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Feats Of Strength: Hawaiian History, The Wild West, And Being A Small Business()  

Cover detail: My Korean Deli

March 7, 2012 Novelist T.C. Boyle takes on a California environmental battle while Mary Doria Russell takes a fresh look at the Wild West of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp. In nonfiction, Sarah Vowell tours Hawaii, Charles Fishman looks at the future of water, Allen Shawn reflects on being a twin, and Ben Ryder Howe on running a Brooklyn deli.

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Facing The Facts: In The Courtroom, In Politics, In War And In Love ()  

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February 29, 2012 Former Los Angeles prosecutor Marcia Clark debuts as a mystery writer, and Julian Barnes returns with stories of love. Robert Putnam and David Campbell look at American religion, Ron Rosenbaum warns of the potential for nuclear war, and Bing West evaluates military failures in Afghanistan.

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Big Questions: Life In 2100, Hawking On God, And Larsson's Last?()  

Physics of the Future

February 22, 2012 This week brings the final installment in Stieg Larsson's Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series, a send-up of Nabokov and Shakespeare by Arthur Phillips, and a spiritual fantasy by Kevin Brockmeier. In nonfiction, physicist Michio Kaku peers into the future, and Stephen Hawking regards the universe's grand design.

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All In The Game: College Admissions, Youth Basketball And The Wild West()  

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February 15, 2012 On the lighter side this week, there's a comic Western about two gun-slinging brothers and a memoir by TV's 89-year-old naughty girl, Betty White. Plus a father's wry look at the college admissions game, and a sports writer's tale of the cutthroat world of youth basketball.

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Love Comes Around: In Marriage, In Families, In Sickness, In Foster Care()  

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February 7, 2012 This week brings four novels about love: childhood love in immigrant Brooklyn; married love in dot-com San Francisco; intergenerational love and tension in Philadelphia; and an academic father's sometimes obtuse love for his three daughters. In nonfiction, football star Michael Oher describes his experiences in foster care.

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Matters Of The Heart: From Lovers To Cardiologists, From Old Pets To Dying Planets()  

The Lover's Dictionary

February 1, 2012 Novelist David Levithan takes a wry look at adultery, while food writer Jessica Harris takes an African journey, astronomer Mike Brown explains the demotion of planet Pluto, novelist Stephen Amidon probes the human heart with his cardiologist brother, Thomas, and veterinarian Nicholas Dodman offers help for aging dogs.

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Examined Lives: A Chef, A Rapper, A Recluse, A Writer And More()  

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January 26, 2012 This week, an up-close look at the lives of Manhattan chef Gabrielle Hamilton, rapper Ice-T, novelist J.D. Salinger, best-selling author Stieg Larsson and his partner Eva Gabrielsson, and the great philosophers.

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Reflections: On New York City, The Human Heart, Yoga Misgivings And Sports()  

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January 18, 2012 Fiction master E.L. Doctorow returns with short stories, while novelist Cristina Garcia finds intrigue among "lady matadors," and Teju Cole looks afresh at post-Sept. 11 New York. In nonfiction, a mother learns self-acceptance through yoga and an economist explodes conventional wisdom about sports.

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This Is War: On Vaccines, On Wall Street, In The Pacific And Beyond()  

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January 11, 2012 Novelist Jeff Shaara ends his World War II series, comedian Tina Fey gets bossy, playwright Michael Frayn remembers his working-class English father, former banker William Cohan scrutinizes Goldman Sachs, and journalist Seth Mnookin advocates for vaccines.

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Let's Get Political: How History Unfolds And Leaders Are Born()  

Detail from Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me

January 4, 2012 Historical novelist Bernard Cornwell returns with a new book, while mystery writer Rosamund Lupton makes a gripping debut. In nonfiction, New York Times columnist David Brooks and geopolitical strategist George Friedman look at how history unfolds, while Condoleezza Rice writes for young readers.

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At Home: A Widow's Life, A Tiger Mother's Tale, And A Call For Compassion()  

Cover detail from Emily, Alone.

December 28, 2011 Just in time for New Year's reading, Stewart O'Nan returns with a captivating look at the life of a widow, while Deborah Harkness offers a tale of magical mayhem unleashed by a manuscript at Oxford. In nonfiction, Karen Armstrong invites readers to deepen their compassion and Amy Chua offers a call to arms for "Tiger Mothers."

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War And Peace: Bourne Battles, U.S. Fights, And The Dalai Lama's Case For Compassion()  

'Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Dominion'

December 14, 2011 Super agent Jason Bourne battles the head of Russia's secret police in his latest adventure by Eric Van Lustbader, while in nonfiction the Dalai Lama counsels compassion, and Foreign Affairs Editor Gideon Rose explores How Wars End.

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Parallels: 'Other Lives,' Human Values And Celebrities Of The 1800s()  

'Louisa May Alcott'

December 8, 2011 Novelist Ellen Meister explores how a single character might live parallel lives in alternate dimensions, while philosopher Sam Harris explores how science should shape human values. Also, an attempt to re-create the perfect peasant bread, and in-depth profiles of Charles Dickens and Louisa May Alcott.

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Crime Pays: Bad Cops, A 'Sherlockian' Mystery And Murder Scandinavian-Style()  

The Complaints by Ian Rankin

December 1, 2011 Suspense rules fiction this week, with a new cop protagonist from Ian Rankin, a tale by Lars Kepler that rivals the Dragon Tattoo series, and a debut novel inspired by Sherlock Holmes. In nonfiction, there's a history of ballet and Patti LuPone's memoir of the Great White Way.

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Game And Fame: The Lives Of Mickey Mantle, Roy Williams And Kay Thompson()  

'The Last Boy'

November 23, 2011 Biographer Jane Leavy strips baseball hero Mickey Mantle of his glamour, while basketball coach Roy Williams looks back on his career, and filmmaker Sam Irvin celebrates the resilient gleam of performer and writer Kay Thompson. Also, C.J. Chivers explores the AK-47 and its impact on warfare.

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New In Paperback: A quick look at notable books newly out in softcover.

March 22-28: The CIA, Central Bankers And Summer Camp

This week in paperback, Mark Mazzetti investigates changes in the CIA, Neil Irwin looks at the guardians of the global economy and Meg Wolitzer follows a group of gifted friends.

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