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Readers can find a host of resources including a list of reading guides for Vintage and Anchor Books at the Reading Group Center, for Random House and Ballantine at the Reader’s Circle, and for Bantam, Broadway, Dell and Doubleday at the Book Group Corner. Teacher’s Guides for high school teachers are also available.

A NOVEL
Written by ANDY WEIR

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 10/28/2014

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-41802-6

Selected for common reading at:
Bellevue College's BC Reads

A 2014 School Library Journal "Best Adult Book 4 Teens"


The Martian
, by debut science fiction novelist Andy Weir, is a survival story about an astronaut who gets left behind on the red planet when his crew believes him to be dead.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he...

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TRANSFORMING LIVES, CREATING OPPORTUNITY

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/23/2014

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-34991-8

From the authors of the #1 New York Times best-selling Half the Sky, a unique and essential narrative about making a difference in the world—a road-map to becoming a conscientious global citizen. Soon to be the basis of a PBS four-hour series.

Equal in urgency and compassion to Half the Sky, this galvanizing new book from the acclaimed husband-and-wife team is even more ambitious in scale: nothing less than a deep examination of people who are making the world a better place, and the myriad...

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A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION
Written by LAURA HILLENBRAND

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 07/29/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-97449-2

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In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943....

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Written by DAN BROWN

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 05/06/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17226-4

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Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital, disoriented and with no recollection of the past thirty-six hours, including the origin of the macabre object hidden in his belongings. With a relentless female assassin trailing them through Florence, he and his resourceful doctor, Sienna Brooks, are forced to flee. Embarking on a harrowing journey, they must unravel a series of codes, which are the work of a brilliant scientist whose...

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LIFE, DEATH, AND HOPE IN A MUMBAI UNDERCITY
Written by KATHERINE BOO

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 04/08/2014

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-97932-9

Winner of the National Book Award, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, and PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize


Selected for Common Reading at:
Bowling Green State University
Concordia University
Michigan State University
Northeastern University
Skidmore College
University of Delaware
Montgomery Bell Academy
Sacred Heart University
University...

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A NOVEL
Written by ANDY WEIR

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 02/11/2014

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-13902-1

The Martian, by debut science fiction novelist Andy Weir, is a survival story about an astronaut who gets left behind on the red planet when his crew believes him to be dead.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won't have...

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DEFEATING THE CULTURE OF BULLYING AND REDISCOVERING THE POWER OF CHARACTER AND EMPATHY
Written by EMILY BAZELON

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 02/11/2014

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98263-3

Being a teenager has never been easy, but in recent years, with the rise of the Internet and social media, it has become exponentially more challenging. Bullying, once thought of as the province of queen bees and goons, has taken on new, complex, and insidious forms, as parents and educators know all too well.
 
No writer is better poised to explore this territory than Emily Bazelon, who has established herself as a leading voice on the social and legal aspects of teenage drama. In Sticks and...

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STORIES FROM THE FRONT LINES OF AN INNER-CITY E.R.

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 02/11/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98234-3

A riveting personal exploration of the healthcare crisis facing inner-city communities, written by an emergency room physician who grew up in the very neighborhood he is now serving

Sampson Davis is best known as one of three friends from inner-city Newark who made a pact in high school to become doctors. Their book The Pact and their work through the Three Doctors Foundation have inspired countless young men and women to strive for goals they otherwise would not have dreamed they could...

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WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO IN LIFE AND BUSINESS
Written by CHARLES DUHIGG

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 01/07/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98160-5

Selected for common reading at Babson College

A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed.

Marketers at Procter & Gamble study videos of people making their beds. They are desperately trying to figure out how to sell a new product called Febreze, on track to be one of the...

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HOW THE FIGHT FOR GOOD FOOD TRANSFORMED A COMMUNITY AND INSPIRED A MOVEMENT
Written by NICK SAUL, ANDREA CURTIS

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 09/24/2013

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19349-6

THE STOP has been officially selected for University of Colorado, Denver's Common Community R.E.A.D. (Research, Education, Activism and Diversity) program for 2014.

The Stop aims to revolutionize the way we combat hunger and poverty.

Since community worker Nick Saul became the executive director of The Stop in 1998, it has been transformed from a cramped food bank to a thriving, internationally respected community food center. The Stop has flourished with gardens, kitchens, a greenhouse,...

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JEFFREY SACHS AND THE QUEST TO END POVERTY
Written by NINA MUNK

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 09/10/2013

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-52581-7

A powerful portrayal of Jeffrey Sachs's ambitious quest to end global poverty

"The poor you will always have with you," to cite the Gospel of Matthew 26:11. Jeffrey Sachs—celebrated economist, special advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations, and author of the influential bestseller The End of Poverty—disagrees. In his view, poverty is a problem that can be solved. With single-minded determination he has attempted to put into practice his theories about ending extreme poverty,...

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Written by PIPER KERMAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 08/06/2013

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98618-1

Selected for Common Reading at Roxbury Community College, Salem State University, University of California - Santa Barbara, and University of Massachusetts - Amherst


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With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal...

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