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Scratching the Horizon

Scratching the Horizon

A Surfing Life

by Izzy Paskowitz and Dan Paisner

Hardcover, 289 pages, St Martins Pr, $24.99, published August 21 2012 | purchase
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  • Izzy Paskowitz and Dan Paisner

The founder of Surfers Healing, a foundation devoted to expanding the horizons of children with autism through surfing, recounts his unusual upbringing and shares the realities of adulthood.

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The Last Pirate

The Last Pirate

A Father, His Son, and the Golden Age of Marijuana

by Tony Dokoupil

Hardcover, 252 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • A Father, His Son, and the Golden Age of Marijuana
  • Tony Dokoupil

Tony Dokoupil traces the story of the his father's rise and fall as a marijuana smuggler against a backdrop of Reagan politics and the heated debates about the drug that continue today.

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Parentology

Parentology

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask

by Dalton Conley

Hardcover, 237 pages, Simon & Schuster, $25, published March 18 2014 | purchase
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  • Everything You Wanted to Know About the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask
  • Dalton Conley

Outlines an engaged approach to child-rearing that is based on strategies for fostering child creativity and confidence, describing the author's experiences with such methods as bribing, conditioning psychology and placebo medications.

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My Life in the Middle Ages

My Life in the Middle Ages

A Survivor's Tale

by James Atlas

Paperback, 220 pages, HarperCollins, $13.95, published April 1 2006 | purchase
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  • A Survivor's Tale
  • James Atlas

A humorous memoir of the foibles of midlife features essays on such topics as the period's joys and challenges, the lessons learned by the author in literature and from the people he encountered, and the outcomes of his life choices.

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It's Complicated

It's Complicated

The Social Lives of Networked Teens

by Danah Boyd

Hardcover, 281 pages, Yale Univ Pr, $25, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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  • The Social Lives of Networked Teens
  • Danah Boyd

Surveys the online social habits of American teens and analyzes the role technology and social media plays in their lives, examining common misconceptions about such topics as identity, privacy, danger, and bullying.

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All Joy and No Fun

All Joy and No Fun

The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

by Jennifer Senior

Hardcover, 308 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published January 28 2014 | purchase
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  • The Paradox of Modern Parenthood
  • Jennifer Senior

Drawing on a vast array of sources in history, sociology, economics, psychology, philosophy and anthropology, journalist Jennifer Senior challenges our culture's most basic beliefs about parenthood, while revealing the profound ways children deepen and add purpose to our lives.NPR Bestseller

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Salaam, Love

Salaam, Love

American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy

by Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi

Paperback, 238 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published February 4 2014 | purchase
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  • American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy
  • Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi

Twenty-two writers, who are American Muslim men, speak openly about their romantic lives, offering a rare glimpse into their hearts, culture and religion, and sharing candid, humorous and revealing stories about loyalty, betrayal, intimacy and insecurity.

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The Death Class

The Death Class

A True Story About Life

by Erika Hayasaki

Hardcover, 263 pages, Simon & Schuster, $25, published January 14 2014 | purchase
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  • A True Story About Life
  • Erika Hayasaki

The professor of a popular class on the stages of dying, death and bereavement shows her students how to truly heal and live their lives through contemplating the end in this investigative report from an award-winning journalist.

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The Pedestrians

The Pedestrians

by Rachel Zucker

Hardcover, 128 pages, Consortium Book Sales & Dist, $25, published April 15 2014 | purchase
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  • Rachel Zucker

The Pedestrians combines prose poems from a variety of settings with lyrics about life in New York City.

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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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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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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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Far from the Tree

Far From The Tree

Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

by Andrew Solomon

Paperback, 962 pages, Simon & Schuster, $21.50, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
  • Andrew Solomon

The National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon explores the consequences of extreme personal differences between parents and children, describing his own experiences as a gay child of straight parents, and evaluating the circumstances of people affected by physical, developmental or cultural factors that divide families.NPR Bestseller

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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
  • Cheryl Strayed

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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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
  • Susan Cain

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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I Don't Know

I Don't Know

In Praise of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't)

by Leah Hager Cohen

Hardcover, 116 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17.95, published September 12 2013 | purchase
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  • In Praise of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't)
  • Leah Hager Cohen

Leah Hager Cohen advocates for honoring doubt and admitting when the answer is "I don't know," considering the ramifications of admitting ignorance and how it can increase the possibility for true communication.

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Masterminds & Wingmen

Masterminds & Wingmen

Helping Your Son Cope With Schoolyard Power, Locker-room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World

by Rosalind Wiseman

Hardcover, 377 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Helping Your Son Cope With Schoolyard Power, Locker-room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World
  • Rosalind Wiseman

The author of Queen Bees and Wannabees decodes the inner lives of boys to reveal how parents can forge stronger connections with their sons, explaining how boys are more likely to hide their feelings and resist adult support.

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The End of Men

The End of Men

And the Rise of Women

by Hanna Rosin

Paperback, 320 pages, Gardners Books, $21.95, published October 11 2012 | purchase
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  • Hanna Rosin

A shift in power dynamics between men and women is having profound implications for marriage, sex, children and work. Hanna Rosin explores the radically different ways men and women become educated, earn money and conduct relationships.

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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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Son of a Gun

Son of a Gun

A Memoir

by Justin St. Germain

Hardcover, 288 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published August 13 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Justin St. Germain

Recounts the murder of the author's mother in September 2001 and explores the crime against a backdrop of a shattering national tragedy and the author's efforts to distance himself from the legendary Tombstone, Arizona, of his youth.

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