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53“Lies My Mother Never Told Me”

Kaylie Jones struggles to emerge from the shadow of her father’s legacy after growing up with the likes of Kurt Vonnegut, James Baldwin, and Norman Mailer.

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59“Farm City”

In “Farm City,” one woman transforms her corner of an urban wasteland into a self-supporting ecosystem of sustainability

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63“Mike Bloomberg”

New York Times reporter Joyce Purnick paints a complicated, in-depth portrait of New York City’s 108th mayor in her telling biography, “Mike Bloomberg.”

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65“Born Round”

A former food critic reflects on a life consumed by a love of food—and the ensuing physical and emotional struggles.

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72“Where Men Win Glory”

Pat Tillman, the football star who turned down a million-dollar NFL contract to join the military, is the star of Jon Krakauer’s latest book

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76“Strength in What Remains”

“Strength in What Remains” is an inspirational tale of a civil war escapee who, although haunted by the atrocities he witnessed, survives and surpasses the odds.

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84“Backing into Forward”

In “Backing into Forward,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer draws a candid picture of his life and career.

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87“The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt”

Meticulously researched and clearly presented, “The First Tycoon” reconstructs the life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the wealthiest man of his time.

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