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The Lost Girls: The True Story of the Cleveland Abductions . . . by John Glatt

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The 911 call played repeatedly for months on news stations in Cleveland, Ohio, after it first was placed on May 6, 2013, and is now immortalized on YouTube.

“Help me! I’m Amanda Berry! I’ve been kidnapped! And I’ve been missing for 10 years! And I’m here! I’m free now!”

American Ghost: A Family's Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest by Hannah Nordhaus

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Late one evening in the 1970s at the historic La Posada Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a janitor noticed a woman in a black Victorian-style dress standing next to the fireplace and exuding, as he described it, “an aura of sadness.” This woman was not a hotel guest, nor had she wandered in from outside, a curious tou

The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician's First Year by Matt McCarthy

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On his first night on call in Columbia University Medical Center’s cardiac care unit, physician Matt McCarthy inadvertently almost killed his first patient, a college professor who had collapsed during a class.

My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat Today by Nora Pouillon with Laura Fraser

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Panera Bread recently announced that it plans to remove dozens of artificial ingredients used in its popular menu items.

Behind the Gates of Gomorrah: A Year with the Criminally Insane by Stephen Seager

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Not all individuals who commit heinous crimes go to prison.

But I Could Never Go Vegan!: 125 Recipes, Zero Excuses by Kristy Turner


Give up cheese?! No way! At least that's what Kristy Turner, who worked as a fromagier in a fancy French restaurant and cheese shop, thought whenever she thought about veganism. However, after watching a video highlighting the inhumane way animals are raised on many dairy farms, Turner decided she needed to go vegan.

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden

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"Inconceivable!". "Have fun stormin' the castle!". "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father.

Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation by Laura Kipnis

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Certain themes in contemporary news stories are as perplexing as they are prolific: Celebrities and violence, politicians and sex, athletes and drugs, corporate executives and corruption (or any combination of the above). Virtually always, the individuals at the center of these scandals are men. What drives these men to ultimate physical and professional self-destruction?

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty


Just as we in modern society have increasingly removed ourselves from what were once integral aspects of our lives, such as nature and food, so too have we distanced ourselves from the unavoidable part of life: death.

Drivel: Deliciously Bad Writing by Your Favorite Authors edited by Julia Scott


Teen angst. Hyperbolic journal entries. Cloying, sing-songy poetry. Arrogant, rambling job application letters.