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"The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all."

—Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire (1694-1778) French philosopher, writer, Candide

 

Paperback Nonfiction Best Sellers (Book Sense)

Team of Rivals 
by Doris Kearns Goodwin (S&S, ISBN: 9781451688092); Last week: 1; Weeks on List: 4 "The new film Lincoln is based in part on Goodwin's bestselling look at Lincoln as the ultimate manager and motivator." 
Proof of Heaven 
by M.D. Eben Alexander (S&S, ISBN: 9781451695199); Last week: 2; Weeks on List: 5 "Noted neurosurgeon Alexander's fascinating account of his return from a very deep coma." 
In the Garden of Beasts 
by Erik Larson (Broadway, ISBN: 9780307408853); Last week: 3; Weeks on List: 30 "Larson's vivid portrait of Berlin during the early years of Hitler's reign." 
The Swerve 
by Stephen J. Greenblatt (Norton, ISBN: 9780393343403); Last week: 4; Weeks on List: 12 "Greenblatt's riveting tale of the great cultural "swerve" known as the Renaissance." 
Unlikely Friendships 
by Jennifer S. Holland (Workman, ISBN: 9780761159131); Last week: 5; Weeks on List: * "A look at amazing friendships between species, collected from around the world and documented in a selection of candid photographs." 
How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You 
by Matthew Inman (Andrews McMeel, ISBN: 9781449410247); Last week: 7; Weeks on List: 3 "A hilarious offering of cat comics from TheOatmeal.com." 
The Old Farmer's Almanac 2013 
by (Old Farmer's Almanac, ISBN: 9781571985736); Last week: 6; Weeks on List: 11 "The annual almanac of weather, astrology, calendars, gardening tips, home remedies, and more." 
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) 
by Mindy Kaling (Three Rivers, ISBN: 9780307886279); Last week: 8; Weeks on List: 10 "Hilarious essays from the Emmy-nominated writer and actress." 
Wreck This Journal 
by Keri Smith (Perigee, ISBN: 9780399533464); Weeks on List: 1 "Readers who've ever wished to, but had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal will discover a new way to escape the fear of the blank page." 
Catherine the Great 
by Robert K. Massie (Random House, ISBN: 9780345408778); Last week: 9; Weeks on List: 10 "Pulitzer Prize-winner Massie's extraordinary story of the obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at age 14 and became one of the most remarkable and powerful women in history." 
Bossypants 
by Tina Fey (Reagan Arthur Books, ISBN: 9780316056878); Last week: 10; Weeks on List: 47 "Very funny essays by the popular star of 30 Rock." 
Dancers Among Us 
by Jordan Matter (Workman, ISBN: 9780761171706); Last week: 12; Weeks on List: 3 "Matter presents joyful photographs of dancers leaping, spinning, and lifting in the midst of daily life." 
F in Exams 
by Richard Benson (Chronicle, ISBN: 9780811878319); Last week: 11; Weeks on List: * "Students or anyone who has ever had to struggle through a test will have a good laugh." 
F for Effort! 
by Richard Benson (Chronicle, ISBN: 9781452113227); Last week: 13; Weeks on List: 9 "A brand-new compendium of hilarious and inventive wrong test answers and homework hiccups." 
Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend 
by Susan Orlean (S&S, ISBN: 9781439190142); Weeks on List: 1 "Orlean’s moving account of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon."