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LIFE AND DEATH IN A STORM-RAVAGED HOSPITAL
Written by SHERI FINK

Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 01/26/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-71897-6

One of the New York Times’s Best Ten Books of the Year

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction


Winner of the 2014 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Ridenhour Book Prize, the 2014 American Medical Writers Association Medical Book Award (Public/Healthcare Consumers), a 2014 Science in Society Journalism Award, and the SIBA 2014 Book Award for Nonfiction

An ALA Notable Book, finalist for the NYPL 2014...

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Written by TERRY BROOKS

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages

Publisher: Del Rey

On Sale: 12/01/2015

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-96561-0

SOON TO BE AN ORIGINAL SERIES ON MTV
 
Humankind has survived into the distant future—and yet it faces another ancient threat, this time from a sentient book that was brought to life by Demon magic. Once thought to be lost forever, the book has merely been biding its time. And now it has sent forth its monstrous followers to destroy the realm of mortals.
 
To penetrate this dark army and strike down evil, a new generation of heroes must rise. The call goes out to the children of Wil...

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Written by TERRY BROOKS

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages

Publisher: Del Rey

On Sale: 12/01/2015

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-96560-3

SOON TO BE AN ORIGINAL SERIES ON MTV

In the far future, unbeknown to humankind, an apocalyptic war is brewing. Fearsome, vengeful Demons rage at the boundaries of the world, held at bay by a spell called the Forbidding. But now that barrier is dying. Evil is beginning to break through. And only the Chosen can banish the Demons back to their realm.
 
Wil Ohmsford is a healer, not a fighter; a man of duty, not great deeds. But this epic battle seeks him out, for he holds the Elfstones:...

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Written by JEAN MERRILL
Illustrated by RONNI SOLBERT

Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages

Publisher: NYRB Kids

On Sale: 09/29/2015

Price: $9.99

ISBN: 978-1-590-17936-9

50th Anniversary Edition, now in paperback

DO YOU KNOW THE HISTORY OF THE PUSHCART WAR? THE REAL HISTORY? 

It’s a story of how regular people banded together and, armed with  little more than their brains and good aim, defeated a mighty foe.

Not long ago the streets of New York City were smelly, smoggy, sooty, and loud. There were so many trucks making deliveries that it might take an hour for a car to travel a few blocks. People blamed the truck owners and the truck owners blamed the little...

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BUILDING A CHILD'S BRAIN
Written by DANA SUSKIND

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Dutton

On Sale: 09/08/2015

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-525-95487-3

The founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative, Professor Dana Suskind, explains why the most important—and astoundingly simple—thing you can do for your child’s future success in life is to talk to him or her, reveals the recent science behind this truth, and outlines precisely how parents can best put it into practice.
 
The research is in: Academic achievement begins on the first day of life with the first word said by a cooing mother just after delivery.

A study by...

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TRANSFORMING LIVES, CREATING OPPORTUNITY

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 09/01/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80510-2

With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn explore how altruism affects us, what are the markers for success, and how to avoid the pitfalls. In their recounting of astonishing stories from the front lines of social progress, we see the compelling, inspiring truth of how real people have changed the world, underscoring that one person can make a difference.
 
A Path Appears offers practical, results-driven advice on how best each of us can give...

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A STORY OF JUSTICE AND REDEMPTION
Written by BRYAN STEVENSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 08/18/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98496-5

New York Times Bestseller | Named one of the Best Books of the Year byThe New York Times • The Washington Post • The Boston Globe • The Seattle Times • Esquire • Time
 
Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction | Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction | Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award | Finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize | Finalist for the Kirkus ReviewsPrize | An American Library Association Notable Book

Selected for common reading at: 
Boston College High School
Butte...

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Written by ANDY WEIR

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 08/18/2015

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90358-2

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

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 time to starve to death. The...

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Format: Hardcover, 208 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 05/26/2015

Price: $22.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51707-9

Who is the real author of The Black Insignia? Is it H. R. Sanders, whose name is printed on the cover of every installment of the wildly successful young adult adventure series? Or is it Daniel Roche, the enigmatic world traveler who disappears for months at a time? When Daniel’s great-niece, Hélène, moves to Paris to study archeology, she does not expect to be searching for answers to these questions. As rumors circulate, however, that the twenty-fourth volume of The Black Insignia series...

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52 WOMEN WHO CHANGED SCIENCE-AND THE WORLD
Written by RACHEL SWABY

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 04/07/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-44679-1

Fifty-two inspiring and insightful profiles of history’s brightest female scientists.

In 2013, the New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill. It began: “She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job, and took eight years off from work to raise three children.” It wasn’t until the second paragraph that readers discovered why the Times had devoted several hundred words to her life: Brill was a brilliant rocket scientist who invented a propulsion system to...

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A STORY OF SISTERS IN AUSCHWITZ

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 03/17/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-09313-9

An expanded edition of the powerful memoir about two sisters' determination to survive during the Holocaust featuring new and never before revealed information about the first transport of women to Auschwitz

In March 1942, Rena Kornreich and 997 other young women were rounded up and forced onto the first Jewish transport of women to Auschwitz. Soon after, Rena was reunited with her sister Danka at the camp, beginning a story of love and courage that would last three years and forty-one...

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COMMITTEE STUDY OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY'S DETENTION AND INTERROGATION PROGRAM

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 12/30/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19485-1

One of the most significant government reports in American history, this is the complete official summary report of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Central Intelligence Agency’s interrogation and detention programs launched in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

Based on over six million internal CIA documents as well as numerous interviews, the report details secret prisons, prisoner deaths, and interrogation practices that have led many to call it “The Torture Report.”...

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