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August 2017

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After Andy: Adventures in Warhol Land by Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni
After Andy
The author of Vogue on Yves Saint Laurent and former European editor for Harper's Bazaar recounts her formative apprenticeship in Andy Warhol's studio, sharing insider perspectives into the iconic artist's enduring influence on the art world, pop culture, society and fashion.

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America 51: A Probe into the Realities that Are Hiding Inside the Greatest Country in the World by Corey Taylor
America 51
The outspoken hard-rock vocalist from Slipknot and Stone Sour explores what his itinerant youth and worldwide travels with his multi-platinum bands have taught him about what it means to be a true-blue American in an increasingly unstable world. By the best-selling author of Seven Deadly Sins.

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Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard
A first entry in a planned four-part autobiographical series by the award-winning author of Out of the World is comprised of sensory letters written to his unborn daughter that describe his childhood and daily life with his wife and older children in rural Sweden.

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C.S. 96: My Two Decades As Law Enforcement's Preeminent Confidential Source by C.S. 96. Contributions by Rob Cea.
C. S. 96
A long-time confidential informant for U.S. law enforcement describes how he came to be in such a position and recounts how he risks his life and family and faces unthinkable dangers while meeting with gang and cartel leaders every night.

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The Comfort Food Diaries by Emily Nunn
The Comfort Food Diaries
A former New Yorker editor chronicles her quest to overcome the convergence of the sudden loss of her brother, being dumped by her fiancé and being evicted from her apartment by cooking her way across the country while staying with friends and family.

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Dangerous Animals: A Memoir of Taming My Wild Life by Kirstin McMillan
Dangerous Animals
A celebrity dog trainer and daughter of former circus performers describes how her siblings and she were subjected to their animal-trainer father's cruel and domineering personality before she ran away and rediscovered love and connection through her bond with a homeless basset hound.

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The Diesel Brothers: A Truckin' Awesome Guide to Trucks and Life by Heavy D. & Diesel Dave
The Diesel Brothers
Readers will learn the stories behind reality show Diesel Brothers stars' business and personal lives, from the guys’ first meeting, to their early adventures building the monster-truck-building business DieselSellerz, to their successful business venture with Redbeard, Muscle and the rest of the staff and much more.

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Freud: The Making of an Illusion by Frederick Crews
A critical assessment of psychoanalysis and the views of its creator draws on previously restricted archives to reveal Sigmund Freud's blunders with patients, his misunderstandings about the psychological controversies of his time and how he advanced his career on the appropriated findings of others. By a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.

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Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B-Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell with Craig Sanborn. Intro by John Hodgman.
Hail to the Chin
A raucous follow-up to If Chins Could Kill shares all-new confessions by the actor best known from the Evil Dead movies and the Ash vs. Evil Dead and Burn Notice TV series, covering the past decade of his experiences in acting and on the Wizard World convention circuit.

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Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham Kopp
A California girl with wanderlust whose opposites-attract relationship with a homebody writer was significantly compromised by an unplanned pregnancy describes how their baby's serious health disorder prompted the couple to reevaluate their views of family and what they were willing to risk for their child's health.

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The Hot One: A Memoir of Friendship, Sex, and Murder by Carolyn Murnick
The Hot One
A New York magazine online editor recounts how after diverging from her increasingly precocious childhood best friend, she was compelled to investigate her friend's party lifestyle and shocking murder, possibly by an alleged serial killer now facing trial.

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I'll Have What She's Having: How Nora Ephron's Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy by Erin Carlson
I'll Have What She's Having
A backstage assessment of the making of Nora Ephron's revered trilogy, When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle, shares an intimate portrait of the writer's life and her enduring influence on a generation of Hollywood women.

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It's Not Yet Dark: A Memoir by Simon Fitzmaurice
It's Not Yet Dark
A young filmmaker, and father of five, diagnosed with ALS discusses his decision to stay alive against all odds.

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Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology by Ellen Ullman
Life in Code
The award-winning author of Close to the Machine shares insights into the past half century of online development to explore how digital technology has lost its innocence, changing life in unexpected and sometimes sinister ways.

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Lights On, Rats Out by Cree LeFavour
Lights On, Rats Out
A young college graduate one year into her increasingly obsessive treatment with a psychiatrist begins to organize her days around a compulsion to harm herself with lit cigarettes. By the James Beard Award-nominated author of Fish.

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No Is a Four-letter Word: How I Failed Spelling but Succeeded in Life by Chris Jericho. Foreword by Paul Stanley.
No Is a Four-letter Word
A three-time New York Times best-selling author and wrestling star presents an inspirational book organized around 22 principles on what it takes to make it to the top of your field, featuring stories from legends and influencers along the way.

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Playing Hurt: My Journey From Despair to Hope by John Saunders with John U. Bacon.
Playing Hurt
A candid memoir by the late ESPN and ABC Sports broadcaster reveals his longtime battle with depression and his investigations into modern medical and homeopathic treatments, exploring how the disease affected his career and relationships and gave him insight into living a positive life.

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Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat by Patricia Williams with Jeannine Amber
The popular comedian traces her youth in Atlanta's most troubled neighborhood at the height of the crack epidemic, discussing the experiences with an alcoholic mother, four siblings, petty crime and prostitution that led to her becoming a mother at age 13 before resolving to secure a better life for her children.

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Rescued From ISIS: The Gripping True Story of How a Father Saved His Son by Dimitri Bontinck
Rescued From ISIS
Documents the gripping true story of how the author rescued his son from a radical mosque that brainwashed him into becoming a jihadist soldier, describing the months of unassisted work that were required and how his success reverberated throughout the world, triggering pleas from other families whose children were similarly indoctrinated.

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The Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer's Tale by James Atlas
The Shadow in the Garden
A biographer describes what it’s like to document the lives of other, more famous people and revisits the experiences and work of the classical biographers who brought the lives of Samuel Johnson and James Boswell to life.

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Shooting Ghosts: A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer, and Their Journey Back from War by Thomas J. Brennan & Finbarr O'Reilly
Shooting Ghosts
A dual memoir by a U.S. Marine and a conflict photographer profile their unlikely friendship and how it helped them recover from combat wounds and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary by Walter Stahr
The award-winning author of the best-selling Seward documents the story of the 16th President's controversial secretary of war, Edwin Stanton, detailing his role in raising the Union army, directing military movements, imposing penalties on Confederates and organizing the search for assassin John Wilkes Booth.

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To Siri With Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines by Judith Newman
To Siri With Love
A full-length account of the viral New York Times op-ed column of the same name shares inspirational and laugh-out-loud stories about the author's life with her an autistic son, whose therapeutic use of Apple's electronic personal assistant became an unusual example of the power of technology.

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Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy
Wild Things
A nostalgic ramble through classic children's literature by a Vanity Fair contributing editor explores the stories of forefront authors and illustrators while revealing the wisdom that can be found in masterpieces ranging from The Cat in the Hat and Charlotte's Web to Goodnight Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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The Code of Trust: An American Counterintelligence Expert's Five Rules to Lead and Succeed by Robin Dreeke & Cameron Stauth. Foreword by Joe Navarro.
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A former director of the FBI's behavioral-analysis division counsels readers on how to use trust to achieve personal and professional goals, profiling five character-building principles about letting go of ego-based obstacles, practicing non-judgment, using reason, validating others and being generous.

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Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy by Tim Harford
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Describes the history of economic change through the 50 inventions that had the most impact and explores the hidden connections they share, from paper money and the horse collar, to bar codes and spreadsheets.

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Fully Alive by Tyler Gage
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The acclaimed CEO of RUNA traces the story of how, as a young entrepreneur, he elected to immerse himself in Amazonian indigenous spirituality before integrating the lessons he learned to build a socially responsible company and live a purposeful life.

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The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek by Howard Markel
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The author of An Anatomy of Addiction traces the story of brothers Harvey and Will Kellogg, one of whom became a revered doctor and founder of the famous Battle Creek Sanitarium, the other of whom founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, which eventually became General Mills.

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General Nonfiction

The Arena: Inside the Tailgating, Ticket-Scalping, Mascot-Racing, Dubiously Funded, and Possibly Haunted Monuments of American Sport by Rafi Kohan
The Arena
An exploration of the modern American sports stadium traces the stories of iconic stadiums and fields as well as the rowdy customs that have become related traditions, from scalper turf wars and tailgate parties to fighter-jet flyovers and death-defying halftime shows.

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Coming Alive: 4 Tools to Defeat Your Inner Enemy, Ignite Creative Expression, and Unleash Your Soul's Potential by Phil Stutz & Barry Michels
Coming Alive
The resident psychology experts on Goop and authors of the best-selling The Tools counsel readers on how to tap into one's life force, deepen one's emotional and spiritual experience and realize personal potential.

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The Dogs of Avalon: The Race to Save Animals in Peril by Laura Schenone
The Dogs of Avalon
After adopting a greyhound, an Irish woman embarks on a quest to stop the abuse being done to the breed after they no longer can run fast enough during dog races, becoming the head of the Irish SPCA and creating a healing sanctuary.

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Electric October: Seven World Series Games, Six Lives, Five Minutes of Fame that Lasted Forever by Kevin Cook
Electric October
A chronicle of the dramatic 1947 World Series explores the roles of lesser-known but key contributors, including journeyman pitcher Bill Bevens, batting champ Snuffy Stirnweiss and unlikely runner Bucky Harris, examining how their unsung victories reshaped perspectives about fame and heroism.

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The End of Alzheimer's: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline by Dale Bredesen
The End of Alzheimer's
Draws on scientific research and clinical results to outline a groundbreaking plan to prevent and reverse Alzheimer's Disease and cognitive decline through strategic lifestyle modifications designed to address specific contributing metabolic imbalances.

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The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, and Reading by Anne Gisleson
The Futilitarians
A memoir of loss, friendship and literature explores how the author, devastated by the deaths of family members and the loss of her home in Hurricane Katrina, bonded with her husband over his own losses before establishing a reading group with friends who also endured difficult life setbacks.

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iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy—and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood—and What That Means for the Rest of Us by Jean M. Twenge
The renowned psychologist and author of Generation Me analyzes how the young people born in the mid-1990s and later significantly differ from those of previous generations, examining how social media and texting may be behind today's unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression and loneliness.

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Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution by Jonathan B. Losos
Improbable Destinies
A Harvard museum curator draws on the latest breakthroughs in evolutionary biology to challenge popular assumptions about how evolution works—examining how tiny, random convergences, from mutations to butterfly sneezes, have triggered remarkable evolutionary changes.

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Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark
Life 3.0
An MIT professor of physics and co-founder of the Future of Life Institute explores key questions related to a near-future world of increasing digital autonomy, exploring the likeliness of suprahuman intelligence, the role of A.I. in replacing human jobs and how legal systems might handle autonomous issues.

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Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame by Michael Kodas
A renowned journalist and forest-fire expert shares his experiences in some of the world's most dangerous and remote regions to explore the rising phenomenon of large-scale fires, the damage they cause, what they reveal about the environment and how they are being battled by today's elite firefighters.

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Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments: A Stone Reader by Peter Catapano & Simon Critchley, eds.
Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments
The editors of the award-winning New York Times philosophy column collect 64 essays from its online publications to explore topics ranging from consciousness and religious belief to gun control and drone warfare.

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Morningstar: Growing Up with Books by Ann Hood
The award-winning author of The Book that Matters Most reveals the personal stories behind her written works, describing her early years in a Rhode Island mill town and the books that shaped her love of literature, her political views and her travel ambitions.

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Not Quite a Genius by Nate Dern
Not Quite a Genius
A collection of humorous, absurdist essays from a senior writer at Funny or Die include an open letter to Charles Manson, an archaeologist's exploration into a suburban man cave and an angry missive from Leif Erikson to Christopher Columbus.

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Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World by Suzy Hansen
Notes on a Foreign Country
A contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine describes how her post-9/11 move to Istanbul has taught her a great deal about the region’s culture, history and politics, but also how it taught her a great deal about America.

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Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake by Kathryn Miles
Chronicles the author's investigation into the threat of earthquakes in today's America, drawing on expert insights while surveying the kinds of preparations that are recommended for disaster survival.

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Surfing With Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry Into a Life of Meaning by Aaron James
Surfing With Sartre
A philosopher and avid surfer discusses his ideas about freedom, being, phenomenology, morality, epistemology and something he calls “leisure capitalism.” By the best-selling author of Assholes: A Theory.

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Une Femme Francaise: The Seductive Style of French Women by Catherine Malandrino
Une Femme Francaise
A French designer reveals to Americans the secrets to the easy style and grace of French women and offers advice on skin and hair care, describes how nonchalance is sexier than perfume and encourages ladies not to be slaves to fashion.

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What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen by Kate Fagan
What Made Maddy Run
A sports journalist tells the heartbreaking story of an Ivy League freshman and track star who seemingly had it all, and succeeded at everything she tried, but who secretly grappled with mental illness before taking her own life during the spring semester.

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Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment by Robert Wright
Why Buddhism Is True
The best-selling author of The Evolution of God philosophically explains how the human mind evolved to channel anxiety, depression, anger and greed and how a healthy practice of Buddhist meditation can promote clarity and alleviate suffering.

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Wild Mediterranean: The Age-Old, Science-New Plan for a Healthy Gut, with Food You Can Trust by Stella Metsovas
Wild Mediterranean
Building on the theory that digestive health depends on a thriving, well-balanced microbe environment, a down-to-earth plan explains how to use paleo-adapted Mediterranean foods to establish a healthy microbiome and minimize uncomfortable symptoms.

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God's Wolf: The Life of the Most Notorious of All Crusaders, Scourge of Saladin by Jeffrey Lee
God's Wolf
Describes the story of Reynald de Chatillon, a crusading knight known for his brutality and who is still so reviled in Islamic history that a hidden bomb in a 2010 terrorist plot was addressed to him in a FedEx shipment.

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The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet by Henry Fountain
The Great Quake
A narrative account of America's largest recorded earthquake describes how it devastated coastal towns and villages, killing dozens of people and inspiring the work of geologist George Plafker, whose findings helped confirm the then-controversial theory of plate tectonics.

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The Man From the Train: The Solving of a Century-old Serial Killer Mystery by Bill James & Rachel Mccarthy James.
The Man From the Train
A celebrated baseball statistician uses his analytic skills and interesting sleuthing techniques to uncover the culprit in a 100 year-old cold case involving a spate of axe bludgeoning deaths across the country, from Iowa to Louisiana.

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The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies by Jason Fagone
The Woman Who Smashed Codes
Describes the true story of Elizebeth Smith, a Shakespeare expert, who met and married a groundbreaking cryptologist and worked with him to discover and expose Nazi spy rings in South America by cracking multiple versions of the Enigma machine.

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