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The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye

by Meghan O'Rourke

Paperback, 306 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published April 3 2012 | purchase
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  • Meghan O'Rourke

The author discusses how caring for her terminally ill mother ultimately strengthened the bond between the two, as well as fortified the author's family during the difficult time. By the author of the poetry collection Halflife.

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The Mama's Boy Myth

The Mama's Boy Myth

Why Keeping Our Sons Close Makes Them Stronger

by Kate Stone Lombardi

Hardcover, 324 pages, Penguin Group USA, , published March 15 2012 | purchase
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  • Kate Stone Lombardi

A reexamination of the mother-son relationship challenges the "mama's boy" taboo, exploring the societal pressures for mothers to push away their boys while considering how men with close bonds to their mothers can show higher levels of emotional intelligence.

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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
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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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Some Assembly Required

Some Assembly Required

A Journal Of My Son's First Son

by Anne Lamott and Sam Lamott

Paperback, 272 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Anne Lamott and Sam Lamott

Anne Lamott has entered a new and unexpected chapter in her life: grandmotherhood. Stunned to learn that her son, Sam, is about to become a father at 19, Lamott begins a journal about the first year of her grandson's life. Some Assembly Required is the true story of how the birth of a baby changes a family and redefines each member's role.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
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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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Bringing Up Bebe

Bringing Up Bebe

One American Mother Discovers The Wisdom Of French Parenting

by Pamela Druckerman

Hardcover, 288 pages, Penguin Group USA, $25.95, published February 7 2012 | purchase
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  • One American Mother Discovers The Wisdom Of French Parenting
  • Pamela Druckerman

After becoming used to the stereotype of screaming, ill-tempered children, an American mother living in Paris was amazed at how well-behaved French children were. In this book she explains how parents can make their lives less stressful by taking some pointers from the French art of child-rearing.NPR Bestseller

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All There Is

All There Is

Love Stories from StoryCorps

by Dave Isay

Hardcover, 157 pages, Penguin Group USA, $24.95, published February 2 2012 | purchase
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The founder of StoryCorps, a national project that records, shares and preserves the lives of Americans from all backgrounds, presents individuals' love stories, from early dating to finding connections and lifelong commitment.NPR Bestseller

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Go the F- - - To Sleep

Go the F- - - to Sleep

by Adam Mansbach

Hardcover, 32 pages, Akashic, $14.95, published June 14 2011 | purchase
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  • Adam Mansbach

A bedtime book for adults portrays the trials and tribulations of a parent whose little angel just won't nod off.NPR Bestseller

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Crazy U

Crazy U

One Dad's Crash Course in Getting His Kid into College

by Andrew Ferguson

Paperback, 228 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published February 14 2012 | purchase
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The Journal of Best Practices

The Journal of Best Practices

A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband

by David Finch

Hardcover, 224 pages, Simon & Schuster, $25, published January 3 2012 | purchase
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  • A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband
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Traces the author's battle with Asperger Syndrome, describing his adult diagnosis and the painstaking and often whimsical exercises he uses to preserve his family and build social skills.

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