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Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

Robert M Gates · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 618
Format: Hardcover

From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vividly written account of his experience serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House in 2006, he thought he'd left...
The quartet : orchestrating the second American Revolution, 1783-1789

Joseph J Ellis · Alfred A. Knopf
Format:  Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats

"The prizewinning author of Founding Brothers and American Sphinx now gives us the unexpected story--brilliantly told--of why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew. The triumph...
Old Farm Country Cookbook: Recipes, Menus, and Memories

Jerry Apps · Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback

When Jerry Apps was growing up on a Wisconsin farm in the 1930s and 1940s, times were tough. Yet most folks living on farms had plenty to eat. Preparing food from scratch was just the way things were done, and people knew what was in their food and where it came from. Delicious meals were...
Heist: The Oddball Crew Behind the $17 Million Loomis Fargo Theft

Jeff Diamant · Sourcebooks
Pages: 264
Format: Print book

The inspiration behind the major motion picture Masterminds starring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, and Jason Sudeikis!The bizarre true story of the criminals behind the second-largest bank heist in American history.One night in a small North Carolina town, a down-on-his-luck...
Autobiography of Mark Twain: The Complete and Authoritative Edition, Vol. 1

Mark Twain · University of California Press; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

"I've struck it!" Mark Twain wrote in a 1904 letter to a friend. "And I will give it away - to you. You will never know how much enjoyment you have lost until you get to dictating your autobiography." Thus, after dozens of false starts and hundreds of pages, Twain...
Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve

Pages: 347
Format: Hardcover

New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice; Real Simple Best of the Month; Library Journal Editors' PickIn the spirit of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Bringing up Bébé, and The Smartest Kids in the World, a hard-hitting exploration of China's widely acclaimed yet insular education...
Educated: A Memoir

Tara Westover · Random House
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge UniversityBook Club Pick for Now Read This, from PBS NewsHour and The New York Times "A coming-of-age memoir reminiscent...
Helen Keller: A Life

Dorothy Herrmann · Knopf
Pages: 394
Format: Book

Helen Keller couldn't hear, couldn't see, and, at first, couldn't speak. Three decades after her death in 1968, she has become a symbol of the indomitable human spirit, and she remains a legendary figure. With her zest for life and learning--and her strength and courage--she...
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

Caitlin Doughty · W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition
Format: Paperback

"Morbid and illuminating" (Entertainment Weekly) -- a young mortician goes behind the scenes of her curious profession. Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty -- a twenty-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre -- took...
The Flight: Charles Lindbergh's 1927 Transatlantic Crossing

Dan Hampton · William Morrow
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant

Ronald C White · Random House
Pages: 826
Format: Print book

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From the author of A. Lincoln, a major new biography of one of America's greatest generals - and most misunderstood presidents In his time, Ulysses S. Grant was routinely grouped with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in the "Trinity of Great American...
The Women Who Flew for Hitler: A True Story of Soaring Ambition and Searing Rivalry

CLARE MULLEY · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 496
Format: Hardcover

Biographers' Club Prize-winner Clare Mulley's The Women Who Flew for Hitler -- a dual biography of Nazi Germany's most highly decorated women pilots.Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg were talented, courageous, and strikingly attractive women who fought convention to make their...
Stories of My Life

Katherine Paterson · Dial Books
Format: Hardcover

From her childhood in China to the moment she won her first National Book Award, literary icon Katherine Paterson shares the personal stories that inspired her children's books.Told with her trademark humor and heart, Paterson's tales reveal details about her life from her childhood...
Undaunted: The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's Military

Tanya Biank · NAL Caliber
Pages: 349
Format: Book

As she did so provocatively with military spouses in Army Wives, Tanya Biank gives us the inside story of women in today's military - their professional and personal challenges from the combat zone to the home front... Since 9/11, more than 240,000 women have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan...
Eight Twenty Eight: When Love Didn't Give Up

Larissa Murphy · B&H Books
Format: Book

What if that thing you really feared happened? Would the joy you hold pop? Or would you experience love and joy deeper than you can imagine? They met in college and fell in love. They talked about getting married, and he started looking for a ring. They dreamed about life together,...