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Life Is a Gift

Life Is A Gift

The Zen Of Bennett

by Tony Bennett and Mitch Albom

Hardcover, 250 pages, Harper, $28.99, published November 20 2012 | purchase
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  • The Zen Of Bennett
  • Tony Bennett and Mitch Albom

The entertainment icon presents an array of stories that capture humorous and inspirational moments from his sixty-year career. He shares the wisdom he has gained from his own experiences and from the people he met along the way.

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Grace

Grace

A Memoir

by Grace Coddington

Hardcover, 333 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published November 20 2012 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Grace Coddington

An influential creative director of American Vogue magazine traces her decades in the fashion industry, recounting her early years as a model under the tutelage of Norman Parkinson, unexpected rise to fame and associations with numerous fashion luminaries, including a young Wintour.

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Little White Duck

Little White Duck

A Childhood in China

by Andres Vera Martinez and Na Liu

Paperback, 96 pages, Graphic Universe, $9.95, published August 1 2012 | purchase
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  • A Childhood in China
  • Andres Vera Martinez and Na Liu

A young girl describes her experiences growing up in China, beginning with the death of Chairman Mao in 1976.

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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

The Sons And Daughters Of Charles Dickens

by Robert Gottlieb

Hardcover, 256 pages, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25, published November 27 2012 | purchase
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  • The Sons And Daughters Of Charles Dickens
  • Robert Gottlieb

Opening a unique window to Victorian England, this thought-provoking study of the author as a father and as a man highlights the strange and surprising stories of each of Dickens' 10 children — from Kate, who became a successful artist, to Frank, who died after serving in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

How To Cook It Well

by Sam Sifton and Sarah C. Rutherford

Hardcover, 133 pages, Random House Inc, $18, published October 23 2012 | purchase
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  • How To Cook It Well
  • Sam Sifton and Sarah C. Rutherford

A former New York Times restaurant critic and Thanksgiving Help Line contact presents an accessible and authoritative guide to cooking and surviving a stylish Thanksgiving dinner, drawing on his extensive experiences to counsel home cooks on everything from different ways to prepare a turkey and selecting accompanying wines to managing difficult relatives and timing side dishes.

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The First Four Notes

The First Four Notes

Beethoven's Fifth And The Human Imagination

by Matthew Guerrieri

Hardcover, 304 pages, Knopf, $26.95, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • Beethoven's Fifth And The Human Imagination
  • Matthew Guerrieri

A music critic presents a revelatory work of music history that analyzes Beethoven's iconic symphony, assessing the composer's influences and legacy while challenging popular beliefs that Beethoven was deaf at the time of the Fifth's composition.

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The Color of Christ

The Color of Christ

The Son of God & The Saga of Race in America

by Paul Harvey and Edward J. Blum

Hardcover, 340 pages, Univ of North Carolina Pr, $32.50, published September 21 2012 | purchase
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  • The Son of God & The Saga of Race in America
  • Paul Harvey and Edward J. Blum

The Color of Christ explores the dynamic nature of Christ worship in the U.S., addressing how his image has been visually remade to champion the causes of white supremacists and civil rights leaders alike, and why the idea of a white Christ has endured.

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Margaret Sanger

Margaret Sanger

A Life of Passion

by Jean H. Baker

Paperback, 349 pages, Hill and Wang, $17, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • A Life of Passion
  • Jean H. Baker

A portrait of a forefront leader in the birth control movement by the author of Sisters seeks to restore her position in feminist history in an account that includes coverage of such topics as the nursing experiences that inspired her beliefs, her pioneering of a first family-planning clinic and her relationships with such figures as John Reed, Mabel Dodge and H. G. Wells.

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Drop Dead Healthy

Drop Dead Healthy

One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

by A.J. Jacobs

Paperback, 402 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection
  • A.J. Jacobs

In Drop Dead Healthy, author A.J. Jacobs attempts to become the healthiest man in the world. Structuring his life around a deluge of diets and fitness regimens that often contradict each other, he experiences the logical conclusion of our culture's health obsessions. NPR Bestseller

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I Didn't Ask To Be Born

I Didn't Ask to Be Born

But I'm Glad I Was

by Bill Cosby

Paperback, 195 pages, Center Street, $14.99, published November 20 2012 | purchase
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  • Bill Cosby

The legendary entertainer and funnyman provides insights on life including how to handle a teenage daughter who refuses to clean her room and a discussion of his antique Bible collection.

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Zona

Zona

A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room

by Geoff Dyer

Paperback, 228 pages, Vintage, $15, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room
  • Geoff Dyer

A wide-ranging analysis of Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker describes the author's 30-year fascination with the film and evaluates how it reflects both European cinema and the deepest desires of the human psyche.

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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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A Man of Misconceptions

A Man of Misconceptions

The Life of an Eccentric in an Age of Change

by John Glassie

Hardcover, 335 pages, Riverhead Hardcover , $26.95, published November 8 2012 | purchase
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  • The Life of an Eccentric in an Age of Change
  • John Glassie

Athanasius Kircher, the legendary 17th-century priest-scientist, was either a genius or a raving lunatic. This fascinating portrait traces his rise, success and eventual fall.

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Living With Guns

Living With Guns

A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment

by Craig R. Whitney

Hardcover, 285 pages, PublicAffairs, $28.99, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment
  • Craig R. Whitney

Living With Guns examines the war over gun control in America as well as the rigid ideologies that have informed the debate on both sides for over 50 years.

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Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die

Musings from the Road

by Willie Nelson and Kinky Friedman

Hardcover, 192 pages, William Morrow, $22.99, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • Willie Nelson and Kinky Friedman

In 1971 Nashville, after a life-changing experience, Willie Nelson decides to do things his own way, reinventing himself and resurrecting his career. In this holiday tale, Nelson recounts his colorful adventures.

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Walkable City

Walkable City

How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time

by Jeff Speck

Paperback, 312 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $16, published November 12 2013 | purchase
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  • How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time
  • Jeff Speck

Jeff Speck, a city planner and architectural designer, delves into what it means to make a city pedestrian-friendly. Packed with observations and real-world examples, his book tackles the challenges of city life, advocating for smart growth and sustainable design while presenting a plan for making American cities safe and efficient.

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African American Faces of the Civil War

African American Faces of the Civil War

An Album

by Ronald S. Coddington and J. Matthew Gallman

Hardcover, 338 pages, Johns Hopkins Univ Pr, $29.95, published August 20 2012 | purchase
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  • African American Faces of the Civil War
  • An Album
  • Ronald S. Coddington and J. Matthew Gallman

Uses archival photographs to introduce African American men who fought in the Civil War, whose roles ranged from servants and laborers to junior officers, and includes details on each man's life through military records and personal files.

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When God Talks Back

When God Talks Back

Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship With God

by T. M. Luhrmann

Paperback, 434 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship With God
  • T. M. Luhrmann

Draws on anthropological and psychological perspectives to analyze the American evangelical experience, drawing on intimate interviews with members of the Vineyard church while explaining the scientific aspects of intensely practiced prayer and collective supernatural experiences.

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