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To bed at noon by Ian Richards

To bed at noon

Ian Richards

eBook

This volume examines the life and work of New Zealand author Maurice Duggan. His life was turbulent and difficult as he suffered from a 'black Irish' personality, the lifelong trauma of an amputated leg, and battles with alcoholism, troubled relationships...

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The chronology of water by Lidia Yuknavitch

The chronology of water

Lidia Yuknavitch

Large Print

From the debris of her troubled early life, Lidia Yuknavitch weaves an astonishing tale of survival. A kind of memoir that is also a paean to the pursuit of beauty, self-expression, desire - for men and women - and the exhilaration of swimming, 'The ...

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The ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife

The ravenmaster

Christopher Skaife

Large Print

For centuries, the Tower of London has been home to a group of famous avian residents: the ravens. Legend has it that if they should ever leave, the Tower will crumble into dust, and great harm will befall the kingdom. One man is personally responsible...

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The life and rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah by Benjamin Zephaniah

The life and rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah

Large Print

A pioneer of performance poetry, Benjamin Zephaniah's talents as a lyricist and storyteller emerged at a young age, helping him to survive the racism he faced growing up in 1960s Birmingham. He now speaks candidly of his time living outside the law, and...

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Allowed to grow old  by Isa Leshko

Allowed to grow old

Isa Leshko

Book

There's nothing quite like a relationship with an aged pet-a dog or cat who has been at our side for years, forming an ineffable bond. Pampered pets, however, are a rarity among animals who have been domesticated. Farm animals, for example, are usual...

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On being human  by Jennifer Pastiloff

On being human

Jennifer Pastiloff

Book

An inspirational memoir about how Jennifer Pastiloff's years of waitressing taught her to seek out unexpected beauty, how deafness taught her to listen fiercely, how being vulnerable allowed her to find love, and how imperfections can lead to a life full...

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My mother laughs  by Chantal Akerman

My mother laughs

Chantal Akerman

Book

First published in France in 2013, My Mother Laughs is the final book written by the legendary and beloved Belgian artist and director Chantal Akerman (1950-2015) before her death. A moving and unforgettable memoir, the book delves deeply into one of...

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The Catholic boys  by Mike Ledingham

The Catholic boys

Mike Ledingham

Book

""The Catholic Boys" is a new book by author Mike Ledingham detailing the profound impact of sexual abuse of Mike and two younger brothers by the same Catholic priest. The three Ledingham boys tell their stories of going from being happy, feisty kids...

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J.P. Martin  by J. P. (John Percival) Martin

J.P. Martin

J. P. (John Percival) Martin

Book

The much-loved Uncle series of children's books were fantastical, surreal, funny and heart-warming. Originally told by Martin to his children, they were finally published when he was over eighty years old - and the hilarious array of characters, including...

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Henry Darrow  by Jan Pippins

Henry Darrow

Jan Pippins

Book

Henry Darrow (born EnriqueTomas Delgado) overcame life-threatening illness, crippling anxiety and prejudice to become internationally famous as sexy, complex "Manolito Montoya" in the western The High Chaparral (1967-1971). He was the first actor of ...

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Sisters and rebels  by Jacquelyn Dowd Hall

Sisters and rebels

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall

Book

Descendants of a prominent slaveholding family, Elizabeth, Grace, and Katharine Lumpkin grew up in a culture of white supremacy. But while Elizabeth remained a lifelong believer, her younger sisters chose vastly different lives. Seeking their fortunes...

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Gypsy boy  by Mikey Walsh

Gypsy boy

Mikey Walsh

Book

Mikey was born into a Romany Gypsy family. They lived in a closeted community, and little is known of their way of life. After centuries of persecution Gypsies are wary of outsiders and if you choose to leave you can never come back. This is something...

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Why Karen Carpenter matters  by Karen Tongson

Why Karen Carpenter matters

Karen Tongson

Book

In the '60s and '70s, America's music scene was marked by raucous excess, reflected in the tragic overdoses of young superstars such as Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. At the same time, the uplifting harmonies and sunny lyrics that propelled Karen Carpenter...

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Zora and Langston  by Yuval Taylor

Zora and Langston

Yuval Taylor

Book

They were best friends, collaborators, and champions of the common people; the leading lights of the Harlem Renaissance. Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes first met in 1925, and traveled together in Hurston's dilapidated car through the rural So...

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If I survive  by Barbara Miller

If I survive

Barbara Miller

Book

This is a true story of Holocaust survival. The story of Nazi Germany and the Jews is a story of anti-Semitism, gas chambers, genocide and World War 11. The Warsaw ghetto where the Nazis had imprisoned the Jews was being emptied as Adolph Hitler's Fi...

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Then it fell apart  by author Moby

Then it fell apart

author Moby

Book

What do you do when you realise you have everything you think you've ever wanted but still feel completely empty? What do you do when it all starts to fall apart? The second volume of Moby's extraordinary life story is a journey into the dark heart of...

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I'm possible  by Jeremy Cowart

I'm possible

Jeremy Cowart

Book

Internationally known photographer and philanthropist Jeremy Cowart uses snapshots of his own story to inspire readers with the message that all things are possible when we actively engage our God-given purpose to change the world. Recognized as "the...

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Behind the laughter  by Anthony Griffith

Behind the laughter

Anthony Griffith

Book

A couple's powerful story of how God comforts us so that we can comfort others. Anthony Griffith, a stand-up comic from Chicago's South Side, has lived on the borderline of comedy and tragedy. At the very time his career as a stand-up comedian was taking...

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The volunteer  by Jack Fairweather

The volunteer

Jack Fairweather

Book

In the Summer of 1940, after the Nazi occupation of Poland, an underground operative called Witold Pilecki accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands of people being interred at a new concentration camp on the border of the Reich. His mission...

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Let's pretend this never happened by Jenny Lawson

Let's pretend this never happened

Jenny Lawson

eBook

"In an illustrated memoir, the creator of the Bloggess blog shares humorous stories from her life, including her awkward upbringing in Texas and her relationship with her husband. Let's Pretend This Never Happened is for anyone who's ever felt like a...

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Garlic and sapphires  by Ruth Reichl

Garlic and sapphires

Ruth Reichl

Book

The editor-in-chief of "Gourmet" recounts her visits to some of the world's most acclaimed restaurants, both as herself and as an anonymous diner in disguise, to offer insight into the differences in her dining experiences.

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The reluctant billionaire by Soma Das

The reluctant billionaire

Soma Das

eBook

The book is an untold human story of an enterprise and its creator-Dilip Shanghvi, who became the richest self-made Indian.In March 2015, Dilip Shanghvi toppled Mukesh Ambani to become the richest Indian. The historic event shook corporate India but ...

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Hoop dreams down under by Matt Logue

Hoop dreams down under

Matt Logue

eBook

Twenty-six home-grown Aussie superstars who have taken American basketball by storm. Ever since Luc Longley lit up the court as the first Australian to play in the NBA in 1991, Australians have made an indelible impact on the world's best basketball....

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Born at the right time by R. C. (Ronald Clive) McCallum

Born at the right time

R. C. (Ronald Clive) McCallum

eBook

Ron McCallum has been blind from birth. When he was a child, many blind people spent their lives making baskets in sheltered workshops, but Ron's mother had other ideas for her son. She insisted on treating him as normally as possible.In this endearing...

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Straight from the pig's mouth by Big Al Lester

Straight from the pig's mouth

Big Al Lester

eBook

"From his fledgling days as a constable to being a detective sergeant on high-profile cases, retired Christchurch policeman Al Lester has many a story to tell as he reflects on a career on the wafer-thin blue line."

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White boy by Tom Graves

White boy

Tom Graves

eBook

White Boy is one man's unvarnished story of love, loss, race, Memphis, and a dark past. Everything is laid bare when Memphis author, journalist, and university professor Tom Graves takes a vivid and deeply introspective account of his life. Certainly...

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Mind that child by Simon (Pediatrician) Rowley

Mind that child

Simon (Pediatrician) Rowley

eBook

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This is not a t-shirt by Bobby Hundreds

This is not a t-shirt

Bobby Hundreds

eAudiobook

The story of The Hundreds and the precepts that made it an iconic streetwear brand by Bobby Hundreds himself. Streetwear occupies that rarefied space where genuine "cool" coexists with big business; where a star designer might work concurrently with Nike,...

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Barnum's own story by P. T. (Phineas Taylor) Barnum

Barnum's own story

P. T. (Phineas Taylor) Barnum

eAudiobook

The true-life tale of a man of boundless imagination and indomitable energy, Barnum's autobiography embodies the spirit of America's most exciting boom years.

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Lowest white boy by Greg Bottoms

Lowest white boy

Greg Bottoms

eAudiobook

An innovative, hybrid work of literary nonfiction, Lowest White Boy takes its title from Lyndon Johnson's observation during the civil rights era: "If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're...

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You can't fall off the floor by Harris Katleman

You can't fall off the floor

Harris Katleman

eAudiobook

From watching his colleague get shot in the testicles by a jealous producer to running Hollywood's most successful television studio, Harris Katleman had a front row seat in the development of the television industry. Destined to become a classic account...

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Young Castro by Jonathan M. (Jonathan Marshall) Hansen

Young Castro

Jonathan M. (Jonathan Marshall) Han...

eAudiobook

An intimate, revisionist portrait of the early years of Fidel Castro, showing how an unlikely young Cuban led his country in revolution and transfixed the world.

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Never say goodbye by Patrick Mathews

Never say goodbye

Patrick Mathews

eAudiobook

Never Say Goodbye will help you learn how to recognize spirit communication and establish an ongoing relationship with those in spirit through simple meditations and other practices.

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Far memory by Joan Grant

Far memory

Joan Grant

eAudiobook

"During the last twenty years, seven books of mine have been published as historical novels which to me are biographies of previous lives I have known. Far Memory is the autobiography of my first thirty years in the twentieth century. From early childhood,...

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The shapeshifter by Claudia Navone

The shapeshifter

Claudia Navone

eAudiobook

This is a story of a magical life. A young girl with introductions to the elite of the ballet world discovers who she is through romantic encounters in Monte Carlo, Florence, London, New York City, and many more glamorous locations. She leaves the world...

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Tell it to my heart  by Taylor Dayne

Tell it to my heart

Taylor Dayne

Book

Tell It to My Heart: How I Lost My S#*T, Conquered My Fear, and Found My Voice captures Taylor Dayne's ascent against all odds, and the stories behind the dance soundtrack of our lives. From her early life growing up in a challenging blue-collar Long...

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Elon Musk  by Anna Crowley Redding

Elon Musk

Anna Crowley Redding

Book

Elon Musk is the visionary behind SpaceX and CEO of the electric car company Tesla. He is working on unique and daring improvements to both public transit and solar energy. And then, there's his highly-publicized plans for colonizing Mars... But behind...

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Guinea pig in white wine sauce  by Alan Rochford

Guinea pig in white wine sauce

Alan Rochford

Book

Alan Rochford was living the dream when he started Stone Cottage, an idyllic French restaurant nestled in the Adelaide Hills. He had everything going for him apart from experience, money, and the first idea about what he was doing. After two years and...

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Haig's enemy  by Jonathan Boff

Haig's enemy

Jonathan Boff

Book

During the First World War, the British army's most consistent German opponent was Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria. Commanding more than a million men as a General, and then Field Marshal, in the Imperial German Army, he held off the attacks of the...

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My booky wook  by Russell Brand

My booky wook

Russell Brand

Book

The English television personality reveals his struggles to become a successful comedian, discussing his troubled childhood, his addiction to drugs, sex, and alcohol, his mental illness, and his recovery aided by the support of his family and friends...

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Lowborn  by Kerry Hudson

Lowborn

Kerry Hudson

Book

Kerry Hudson is proudly working class but she was never proudly poor. The poverty she grew up in was all-encompassing, grinding and often dehumanising. Always on the move with her single mother, Kerry attended nine primary schools and five secondaries,...

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Tony Bennett, onstage and in the studio  by Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett, onstage and in the studio

Tony Bennett

Book

With an emphasis on music, this definitive, lavishly illustrated book celebrates beloved living legend Tony Bennett. Tony Bennett, at the age of 92, continues to connect to people everywhere through the magic of his music. He’s the quintessential int...

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The road to Eden  by John S. Romain

The road to Eden

John S. Romain

Book

The Road to Eden is the narrative of a magical journey home. The sequence of unlikely activities, events, and chance encounters that led a successful Los Angeles advertising executive/film producer to follow a childhood calling and start anew in a re...

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Esther  by Jessica North

Esther

Jessica North

Book

Esther Abrahams was one of the first Jewish women to arrive in the new land. Through her we meet some of the key people who helped shape the nation. Her life is an extraordinary rags-to-riches story. Aged 16, she stood trial at the Old Bailey in London...

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Smokin' Joe  by Mark Kram

Smokin' Joe

Mark Kram

Book

History will remember the rivalry of Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali as one for the ages. A trilogy of extraordinary fights that transcended the world of sports and crossed into a sociocultural drama that divided the country. Joe Frazier was a much more...

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Pep Guardiola  by Guillem Balagué

Pep Guardiola

Guillem Balagué

Book

Pep Guardiola is the most successful and sought-after football coach in the world. After being appointed first-team manager in 2008, he transformed Barcelona into arguably the greatest club side of all time, winning thirteen trophies in four years, and...

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Plantagenet queens and consorts  by Steven J. Corvi

Plantagenet queens and consorts

Steven J. Corvi

Book

This book examines the lives and influence of 10 figures, comparing their different approaches to the manipulation and conservation of political power in what is always described as a man’s world. On the contrary, there is strong evidence to suggest that...

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The Jean Harlow films  by James L. Neibaur

The Jean Harlow films

James L. Neibaur

Book

One of the great icons of 1930s Hollywood film, Jean Harlow died a tragically early death in 1937 at age 26. Taking a film-by-film look at Harlow's work and her own impressions of her costars and directors, this retrospective traces her growth as an ...

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'Sox'  by Roger Hughes

'Sox'

Roger Hughes

Book

Gary ‘Sox’ Hocking raced against the likes of Geoff Duke, Mike Hailwood and John Surtees, and eventually became double world champion - yet his name remains largely forgotten. He retired at an early stage in his career, and the explanation so often given...

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The accidental veterinarian  by Philipp Schott

The accidental veterinarian

Philipp Schott

Book

With insight and humour, Schott shares tales from the unlikely path he took into his career of veterinary science and anecdotes from his successful small-animal clinic. He covers the best way to give your cat a pill, how to prevent your very handy dog...

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Karl Marx and the birth of modern society. Volume I  by Michael Heinrich

Karl Marx and the birth of modern society. Volume I

Michael Heinrich

Book

For over a century, Karl Marx's critique of capitalism has been a crucial resource for social movements. Now, recent economic crises have made it imperative for us to comprehend and actualise Marx's ideas. But without a knowledge of Karl Marx's life as...

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Maid  by Stephanie Land

Maid

Stephanie Land

Book

"Stephanie Land worked for years as a maid, pulling long hours while struggling as a single mom to keep a roof over her daughter's head. In Maid, she reveals the dark truth of what it takes to survive and thrive in today's inequitable society. While she...

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看不见的美国  by Jeanne Marie Laskas

看不见的美国

Jeanne Marie Laskas

Book

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Harraways  by Rebecca Reid

Harraways

Rebecca Reid

Book

How has Harraways survived to provide New Zealanders with some of their most-loved breakfasts for a century and a half? The story of this remarkable local landmark is told in Harraways - Going for Grain: 150 years of milling at Green Island, Dunedin....

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After life  by Alice Marie Johnson

After life

Alice Marie Johnson

Book

How do you hold on to hope after more than twenty years of imprisonment? For Alice Marie Johnson the answer lies with God. For years, Alice lived a normal life without a criminal record -- she was a manager at FedEx, a wife, and a mother. But after a...

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Unbeaten  by Mike Stanton

Unbeaten

Mike Stanton

Book

Rocky Marciano accomplished a feat that eluded legendary champions like Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Muhammad Ali, and Mike Tyson: he never lost a professional fight. When he retired in 1956, his record was a perfect 49-0. Unbeaten is the revelatory biography...

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Ole  by Ian Macleay

Ole

Ian Macleay

Book

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is an Old Trafford legend. He blazed through a decade at Manchester United, scoring 126 goals in 366 appearances for the Red Devils. The Norwegian striker became famous for his uncanny ability to score in the dying minutes of imp...

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The master plan  by Chris Wilson

The master plan

Chris Wilson

Book

Like a lot of people, Chris Wilson didn't have an easy start in life. But, unlike many, he has managed to overcome severe setbacks to achieve a life defined by material success and personal meaning. How did he do it? When he committed a fatal crime at...

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Forever and ever, amen  by Randy Travis

Forever and ever, amen

Randy Travis

Book

Beloved around the world, Randy Travis has sold more than 25 million albums in both country and gospel and is considered one of the finest performers of his generation, admired by superstars across the musical landscape, from Garth Brooks to Mick Jagger....

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Walter Gropius  by Fiona MacCarthy

Walter Gropius

Fiona MacCarthy

Book

Mention the Bauhaus and iconic design objects such as a Marianne Brandt teapot, an Anni Albers weaving or a Marcel Breuer chair come to mind. But the Bauhaus was more than an art school it was the birth of a whole new philosophy of art. Fiona MacCarthy...

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Neuro Dan - Feather Dan : Year One, My forever home  by Eric Fish

Neuro Dan - Feather Dan : Year One, My forever home

Eric Fish

Book

Meet Neuro Dan - Feather Dan, a tiny orange kitten with an unknown neurological disability. Rescued from a hoarding situation he found his rescue was almost a death sentence. The high kill shelter put him on the euthanasia list. At the last second a ...

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Life with Picasso  by Françoise Gilot

Life with Picasso

Françoise Gilot

Book

Françoise Gilot was in her early twenties when she met the sixty-one-year-old Pablo Picasso in 1943. Brought up in a well-to-do upper-middle-class family, who had sent her to Cambridge and the Sorbonne and hoped that she would go into law, the young ...

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Ships, swindlers, and scalded hogs  by Frederic B. Hill

Ships, swindlers, and scalded hogs

Frederic B. Hill

Book

Brothers William Donnell Crooker and Charles Crooker were among the most prominent mid-nineteenth-century shipbuilders in Bath, Maine, itself one of the most prominent shipbuilding cities in the world during that time. This colorful history of the Cr...

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Grain by grain  by Bob (Organic farmer) Quinn

Grain by grain

Bob (Organic farmer) Quinn

Book

When Bob Quinn was a kid, a stranger at a county fair gave him a few kernels of an unusual grain. Little did he know, that grain would change his life. Years later, after finishing a PhD in plant biochemistry and returning to his family's farm in Montana,...

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Jabotinsky  by Hillel Halkin

Jabotinsky

Hillel Halkin

Book

Vladimir Jabotinsky (1880–1940) was a man of huge paradoxes and contradictions and has been the most misunderstood of all Zionist politicians--a first-rate novelist, a celebrated Russian journalist, and the founder of the branch of Zionism now headed...

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On the other side of freedom  by DeRay Mckesson

On the other side of freedom

DeRay Mckesson

Book

Five years ago, DeRay Mckesson quit his job as a school teacher, moved to Ferguson, Missouri, and spent the next 400 days on the streets as an activist, helping to bring the Black Lives Matter movement into being. Even when the police made it illegal...

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The league of extraordinarily funny women  by Sheila C. Moeschen

The league of extraordinarily funny women

Sheila C. Moeschen

Book

A celebration of the most groundbreaking women in comedy who used humor to shake up the status quo and change perceptions of gender and comedy forever. Step aside, Seinfeld. It's time for the brave, hilarious women of comedy to finally get the recognition...

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Let love have the last word  by Common (Musician) author

Let love have the last word

Common (Musician) author

Book

Common believes that the phrase "let love have the last word" is not just a declaration; it is a statement of purpose, a daily promise. Love is the most powerful force on the planet and ultimately, the way you love determines who you are and how you ...

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David Malouf  by Nam Le

David Malouf

Nam Le

Book

‘[On reading Malouf for the first time] Here was a very-much-alive half-Lebanese writer (from provincial Brisbane, no less) producing English-language writing of the very first order. (We spoke like this.) And in prose, not poetry. The poetry was in the...

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Karamo  by Karamo Brown

Karamo

Karamo Brown

Book

An insightful, candid, and inspiring memoir from Karamo Brown--Queer Eye's beloved culture expert--as he shares his story for the first time, exploring how the challenges in his own life have allowed him to forever transform the lives of those in nee...

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England's dreaming  by Jon Savage

England's dreaming

Jon Savage

Book

Jon Savage's Ralph Gleason Award-winning England's Dreaming is the ultimate book on punk, its progenitors, the Sex Pistols, and their time: the late 1970s. Full of anecdote, insight, and exclusive interviews, it tells the sensational story of the meteoric...

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Sound Mind by Erika Nielsen

Sound Mind

Erika Nielsen

eBook

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Fosse by Sam Wasson

Fosse

Sam Wasson

eBook

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Reading behind bars by Jill A. Grunenwald

Reading behind bars

Jill A. Grunenwald

eBook

In December 2008, twentysomething Jill Grunenwald graduated with her master's degree in library science, ready to start living her dream of becoming a librarian. But the economy had a different idea. As the Great Recession reared its ugly head, jobs ...

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The real Bettie Page by Richard Foster

The real Bettie Page

Richard Foster

eBook

This book tells the story of Bettie's rise from her modest beginnings in Nashville and adds new insight into her stormy marriages, her trial for attempted murder, her descent into madness, and her decade-long isolation behind asylum walls.

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Philosopher of the heart by Clare Carlisle

Philosopher of the heart

Clare Carlisle

eBook

Søren Kierkegaard is one of the most passionate and challenging of all modern philosophers, and is often regarded as the founder of existentialism. Over about a decade in the 1840s and 1850s, writings poured from his pen pursuing the question of existence...

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Fire in the bones by S. Michael. Wilcox

Fire in the bones

S. Michael. Wilcox

eBook

The leading personalities of his century would draw upon all their resources to stop him, from the brilliant Sir Thomas Moore to King Henry VIII; from Charles V, ruler of half of Europe, to the Pope. Both church and state hunted him relentlessly -- at...

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A dog called hope by Jason (paratrooper) Morgan

A dog called hope

Jason (paratrooper) Morgan

eAudiobook

Lone Survivor meets Marley & Me in this inspiring buddy memoir of an extraordinary service dog whose enduring love brought a wounded soldier back to life. A decade ago, Special Forces warrior Jason Morgan parachuted into the Central American jungle on...

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Never play dead by Tomi Lahren

Never play dead

Tomi Lahren

eAudiobook

The Fox Nation host, Fox News contributor, and social media master argues that it's time to square your shoulders, stand your ground and speak the truth.The conventional wisdom is that we need more civility and fewer arguments. If you have a controve...

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The beautiful no by Sheri Salata

The beautiful no

Sheri Salata

eAudiobook

"Thursday morning.One hundred pounds overweight, no man in sight, and rounding the bend to 57 years old--a full-blown catastrophe."What happens when you realize you've had the career of your dreams, but you don't have the life of your dreams? This was...

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Becoming Dr. Seuss by Brian Jay Jones

Becoming Dr. Seuss

Brian Jay Jones

eAudiobook

The definitive, fascinating, all-reaching biography of Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss is a classic American icon. Whimsical and wonderful, his work has defined our childhoods and the childhoods of our own children. The silly, simple rhymes are a bottomless well...

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Smokin' Joe by Mark Kram

Smokin' Joe

Mark Kram

eAudiobook

A gripping, all-access biography of Joe Frazier, whose rivalry with Muhammad Ali riveted boxing fans and whose legacy as a figure in American sports and society endures.History will remember the rivalry of Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali as one for the ages,...

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Accidental Presidents by Jared Cohen

Accidental Presidents

Jared Cohen

eAudiobook

The strength and prestige of the American presidency has waxed and waned since George Washington. Accidental Presidents looks at eight men who came to the office without being elected to it. It demonstrates how the character of the man in that powerful...

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The art of love  by Kate Bryan

The art of love

Kate Bryan

Book

The Art of Love tells the stories of the most fascinating couples in art, exploring the passionate affairs and enduring partnerships that have led to some of the world's most famous works of art.

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Back on track  by Bernie Shakeshaft

Back on track

Bernie Shakeshaft

Book

As a kid, Bernie Shakeshaft's mischievous and reckless behaviour led him to became known as the wild one of his devout Catholic family. It isn't surprising that his path led him to the Northern Territory, a place where people often go to either lose ...

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One more croissant for the road  by Felicity Cloake

One more croissant for the road

Felicity Cloake

Book

The nation's 'taster in chief' cycles 3,500km across France in search of the definitive versions of classic French dishes. One of the chief pleasures of cycling, apart from the thrill of freedom it gives you, is stopping for lunch, so ravenous you inhale...

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The rage less traveled  by Kay Wilson

The rage less traveled

Kay Wilson

Book

After being brutally hacked at with a machete multiple times and with her friend murdered in front of her eyes, Kay Wilson somehow managed not only to fool her attackers and play dead, she rose to her feet and gagged and bound, and bleeding to death,...

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ANZAC sniper  by Roland Perry

ANZAC sniper

Roland Perry

Book

In this gripping biography, Roland Perry paints a fascinating and complex portrait of Lieutenant General Sir Stanley George Savige, a man of character and compassion, a quiet outsider who founded the war veterans' support charity Legacy, whose record...

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George Best  by Michael Parkinson

George Best

Michael Parkinson

Book

One of the most famous footballers of all time, George Best is an icon to football fans all over the world. He lived a tumultuous life, and died in 2005 after battling with alcoholism. He is someone who has crossed over into legend status, with his p...

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Der kapitän  by Markus F. Robinson

Der kapitän

Markus F. Robinson

Book

Hans Rose was Germany's fifth most successful U-boat Ace during World War I, and its most successful ace during the convoy period when attacks by U-boats were the most dangerous. This meticulously researched, lively biography examines German WWI subm...

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Honeysuckle Creek  by Andrew Tink

Honeysuckle Creek

Andrew Tink

Book

Honeysuckle Creek reveals the pivotal role that the tracking station at Honeysuckle Creek, near Canberra, played in the first moon landing. Andrew Tink gives a gripping account of the role of its director Tom Reid and his colleagues in transmitting some...

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Name them they fly better  by Christopher Ornelas

Name them they fly better

Christopher Ornelas

Book

Celebrates the life of Pat Hammond, a self-taught San Antonio artist whose kite collection and other ephemeral works explore the meaning in ordinary things while looking beyond their material value, giving way to unexpected insights.

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Frederick Whirlpool VC  by Alan Leek

Frederick Whirlpool VC

Alan Leek

Book

Frederick Whirlpool's Victoria Cross is displayed near the entrance to the Hall of Valour at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. It was the first VC pinned to an Australian uniform, yet almost nothing was known about its enigmatic recipient. Arriving...

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Serious eater  by Ed Levine

Serious eater

Ed Levine

Book

James Beard Award-winning founder of Serious Eats Ed Levine finally tells the mouthwatering and heartstopping story of building--and almost losing--one of the most acclaimed and beloved food sites in the world. In 2005, Ed Levine was a freelance food...

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The baby  by Marie Darrieussecq

The baby

Marie Darrieussecq

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The Baby is a mother's project and a writer's project-how to reconcile these two demanding roles? What is a baby? And why are there so few of them in literature? Through notes taken in the months after her first child was born, Darrieussecq, in her.....

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The prettiest horse in the glue factory  by Corey White

The prettiest horse in the glue factory

Corey White

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Corey White had an unimaginably harrowing childhood. Born to a heroin-addicted mother and a violent criminal father, White was in and out of abusive foster homes until a scholarship to a prestigious Brisbane boarding school lifted him out of the cycle...

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Doing life  by Brian Dibble

Doing life

Brian Dibble

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Although she started writing early in life, it was not until her fifties that Elizabeth Jolley received the recognition her talent deserved. She won The Age Book of the Year Award on three occasions as well as the Miles Franklin Award. She has won the...

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"Kill the black one first!"  by Michael Fuller

"Kill the black one first!"

Michael Fuller

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A story about race, identity, belonging and displacement, Kill the Black One First is the memoir from Michael Fuller - Britain's first ever black Chief Constable, whose life and career is not only a stark representation of race relations in the UK, but...

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Alice to Prague  by Tanya Heaslip

Alice to Prague

Tanya Heaslip

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In 1994, with a battered copy of Let's Go Europe stuffed in her backpack, Tanya Heaslip left her safe life as a lawyer in outback Australia and travelled to the post-communist Czech Republic. Dismissing concerns from family and friends that her safety...

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A farmer's diary  by Sally Urwin

A farmer's diary

Sally Urwin

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'It's beautiful weather today - I sit down outside the lambing shed with my back up against a pen and savour the spring sunshine. All the sheep are bedded up and everyone is fed and watered. No ewe is lambing, and I have half an hour to myself. I stretch...

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Red hot & holy  by Sera Beak

Red hot & holy

Sera Beak

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"When one person dares to speak her truth, it challenges us all to live our own. With Red Hot and Holy, Sera Beak offers a provocative and intimate view of what it means to get up close and personal with the divine in modern times. With a rare combination...

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Pioneer women

Pioneer women

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This fascinating collection of writings and reflections by some of the pioneer women who came to New Zealand in the nineteenth century reveals the challenges they faced and overcame when they arrived in their new country. These are personal records, ...

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Mother ship  by Francesca Segal

Mother ship

Francesca Segal

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After her identical twin girls are born ten weeks prematurely, Francesca Segal finds herself sitting vigil in the ‘mother ship’ of neonatal intensive care, all romantic expectations of new parenthood obliterated. Her gripping diary of those months combines...

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Noble savages  by Sarah Watling

Noble savages

Sarah Watling

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From the beginning of their lives, the Olivier sisters stood out: surprisingly emancipated, strikingly beautiful, markedly determined, and alarmingly 'wild'. Rupert Brooke was said to be in love with all four of them; D. H. Lawrence thought they were...

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Under the camelthorn tree  by Kate Nicholls

Under the camelthorn tree

Kate Nicholls

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Kate Nicholls left England to raise her five children in Botswana: an experience that would change each of their lives. Living on a shoestring in a lion conservation camp, Kate home-schools her family while they also learn at first hand about the ind...

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Thanks a lot Mr Kibblewhite  by Roger Daltrey

Thanks a lot Mr Kibblewhite

Roger Daltrey

Book

'Before the sixties, you were a child and then you were a man. You went to school and then you went to work. That changed. Our generation changed it.' Roger Daltrey is the voice of a generation. That generation was the first to rebel, to step out of ...

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The real deal  by George A. Sorial

The real deal

George A. Sorial

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Remember when Trump was a great boss, a great father, and a great businessman, before the liberal media rewrote that narrative? That’s still the real Trump. Longtime Trump Organization executive and attorney George A. Sorial saw the real Trump firsthand,...

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Sundowner of the skies  by Mary Garden

Sundowner of the skies

Mary Garden

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"In the early morning of 16 October 1930, Oscar Garden taxied his tiny Gipsy Moth across London's Croydon aerodrome and, with a wave of his hand to the only person there to farewell him, took off. His plan was to fly to Australia, which was sheer madness...

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Hawking  by Joel Levy

Hawking

Joel Levy

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The death of Stephen Hawking in March 2018 brought to a close one of the most remarkable and inspiring scientific life stories of all time. Struck down in his youth with a terrible disease and given just a few years to live, Hawking defied medical science...

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The great successor  by Anna Fifield

The great successor

Anna Fifield

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Skeptical yet insightful, Fifield creates a captivating portrait of the oddest and most secretive political regime in the world--one that is isolated yet internationally relevant, bankrupt yet in possession of nuclear weapons--and its ruler, the...

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Things my son needs to know about the world  by Fredrik Backman

Things my son needs to know about the world

Fredrik Backman

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In between the sleep-deprived lows and wonderful highs, Backman takes a step back to share his own experience of fatherhood and how he navigates this glorious, unchartered territory. Part memoir, part manual, part love letter to his son, this book relays...

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First  by Evan Thomas

First

Evan Thomas

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She was born in 1930 in El Paso and grew up on a cattle ranch in Arizona. At a time when women were expected to be homemakers, she set her sights on Stanford University. When she graduated near the top of her class at law school in 1952, no firm would...

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A Communist in the family  by Elspeth Sandys

A Communist in the family

Elspeth Sandys

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"[This] is a beautifully written multi-layered narrative centred on New Zealander Rewi Alley and his part in the momentous political events of mid-twentieth-century China. Part-biography, part-travel journal, part-literary commentary, [it] brings tog...

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Mr. Straight Arrow  by Jeremy Treglown

Mr. Straight Arrow

Jeremy Treglown

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Few books have as immediate an impact and as enduring a legacy as John Hersey's Hiroshima. First published as an entire issue of The New Yorker in 1946, it was serialized in newspapers the world over and has never gone out of print... By the time of....

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Walt Disney  by Neal Gabler

Walt Disney

Neal Gabler

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The definitive portrait of one of the most important cultural figures in American history. Walt Disney was a true visionary whose desire for escape, iron determination and obsessive perfectionism transformed animation from a novelty to an art form, first...

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