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Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice

COLUM MCCANN · RANDOM House
Pages: 192
Format: Print book

From the bestselling author of the National Book Award winner Let the Great World Spin comes a lesson in how to be a writer - and so much more than that. Intriguing and inspirational, this book is a call to look outward rather than inward. McCann asks his readers to constantly push the boundaries...
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Voyager: Travel Writings

Russell Banks · Ecco Press
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

The acclaimed, award-winning novelist takes us on some of his most memorable journeys in this revelatory collection of travel essays that spans the globe, from the Caribbean to Scotland to the Himalayas.Now in his mid-seventies, Russell Banks has indulged his wanderlust for more than half...
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The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines Against Humankind's Gravest Dangers

Ali Khan MD · PublicAffairs
Pages: 275
Format: Print book

An inside account of the fight to contain the world's deadliest diseases - and the panic and corruption that make them worseThroughout history, humankind's biggest killers have been infectious diseases: the Black Death, the Spanish Flu, and AIDS alone account for over one hundred million...
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So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley

ROGER STEFFENS · W W NORTON
Pages: 480
Format: Print book

The definitive oral history of Bob Marley by one of the world's foremost reggae scholars. Bob Marley's life is the stuff of legend. Raised in the slums of Kingston, Jamaica, Marley (1945-1981) wrote songs that inspired millions. So Much Things to Say tells Marley's life story like never...
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Death of a Princess.

Shaka Senghor
Format: eBook

New York Times BestsellerIn 1991, Shaka Senghor was sent to prison for second-degree murder. Today, he is a lecturer at universities, a leading voice on criminal justice reform, and an inspiration to thousands.In life, it's not how you start that matters. It's how you finish. Shaka...
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The Mommy Group: Freaking Out, Finding Friends, and Surviving the Happiest Time of Our Lives

Elizabeth Isadora Gold · Atria Paperback
Pages: 304
Format: Print book

"If you only read one parenting book this year, make it The Mommy Group...This book is incisive, insightful, and downright delightful. I did not mean for that to rhyme" (Adam Mansbach, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F*ck to Sleep) In 2010, seven women met in Brooklyn,...
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Maestros and Their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting

John Mauceri · Knopf
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

An exuberant, uniquely accessible, beautifully illustrated look inside the enigmatic art and craft of conducting, from a celebrated conductor whose international career has spanned half a century. John Mauceri brings a lifetime of experience to bear in an unprecedented, hugely informative,...
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The Cannibal Queen: An Aerial Odyssey Across America

Stephen Coonts · Pocket Books
Pages: 344
Format: Book

The author of Flight of the Intruder recounts his three-month, forty-eight-state flight into the heart of America in a 1942 Stearman bi-plane, describing the panorama of forests, mountains, rivers, and valleys beneath him.
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The Empress of Art: Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia

Susan Jaques · Pegasus Books, 2016.
Pages: 384
Format: Print book

Ruthless and passionate, Catherine the Great is singularly responsible for amassing one of the most awe-inspiring collections of art in the world and turning St. Petersburg in to a world wonder. The Empress of Art brings to life the creation of this captivating woman's greatest legacy...
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Through a Glass, Darkly: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Quest to Solve the Greatest Mystery of All

STEFAN BECHTEL · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

After the American Civil War, while bodies still littered battlefields, the movement known as Spiritualism began to sweep across America as thousands of people, mostly from shock and grief, tried to make contact with the recently departed. The movement captivated Europe as well, especially...
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Delta Lady: A Memoir

Rita Coolidge · Harpercollins
Pages: 240
Format: Print book

The two-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter bares her heart and soul in this intimate memoir, a story of music, stardom, love, family, heritage, and resilience.She inspired songs - Leon Russell wrote "A Song for You" and "Delta Lady" for her, Stephen Stills...
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I Will Find You: A Reporter Investigates the Life of the Man Who Raped Her

Joanna Connors · Atlantic Monthly Press
Pages: 256
Format: Print book

"This is it. My rape. I knew it was coming. Every woman knows. And now here it is. My turn."When Joanna Connors was thirty years old on assignment for the Cleveland Plain Dealer to review a play at a college theater, she was held at knife point and raped by a stranger who had grown...
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Bret Harte: Opening the American Literary West

Gary Scharnhorst · Univ Of Oklahoma Press
Pages: 276
Format: Print book

Bret Harte was the best-known and highest-paid writer in America in the early 1870s, yet his vexed attempts to earn a living by his pen led to the failure of his marriage and, in 1878, his departure for Europe. Gary Scharnhorst's biography of Harte traces the growing commercial appeal...
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Your Song Changed My Life: From Jimmy Page to St. Vincent, Smokey Robinson to Hozier, Thirty-Five Beloved Artists on Their Journey and the Music That Inspired It

Bob Boilen · William Morrow, 2016.
Pages: 192
Format: Print book

From the beloved host and creator of NPR's All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts comes an essential oral history of modern music, told in the voices of iconic and up-and-coming musicians, including Dave Grohl, Jimmy Page, Michael Stipe, Carrie Brownstein, Smokey Robinson, and Jeff...
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Isabella of Castile: Europe's First Great Queen

Giles Tremlett · Bloomsbury
Pages: 624
Format: Print book

In 1474, when Castile was the largest, strongest, and most populous kingdom in Hispania (present day Spain and Portugal) , a twenty-three-year-old woman named Isabella ascended the throne. At a time when successful queens regnant were few and far between, Isabella faced not only the considerable...
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