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Gandhi Before India

Gandhi Before India

by Ramachandra Guha

Hardcover, 672 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published April 15 2014 | purchase
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  • Ramachandra Guha

The first volume of a series detailing the life and work of the influential political advocate draws on private papers and other untapped sources to cover his birth in 1869 through his upbringing in Gujarat, discussing his London education and decades asa lawyer in South Africa.

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The Wrong Enemy

The Wrong Enemy

America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014

by Carlotta Gall

Hardcover, 329 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014
  • Carlotta Gall

A New York Times foreign correspondent looks at the fallout of Sept. 11 through first-hand accounts from Taliban warlords, intelligence thugs, American generals and Afghan politicians.

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Let's Talk About Love

Let's Talk About Love

Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste

by Carl Wilson

Paperback, 303 pages, Bloomsbury USA Academic, $19.95, published March 13 2014 | purchase
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The People's Republic of Amnesia

The People's Republic of Amnesia

Tiananmen Revisited

by Louisa Lim

Hardcover, 240 pages, Oxford Univ Pr, $24.95, published June 3 2014 | purchase
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  • Tiananmen Revisited
  • Louisa Lim

Twenty five years after Tiananmen Square, NPR correspondent Louisa Lim explores how China was changed by the events of June 4, 1989 — when soldiers shot and killed unarmed civilians in Beijing.

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On Reading the Grapes of Wrath

On Reading The Grapes of Wrath

by Susan Shillinglaw

Paperback, 206 pages, Penguin Group USA, $14, published February 19 2014 | purchase
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  • Susan Shillinglaw

A top John Steinbeck scholar discusses the influence of The Grapes of Wrath to commemorate the 75th anniversary of its first publication.

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Missing Microbes

Missing Microbes

How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues

by Martin Blaser

Hardcover, 273 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues
  • Martin Blaser

Martin Blaser takes us to the front lines of cutting-edge research into the adverse effects of antibiotics on our bodies and the possible extinction of our irreplaceable microbes due to our most revered medical advances.

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The Other Side of Paradise

The Other Side of Paradise

Life in the New Cuba

by Julia Cooke

Paperback, 236 pages, Pgw, $17, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • Life in the New Cuba
  • Julia Cooke

Over a period of five years, beginning when Fidel Castro stepped down from his presidency after almost a half-century of reign, journalist Julia Cooke embedded herself in Cuba, gaining access to a dynamic Havana — one that she found populated with twenty-five-year-old Marxist philosophy students, baby-faced anarchists, children of the whiskey-drinking elite, Santeria trainees and more.

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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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  • A Surfing Life
  • 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 Lucky Santangelo Cookbook

The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook

by Jackie Collins

Hardcover, 162 pages, St Martins Pr, $27.99, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • Jackie Collins

The author of Hollywood Lives shares a collection of personal and celebrity-chef recipes inspired by one of her most favorite characters, including such options as Bourbon-Marinated Flank Steak, Veal Saffron Cream Pasta Sauce and Lucky's Killer Margaritas.

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The Complete Peanuts 1950-1954

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1954

by Charles M. Schulz

Hardcover, 720 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $49.95, published October 30 2004 | purchase
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  • Charles M. Schulz

This collection compiles all the "Peanuts" comic strips as originally published in newspapers from 1950 to 1954, including both daily and Sunday strips.

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The Public Library

The Public Library

A Photographic Essay

by Robert Dawson

Hardcover, 191 pages, Chronicle Books, $35, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • A Photographic Essay
  • Robert Dawson

Over the last 18 years, photographer Robert Dawson has crisscrossed the country documenting hundreds of libraries.

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We Are Not Afraid

We Are Not Afraid

The Story of Goodman, Schwerner, And Chaney, And the Civil Rights Campaign for Mississippi

by Seth Cagin and Philip Dray

Paperback, 500 pages, Perseus Books Group, $17.95, published April 25 2006 | purchase
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  • The Story of Goodman, Schwerner, And Chaney, And the Civil Rights Campaign for Mississippi
  • Seth Cagin and Philip Dray

A new edition of a classic account about the 1964 Mississippi murders of three young civil rights activists by the Ku Klux Klan is updated to include information about the recent prosecution of Edgar Ray Killen and offers insight into the roles played by Robert Kennedy, the Freedom Riders, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Reprint.

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The Cultural Cold War

The Cultural Cold War

The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters

by Frances Stonor Saunders

Paperback, 427 pages, Perseus Books Group, $27.95, published April 1 2001 | purchase
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  • The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters
  • Frances Stonor Saunders

Narrates the extraordinary story in which some of the most vocal exponents of intellectual freedom in the West were instruments of America's secret service, many as unwitting participants in the CIA's cultural operation, while others as willing collaborators.

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Year of No Sugar

Year of No Sugar

A Memoir

by Eve O. Schaub and David Gillespie

Paperback, 303 pages, Sourcebooks Inc, $14.99, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Eve O. Schaub and David Gillespie

Chronicles the author and her family's twelve-month no-sugar experiment and the positive results it yielded, shedding new light on oft-followed nutritional advice while offering tips on shopping for items with less and no added sugar.

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Flash Boys

Flash Boys

by Michael Lewis

Hardcover, 274 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $27.95, published March 31 2014 | purchase
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  • Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis argues that post-crisis Wall Street continues to be controlled by large banks and explains how a small, diverse group of Wall Street men have banded together to reform the financial markets.NPR Bestseller

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A Call to Action

A Call to Action

Women, Religion, Violence, and Power

by Jimmy Carter

Hardcover, 211 pages, Simon & Schuster, $28, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Women, Religion, Violence, and Power
  • Jimmy Carter

The former president looks at the suffering, discrimination and abuse suffered by women around the world. NPR Bestseller

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The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction

An Unnatural History

by Elizabeth Kolbert

Hardcover, 319 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published February 11 2014 | purchase
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  • An Unnatural History
  • Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of geologists, botanists, marine biologists and other researchers to discuss five devastating mass extinctions and to predict the coming of a sixth.NPR Bestseller

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The Boys in the Boat

The Boys In The Boat

Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

by Daniel James Brown

Hardcover, 404 pages, Penguin Group USA, $28.95, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • Daniel James Brown

Daniel James Brown traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder and a homeless teen rower.NPR Bestseller

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The Story of the Jews

The Story of the Jews

Finding the Words 1000 BC -1492 AD

by Simon Schama

Hardcover, 288 pages, HarperCollins, $39.99, published March 18 2014 | purchase
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  • Finding the Words 1000 BC -1492 AD
  • Simon Schama

This illustrated companion to the PBS and BBC series The Story of the Jews traces the Jewish experience, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the New World in 1492.NPR Bestseller

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David and Goliath

David and Goliath

Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

by Malcolm Gladwell

Hardcover, 305 pages, Little Brown & Co, $29, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
  • Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak, the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed.NPR Bestseller

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Unbroken

Unbroken

A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

by Laura Hillenbrand

Hardcover, 473 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published November 16 2010 | purchase
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  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken tells the gripping true story of a U.S. airman who was the sole survivor when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II. He faced thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft and an even greater trial. NPR Bestseller

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How About Never - Is Never Good for You?

How About Never - Is Never Good for You?

My Life in Cartoons

by Bob Mankoff

Hardcover, 285 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $32.50, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • My Life in Cartoons
  • Bob Mankoff

A memoir in cartoons by a longtime editor of The New Yorker collects his most popular illustrations in a tribute to the form, tracing his youth and career while assessing the psychology of cartooning.NPR Bestseller

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The Future of the Mind

The Future of the Mind

The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind

by Michio Kaku

Hardcover, 377 pages, Random House Inc, $28.95, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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  • The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
  • Michio Kaku

A survey of current groundbreaking research into the human mind reveals how top international laboratories have innovated unique technologies for recording mental capabilities and enabling controversial opportunities in the field of cognition enhancement.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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Hyperbole and a Half

Hyperbole And A Half

Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

by Allie Brosh

Paperback, 369 pages, Simon & Schuster, $17.99, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
  • Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half began life as Allie Brosh's blog, full of crude sketches and absurdist rants about spelling, dogs, cake and the pressures of adulthood. But there's a serious side as well, in heartfelt, unsparing stories about her struggle with depression.NPR Bestseller

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Gulp

Gulp

Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

by Mary Roach

Paperback, 352 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $15.95, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
  • Mary Roach

The author of Stiff, about corpses, and Spook, about the afterlife, now explores the living human body. Gulp follows the digestive system from the mouth to the ... south, discussing food flavors, rectum uses, flatulence and the functions of saliva, among many other alimentary topics.NPR Bestseller

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The Girls of Atomic City

The Girls Of Atomic City

The Untold Story of the Women who Helped Win World War II

by Denise Kiernan

Paperback, 373 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published March 11 2014 | purchase
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  • The Untold Story of the Women who Helped Win World War II
  • Denise Kiernan

In Oak Ridge, Tenn., during World War II, thousands of young women were helping the war effort. They knew that sharing even seemingly innocent details about their labors could be cause for dismissal. Their work was as mysterious as it was top-secret — until the bombs were dropped.NPR Bestseller

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The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit

Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

by Charles Duhigg

Paperback, 383 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  • Charles Duhigg

New York Times business writer Charles Duhigg explores the science behind why we do what we do, and how companies use our habit-forming tendencies to sell and market products to us.NPR Bestseller

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Heaven is for Real

Heaven Is for Real

A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent

Paperback, 163 pages, Thomas Nelson Inc, $16.99, published November 2 2010 | purchase
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  • A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
  • Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent

Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent tell the story of a Nebraska pastor's 4-year-old son, who loses consciousness during surgery, sees a vision of heaven and meets Jesus' special horse.NPR Bestseller

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My Beloved World

My Beloved World

A Memoir

by Sonia Sotomayor

Paperback, 398 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Sonia Sotomayor

The first Hispanic-American on the U.S. Supreme Court shares the story of her life before becoming a judge, describing such experiences as her youth in a Bronx housing project, her relationship with a passionately spiritual grandparent, the ambition that fueled her Ivy League education and the individuals who helped shape her career.NPR Bestseller

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The Empathy Exams

The Empathy Exams

Essays

by Leslie Jamison

Paperback, 226 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $15, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • Essays
  • Leslie Jamison

Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, The Empathy Exams asks essential questions about our basic understanding of others.NPR Bestseller

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Orange is the New Black

Orange Is the New Black

My Year in a Women's Prison

by Piper Kerman

Paperback, 327 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published March 8 2011 | purchase
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  • My Year in a Women's Prison
  • Piper Kerman

Piper Kerman's memoir explores her time at a women's prison in Connecticut, where she was incarcerated for drug trafficking. While there, she gained a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and met a varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances.NPR Bestseller

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Egg

Egg

A Culinary Exploration of the World's Most Versatile Ingredient

by Michael Ruhlman and Donna Turner Ruhlman

Hardcover, 235 pages, Little Brown & Co, $40, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • A Culinary Exploration of the World's Most Versatile Ingredient
  • Michael Ruhlman and Donna Turner Ruhlman

An award-winning author dedicates his latest work to the common egg, taking a tour of all the wonders this ordinary but powerful ingredient can help create, from poached and scrambled breakfasts, to brioche, Italian meringue, mayonnaise, custards, quiches and cakes. 50,000 first printing.

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Souffles

The French Cook: Souffles

by Greg Patent and Kelly Gorham

Hardcover, 128 pages, Gibbs Smith, $21.99, published March 1 2014 | purchase
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  • Greg Patent and Kelly Gorham
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In My Skin

In My Skin

My Life on and Off the Basketball Court

by Brittney Griner and Sue Hovey

Hardcover, 216 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • My Life on and Off the Basketball Court
  • Brittney Griner and Sue Hovey

The No. 1 pick in the 2013 WNBA draft and Phoenix Mercury star recalls the painful episodes in her life and describes how she came to celebrate what makes her unique.

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Living With a Wild God

Living With a Wild God

A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth About Everything

by Barbara Ehrenreich

Hardcover, 237 pages, Grand Central Pub, $26, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth About Everything
  • Barbara Ehrenreich

Part memoir, part spiritual inquiry, an atheist and rationalist, after coming across the journal she kept during her adolescence, sets out to answer her younger self's uninhibited musings on questions of spirituality, science and morality.

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How Jesus Became God

How Jesus Became God

The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee

by Bart D. Ehrman

Hardcover, 404 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee
  • Bart D. Ehrman

Explores the historical Jesus and traces how he was transformed from a Jewish prophet to God himself.

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The Divide

The Divide

American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

by Matt Taibbi and Molly Crabapple

Hardcover, 416 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
  • Matt Taibbi and Molly Crabapple

The investigative journalist analyzes the emotionally galvanizing wealth gap in America and how it is transforming the meaning of rights, justice, and basic citizenship.

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