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Summertime: George Gershwin's Life in Music

Crawford, Richard · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 560
Format: Hardcover

The life of a beloved American composer reflected through his music, writings, and letters.New York City native and gifted pianist George Gershwin blossomed as an accompanist before his talent as a songwriter opened the way to Broadway, where he fashioned his own brand of American music....
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The Nature of Life and Death: Every Body Leaves a Trace

Patricia Wiltshire · G.P. Putnam's Sons
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

A riveting blend of science writing and true-crime narrative that explores the valuable but often shocking interface between crime and nature--and the secrets each can reveal about the other--from a pioneer in forensic ecology and a trailblazing female scientist.From mud tracks on a quiet...
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Normal Sucks: How to Live, Learn, and Thrive Outside the Lines

Mooney, Jonathan · Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

Confessional and often hilarious, in Normal Sucks a neuro-diverse writer, advocate, and father meditates on his life, offering the radical message that we should stop trying to fix people and start empowering them to succeedJonathan Mooney blends anecdote, expertise, and memoir to present...
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Rabbit's Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges

Chapman, Con · Oxford University Press
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

In his eulogy of saxophonist Johnny Hodges (1907-70) , Duke Ellington ended with the words, "Never the world's most highly animated showman or greatest stage personality, but a tone so beautiful it sometimes brought tears to the eyes--this...
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The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience

Hillary Rodham Clinton · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover

Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, share the stories of the gutsy women who have inspired them - women with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done.She couldn't have been more than seven or eight years old. "Go ahead, ask your...
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A Guest of the Reich: The Story of American Heiress Gertrude Legendre's Dramatic Captivity and Escape from Nazi Germany

Peter Finn · Pantheon
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

From the co-author of The Zhivago Affair, a finalist for the National Books Critics Circle Award, comes the dramatic story of a South Carolina heiress who joined the OSS and became the first American woman in uniform taken prisoner on the Western front - until her escape from Nazi Germany....
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All the Wrong Moves: A Memoir About Chess, Love, and Ruining Everything

Chapin, Sasha · Doubleday
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

"A smart, funny, and slyly profound book about the dark ecstasies of obsessive love. Sasha Chapin is a gentlemanly Gonzo, a dirty Bond, and he writes like a dream."--Claudia Dey, author of HeartbreakerSasha Chapin is a victim of chess. Like countless amateurs before him--Albert...
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The Bells of Old Tokyo: Meditations on Time and a City

Sherman, Anna · Picador
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

An elegant and absorbing tour of Tokyo and its residentsFrom 1632 until 1854, Japan's rulers restricted contact with foreign countries, a near isolation that fostered a remarkable and unique culture that endures to this day. In hypnotic prose and sensual detail, Anna Sherman describes...
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When I Was White: A Memoir

Sarah Valentine · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

The stunning and provocative coming-of-age memoir about Sarah Valentine's childhood as a white girl in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, and her discovery that her father was a black man. At the age of 27, Sarah Valentine discovered that she was not, in fact, the white girl she had always...
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The Long Accomplishment: A Memoir of Struggle and Hope in Matrimony

Moody, Rick · Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

Rick Moody, the award-winning author of The Ice Storm, shares the harrowing true story of the first year of his second marriage -- an eventful month-by-month account -- in The Long Accomplishment: A Memoir of Struggle and Hope in MatrimonyAt this story's start, Moody, a recovering alcoholic...
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