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Franklin Pierce: The American Presidents Series: The 14th President, 1853-1857

Michael F. Holt · Times Books; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

The genial but troubled New Englander whose single-minded partisan loyalties inflamed the nation's simmering battle over slavery Charming and handsome, Franklin Pierce of New Hampshire was drafted to break the deadlock of the 1852 Democratic convention. Though he seized the White House...
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Nevertheless: A Memoir

Alec Baldwin · Harper Paperbacks
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback

"A thorough and sophisticated effort to answer an interesting question: How did an indifferently raised, self-flagellating kid from a just-making-ends-meet, desultorily functioning Long Island family, in Massapequa, turn into Alec Baldwin, gifted actor, familiar public figure, impressively...
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Virginia Woolf

Nigel Nicolson · Viking
Pages: 195
Format: Book

Virginia Woolf's life as part of the avant-garde Bloomsbury Group has captured the imagination of millions. Now Nigel Nicolson, the distinguished son of British writers Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West (Vita was one of Woolf's closest and most intimate friends) threads...
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Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table

Ruth Reichl · Random House
Pages: 282
Format: Hardcover

For better or worse, almost all of us grow up at the table. It is in this setting that Ruth Reichl's brilliantly written memoir takes its form. For, at a very early age, Reichl discovered that "food could be a way of making sense of the world . . . if you watched people as they ate,...
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Lenin: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror

Victor Sebestyen · Pantheon
Pages: 592
Format: Hardcover

A fascinating biography of the man who helped launch the Russian Revolution, which uses the personal - including Lenin's key relationships with the women in his life - to shed light on the political.Since the birth of Soviet Russia, Vladimir Lenin has been viewed as a controversial figure,...
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Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success

Michael D'Antonio · Thomas Dunne Books
Pages: 400
Format: Print book

In the summer of 2015, as he vaulted to the lead among the many GOP candidates for president, Donald Trump was the only one dogged by questions about his true intentions. This most famous American businessman had played the role of provocateur so often that pundits, reporters, and voters...
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Unbroken

Laura Hillenbrand · Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition
Format: Print book

1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE  Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Readers Circle for author chats and more.In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious...
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Fashion Climbing

BILL CUNNINGHAM · Penguin Press
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

The untold story of a New York City legend's education in creativity and styleFor Bill Cunningham, New York City was the land of freedom, glamour, and, above all, style. Growing up in a lace-curtain Irish suburb of Boston, secretly trying on his sister's dresses and spending his evenings...
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Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir

ZACK MCDERMOTT · Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

The story of a young man fighting to recover from a devastating psychotic break and the mother who refuses to give up on him Zack McDermott, a 26-year-old Brooklyn public defender, woke up one morning convinced he was being filmed, Truman Show-style, as part of an audition for a TV pilot....
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Devotion

Dani Shapiro · Harper; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

"Devotion's biggest triumph is its voice: funny and unpretentious, concrete and earthy - appealing to skeptics and believers alike. This is a gripping, beautiful story." - Jennifer Egan, author of The Keep "I was immensely moved by this elegant book." - Elizabeth...
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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

Susannah Cahalan · Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition
Format: Hardcover

One day in 2009, twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a strange hospital room, strapped to her bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. A wristband marked her as a flight risk, and her medical records—chronicling a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory...
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My Twenty-Five Years in Provence: Reflections on Then and Now

PETER MAYLE · Knopf
Pages: 192
Format: Hardcover

The beloved author Peter Mayle, champion of all things Provence, here in a final volume of all new writing, offers vivid recollections from his twenty-five years in the South of France--lessons learned, culinary delights enjoyed, and changes observed.Twenty-five years ago, Peter Mayle and his wife,...
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Mozart: A Life

Paul Johnson · Viking
Format: Hardcover

Eminent historian Paul Johnson dazzles with a rich, succinct portrait of Mozart and his musicAs hes done in Napoleon, Churchill, Jesus, and Darwin, acclaimed historian and author Paul Johnson here offers a concise, illuminating biography of Mozart. Johnsons focus is on the music—Mozarts...
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Thomas Jefferson

R. B. Bernstein · Oxford University Press
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

Thomas Jefferson designed his own tombstone, describing himself simply as "Author of the Declaration of Independence and of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and Father of the University of Virginia." It is in this simple epitaph that R.B. Bernstein finds the key to this...
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This Boy's Life; a Memoir

Tobias Wolff · Atlantic Monthly Press; 1st edition
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

In this unforgettable memoir of boyhood in the 1950s, we meet the young Toby Wolff, by turns tough and vulnerable, crafty and bumbling, and ultimately winning. Separated by divorce from his father and brother, Toby and his mother are constantly on the move. Between themselves they develop...
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