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    • Maeve's times : in her own words
      Maeve's times : in her own words
      Maeve Binch
      "Five decades of selected writings from the Irish Times by the beloved and best-selling author, filled with her hallmark humor, candor, and wisdom-a timeless gift to her legion of fans" -- from publisher's web site.
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    • Fire shut up in my bones : a memoir
      Fire shut up in my bones : a memoir
      Charles M. Blow.
      New York Times columnist's memoir of how one of America's most respected journalists found his voice by coming to terms with a painful past. Blow's strong mother cannot protect him from secret abuse at the hands of an older cousin. It's damage that triggers years of anger. Blow escapes to university, where he joins a black fraternity after a brutal hazing, and then enters a world of privilege that feels like everything he's ever wanted, until he's called upon to be the one committing the abuse.
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    • American titan : searching for John Wayne
      American titan : searching for John Wayne
      Marc Eliot.
      The acclaimed Hollywood biographer digs deep beneath the myth in a revealing look at the most legendary Western film hero of all time; the man with the distinctive voice, walk, and demeanor who was an inspiration to many and a symbol of American masculinity, power, and patriotism. Eliot pays tribute to the man and the myth, identifying and analyzing the many interesting contradictions that made John Wayne who he was.
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    • Thanksgiving is-- [sound recording]
      Thanksgiving is-- [sound recording]
      Gail Gibbons.
      Thanksgiving is turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. It is a holiday for remembering the Pilgrims and the Indians. Most of all, it is a time to share with family and friends, and a time to give thanks for many blessings.
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    • Possibilities [sound recording]
      Possibilities [sound recording]
      Herbie Hancock with Lisa Dickey.
      Legendary jazz musician and composer Herbie Hancock reflects on a thriving career that has spanned seven decades. Hancock discusses his musical influences, colorful behind-the-scenes stories, his long and happy marriage, and how Buddhism inspires him creatively and personally.
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    • Waking up [sound recording] : a guide to spirituality without religion
      Waking up [sound recording] : a guide to spirituality without religion
      Sam Harris.
      For the 30 percent of Americans who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have 'all' been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds. Throughout the book, Sam Harris argues that there are important truths to be found in the experiences of such contemplatives. Therefore, that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow.
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    • Small victories [sound recording] : spotting improbable moments of grace
      Small victories [sound recording] : spotting improbable moments of grace
      Anne Lamott.
      Offers a new message of hope that celebrates the triumph of light over the darkness in our lives. Our victories over hardship and pain may seem small, she writes, but they change us-our perceptions, our perspectives, and our lives. Lamott writes of forgiveness, restoration, and transformation, how we can turn toward love even in the most hopeless situations, how we find the joy in getting lost and our amazement in finally being found.
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    • Even this I get to experience [sound recording]
      Even this I get to experience [sound recording]
      Norman Lear.
      The dynamic and always controversial television producer shares fifty years of show business and politics, with all the candor and wisdom expected from the creator of All in the Family. The legendary creator of iconic television programs All in the Family, Sanford and Son, Maude, Good Times, The Jeffersons, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Norman Lear remade our television culture, while leading a life of unparalleled political, civic, and social involvement.
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    • What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions
      What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions
      by Randall Munroe.
      Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last? In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.
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    • No hero : the evolution on a Navy SEAL
      No hero : the evolution on a Navy SEAL
      Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer.
      An account of the most personally meaningful missions from Owen's thirteen years as a SEAL, including the moments in which he learned the most about himself and his teammates, in both success and failure.
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    • Rocks [sound recording] : my life in and out of Aerosmith
      Rocks [sound recording] : my life in and out of Aerosmith
      Joe Perry with David Ritz.
      The lead guitarist of Aerosmith shares behind-the-scenes perspectives into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band, discussing such topics as his teen decision to drop out of school, enduring relationship with Steve Tyler and experiences with fame and recovery.
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    • Yes please
      Yes please
      Amy Poehler.
      The actress best known for her work on "Parks and Recreation" and "Saturday Night Live" reveals personal stories and offers her humorous take on such topics as love, friendship, parenthood, and her relationship with Tina Fey.
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    • I must say [sound recording] : my life as a humble comedy legend
      I must say [sound recording] : my life as a humble comedy legend
      Martin Short.
      This deeply private man brings listeners into the circle of his family life, from raising his children to the legendary parties he and his wife hosted in their Los Angeles home. He recounts the pain of losing a brother and both parents by the time he was twenty, and of the devastating death of Nancy, his wife of thirty years, in 2010. Despite the hardships, Short's life has been full of laughter, and he remains perennially upbeat.
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