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George Harrison by Olivia Harrison

George has always been my favorite Beatle (not that you have to choose, but still. I choose him). This beautiful book pays homage to a great artist, songwriter, and human being, and features a collection of photographs (many taken by George himself), as well as stories told by some of his closest companions. It’s a must-have for any Beatles fan, no matter who your favorite happens to be.

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ISBN: 9781419702204
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Published: Abrams - September 27th, 2011

Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean

“With this stirring biographical history, Orlean follows up her bestselling The Orchid Thief with another tale of passion and dedication overcoming adversity and even common sense—this one centering on Rin Tin Tin, the German shepherd who founded a film and TV dynasty. After spending a lonely childhood in an orphanage, the young soldier Lee Duncan discovers on the battlefield of WWI France the puppy that will make a name for him as one of Hollywood’s top dog trainers, and become his life’s guiding purpose. The book follows Rin Tin Tin’s trajectory from early Hollywood’s ‘Poverty Row,’ where Duncan sought the dog’s first film deal, to international celebrity in silent films, radio shows, and TV programs.” —Publishers Weekly

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ISBN: 9781439190135
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 27th, 2011

Life Itself by Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert, the best-known film critic of our time, has been reviewing films for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, and was the first film critic ever to win a Pulitzer Prize. In his poignant memoir, Ebert recounts his encounters with film legends, his stormy relationship with TV partner Gene Siskel, and his personal struggles, including his battle with thyroid cancer. Life Itself has received starred reviews from both Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist, who says, “Ebert illuminates and assesses his life with the same insight and clarity that marks his acclaimed movie reviews.”

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ISBN: 9780446584975
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 13th, 2011

Jacqueline Kennedy edited by Caroline Kennedy

Jacqueline Kennedy famously refused to talk about her late husband or his assassination publicly after his death. However, she did sit down with historian Arthur Schlesinger in 1964 to talk about life with JFK, her perspective on the former president, and her thoughts about his death. The resulting eight-and-a-half hours of recordings were sealed, on her request, not to be opened until after her death. Now available (with the support of her family) in a book and CD set, Jackie gives us her story in her own words.

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By Caroline Kennedy (Foreword by), Michael Beschloss (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781401324254
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Published: Hyperion - September 14th, 2011

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Not to be missed! Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and named a New York Times Best Book. A “magnificent, extensively researched study of the ‘great migration,’ the exodus of six million black Southerners out of the terror of Jim Crow to an ‘uncertain existence’ in the North and Midwest. The drama, poignancy, and romance of a classic immigrant saga pervade this book, hold the reader in its grasp, and resonate long after the reading is done.” —Publishers Weekly

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ISBN: 9780679763888
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt

In this intellectual page-turner, Greenblatt focuses on the birth of the Renaissance, as triggered by the 1417 rediscovery of Lucretius’ revolutionary text, On the Nature of Things, a book largely about the world being made of particles called “atoms” and the importance of the restrained seeking of pleasure. Lucretius’ text contained many philosophies we hold as fact today, and sparked massive change. This is a fascinating look at the invention of the modern world.

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ISBN: 9780393064476
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 26th, 2011

Tension City by Jim Lehrer

This lively and revealing book pulls back the curtain on more than 40 years of televised political debate in America. A veteran newsperson who has presided over 11 presidential and vice-presidential debates, Jim Lehrer gives readers a ringside seat for some of the epic political battles of our time, shedding light on all of the critical turning points and rhetorical faux pas that have helped determine the outcome of America’s presidential elections—and with them, the course of history.

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ISBN: 9781400069170
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Published: Random House - September 13th, 2011

Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

Critics, authors, and readers alike have lined up to praise historian Candice Millard’s superb expose about what really killed President James A. Garfield. (Hint: Don’t blame the bullet.) “Candice Millard’s Destiny of the Republic is first-rate history, political intrigue, and a true-crime story all rolled into one. Millard is masterful at capturing the zeitgeist of America during the 1880s, when President James Garfield was assassinated. An epic must-read!” —Historian Douglas Brinkley

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ISBN: 9780385526265
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Published: Doubleday - September 20th, 2011

Lisbon by Neill Lochery

The only European city where Allied and Axis powers both operated openly during World War II, Lisbon sheltered not only exiled royalty, escaped POWs, and a million refugees seeking passage to America but spies, secret police, and black marketeers. The daily scene at Lisbon’s airport was even once described as being like the movie Casablanca times twenty. Fascinating material for any historian, Lochery does it justice with this riveting book.

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ISBN: 9781586488796
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Published: PublicAffairs - November 1st, 2011

Instant City by Steve Inskeep

“Steve Inskeep [cohost of NPR’s Morning Edition] has written a magnificent, engrossing book about one of the world’s most vivid and fascinating cities. His subject, urban Pakistan’s struggles and zig-zagging achievements, is of deep and timely importance. His voice reflects the best traditions of politically alert travel writing, endowed with calm wisdom and curious empathy.” —Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars and The Bin Ladens

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ISBN: 9781594203152
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Published: Penguin Press - October 13th, 2011


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