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Bait and Switch  by Barbara Ehrenreich

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"[Ehrenreich] offers a realistic, sometimes despairing perspective on the corporate world and a job hunter's travails...her conclusions are harsh, perhaps atypical for many, yet she tempers the realities with clear-cut recommendations for change." Booklist

Devil in the White City  by Erik Larson

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"Larson's breathtaking...history is a novelistic yet wholly factual account of the [1893 Chicago World's] fair and the mass murderer who lurked within it." Publisher's Weekly

The Fifties  by David Halberstam

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The Fifties were more than just a mid-point decade in a century; they were to be the crucible in which the rest of the 20th century was forged. touches every thread in the warp and woof of the national fabric. Library Journal

The Florist's Daughter  by Patricia Hampl

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"Incisive and piquant, Hampl's homage to those who gave her life and who lived their own with fire and panache is a spirited tale of nature and nurture that brilliantly articulates our bred-in-the-bone need for beauty, purpose, and love." Booklist

The Glass Castle: A Memoir  by Jeannette Walls

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"In The Glass Castle, Walls chronicles her upbringing at the hands of eccentric, nomadic parents--Rose Mary, her frustrated-artist mother, and Rex, her brilliant, alcoholic father."

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  by Rebecca Skloot

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"From a single, abbreviated life grew a seemingly immortal line of cells that made some of the most crucial innovations in modern science possible...The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks [is] a fascinating and moving story of medicine and family, of how life is sustained in laboratories and in memory."

Into the Wild  by John Krakauer

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"God, he was a smart kid..." So why did Christopher McCandless trade a bright future--a college education, material comfort, uncommon ability and charm--for death by starvation in an abandoned bus in the woods of Alaska? This is the question that Jon Krakauer's book tries to answer."

Nixon and Mao  by Margaret MacMillan

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"The portraits of Nixon, the vociferous anti-Communist, and Mao, the uncompromising true believer in violent revolution, are both interesting and surprising." Publisher's Weekly

Notes from a Small Island  by Bill Bryson

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"After a British sojourn lasting 20 years, this celebrated journalist decided to move back to the U.S.--but not before embarking on a prolonged jaunt around Britain... Bryson's entertaining travelogue combines the intimate knowledge of one who has lived among Britons for a sustained period with the refreshing sense of wonder from a first-time visitor." Booklist 

The Prize  by Daniel Yergin

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"A timely, information-packed, authoritative history of the petroleum industry, tracing its ramifications, national and geopolitical, to the present day," Publisher's Weekly 

Salvador  by Joan Didion

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"Though political events in El Salvador are no longer in the public eye, this [book] serves as a chronicle of a dark chapter in that country's tumultuous history." Library Journal

Three Cups of Tea  by Greg Mortenson

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"Captivating and suspenseful, with engrossing accounts of both hostilities and unlikely friendships, this book will win many readers' hearts." Publisher's Weekly

Terror Incorporated  by Loretta NapoleoniTerror Incorporated cover

"...Napoleoni weaves interviews and first-person accounts of her encounters with terrorists with a fascinating close analysis of the connections among drug cartels, gunrunners and major Western economies in the network of financing for terror organizations...." Publisher's Weekly 

When You are Engulfed in Flames  by David Sedaris

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"Sedaris once again enchants and amuses with his observations about the absurdity of ordinary life situations in this, his sixth collection of essays." Library Journal