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Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage
Hazel Rowley

Franklin and EleanorIn this groundbreaking new account of the marriage, Hazel Rowley describes the remarkable courage and lack of convention–private and public–that kept FDR and Eleanor together. She reveals a partnership that was both supportive and daring. Franklin, especially, knew what he owed to Eleanor, who was not so much behind the scenes as heavily engaged in them. Their relationship was the product of FDR and Eleanor’s conscious efforts–a partnership that they created according to their own ambitions and needs.

In this dramatic and vivid narrative, set against the great upheavals of the Depression and World War II, Rowley paints a portrait of a tender lifelong companionship, born of mutual admiration and compassion. Most of all, she depicts an extraordinary evolution–from conventional Victorian marriage to the bold and radical partnership that has made Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt go down in history as one of the most inspiring and fascinating couples of all time.

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Picador USA, 2011

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When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present

Gail Collins

When Everything ChangedPicking up where her highly lauded book “America’s Women” left off, “When Everything Changed” is a dynamic story, told with the down-to-earth, amusing, and agenda-free tone for which this beloved “New York Times “columnist is known. Older readers, men and women alike, will be startled as they are reminded of what their lives once were–“Father Knows Best” and “My Little Margie” on TV; daily weigh-ins for stewardesses; few female professors; no women in the Boston marathon, in combat zones, or in the police department. Younger readers will see their history in a rich new way. It has been an era packed with drama and dreams–some dashed and others realized beyond anyone’s imagining.

Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Little Brown and Company, 2009

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Laura Hillenbrand

UnbrokenIn her long-awaited new book, Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in “Seabiscuit.”

Telling an unforgettable story of a young lieutenant’s journey into extremity, “Unbroken” is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared–Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.

Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Random House, 2010

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Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
S.C. Gwynne

Empire of the Summer MoonA sweeping narrative about the rise and fall of the Comanche, the most powerful and influential tribe in American history.

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition, 2011

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Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World: A New History
Nick Bunker

Making Haste from BabylonFar from the storybook figures of American mythology, the Pilgrims were complex men and women, and Bunker tells their story in this meticulously researched, revelatory book.

Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage, 2011

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A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus’s Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich
Christopher B. Krebs

Most Dangerous BookKrebs tells the riveting story of the Germania and its incarnations and exploitations through the ages.

Hardcover: 303 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, 2011

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The Rights of the People: How Our Search for Safety Invades Our Liberties
David K. Shipler

Rights of the People
From a Pulitzer Prize winner and the bestselling author of “The Working Poor” comes an impassioned, incisive look at the violations of civil liberties in the United States that have accelerated over the past decade–and their direct impact on our lives.

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Knopf, 2011

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