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Sympathy for the Drummer by Mike Edison

Sympathy for the Drummer

Mike Edison

eBook

Sympathy for the Drummer: Why Charlie Watts Matters is both a gonzo rush-capturing the bristling energy of the Rolling Stones and the times in which they lived-and a wide-eyed reflection on why the Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World needed the ...

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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...

eBook

A charming book, ringing with the joy of existence.' - Richard Dawkins'How often have you asked yourself: What is the meaning of life? Sasha Sagan finds it everywhere - with her family, around the world, and especially among the stars... Read her work;...

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My brother, Muhammad Ali by Rahaman Ali

My brother, Muhammad Ali

Rahaman Ali

eBook

'Rahaman has, at last, written the definitive biography on his late brother, which tells the real Ali story' - Mike TysonMore words have been written about Muhammad Ali than almost anyone else. He was, without doubt, the world's most-loved sportsman....

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You'll never see daylight again by Michaella McCollum

You'll never see daylight again

Michaella McCollum

eBook

Michaella was just a regular girl, spending the summer working at a bar in Ibiza, until she was approached by a man who asked her if she'd like to make some quick, easy money...and her decision would change her life forever. Her image was broadcast all...

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Hell is round the corner by 1968- author. Tricky

Hell is round the corner

1968- author. Tricky

eBook

Tricky is one of the most original music artists to emerge from the UK in the past 30 years. His signature sound, coupled with deep, questioning lyrics, took the UK by storm in the early 1990s and was part of the soundtrack that defined the post-rave...

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Before I forget by Geoffrey Blainey

Before I forget

Geoffrey Blainey

eBook

Now in his late-eighties, and listed by the National Trust as a 'Living Treasure', in Before I Forget Geoffrey Blainey reflects on his humble beginnings as the son of a Methodist Minister and school teacher, one of five children, and a carefree childhood...

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Mud and Stars by Sara Wheeler

Mud and Stars

Sara Wheeler

eBook

There is a literal Russian landscape, and there is its emotional, literary counterpart. In Mud and Stars, award-winning writer Sara Wheeler sets out to explore both. With the writers of the Golden Age as her guides - Pushkin, Tolstoy, Gogol and Turgenev,...

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Arafat and Abbas by Menachem Klein

Arafat and Abbas

Menachem Klein

eBook

This landmark volume presents vivid and intimate portraits of Palestinian Presidents Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, revealing the impact these different personalities have had on the struggle for national self-determination. Arafat and Abbas lived ...

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Einstein's wife by Allen Esterson

Einstein's wife

Allen Esterson

eBook

Was Einstein's first wife his uncredited coauthor, unpaid assistant, or his unacknowledged helpmeet The real "Mileva Story." Albert Einstein's first wife, Mileva Einstein-Maric, was forgotten for decades. When a trove of correspondence between them b...

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Jet girl by Caroline Johnson

Jet girl

Caroline Johnson

eBook

"Caroline Johnson is a F-18 Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) in the US Navy. During her deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bush, she flew missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. She was the first woman to fly in combat in Iraq since 2011 and was...

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Life among the savages by Shirley Jackson

Life among the savages

Shirley Jackson

eBook

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Where there's smoke, there's dinner by Regi Carpenter

Where there's smoke, there's dinner

Regi Carpenter

eBook

These honest tales - some hilarious, some heartbreaking - celebrate the glorious and gut-wrenching lives of four generations of Carpenters raised on the St. Lawrence River in Clayton, New York.

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Not afraid by Anthony Bozza

Not afraid

Anthony Bozza

eBook

-- Not Afraid In this revelatory book, which follows on directly from the bestselling Whatever You Say I Am Capturing Eminem's toughest years in his own words, Not Afraid is a uniquely intimate portrait of an incredibly private man known by many to be...

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Global mom by Melissa Dalton-Bradford

Global mom

Melissa Dalton-Bradford

eBook

After more that twenty years living internationally, writer Melissa Dalton-Bradford shares her journey of motherhood that will inspire any family.--Adapted from publisher's website.

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I am C-3PO by Anthony Daniels

I am C-3PO

Anthony Daniels

eBook

For the very first time, Daniels will tell C-3PO's story in its entirety, from seeing the first concept images to the early stages of the final film in the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: Episode IX, and in the process, will also tell his own.

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What it takes by Stephen A. Schwarzman

What it takes

Stephen A. Schwarzman

eBook

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Skint estate by Cash Carraway

Skint estate

Cash Carraway

eBook

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You are worth it by Kyle Carpenter

You are worth it

Kyle Carpenter

eBook

From the youngest living recipient of the Medal of Honor comes an extraordinary inspirational memoir that will change the life of every reader. Moving and unforgettable, You Are Worth It is an astonishing memoir from an extraordinary young leader.

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Free Cyntoia by Cyntoia Brown

Free Cyntoia

Cyntoia Brown

eBook

"In her own words, Cyntoia Brown shares the riveting and redemptive story of how she changed her life for the better while in prison, finding hope through faith after a traumatic adolescence of drug addiction, rape, and sex trafficking led to a murde...

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Long way home by Cameron Douglas

Long way home

Cameron Douglas

eBook

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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Exactly as you are by Shea Tuttle

Exactly as you are

Shea Tuttle

eBook

"In Search of Mister Rogers pursues a rich understanding of this good, kind, sometimes strange, deeply influential, holy man: the neighborhood he came from, the neighborhood he built, and the kind of neighbor he, by his example, calls all of us to be...

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The contender by William J. Mann

The contender

William J. Mann

eBook

"Based on new and revelatory material from Brando's own private archives, an award-winning film biographer presents a deeply-textured, ambitious, and definitive portrait of the greatest movie actor of the twentieth century, the elusive Marlon Brando,...

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Escalante's dream by David Roberts

Escalante's dream

David Roberts

eBook

In July 1776 a pair of Franciscan friars, Francisco Atanasio Domínguez and Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, were charged by the governor of New Mexico with discovering a route across the unknown Southwest to the new Spanish colony in California. They had...

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A wild and precious life by Edie Windsor

A wild and precious life

Edie Windsor

eBook

"A lively, intimate memoir from an icon of the gay rights movement, describing gay life in 1950s and 60s New York City and her longtime activism which opened the door for marriage equality. Edie Windsor became internationally famous when she sued the...

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Making a life by Melanie Falick

Making a life

Melanie Falick

eBook

By profiling 30 creatives, the author explores how making by hand is the key to discovering one's passion--whether that means spinning natural fibers, carving a wooden bowl, or creating elaborate papercuts.

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One day by Gene Weingarten

One day

Gene Weingarten

eBook

"Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Gene Weingarten explores the events of a random day in U.S. history, offering a diorama of American life that illuminates all that has changed--and all that hasn't--in the past three decades. On New Year's Day 2013, tw...

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Return to the Reich by Eric Lichtblau

Return to the Reich

Eric Lichtblau

eBook

"The remarkable story of Fred Mayer, a German-born Jew who escaped Nazi Germany only to return as an American commando on a secret mission behind enemy lines. Growing up in Germany, Freddy Mayer witnessed the Nazis' rise to power. When he was sixteen,...

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Into the planet by Jill Heinerth

Into the planet

Jill Heinerth

eBook

"From one of the world's most renowned cave divers, a firsthand account of exploring the earth's final frontier: the hidden depths of our oceans and the sunken caves inside our planet. More people have died exploring underwater caves than climbing Mo...

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Jacinda Ardern by Michelle Duff

Jacinda Ardern

Michelle Duff

eBook

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' to...

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The prettiest horse in the glue factory by Corey J. White

The prettiest horse in the glue factory

Corey J. White

eBook

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

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Gangster's girl by Tara O'Shaughnessey

Gangster's girl

Tara O'Shaughnessey

eBook

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In the envelope of memory by Ilana Haley

In the envelope of memory

Ilana Haley

eBook

There is a river of metaphor running in the unconscious mind of each of us that holds all the insight into our life's meaning we will ever need. This collection of slightly fictionalized vignettes, these clippings stored in the envelope of Ilana Hale...

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Your own kind of girl by Clare Bowditch

Your own kind of girl

Clare Bowditch

eBook

This is the story I promised myself, aged twenty-one, that I would one day be brave enough - and well enough - to write. Clare Bowditch has always had a knack for telling stories. Through her music and performing, this beloved Australian artist has t...

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Quitters never win by Michael Bisping

Quitters never win

Michael Bisping

eBook

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King and emperor by Janet L. (Janet Laughland) Nelson

King and emperor

Janet L. (Janet Laughland) Nelson

eBook

'A remarkable book: the dramatic story of a truly extraordinary man ... brilliant' Helen Castor, author of She-WolvesA major new biography of one of the most extraordinary of all rulers, and the father of present-day EuropeCharles, king of the Franks,...

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Kindness and wonder by Gavin Edwards

Kindness and wonder

Gavin Edwards

eBook

A pop culture celebration of Fred Rogers and the enduring legacy of his beloved, award-winning PBS show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood that offers essential wisdom to help us in our troubled times. Won't you be my neighbor?For more than thirty years, Fred...

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A sceptic's search for meaning by Michael Willesee

A sceptic's search for meaning

Michael Willesee

eBook

Perfect for fans of Proof of Heaven, this part memoir, part investigation is a spellbinding spiritual quest around the world and deep into the heart of life's ultimate riddle. Is there life after death? Does God exist? How do you explain miracles? In...

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Hard way by Mark Billingham

Hard way

Mark Billingham

eBook

Billy is inspirational and always humble. A giant of a man!' - -- Parachute Regimentawarded the MBEAngelina Jolie, Sir Michael Caine Billy is a highly-decorated veteran; with a reputation for excellence, honesty and integrity not only supporting his ...

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Tell me a story by Cassandra King

Tell me a story

Cassandra King

eBook

Author Cassandra King Conroy considers her life and the man she shared it with, paying tribute to her late husband, Pat Conroy, a legendary figure of modern Southern literature.

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Kiwi Keith by Barry Gustafson

Kiwi Keith

Barry Gustafson

eBook

New Zealand's leading political biographer and author of the bestselling biography of Robert Muldoon now writes a definitive life of another prime minister, Keith Holyoake. One of our great farming politicians, Holyoake was Prime Minister for over eleven...

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Her life's work by Deborah Shepard

Her life's work

Deborah Shepard

eBook

"Presents the extraordinary life stories of five New Zealand women - Jacqueline Fahey, Merimeri Penfold, Anne Salmond, Gaylene Preston and Margaret Mahy. As artists, writers, teachers, film-makers and thinkers, each has carved out an impressive care...

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Sempre Susan by Sigrid Nunez

Sempre Susan

Sigrid Nunez

eBook

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Always looking up by Michael J. Fox

Always looking up

Michael J. Fox

eBook

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Sketches by author Nampūtiri

Sketches

author Nampūtiri

eBook

The first-ever English translation of the living legend 'Artist' Namboodiri's memoir, Sketches features his eloquent line drawings interspersed with vivid portrayals of the people and places-both ordinary and significant-that he grew up with. Opening...

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Freddie Mercury by Peter Freestone

Freddie Mercury

Peter Freestone

eBook

Peter Freestone was Freddie Mercury's personal assistant for many years, living with the singer in London, Munich and New York and remaining at his side until the very end. He met stars like Elton John, Elizabeth Taylor or Rod Steward, saw friends, fans...

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Me by Elton John

Me

Elton John

eBook

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 upcoming film RocketmanMe Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about...

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Unashamed by Leah Vernon

Unashamed

Leah Vernon

eBook

"Ever since she was little, Leah Vernon was told what to believe and how to act. There wasn't any room for imperfection. Good Muslim girls listened more than they spoke. They didn't have a missing father or a mother with mental illness. They didn't have...

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The Hilton bombing by Imre Salusinszky

The Hilton bombing

Imre Salusinszky

eBook

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Face it by Debbie Harry

Face it

Debbie Harry

eBook

Harry recounts her path from glorious commercial success to heroin addiction, the near-death of partner Chris Stein, a heart-wrenching bankruptcy, and Blondie's breakup as a band to her multifaceted acting career in more than thirty films, a stunning...

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Ruttie Jinnah by Rājendramohana Bhaṭanāgara

Ruttie Jinnah

Rājendramohana Bhaṭanāgara

eBook

Love struck Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Rattanbai 'Ruttie' Petit in the summer of 1916, when they first met at the Darjeeling house of her father and Jinnah's friend Sir Dinshaw Petit. Jinnah was so taken by Ruttie's intelligence and beauty that he took her...

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Heavier than heaven by Charles R. Cross

Heavier than heaven

Charles R. Cross

eBook

It has been twenty years since Kurt Cobain died by his own hand in April 1994; it was an act of will that typified his short, angry, inspired life. Veteran music journalist Charles R. Cross fuses his intimate knowledge of the Seattle music scene with...

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Olive Cotton by Helen Ennis

Olive Cotton

Helen Ennis

eBook

Biography of leading Australian modernist photographer Olive Cotton, covering her life through childhood, early marriage to fellow photographer Max Dupain and her successful commercial work of the 1930s to her second marriage and life in rural NSW, bringing...

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Eine Frage der Leidenschaft by Jan Frodeno

Eine Frage der Leidenschaft

Jan Frodeno

eBook

Ich habe keinen Plan B - also muss Plan A funktionieren 25 km Schwimmen, 650 km Radfahren und 100 km Laufen. So sieht die Arbeitswoche von Jan Frodeno aus, dem erfolgreichsten Triathleten weltweit. Frodeno gibt tiefgehende Einblicke in sein Leben, in...

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The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin by Jonathan (Jonathan P.) Phillips

The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin

Jonathan (Jonathan P.) Phillips

eBook

'Superbly researched and enormously entertaining .. one of the outstanding books of the year' The TimesAn epic story of empire-building and bloody conflict, this ground-breaking biography of one of history's most venerated military and religious heroes...

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Open side by Sam Warburton

Open side

Sam Warburton

eBook

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Do you mind if I cancel? by Gary Janetti

Do you mind if I cancel?

Gary Janetti

eBook

"Gary Janetti's book is so rolling-on-the-floor funny, so brilliantly observant, and so full of heart." ? Kevin Kwan, New York Times bestselling author of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy "Almost as soon as I began to read Gary Janetti's Do You Mind If I...

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LZ Bingo by Reid F. Tillery

LZ Bingo

Reid F. Tillery

eBook

The true story of an infantryman's fight for survival in the Vietnam War.

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Memories, dreams, reflections by C. G. (Carl Gustav) Jung

Memories, dreams, reflections

C. G. (Carl Gustav) Jung

eBook

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Logan Campbell's Auckland by R. C. J. Stone

Logan Campbell's Auckland

R. C. J. Stone

eBook

In Logan Campbell's Auckland, Russell Stone, the doyen of Auckland historians and author of the awardwinning From Tamaki-makau-rau to Auckland, recounts 15 tales from his encyclopaedic knowledge of nineteenth-century Auckland. They include the stories...

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Something for the birds by Jacqueline Fahey

Something for the birds

Jacqueline Fahey

eBook

Fizzing with wit and style and featuring original illustrations by the author, Something for the Birds is a lively, humorous and tragic memoir that traces the roots of a distinguished painter and her crucial role in New Zealand's feminist movement. J...

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Four mums in a boat by Janette Benaddi

Four mums in a boat

Janette Benaddi

eBook

The incredible true story of four ordinary working mums from Yorkshire who took on an extraordinary challenge and broke a world record along the way, proving it's never too late to go on a life-changing adventure, experience the beauty and power of t...

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The life and death of Sherlock Holmes by Mattias Boström

The life and death of Sherlock Holmes

Mattias Boström

eBook

Everybody knows about Sherlock Holmes, the unique literary character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who has remained popular over the decades and is more appreciated than ever today. But what made this fictional character, dreamed up by a small-t...

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The world regained by Dennis McEldowney

The world regained

Dennis McEldowney

eBook

First published in 1957, The World Regained describes Dennis McEldowney's increasing disability caused by a congenital heart condition, the operation at Green Lane Hospital in 1950 that relieved this condition, and the mixed emotions he felt upon red...

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An absurd ambition by E. H. (Eric Hall) McCormick

An absurd ambition

E. H. (Eric Hall) McCormick

eBook

"Eric McCormick was, from about 1940 until his death in 1995, one of New Zealand's most distinguished writers and scholars. He pioneered the appreciation and study of the painter Francis Hodgkins, and he wrote several biographies. The autobiographica...

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Sir Joseph Ward by Michael Bassett

Sir Joseph Ward

Michael Bassett

eBook

Sir Joseph Ward (1856-1930) was the leading political figure during the forty-year life of the Liberal Party in New Zealand. He was a member of Ballance's first Cabinet, twice Prime Minister (1906-12 and 1928-30), and was still a Cabinet Minister at the...

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Jeff Buckley by Anthony Reynolds

Jeff Buckley

Anthony Reynolds

eBook

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Benedict Cumberbatch by Lynnette Porter

Benedict Cumberbatch

Lynnette Porter

eBook

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Is This The Real Life? by Mark Blake

Is This The Real Life?

Mark Blake

eBook

Is This the Real Life?The Untold Story of QUEENMark BlakeDespite the death of their exuberant frontman Freddie Mercury in 1991, Queen remain one of the most popular bands on the planet. Yet, the full story of their extraordinary success has never been...

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Memoirs by Tennessee Williams

Memoirs

Tennessee Williams

eBook

When Memoirs was first published in 1975, it created quite a bit of turbulence in the mediathough long self-identified as a gay man, Williams' candor about his love life, sexual encounters, and drug use was found shocking in and of itself, and such r...

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A guest of the Reich by Peter Finn

A guest of the Reich

Peter Finn

eBook

"From the co-author of The Zhivago Affair, a finalist for the National Books Critics Circle Award, comes the riveting story of a wealthy heiress who joined the OSS and was the only American woman in uniform to be captured by the Germans; her imprisonment...

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A Sharp Left Turn by Mike Chunn

A Sharp Left Turn

Mike Chunn

eBook

A rollercoaster yarn about Mike Chunn's years in the ground-breaking band Split Enz, but also the powerful story of how he dealt with a crippling mental health issue and went on to become one of our most influential music identities.

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Face it by Debbie Harry

Face it

Debbie Harry

eBook

Harry recounts her path from glorious commercial success to heroin addiction, the near-death of partner Chris Stein, a heart-wrenching bankruptcy, and Blondie's breakup as a band to her multifaceted acting career in more than thirty films, a stunning...

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Recovered by Robby Gallaty

Recovered

Robby Gallaty

eBook

Robby Gallaty is not who you think he is. In Recovered, pastor and author Robby Gallaty tells the story of how God radically saved him from his addictions and called him into a life of discipleship. Robby grew up in a very religious Catholic family w...

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She rode a Harley by Mary Jane Black

She rode a Harley

Mary Jane Black

eBook

A schoolteacher escapes an abusive marriage and finds love on a blind date. Mary Jane's new man, sure that riding a Harley will restore her confidence, ends up following the white lines with her through fifteen years of marriage. Traveling together, they...

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Who am I, again? by Lenny Henry

Who am I, again?

Lenny Henry

eBook

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Meant to be by Lisa Faulkner

Meant to be

Lisa Faulkner

eBook

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How we fight for our lives by Saeed Jones

How we fight for our lives

Saeed Jones

eBook

"Written from the crossroads of sex, race, and power in America, How We Fight for Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age memoir and a haunting reflection of the nation as a whole"--

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Horror stories by Liz Phair

Horror stories

Liz Phair

eBook

"When Liz Phair was just starting out in the Wicker Park, Chicago, music scene in the early 1990s, she encountered some people--mostly men, who didn't respect her and were determined not to see her fail, exactly, because they didn't care enough about...

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Blessed broken given by Glenn Packiam

Blessed broken given

Glenn Packiam

eBook

An invitation to find beauty and meaning in the ordinary and imperfect aspects of your life; not as a call to settle for less, but rather as a way to mysteriously participate in God's power and purpose. Glenn Packiam wants to empower readers to find great...

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The 21 by Martin Mosebach

The 21

Martin Mosebach

eBook

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The first wave by Alex Kershaw

The first wave

Alex Kershaw

eBook

Beginning in the pre-dawn darkness of June 6, 1944, The First Wave follows ten men attempting to carry out D-Day's most critical missions. Their actions would determine the fate of the invasion of Hitler's Fortress Europe. The ten make a charismatic,...

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Geronimo, prisoner of lies by W. Michael Farmer

Geronimo, prisoner of lies

W. Michael Farmer

eBook

"Stories from Geronimo's long years in custody of the US Army, with new insights into his life and legend"--

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Truth Be Told by Beverley McLachlin

Truth Be Told

Beverley McLachlin

eBook

Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Beverley McLachlin offers an intimate and revealing look at her life, from her childhood in the Alberta foothills to her career on the Supreme Court, where she helped to shape the social and moral fabric...

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True virtue by Annabel Laity

True virtue

Annabel Laity

eBook

"The autobiography of Sister Chan Duc Nghiem, the first European nun ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh"--

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The show won't go on by Jeff Abraham

The show won't go on

Jeff Abraham

eBook

"The first comprehensive look at a bizarre show business phenomenon: the actors, singers, musicians, magicians, comedians, and others who died while performing onstage"--

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Toil & Trouble by Augusten Burroughs

Toil & Trouble

Augusten Burroughs

eBook

From the number one New York Times bestselling author comes another stunning memoir that is tender, touching...and just a little spooky. "Here's a partial list of things I don't believe in: God. The Devil. Heaven. Hell. Bigfoot. Ancient Aliens. Past ...

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Idiot by Laura Clery

Idiot

Laura Clery

eBook

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Hitler's paratrooper by Gilberto Villahermosa

Hitler's paratrooper

Gilberto Villahermosa

eBook

"A valuable study ... a must-read for everybody interested in the topic of German FallschirmjAger in the Second World War" (Volker Griesser, author of The Lions of Carentan). Rudolf Witzig entered the history books as the heroic captor of Belgium's s...

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The Orpheus clock by Simon Goodman

The Orpheus clock

Simon Goodman

eBook

Simon Goodman's grandparents came from German-Jewish banking dynasties, and perished in concentration camps. That's almost all he knew about them -- his father rarely spoke of their family history or heritage. But when his father died, and Simon received...

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