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What's on your iPod?

So, what are you listening to? What music is playing in your car, on your iPod, computer, or smart phone? A tried and true favorite? Or something completely new?  I'm between albums right now, and am looking for something new and different.  I've recently been jamming to Alice Cooper's Welcome 2 My Nightmare while I do my homework and The Newsboys' Restart during my commute, but I'm ready for a change.

Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard by John Branch

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Never originally considered for a professional hockey career, 15-year-old Derek Boogaard, a painfully shy boy from a small Saskatchewan town, captured the attention of scouts from the Western Hockey League one evening while playing in a junior hockey league game.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott

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Despite the many legal and cultural restrictions imposed upon them for centuries, women have always found numerous and creative ways to contribute to history. In Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, author Karen Abbott spotlights the true story of four defiant and intrepid women who played crucial roles during the American Civil War: " . . .

Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness by George Saunders

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"What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness."

The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis by Arthur Allen

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During World War II, the Germans were desperate for a vaccine for typhus, a devastating, centuries-old disease transmitted by body lice that was ruthlessly sweeping through the German army on the battlefront.

War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love by Rebecca Frankel

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For centuries, animals have held a vital role in military conflicts. Pigeons, horses, oxen, camels, elephants - even rats and dolphins - have proven essential during wartime. Dogs, too, have a long history in the military, which is the subject of author Rebecca Frankel's book War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love.

More Awesome Than Money: Four Boys and Their Heroic Quest to Save Your Privacy from Facebook by Jim Dwyer

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After five years as a Facebook member, computer programmer and college student Dan Grippi was fed up.

The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle by Joanne Huist Smith

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Just in time for the holidays comes a heartwarming story of a woman who learned to reconnect with her family and the world around her after the unexpected death of her husband. Joanne Huist Smith had everything she had ever wanted - a husband, children, and a home of her own.

Speaking of Fourth Grade: What Listening to Kids Tells Us About School in America by Inda Schaenen

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Children are the reason formal education exists, and yet virtually everything children experience throughout their school day, from their classroom teachers to textbooks to the curriculum, is in place as a result of the decisions and values of adults, many of whom have never been in a classroom in a professional capacity.

The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food by Ted Genoways

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In 1906, Upton Sinclair wrote his groundbreaking novel The Jungle, in part to expose the egregious health violations and dangerous conditions in the American meatpacking industry in the early 20th century.