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Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington

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Arianna Huffington has long been familiar with working long, stressful hours. Author, syndicated columnist, and creator of the online news service The Huffington Post, Huffington used to believe that she was not being productive if she was not squeezing every minute out of every day.

Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace by Anne Lamott

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With her characteristically funny, honest, and irreverent style, Anne Lamott continues her spiritual journey in her latest book, Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace, a follow-up to two of her previous books, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers (2012) and Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and

Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife by John M. Marzluff

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Maybe you have never thought much about (or of) birds, but these beautiful, amazing, and hardy creatures have thrived on Earth for almost 170 million years and play essential roles in our world. In his new book Welcome to Subirdia, renowned ornithologist and urban ecologist John M.

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.