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amNY Picks: 10 books you should bookmark for the new year



Terrorism, humor, Van Gogh and even Jeffrey Dahmer are just some of the subjects tackled in the books that will be buzzing in 2012.

Here's a few to keep an eye on.


All In: The Education of General David Petraeus
By Paula Broadwell (with Vernon Loeb)
January 24
Military expert Paula Broadwell analyzes General David Petraeus' career, including his command in Afghanistan and his rise to the CIA.

While America Sleeps: A Wake-up Call for the Post-9/11 Era
By Russ Feingold
February 21
Former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold (D) writes about the institutional failures and misinformation since the 9/11 terrorist attacks and offers advice on how to fix America's international problems.

My Friend Dahmer
Derf Backderf
March 1
Derf Backderg's graphic novel about going to high school with serial killer Jeffery Dahmer that addresses bullying and offers a more complex view of Dahmer's life.

Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good
By Kevin Smith
March 20
Comedian and director Kevin Smith, who wrote, directed and starred in "Clerks" when he was 24, gives "an unabashedly honest guide to getting the most out of doing the least," which includes following in the footsteps of Ferris Bueller.

How to Piss in Public: From Teenage Rebellion to the Hangover of Adulthood
By Gavin McInnes
March 20
Vice magazine creator Gavin McGinnes writes about his "Tucker Max-style romp" through life that turned him from a kid with a love of sex, drugs and punk rock to a successful businessman.


By Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel
January 10
Dave Barry, a Miami Herald columnist, and Alan Zweibel, an original Saturday Night Live writer, tell the story of two men whose lives suddenly collide, sending them running from cops, soldiers, terrorists, bears and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.

Lone Wolf
By Jodi Picoult
February 28
Luke, 24, returns home years after a fight with his father when his father and sister, Cara, are injured in an accident. Luke and Cara butt heads over how long to leave their father on life support.

Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art
By Christopher Moore
April 3
Two friends of Vincent van Gogh try to find out the truth behind the artist's shooting death, and who the "color man" that haunted him and other artists is.

The Wind Through the Keyhole
By Stephen King
April 24
A "story within a story within a story" about Roland Deschain, Mid-World's last gunslinger, who, while investigating a murdering shape-shifter, calms a witness by telling him a story that his recently deceased mother used to read him at bedtime.

11th Hour (Women's Murder Club Series #11)
By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
May 7
James Patterson, who has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other author, writes about Det. Lindsay Boxer's homicide investigation, which involves a gun taken from her own department's evidence locker.

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