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The escape artist by Helen Fremont

The escape artist

Helen Fremont

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"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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A bit of a stretch by Chris Atkins

A bit of a stretch

Chris Atkins

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The ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife

The ravenmaster

Christopher Skaife

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Good husbandry by Kristin Kimball

Good husbandry

Kristin Kimball

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"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

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"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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Tall tales and wee stories by Billy Connolly

Tall tales and wee stories

Billy Connolly

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A farmer's diary by Sally Urwin

A farmer's diary

Sally Urwin

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Conversations with RBG by Jeffrey Rosen

Conversations with RBG

Jeffrey Rosen

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"This is a remarkable and unique book, an informal portrait of Justice Ginsburg, drawing on a series of her conversations with Rosen, starting in the 1990s and continuing through the Trump era. Rosen, a veteran legal journalist, scholar, and president...

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Tombstone by Thomas Clavin

Tombstone

Thomas Clavin

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"On the afternoon of October 26, 1881, nine men clashed in what would be known as the most famous shootout in American frontier history. Thirty bullets were exchanged in thirty seconds, killing three men and wounding three others. The fight sprang forth...

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Molly by Colin Butcher

Molly

Colin Butcher

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"Molly: The True Story of the Amazing Dog Who Rescues Cats tells the heartwarming story of the man-and-dog team behind the United Kingdom Pet Detective Agency, how Colin, in need of a new lease on life, rescues Molly the dog, and how Molly in turn rescues...

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Exposure by Robert Bilott

Exposure

Robert Bilott

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"In 1998, Robert Bilott was a 33-year-old Cincinnati lawyer on the verge of making partner when his career and life took an unforeseen turn. He was taken by surprise when he received a call from a man named Earl Tennant, a farmer from West Virginia with...

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Corrupt bodies by Peter Everett

Corrupt bodies

Peter Everett

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"In 1985, Peter Everett landed the job as Superintendent of Southwark Mortuary. In just six years he'd gone from lowly assistant to running the UK's busiest murder morgue. He couldn't believe his luck. What he didn't know was that Southwark, operating...

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The face behind the veil by Donna Gehrke-White

The face behind the veil

Donna Gehrke-White

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"For years, the image of the Muslim woman in America has been as mysterious as the face behind the veil. Is she garbed in the traditional hijab and chador? Is she subservient to a male-dominated culture and religion? Does she grocery shop, do her nails,...

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Hell and other destinations by Madeleine Korbel Albright

Hell and other destinations

Madeleine Korbel Albright

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"In 2001, when Madeleine Albright was leaving office as America's first female secretary of state, interviewers asked her how she wished to be remembered. 'I don't want to be remembered,' she answered. 'I am still here and have much more I intend to do....

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The life and afterlife of Harry Houdini by Joe Posnanski

The life and afterlife of Harry Houdini

Joe Posnanski

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"Harry Houdini. Say his name and a number of things come to mind. Escapes. Illusions. Magic. Chains. Safes. Live burials. Close to a century after his death, nearly every person in America knows his name from a young age, capturing their imaginations...

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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

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"An inspiring memoir of life, love, loss, and new beginnings by the widower of bestselling author and filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal, whose last act of love before her death was setting the stage for her husband's life without her in a Modern Love column...

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The boy who felt too much by Lorenz Wagner

The boy who felt too much

Lorenz Wagner

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"An international bestseller, the story behind Henry Markram's breakthrough theory about autism, and how a family's unconditional love led to a scientific paradigm shift. Henry Markram is the Elon Musk of neuroscience, the man behind the billion-dollar...

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Bill and Horrie by Roland Perry

Bill and Horrie

Roland Perry

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"Bill the Bastard: Bill the Bastard is a remarkable tale of the bond between a determined trooper and his stoic but cantankerous mount during the Light Horse campaigns against the Ottoman Empire in the Great War. They fought together. They depended on...

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Tea and scotch with Bradman by Roland Perry

Tea and scotch with Bradman

Roland Perry

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"The Don bounced upstairs, past alcoves displaying trophies and his favourite portrait of himself executing a cover drive, and into the inner sanctum, the small Bradman study. In 1995, journalist and author Roland Perry wrote to Sir Donald Bradman requesting...

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The note through the wire by Doug Gold

The note through the wire

Doug Gold

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"In the heart of Nazi-occupied Europe, two people meet fleetingly in a chance encounter. One is an underground resistance fighter; the other a prisoner of war. A crumpled note passes between these two strangers and sets them on a course that will change...

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For small creatures such as we by Sasha (Alexandra Rachel Druyan) Sagan

For small creatures such as we

Sasha (Alexandra Rachel Druyan) Sag...

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"Part memoir, part guidebook, and part social history, For Small Creatures Such as We is the first book from the daughter of Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan--a luminous exploration of Earth's marvels that require no faith in order to be believed. Sasha Sagan...

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Eat like a fish by Bren Smith

Eat like a fish

Bren Smith

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"In Eat Like a Fish Bren Smith - a former commercial fisherman turned restorative ocean farmer - shares a bold new vision for the future of food: seaweed. Part memoir, part manifesto, through tales that span from his childhood in Newfoundland to his years...

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I miss you when I blink by Mary Laura Philpott

I miss you when I blink

Mary Laura Philpott

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"Mary Laura Philpott thought she'd cracked the code: Always be right, and you'll always be happy. But once she'd completed her life's to-do list (job, spouse, house, babies--check!), she found that instead of feeling content and successful, she felt ...

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The love that remains by Susan Francis

The love that remains

Susan Francis

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"After twenty years spent searching for her biological parents, 52 year old Susan Hull unexpectedly meets the great love of her life - a gold miner named Wayne Francis. He is a gentle giant of a man, who promises Susan the world. Two years later they...

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Ten rogues by Peter Grose

Ten rogues

Peter Grose

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"From the grim docks of nineteenth-century London to the even grimmer shores of the brutal penal colony of Norfolk Island, this is a roller-coaster tale. It has everything: defiance of authority, treachery, piracy and mutiny, escape from the hangman's...

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The longest day by Matt Calman

The longest day

Matt Calman

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"Matt Calman's most consistent tool for dealing with problems throughout his life was alcohol. But it got to the stage where he was no longer willing to put up with the dark side of his drinking. So he quit. But the problems that had been simmering away...

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Buckley's chance by Garry Linnell

Buckley's chance

Garry Linnell

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"He fought Napoleon's army and survived. He was sent to the gallows and escaped the noose. Now he is in chains and on his way to the other side of the world. What happens next will become one of the most remarkable survival stories in history. The 19th...

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Unnatural causes by Richard (Forensic pathologist) Shepherd

Unnatural causes

Richard (Forensic pathologist) Shep...

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"Dr Richard Shepherd is the UK's foremost forensic pathologist, his job to understand the deaths which may have no natural cause. From crime scene to court room, his findings are crucial to the pursuit of justice. His work has seen killers put behind...

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Close to where the heart gives out by Malcolm Alexander

Close to where the heart gives out

Malcolm Alexander

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"In his forties, Malcolm gave up his job in suburban Glasgow when a persistent seed that had been growing inside him started to bloom, disrupting the foundations of his life. When he saw the job advert, 'urgent: island doctor needed', he applied imme...

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The ghosts of Eden Park by Karen Abbott

The ghosts of Eden Park

Karen Abbott

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"In the early days of Prohibition, long before Al Capone became a household name, a German immigrant named George Remus quits practicing law and starts trafficking whiskey. Within two years he's a multi-millionaire. The press calls him "King of the.....

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Step by step by Simon Reeve

Step by step

Simon Reeve

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TV adventurer Simon Reeve has journeyed across epic landscapes, dodged bullets on frontlines, walked through minefields, and been detained for spying by the KGB. His travels have taken him across jungles, deserts, mountains and oceans, and to some of...

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Breaking and mending by Joanna (Psychiatrist) author. Cannon

Breaking and mending

Joanna (Psychiatrist) author. Canno...

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In this powerful memoir, Joanna Cannon tells her story as a junior doctor in visceral, heart-rending snapshots. We walk with her through the wards, facing extraordinary and daunting moments: from attending her first post-mortem and sitting with a pat...

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My mother the psychopath by Olivia Rayne

My mother the psychopath

Olivia Rayne

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"Olivia has been afraid ever since she can remember. Out of sight, she was subjected to cruelty and humiliation at the hands of the one person who should have loved and protected her at all times--her mother, Josephine. While appearing completely normal...

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The Hockneys by John Hockney

The Hockneys

John Hockney

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"The Hockneys is a never before seen insight into the lives of one of the world's most famous artists and his family by youngest brother John, from growing up in the Second World War in Bradford through to their diverse lives across three continents....

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A bookshop in Berlin by Francoise Frenkel

A bookshop in Berlin

Francoise Frenkel

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"In 1921, Françoise Frenkel--a Jewish woman from Poland--fulfills a dream. She opens La Maison du Livre, Berlin's first French bookshop, attracting artists and diplomats, celebrities and poets. The shop becomes a haven for intellectual exchange as Na...

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Janis by Holly George-Warren

Janis

Holly George-Warren

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"This blazingly intimate biography of Janis Joplin establishes the Queen of Rock & Roll as the rule-breaking musical trailblazer and complicated, gender-bending rebel she was. Janis Joplin's first transgressive act was to be a white girl who gained an...

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Mobituaries by Mo Rocca

Mobituaries

Mo Rocca

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"Newspaper obituaries commemorate remarkable lives: leaders, captains of industry, inventors, artists, and entertainers. But what about the remarkable lives we forgot to remember? That's the question that drives journalist, humorist, and history buff...

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Travel light, move fast by Alexandra Fuller

Travel light, move fast

Alexandra Fuller

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"When her father becomes gravely ill on holiday in Budapest, Alexandra Fuller rushes to join her mother at his bedside where they see out his last days together. As they carry his ashes home to their family farm in Zambia and begin to grieve together,...

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The American story by David M. Rubenstein

The American story

David M. Rubenstein

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"Co-founder of The Carlyle Group and patriotic philanthropist David M. Rubenstein takes readers on a sweeping journey across the grand arc of the American story through revealing conversations with our greatest historians. In these lively dialogues, ...

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A house in the mountains by Caroline Moorehead

A house in the mountains

Caroline Moorehead

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"In the late summer of 1943, when Italy changed sides in the War and the Germans - now their enemies - occupied the north of the country, an Italian Resistance was born. Ada, Frida, Silvia and Bianca were four young Piedmontese women who joined the R...

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The queens of animation by Nathalia Holt

The queens of animation

Nathalia Holt

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"From Snow White to Moana, the animated films of Walt Disney Studios have moved and entertained millions. But few fans know that behind these groundbreaking features was an incredibly influential group of women who fought for respect in an often ruth...

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Full hearts and empty bellies by Winifred Foley

Full hearts and empty bellies

Winifred Foley

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Winifred Foley grew up in the 1920s - a bright, determined miner's daughter - in a world of unspoilt beauty and desperate hardship. Living hand to mouth in a tumbledown cottage in the Forest of Dean, Foley - "our Poll" - had a loving family and the woods...

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Happy old me by Hunter Davies

Happy old me

Hunter Davies

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On 8 February 2016, Margaret Forster lost her life to cancer of the spine. For her husband, Hunter Davies, the days that followed were carried out on autopilot: arrangements to be made, family and friends to be contacted. But how do you cope after you...

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Casting into the light by Janet Messineo

Casting into the light

Janet Messineo

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"Tales of a champion surfcaster: the education of a young woman hell-bent on following her dream and learning the mysterious and profound sport, and art, of surfcasting, on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Janet Messineo knew from the get-go that she...

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The Bourbon King by Bob Batchelor

The Bourbon King

Bob Batchelor

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"On the 100th anniversary of The Volstead Act comes the epic, definitive story of the man who cracked the Prohibition system, became one of the world's richest criminal masterminds, and helped inspire The Great Gatsby."--Provided by publisher.

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How death becomes life by Joshua D. Mezrich

How death becomes life

Joshua D. Mezrich

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"A gifted surgeon illuminates one of the most awe-inspiring achievements of modern-day medicine: the movement of organs between bodies. At the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Dr. Joshua Mezrich creates life from loss,...

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For Freddie by Rachael Bland

For Freddie

Rachael Bland

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"Having been told that she only had a matter of months left to live and writing this in what was sadly her final days, Rachael brings her warmth, courage and humour to the page in this heart-warming and heart-breaking story. Part memoir, part advice,...

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Shiny pennies and grubby pinafores by Winifred Foley

Shiny pennies and grubby pinafores

Winifred Foley

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After her years in domestic service, Winifred Foley married and started a family. But while scraping a living as a charwoman in a rundown north London tenement, she continued to long for her home in the Forest of Dean and the cherished relatives she ...

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Life in the garden by Penelope Lively

Life in the garden

Penelope Lively

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Penelope Lively has always been a keen gardener. This book is partly a memoir of her own life in gardens: the large garden at home in Cairo where she spent most of her childhood, her grandmother's garden in a sloping Somerset field, then two successi...

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Quicksand tales by Keggie Carew

Quicksand tales

Keggie Carew

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Ever been talked into buying a camel? Or become a burglar by mistake? Or accidentally drugged a friend on a blind date? Keggie Carew has an unerring instinct for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, of putting her foot in it, and making a hash...

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Brother & sister by Diane Keaton

Brother & sister

Diane Keaton

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"From the beloved film star and best-selling author of Then Again: a heartfelt memoir about her relationship with her younger brother, and a poignant exploration of the divergent paths siblings' lives can take. When they were children in the suburbs of...

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The ungrateful refugee by Dina Nayeri

The ungrateful refugee

Dina Nayeri

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"What is it like to be a refugee? It is a question few in the West give much thought, and yet to be a refugee - or an immigrant - is to grapple with your place in the world, attempting to reconcile the life you have known with the unfamiliar. With this...

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A marvelous life by Danny Fingeroth

A marvelous life

Danny Fingeroth

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"The definitive biography of the beloved-often controversial-co-creator of many legendary superheroes, A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee presents the origin of "Stan the Man," who spun a storytelling web of comic book heroic adventures into...

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The art of resistance by Justus Rosenberg

The art of resistance

Justus Rosenberg

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"In 1937, as the Nazis gained control and anti-Semitism spread in the Free City of Danzig, a majority German city on the Baltic Sea, sixteen-year-old Justus Rosenberg was sent to Paris to finish his education in safety. Three years later, France fell...

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Lake of the Ozarks by William Geist

Lake of the Ozarks

William Geist

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"Bill Geist reflects on his coming of age in the American heartland of the Midwest and traces his evolution as a man and a writer, in the summers between high school and college, before he went off to Vietnam and the country went to Hell."--Provided ...

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Natural rivals by John Clayton

Natural rivals

John Clayton

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"John Muir, the most famous naturalist in American history, protected Yosemite, co-founded the Sierra Club, and is sometimes called the Father of the National Parks. A poor immigrant, self-taught, individualistic, and skeptical of institutions, his i...

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I talk too much by Francis Rossi

I talk too much

Francis Rossi

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"In Francis Rossi's explosive new memoir, I talk too much, the Status Quo main man reveals for the first time the true-life stories behind the life and times of one of the bestselling rock singers in the world. With over 100 million records sold worldwide...

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Her father's daughter by Beezy Marsh

Her father's daughter

Beezy Marsh

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"When Annie marries Harry after years of heartache in a London slum she believes she's found her happy ever after. But the horrors of the Blitz soon threaten everything they hold dear. The terrible sights Harry witnesses as an air raid warden bring b...

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Me by Elton John

Me

Elton John

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"In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, which is also the subject of the smash-hit film Rocketman. The result is Me - the joyously funny, honest and moving story of the most...

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Inner worlds outer spaces by Ceridwen Dovey

Inner worlds outer spaces

Ceridwen Dovey

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"What does it feel like to be passionate about your daily work? How do people find their way into fascinating, unusually fulfilling careers, even against the odds? Delving into the working lives of others, Ceridwen Dovey presents essay profiles of co...

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Night fishing by Vicki Hastrich

Night fishing

Vicki Hastrich

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"Vicki Hastrich takes the reader on a stunning voyage through her writer's life and across her chosen patch: the private byways of Brisbane Water, north of Sydney, where she has spent much of her life. Hastrich fuses her intimate, loving knowledge of...

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Jacinda Ardern by Michelle Duff

Jacinda Ardern

Michelle Duff

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"Michelle Duff delves into Ardern's beginnings in small-town New Zealand, discovering a nose-ringed teen fighting for equality and her own identity in a devout Mormon family. Duff tracks Ardern's political career from being dismissed as a 'show pony'...

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A sharp left turn by Mike Chunn

A sharp left turn

Mike Chunn

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"A rollicking yarn about the early days of ground-breaking band Split Enz, but also the powerful story of how Mike Chunn dealt with a crippling mental health issue and went on to become one of our most influential music identities. This is a gripping...

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Vets might fly by James Herriot

Vets might fly

James Herriot

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A few months of married bliss, a lovers' nest in Darrowby, and the wonders of home cooking are rudely interrupted for James Herriot by the Second World War. This, his fifth volume of memoirs, relocates him to a gruelling RAF training camp in England....

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Vet in a spin by James Herriot

Vet in a spin

James Herriot

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Strapped into the cockpit of a Tiger Moth trainer, James Herriot has swapped his wellingtons and breeches for sheepskin boots and a baggy flying suit. But the vet-turned-airman is the sort of aircrew trainee to terrify instructors who've faced the Lu...

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Brothers in black by Jamie Wall

Brothers in black

Jamie Wall

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"The All Blacks have had a brilliant run of brothers in the last decade, with the Barretts, Whitelocks, Saveas and Franks, but there have also been many more standouts throughout New Zealand rugby history like the Meads, Whettons, Gears, Bachops and ...

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Voyage of the Southern Sun by Michael Smith

Voyage of the Southern Sun

Michael Smith

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"British-Australian university dropout Michael Smith built a multimillion-dollar business fitting out movie theatres around the world, before restoring Melbourne's Sun Theatre and becoming one of the last independent cinema operators. After a business...

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Many a close run thing by Tom Enright

Many a close run thing

Tom Enright

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"A New Zealand squadron leader, flying-boat captain and airliner pilot on a life of aerial adventure. Though rarely seen above the small sheep farming town called Ranfurly in Central Otago in the 1940s, Tom Enright developed a fascination with planes...

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Backyard to backpack by Evie Farrell

Backyard to backpack

Evie Farrell

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"What if you followed your heart to a life that made you truly happy? When her daughter Emmie was 6 years old, Evie Farrell left her corporate career, sold or donated almost everything she owned, rented out her house and, hand-in-hand with Emmie, began...

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High adventure by Mike Allsop

High adventure

Mike Allsop

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"Airline pilot, Everest mountaineer, adventurer and extreme marathon competitor Mike Allsop is an ordinary family man proving that anybody can accomplish extraordinary things. Mike Allsop grew up in a single parent home in Auckland. Life wasn't always...

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Fly girls by Keith O'Brien

Fly girls

Keith O'Brien

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"Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi-day events, and cities vied with one another to host them. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully...

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The vagabonds by Jeff Guinn

The vagabonds

Jeff Guinn

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"The fascinating story of two American giants--Henry Ford and Thomas Edison--whose annual summer sojourns introduced the road trip to our culture and made the automobile an essential part of modern life, even as their own relationship altered dramatically....

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The fall of Richard Nixon by Tom Brokaw

The fall of Richard Nixon

Tom Brokaw

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Tom Brokaw recounts the endgame of the Watergate scandal and the Nixon presidency in real time, from his perspective in the press corps as a young White House correspondent for NBC News. The last year of the Nixon presidency was filled with power pol...

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Life sentence by Carl (Carl Anthony) Williams

Life sentence

Carl (Carl Anthony) Williams

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"The extraordinary letters detailing Carl Williams last eighteen months in jail, discovered after his death. In 2007 Carl Williams was convicted of three murders and sentenced to 35 years' jail. Yet his role in the Melbourne Gangland Wars went far beyond...

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In strictest confidence by Craig Revel Horwood

In strictest confidence

Craig Revel Horwood

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"The third instalment in Craig Revel Horwood's frank and funny biographies takes the reader through the highs and lows of the Strictly Come Dancing star's 'fab-u-LOUS' life. The Aussie-born judge shares his famously forthright views on the changes in...

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Maybe then I will cry by Gary (Local historian) Montgomery

Maybe then I will cry

Gary (Local historian) Montgomery

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"This is a true story which reaffirms the most sobering part of the wedding vows: "In sickness and in health ...'til death do us part." It chronicles, in the words of the author and Penny herself, the discovery of her Stage 3, or possibly even Stage 4...

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Greek to me by Mary Norris

Greek to me

Mary Norris

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"Presents a chronicle of the author's lifelong love affair with words, filtered through her passion for all things Greek and her solo adventures in Greece."--Provided by publisher.

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The queen by Josh Levin

The queen

Josh Levin

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"In the fall of 1974, the Chicago Tribune found a woman its readers were sure to hate. Linda Taylor had reported a phony burglary, concocting a lie about stolen furs and jewelry. The detective who checked it out soon discovered she was a scammer, a w...

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Confessions of a bookseller by Shaun Bythell

Confessions of a bookseller

Shaun Bythell

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Shaun Bythell is the owner of Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. But if you think his days are taken up with sorting through rare and valuable first editions, snoozing by the fire with the latest literary gem, or chatting with interesting, well...

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Look what you made me do by Helen Walmsley-Johnson

Look what you made me do

Helen Walmsley-Johnson

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Helen Walmsley-Johnson's first husband controlled her life, from the people she saw to what was in her bank account. He alienated her from friends and family and even their three daughters. Eventually he threw her out, and she painfully began to rebuild...

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War doctor by David (David M.) author. Nott

War doctor

David (David M.) author. Nott

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For more than two decades, David Nott has taken unpaid leave from his job as a general and vascular surgeon with the NHS to volunteer in some of the world's most dangerous war zones. From Sarajevo under siege in 1993, to clandestine hospitals in rebe...

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When the dogs don't bark by Angela Gallop

When the dogs don't bark

Angela Gallop

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"The compelling memoir from the UK's most eminent forensic scientist and some of the most fascinating criminal investigations she has worked on. 'The dead keep many secrets. Sometimes they are the only witness to a crime. But ask the right questions,...

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All my mother's secrets by Beezy Marsh

All my mother's secrets

Beezy Marsh

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"Annie Austin’s childhood ends at the age of twelve, when she joins her mother in one of the slum laundries of Acton, working long hours for little pay. What spare time she has is spent looking after her younger brother George and her two stepsisters,...

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Sea change by Maxwell Taylor Kennedy

Sea change

Maxwell Taylor Kennedy

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"Maxwell Taylor Kennedy takes readers on a wild ride as he relates the harrowing voyage to deliver his boat, Valkyrien, a 90-foot dilapidated wooden schooner, from San Francisco to Washington, DC. From day one, Kennedy and his skeleton crew face difficult...

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Incredibull Stella by Marika Meeks

Incredibull Stella

Marika Meeks

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"Marika Meeks fell in love with Stella the moment she saw her. The adorable pit bull puppy had been abandoned in a cold field in winter -- but her warm, friendly eyes and boundless affection could melt anyone's heart. Even so, Marika wasn't sure she was...

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Touched by the sun by Carly Simon

Touched by the sun

Carly Simon

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"A chance encounter at a summer party on Martha's Vineyard blossomed into an improbable but enduring friendship. Carly Simon and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis made an unlikely pair, Carly, a free and artistic spirit still reeling from her recent divorce...

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Truth worth telling by Scott Pelley

Truth worth telling

Scott Pelley

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"An inspiring memoir from the frontlines of history by the award-winning 60 Minutes correspondent. Don't ask the meaning of life. Life is asking, what's the meaning of you? With this provocative question, Truth Worth Telling introduces us to unforget...

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All blood runs red by Phil Keith

All blood runs red

Phil Keith

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"The incredible life story of Eugene Bullard, the first African American military pilot in WWI, who went on to become a self-taught jazz musician, a Paris nightclub impresario, a spy in the French Resistance and an American civil rights pioneer. Eugene...

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Long way home by Cameron Douglas

Long way home

Cameron Douglas

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Douglas is born into wealth, privilege, and comfort. His father a superstar, his mother a beautiful socialite, his grandfather a legend. But by the age of 32 he had become a drug addict, an armed robber, and-- after a DEA drug bust-- a convicted drug...

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A good American family by David Maraniss

A good American family

David Maraniss

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"Elliott Maraniss, a WWII veteran who had commanded an all-black company in the Pacific, was spied on by the FBI, named as a communist by an informant, called before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1952, fired from his newspaper job, an...

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Fifty things that aren't my fault by Cathy Guisewite

Fifty things that aren't my fault

Cathy Guisewite

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"From the iconic creator of the "Cathy" comic strip comes a collection of funny, warm, and wise essays in the style of Nora Ephron and Erma Bombeck, centered around the particular challenge of caring for aging parents and growing children, all while trying...

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American predator by Maureen (Journalist) Callahan

American predator

Maureen (Journalist) Callahan

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"Israel Keys was a predator who struck all over the United States. He buried "kill kits"-- cash, weapons, and body-disposal tools-- in remote locations across the country and over the course of fourteen years would fly to a city, rent a car, and driv...

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A woman of no importance by Sonia Purnell

A woman of no importance

Sonia Purnell

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"The never-before-told story of one woman's heroism that changed the course of the Second World War In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her." This spy was Virginia...

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How to build a boat by Jonathan Gornall

How to build a boat

Jonathan Gornall

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"How to Build a Boat is the story of a thoroughly unskilled man who, inspired by his love of the sea and what it has taught him about life, sets out to build a traditional wooden boat as a gift for his new born daughter. He isn't even sure what type of...

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Reading behind bars by Jill A. Grunenwald

Reading behind bars

Jill A. Grunenwald

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"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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A boy without hope by Casey Watson

A boy without hope

Casey Watson

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"A boy without hope is the heart-breaking story of a boy who didn't know the meaning of love. A history of abuse and neglect has left Miller destined for life's scrap heap. But in this turbulent story of conflict and struggle, Casey Watson is determined...

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The lost properties of love by Sophie Ratcliffe

The lost properties of love

Sophie Ratcliffe

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"This is a book about journeys and paths through life – those we choose to take and those we don't. And the difficulties of taking those steps. It is set mostly on trains. Part memoir, part imagined history, in The Lost Properties of Love, Sophie Rat...

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Maybe you should talk to someone by Lori Gottlieb

Maybe you should talk to someone

Lori Gottlieb

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"As a therapist, Lori knows a lot about pain, about the ways in which pain is tied to loss, and how change and loss travel together. She knows how affirming it feels to blame the outside world for her frustrations, to deny ownership of whatever role she...

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Toil & trouble by Augusten Burroughs

Toil & trouble

Augusten Burroughs

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"From the number one New York Times bestselling author comes another stunning memoir that is tender, touching ... and just a little spooky. For as long as Augusten Burroughs could remember, he knew things he shouldn't have known. He manifested things...

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No surrender by Chris (Christopher Waring) Edmonds

No surrender

Chris (Christopher Waring) Edmonds

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"Part contemporary detective story, part World War II historical narrative, No Surrender is the inspiring true story of Roddie Edmonds, a Knoxville-born enlistee who risked his life during the final days of World War II to save others from murderous Nazis,...

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