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Rob Delaney

Rob Delaney

Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.

by Rob Delaney

Hardcover, 189 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.
  • Rob Delaney

The comedian best known for his Twitter handle and impersonation of Mitt Romney on Funny or Die presents a collection of autobiographical essays on his journey from a middle-class theater geek to a devoted family man and passionate cultural figure.

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Fosse

Fosse

by Sam Wasson

Hardcover, 723 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $32, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Sam Wasson

The pop culture historian and author of Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. presents a portrait of the renowned dancer, choreographer, screenwriter and director that traces his numerous reinventions and prodigious professional achievements as well as his romantic relationships and excessive appetites.

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American Mirror

American Mirror

The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell

by Deborah Solomon

Hardcover, pages cm, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $28, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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  • The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell
  • Deborah Solomon

The critic and author of Utopia Parkway presents a portrait of the classic 20th-century American artist that explores his achievements and influence as a long-time illustrator for The Saturday Evening Post, sharing additional insights into his unexpectedly complex private life.

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Humans of New York

Humans of New York

by Brandon Stanton

Hardcover, 1 volume (unpaged), St. Martin's Press, $29.99, published October 15 2013 | purchase
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  • Brandon Stanton

In this photographic census of New York City inspired by the blog of the same name, the author showcases 400 color photos, including exclusive portraits and all-new stories that capture the outsized personalities of New York, and pay tribute to the human side of a great city.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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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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  • 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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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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Far from the Tree

Far From The Tree

Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

by Andrew Solomon

Paperback, 962 pages, Simon & Schuster, $21.50, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Far From The Tree
  • Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
  • Andrew Solomon

The National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon explores the consequences of extreme personal differences between parents and children, describing his own experiences as a gay child of straight parents, and evaluating the circumstances of people affected by physical, developmental or cultural factors that divide families.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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  • 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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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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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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  • 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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David and Goliath

David and Goliath

Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

by Malcolm Gladwell

Hardcover, 305 pages, Little Brown & Co, $29, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
  • Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak, the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed.NPR Bestseller

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The Reason I Jump

The Reason I Jump

The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy With Autism

by Naoki Higashida

Hardcover, 135 pages, Random House Inc, $22, published August 27 2013 | purchase
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  • The Reason I Jump
  • The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy With Autism
  • Naoki Higashida

A journey into the mind of a remarkable 13-year-old Japanese boy with severe autism shares firsthand insights into a variety of experiences associated with the disorder, from behavioral traits and misconceptions to perceptions about the world and social awareness. Translated by David Mitchell and KA Yoshida.NPR Bestseller

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I Am Malala

I Am Malala

The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai

Hardcover, 327 pages, Little Brown & Co, $26, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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  • I Am Malala
  • The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
  • Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai

I Am Malala describes the life of the young Pakistani student who advocated for women's rights and education in the Taliban-controlled Swat Valley, survived an assassination attempt and became the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.NPR Bestseller

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The Men Who United the States

The Men Who United The States

America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible

by Simon Winchester

Hardcover, 463 pages, HarperCollins, $29.99, published October 15 2013 | purchase
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  • The Men Who United The States
  • America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible
  • Simon Winchester

The author follows in the footsteps of America's most essential explorers, thinkers and innovators to offer a different perspective on how the most powerful nation on Earth came together.NPR Bestseller

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Things That Matter

Things That Matter

Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics

by Charles Krauthammer

Hardcover, 387 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published October 22 2013 | purchase
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  • Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics
  • Charles Krauthammer

The Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist presents a collection of his essays on what he believes renders the "American experiment" vibrant and special, exploring topics ranging from health care and space exploration to religion and baseball.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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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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  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
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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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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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Tip And The Gipper

Tip And The Gipper

When Politics Worked

by Chris Matthews

Hardcover, 423 pages, Simon & Schuster, $29.95, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • When Politics Worked
  • Chris Matthews

Drawing on extensive interviews with those closest to his subjects as well as his own experiences, the anchor of MSNBC's Hardball tells the story of the unlikely friendship between President Reagan and House Speaker Tip O'Neill.NPR Bestseller

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Stuntman!

Stuntman!

My Car-Crashing, Plane-Jumping, Bone-Breaking, Death-Defying Hollywood Life

by Hal Needham

Hardcover, 307 pages, Little Brown & Co, $25.99, published February 9 2011 | purchase
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  • Stuntman!
  • My Car-Crashing, Plane-Jumping, Bone-Breaking, Death-Defying Hollywood Life
  • Hal Needham

A Hollywood stuntman, whose career was fraught with 56 broken bones, details his exciting life, including his work in such films and TV shows as Mission: Impossible, The French Connection, The Spirit of St. Louis and more, as well as his work as a director and his ownership of a rocket car that broke the sound barrier.

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The Most of Nora Ephron

The Most of Nora Ephron

by Nora Ephron

Hardcover, 555 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Nora Ephron

A celebration of the work of the late Academy Award-nominated author and screenwriter collects her writings on topics ranging from journalism and feminism to food and aging, in a volume complemented by her notorious Wellesley commencement address and her recent blogs about death.

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Wonderbook

Wonderbook

The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction

by Jeff Vandermeer and Jeremy Zerfoss

Paperback, 323 pages, Harry N Abrams Inc, $24.95, published October 15 2013 | purchase
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  • The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction
  • Jeff Vandermeer and Jeremy Zerfoss

This visual guide to writing creative and compelling fiction includes interesting and inspiring artwork as well as motivational tools and essays from today's top fantasy writers, including George R. R. Martin and Neil Gaiman, to help all aspiring authors.

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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

by Chris Hadfield

Hardcover, 295 pages, Little Brown & Co, $28, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
  • Chris Hadfield

Col. Chris Hadfield has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. Now, he returns to earth to offer stories of his time in space and in training, an education in a classroom unlike any other in (or out of) this world.

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Hyperbole and a Half

Hyperbole And A Half

Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

by Allie Brosh

Paperback, 369 pages, Simon & Schuster, $17.99, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
  • Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half began life as Allie Brosh's blog, full of crude sketches and absurdist rants about spelling, dogs, cake and the pressures of adulthood. But there's a serious side as well, in heartfelt, unsparing stories about her struggle with depression.NPR Bestseller

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Bach

Bach

Music in the Castle of Heaven

by John Eliot Gardiner

Hardcover, 628 pages, Knopf, $35, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Music in the Castle of Heaven
  • John Eliot Gardiner

One of the modern world's leading conductor delivers an assessment of the life and achievements of the 18th-century master composer. The book shares scholarly insights into how Bach worked, how his music is constructed, how it achieves its effects — and what it can tell us about Bach the man.

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Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash

The Life

by Robert Hilburn

Hardcover, 679 pages, Little Brown & Co, $32, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • The Life
  • Robert Hilburn

In cooperation with the Johnny Cash estate, a music critic who knew the icon tells the unvarnished truth about Cash, whose personal life was far more troubled and his artistry much more profound than even his most devoted fans have realized.

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The World Until Yesterday

The World Until Yesterday

What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?

by Jared Diamond

Paperback, 499 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?
  • Jared Diamond

Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond has spent nearly 50 years studying cultures in Papua New Guinea. Now, he collects his decades of fieldwork to argue that traditional societies still have much to teach us on a wide spectrum of topics — from ways to eat and stay fit to methods of raising children and organizing communities.NPR Bestseller

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