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The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory by John Seabrook
October 5. Over the last two decades a new type of hit song has emerged, one that is inescapably catchy. Today’s songs are painstakingly crafted to tweak the brain's delight in melody, rhythm, and repetition—these songs are highly processed products. Like snack-food engineers, modern songwriters have discovered the musical "bliss point." And just like junk food, the bliss point leaves you wanting more.
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Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (And Winning) by Dr. Marion Nestle
October 5. Dr. Nestle, a renowned nutrition policy expert and public health advocate, shows how sodas are principally miracles of advertising; Coca-Cola and PepsiCo spend billions of dollars each year to promote their sale to children, minorities, and low-income populations, in developing as well as industrialized nations. And once they have stimulated that demand, they leave no stone unturned to protect profits.
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Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson
October 6. Joe and Rose Kennedy’s strikingly beautiful daughter Rosemary attended exclusive schools, was presented as a debutante to the Queen of England, and traveled the world with her high-spirited sisters. And yet, Rosemary was intellectually disabled — a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and glamorous family.
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M Train by Patti Smith
October 6. “Smith’s National Book Award-winning 'Just Kids' created a juggernaut of interest in her life as a musician, performer and photographer. Her new memoir takes a different tone and agenda—that of a wise earth mother, literary shaman, and television crime-show junkie, imparting the rituals, routines, loves, and losses that have guided her long, productive artistic career."—ELLE
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Humans of New York : Stories by Brandon Stanton
October 13. Brandon is back with the HONY book that his loyal followers have been waiting for. Ever since Brandon began interviewing people on the streets of NYC, the dialogue he's had with them has increasingly become as in-depth, intriguing and moving as the photos themselves. This book presents a new group of people in stunning photographs, with longer stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candor.
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Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt
October 20. The inspiring true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and an ordinary American family’s extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all, from the Pulitzer Prize–winning science reporter for The Washington Post.
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Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living by Jes Baker
October 27. With her trademark wit, veteran blogger and advocate Jes Baker calls people everywhere to embrace a body-positive worldview, changing perceptions about weight. "If only 'Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls' were my bible 25 years ago, it would have surely saved me years of years of hating my body. This book is a must read for girls and women of all ages and sizes."—Ricki Lake
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Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped by Garry Kasparov
October 27. The stunning story of Russia’s slide back into a dictatorship—and how the West is now paying the price for allowing it to happen. The ascension of Vladimir Putin—a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB—to the presidency of Russia in 1999 was a strong signal that the country was headed away from democracy. Yet in the intervening years Putin has grown not only into a dictator but an international threat.
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