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Prince of darkness : the untold story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street's first black millionaire

Shane White · St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Pages: 360
Format: Print book

In the middle decades of the nineteenth century Jeremiah G. Hamilton was a well-known figure on Wall Street. Cornelius Vanderbilt, America's first tycoon, came to respect, grudgingly, his one-time opponent. The day after Vanderbilt's death on January 4, 1877, an almost full-page...
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Stay Interesting: I Don't Always Tell Stories About My Life, but When I Do They're True and Amazing

JONATHAN GOLDSMITH · Dutton
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

A real-life memoir from the actor who played "The Most Interesting Man in the World" in the wildly popular television ads for Dos Equis.Jonathan Goldsmith's memoir features stories about his truly fascinating life both in and out of Hollywood: getting shot by John Wayne, competing...
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I'm Not That Person Anymore: A Nurse's Journey Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Elizabeth Wertz Evans · Hygeia Media
Pages: 192
Format: Print book

When Liz Wertz Evans, a former nurse, hospital manager and CEO, suddenly finds herself on the receiving end of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, the world she'd "taken by storm" comes to a crashing halt. Along with her breast cancer diagnosis in 2009, Liz has faced many...
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We Have Your Daughter

Paula Woodward · Prospecta Press
Pages: 528
Format: Print book

In We Have Your Daughter:The Unsolved Murder of JonBenét Ramsey Twenty Years Later, Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist Paula Woodward offers an unprecedented insider perspective on the twentieth anniversary of one of the most heinous, sensationalized, unsolved crimes in American...
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Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook

Alice Waters · Clarkson Potter
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

The long-awaited memoir from cultural icon and culinary standard bearer Alice Waters recalls the circuitous road and tumultuous times leading to the opening of what is arguably America's most influential restaurant. When Alice Waters opened the doors of her "little French restaurant"...
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Turner: The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J.M.W. Turner

Franny Moyle · Penguin Books
Pages: 528
Format: Print book

The life of one of Western art's most admired and misunderstood painters J.M.W. Turner is one of the most important figures in Western art, and his visionary work paved the way for a revolution in landscape painting. Over the course of his lifetime, Turner strove to liberate painting...
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The Noodle Maker of Kalimpong: The Untold Story of My Struggle for Tibet

Gyalo Thondup · PublicAffairs
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

Shortly before midnight on March 17, 1959, the Dalai Lama, without his glasses and dressed as an ordinary Tibetan solider, slipped out of his summer residence with only four aides at his side. At that moment, he became the symbolic head of the Tibetan government in exile, and Gyalo Thondup,...
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Return: A Palestinian Memoir

Ghada Karmi · Verso
Format: Hardcover

An extraordinary memoir of exile and the impossibility of finding home, from the author of In Search of FatimaThe journey filled me with bitterness and grief. I remember looking down on a nighttime Tel Aviv from the windows of a place taking me back to London and thinking hopelessly, flotsam...
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Behind the Scenes

Judi Dench · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

From her first theatrical roles as a teenager in York to her scene-stealing performances as 'M' in the James Bond films, Dame Judi Dench's professional life has consisted of non-stop acting, leading to numerous accolades, including an Academy Award for her performance as Queen...
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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

Issa Rae · Atria / 37 INK
Format: Hardcover

In the bestselling tradition of Sloane Crosley's I Was Told There'd Be Cake and Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a collection of humorous essays on what it's like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits, and black...
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Dogfella: How an Abandoned Dog Named Bruno Turned This Mobster's Life Around--A Memoir

James Guiliani · Da Capo Press
Pages: 239
Format: Print book

How did a former mob enforcer become a compassionate advocate for animals in need of loving homes? How did his hardened heart open up to the plight of abused and abandoned pets?James "Head" Guiliani was an unlikely candidate to become a passionate animal rescuer. Raised in a religious...
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My Life With Piper: From Big House to Small Screen

Larry Smith · Tantor Audio; Unabridged CD edition
Format: Audio CD

Piper Kerman's bestselling memoir and hit show on Netflix has been one of the most remarkable pop culture phenomenons in years. Yet there's one side of the story that until now hasn't been told-the story of Larry Smith, the man who has stood by Piper through the worst of times. Orange...
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Accustomed to Her Face: Thirty-Five Character Actresses of Golden Age Hollywood

Axel Nissen · McFarland & Company
Pages: 288
Format: Print book

Drawing on historical documents and newspaper reports, this book provides a fascinating portrait of a diverse group of character actresses who left their stamp on Hollywood from the early sound era through the 1960s. The lives of 35 actresses are explored in detail. Some are familiar: Margaret...
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In Exile from the Land of Snows: The Definitive Account of the Dalai Lama and Tibet Since the Chinese Conquest

John Avedon · Vintage; 2 edition
Format: Book

Tibet, “the roof of the world,” had been aloof and at peace for most of its 2,100 years. But in 1932, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, in his final testament, warned: “It may happen that here, in the center of Tibet, religion and government will be attacked both from without...
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