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When the Lusitania sank near Ireland, it took 1,200 dead souls with it. The disaster pulled America into an already roiling World War I, shifting history's course in its wake. His lush backgrounds create the illusion of standing on the doomed deck or looking over Churchill's shoulder. He paints rich characters and keeps you in suspense until the bitter end.
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Ivy
$22.40
ISBN: 9780307408860
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - March 10th, 2015

Death may be a certainty in life, but that still leaves a handful of options as to the "how" of it all. Final Exits provides a whirlwind look at the vast history of intriguing ways people have died. Need to buy a gift for someone who likes reading "weird non-fiction?" or craving a new conversation piece on the coffee table? Look no further.

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Rachel
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060817411
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - October 3rd, 2006

You can never go wrong with a book on cats, especially when it comes with instructions on suiting them up in stylish hats. Perfect for those who knit, crochet, or anyone who dreams of having a horde of banana-bedecked kittens in their life.
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Rachel
$16.95
ISBN: 9780762456635
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Published: Running Press Book Publishers - March 24th, 2015

Cows. They taste so good yet screw up the environment so well, and it can be hard to find a guilt-free medium. Join Jared Stone on his quest to discover that happy balance, from packing his Prius full of frozen cow to figuring out exactly how to cook that much beef without getting bored. Includes recipes, shenanigans, and food for thought.
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Rachel
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250052582
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 28th, 2015

For such a simple seasoning, salt has an impressive lineage. From preserving meat (in pantries and tombs alike) to acting as currency, salt is way more bad-ass than what your table-top condiment is letting on.
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Rachel
$18.00
ISBN: 9780142001615
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Published: Penguin Books - January 28th, 2003

Forget the primroses and violets and strap yourself in for the plants that lurk in the darkest corner of your garden. From the poisonous (potatoes and cashews) to the irritating (sumac and cowhage), Amy Stewart covers the entirety of plant life, offering up details on the most nefarious seedlings out there.
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Rachel
By Amy Stewart, Briony Morrow-Cribbs (Illustrator), Jonathan Rosen (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781565126831
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - May 2009

In Colorado in 1998, three not-very-bright anti-government extremists armed to the teeth stole a water truck, executed a deputy sheriff, and then escaped into the harsh desert back-country of the four corners region. Following years of research and interviews, the author pieces together the story of the killers, their victims, and one of the largest and longest manhunts in American history.
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Rico
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250042699
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 25th, 2014

An unflinching account of the kidnapping and imprisonment of these young women, held for a decade by a madman, Enduring unimaginable physical and psychological torture, they outlasted their tormentor and escaped to freedom. This is not a whitewashed version of their story. It is clear-eyed and deep.
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Jill
$28.95
ISBN: 9780525427650
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Published: Viking - April 27th, 2015

Finally, a book for A’s fans!! With the plethora of books about the Giants, I was delighted to get my hands on a book about the A’s. Covering the entire A’s history from Philadelphia to Oakland, filled with funny stories, odd trivia, and cool things to do, this book is a must own for any A’s fan and has enough history that even the most diehard fan will learn something new!
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Flannery
By Susan Slusser, Billy Beane (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781629370682
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Published: Triumph Books (IL) - June 2015

In the long history of our planet, there have been five great extinctions. Now, humans are causing a sixth extinction. In this engaging, thoroughly researched Pulitzer Prize winner, Kolbert takes you through the past five extinctions while outlining the sixth. Informative but never dull, this book is non-fiction at its best – the kind that makes you want to take action.
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Flannery
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250062185
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Published: Picador USA - January 6th, 2015

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