818 pages, Penguin Group USA, $40, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Wilson
  • A. Scott Berg

This biography of the 28th president of the United States includes details from recently discovered papers that highlight the character of the scholar-leader who shepherded his country through World War I.NPR Bestseller

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Big Appetites

Big Appetites

Tiny People in a World of Big Food

by Christopher Boffoli

Paperback, 249 pages, Workman Pub Co, $12.95, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Tiny People in a World of Big Food
  • Christopher Boffoli

Features photographs of tiny people figurines working their way through life's dramas in an environment made up of human-sized food.

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