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The Noble Hustle

The Noble Hustle

Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death

by Colson Whitehead

Hardcover, 256 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published May 6 2014 | purchase
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  • Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death
  • Colson Whitehead

The best-selling author of Zone One describes his uproarious participation in the World Series of Poker after only six weeks of training, recounting how he interacted with a gritty subculture of high-stakes players while endeavoring to maintain his parenting responsibilities.

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The Complete Peanuts 1950-1954

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1954

by Charles M. Schulz

Hardcover, 720 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $49.95, published October 30 2004 | purchase
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  • Charles M. Schulz

This collection compiles all the "Peanuts" comic strips as originally published in newspapers from 1950 to 1954, including both daily and Sunday strips.

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My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag--and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha

My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag—and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha

by Jolie Kerr

Paperback, 238 pages, Penguin Group USA, $15, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Jolie Kerr

Based on her column "Ask a Clean Person," the author, using her signature sass and straight talk, takes on the tough questions in this guide to cleaning up life's little emergencies that is perfect for college students and anyone new to living on their own.

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How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity

How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity

A Guide to Financial Freedom

by Patricia Carlin and Dustin Fenstermacher

Paperback, 127 pages, Random House Inc, $12.95, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity
  • A Guide to Financial Freedom
  • Patricia Carlin and Dustin Fenstermacher

An irreverent guide to promoting personal wealth by rendering one's cat a viral sensation shares secrets for grooming a kitty for success, creating a winning video and making the most of a feline's 15 minutes of fame.

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Parentology

Parentology

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask

by Dalton Conley

Hardcover, 237 pages, Simon & Schuster, $25, published March 18 2014 | purchase
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  • Everything You Wanted to Know About the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask
  • Dalton Conley

Outlines an engaged approach to child-rearing that is based on strategies for fostering child creativity and confidence, describing the author's experiences with such methods as bribing, conditioning psychology and placebo medications.

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The Baby Boom

The Baby Boom

How It Got That Way And It Wasn't My Fault And I'll Never Do It Again

by P. J. O'Rourke

Hardcover, 263 pages, Pgw, $25, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • How It Got That Way And It Wasn't My Fault And I'll Never Do It Again
  • P. J. O'Rourke

The best-selling author of Parliament of Whores turns the lens on himself and fellow baby boomers to celebrate the bad trips, questionable politics and outrageous styles of his generation while analyzing how the boom shaped the America of today.

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I See You Made an Effort

I See You Made an Effort

Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50

by Annabelle Gurwitch

Hardcover, 272 pages, Penguin Group USA, $25.95, published March 6 2014 | purchase
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  • Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50
  • Annabelle Gurwitch

The co-host of Dinner and a Movie and co-author of You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up chronicles her experiences of entering midlife, marked by her teenage child, her best friend's suicide and the realities of a generation that may never retire.

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Notes to Boys

Notes to Boys

And Other Things I Shouldn't Share in Public: A Mortifying Memoir

by Pamela Ribon

Hardcover, 316 pages, Pgw, $19.95, published February 18 2014 | purchase
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  • Pamela Ribon
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Hyperbole and a Half

Hyperbole And A Half

Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

by Allie Brosh

Paperback, 369 pages, Simon & Schuster, $17.99, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
  • Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half began life as Allie Brosh's blog, full of crude sketches and absurdist rants about spelling, dogs, cake and the pressures of adulthood. But there's a serious side as well, in heartfelt, unsparing stories about her struggle with depression.NPR Bestseller

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Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar

Everything Is Perfect When You're A Liar

by Kelly Oxford

Paperback, 317 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published January 21 2014 | purchase
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In no time, Kelly Oxford went from being a housewife and mother of three to a Twitter and Internet celebrity known for her trademark blend of wit and self-deprecation. Her book is a series of outrageous vignettes about her life so far.

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Little Failure

Little Failure

A Memoir

by Gary Shteyngart

Hardcover, 349 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Gary Shteyngart

The award-winning author of Super Sad True Story traces his uproarious experiences as a young bullied Jewish-Russian immigrant in Queens, his haphazard college pursuits and his initial forays into a literary career.NPR Bestseller

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I Think I Am in Friend-Love With You

I Think I Am in Friend-Love With You

by Yumi Sakugawa

Hardcover, 1 volume (unpaged), Adams Media Corp, $13.99, published December 6 2013 | purchase
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  • I Think I Am in Friend-Love With You
  • Yumi Sakugawa

Presents a cartoon that depicts the special bond between friends, that thrives on swapping books, mutual reblogs, and the happiness felt when together, known as friend-love.

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The Art of Rube Goldberg

The Art of Rube Goldberg

A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius

by Jennifer George, Adam Gopnik, Andrew Baron, Al Jaffee and Carl Linich

Hardcover, 191 pages, Harry N Abrams Inc, $60, published November 12 2013 | purchase
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  • A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius
  • Jennifer George, Adam Gopnik, et al

Celebrates Rube Goldberg's life and collects his body of work including his drawings, iconic inventions, comic strips, advertising work, political cartoons, and sculpture.

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Awkward Family Holiday Photos

Awkward Family Holiday Photos

by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

Paperback, 204 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

A celebration of how families induce embarrassment during the holidays features photographs of kids cringing in homemade Halloween costumes, an overly patriotic uncle who literally wears a flag on the Fourth of July, and a forced re-creation of a Nativity scene that is anything but peaceful.NPR Bestseller

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Advice to Little Girls

Advice to Little Girls

by Vladimir Radunsky and Mark Twain

Hardcover, 24 pages, Consortium Book Sales & Dist, $14.95, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Vladimir Radunsky and Mark Twain

Nineteenth-century American humorist Mark Twain offers alternatives to little girls who sass their teachers, hurl mud at their brothers, or covet their friends' expensive china dolls.

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Dating Your Mom

Dating Your Mom

by Ian Frazier

Paperback, 123 pages, St Martins Pr, $14, published February 1 2003 | purchase
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  • Ian Frazier

This collection of 25 humorous essays range from parody to absurd humor, from farce to outlandish personal fantasy.

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Paddle Your Own Canoe

Paddle Your Own Canoe

One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living

by Nick Offerman

Hardcover, 340 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living
  • Nick Offerman

The actor known for roles in such productions as Parks and Recreation shares whimsical musings on a range of topics from love and manliness to grooming and eating meat, offering additional discussions of his life before fame and his courtship of his wife, Megan Mullally.

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