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My Life in Middlemarch

Rebecca Mead · Crown Publishers
Pages: 293
Format: Print book

A New Yorker writer revisits the seminal book of her youth--Middlemarch--and fashions a singular, involving story of how a passionate attachment to a great work of literature can shape our lives and help us to read our own histories. Rebecca Mead was a young woman in an English coastal...
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Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America's Environment

Dr. Robert K Musil · Rutgers University Press
Format: Hardcover

InRachel Carson and Her Sisters Robert K Musil redefines the achievements and legacy of environmental pioneer and scientist Rachel Carson linking her work to a wide network of American women activists and writers and introducing her to a new contemporary audience Rachel Carson was the first...
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Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve

LENORA CHU · Harper
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...
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Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies

Lawrence Goldstone · Ballantine Books,
Pages: 428
Format: Print book

From acclaimed historian Lawrence Goldstone comes a thrilling narrative of courage, determination, and competition: the story of the intense rivalry that fueled the rise of American aviation. The feud between this nation's great air pioneers, the Wright brothers and Glenn Curtiss,...
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Driven toward Madness: The Fugitive Slave Margaret Garner and Tragedy on the Ohio

Nikki Marie Taylor · Ohio University Press
Pages: 152
Format: Print book

The story of Margaret Garner - the runaway slave who, when confronted with capture, slit the throat of her toddler daughter rather than have her face a life in slavery - has inspired Toni Morrison's Beloved, a film based on the novel starring Oprah Winfrey, and an opera. Garner's story...
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Churchill's First War: Young Winston at War with the Afghans

Con Coughlin · Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2014.
Pages: 298
Format: Print book

Churchill's First War by Con Coughlin is a fascinating account of Winston Churchill's early military career fighting in the 1890 Afghan campaign, offering fresh and revealing parallels into today's war in AfghanistanJust over a century ago British troops were fighting a vicious...
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James Dean: Tomorrow Never Comes

Darwin Porter · Blood Moon Productions
Pages: 528
Format: Print book

America's most enduring and legendary symbol of young rebellion, James Dean continues into the 21st Century to capture the imagination of the world. In recognition of his enduring appeal as Hollywood's most visible symbol of unrequited male rage, bars from California to Nigeria...
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There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me

Brooke Shields · Dutton; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Actress and author of the New York Times bestseller Down Came the Rain, Brooke Shields, explores her relationship with her unforgettable mother, Teri, in her new memoir. Brooke Shields never had what anyone would consider an ordinary life. She was raised by her Newark-tough single mom,...
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Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully

Allen Kurzweil · Harpercollins
Format: Hardcover

The true account of one boy's lifelong search for his boarding-school bully.Equal parts childhood memoir and literary thriller, Whipping Boy chronicles prize-winning author Allen Kurzweil's search for his twelve-year-old nemesis, a bully named Cesar Augustus. The obsessive inquiry,...
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Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief

James M. McPherson · Penguin Press; 1St Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, a powerful new reckoning with Jefferson Davis as military commander of the ConfederacyHistory has not been kind to Jefferson Davis. His cause went down in disastrous defeat and left the South impoverished for generations....
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The Wine Lover's Daughter: A Memoir

Anne Fadiman · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

In The Wine Lover's Daughter, Anne Fadiman examines -- with all her characteristic wit and feeling -- her relationship with her father, Clifton Fadiman, a renowned literary critic, editor, and radio host whose greatest love was wine.An appreciation of wine -- along with a plummy upper-crust...
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A Life of My Own

CLAIRE TOMALIN · Penguin Press
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

Esteemed biographer and legendary literary editor Claire Tomalin's stunning memoir of a life in literatureIn A Life of My Own, the renowned biographer of Charles Dickens, Samuel Pepys, and Thomas Hardy, and former literary editor for the Sunday Times reflects on a remarkable life surrounded...
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The Italians

John Hooper · Viking
Format: Hardcover

A vivid and surprising portrait of the Italian people from an admired foreign correspondent How did a nation that spawned the Renaissance also produce the Mafia? And why does Italian have twelve words for coat hanger but none for hangover? John Hooper's entertaining and perceptive...
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Reagan at Reykjavik: Forty-Eight Hours That Ended the Cold War

Kenneth L Adelman · Harpercollins
Pages: 375
Format: Hardcover

The dramatic, first-hand account of the historic 1986 Reagan-Gorbachev summit in Iceland - the definitive weekend that was the key turning point in the Cold War - by President Reagan's arms control director, Ken Adelman.In October 1986, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met for a forty-eight-hour...
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