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Clouds of glory by Michael Korda

Clouds of glory

Michael Korda

eBook

In Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee, Michael Korda, the New York Times bestselling biographer of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant, and T.E. Lawrence, has written the first major biography of Lee in nearly twenty years, bringing...

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Horses came first, second and last by Jack Le Goff

Horses came first, second and last

Jack Le Goff

eBook

"With an astounding eighteen medals in eight international championships and team gold medals at the Olympic Games in 1976 and 1984, Jack Le Goff created the standard by which modern–day equestrian teams are measured. But Le Goff's techniques could b...

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The Ratline  by Philippe Sands

The Ratline

Philippe Sands

Book

As Governor of Galicia, SS Brigadeführer Otto Freiherr von Wächter presided over an authority on whose territory hundreds of thousands of Jews and Poles were killed, including the family of the author's grandfather. By the time the war ended in May 1945,...

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Margaret Mahy by Tessa Duder

Margaret Mahy

Tessa Duder

eBook

Margaret Mahy's death on 23 July 2012 brought forth an unprecedented outpouring of grief and heartfelt tributes from around New Zealand and the world. Her passing at 76 was breaking news in the media, unstoppable through the social networks, noted by...

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A perfect gentleman by Bob Howitt

A perfect gentleman

Bob Howitt

eBook

This is the man who had all of Cardiff Arms Park standing, singing 'For He's a Jolly Good Fellow' at the conclusion of the epic All Black tour of 1963-1964. He was a gifted, natural leader who, following his celebrated rugby career, became an iconic ...

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Not that I'd kiss a girl  by Lil O'Brien

Not that I'd kiss a girl

Lil O'Brien

Book

Lil O'Brien accidentally outed herself to her parents at the age of 19 when they overhead her talking to a friend about liking girls. Half an hour later she found herself on the side of the road, with instructions to come back and pick up her suitcase...

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Young Logan Campbell by R. C. J. Stone

Young Logan Campbell

R. C. J. Stone

eBook

"Sir John Logan Campbell is known as the Father of Auckland; he is synonymous with that city. As this first volume of his biography shows, however, he was not particularly enamoured of a pioneering life or of the settlement in which he led it. His purpose...

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The last lighthouse keeper by John Cook

The last lighthouse keeper

John Cook

eBook

A beautiful memoir from John Cook, one of Tasmania's last kerosene lighthouse keepers. A story about madness and wilderness, shining a light onto the vicissitudes of love and nature.

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The Answer Is . . . by Alex Trebek

The Answer Is . . .

Alex Trebek

eAudiobook

Longtime Jeopardy! host and television icon Alex Trebek reflects on his life and career. Since debuting as the host of Jeopardy! in 1984, Alex Trebek has been something like a family member to millions of television viewers, bringing entertainment an...

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Quitter by Erica C. Barnett

Quitter

Erica C. Barnett

eAudiobook

A startlingly frank memoir of one woman's struggles with alcoholism and recovery, with essential new insights into addiction and treatment. Erica C. Barnett had her first sip of alcohol when she was thirteen, and she quickly developed a taste for drinking...

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The divine Miss Marble by Robert Weintraub

The divine Miss Marble

Robert Weintraub

eAudiobook

The story of 1930s tennis icon Alice Marble, and her life of sports, celebrity, and incredible mystery. Who was Alice Marble? In her public life, she was the biggest tennis star of the pre-war era, a household name like Joe DiMaggio and Joe Louis. She...

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81 days below zero by Brian Murphy

81 days below zero

Brian Murphy

eAudiobook

The untold story of Leon Crane, the only surviving crew member of a World War II B-24 crash on a remote mountain near the Arctic Circle, who managed to stay alive 81 days in sub-zero temperature by making peace with nature, and end his ordeal by walking...

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One hundred summers by Vanessa Branson

One hundred summers

Vanessa Branson

eBook

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In my own moccasins by Helen Knott

In my own moccasins

Helen Knott

eBook

"Helen Knott, a highly accomplished Indigenous woman, seems to have it all. But in her memoir, she offers a different perspective. In My Own Moccasins is an unflinching account of addiction, intergenerational trauma, and the wounds brought on by sexu...

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Greetings from Bury Park by Sarfraz Manzoor

Greetings from Bury Park

Sarfraz Manzoor

eBook

Sarfraz Manzoor was two years old when his family emigrated from Pakistan to join his father in Bury Park, Luton. His teenage years were a constant battle to reconcile being both British and Muslim. But when his best friend introduced him to Bruce Sp...

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The girl in the back by Laura Davis-Chanin

The girl in the back

Laura Davis-Chanin

eBook

"Seventeen-year old Laura, quaking within her skin while the bursting punk rock revolution explodes around her, starts a band with her teenage friends called the Student Teachers. She's the drummer. In comes Jimmy Destri from Blondie. He thinks the S...

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Sea room by Adam Nicolson

Sea room

Adam Nicolson

eBook

Aged 21, Nicolson inherited the Shiants, three lonely Hebridean islands set in a dangerous sea off the Isle of Lewis. With only a stone bothy for accommodation and half a million puffins for company, he found himself in charge of one of the most beau...

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The queen, her lover and the most notorious spy in history by Roland Perry

The queen, her lover and the most notorious spy in history

Roland Perry

eBook

The intensely revealing and entertaining account of a great royal secret and hidden love story - an unbuttoned history of Queen Victoria's loves and intrigues. Long before her successful marriage to Prince Albert, Princess Victoria had an affair with...

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Out of the blue by Joanna Fincham

Out of the blue

Joanna Fincham

eBook

When Joanna Fincham appeared on a popular reality TV program in 2008 looking for love, little did the viewers know that Jo had been suffering from depression on and off throughout her life.

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Let's just say it wasn't pretty by Diane Keaton

Let's just say it wasn't pretty

Diane Keaton

eBook

From Academy Award winner and bestselling author Diane Keaton comes a candid, hilarious, and deeply affecting look at beauty, aging, and the importance of staying true to yourself—no matter what anyone else thinks. Diane Keaton has spent a lifetime c...

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My year without matches by Claire Dunn

My year without matches

Claire Dunn

eBook

Disillusioned and burnt out by life as a city 'greenocrat', Claire Dunn quit her job, her partner and her comfortable life to embark on a year-long wilderness survival skills program on the mid north coast of NSW. Her new forest home became both ally...

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An outback nurse by Thea Hayes

An outback nurse

Thea Hayes

eBook

Thea Hayes trained as a Nurse in Sydney in 1959. A year later she was catapulted out of the safety of her city life into the unknown world of the Outback. Thea knew nothing of the place she was soon to call home, Wave Hill Station in the Northern Ter...

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The beauty in breaking by Michele Harper

The beauty in breaking

Michele Harper

eAudiobook

An emergency room physician explores how a life of service to others taught her how to heal herself. Michele Harper is a female, African American emergency room physician in a profession that is overwhelmingly male and white. Brought up in Washington,...

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A very punchable face by Colin Jost

A very punchable face

Colin Jost

eAudiobook

In these hilarious essays, the Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update co-anchor learns how to take a beating."I always wanted to punch his face before I read this book. Now I just want to kick him in the balls."--Larry DavidIf there's one...

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The Royal Family  by Robert Jobson

The Royal Family

Robert Jobson

Book

A complete examination of the British Royal Family, looking behind the scenes at the Windsors' bloodline, family tree, personalities, residences, military connections, charity work, cars, pets and much more.

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Enemy of all mankind  by Steven Johnson

Enemy of all mankind

Steven Johnson

Book

Henry Every was the seventeenth century’s most notorious pirate. The press published wildly popular—and wildly inaccurate—reports of his nefarious adventures. The British government offered enormous bounties for his capture, alive or (preferably) dead....

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Have a cigar!  by Bryan Morrison

Have a cigar!

Bryan Morrison

Book

When the music impresario Bryan Morrison died aged 66 in 2008, after two years in a coma following a polo accident, he left behind his unpublished memoir. As a music publisher, manager and agent, Morrison had represented the Pretty Things, Pink Floyd,...

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The secret life of a submissive by Sarah K

The secret life of a submissive

Sarah K

eBook

Max is a dominant, and he wants Sarah to surrender to him in every way. In this explosive true story, Sarah takes us on her erotically charged journey to becoming a submissive: yielding to Max's every desire, pushing her mind and body to their limits....

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Strong woman by Karren. author. Brady

Strong woman

Karren. author. Brady

eBook

Karren Brady is an inspiration to women everywhere, and her incredible success is borne of her passion, impressive business instinct, ambition, and her very genuine, honest, down-to-earth outlook. This is Karren's story' before being Alan Sugar's aide...

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Silvertown by Melanie McGrath

Silvertown

Melanie McGrath

eBook

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Prague winter by Madeleine Korbel Albright

Prague winter

Madeleine Korbel Albright

Book

From former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright comes a moving and thoughtful memoir of her formative years in Czechoslovakia during the tumult of Nazi occupation, World War II, fascism, and the onset of the Cold War.

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Orphan of Islam by Alexander Khan

Orphan of Islam

Alexander Khan

eBook

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More myself by Alicia Keys

More myself

Alicia Keys

eBook

As one of the most celebrated musicians of our time, Alicia Keys has enraptured the nation with her heartfelt lyrics, extraordinary vocal range, and soul-stirring piano compositions. Yet away from the spotlight, Alicia has grappled with private heartache...

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The education of a value investor by Guy Spier

The education of a value investor

Guy Spier

eBook

"What happens when a young Wall Street investment banker spends a small fortune to have lunch with Warren Buffett? He becomes a real value investor. In this fascinating inside story, Guy Spier details his career from Harvard MBA to hedge fund manager....

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The escape artist by Helen Fremont

The escape artist

Helen Fremont

Large Print

"Helen Fremont's bestselling memoir, After Long Silence, published in 1991 and still very much in print, vividly recounts her discovery in adulthood that her parents were not Catholics, as she thought (having herself been raised in that faith), but J...

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Searching for Spiderman  by Ally Chumley

Searching for Spiderman

Ally Chumley

Book

Three-year-old William Tyrrell made headlines across Australia in 2014 after he disappeared while playing outside his foster grandmother’s house in Kendall on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. Writer and researcher Ally Chumley, who has lived a...

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Leighton Smith beyond the microphone by Leighton Smith

Leighton Smith beyond the microphone

Leighton Smith

eBook

Like his talk show, this autobiography delivers more than the everyday - it's honest, informative and insightful - and is in Leighton's trademark style. For nearly 30 years, one voice has dominated the airwaves of New Zealand morning radio, sometimes...

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Under siege by Belinda Neil

Under siege

Belinda Neil

eBook

She could be investigating brutal murders such as the De Gruchy killings or , in her negotiator role, persuading the murderous and suicidal to drop their weapons., stop terrorising their families, step back from the ledge. It was hardly surprising that...

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A bit of a stretch by Chris Atkins

A bit of a stretch

Chris Atkins

Large Print

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The ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife

The ravenmaster

Christopher Skaife

Large Print

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The house of Kennedy  by James Patterson

The house of Kennedy

James Patterson

Book

The Kennedys have always been a family of charismatic adventurers, raised to take risks and excel, living by the dual family mottos: "To whom much is given, much is expected" and "Win at all costs." And they do--but at a price. Across decades and gen...

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Pull no punches  by Judith Collins

Pull no punches

Judith Collins

Book

"The most anticipated political memoir of the year. A frank account from National MP Judith Collins of the highs and lows of a political life. From humble beginnings as the daughter of Labour-voting farming parents, Judith Collins has carved a path to...

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The hungover games  by Sophie Heawood

The hungover games

Sophie Heawood

Book

This is the story of one woman's adventures in single motherhood. It's about what happens when Mr. Right isn't around so you have a baby with Mr. Wrong, a touring musician who tells you halfway through your pregnancy that he's met someone else, just ...

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The inner sanctum  by Damon Kitney

The inner sanctum

Damon Kitney

Book

In modern journalism there is an insatiable desire to be first with the news online and to uncover scandal. But the patient fisherman simply seeking to tell a story can still be rewarded. The Inner Sanctum is a sample of Damon Kitney's finest catch over...

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Jeremy Bamber  by S. C. Lomax

Jeremy Bamber

S. C. Lomax

Book

In October 1986 Jeremy Bamber was convicted of the murders of five members of his family at their home in Essex. It was alleged he had killed his relatives before staging the scene so that it appeared his sister, Sheila Caffell, had committed four acts...

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The heart  by Marc Petitjean

The heart

Marc Petitjean

Book

This intimate account offers a new, unexpected understanding of the artist's work and of the vibrant Surrealist art scene in the 1930s. In 1939, devastated after the revelation that her husband had had an affair with her sister, Frida Kahlo left her home...

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Matt Smith by Emily Herbert

Matt Smith

Emily Herbert

eBook

The inside story of the new Doctor and his rapid rise to stardom As the 11th incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, and the youngest actor ever to play the role, Matt Smith has taken TV audiences by storm. This biography fills fans in on the newcomer....

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Manhood for amateurs by Michael Chabon

Manhood for amateurs

Michael Chabon

eBook

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In the pink by Susan McBride

In the pink

Susan McBride

eBook

Susan McBride, author of The Cougar Club and Little Black Dress, opens her heart in this irresistible memoir about how she got married, got pregnant, and beat breast cancer'all after her 40th birthday. By turns deliciously funny and utterly poignant,...

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I used to say my mother was Shirley Bassey by Stephen K. Amos

I used to say my mother was Shirley Bassey

Stephen K. Amos

eBook

Growing up in a large Nigerian family in South London, Stephen K. Amos learnt early on to find the humour in every situation. Raised by his parents and extended family of 'aunts' and 'uncles', I Used to Say My Mother was Shirley Bassey tells the story...

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Too much and never enough by Mary L. Trump

Too much and never enough

Mary L. Trump

eBook

In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L. Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and Donald's only niece, shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in order to explain how...

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A very punchable face by Colin Jost

A very punchable face

Colin Jost

eBook

"Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update co-anchor, Colin Jost, has six sets of stitches on his face alone. He's been punched in at least four different sketches on Saturday Night Live, including once by his boss, Lorne Michaels. But if there's...

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Anonymous is a woman  by Nina Ansary

Anonymous is a woman

Nina Ansary

Book

Women's rights advocate Dr. Nina Ansary takes readers on a 4,000-year historical journey to expose the repercussions of centuries of gender inequality. The book’s biographical profiles of fifty forgotten innovators—brought to life by international il...

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The prosecutor  by Nazir Afzal

The prosecutor

Nazir Afzal

Book

Meet the true face of British justice. Nazir Afzal knows a thing or two about justice. As a Chief Prosecutor, it was his job to make sure the most complex, violent and harrowing crimes made it to court and that their perpetrators were convicted. From...

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This is big  by Marisa Meltzer

This is big

Marisa Meltzer

Book

Marisa Meltzer began her first diet at the age of five. Growing up an indoors-loving child in Northern California, she learned from an early age that weight was the one part of her life she could neither change nor even really understand. Fast forward...

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The consequences of love  by Gavanndra Hodge

The consequences of love

Gavanndra Hodge

Book

When Gavanndra Hodge was seven years old her world was a precarious place. Her father was a hairdresser and drug dealer to Chelsea's most decadent inhabitants; her mother an alcoholic ex-model. So, it was up to Gavanndra to keep her little sister Candy...

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Girl decoded  by Rana El Kaliouby

Girl decoded

Rana El Kaliouby

Book

In a captivating memoir, an Egyptian American visionary and scientist provides an intimate view of her personal transformWe are entering an empathy crisis. So much of our communication is conveyed through non-verbal cues - facial expressions, tone of...

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Remembering Leningrad  by Mary McAuley

Remembering Leningrad

Mary McAuley

Book

Englishwoman Mary McAuley first arrived in Leningrad in the early 1960s, eager to study labor relations for her thesis. Staying at a hostel, she met a number of Soviet students, many born under the rule of Joseph Stalin. Over the half-century that fo...

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Hidden Valley Road  by Robert Kolker

Hidden Valley Road

Robert Kolker

Book

Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don's work with the Air Force brought them to Colorado, where their twelve children perfectly spanned the baby boom: the oldest born in 1945, the youngest in 1965. In those...

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Untamed  by Glennon Doyle

Untamed

Glennon Doyle

Book

There is a voice of longing inside every woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good mothers, daughters, partners, employees, citizens, and friends. We believe all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck,.....

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Caravaggio by Felix Witting

Caravaggio

Felix Witting

eBook

After staying in Milan for his apprenticeship, Michelangelo da Caravaggio arrived in Rome in 1592. There he started to paint with both realism and psychological analysis of the sitters. Caravaggio was as temperamental in his painting as in his wild life....

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Good husbandry by Kristin Kimball

Good husbandry

Kristin Kimball

Large Print

"From the celebrated author of the beloved bestseller The Dirty Life, a "beguiling memoir about the simple life" (Elle), Kristin Kimball describes the delicious highs and sometimes excruciating lows of life on Essex Farm--a 500-acre farm that produces...

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999 by Dan Farnworth

999

Dan Farnworth

Large Print

"Dan Farnworth brings vividly to life his astonishing experiences as a medic working on the frontline of the UK Ambulance Service. When the 999 call goes out, he has little idea what he will find - and how he will cope with the challenges he faces when...

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Galileo and the science deniers  by Mario Livio

Galileo and the science deniers

Mario Livio

Book

A biography of the great astronomer and scientist, and an examination of the faith vs. science question, then and now, written by a noted astrophysicist and author.

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What have I done?  by Laura Dockrill

What have I done?

Laura Dockrill

Book

Laura couldn't wait to meet her new baby. But as she went into labour things began to go wrong and Laura started to struggle. A traumatic birth, anxiety about the baby, sleep deprivation, a slow recovery - all these things piled up until Laura (like any...

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The Kennedy curse  by James Patterson

The Kennedy curse

James Patterson

Book

The Kennedys have always been a family of charismatic adventurers, raised to take risks and excel, living by the dual family mottos: "To whom much is given, much is expected" and "Win at all costs." And they do--but at a price. Across decades and gen...

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My wife said you may want to marry me  by Jason Rosenthal

My wife said you may want to marry me

Jason Rosenthal

Book

On March 3, 2017, Amy Krouse Rosenthal penned an op-ed piece for the New York Times' Modern Love column You May Want to Marry My Husband. It appeared ten days before her death from ovarian cancer. A heartbreaking, wry, brutally honest, and creative play...

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Sing backwards and weep  by Mark Lanegan

Sing backwards and weep

Mark Lanegan

Book

From the back of the van to the front of the bar, from the hotel room to the emergency room, onstage, backstage, and everywhere in between, Sing Backwards and Weep reveals the abrasive reality beneath one of the most romanticized decades in rock history-from...

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An extraordinary theory of objects by Stephanie. author. LaCava

An extraordinary theory of objects

Stephanie. author. LaCava

eBook

A haunting and moving collection of original narratives that reveals an expatriate's coming-of-age in Paris and the magic she finds in ordinary objects An awkward, curious girl growing up in a foreign country, Stephanie LaCava finds solace and security...

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Before & after by Susan Maria Leach

Before & after

Susan Maria Leach

eBook

At 278 pounds, Susan Maria Leach couldn't lie in bed without gasping for air, wasn't able to fit into a restaurant booth, and could barely buckle the belt on an airplane seat. In 2001 she resolved to take back control and underwent gastric bypass...

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Wild swans by Jung Chang

Wild swans

Jung Chang

eBook

Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular bestseller which has sold more than 13 million copies and a critically acclaimed history of China; a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty and an uplifting story of bravery and survival.Through the...

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The year of magical thinking by Joan author. Didion

The year of magical thinking

Joan author. Didion

eBook

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The story of the Trapp Family Singersh[electronic resource]  by Maria Augusta Trapp

The story of the Trapp Family Singersh[electronic resource]

Maria Augusta Trapp

eBook

With nearly 1,500 Broadway performances, six Tony Awards, more than three million albums sold, and five Academy Awards, The Sound of Music, based on the lives of Maria, the baron, and their singing children, is as familiar to most of us as our own fa...

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The genius in the design by J. P. author. Morrissey

The genius in the design

J. P. author. Morrissey

eBook

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Royals at War by Dylan Howard

Royals at War

Dylan Howard

eBook

Reveals Shocking Revelations about Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and the British Royal Family'and the Divisive Rifts Between Them This explosive expose, Royals at War, takes readers inside a riven Buckingham Palace to provide the definitive account of...

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Warhol by Blake Gopnik

Warhol

Blake Gopnik

eAudiobook

Brought to you by Penguin. When critics attacked Andy Warhol's Marilyn paintings as shallow, the Pop artist was happy to present himself as shallower still: He claimed that he silkscreened to avoid the hard work of painting, although he was actually ...

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Bad  by Dylan Howard

Bad

Dylan Howard

Book

He was the King of Pop, a superstar without equal, the idol of millions of young people around the world. But was Michael Jackson also a sexual predator without equal, someone who preyed on the very fans who adored him? Bad is the revelatory untold true...

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Demagogue  by Larry Tye

Demagogue

Larry Tye

Book

The definitive biography of the most dangerous demagogue in American history, based on first-ever review of his personal and professional papers, medical and military records, and recently unsealed transcripts of his closed-door Congressional hearings...

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Ask me his name  by Elle Wright

Ask me his name

Elle Wright

Book

Dear Reader, When I found myself experiencing a motherhood that I never expected, one that I was terrified of living, I didn't know how I would carry on being 'normal'. I didn't know how much I would long for people to say my son Teddy's name, to not...

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