SEPTEMBER 29, 2014

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Book News by Vicky Eaves

Two books I have high expectations for but haven't seen an immediate pop:  Not that Kind of Girl (9780812994995, Random, $28.00, HC) by Lena Dunham has media darling written all over it, but there hasn't been a lot of pre-pub backorders. I think when the media hits, this could go really big.  Lena gives great [...]

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The Life and Love of Dogs

Lewis Blackwell
(Abrams, $50.00, HC, 9781419713934)

Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished. Following the successful book The Life and Love of Cats, this beautiful photographic survey of dogs also contains an insightful look at how the breeds we see today are a product of our own needs and desires, and more. The Life and Love of Dogs sheds original light on this great love affair.

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Hello Kitty, Hello 40: A 40th Anniversary Tribute

Editors at Viz Media
(Viz Media, $29.99, HC, 9781421571416)

In 1974, Hello Kitty stepped on the scene, and she's had the world wrapped around her little red bow ever since. Adults and kids took heart to the adorable kitty and in this celebration of the cultural icon, some of her biggest fans-from comic artists to muralists to toy creators-pay tribute in story and art.

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Biography - Autobiography

Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally

Bob Zmuda and Lynne Marguilies
(Benbella Books, $19.95, HC , 9781940363059)

In Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally, Bob Zmuda, Andy's writer and best friend, and Lynn Margulies, the love of Andy's life, reveal all--including surprising secrets that Andy made Lynne and Bob promise never to tell until both of his parents had died. Hilarious and poignant, this book separates fact from fiction, and shares in detail reasons Bob Zmuda believes Andy Kaufman did, in fact, fake his own death, including exactly how he did it and why he will return.

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Forging Capitalism: Rogues, Swindlers, Frauds, and the Rise of Modern Finance

Ian Klaus
(Yale University Press, $30.00, HC, 9780300181944)

Ian Klaus's Forging Capitalism demonstrates how international financial affairs in the nineteenth century were conducted not only by gentlemen as a noble pursuit but also by connivers, thieves, swindlers, and frauds who believed that no risk was too great and no scheme too outrageous if the monetary reward was substantial enough. It's 2014 and nothing has changed. A fascinating, wildly entertaining, often startling history of modern finance, Forging Capitalism offers essential lessons in both the importance and the limitations of trust.

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Cooking & Food

The Best of America's Test Kitchen 2015: The Year's Best Recipes, Equipment Reviews, and Tastings

Editors at America's Test Kitchen
(America's Test Kitchen, $35.00, HC, 9781936493920)

This "best-of-the-best" collection pulls back the curtain on our test kitchen and gives you the inside scoop on 150+ recipes the editors have voted the standouts of the year. Packed with step-by-step technique photographs, as well as dozens of full-color photographs of finished dishes, The Best of America's Test Kitchen 2015 is filled with practical information that every home cook can use.

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Mr. Bones: Twenty Stories

Paul Theroux
(Houghton Mifflin, $27.00, HC, 9780544324022)

In this new collection of short stories, acclaimed author Paul Theroux explores the tenuous leadership of the elite and the surprising revenge of the overlooked. He shows us humanity possessed, consumed by its own desire and compulsion, always with his carefully honed eye for detail and the subtle idiosyncrasies that bring his characters to life. Searing, dark, and sure to unsettle, Mr. Bones is a stunning new display of Paul Theroux's "fluent, faintly sinister powers of vision and imagination" (John Updike, "The New Yorker").

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The Big Book of Minecraft: The Unofficial Guide to Minecraft & Other Building Games

Editors at Triumph Books
(Triumph Books, $17.95, HC, 9781629370286)

The Big Book of Minecraft features more of everything--more mods, more mining, more mobs, and more "Minecraft"! Up to date for the 2014 holiday season, The Big Book of Minecraft is packed with the most recent training, tools, and techniques to help readers get more out of their favorite sandbox game.


All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid

Matt Bai
(Knopf Publishing Group, $26.95, HC, 9780307273383)

A new look at a scandal that changed American politics, All the Truth Is Out by former chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, brilliantly revisits the Gary Hart affair and looks at how it changed forever the intersection of American media and politics.

Literary Criticism

Ten Years in the Tub

Nick Hornby
(McSweeney's Books, $20.00, PB, 9781940450360)

In late 2003, as the first issue of The Believer magazine was rising from the primordial ooze, Nick Hornby turned in the inaugural installment of a monthly column that immediately became a reader favorite. For the next ten years, Hornby's incandescently funny "Stuff I've Been Reading" chronicled a singular reading life. Hornby's column is both an impeccable, wide-ranging reading list and an indispensable reminder of why we read. Now in paperback

Martial Arts

The Complete Ninja: The Secret World Revealed

Masaaki Hatsumi
(Kodansha, $35.00, HC, 9781568365473)

In The Complete Ninja, the world's most renowned ninja grandmaster and top budo master, creates a companion volume to his bestselling The Way of the Ninja. Like the earlier work, The Complete Ninja features hundreds of historical illustrations, documents, and photos to explore the essence and wisdom of ninjutsu and reveal its hidden truths. Practitioners, whether they study judo, aikido, karate, kendo, kenjutsu, jujutsu, or other combative sports, will find the book fascinating and enlightening.


Killing Keiko: The True Story of Free Willy's Return to the Wild

Mark A. Simmons
(Callinectes Press, $15.95, PB, 9780996077019)

The true story of Keiko, the world's most famous killer whale and his release to Icelandic waters has gone untold until now. Millions of Free Willy movie enthusiasts have been led to believe that Keiko's return to the wild was a triumph, just like the Hollywood version. But author Mark Simmons unveils the shocking evolution and collapse of the whale's rehabilitation, covering his final trek across the North Atlantic to his heart-wrenching death in Norway. In life, Keiko was undoubtedly the most famous whale in history. In death, he became the most famous case of animal abuse the world could not yet fathom.


Mary Randlett Portraits

Frances McCue; Photographs by Mary Randlett
(University of Washington Press, $45.00, HC, 9780295993973)

Mary Randlett's photographs represent an artistic and literary history of the Pacific Northwest. No other book brings together these important historical figures from the rich past and present of this region. A curated collection of ninety photographs from the more than six hundred portraits she took of Northwest artists, writers, and cultural luminaries, Mary Randlett Portraits documents the region's artistic legacy through one woman's camera lens.


The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control

Walter Mischel
(Little Brown and Company, $29.00, HC, 9780316230872)

Renowned psychologist Walter Mischel, designer of the famous Marshmallow Test, explains what self-control is and how to master it--from weight control to quitting smoking, overcoming heartbreak, and what its implications are for parenting, education, public policy, personal success, and more. Engaging and authoritative, The Marshmallow Test will change our views about human nature.

Social Science

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler
(Free Press, $16.00, PB, 9781451616835)

Since the dawn of humanity, a privileged few have lived in stark contrast to the hardscrabble majority. Conventional wisdom says this gap cannot be closed. But it is closing--fast. In Abundance, space entrepreneur turned innovation pioneer Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler document how progress in artificial intelligence, robotics, and more, we will soon have the ability to meet and exceed the basic needs of every person on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. Now in paperback

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The Best Place to Be Today: 365 Things to Do & the Perfect Day to Do Them

Editors at Lonely Planet
(Lonely Planet, $19.99, PB, 9781743601655)

Find the best thing to do every day of the year, from one-day events like India's Holi festival or the cheese-rolling race at Cooper's Hill in England, to seasonal events like Alaska's caribou migration and weather-dependent adventures like completing the Tour de Mont Blanc. This vibrant, practical and addictive book covers the 365 best festivals, sporting events, adventures and natural phenomena and offers a wealth of ideas, inspiring photos, and dates galore.

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