Why Bob Dylan Matters

By Richard F. Thomas. A Harvard classics professor and expert on Bob Dylan expands on his popular seminar in a meditative examination of the musician’s enduring influence, sharing insights into Dylan’s formative experiences against a backdrop of western and classical literature.

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Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

By Caroline Fraser. A comprehensive historical portrait of Laura Ingalls Wilder draws on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and official records to fill in the gaps in Wilder’s official story, sharing details about her pioneer experiences.

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Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe

By Cullen Murphy. A poignant, half-century history of the cartoonists and illustrators from the Connecticut School, written by the son of the Rockwell-trained artist behind the popular strips Prince Valiant and Big Ben Bolt, explores the achievements and pop-culture influence of period artists in the aftermath of World War II.

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A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot & Virginia Woolf

By Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney. Draws on letters and diaries to reveal the friendships of female literary masters, from the influence of feminist Mary Taylor on Charlotte Brontèe’s writings to the erotically charged, love-hate associations between Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield.

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Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

By Joe Biden. The former vice-president of the United States chronicles the difficult final year of his son’s battle with cancer, his efforts to balance his responsibilities to the country and his family, and the lessons he learned.

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It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree

By A. J. Jacobs. Traces the author’s three-year investigation into what constitutes family, describing how, after receiving an e-mail from a stranger who claimed to be a distant cousin, he embarked on an effort to build the biggest family tree in history.

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The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother’s Faith and Her Child’s Resurrection

By Joyce Smith. THE IMPOSSIBLE reveals prayer’s immediate and powerful impact through the true account of a family whose son died and was miraculously resurrected.

Through the years and the struggles, when life seemed more about hurt and loss than hope and mercy, God was positioning the Smiths for something extraordinary-the death and resurrection of their son.

When Joyce Smith’s fourteen-year-old son John fell through an icy Missouri lake one winter morning, she and her family had seemingly lost everything. At the hospital, John lay lifeless for more than sixty minutes. But Joyce was not ready to give up on her son. She mustered all her faith and strength into one force and cried out to God in a loud voice to save him.

Miraculously, her son’s heart immediately started beating again.

In the coming days, John would defy every expert, every case history, and every scientific prediction. Sixteen days after falling through the ice and being clinically dead for an hour, he walked out of the hospital under his own power, completely healed.

THE IMPOSSIBLE is about a profound truth: prayer really does work. God uses it to remind us that He is always with us, and when we combine it with unshakable faith, nothing is impossible.

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Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit

By Chris Matthews. A portrait of Robert F. Kennedy depicts him as a perpetual family underdog, sharing insights into his decision to join the Navy as a common sailor, his ability to connect with voters from all walks of life, and his assassination during his 1968 campaign.

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France Is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child

By Alex Prud’Homme and Katie Pratt. From the co-author of My Life in France comes a revealing collection of photographs taken by Paul Child that document his and Julia Child’s years in France.

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Vacationland

By John Hodgman. The best-selling author of That Is All presents a memoir of his cursed travels through the woods of Massachusetts and coastal Maine, describing his midlife transformation from an idealistic youth to an eccentric family man and his observations on such subjects as the horror of freshwater clams and the evolutionary purpose of the mustache.

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