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Maeve's Times: In Her Own Words

Maeve Binchy · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 385
Format: Paperback

Before she was a bestselling novelist, Maeve Binchy started out as a columnist for The Irish Times. Her articles - focused on the famous and the obscure alike - were filled with the warmth, wit, and keen human interest that readers would come to love in her fiction. From royal weddings...
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Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution

Nathaniel Philbrick · Viking
Pages: 427
Format: Print book

"Valiant Ambition may be one of the greatest what-if books of the age - a volume that turns one of America's best-known narratives on its head." - Boston Globe"Clear and insightful, it consolidates his reputation as one of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction."...
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Weird Pennsylvania: Your Travel Guide to Pennsylvania's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

Mark Sceurman · Sterling
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

Praise for Weird Pennsylvania: “Fun, amazing, and arrestingly illustrated.”  —Booklist “…a real fine read and can serve as a travel guide for a trek among the unusual, odd and scary parts of our “weird” state.”  —Pennsylvania...
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The French Chef in America: Julia Child's Second Act

Alex Prud'homme · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 318
Format: Print book

The enchanting story of Julia Child's years as TV personality and beloved cookbook author--a sequel in spirit to My Life in France--by her great-nephew Julia Child is synonymous with French cooking, but her legacy runs much deeper. Now, her great-nephew and My Life in France coauthor vividly...
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City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York

Tyler Anbinder · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 768
Format: Print book

A defining American story, never before told with such breadth of scope, lavish research, and resounding spirit With more than three million foreign-born residents today, New York has been America's defining port of entry for nearly four centuries, a magnet for transplants from all over...
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1001 Inventions That Changed the World

Jack Challoner · Barron's
Pages: 960
Format: Print book

We take thousands of inventions for granted, using them daily and enjoying their benefits. But how much do we really know about their origins and development? This absorbing new book tells the stories behind the inventions that have changed the world, with details about-- Convenience...
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Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy West

Christopher Knowlton · Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 448
Format: Print book

A revolutionary new appraisal of the Old West and the America it made The open range cattle era lasted barely a quarter-century, but it left America irrevocably changed. These few decades following the Civil War brought America its greatest boom-and-bust cycle until the Depression, the invention...
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Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War

Amanda Vaill · Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Pages: 436
Format: Print book

A spellbinding story of love amid the devastation of the Spanish Civil WarMadrid, 1936. In a city blasted by a civil war that many fear will cross borders and engulf Europe -- a conflict one writer will call "the decisive thing of the century" -- six people meet and find their...
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Dark Invasion: 1915: Germany's Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America

Howard Blum · HarperCollins Canada, Limited
Pages: 474
Format: Hardcover

Combining the pulsating drive of Showtime's Homeland with the fascinating historical detail of such of narrative nonfiction bestsellers as Double Cross and In the Garden of Beasts, Dark Invasion is Howard Blum's gritty, high-energy true-life tale of German espionage and terror on American...
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SISTER QUEENS: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile

Julia Fox · Ballantine Books; 1ST edition
Format: Book

Publishers WeeklyDaughters of Spain's Isabella and Ferdinand, the sister queens Katherine of England and Juana of Castile epitomized the pitfalls of being "born female in a male-dominated society." Although Juana became queen of Castile after Isabella's death, her closest...
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George Washington: The Wonder of the Age

John H Rhodehamel · Yale University Press
Pages: 353
Format: Print book

A much-needed concise biography of America's first president As editor of the award-winning Library of America collection of George Washington's writings and a curator of the great man's original papers, John Rhodehamel has established himself as an authority of our nation's...
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The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation

David Brion Davis · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 422
Format: Hardcover

Winner of the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction Shortlisted for the 2014 Cundill Prize in Historical LiteratureFrom the revered historian, the long-awaited conclusion of the magisterial history of slavery and emancipation in Western culture that has been nearly...
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