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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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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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  • In The Garden Of Beasts
  • 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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The Swerve

The Swerve

How the World Became Modern

by Stephen Greenblatt

Paperback, 356 pages, W. W. Norton & Co., Inc., $16.95, published September 4 2012 | purchase
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  • The Swerve
  • How the World Became Modern
  • Stephen Greenblatt

A humanities professor describes the impact of the translation of the last remaining manuscript of On the Nature of Things by Roman philosopher Lucretius, which fueled the Renaissance and inspired artists, great thinkers and scientists.NPR Bestseller, Literary Award Winner

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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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Catherine the Great

Catherine The Great

Portrait Of A Woman

by Robert K. Massie

Paperback, 639 pages, Random House Trade Paperbacks, $20, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • Catherine The Great
  • Portrait Of A Woman
  • Robert K. Massie

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Peter the Great presents a reconstruction of the 18th century empress's life that covers such topics as her efforts to engage Russia in the cultural life of Europe, her creation of the Hermitage art collection and her numerous scandal-free romantic affairs.NPR Bestseller

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How to Be a Woman

How To Be A Woman

by Caitlin Moran

Paperback, 320 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published July 17 2012 | purchase
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  • How To Be A Woman
  • Caitlin Moran

Piecing together common-sense observations with scenes from her own life, a major media personality in the U.K. sheds new light on feminism, discussing the reasons why female rights and empowerment are essential issues for both women and society itself.NPR Bestseller

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Boomerang

Boomerang

Travels in the New Third World

by Michael Lewis

Paperback, 216 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $16.95, published September 4 2012 | purchase
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  • Travels in the New Third World
  • Michael Lewis

The author of The Big Short describes the effect that the bubble of cheap credit — readily available to almost anyone from 2002 to 2008 — had on countries besides the U.S., including Iceland, Greece and Germany.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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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot

Hardcover, 369 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published February 2 2010 | purchase
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  • Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling numerous medical and scientific discoveries.NPR Bestseller

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Tiny Beautiful Things

Tiny Beautiful Things

Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar

by Cheryl Strayed

Paperback, 353 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published July 10 2012 | purchase
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  • Tiny Beautiful Things
  • Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar
  • Cheryl Strayed

A collection of advice on everything from infidelity and grief to marital boredom and financial hardships from Cheryl Strayed's popular "Dear Sugar" column in the online magazine The Rumpus.NPR Bestseller

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1493

1493

Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

by Charles C. Mann

Paperback, 690 pages, Vintage, $16.95, published July 24 2012 | purchase
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  • 1493
  • Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
  • Charles C. Mann

When Columbus crossed the Atlantic in 1492, his journey prompted the exchange of not only information but also food, animals, insects, plants and viruses between the continents. Charles C. Mann documents the lesser-known consequences of Columbus' voyage to the New World.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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  • 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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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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  • Waging Heavy Peace
  • 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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Joseph Anton

A Memoir

by Salman Rushdie

Paperback, 656 pages, Random House, $18, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Joseph Anton
  • A Memoir
  • Salman Rushdie

In 1988, Salman Rushdie published a novel, The Satanic Verses, that many Muslims declared to be offensive, whether they'd read it or not. In 1989, Iran's leader issued a fatwa, or religious edict, calling for the death of the author and anyone associated with the book's publication. Bounties were offered and translators and others were attacked, some even murdered. Rushdie, who was born in India but lived in England at the time, went into hiding. Joseph Anton is his memoir of that experience.NPR Bestseller

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Mortality

Mortality

by Christopher Hitchens

Hardcover, 128 pages, Twelve, $22.99, published September 4 2012 | purchase
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  • Mortality
  • Christopher Hitchens

Mortality traces the author's battle with esophageal cancer — as he continued to write columns on politics and culture for Vanity Fair -- and describes his views on life and death.NPR Bestseller

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I Could Pee on This

I Could Pee On This

And Other Poems By Cats

by Francesco Marciuliano

Hardcover, 111 pages, Chronicle Books, $12.95, published August 15 2012 | purchase
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  • I Could Pee On This
  • And Other Poems By Cats
  • Francesco Marciuliano

Francesco Marciuliano, author of the comic strip Sally Forth, gives voice to the thoughts and feelings of cats in this collection of poems attributed to felines.NPR Bestseller

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How Music Works

How Music Works

by David Byrne

Paperback, 352 pages, Pgw, $20, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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  • How Music Works
  • 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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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 Oath
  • 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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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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How Children Succeed

How Children Succeed

Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

by Paul Tough

Paperback, 231 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $15.95, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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  • How Children Succeed
  • Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
  • Paul Tough

How Children Succeed challenges conventional views about standardized testing to argue that success is more determined by self-discipline, character and optimism. Paul Tough describes the work of pioneering researchers and educators whose insights into childhood stress and economic disadvantages have enabled effective new teaching methods.NPR Bestseller

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I'm Your Man

I'm Your Man

The Life Of Leonard Cohen

by Sylvie Simmons

Hardcover, 570 pages, Ecco, $27.99, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • The Life Of Leonard Cohen
  • Sylvie Simmons

An intimate portrait of one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, I'm Your Man draws upon Leonard Cohen's private archives and a wealth of interviews with many of his closest associates, colleagues and other artists whose work he has inspired.NPR Bestseller

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The Immigrant Exodus

The Immigrant Exodus

Why America Is Losing The Global Race To Capture Entrepreneurial Talent

by Vivek Wadhwa

Paperback, 106 pages, Wharton Digital Press, $15.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • The Immigrant Exodus
  • Why America Is Losing The Global Race To Capture Entrepreneurial Talent
  • Vivek Wadhwa

Vivek Wadhwa draws on his new research to show that the United States is in the midst of an unprecedented halt in high-growth, immigrant-founded startups. He argues that U.S. immigration policies and increased competition from countries like China and India are leaving some of the most educated and talented entrepreneurial immigrants with no choice but to take their innovation elsewhere.

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America Again

America Again

Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't

by Stephen Colbert

Hardcover, 240 pages, Grand Central Publishing, $28.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • America Again
  • Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't
  • Stephen Colbert

The political satirist, comedian and host of The Colbert Report puts his signature humorous spin on health care, the economy and food, promising that this book will single-handedly fix an America that is broken and has lost its way.NPR Bestseller

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The Latin Road Home

The Latin Road Home

Savoring the Foods of Ecuador, Spain, Cuba, Mexico and Peru

by Jose Garces

Hardcover, 304 pages, Natl Book Network, $35, published October 8 2012 | purchase
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  • Savoring the Foods of Ecuador, Spain, Cuba, Mexico and Peru
  • Jose Garces
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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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  • The Dangerous Animals Club
  • 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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Five Chiefs

Five Chiefs

A Supreme Court Memoir

by John Paul Stevens

Paperback, 292 pages, Little Brown & Co, $15.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • Five Chiefs
  • A Supreme Court Memoir
  • John Paul Stevens

Justice John Paul Stevens' new memoir is framed as a discussion about the office of the chief justice; it includes a brief history of the nation's first 12 chief justices, followed by thorough profiles of the five he knew well. Stevens retired in 2010 after nearly 35 years on the Supreme Court.

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Republic, Lost

Republic, Lost

How Money Corrupts Congress — And A Plan To Stop It

by Lawrence Lessig

Paperback, 391 pages, Grand Central Publishing, $15.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • Republic, Lost
  • How Money Corrupts Congress — And A Plan To Stop It
  • Lawrence Lessig

A Harvard Law professor explains how being influenced by money overshadows the will of the people in the political arena regardless of party lines and offers strategies to take back the democracy from those with moneyed or corporate interests.

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Seriously--I'm Kidding

Seriously ... I'm Kidding

by Ellen DeGeneres

Paperback, 241 pages, Grand Central Publishing, $14.99, published September 25 2012 | purchase
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  • Seriously ... I'm Kidding
  • Ellen DeGeneres

The stand-up comedian, television host, bestselling author and actress candidly discusses her personal life and professional career and describes what it was like to become a judge on American Idol.NPR Bestseller

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That Is All

That Is All

by John Hodgman

Paperback, 368 pages, Riverhead Trade, $15, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • John Hodgman

Jon Hodgman invents trivia and facts about everything from the occupations of 700 mole men to the anticipated end of human history in 2012.

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Total Recall

Total Recall

My Unbelievably True Life Story

by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Peter Petre

Hardcover, 646 pages, Simon & Schuster, $35, published October 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Total Recall
  • My Unbelievably True Life Story
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger and Peter Petre

A personal account by the award-winning actor and former governor of California traces his high-stakes journey to the United States and rise from a Mr. Universe champion to a millionaire businessman, providing coverage of his political achievements and the choices he regrets.

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James Bond

James Bond

50 Years of Movie Posters

by Dennis Gassner and Alastair Dougall

Hardcover, 315 pages, Dk Pub, $50, published September 3 2012 | purchase
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  • James Bond
  • 50 Years of Movie Posters
  • Dennis Gassner and Alastair Dougall

Collects a gallery of rare and sought-after posters, as well as unused concept artwork, and unique teasers, and lobby cards from virtually every country where Bond movies have screened.

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When America First Met China

When America First Met China

An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail

by Eric Jay Dolin

Hardcover, 394 pages, Liveright, $27.95, published September 10 2012 | purchase
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  • When America First Met China
  • An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail
  • Eric Jay Dolin

Eric Jay Dolin traces the history of the relationship between America and China back to its earliest days, when the United States traded with China for furs, opium and rare sea cucumbers, but left an ecological and human rights disaster that still reverberates today.

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Do the Movies Have a Future?

Do the Movies Have a Future?

by David Denby

Paperback, 347 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published October 22 2013 | purchase
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  • David Denby

New Yorker film critic David Denby considers the future of America's troubled movie industry. He explores film as both an art and a business, tackling topics from the "fandom" phenomenon and the work of critics James Agee and Pauline Kael to the global marketplace's increasing demands for spectacle and digitalization.

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Listening in

Listening In

The Secret White House Recordings Of John F. Kennedy

by Ted Widmer

Hardcover, 300 pages, Hyperion Books, $40, published September 25 2012 | purchase
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  • The Secret White House Recordings Of John F. Kennedy
  • Ted Widmer

Available for the first time to the general public, the transcripts and recordings of John F. Kennedy's time in office reveal his decision-making process and thoughts on world events, including the Cuban Missile crisis and the Civil Rights movement, giving a rare opportunity to step inside the Oval Office and Cabinet Room.

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