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"Through the Lens" is a book of National Geographic's greatest photographs. From their archives, editors chose hundreds of photographs covering Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Oceans and Isles, and The Universe. The result is a stunning work of art.

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Easy Rawlins teams up with his friends Mouse, Jackson Blue and Jewelle to help the police find a killer in Los Angeles. During a riot, an angry mob tears a man from his car. The man escapes into a nearby apartment building, but Little Scarlet is later found dead and this man is the main suspect. "Little Scarlet" was written by Walter Mosley.

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Rose Galen has been strangled and John Ray Horn feels he owes her a debt. With his friend, Indian Joseph Mad Crow, he sets out to find her killer. As he comes closer to the truth, it is clear that her murder covers up a murder from a long time ago. "While I Disappear" was written by Edward Wright.

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From a small fire in a baker's kitchen in 1666, flames eventually reached the conflagration known as the Great Fire of London. Adrian Tinniswood researched the history of this fire and filled his book, "By Permission of Heaven: The True Story of the Great Fire of London," with the actions and reactions of ordinary people of the day.

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After his experiences on the expedition, William Clark spent the next three decades overseeing the complex results. As the highest-ranking federal official in the West, Clark systematically removed the Native American people from their lands and helped to destroy their cultures. "William Clark and the Shaping of the West" was written by Landon Y. Jones.

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"One Vast Winter Count," by Colin G. Calloway, describes the histories of the Native American peoples, from their arrival to the time of Lewis and Clark. Ranging from the Appalachians to the Pacific, Calloway emphasizes the conflicts and changes in the West. Calloway is a professor of history and Native American studies at Dartmouth College.

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Thomas Moore, author of "Care of the Soul," has produced a sequel, "Dark Nights of the Soul." Moore sees dark times in one's life as an opportunity to look deeper into one's soul. How to find meaning during illness and in aging, while dealing with anxiety and anger, and when celebrating creativity are included among other life passages.

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The Explorers Club grew out of a small group of people who had been to the Arctic in the early 1900s. Now celebrating its 100th year, the club is international in scope and is dedicated to the advancement of scientific exploration. Club member and renowned journalist George Plimpton edited "As Told at the Explorers Club," a volume of gripping adventure tales.

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In 1925, diphtheria struck in Nome, Alaska. The serum to fight the disease was 674 miles distant, the port was icebound, the nearest railroad was 700 miles away and no planes could fly in at that time. "The Cruelest Miles," by Gay Salisbury and Laney Salisbury, is about the heroic dogs and men who entered a race against an epidemic, working in relay teams to save the people of Nome.

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Robert S. Devine outlines the Bush administration's environmental record in "Bush Versus the Environment." Citing tactics that include fuzzy math, ignoring scientific evidence and encouraging lawsuits, Devine contends that the Bush administration is seriously undermining environmental safeguards in America.

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