APRIL 21, 2014

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It looks like Elizabeth Warren's memoir and manifesto, Fighting Chance (9781627790529, Metropolitan, $28.00, HC) has just that. Just on sale, we're already looking for reorders, and lots of publicity is coming fast. I'm sure the publisher is happy to beat Hillary's book into the marketplace by several weeks- Hard Choices (9781476751443, Simon, $35.00, HC) goes on [...]

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Art

Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature's Most Memorable Meals

Dinah Fried
(Harper Design, $19.99, HC, 9780062279835)

Fifty Iconic Culinary Scenes from Literary Classics sure to delight readers, foodies, and photo-junkies alike, Fictitious Dishes pairs each place setting with the text from the book that inspired its creation. Interesting food facts and entertaining anecdotes about the authors, their work, and their culinary predilections complete this charming book, which is sure to whet the appetites of lovers of great literature and delicious dishes.

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Baseball

I Don't Care If We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever

Ben Blatt and Eric Brewster
(Grove Press, $24.00, HC, 9780802122742)

A hilarious book by two former Harvard Lampoon writers who set out to see America through the bleachers and concession stands of America's favorite pastime in thirty days during the 2013 baseball season, I Don't Care If We Never Get Back is a book about the love of the game, the limits of fandom, and the limitlessness of friendship.

Biography - Autobiography

A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen

Liel Leibovitz
(W. W. Norton & Company, $25.95, HC, 9780393082050)

A Broken Hallelujah offers an intimate look at Canadian singer/songwriter, Leonard Cohen, his music, and the ideas and beliefs. Delving into the sources and meaning of Cohen's work, Liel Leibovitz beautifully illuminates what Cohen is telling us and why we listen so intensely.

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Cooking & Food

The Bloomsbury Cookbook: Recipes for Life, Love and Art

Jans Ondaatje Rolls
(Thames & Hudson, $39.95, HC, 9780500517307)

In The Bloomsbury Cookbook, Jans Ondaatje Rolls collects more than 180 recipes for dishes that take us into the very heart of the Bloomsbury Group's world through the meals around which they congregated, argued, debated, laughed, and loved.

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Fiction

The Best of Connie Willis: Award-Winning Stories

Connie Willis
(Del Rey Books, $18.00, PB, 9780345540669)

The Best of Connie Willis contain stores that are Hugo or Nebula award winners--some even have the distinction of winning both. With a new introduction by the author and personal afterwords to each story--plus a special look at three of Willis's unique public speeches--this is unquestionably the collection of the season, a book that every Connie Willis fan will treasure, and, to those unfamiliar with her work, the perfect introduction to one of the most accomplished and best-loved writers of our time. Now in paperback

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History

American Carnage: Wounded Knee, 1890

Jerome A. Greene
(University of Oklahoma Press, $34.95, HC, 9780806144481)

In this gripping retelling of Wounded Knee, Jerome A. Greene--renowned specialist on the Indian wars--explores why the bloody engagement happened and demonstrates how it became a brutal massacre. Drawing on a wealth of sources, including previously unknown testimonies, Greene examines the events from both Native and non-Native perspectives. American Carnage will leave an indelible mark on our understanding of American history.

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Humor

Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy

Pat Morris with Joanna Ebenstein
(Blue Rider Press, $19.95, HC, 9780399169441)

Walter Potter (1835-1918), a British country taxidermist of no great expertise, built anthropomorphic taxidermy tableaux that became famous icons of Victorian whimsy, including his masterpiece "The Death & Burial of Cock Robin." Here, perhaps for the last time, many important pieces from the collection are showcased and celebrated with new photographs of Potter's best-loved works. Darkly witty and affecting, Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy makes a charming, whimsical (and yes, slightly morbid) gift.

Language Arts

The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language

John H. McWhorter
(Oxford University Press, USA, $19.95, HC, 9780199361588)

In this short, opinionated book that addresses the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, which argues that the language we speak shapes the way we perceive the world, Columbia University linguistics professor John McWhorter argues that while this idea is mesmerizing, it is plainly wrong. It is language that reflects culture and worldview, not the other way around. This entertaining and well written book provides another, better way for us to acknowledge the intelligence of all peoples.

Math

Count Like an Egyptian: A Hands-On Introduction to Ancient Mathematics

David Reimer
(Princeton University Press, $29.95, HC, 9780691160122)

Count Like an Egyptian is a fully illustrated book that provides a fun, hands-on introduction to the intuitive and often-surprising art of ancient Egyptian math. David Reimer guides you step-by-step through addition, subtraction, multiplication, and more.

Philosophy

Assholes: A Theory

Aaron James
(Anchor Books, $14.95, PB, 9780804171359)

Philosopher Aaron James presents a provocative theory of the asshole to explain why such people exist, especially in an age of raging narcissism and unbridled capitalism. This humorous yet thought-provoking book helps you get a better sense of when the asshole is best resisted and best ignored-a better sense of what is, and what is not, worth fighting for. Now in paperback

Political Science

The NSA Report: Liberty and Security in a Changing World

Richard A. Clarke, Clarke, Michael J. Morell, Geoffrey R. Stone, Cass R. Sunstein and Peter Swire
(Princeton University Press, $16.95, PB, 9780691163208)

Our fourth amendment rights are at stake with surveillance systems put into place in the name of national security. Commissioned by President Obama following disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward J. Snowden, and written by a preeminent group of intelligence and legal experts, the report examines the extent of NSA programs and calls for dozens of urgent and practical reforms. The result is a blueprint showing how the government can reaffirm its commitment to privacy and civil liberties--without compromising national security.

Psychology

The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience

Kent A. Kiehl
(Crown Publishing Group, $26.00, HC, 9780770435844)

A world-renowned researcher of psychopaths take readers on a compelling journey into the science and behavior of psychopaths, from chilling headlines and stories in the news and movies--from Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy, to Hannibal Lecter and Dexter. A compelling narrative of cutting-edge science, The Psychopath Whisperer will open your eyes on a fascinating but little understood world, with startling implications for society, the law, and our personal lives.

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Science

Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives - And Our Lives Change Our Genes

Sharon Moalem with Matthew D. Laplante
(Grand Central Publishing, $28.00, HC, 9781455549443)

Award-winning physician and "New York Times" bestselling author Sharon Moalem's groundbreaking book shows us that the human genome is far more fluid and fascinating than your ninth grade biology teacher ever imagined. By bringing us to the bedside of his unique and complex patients, he masterfully demonstrates what rare genetic conditions can teach us all about our own health and well-being. Inheritance will profoundly alter how you view your genes, your health--and your life.

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Travel

Paris to the Pyrenees: A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James

David Downie
(Pegasus Books, $16.95, PB, 9781605985565)

Driven by curiosity, wanderlust, and health crises, David Downie and his wife set out from Paris to walk across France to the Pyrenees. Starting on the Rue Saint-Jacques and trekking 750 miles south to Roncesvalles, Spain, their eccentric route takes seventy-two days on Roman roads and pilgrimage paths, a 1,100-year-old network of trails leading to the sanctuary of Saint James the Greater. A wonderful book that is part travelogue, part history, Paris to the Pyrenees includes 32 pages of breathtaking color photographs by Alison Harris. Now in paperback