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A Sense of Self: Memory, the Brain, and Who We Are

Veronica O'Keane · W. W. Norton & Company
Format: Hardcover

How do our brains store -- and then conjure up -- past experiences to make us who we are?A twinge of sadness, a rush of love, a knot of loss, a whiff of regret. Memories have the power to move us, often when we least expect it, a sign of the complex neural process that continues in the background...
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Chasing the Thrill: Obsession, Death, and Glory in America's Most Extraordinary Treasure Hunt

Daniel Barbarisi
Format: Hardcover

When Forrest Fenn was given a fatal cancer diagnosis, he came up with a bold plan: He would hide a chest full of jewels and gold in the wilderness, and publish a poem that would serve as a map leading to the treasure's secret location. But he didn't die, and after hiding the treasure...
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Somebody's Daughter: A Memoir

Ashley C. Ford · Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book
Format: Hardcover

For as long as she could remember, Ashley has put her father on a pedestal. Despite having only vague memories of seeing him face-to-face, she believes he's the only person in the entire world who understands her. She thinks she understands him too. He's sensitive like her, an artist,...
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Learn Like a Pro: Science-Based Tools to Become Better at Anything

Barbara Oakley PhD · St. Martin's Essentials
Format: Paperback

Do you spend too much time learning with disappointing results? Do you find it difficult to remember what you read? Do you put off studying because it's boring and you're easily distracted? This book is for you.Dr. Barbara Oakley and Olav Schewe have both struggled in the past with...
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The Great Dissenter: The Story of John Marshall Harlan, America's Judicial Hero

Peter S. Canellos · Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardcover

They say that history is written by the victors. But not in the case of the most famous dissenter on the Supreme Court. Almost a century after his death, it was John Marshall Harlan's words that helped end segregation, and gave us our civil rights and our modern economic freedom. But his legacy...
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Lady Romeo: The Radical and Revolutionary Life of Charlotte Cushman, America's First Celebrity

Tana Wojczuk · Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback

All her life, Charlotte Cushman refused to submit to others' expectations. Raised in Boston at the time of the transcendentalists, a series of disasters cleared the way for her life on the stage - a path she eagerly took, rejecting marriage and creating a life of adventure, playing...
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The Man I Knew: The Amazing Story of George H. W. Bush's Post-Presidency

Jean Becker · Twelve
Format: Hardcover

As chief of staff, Jean Becker had a ringside seat to the never-boring story of George Herbert Walker Bush's life post-presidency, including being at his side when he died and subsequently facing the challenge-and great honor-of being in charge of his state funeral. Full of heart...

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Kin: A Memoir

Shawna Kay Rodenberg · Bloomsbury Publishing
Format: Hardcover

When Shawna Kay Rodenberg was four, her father, fresh from a ruinous tour in Vietnam, spirited her family from their home in the hills of Eastern Kentucky to Minnesota, renouncing all of their earthly possessions to live in the Body, an off-the-grid End Times religious community. Her father...
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The Secret Life of the Savoy: Glamour and Intrigue at the World's Most Famous Hotel

Olivia Williams · Pegasus Books
Format: Hardcover

For the gondoliers-themed birthday dinner, the hotel obligingly flooded the courtyard to conjure the Grand Canal of Venice. Dinner was served on a silk-lined floating gondola, real swans were swimming in the water, and as a final flourish, a baby elephant borrowed from London Zoo pulled...
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Freedom

Sebastian Junger · Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardcover

Throughout history, humans have been driven by the quest for two cherished ideals: community and freedom. The two don't coexist easily. We value individuality and self-reliance, yet are utterly dependent on community for our most basic needs. In this intricately crafted and thought-provoking...
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