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Shelf Discovery

The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness

by Rebecca Solnit

These beautifully written and fiercely argued pieces include subjects as varied as the 2011 Japanese earthquake/tsunami, the BP oil disaster and the ills of global capitalism.

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Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

by Michaela Deprince, Elaine Deprince

An astonishing memoir of a war orphan who achieves her dream of becoming a ballet dancer.

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Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man

by Marcus Baram

The first full-length biography of a seminal figure in black music and late 20th-century politics.

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@War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex

by Shane Harris

A convincing and unnerving story of the current state of cyber-defense and the likely threat of cyberwar.

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Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle

by Douglas J. Emlen, illus. by David J. Tuss

An illustrated, simultaneously personal and scientific study of the evolution of animal weaponry and its uncanny (and uneasy) correlation with the human arms race.

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Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble

by Marilyn Johnson

A charming, accessible tribute to archeologists and their work that will both entertain and educate a range of readers.

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The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie

by Chris Van Allsburg

A two-time Caldecott Medalist's take on the secret life of a small pet.

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It Will End with Us

by Sam Savage

A small book that tells a huge story about a Southern woman's memories of her mother and a vanishing world.

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The Future Falls

by Tanya Huff

The third in Tanya Huff's Gale Girls series, in which Charlie Gale must save the world from an asteroid and her heart from her family's rules.

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Amore: An American Father's Roman Holiday

by Roger Friedland

An intriguing comparison of Italian and American viewpoints on sex and sexuality.

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Poisoned Pen Press: Risky Undertaking by Mark de Castrique

Media Heat

Thursday, November 20, 2014

On KCRW's Bookworm: Neil Gaiman, Ian Falconer and Françoise Mouly discuss children's books and Hansel and Gretel Standard Edition (Toon Books, $16.95, 9781935179627).

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

On the Diane Rehm Show: Joel Klein, author of Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools (Harper, $27.99, 9780062268648).

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

On Fresh Air: Brian Krebs, author of Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door (Sourcebooks, $24.99, 9781402295614).

Monday, November 17, 2014

On Fresh Air: Shane Harris, author of @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27, 9780544251793).

Thursday, November 13, 2014

On KCRW's Bookworm: Ben Lerner, author of 10:04 (Faber & Faber, $25, 9780865478107).

On the Diane Rehm Show: Boris Johnson, author of The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History (Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594633027).

On the Daily Show: Maziar Bahari, co-author of Rosewater: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival (Random House, $16, 9780812981803).

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