At Yume Wo Katare, eating ramen is treated as a path to personal fulfillment.

At his ramen shop in Cambridge, Mass., chef Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants customers to follow their dreams. His philosophy? If you can finish a bowl of his ramen, you can accomplish anything in life.

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The BACTrack Vio keychain breathalyzer and app on the iPhone at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. A public health researcher says tools like this could help people make better decisions about alcohol use.

Some of us now monitor our steps, sleep and calorie intake with wristbands and apps. So why not track blood-alcohol levels? We explore the next frontier in the self-measurement movement.

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Scott Anderson's Lawrence in Arabia recounts how a handful of adventurers and low-level officers shaped the Arab Revolt during World War I. It appears at No. 9.

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Appearing at No. 11, Amy Tan's The Valley Of Amazement spans two continents and more than four decades as it explores the connection between an American mother and her half-Chinese daughter.

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'Elephant Company' cover image.

Debuting at No. 12, Vicki Constantine Croke's Elephant Company tells the story of an English soldier who used elephants to undermine Japanese occupation of Burma during World War II.

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