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Anne Lamott’s funny and perceptive writing about her own faith through decades of trial and error has gained her legions of fans. No doubt they will be thrilled with her latest book, Help, Thanks, Wow, which brings everything Lamott knows about prayer to these fundamentals: three prayers—asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what we have that is good, and feeling awe at the world around us—that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward.
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ISBN: 9781594631290
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 13th, 2012

Energized by the 2008 elections, artist Maira Kalman set out across America to explore facets of our democracy. From the Lincoln Memorial to Jefferson’s Monticello, from town hall meetings to the Supreme Court, Kalman’s beautiful, colorful paintings and text are simultaneously whimsical and poignant. “[C]reating a work of art that is both political and devoid of cynicism is a tricky prospect. Maira Kalman doesn’t back down, though: her new book is unabashedly optimistic and thoughtful.” —The New Yorker. Absolutely inspiring and one of my favorite books ever.
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S.B.
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ISBN: 9780143122036
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Published: Penguin Books - October 30th, 2012

The focus of Chinua Achebe’s long-awaited memoir is the Nigerian Civil War of 1967–1970, when the Biafran people of Nigeria attempted to form their own state in the southeast of the country. Achebe (Things Fall Apart) was an established novelist when the war began, and for 40 years maintained silence on the events of those terrible years. This is his first published comment on the horrors he witnessed during this painful interlude in Nigerian history.
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ISBN: 9781594204821
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Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2012

The beautiful narration of her mother’s slow descent into dementia, combined with the Witchel’s introspective examination of her family background, makes this memoir poignantly heartbreaking. It struck me all the harder for having dealt with similar issues within my own family, and unfortunately this type of absent presence is a kind of loss that is becoming more and more common. Witchel’s amazing ability to work through the pain and to find strength in holding on to what one can makes this an important and healing read.
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Nici
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All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother's Dementia. with Refreshments Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594487910
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 27th, 2012

Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance; he predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth; and he became a national sensation as a blogger—all by the time he was 30. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data. “Nate Silver’s The Signal and the Noise is The Soul of a New Machine for the 21st century.” —Rachel Maddow
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ISBN: 9781594204111
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Published: Penguin Press - September 27th, 2012

According to Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Mary Oliver, it is every poet’s duty to “cultivate their sense of wonder in life.” That is, after all, what her work always does. From a blade of grass to the wide cycle of life, her keen eye on the world ever leaves a reader uplifted, curious, and gazing with wider eyes.
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ISBN: 9781594204777
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Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2012

The author of the beloved His Dark Materials trilogy offers a simultaneously new and old take on 50 of his favorite Brothers Grimm fairy tales. These stories have been the inspiration for many novels, movies, and TV shows, but we’ve come a long way from their original roots. Pullman reintroduces them as dark, complicated tales (there is nary a bed- making, hair-braiding bird to be found here) that are addictive, surreal, and strangely familiar.
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Kat
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ISBN: 9780670024971
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Published: Viking - November 8th, 2012

This guy's writing is electrifying; it sizzles with life and carries you along on a journey that is at once breathtaking, devastating, and inspiring. A history lesson and an all-consuming adventure with one of the most endearing characters I've ever encountered.
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ISBN: 9781594483295
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 2nd, 2008

This is a self-help book for kitchen confidence. After helping a woman exchange her processed foods for easy make-at-home dinners, Flinn decided to change how people think about home cooking. Nine volunteers were given weekly cooking classes. Flinn emphasizes the importance of not wasting food, of eating for better health, and of knowing where your food comes from.
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The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices Into Fearless Home Cooks Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143122173
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Published: Penguin Books - September 25th, 2012

One of my favorite books of all time and a frequent occupant of my handbag. In the first of her three memoirs, Ruth Reichl documents her ten years as the food critic for the New York Times. Her scathing wit and hilariously insightful anecdotes about visiting restaurants under various disguises are paralleled only by her tender, luscious, and genuinely passionate descriptions of food.
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ISBN: 9780143036616
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Published: Penguin Books - March 28th, 2006

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