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Concussions and Our Kids: America's Leading Expert on How to Protect Young Athletes and Keep Sports Safe

Robert Cantu and Mark Hyman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Cantu, chief of neurosurgery and chairman of the Department of Surgery at Emerson Hospital, and co-director of Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, teams up with sports journalist Hyman to cover concussions in kids' sports in this essential manual for anyone involved in sports.

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Burma: Rivers of Flavor

Naomi Duguid (Artisan)

Duguid's latest culinary immersion unveils food traditions from Burma (Myanmar), where more than a century of civil unrest and decades of seclusion hid a remarkably enduring culinary tradition.

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Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust

Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter)

Once again Garten's culinary wizardry inspires, delights, and empowers, as she focuses on foolproof cooking: recipes that work, are satisfying to eat, and can be made ahead of time.

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The Smitten Kitchen

Deb Perelman (Knopf)

A tiny kitchen and great eats are the winning formula for popular New York City food blogger Deb Perelman, confessed "picky" and "obsessive" self-taught cook of smittenkitchen.com blogging fame.

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Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America and the Spanish Caribbean

Mariel E. Presilla (Norton)

Presilla, who runs a restaurant in Hoboken, N.J., and holds a doctorate in medieval Spanish history, offers this bible of Latin American food.

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Cast On Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods

Leslie Ann Bestor (Storey)

Clear presentation distinguishes this reference guide that should be on the shelves of knitters who want to develop their craft and their own style.

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Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry

Ray Hemachandra (Lark Crafts)

Dazzling and inspiring eye candy for beaders.

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Zen Gardens

Mira Locher (Tuttle)

This showcase of the work of Japanese garden designer Shunmyo Masuno marries clear exposition of the designer's philosophy with drop-dead gorgeous color art.

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Knit Your Own Cat

Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne (Black Dog & Leventhal)

With cats roaming and ruling byways and the Internet, it's purrfect that crafters and the cat-allergic can take part in the feline craze by knitting their own cat, which will not have a mind of its own.

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Small-Space Container Gardens: Transform Your Balcony, Porch, or Patio with Fruits, Flowers, Foliage, and Herbs

Fern Richardson (Timber Press)

Nothing revolutionary, but the popular gardening practice gets thorough treatment, making the book a helpful and clear ad-vocate of the idea that apartment- and condo-dwellers can garden and enjoy the fruits and vegetables of their labor.

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