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The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan by Jenny Nordberg

The Underground Girls of Kabul book coverTo be born female in many countries is to be born an outcast, stripped of rights and freedom, abused, exploited, and, often, marked for death. Afghanistan, one such country in which girls have little or no value, serves as the setting for award-winning investigative journalist Jenny Nordberg's book The Underground Girls of Kabul.

Last Chain on Billie: How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top by Carol Bradley

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For decades, elephants have been a primary attraction at circuses, performing impressive stunts to spellbound audiences. Out of the spotlight, however, elephants (and other trained animals) endure a bleak, oftentimes abusive, existence. Last Chain on Billie by Carol Bradley highlights one such elephant's experience that fortunately has a rare happy ending.

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.