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The Best in Fiction
Book Cover Image. Title: The Thirteenth Tale, Author: Diane Setterfield.

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The Thirteenth Tale
Diane Setterfield

1. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
2. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
3. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman: 24 Stories by Haruki Murakami
4. All Aunt Hagar's Children by Edward P. Jones
5. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
6. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
7. The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke
8. By a Slow River by Philippe Claudel
9. Last Evenings on Earth by Roberto Bolaño
10. The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud

The Hardest-Hitting Nonfiction
Book Cover Image. Title: The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, Author: Lawrence Wright.

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The Looming Tower
Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
Lawrence Wright

1. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright
2. Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert
3. An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It by Al Gore
4. The Places in Between by Rory Stewart
5. Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone by Rajiv Chandrasekaran
6. The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America's Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11 by Ron Suskind
7. The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama
8. Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance by Ian Buruma
9. State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration by James Risen
10. House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power by James Carroll

Tales of Food, Love, and Life
Book Cover Image. Title: The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Author: Michael Pollan.

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The Omnivore's Dilemma
A Natural History of Four Meals
Michael Pollan

1. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
2. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
3. Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford
4. My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme
5. The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden by William Alexander
6. Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More than We Think by Brian Wansink
7. The Bon Appetit Cookbook by Barbara Fairchild
8. The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook: Stories and Recipes for Southerners and Would-be Southerners by Matt Lee and Ted Lee
9. The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones by Anthony Bourdain
10. What to Eat: An Aisle-by-Aisle Guide to Savvy Food Choices and Good Eating by Marion Nestle

The Most Extraordinary Stories
Book Cover Image. Title: The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, Author: Daniel Mendelsohn.

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The Lost
A Search for Six of Six Million
Daniel Mendelsohn

1. The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million by Daniel Mendelsohn
2. Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present by Peter Hessler
3. Strange Piece of Paradise by Terri Jentz
4. The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson
5. The Last Season by Eric Blehm
6. Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War by Nicholas Lemann
7. Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson
8. Bad Faith: A Forgotten History of Family, Fatherland, and Vichy France by Carmen Callil
9. A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas
10. Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero by David Maraniss

The Top Eye-Candy
Book Cover Image. Title: Galen Rowell: A Retrospective, Author: Galen Rowell.

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Galen Rowell
A Retrospective
Galen Rowell

1. Galen Rowell: A Retrospective by Galen Rowell
2. Leonardo's Machines by Domenico Laurenza
3. The Best American Comics 2006 by Harvey Pekar
4. In Vogue: The Illustrated History of the World's Most Famous Fashion Magazine by Alberto Oliva
5. Manual of Saint Germain-des-Pres: Left Bank Paris in the Fifties by Boris Vian
6. Ode to Kirihito by Osamu Tezuka
7. Born to Run: The Unseen Photos by Eric Meola
8. Sight of Death: An Experiment in Art Writing by T. J. Clark
9. Picasso: Life with Dora Maar by Anne Baldassari
10. Glamour's Big Book of Dos and Don'ts: Fashion Help for Every Woman by Cindi Leive

On the Dark Side
Book Cover Image. Title: The Road, Author: Cormac McCarthy.

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The Road
Cormac McCarthy

1. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
2. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
3. One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
4. American Skin by Ken Bruen
5. The Ruins by Scott Smith
6. The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty
7. Lights Out by Jason Starr
8. The Keep by Jennifer Egan
9. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
10. The Devil's Feather by Minette Walters

Tackling the Big Questions
Book Cover Image. Title: The God Delusion, Author: Richard Dawkins.

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The God Delusion
Richard Dawkins

1. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
2. Pascal's Wager: The Man Who Played Dice with God by James A. Connor
3. The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery by D. T. Max
4. Written Lives by Javier Marias
5. In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind by Eric R. Kandel
6. Wild Harmonies: A Life of Music and Wolves by Helene Grimaud
7. The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions by Karen Armstrong
8. The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God by Carl Sagan
9. The Undercover Economist: Exposing Why the Rich Are Rich, the Poor Are Poor and Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car! by Tim Harford
10. Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel C. Dennett

For Kids & Teens
Book Cover Image. Title: Mommy?, Author: Maurice  Sendak

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Maurice Sendak

1. Mommy? by Maurice Sendak
2. Is There Really a Human Race? by Jamie Lee Curtis
3. Blue Burt and Wiggles by Derek Anderson
4. G Is for One Gzonk!: An Alpha-number-bet Book by Tony DiTerlizzi
5. Follow the Line by Laura Ljungkvist
6. Wolves by Emily Gravett
7. The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #2) by Rick Riordan
8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
9. The Candy Darlings by Christine Walde
10. King Dork by Frank Portman