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Vow

A Memoir of Marriage (and Other Affairs)

by Wendy Plump

Paperback, 262 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • A Memoir of Marriage (and Other Affairs)
  • Wendy Plump

Writing as both betrayer and betrayed, Wendy Plump explores the infidelities of her marriage.

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The Secrets of Happy Families

The Secrets of Happy Families

Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More

by Bruce Feiler

Paperback, 308 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published December 31 2013 | purchase
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  • Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More
  • Bruce Feiler

Bruce Feiler and his wife have twin daughters, and every morning was a madcap rush to get everybody out the door on time. Feiler kept wondering if things could be better — easier, smoother, happier. So he set out on a mission to gather advice for how to build a stronger, happier and healthier family. The result is The Secrets of Happy Families, a collection of more than 200 strategies culled from conversations with, among others, business branding experts, sports coaches and even the team behind Modern Family.

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The Heavy

The Heavy

A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet: A Memoir

by Dara-lynn Weiss

Hardcover, 240 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published January 15 2013 | purchase
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  • A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet: A Memoir
  • Dara-lynn Weiss

An expansion of the author's controversial "Up Front" column in Vogue magazine describes her family's efforts to help her clinically obese, seven-year-old daughter to lose weight, recounting how their progress was challenged by judgmental and conflictingdetractors.

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Sticks and Stones

Sticks And Stones

Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy

by Emily Bazelon

Paperback, 391 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published February 11 2014 | purchase
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  • Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy
  • Emily Bazelon

Emily Bazelon explores teen bullying: what it is, what it isn't and how the rise of the Internet and social media make the experience more challenging.

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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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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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  • 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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With or Without You

With or Without You

A Memoir

by Domenica Ruta

Paperback, 222 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published March 11 2014 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Domenica Ruta

Domenica Ruta is an addict, alcoholic and occasional drug user, but perhaps the most complicated and toxic part of her addiction is the relationship she has with her mother — a bleached and tattooed brawler who believed it was more important to be interesting than good, who did and occasionally dealt drugs, and who allowed her daughter to stay home from school whenever a good movie was on.

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A Wedding in Haiti

A Wedding In Haiti

by Julia Alvarez

Paperback, 287 pages, Workman Pub Co, $15.95, published March 19 2013 | purchase
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  • Julia Alvarez

Growing up in the Dominican Republic, author and poet Julia Alvarez says, she was taught to view neighboring Haiti with suspicion. But because of a promise made one night, Haiti, and a particular Haitian boy named Piti, would become ingrained in her heart — so much so that she would find herself smuggling Piti out of Haiti with his new family, and then finding her way back there after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

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The Still Point of the Turning World

The Still Point of the Turning World

by Emily Rapp

Hardcover, 260 pages, Penguin Group USA, $25.95, published March 7 2013 | purchase
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Emily Rapp's high hopes for her infant son were shattered when he was diagnosed with a fatal degenerative disorder at nine months. Her memoir describes loving a son she knew she would lose, and coping with her grief by studying great works of art, literature, philosophy and theology.

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Brothers Emanuel

Brothers Emanuel

A Memoir of an American Family

by Ezekiel J. Emanuel

Paperback, 274 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published November 12 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir of an American Family
  • Ezekiel J. Emanuel

The brothers in the Emanuel family are known for their success and for their chutzpah. The youngest is Ari Emanuel, a high-powered Hollywood agent and the inspiration for a blunt-talking character on the HBO show Entourage. Then there's middle brother and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a tough, foul-mouthed former White House chief of staff and congressman. Author Ezekiel, a doctor and professor, is the oldest, and in this memoir he traces the brothers' careers while offering insight into their upbringing.

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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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  • A Journal Of My Son's First Son
  • 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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Shocked

Shocked

My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me

by Patricia Volk

Hardcover, 283 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me
  • Patricia Volk

The author shares the lessons about womanhood and personal style she learned from both her mother, an upper-middle-class New Yorker who was the polished hostess at her family's garment district restaurant, and Elsa Schiaparelli, the outrageous, iconoclastic Italian fashion designer.

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If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother

If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother

by Julia Sweeney

Hardcover, 246 pages, Simon & Schuster, $26, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Julia Sweeney

The Broadway actress and early-1990s cast member of Saturday Night Live shares parenting misadventures, from her poignant decision to adopt as a single woman to her efforts to explain the birds and the bees to her precocious 8-year-old.

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