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The wild truth by Carine McCandless

The wild truth

Carine McCandless

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The Mosquito Bowl by Buzz Bissinger

The Mosquito Bowl

Buzz Bissinger

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"Buzz Bissinger's Friday Night Lights is an American classic. With The Mosquito Bowl, he is back with a true story even more colorful and profound. This book too is destined to become a classic. I devoured it." ? John Grisham An extraordinary, untold story of...

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The way forward by Robert O'Neill

The way forward

Robert O'Neill

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"The Way Forward will help every reader master their own challenges--this is a must-read book!"--Admiral Bill McRaven, U.S. Navy (Retired) and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Make Your BedAmerican Sniper meets Make Your Bed in these life lessons...

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The twelve Dels of Christmas  by David Jason

The twelve Dels of Christmas

David Jason

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"'Think of this memoir as a Christmas special in book form, from someone who has been involved in a few of those and understands a bit about the concept. But a Christmas special very much like Only Fools and Horses, in the sense that the stories will be always...

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Walter Benjamin  by Howard Eiland

Walter Benjamin

Howard Eiland

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"Walter Benjamin is one of the twentieth century's most important intellectuals, and also one of its most elusive. His writings mosaics incorporating philosophy, literary criticism, Marxist analysis, and a syncretistic theology defy simple categorization. And...

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'You dirty old man!'  by David Clayton

'You dirty old man!'

David Clayton

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"The first definitive biography of one of Britain's most complex actors, Wilfrid Brambell. A Dirty Old Man is the first definitive account of one of Britain's most loved and complex character actors, Wilfrid Brambell. It uncovers a life that was far from happy...

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Long train runnin'  by Tom Johnston

Long train runnin'

Tom Johnston

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"For the first time, the incredible true story of the legendary band, The Doobie Brothers, written by founding members Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston. Only a very few rock bands that have had the longevity, success, and drama of The Doobie Brothers. Born out of...

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Lieutenant Dangerous  by Jeff Danziger

Lieutenant Dangerous

Jeff Danziger

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"A conversation with a group of today's military age men and women about America's involvement in Vietnam inspired Jeff Danziger to write about his own wartime experiences: "War is interesting," he reveals, "if you can avoid getting killed, and don't mind loud...

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Wild ride  by Hayley Arceneaux

Wild ride

Hayley Arceneaux

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"The youngest American to ever orbit the earth-cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux-shows us all that when we face our fears with hope and faith, extraordinary things can happen. "It may be hard to believe while I'm gravity-bound on my bedroom floor, but if...

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Sergei Rachmaninoff  by Rebecca Mitchell

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Rebecca Mitchell

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"Unquestionably one of the most popular composers of classical music, Sergei Rachmaninoff has not always been so admired by critics. Detractors have long perceived Rachmaninoff as part of an outdated Romantic tradition from a bygone Russian world, aloof from...

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Memsahibs  by Ipshita Nath

Memsahibs

Ipshita Nath

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"For young Englishwomen stepping off the steamer, the sights and sounds of humid colonial India were like nothing they'd ever experienced. For many, this was the ultimate destination to find a perfect civil servant husband. For still more, however, India...

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Remainders of the day  by Shaun Bythell

Remainders of the day

Shaun Bythell

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"The Bookshop in Wigtown is a bookworm's idyll - with thousands of books across nearly a mile of shelves, a real log fire, and Captain, the bookshop cat. You'd think after twenty years, owner Shaun Bythell would be used to the customers by now. Don't get him...

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A good country  by Sofia Ali-Khan

A good country

Sofia Ali-Khan

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"A leading advocate for social justice excavates the history of forced migration in the twelve American towns she's called home, revealing how White supremacy has fundamentally shaped the nation"--Publisher's description.

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A history of Britain in Just a minute  by Gyles Daubeney Brandreth

A history of Britain in Just a minute

Gyles Daubeney Brandreth

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"To celebrate one of Radio 4's longest running comedy panel shows, Gyles Brandreth's witty guide to British history, from Stonehenge and Boudicca to Peppa Pig and the London Olympics, in delightful 60-second instalments. The story of us - without hesitation,...

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The girl who fell from the sky  by Emma Carey

The girl who fell from the sky

Emma Carey

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"From a terrible accident that left her paraplegic, Emma Carey has become an inspiration for hundreds of thousands online to live life to the fullest and remind us that if we can, we must. There on that helicopter, somewhere over Switzerland on a Sunday in...

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Spitfire  by Tony Holmes

Spitfire

Tony Holmes

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"This is a complete illustrated guide to the world's most famous fighter aircraft, exploring its history, its strengths and weaknesses and its combat performance in battles all over the world"--Publisher's description.

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The family outing  by Jessi Hempel

The family outing

Jessi Hempel

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"By the time Jessi Hempel reached adulthood, everyone in her family had come out, starting a chain reaction of revelations that made them all question their place in the world in new and liberating ways"--Publisher's description.

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Where the children take us  by Zain E. (Zain Ejiofor) Asher

Where the children take us

Zain E. (Zain Ejiofor) Asher

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"In Where the Children Take Us, Obiajulu's daughter, Zain E. Asher, tells the story of her mother's harrowing fight to raise four children as a widowed immigrant in South London. Drawing on tough-love parenting strategies, Obiajulu teaches her sons and...

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Growing up Biden  by Valerie Biden Owens

Growing up Biden

Valerie Biden Owens

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"A memoir from Valerie Biden Owens, Joe Biden's younger sister, trusted confidante and lifelong campaign manager. Valerie, one of the first female campaign managers in United States history, writes of the role of family, faith, and fate in shaping her life,...

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Emma Raducanu  by Mike Dickson

Emma Raducanu

Mike Dickson

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"In 2021, Emma Raducanu shocked and charmed the tennis world as she raced to the US Open title with a smile on her face. But how did a little-known 18-year-old from Kent become the first ever qualifier to win a Major? Now Mike Dickson, who as Tennis...

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Buses are a comin'  by Charles Person

Buses are a comin'

Charles Person

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"At 18, Charles Person was the youngest of the original Freedom Riders, key figures in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement who left Washington, D.C. by bus in 1961, headed for New Orleans. This purposeful mix of black and white, male and female activists-including...

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Unearthed  by Claire Ratinon

Unearthed

Claire Ratinon

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"Unearthed is the story of how Claire Ratinon found belonging through falling in love with growing plants and reconnecting with nature. Like many diasporic people of colour, Claire grew up feeling cut off from the natural world. She lived in cities, reluctant...

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Out of the corner  by Jennifer Grey

Out of the corner

Jennifer Grey

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"In this beautiful, close-to-the bone account, Jennifer Grey takes readers on a vivid tour of the experiences that have shaped her, from her childhood as the daughter of Broadway and film legend Joel Grey, to the surprise hit with Patrick Swayze that made her...

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Frida  by Hayden Herrera

Frida

Hayden Herrera

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"Frida is the story of one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary women, the painter Frida Kahlo. Born near Mexico City, she grew up during the turbulent days of the Mexican Revolution and, at eighteen, was the victim of an accident that left her...

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One damn thing after another  by William Pelham Barr

One damn thing after another

William Pelham Barr

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"William Barr's first tenure as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush was largely the result of chance, while his second tenure under President Donald Trump a deliberate and difficult choice. In this candid memoir, Barr takes readers behind the...

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This woman  by Howard Sounes

This woman

Howard Sounes

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"In 1973, Myra Hindley, the most notorious woman in Britain, is serving a life sentence for the Moors murders - a case that shocked the world. Behind bars she has fallen in love. When Hindley is refused parole she persuades a sympathetic prison officer and...

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Enough already  by Valerie Bertinelli

Enough already

Valerie Bertinelli

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"Valerie Bertinelli shares an inspiring blueprint that offers women in midlife support and hope. She shares personal stories that many women will relate to from her past decade: hitting her fifties, taking care of her dying mother, the evolving relationship...

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Playmaker  by Glenn Hoddle

Playmaker

Glenn Hoddle

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"The first full autobiography from former footballer and England manager Glenn Hoddle. Glenn Hoddle was one of the most celebrated footballers of his generation. A wonderfully talented No. 10 - he formed part of the great Spurs teams of the early 1980s and cut...

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They called us "lucky"  by Ruben Gallego

They called us "lucky"

Ruben Gallego

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"Opening up for the first time about his combat experience, Congressman Ruben Gallego (D, AZ) delivers a moving and unforgettable memoir of the eternal bonds forged between the Marines of Lima Company, the hardest-hit unit of the Iraq War"--Publisher's...

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Comrade  by Cybele Locke

Comrade

Cybele Locke

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"Bill Andersen was one of the most significant figures in New Zealand’s trade union movement in the later twentieth century. Cybele Locke’s biography recovers the relationships between communism and working class trade unionism during World War Two and the...

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All creatures  by Julian Norton

All creatures

Julian Norton

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"Yorkshire Vet Julian Norton has spent his days as a mixed practice vet treating animals across the bucolic Yorkshire Dales. Julian's voice and humour -- well known from his titular role in Channel 5's long-running series The Yorkshire Vet -- leap out from...

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The Duchess  by Amanda Foreman

The Duchess

Amanda Foreman

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"Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, was one of the most flamboyant and influential women of the eighteenth century. The great-great-great-great aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales, she was variously a compulsive gambler, a political savante and operator of the...

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No filter by Paulina Porizkova

No filter

Paulina Porizkova

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"Writer and former model Paulina Porizkova pens a series of intimate, introspective, and enlightening essays about the complexities of womanhood at every age, pulling back the glossy magazine cover and writing from the heart"--

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A girl's story by Annie Ernaux

A girl's story

Annie Ernaux

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"In Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman, Annie Ernaux revisits the night 50 years earlier when she found herself submerged and controlled by another person's desire and willpower. It is the summer of 1958, the year she turned 18. And then the man she gave...

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Confidence man by Maggie Haberman

Confidence man

Maggie Haberman

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"Few journalists have covered Donald Trump more extensively than Maggie Haberman. And few better understand the polarizing 45th president or his motivations. In this astonishing, illuminating book, Haberman reveals all about Trump the man, the president and...

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A woman's story by Annie Ernaux

A woman's story

Annie Ernaux

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A Woman's Story is Annie Ernaux's "deeply affecting account of mothers and daughters, youth and age, and dreams and reality" (Kirkus Reviews). Upon her mother's death from Alzheimer's, Ernaux embarks on a daunting journey back through time, as she seeks to...

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A girl's story by Annie Ernaux

A girl's story

Annie Ernaux

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In A Girl's Story, Annie Ernaux revisits a night fifty years earlier when she found herself submerged and controlled by another person's desire and willpower. It was the summer of 1958, the year she turned eighteen, and the man she had given herself to had...

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Do let's have another drink! by Gareth Russell

Do let's have another drink!

Gareth Russell

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This is a biography of the Queen Mother with all the dull bits stripped out. When told that Lady Mountbatten was being buried at sea, the Queen Mother replied cheerfully. 'Dear old Edwina, she always did like to make a splash!' During her lifetime, the Queen...

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Accidental duchess by Emma Rutland

Accidental duchess

Emma Rutland

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Life in a castle isn't always a fairytale, as the Duchess of Rutland vividly illustrates in her fascinating, revealing and funny autobiography. When Emma Watkins, the pony-mad daughter of a Welsh farmer, imagined her future, she imagined following in her...

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I'm glad my mom died  by Jennette McCurdy

I'm glad my mom died

Jennette McCurdy

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"Jennette McCurdy was six years old when she had her first acting audition. Her mother's dream was for her only daughter to become a star, and Jennette would do anything to make her mother happy. So she went along with what Mom called "calorie restriction,"...

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No ordinary dog  by Will Chesney

No ordinary dog

Will Chesney

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"No Ordinary Dog is the powerful true story of a SEAL Team Operator and military dog handler, and the dog that saved his life. Two dozen Navy SEALs descended on Osama bin Laden's compound in May 2011. After the mission, only one name was made public: Cairo, a...

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The Prime Ministers

The Prime Ministers

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"It has almost been 300 years since Sir Robert Walpole arguably became the first holder of the office of Prime Minister in 1721 - an office which today is under scrutiny like never before. The Prime Ministers, edited by leading political commentator Iain Dale,...

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Murder by the sea  by David Howard

Murder by the sea

David Howard

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"There is something sinister about a British seaside town. On the surface they're all funfairs and breezy promenades. Yet dig a little deeper in the sand and you soon uncover an underworld of murder, madness and mayhem... Murder by the Sea Vol 1 is a companion...

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A promise to Nadia  by Zana Muhsen

A promise to Nadia

Zana Muhsen

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"Ten years previously Zana Muhsen escaped from the life of slavery in the Yemen into which her father had sold her as a child bride, leaving behind her baby son, her sister Nadia, and Nadia's two small children. As she described so powerfully in her...

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New Zealand hall of fame  by Maria Gill

New Zealand hall of fame

Maria Gill

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Collection of biographies which celebrates the lives of 50 famous New Zealanders. Suggested level: primary, intermediate.

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The world we knew  by Vonney Allan

The world we knew

Vonney Allan

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"The good thing about living in New Zealand in the 1930's to the 1960's was the relatively simple, safe, and reassuring attitudes of our people. We had no choice other than to be self-sufficient and creative because of our isolation, which continues to lead us...

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Downfall  by Paul Diamond

Downfall

Paul Diamond

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"1920 New Zealanders were shocked by the news that the brilliant, well-connected mayor of genteel Whanganui had shot a young gay poet, D'Arcy Cresswell, who he thought was blackmailing him. They were then riveted by the trial that followed. Mackay was...

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Do let's have another drink  by Gareth Russell

Do let's have another drink

Gareth Russell

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"This is a biography of the Queen Mother with all the dull bits stripped out. When told that Lady Mountbatten was being buried at sea, the Queen Mother replied cheerfully. ‘Dear old Edwina, she always did like to make a splash!’. During her lifetime, the Queen...

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Novelist as a vocation  by Haruki Murakami

Novelist as a vocation

Haruki Murakami

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"A charmingly idiosyncratic look at writing, creativity, and the author's own novels. Haruki Murakami's myriad fans will be delighted by this unique look into the mind of a master storyteller. In this engaging book, the internationally best-selling author and...

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A pocketful of happiness  by Richard E. Grant

A pocketful of happiness

Richard E. Grant

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"Richard E. Grant emigrated from Swaziland to London in 1982, with dreams of making it as an actor, when he unexpectedly met and fell in love with renowned dialect coach Joan Washington. Their relationship and marriage, navigating the highs and lows of...

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Bibi  by Binyamin Netanyahu

Bibi

Binyamin Netanyahu

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"From their earliest days, Bibi and his close-knit brothers, Yoni and Iddo, were instilled with purpose. Born in the wake of the Holocaust at the dawn of Israel's independence and raised in a family with a prominent Zionist history, they understood that the...

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Bad vibes only  by Nora McInerny

Bad vibes only

Nora McInerny

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"In a series of essays that span her childhood to present, Nora introduces us to her mind and her world while inviting us to more closely observe our own. This collection is a response to a society that tells us to live, laugh, and love. It reminds us that we...

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Yoga  by Emmanuel Carrère

Yoga

Emmanuel Carrère

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"A powerful reckoning with mental illness and a search for truth and healing through the discipline of yoga, from one of the world’s greatest living writers This is a book about yoga. Or at least, it was. January 2015. High on literary success and familial...

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Surrender  by 1960- author. Bono

Surrender

1960- author. Bono

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"Bono-artist, activist, and the lead singer of Irish rock band U2-has written a memoir: honest and irreverent, intimate and profound, SURRENDER is the story of the remarkable life he's lived, the challenges he's faced, and the friends and family who have...

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The long alliance  by Gabriel Debenedetti

The long alliance

Gabriel Debenedetti

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"Delving far deeper than the simplistic "bromance" narrative that's long held the public eye, The Long Alliance reveals the past, present, and future of the unusual partnership, detailing its development, its twists and turns, its ruptures and reunions, and...

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Friends, lovers, and the big terrible thing  by Matthew Perry

Friends, lovers, and the big terrible thing

Matthew Perry

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"The beloved star of Friends takes us behind the scenes of the hit sitcom and his struggles with addiction in this candid, funny, and revelatory memoir that delivers a powerful message of hope and persistence In an extraordinary story that only he could tell,...

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Crisis of command  by Stuart Scheller

Crisis of command

Stuart Scheller

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"A combat-decorated Marine officer, Scheller speaks out against the debacle of the Afghan pullout. As the culmination of a decades-long and still-ongoing betrayal of military members by top leadership, from generals to the commander in chief, came to light he...

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Hitler's girl  by Lauren Young

Hitler's girl

Lauren Young

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"This alternative history of 1930s Britain examines how fascist sympathizers in the aristocracy nearly helped authoritarianism take hold in Great Britain as it did in Italy and Germany, through secret organizations like the Right Club"--Publisher's...

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A beginner's guide to acting English  by Shappi Khorsandi

A beginner's guide to acting English

Shappi Khorsandi

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"It's 1977 and life in Iran is becoming unpredictable. The Shah will be overthrown and events are about to take place on the world stage. But for five-year-old Shappi Khorsandi all this means is that she must flee, leaving behind a mad extended Iran clan and...

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Agent Twister  by Philip Augar

Agent Twister

Philip Augar

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"He lived a double-life in the sixties. Faked his own death in the seventies. And retained his cover in the eighties. A period thriller with powerful political and espionage themes, Agent Twister is the remarkable story behind one of the greatest scandals of...

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Back in the day  by Melvyn Bragg

Back in the day

Melvyn Bragg

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"In this captivating memoir, Melvyn Bragg describes his life from childhood to adulthood in the Cumbrian market town of Wigton, from the early years alone with his mother while his father fought in the war to the moment he left for university. It is the tale...

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Explosive  by Cliff Todd

Explosive

Cliff Todd

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"This is life at the front line, or fractionally behind it, of an explosive expert who played a pivotal role in the investigation of the most significant bombings in mainland Britain and elsewhere during the course of three turbulent decades. For 15 years,...

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I wanna be yours  by John Cooper Clarke

I wanna be yours

John Cooper Clarke

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"This is a memoir as wry, funny, moving and vivid as its inimitable subject himself. This book will be a joy for both lifelong fans and for a whole new generation. John Cooper Clarke is a phenomenon: Poet Laureate of Punk, rock star, fashion icon, TV and radio...

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Under Her Skin by Sue Williams

Under Her Skin

Sue Williams

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My travels with Mrs. Kennedy by Clint Hill

My travels with Mrs. Kennedy

Clint Hill

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"Sparked by long-forgotten gifts and memorabilia discovered in an old trunk, the now ninety-year-old Hill reminisces about private moments, shared laughs, and crazy adventures with one of the world's most iconic women during her time as First Lady and the...

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Newsroom confidential by Margaret Sullivan

Newsroom confidential

Margaret Sullivan

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"Over her four decades of working in newsrooms big and small, Margaret Sullivan has become a trusted champion and critic of the American news media. In this bracing memoir, Sullivan traces her life in journalism and how trust in the mainstream press has...

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Control Freak by Cliff Bleszinski

Control Freak

Cliff Bleszinski

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Brutally beautiful  by Hazel (Runner) Harrison

Brutally beautiful

Hazel (Runner) Harrison

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"The legendary Marathon des Sables (MdS) has been billed as the toughest footrace on earth , back in the early days, it deserved the title. The first edition was in 1986 when events this gruelling were few and far between. Despite its name, it’s not a marathon...

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Uncultured  by Daniella Mestyanek Young

Uncultured

Daniella Mestyanek Young

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"In the vein of Educated and The Glass Castle, Daniella Mestyanek Young's Uncultured is more than a memoir about an exceptional upbringing, but about a woman who, no matter the lack of tools given to her, is determined to overcome. Behind the tall, foreboding...

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Stay true  by Hua Hsu

Stay true

Hua Hsu

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""From the New Yorker staff writer Hua Hsu, a gripping memoir on friendship, grief, the search for self, and the solace that can be found through art. In the eyes of 18-year-old Hua Hsu, the problem with Ken-with his passion for Dave Matthews, Abercrombie &...

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Saving Freud  by Andrew Nagorski

Saving Freud

Andrew Nagorski

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"March 1938: German soldiers are massing on the Austrian border, on the cusp of fulfilling Hitler's dream of absorbing the country into the Third Reich. Many Jews make frantic plans to flee to safety. But one of the most famous men in the world, unable to...

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Rising to the surface  by Lenny Henry

Rising to the surface

Lenny Henry

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"The rise and fall and triumphant rise from the ashes of Lenny Henry during the 80s and 90s. Rising to the Surface traces Lenny Henry's career through the 80s and 90s. The 16-year-old who won a talent competition, now has to navigate his way through the seas...

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Queens of the age of chivalry  by Alison Weir

Queens of the age of chivalry

Alison Weir

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"Medieval queens were seen as mere dynastic trophies, yet many of the Plantagenet queens of the High Middle Ages dramatically broke away from the restrictions imposed on their sex, as Alison Weir shows in this gripping group biography of England's...

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Look! We have come through!  by Lara Feigel

Look! We have come through!

Lara Feigel

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"Lara Feigel listens to birds outside her window -- their circling, strident calls -- and thinks of D. H. Lawrence. It is the spring of 2020 and, as the pandemic takes hold, she locks down in rural Oxfordshire with her partner, her two children, and that most...

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Confessions  by A. N. Wilson

Confessions

A. N. Wilson

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"Here at last is the story of one of the leading contemporary critics, literary and otherwise, who has become celebrated for his waspish and subversive writing. As a writer, Wilson is polymathic. As the literary editor of the Spectator and Evening Standard he...

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Exploring the world  by Alexander Maitland

Exploring the world

Alexander Maitland

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"Explorers and travellers have always been attracted by the lure of the unknown. By traversing and mapping our planet, they have played a vital role in mankind's development. For almost two hundred years, the Royal Geographical Society has recognised their...

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Start painting now  by Emily Powell

Start painting now

Emily Powell

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"Get in touch with your inner artist and nurture your creative mind with this playful and informative handbook. Start Painting Now is a practical, accessible guide to discovering your creative spirit, giving you brilliant new tools for relaxation and...

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Whatever next?  by Anne Glenconner

Whatever next?

Anne Glenconner

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"Anne Glenconner's glittering life hasn't always been golden. As she revealed in her astonishing memoir Lady in Waiting, it has been one of stark contrasts - from growing up in Holkham Hall to living in a tent in the island jungle of Mustique, from travelling...

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On agoraphobia  by Graham Caveney

On agoraphobia

Graham Caveney

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"'If we're talking agoraphobia, we're talking books. I slip between their covers, lose myself in the turn of one page, re-discover myself on the next. Reading is a game of hide-and-seek. Narrative and neurosis, uneasy bedfellows sleeping top to toe.' When...

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Call Me Mrs Brown  by Brendan O'Carroll

Call Me Mrs Brown

Brendan O'Carroll

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"National treasure, writer, producer, actor and comedian, the beloved entertainer Brendan O'Carroll writes candidly about his life in his very first autobiography Before he became the nation's favourite Mammy, Brendan O'Carroll was known, simply as Brendan....

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Lives of the novelists by John Sutherland

Lives of the novelists

John Sutherland

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No previous author has attempted a book such as this: a complete history of novels written in the English language, from the genre's seventeenth-century origins to the present day. In the spirit of Dr. Johnson's Lives of the Poets, acclaimed critic and scholar...

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The secret heart by Suleika Dawson

The secret heart

Suleika Dawson

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Great Australian Rascals, Rogues and Ratbags by Jim Haynes

Great Australian Rascals, Rogues and Ratbags

Jim Haynes

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The bold, the bad and the slightly mad. Criminality, some say, is part of Australia's national identity, and in Great Australian Rascals, Rogues and Ratbags Jim Haynes profiles 15 larger-than-life Aussie rogues. These stories uncover the truth and expose the...

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Marco Polo by Tony Armit

Marco Polo

Tony Armit

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In 1951, an 18-year-old Kiwi lad named Tony Armit decided to build a 28-foot wooden yacht. Three years later, he christened her Marco Polo, then with a former school rugby mate, Brian 'Tig' Loe, set sail from Auckland on an epic voyage... and whatever...

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Patting the shark by Tim Baker

Patting the shark

Tim Baker

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Tim Baker was living the dream. A best-selling and award-winning surf writer with a beautiful family, a lifetime of exotic travel and a home walking distance to quality waves. That all changed on July 7, 2015, when he was diagnosed, out of the blue, with stage...

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Daughters of the North by Jennifer Morag Henderson

Daughters of the North

Jennifer Morag Henderson

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Mary, Queen of Scots' marriage to the Earl of Bothwell is notorious. Less known is Bothwell's first wife, Jean Gordon, who extricated herself from their marriage and survived the intrigue of the Queen's court. Daughters of the North reframes this turbulent...

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A kind of magic by Anna Spargo-Ryan

A kind of magic

Anna Spargo-Ryan

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Where do mental illness stories begin? Anna's always had too many feelings. Or not enough feelings - she's never been quite sure. Debilitating panic. Extraordinary melancholy. Paranoia. Ambivalence. Fear. Despair. From anxious child to terrified parent, mental...

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Shakespeare  by Bill Bryson

Shakespeare

Bill Bryson

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This exquisitely illustrated edition of Bill Bryson's best-selling biography of William Shakespeare takes the reader on an enthralling journey through Elizabethan England and the eccentricities of Shakespearean scholarship. Bill Bryson's biography of William...

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What's your vibe?  by Craig David

What's your vibe?

Craig David

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"In this book, celebrated singer-songwriter Craig David takes us on a journey of connecting, disconnecting and reconnecting, weaving together stories of his life and music - starting with his early days in Southampton working with The Artful Dodger, to his...

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A month at the back of my brain  by Kevin Ireland

A month at the back of my brain

Kevin Ireland

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"Unlike Kevin Ireland's earlier memoirs (one of which won a national book award), this is not so much a chronicle of lasting interests and memorable occurrences as a rummage through 30 episodes - one a day, for a month - at the back of his brain. A process he...

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Every sign of life  by Nicholas Lyon Gresson

Every sign of life

Nicholas Lyon Gresson

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"Respectable families hold on to their myths, contain the violence, uphold the Establishment. There was always going to be a story. It couldn't be overlooked, and this one will set the skeletons rattling and the gin bottles clinking up and down the country....

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Skinning out  by Philip Saul

Skinning out

Philip Saul

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"A 'warts 'n all' memoir of a golden era in British merchant shipping, told from a lower-deck perspective with refreshing bluntness, humour and honesty. In the summer of 1964, 16-year-old Philip Saul fulfils his boyhood ambition of going to sea when he joins...

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Notes of a Russian sniper  by V. G. (Vasiliĭ Grigorʹevich) Zaĭt︠s︡ev

Notes of a Russian sniper

V. G. (Vasiliĭ Grigorʹevich) Zaĭt︠s...

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"When Vasili Zaitsev arrived in Stalingrad in October 1942 the average life expectancy of a Red Army soldier was only twenty four hours. This figure improved gradually during the battle, partly due to the success of a determined group of snipers, the greatest...

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The two of us  by Sheila Hancock

The two of us

Sheila Hancock

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"When actor John Thaw died from cancer in 2002, the nation lost one of its finest actors. In this double biography, Sheila Hancock chronicles their lives - personal and professional, together and apart"--Publisher's description.

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Say it again in a nice voice by Meg Mason

Say it again in a nice voice

Meg Mason

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At 24, Meg Mason was newly married to a man "essentially indistinguishable from a young Matt Damon" and had landed her dream job, writing for The Times in London. What could possibly go wrong?

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Her Majesty  by Christopher Warwick

Her Majesty

Christopher Warwick

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"Celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with this resplendent photographic story of her public and private life. Brimming with tradition, history, glamour, and culture, this book features international tours, state functions, royal weddings, and jubilees,...

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A father's story  by Lionel Dahmer

A father's story

Lionel Dahmer

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"In July 1991 the country was shocked by the unfathomable crimes of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. But no one was more shocked than his parents. In A Father's Story, the reader is witness to the incremental unraveling of a parent's image of their child, and the...

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ABBA at 50  by Carl Magnus Palm

ABBA at 50

Carl Magnus Palm

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"Emerging victorious from Eurovision in 1974 with winning tune "Waterloo," ABBA catapulted to fame and captured hearts across the world with their melodic and ever-so catchy pop songs. Formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny...

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In love with the world  by Rinpoche Yongey Mingyur

In love with the world

Rinpoche Yongey Mingyur

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"At thirty-six years old, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche was a rising star within his generation of Tibetan masters. One night, telling no one, he slipped out of his monastery in India with the intention of spending the next four years on a wandering retreat,...

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An accidental icon  by Norman Scott

An accidental icon

Norman Scott

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"The jaw-dropping and inspiring story of accidental queer icon Norman Scott (the hero of TV drama A Very English Scandal) and the part he played in one of the greatest political scandals of the 20th century. In October 1975 an assassin tried to murder Norman...

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Teller of the unexpected  by Matthew Dennison

Teller of the unexpected

Matthew Dennison

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"Roald Dahl was one of the world's greatest storytellers. He conceived his vocation as one as intrepid as that of any explorer and, in his writing for children, he was able to tap into a child's viewpoint throughout his life. He crafted tales that were exotic...

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Cressida Campbell

Cressida Campbell

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"Cressida Campbell celebrates the career of an exceptional Australian colourist who has worked between painting and printmaking for over forty years. Combining keen observation with formal design, Campbell uses an innovative technique to create woodblock...

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Scoops  by Sam McAlister

Scoops

Sam McAlister

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"She is the woman who clinched the 2019 interview with Prince Andrew, described as 'a plane crashing into an oil tanker, causing a tsunami, triggering a nuclear explosion'. She is many things beside: the first in her family to go to university; a trained...

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Terry Pratchett  by Rob Wilkins

Terry Pratchett

Rob Wilkins

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"The official biography of one of the world's best-loved and bestselling storytellers - Sir Terry Pratchett - told using Terry's own unpublished notes and the input of his family and dear friends, by the person who was, for over 20 years, his manager and close...

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The daughter of Auschwitz  by Tova Friedman

The daughter of Auschwitz

Tova Friedman

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"Holocaust survivor Friedman recalls her experiences in Auschwitz-Birkenau as a young child in this heartrending memoir. Born in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland, in 1938, Friedman's first memories were of life in the Jewish ghetto. Suffering starvation, disease,...

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Henrietta Maria  by Leanda De Lisle

Henrietta Maria

Leanda De Lisle

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"Henrietta Maria, Charles I's queen, is the most reviled consort to have worn the crown of Britain's three kingdoms. Condemned as that 'Popish brat of France', a 'notorious whore' and traitor, she remains in popular memory the wife who wore the breeches and...

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Don't ask me about my dad  by Tom Mitchelson

Don't ask me about my dad

Tom Mitchelson

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"Growing up with him was like being in my own war zone, living in perpetual fear of when the bombs would fall. I was terrified of becoming him, and in moments I could feel I might. He still lives within me grimly like some battered demon spright. And I'm...

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You got anything stronger?  by Gabrielle Union

You got anything stronger?

Gabrielle Union

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"In her previous book, Union revealed her own trauma as a victim of sexual assault and spoke openly of her fertility journey. In this collection of essays, she continues her story: becoming a mom to two amazing girls; an expanded career that gives her the...

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