- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (August 7, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451625308
- ISBN-13: 978-1451625301
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,365,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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