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Francis of Rome and Francis of Assisi: A New Springtime for the Church

Leonardo Boff · Orbis
Pages: 160
Format: Book

In choosing his name, Pope Francis was indicating an agenda, a vision, and a sense of mission. Saint Francis, the most universally beloved saint, reformed the church by imitating Christ - in simplicity, poverty, and love for those on the margins. The spirit of St. Francis calls the church...
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Douglas MacArthur: American Warrior

Arthur Herman · Random House
Pages: 937
Format: Print book

A new, definitive life of an American icon, the visionary general who led American forces through three wars and foresaw his nation's great geopolitical shift toward the Pacific Rim - from the Pulitzer Prize finalist and bestselling author of Gandhi & Churchill Douglas MacArthur was arguably...
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Thinking In Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism

Temple Grandin · Vintage Books
Pages: 222
Format: Book

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a gifted animal scientist who has designed one third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States. She also lectures widely on autism because she is autistic, a woman who thinks, feels, and experiences the world in ways that are incomprehensible...
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The Shakespeare Treasury: A Collection of Fascinating Insights into the Plays, the Performances and the Man Behind Them

Catherine M S Alexander · Andre Deutsch
Pages: 160
Format: Print book

An engaging treasury of facts, trivia, and stories about the greatest playwright who ever lived: the indelible William Shakespeare. Commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, which occurred in 1616, this fascinating treasury offers insights into the enduring popularity...
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Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill

Sonia Purnell · Viking
Pages: 436
Format: Print book

"Sonia Purnell has at long last given Clementine Churchill the biography she deserves. Sensitive yet clear-eyed, Clementine tells the fascinating story of a complex woman struggling to maintain her own identity while serving as the conscience and principal adviser to one of the most...
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Kidnapped by the Taliban: A Story of Terror, Hope, and Rescue by SEAL Team Six

James Lund · Thomas Nelson
Format: Hardcover

Back Cover CopyAm I About to Die?On December 5, 2012, American medical doctor Dilip Joseph and two colleagues are driving back to Kabul, Afghanistan, after serving villagers that morning at a rural clinic. Suddenly a man waving an AK-47 blocks their path. More armed men jump out of hiding....
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The Scientists: A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors

John Gribbin · Random House; 1st U.S. edition, edition
Pages: 647
Format: Hardcover

A wonderfully readable account of scientific development over the past five hundred years, focusing on the lives and achievements of individual scientists, by the bestselling author of In Search of Schrödinger’s CatIn this ambitious new book, John Gribbin tells the stories...
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Dear Father: Breaking the Cycle of Pain

J. Ivy · Atria Books/Beyond Words
Format: Kindle Edition

"Grammy Award-winning artist and poet J. Ivy bares his soul in this inspirational memoir of pain transformed into healing and empowerment. Known as "hip-hop's favorite poet," J. Ivy is a true pioneer and trendsetter who has bridged the worlds of hip-hop and performance...
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Love Brought Me Back: A Journey of Loss and Gain

Natalie Cole · Simon & Schuster; 1St Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

IN THIS LUMINOUS MEMOIR, LEGENDARY SINGER AND ACTRESS NATALIE COLE TELLS A REMARKABLE STORY OF LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESS AND RECOVERY, AND THE STORY OF A DEATH THAT BROUGHT NEW LIFE. In 2009 Natalie Cole was on dialysis, her kidneys failing. Without a kidney transplant, her future was uncertain....
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The Clintons' War on Women

Roger Stone · Skyhorse Publishing
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover

Hillary Clinton is running for president as an "advocate of women and girls," but there is another shocking side to her story that has been carefully covered up - until now. This stunning exposé reveals for the first time how Bill and Hillary Clinton systematically abused women...
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Disciples: The World War II Missions of the CIA Directors Who Fought for Wild Bill Donovan

Douglas Waller · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 592
Format: Hardcover

The author of the critically acclaimed bestseller Wild Bill Donovan, tells the story of four OSS warriors of World War II. All four later led the CIA.They are the most famous and controversial directors the CIA has ever had - Allen Dulles, Richard Helms, William Colby, and William Casey....
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The Death of Caesar: The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination

Barry Strauss · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

The exciting, dramatic story of one of history's most famous events - the death of Julius Caesar - now placed in full context of Rome's civil wars by eminent historian Barry Strauss.Thanks to William Shakespeare, the death of Julius Caesar is the most famous assassination in history....
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Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.: A Memoir

Viv Albertine · Thomas Dunne Books
Format: Hardcover

Ms. Albertines book is wiry and cogent and fearless. Her book has an honest, lo-fi grace. If it were better written, it would be worse.--Dwight Garner, The New York TimesForget Katniss And Tris - Viv Albertine Is Your New Hero.--MTV.comThe Rough Trade 1 Book of the Year!Viv Albertine is a pioneer....
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou · Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages: 289
Format: Paperback

Maya Angelou's debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Her life story is told in the documentary film And Still I Rise, as seen on PBS's American Masters.Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird...
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Francis Bacon in Your Blood: A Memoir

Michael Peppiatt · Bloomsbury USA
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover

In June of 1963, when Michael Peppiatt first met Francis Bacon, the former was a college boy at Cambridge, the latter already a famous painter, more than thirty years his senior. And yet, Peppiatt was welcomed into the volatile artist's world; Bacon, considered by many to be "mad,...
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Food and the City: New York's Professional Chefs, Restaurateurs, Line Cooks, Street Vendors, and Purveyors Talk About What They Do and Why They Do It

Ina Yalof · Putnam, 2016.
Pages: 384
Format: Print book

An unprecedented behind-the-scenes tour of New York City's dynamic food culture, as told through the voices of the chefs, line cooks, restaurateurs, waiters, and street vendors who have made this industry their lives. In Food and the City, Ina Yalof takes us on an insider's journey into...
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Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou · Random House
Format: Hardcover

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper,” Maya Angelou wrote in her groundbreaking memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Indeed, Angelou’s words have traveled the world and transformed lives—inspiring, strengthening, healing. Through a long and prolific...
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Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness

Jessie Close · Grand Central Publishing
Format: Print book

At a young age, Jessie Close struggled with symptoms that would transform into severe bipolar disorder in her early twenties, but she was not properly diagnosed until the age of fifty. Jessie and her three siblings, including actress Glenn Close, spent many years in the Moral Re-Armament...
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Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square

Randy Boyagoda · Image
Format: Hardcover

A brilliant biography of one of the intellectual mavericks of 20th Century Catholicism.     Richard John Neuhaus 1936-2009 was one of the most influential figures in American public life from the Civil Rights era to the War on Terror. His writing, activism, and connections to people...
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Angels With Dirty Faces Three Stories of Crime, Prison, and Redemption.

Imarisha Walidah
Format:  Print book : English

"There was a time I believed prisons existed to rehabilitate people, to make our communities safer. . . . When I saw for the first time (but not the last) a mother sobbing and clutching her son when visiting hours were up, only to be physically pried off and escorted out by guards,...
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Lost and Found ITPE: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life

Sarah Jakes · Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Format: Paperback

With heartbreaking vulnerability, Sarah Jakes, daughter of Bishop T. D. Jakes, shares her inspiring personal story of overcoming past mistakes and finding her faith and purpose again.
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Cronkite

Douglas Brinkley · HarperCollins Publishers; 1st edition
Format: Hardcover

Douglas Brinkley presents the definitive, revealing biography of an American legend: renowned news anchor Walter Cronkite.An acclaimed author and historian, Brinkley has drawn upon recently disclosed letters, diaries, and other artifacts at the recently opened Cronkite Archive to bring...
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American Warlord: A True Story

Johnny Dwyer · Knopf Publishing Group
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover

Chucky Taylor is the American son of the infamous African dictator Charles Taylor. Raised by his mother in the Florida suburbs, at the age of 17 he followed his father to Liberia, where he ended up leading a murderous militia. Chucky is now in a federal penitentiary, the only American ever...
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Everybody's Got Something

Robin Roberts · Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 357
Format: Hardcover(Large Print)

"Regardless of how much money you have, your race, where you live, what religion you follow, you are going through something. Or you already have or you will. As momma always said, "Everybody's got something. " So begins beloved Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts's...
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Dead Presidents: An American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation's Leaders

Brady Carlson · W.W. Norton & Company
Pages: 324
Format: Print book

An entertaining exploration into the death stories of our nation's greatest leaders -- and the wild ways we choose to remember and memorialize them.To public radio host and reporter Brady Carlson, the weighty responsibilities of being president never end. As Carlson sees it, the dead presidents...
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American Sniper

Chris Kyle · William Morrow Paperbacks; Mti Rei edition
Format: Movie Tie-in Edition]: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History Paperback

Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press

James McGrath Morris · Amistad
Format: Hardcover

Acclaimed biographer James McGrath Morris brings into focus the riveting life of one of the most significant yet least known figures of the civil rights era - pioneering journalist Ethel Payne, the "First Lady of the Black Press" - elevating her to her rightful place in history...
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It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War

Lynsey Addario · The Penguin Press
Pages: 357
Format: Print book

"A brutally real and unrelentingly raw memoir."--Kirkus (starred review) War photographer Lynsey Addario's memoir It's What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life. What...
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The Answer to the Riddle Is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia

David Stuart MacLean · Houghton Mifflin
Pages: 292
Format: Hardcover

"Brilliant and painful and hilarious." - Antonya Nelson On October 17, 2002, David MacLean "woke up" on a train platform in India with no idea who he was or why he was there. No money. No passport. No identity. Taken to a mental hospital by the police, MacLean then...
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Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter

Kate Clifford Larson · Houghton Mifflin
Pages: 288
Format: Print book

They were the most prominent American family of the twentieth century. The daughter they secreted away made all the difference. Joe and Rose Kennedy's strikingly beautiful daughter Rosemary attended exclusive schools, was presented as a debutante to the Queen of England, and traveled the world...
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Sunny's Nights: Lost and Found at a Bar on the Edge of the World

Tim Sultan · Random House
Pages: 276
Format: Print book

Imagine that Alice had walked into a bar instead of falling down the rabbit hole. In the tradition of J. R. Moehringer's The Tender Bar and the classic reportage of Joseph Mitchell, here is an indelible portrait of what is quite possibly the greatest bar in the world - and the mercurial,...
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Bettyville: A Memoir

George Hodgman · Viking
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "A beautifully crafted memoir, rich with humor and wisdom." - Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club"The idea of a cultured gay man leaving New York City to care for his aging mother in Paris, Missouri, is already funny, and George...
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Diane von Furstenberg: A Life Unwrapped

Gioia Diliberto · Dey Street Books
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

A sweeping biography of one of the most influential and controversial legends of late twentieth-century fashion, an iconic designer whose colorful creations, including the "wrap dress," captured the modern feminist spirit.The daughter of a Holocaust survivor and wife of an Austrian...
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Dreamers and Deceivers: True Stories of the Heroes and Villains Who Made America

Glenn Beck · Threshold Editions
Format: Kindle Edition

The new nonfiction from #1 bestselling author and popular radio and television host Glenn Beck.THEIR NAMES ARE FAMILIAR.THEIR STORIES ARE NOT.Everyone has heard of a "Ponzi scheme," but do you know what Charles Ponzi actually did to make his name synonymous with fraud? Credit...
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If Your Back's Not Bent: The Role of the Citizenship Education Program in the Civil Rights Movement

Dorothy Cotton · Atria Books
Format: Hardcover

Director of the Citizenship Education Program, Dorothy Cotton, recounts the accomplishments of the program and her experiences in the civil rights movement.
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The Autobiography of Gucci Mane

GUCCI MANE · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "As wild, unpredictable, and fascinating as the man himself. " - Complex "A cautionary tale that ends in triumph." - GQ "A revelation and a welcome addition to hip-hop's literary legacy." - All Hip Hop The highly anticipated memoir...
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Country Music Hair

Erin Duvall · Harpercollins
Pages: 128
Format: Print book

Country music's greatest mullets, bobs, beehives, and bouffants collected together in one entertaining volume, illustrated with dozens of color and black-and-white photographs."The higher the hair, the closer to god."From mullets to mustaches and teased hair to bobs, country...
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Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Dog: 101 Heartwarming Stories about Our Happy, Heroic & Hilarious Pets

Amy Newmark · Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing
Pages: 400
Format: Print book

Sometimes you can choose your family ... by choosing to love a dog! But just because they're dogs, it doesn't mean they won't be as complex and individual as anyone else around. Our dogs can be so good, and then they can be not-so-good, but boy do they give us great stories!...
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Religion in the Oval Office: The Religious Lives of American Presidents

Gary Scott Smith · Oxford University Press; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

In his highly praised book Faith and the Presidency, Gary Scott Smith cast a revealing light on the role religion has played in presidential politics throughout our nations history, offering comprehensive, even-handed examinations of the role of religion in the lives, politics, and policies...
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Wild Bill Donovan: The Last Hero

Anthony Cave Brown · Times Books; 1ST edition
Pages: 891
Format: Hardcover

The biography and political experience of Major General J.Donovan founder of the OSS and "father" of the CIA,from his personal and secret papers and the diaries of Ruth Donovan.World War I pictures of Bill Donovan and his heroics and stories of him in the war.
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The Other Side: A Memoir

Lacy M. Johnson · Tin House Books
Format: Paperback

Lacy Johnson's rich and poetic memoir, The Other Side, chronicles her brutal kidnapping and imprisonment at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, her dramatic escape, and her hard-fought struggle to recover. Lacy Johnson bangs on the glass doors of a sleepy local police station in the middle of the night....
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Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back

Janice P. Nimura · W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

"Surprising and richly satisfying" (Megan Marshall) ; "beautifully crafted . . . subtle, polished, and poised" (Stacy Schiff) .In 1871, five young girls were sent by the Japanese government to the United States. Their mission: learn Western ways and return to help...
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The Life and Career of David Beckham: Football Legend, Cultural Icon

David Beckham · Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Format: Kindle Edition

David Beckham is an English soccer player whose popularity extends beyond the field and into international celebrity. He has played for some of the best clubs in the world, including Manchester United, Real Madrid, and AC Milan, and is known worldwide for his free kick expertise and spectacular...
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Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man

Thomas Page McBee · City Lights Publishers
Format: Book

"Thomas Page McBee's Man Alive hurtled through my life. I read it in a matter of hours. It's a confession, it's a poem, it's a time warp, it's a brilliant work of art. I bow down to McBee - his humility, his sense of humor, his insightfulness, his structural deftness,...
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El largo camino hacia la libertad

Nelson Mandela · Aguilar; PRIMERA EDICION edition
Format: Paperback

Nelson Mandela representa para millones de personas el triunfo de la dignidad y de la esperanza sobre la desesperación y el odio, de la autodisciplina y el amor sobre la persecución y la ignominia. Su extraordinaria vida consagrada a la lucha contra la opresión racial lo hizo...
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The Argonauts

Maggie Nelson · Graywolf, 2016.
Pages: 160
Format: Print book

An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities...
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Eve of a Hundred Midnights: The Star-Crossed Love Story of Two WWII Correspondents and their Epic Escape Across the Pacific

Bill Lascher · William Morrow & Company
Pages: 288
Format: Print book

The unforgettable true story of two married journalists on an island-hopping run for their lives across the Pacific after the Fall of Manila during World War II - a saga of love, adventure, and danger.On New Year's Eve, 1941, just three weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese...
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Drawing Blood

Molly Crabapple · Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
Pages: 338
Format: Print book

Art was my dearest friend.To draw was trouble and safety, adventure and freedom.In that four-cornered kingdom of paper, I lived as I pleased.This is the story of a girl and her sketchbook.In language that is fresh, visceral, and deeply moving - and illustrations that are irreverent and gorgeous...
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Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year

David Ritz · Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 276
Format: Hardcover

A revealing and dramatic chronicle of the twelve months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassinationMartin Luther King, Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations the world has known, but little is remembered about the life he led in his final year. New York Times...
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The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince

Jane Ridley · Random House
Format: Kindle Edition

The New York Times Book Review - John Sutherland Ridley's superb book is the fruit of a decade's immersion in the royal archives, a privilege rarely granted. And her work was all the trickier because, at least in the past,...
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A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction

Patrick J. Kennedy · Blue Rider Press
Pages: 422
Format: Print book

**A New York Times Bestseller**Patrick J. Kennedy, the former congressman and youngest child of Senator Ted Kennedy, details his personal and political battle with mental illness and addiction, exploring mental health care's history in the country alongside his and every family's private...
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Our Auntie Rosa: The Family of Rosa Parks Remembers Her Life and Lessons

Sheila McCauley Keys · Tarcher
Format: Hardcover

Our Auntie Rosa is the most intimate portrait yet of the great American hero - "the lady who refused to sit in the back of the bus." The family of Rosa Parks share their remembrances of the woman who was not only the mother of the civil rights movement, but a nurturing mother...
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Counterclockwise: My Year of Hypnoisis, Hormones, and Other Adventures in the World of Anti-Aging

Lauren Kessler · Rodale Books
Pages: 236
Format: Book

At this moment, one in three Americans is entering midlife, and many are wondering, "How did I get to be this old?" Plenty will turn to miracle creams, injections, fillers, and surgery to reverse the hands of time, but Kessler investigates the largely unexplored side of anti-aging:...
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Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, and the Throne

Christopher Andersen · Gallery Books
Pages: 341
Format: Print book

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The #1 New York Times bestselling author of William and Kate and The Day Diana Died takes a compulsively readable look into the relationships and rivalries of Queen Elizabeth, Camilla Parker Bowles, and Kate Middleton.One has been famous longer than anyone on the planet...
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Mysteries of Love and Grief: Reflections on a Plainswoman's Life

Sandra Jean Scofield · Texas Tech University Press
Pages: 150
Format: Print book

Frieda Harms was born into a farming family in Indian Territory in 1906. Widowed at thirty and left with three children in the midst of the Great Depression, she worked as a farmer, a railroad cook, a mill worker, and a nurse in four states. She died in 1983. Sandra Scofield...
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Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Patriots

David Fisher · Henry Holt and Company
Pages: 310
Format: Print book

The must-have companion to Bill O'Reilly's historical docudrama Legends and Lies: The Patriots, an exciting and eye-opening look at the Revolutionary War through the lives of its leadersThe American Revolution was neither inevitable nor a unanimous cause. It pitted neighbors against each...
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The Job: True Tales from the Life of a New York City Cop

Steve Osborne · Doubleday Books
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

"How ya doin?" With these four syllables, delivered in an unmistakably authentic New York accent, Steve Osborne has riveted thousands of people through the legendary storytelling outfit The Moth (and over a million times on their website) with his hilarious, profane, and touching...
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Black boy (American hunger) : a record of childhood and youth

Richard Wright · HarperPerennial Modern Classics
Format:  Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats

Traces the author's coming of age in the Jim Crow-era South, a period during which he struggled to survive while journeying from innocence to adulthood.
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Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding

Ben Jealous · Atria Books
Format: Print book

In this timely and important collection of personal essays, black men from all walks of life share their inspiring stories and ultimately how each, in his own way, became a source of hope for his community and country. Reach includes forty first-person accounts from well-known men like...
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Bossypants

Tina Fey · Little, Brown
Pages: 277
Format: Hardcover

Stated First Edition! Hardcover with DJ. Feel's like a new unread (or gently read) copy. Clean and unmarked, not price clipped, not a remainder. Satisfaction guaranteed!
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The Keillor Reader

Garrison Keillor · Viking Books
Pages: 361
Format: Hardcover

Stories, essays, poems, and personal reminiscences from the sage of Lake Wobegon When, at thirteen, he caught on as a sportswriter for the Anoka Herald, Garrison Keillor set out to become a professional writer, and so he has done - a storyteller, sometime comedian, essayist, newspaper columnist,...
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Secret Lives of the Tsars: Three Centuries of Autocracy, Debauchery, Betrayal, Murder, and Madness from Romanov Russia

Michael Farquhar · Random House
Format: eBook

“Michael Farquhar doesn’t write about history the way, say, Doris Kearns Goodwin does. He writes about history the way Doris Kearns Goodwin’s smart-ass, reprobate kid brother might. I, for one, prefer it.”—Gene Weingarten, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington...
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Born to Drum: The Truth About the World's Greatest Drummers--from John Bonham and Keith Moon to Sheila E. and Dave Grohl

Tony Barrell · Dey Street Books
Format: Hardcover

The pulse of rock'n'roll - the drummer - finally gets its due in this unique, all-encompassing inside look at the history, artists, instruments, and culture of drumming.Beating the hell out of a drum kit is hard, sweaty, demanding work. Yet instead of being showered with respect,...
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The Tank Man's Son: A Memoir

Mark Bouman · Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Format: Print book

In the tradition of The Glass Castle and Angela's Ashes comes the most unforgettable memoir you'll read this year!"What did it mean to be the Tank Man's son? To grow up overwhelmed by my father's presence and personality? It was as if I didn't exist, as if I was just...
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Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness

Jessie Close · Grand Central Publishing
Format: Hardcover

At a young age, Jessie Close struggled with symptoms that would transform into severe bipolar disorder in her early twenties, but she was not properly diagnosed until the age of fifty. Jessie and her three siblings, including actress Glenn Close, spent many years in the Moral Re-Armament...
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Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools

Joel Klein · Harper
Format: Hardcover

New York Times Bestseller (Education) The Economist Best Books of the Year SelectionIn this revealing and provocative memoir, the former chancellor of the New York City schools offers the behind-the-scenes story of the city's dramatic campaign to improve public education and an inspiring...
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Ordinary Light: A memoir

Tracy K Smith · Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Pages: 349
Format: Print book

National Book Award Finalist From the dazzlingly original Pulitzer Prize-winning poet hailed for her "extraordinary range and ambition" (The New York Times Book Review): a quietly potent memoir that explores coming-of-age and the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race,...
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Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History

Joseph Telushkin · HarperWave
Format: Hardcover

One of the greatest religious biographies ever written. Dennis PragerIn this enlightening biography, Joseph Telushkin offers a captivating portrait of the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, a towering figure who saw beyond conventional boundaries to turn his movement, Chabad-Lubavitch,...
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CRUSH: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing and the Power of Their First Celebrity Crush

Cathy Alter · William Morrow
Pages: 272
Format: Print book

A star-studded collection of essays from acclaimed and bestselling authors and celebrities that illuminates the lasting power of desire and longing, and celebrates our initiation into the euphoria, pain, and mystery that is our first celebrity crush.You never forget your first crush . . .CRUSH...
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Coming to My Senses: One Woman's Cochlear Implant Journey

Claire H. Blatchford · Gallaudet University Press; 1st Edition edition
Format: Paperback

Deafened at the age of six, Claire Blatchford was educated orally with speech lessons, speechreading, and hearing aids. Though successful both professionally and domestically, at the age of 67 Blatchford decided to undergo a cochlear implantation. In this memoir, she describes in prose...
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Black and White: The Way I See It

Richard Williams · Atria Books
Format: Kindle Edition

He'd set his mind to raise two of the greatest women champions in professional tennis well before they could even hold a racket. The father of Venus and Serena Williams had a grand plan for his daughters. The source of his vision, the method behind his execution, and the root of his indomitable...
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Reporting for Duty: Wounded Warriors and Their Canine Heroes: True Stories of Wounded Veterans and Their Service Dogs

Tracy J. Libby · i5 Press
Format: Hardcover

Hundreds of thousands of military veterans seek treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) each year. Service dogs have been used for many years in the civilian sector to help their disabled owners perform necessary tasks in daily life; likewise, the organized use of therapy dogs...
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Building Atlanta: How I Broke Through Segregation to Launch a Business Empire

Herman J Russell · Chicago Review Press,
Pages: 277
Format: Print book

Born into a blue-collar family in the Jim Crow South, Herman J. Russell built a shoeshine business when he was twelve years old - and used the profits to buy a vacant lot where he built a duplex while he was still a teen. Over the next fifty years, he continued to build businesses, amassing...
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Michelle Obama: A Life

Peter Slevin · Knopf
Format: eBook

An inspiring story of a modern American icon, here is the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama. With disciplined reporting and a storyteller's eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White House from her working-class childhood on Chicago's...
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THE COMPLETE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISATORY

CIVIL RIGHTS FEATS AND FACTS · THE COMPLETE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISATORY Hardcover – 2013
Format: Print book

The Complete Encyclopedia of African American History-CIVIL RIGHTS
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A Cool and Lonely Courage: The Untold Story of Sister Spies in Occupied France

Susan Ottaway · Little, Brown and Company; 1St Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

The incredible true story of British special agents Eileen and Jacqueline Nearne, sisters who risked everything to fight for freedom during the Second World War. When elderly recluse Eileen Nearne died, few suspected that the quiet little old lady was a decorated WWII war hero. Volunteering...
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James Madison: A Life Reconsidered

Lynne Cheney · Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Pages: 564
Format: Hardcover

A major new biography of the fourth president of the United States by New York Times bestselling author Lynne Cheney This majestic new biography of James Madison explores the astonishing story of a man of vaunted modesty who audaciously changed the world. Among the Founding Fathers, Madison...
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Tenement Testaments: Growing up Black in the Civil Rights Movement

Bertrand Brown · CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Format: Book

Martin Luther King Jr. preached equality and my parents were firm believers in his teachings. He preached integration, fair housing and a host of other things. America was in the midst of a civil rights movement and my parents championed his ideals and were on the front lines. We moved...
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A Doctor in the House: My Life with Ben Carson

Candy Carson · Sentinel
Pages: 212
Format: Print book

"The life of a neurosurgeon isn't an easy one, and Ben has been required to go above and beyond the call of duty almost constantly. The life of a neu­rosurgeon's wife isn't much easier. But it's all been worth it. Together, we've been through poverty, tragedy, wealth, and joy, and we've...
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Words Without Music: A Memoir

Philip Glass · Liveright; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

The long-awaited memoir by "the most prolific and popular of all contemporary composers" (New York Times).A world-renowned composer of symphonies, operas, and film scores, Philip Glass has, almost single-handedly, crafted the dominant sound of late-twentieth-century classical...
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Love, Lashes, and Lipstick: My Secrets for a Gorgeous, Happy Life

Mally Roncal · Ballantine Books
Format: Kindle Edition

From A-list celebrity makeup artist and Mally Beauty founder Mally Roncal comes an inspirational guide to living a gorgeous life inside and out, with step-by-step beauty lessons and personal stories about how inner strength, a positive outlook, and plenty of mascara can empower and uplift...
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All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes

Maya Angelou · Vintage; Reissue edition
Format: Paperback

In 1962 the poet, musician, and performer Maya Angelou claimed another piece of her identity by moving to Ghana, joining a community of Revolutionist Returnees inspired by the promise of pan-Africanism. All Gods Children Need Walking Shoes is her lyrical and acutely perceptive exploration...
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Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World

Rachel Swaby · Broadway Books
Pages: 273
Format: Print book

Fifty-two inspiring and insightful profiles of history's brightest female scientists. In 2013, the New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill. It began: "She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job, and took eight years off from work to raise three...
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The Wild Truth

Carine McCandless · HarperOne
Format: Hardcover

A New York Times Bestseller"The Wild Truth is an important book on two fronts: It sets the record straight about a story that has touched thousands of readers, and it opens up a conversation about hideous domestic violence hidden behind a mask of prosperity and propriety."–NPR.orgThe...
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Here to Help: A Guide to Overcoming Opiate and Heroin Addiction

Jason M Scholl · Outskirts Press
Pages: 234
Format: Print book

Here to Help: A Guide to Overcoming Opiate and Heroin Addiction is the ultimate tool for educating and guiding addicts considering, or working toward sobriety. With opiate addiction on the rise, so is the demand for practical assistance in overcoming it. But the reality is, that time and money...
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Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin

David Ritz · Little, Brown and Company
Format: Hardcover

The definitive biography of the Queen of Soul from acclaimed music writer David Ritz.Aretha Franklin began life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother, she was a gospel prodigy who gave birth to two sons in her teens and left...
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Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life

Kelsey Miller · Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 278
Format: Paperback

A hilarious and inspiring memoir about one young woman's journey to find a better path to both physical and mental health. At twenty-nine, Kelsey Miller had done it all: crash diets, healthy diets, and nutritionist-prescribed "eating plans," which are diets that you pay more money...
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Cataloging the World: Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age

Alex Wright · Oxford University Press
Format: Print book

The dream of capturing and organizing knowledge is as old as history. From the archives of ancient Sumeria and the Library of Alexandria to the Library of Congress and Wikipedia, humanity has wrestled with the problem of harnessing its intellectual output. The timeless quest for wisdom...
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Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

Martin Sixsmith · Penguin Books
Pages: 420
Format: Paperback

New York Times BestsellerNow a major motion picture starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and nominated for four Academy Awards: the heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 yearsWhen she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent...
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Michelle Obama: A Life

Peter Slevin · Knopf Publishing Group
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover

An inspiring story of a modern American icon, here is the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama. With disciplined reporting and a storyteller's eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White House from her working-class childhood on Chicago's...
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Orchard House: How a Neglected Garden Taught One Family to Grow

Tara Austen Weaver · Ballantine Books
Pages: 284
Format: Print book

For fans of Anne Lamott, a profoundly moving memoir of rediscovering, reinventing, and reconnecting, as an estranged mother and daughter come together to revive a long-abandoned garden and ultimately their relationship and themselves. Peeling paint, stained floors, vined-over windows,...
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Street Poison: The Biography of Iceberg Slim

Justin Gifford · Doubleday Books
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

The first and definitive biography of one of America's bestselling, notorious, and influential writers of the twentieth century: Iceberg Slim, né Robert Beck, author of the multimillion-copy memoir Pimp and such equally popular novels as Trick Baby and Mama Black Widow. From a career...
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Mourning Headband for Hue: An Account of the Battle for Hue, Vietnam 1968

Nha Ca · Indiana University Press; Tra edition
Format: Hardcover

Vietnam, January, 1968. As the citizens of Hue are preparing to celebrate Tet, the start of the Lunar New Year, Nha Ca arrives in the city to attend her father’s funeral. Without warning, war erupts all around them, drastically changing or cutting short their lives. After a month...
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The Lost Girls: The True Story of the Cleveland Abductions and the Incredible Rescue of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus

John Glatt · St. Martin's Press
Format: Hardcover

New York Times bestselling crime writer John Glatt tells the true story behind the kidnappings and long-overdue rescue of three women found in a Cleveland basement.The Lost Girls tells the truly amazing story of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who were kidnapped, imprisoned,...
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Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown and Me

Yamma Brown · Chicago Review Press; Hardcover edition
Format: Hardcover

Being the child of a global superstar is never easy, but being the daughter of the “Hardest Working Man in Show Business”—that’s a category unto itself. Like every little girl, Yamma Brown wanted her father’s attention, but fame, drugs, jail, and the complicated...
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Binge

Tyler Oakley · Gallery Books
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

"Pop culture phenomenon, social rights advocate, and the most prominent LGBTQ voice on YouTube, Tyler Oakley brings you his first collection of witty, personal, and hilarious essays written in the voice that's earned him more than twenty-one million followers across social media....
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Glow: The Autobiography of Rick James

Craig Seymour · Atria Books
Format: Kindle Edition

"Best known for his song "Super Freak," hitmaker, singer, innovator, producer, award-winning pioneer in the fusion of funk groove and rock, the late Rick James collaborated with music biographer David Ritz in this posthumously published, wildly entertaining, and profound...
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The Lost Girls: The True Story of the Cleveland Abductions and the Incredible Rescue of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus

John Glatt · St. Martin's Press
Format: eBook

New York Times bestselling crime writer John Glatt tells the true story behind the kidnappings and long-overdue rescue of three women found in a Cleveland basement.The Lost Girls tells the truly amazing story of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who were kidnapped, imprisoned,...
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We Were Brothers

Barry Moser · Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015.
Pages: 186
Format: Print book

Brothers Barry and Tommy Moser were born of the same parents in Chattanooga, Tennessee, slept in the same bedroom, went to the same school, and were both poisoned by their family's deep racism and anti-Semitism. But as they grew older, their perspectives and their paths grew further...
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Fire Shut Up in My Bones

Charles M. Blow · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: Hardcover

A gorgeous, moving memoir of how one of America's most innovative and respected journalists found his voice by coming to terms with a painful past New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow mines the compelling poetry of the out-of-time African-American Louisiana town where he grew up -- a place...
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Holding the Net: Caring for My Mother on the Tightrope of Aging

Melanie P Merriman · Green Writers Press
Pages: 232
Format: Paperback

In this poignant and timely memoir, Melanie Merriman shares her struggle to care for her fiercely independent aging mother. When her father dies, Melanie commits herself to making the rest of her mother's life the best it can be. She brings knowledge to the situation -- as a hospice...
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Tolstoy's False Disciple: The Untold Story of Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Chertkov

Alexandra Popoff · Pegasus; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

This new book from the critically acclaimed author of THE WIVES 2012 and SOPHIA TOLSTOY A BIOGRAPHY 2010 sheds light on one of the most unusual relationships in literary history, which has been steeped in secrecy for more than a century.                                                                                                                                                                                         ...
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African American Doctors of World War I: The Lives of 104 Volunteers

W Douglas Fisher · McFarland & Company
Pages: 277
Format: Print book

In World War I, 104 African American doctors joined the United States Army to care for the 40,000 men of the 92nd and 93rd Divisions, the Army's only black combat units. The infantry regiments of the 93rd arrived first and were turned over to the French to fill gaps in their decimated...
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Marva Collins' Way

Marva Collins · Tarcher; 2nd edition
Pages: 242
Format: Paperback

Marva Collins offers a beacon of hope in the midst of America's educational crises. Collins recounts her successful teaching strategies and offers inspirational advice on how to motivate children to fulfill their potential. This updated edition contains a new epilogue for parents and teachers.
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Bonjour Kale: A Memoir of Paris, Love, and Recipes

Kristen Beddard · Sourcebooks
Pages: 352
Format: Print book

A memoir of love, life, and recipes from the woman who brought kale to the City of Light The story of how one expat woman left her beloved behind when she moved to France-her beloved kale, that is. Unable to find le chou kale anywhere upon moving to the City of Light with her new husband,...
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Code Name: Johnny Walker: The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs

Johnny Walker · HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 285
Format: Hardcover

In this unforgettable memoir, the Navy SEALs' most trusted translator - a man who is credited with saving countless American lives and became a legend in the special-ops community - tells his inspiring story for the first time.As the insurgency in Iraq intensified following the American...
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Separated @ Birth: A True Love Story of Twin Sisters Reunited

Samantha Futerman · G.P. Putnam's Sons
Format: Hardcover

Imagine one day opening Facebook and reading a message from a stranger that says, "I think we might be twins ... don't freak out ... "It all began when design student Anaïs Bordier viewed a YouTube video and saw her own face staring back. After some research, Anaïs found...
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The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames

Kai Bird · Random House Inc
Pages: 430
Format: Hardcover

The Good Spy is Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird's compelling portrait of the remarkable life and death of one of the most important operatives in CIA history - a man who, had he lived, might have helped heal the rift between Arabs and the West. On April 18, 1983, a bomb exploded...
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The Reluctant Psychic: A Memoir

Suzan Saxman · St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Pages: 344
Format: Print book

We all, as children, saw imaginary friends and heard monsters in the closet. But for Suzan Saxman, those friends and monsters didn't go away - and they weren't imaginary. They were the dead who came to her from the time she was a little girl with urgent messages for the living. Raised in a house...
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The Comfort Food Diaries

Emily Nunn · Atria Books
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

In the tradition of Elizabeth Gilbert and Ruth Reichl, former New Yorker editor Emily Nunn chronicles her journey to heal old wounds and find comfort in the face of loss through travel, home-cooked food, and the company of friends and family.One life-changing night, reeling from her beloved...
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Being Elvis

Ray Connolly · Liveright Publishing Corp
Pages: 368
Format: Print book

On the fortieth anniversary of Elvis Presley's death comes this rocking biography of an iconic artist who fundamentally transformed American culture.Elvis Presley is a giant figure in American popular culture, a man whose talent and fame were matched only by his later excesses and tragic...
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no hero: the evolution of a navy seal

Mark Owen · Dutton
Pages: 290
Format: Print book

The companion volume to the multimillion-copy classic no easy day by former navy seal mark owen reveals the evolution of a seal team six operator mark owen's instant #1 new york times bestseller, no easy day: the firsthand account of the mission that killed osama bin laden, focused...
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American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal

Taya Kyle · William Morrow & Company
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

The widow of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle shares their private story: an unforgettable testament to the power of love and faith in the face of war and unimaginable loss--and a moving tribute to a man whose true heroism ran even deeper than the legendIn early 2013, Taya Kyle and her husband...
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American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath

Carl E Rollyson · Picador/St. Martin's Press
Pages: 319
Format: Paperback

The life and work of Sylvia Plath has taken on the proportions of legend. Educated at Smith College, she had a conflicted relationship with her mother, Aurelia. She then married the poet Ted Hughes and plunged into the Sturm und Drang of literary celebrity. Her poems were fought over, rejected,...
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God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy

Mike Huckabee · St. Martin's Press
Format: Hardcover

The New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestseller from a presidential candidate for the 2016 election!In God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, Mike Huckabee asks, "Have I been taken to a different planet than the one on which I grew up?" The New York...
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Aging Gracefully: Portraits of People Over 100

Karsten Thormaehlen · Chronicle Books
Pages: 120
Format: Print book

Fall in love with 52 wise, healthy, and joyful 100-year-olds in this celebratory and uplifting art book. A beautiful and fascinating exploration of what it is like to be over 100 years old, Aging Gracefully invites readers to look into the face of a century of life experience with portraits...
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With Hitler and Mussolini: Memoirs of a Nazi Interpreter

Eugen Dollmann · Skyhorse Publishing
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

An insider's view of Hitler, Himmler, Heydrich, and Mussolini.In the years before World War II, Eugen Dollmann arrived in Rome on a scholarship, intending to write a history of the Catholic Church. Instead he joined the Nazi Party and became an interpreter to various members of the German...
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Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike

Jared Orsi · Oxford University Press, USA
Pages: 379
Format: Hardcover

It was November 1806. The explorers had gone without food for one day, then two. Their leader, not yet thirty, drove on, determined to ascend the great mountain. Waist deep in snow, he reluctantly turned back. But Zebulon Pike had not been defeated. His name remained on the unclimbed peak-and...
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Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People

Nadia Bolz-Weber · Convergent Books
Pages: 211
Format: Print book

New York Times Bestseller | One of NPR's Best Books of 2015What if that person you've been trying to avoid is your best shot at grace today?And what if that's the point?In Accidental Saints, New York Times best-selling au­thor Nadia Bolz-Weber invites readers into a surprising encounter...
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Quincy Jones: His Life in Music

Clarence Bernard Henry · University Press of Mississippi
Format: Print book

Quincy Jones (b. 1933) is one of the most prolific composers, arrangers, bandleaders, producers, and humanitarians in American music history and the recording and film industries. Among pop music fans he is perhaps most famous for producing Michael Jackson's album, Thriller. Clarence...
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The family tree : a lynching in Georgia, a legacy of secrets, and my search for the truth

Karen Branan · Atria Books
Pages: 292
Format: Print book

In the tradition of Slaves in the Family, the provocative true account of the hanging of four black people by a white lynch mob in 1912 - written by the great-granddaughter of the sheriff charged with protecting them.Harris County, Georgia, 1912. A white man, the beloved nephew of the county...
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