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The art of tattoo by Megan Massacre

The art of tattoo

Megan Massacre

eBook

Megan Massacre, tattoo artist and star of NY Ink, America's Worst Tattoos, and Bondi Ink Tattoo, presents a collection of her best tattoos and artwork, with inspiration and practical information for anyone interested in the tattoo process. Featuring a...

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How to escape from prison by Paul Wood

How to escape from prison

Paul Wood

eBook

"A memoir of the author's life, from his troubled childhood and conviction for murder, through a traumatic time in prison to self-education to PhD level, rehabilitation and a new career as a performance coach and facilitator"--Publisher information.

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Barefoot years by Martin Edmond

Barefoot years

Martin Edmond

eBook

"A memoir in which the author attempts to re-inhabit the lost domain of childhood. It is evocative and poignant, detailed yet fragmentary, full of half-forgotten things: what may be recovered also reveals that which is gone forever. These remembered....

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Shanghai grand by Taras Grescoe

Shanghai grand

Taras Grescoe

eBook

On the eve of WWII, the foreign-controlled port of Shanghai was the rendezvous for the twentieth century's most outlandish adventurers, all under the watchful eye of the fabulously wealthy Sir Victor Sassoon. Emily 'Mickey' Hahn was a legendary New Y...

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The resurrection of Philip Clairmont by Martin Edmond

The resurrection of Philip Clairmont

Martin Edmond

Book

This mingling of biography, autobiography and art history has at its centre the life and art of the painter Philip Clairmont, a tortured figure who died by his own hand in 1984. Meeting those who were close to Clairmont and observing where he lived and...

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To bed at noon by Ian Richards

To bed at noon

Ian Richards

eBook

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

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Late migrations by Margaret Renkl

Late migrations

Margaret Renkl

eBook

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Nemarluk by Ion L. (Ion Llewellyn) Idriess

Nemarluk

Ion L. (Ion Llewellyn) Idriess

eBook

"Nemarluk, one of the most feared Aboriginal renegades in the north of Australia, had vowed to rid his land of all intruders. This is the story of the last three years of his life, and his extraordinary battle with the tracker, Bul-Bul, brought in by...

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LET IT GO by DAME STEPHANIE. SHIRLEY

LET IT GO

DAME STEPHANIE. SHIRLEY

eBook

Let IT Go is an inspirational memoir from a woman who made a fortune in a man's world and then gave it all away.In 1962, Stephanie Steve Shirley founded an IT software company when the concept of software barely existed. The company created huge oppo...

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I just can't stop it by author Ranking Roger

I just can't stop it

author Ranking Roger

eBook

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All the days of my life (so far) by Alison Sweeney

All the days of my life (so far)

Alison Sweeney

eBook

A memoir by the actress describes her life and career, including her start as a child actress, her successful weight loss, and her portrayal of Sami on the soap opera "Days of Our Lives."

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Ernie by Ernest Borgnine

Ernie

Ernest Borgnine

eBook

We wept at his Oscar-winning role in Marty. . .we gasped when he took on Frank Sinatra in From Here to Eternity. . .we were riveted by his compelling performances in The Dirty Dozen, Bad Day at Black Rock, and Ice Station Zebra. . .and we laughed at ...

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Mrs. Morhard and the boys by Ruth Hanford Morhard

Mrs. Morhard and the boys

Ruth Hanford Morhard

eBook

As the Great Depression brought America to the brink of disaster, a devoted single mother in Cleveland, Ohio, wrestled triumph out of adversity by creating a community activity that would inspire the nation. Josephine Morhard never waited for something...

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The bachelor chronicles by Ron Geraci

The bachelor chronicles

Ron Geraci

eBook

This is the true story of a thirty-something single man in New York. A man who is employed, decent, and horny. A man hilariously combing his way through women in search of one who will make him stop searching. . .For the last four years, "This Dating...

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Don't sleep with a Bubba by Susan Reinhardt

Don't sleep with a Bubba

Susan Reinhardt

eBook

Aimed at anyone with a funny bone, these all new stories and essays by Gannett-syndicated columnist Susan Reinhardt tackle domestic life, particularly of the Southern persuasion, with sidesplitting observations and searing confessions. Reinhardt candidly...

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Bono by Helen Brown

Bono

Helen Brown

eBook

From New York Times bestselling author Helen Brown comes a funny and moving account of her life-changing month as a foster mother-to a homeless cat named Bono. When Helen Brown arrived in New York for a much-anticipated visit, a fellow animal lover talked...

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Lethal intent by Sue Russell

Lethal intent

Sue Russell

eBook

"A graphic portrait of evil."--M. William Phelps "One of the best true crime books of all time."--Examiner.com "The book to read about Aileen Wuornos--a case that has fascinated true crime fans from around the world." --True Crime Book Reviews As a child,...

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Unwasted by Sacha Z. Scoblic

Unwasted

Sacha Z. Scoblic

eBook

The author, who became sober after spending most of her life as a young urban professional woman under the influence, reveals how she learned to navigate through life alcohol-free and regained her grip on reality.

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The night stalker by Philip Carlo

The night stalker

Philip Carlo

eBook

"I couldn't put the book downvery scary indeed."-Los Angeles Times The Classic Account Of One Of The World's Most Feared Serial Killers Decades after Richard Ramirez left thirteen dead and paralyzed the city of Los Angeles, his name is still synonymous...

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Au Paris by Rachel Spencer

Au Paris

Rachel Spencer

eBook

"It's 2 a.m. and I'm wide awake, counting the days and hours until my plane leaves for Paris--3 days and 16 hours, to be exact. But ready or not, it's bonne journee for me. Croissant anyone?"When twenty-something Rachel Spencer needed a change of pace...

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Iced in by Chris Turney

Iced in

Chris Turney

eBook

"The Antarctic Factor: if anything can go wrong, it will. It's basically Murphy's Law on steroids" -Chris Turney On Christmas Eve 2013, off the coast of East Antarctica, an abrupt weather change trapped the Shokalskiy- the ship carrying earth scientist...

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Where monsters hide by M. William Phelps

Where monsters hide

M. William Phelps

eBook

Recounts the investigation into Chris Regan's murder by the Iron River police department, which determined that his lover, a married woman, killed Regan and framed her husband for the crime.

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Let's pretend this never happened by Jenny Lawson

Let's pretend this never happened

Jenny Lawson

eBook

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

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The reluctant billionaire by Soma Das

The reluctant billionaire

Soma Das

eBook

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

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Hoop dreams down under by Matt Logue

Hoop dreams down under

Matt Logue

eBook

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

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

Born at the right time

R. C. (Ronald Clive) McCallum

eBook

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

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Straight from the pig's mouth by Big Al Lester

Straight from the pig's mouth

Big Al Lester

eBook

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

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White boy by Tom Graves

White boy

Tom Graves

eBook

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

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Mind that child by Simon (Pediatrician) Rowley

Mind that child

Simon (Pediatrician) Rowley

eBook

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Sound Mind by Erika Nielsen

Sound Mind

Erika Nielsen

eBook

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Fosse by Sam Wasson

Fosse

Sam Wasson

eBook

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Reading behind bars by Jill A. Grunenwald

Reading behind bars

Jill A. Grunenwald

eBook

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

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The real Bettie Page by Richard Foster

The real Bettie Page

Richard Foster

eBook

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

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Philosopher of the heart by Clare Carlisle

Philosopher of the heart

Clare Carlisle

eBook

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

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Fire in the bones by S. Michael. Wilcox

Fire in the bones

S. Michael. Wilcox

eBook

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

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Casting off the veil by Sania Sharawi. Lanfranchi

Casting off the veil

Sania Sharawi. Lanfranchi

eBook

"Born into a wealthy and powerful Egyptian family, Huda Shaarawi was destined to lead a leisurely life in luxurious settings. She decided instead to acquire an education and to participate in the liberation of Egypt from the British occupation. Huda ...

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Bessie by Chris Albertson

Bessie

Chris Albertson

eBook

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Death in Salem by Diane E. Foulds

Death in Salem

Diane E. Foulds

eBook

During the 1692 witch trials, more than 150 people were arrested. An estimated 25 million Americans-including author Diane Foulds-are descended from the twenty individuals executed. What happened to our ancestors? Death in Salem is the first book to take...

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The grassling by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

The grassling

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

eBook

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Time is the thing a body moves through by T. Fleischmann

Time is the thing a body moves through

T. Fleischmann

eBook

"Sebald meets Maggie Nelson in this autobiographical narrative of embodiment, visual art, history, and loss"--

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First by Evan Thomas

First

Evan Thomas

eBook

The intimate, inspiring, and authoritative biography of Sandra Day O'Connor, America's first female Supreme Court justice, drawing on exclusive interviews and first-time access to Justice O'Connor's archives?by the New York Times bestselling author E...

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Smokin' Joe by Mark Kram

Smokin' Joe

Mark Kram

eBook

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

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Becoming Dr. Seuss by Brian Jay Jones

Becoming Dr. Seuss

Brian Jay Jones

eBook

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

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Serious eater by Ed Levine

Serious eater

Ed Levine

eBook

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Scholars of mayhem by Daniel (Daniel C.) Guiet

Scholars of mayhem

Daniel (Daniel C.) Guiet

eBook

"The astonishing untold story of the author's father, the lone American on a 4-person SOE commando team dropped behind German lines in France, whose epic feats of irregular warfare proved vital in keeping Nazi tanks away from Normandy after D-Day"--

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Broken Places and Outer Spaces by Nnedi Okorafor

Broken Places and Outer Spaces

Nnedi Okorafor

eBook

-- Broken Places & Outer Spaces A guidebook for anyone eager to understand how their limitations might actually be used as a creative springboard, Broken Places & Outer Spaces is an inspiring look at how to open up new windows in your mind.

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C'est la vie by Lani Van Reenen

C'est la vie

Lani Van Reenen

eBook

""Meesleurend, hartseer en snaaks ... vol vonkel.""--Marita van der Vyver Toe die bekende ontwerper Lanie van Reenen al haar spaargeld en energie in 'n kasteel in Aubusson ingooi, het haar vriende gewaarsku dis onwys. Maar Lanie was besiel. Sy het haar...

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Hunger by Roxane Gay

Hunger

Roxane Gay

eBook

Sie schreibt die Geschichte ihres Hungers. Sie schreibt die Geschichte ihres Körpers. Es ist keine Geschichte des Triumphs. Es ist die eines Lebens, das in zwei Hälften geteilt ist. Es gibt das Vorher und das Nachher. Bevor sie zunahm und danach. Bevor...

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All we knew but couldn't say by Joanne Vannicola

All we knew but couldn't say

Joanne Vannicola

eBook

"After Joanne is pressured to leave home at fourteen, encouraged by her mother to seek out an acting career, she finds herself in a strange city, struggling to cope with her memories and fears. She makes the decision to cut her mother out of her life,...

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Net mooi fine by Lani Van Reenen

Net mooi fine

Lani Van Reenen

eBook

Net mooi fine is die opvolg van Lanie van Reenen se suksesvolle boek C'est la Vie. Hierin beskryf sy wat gebeur het sedert haar hotelprojek in Frankryk gefaal het; hoe sy die nuwe realiteite van haar eie gestroopte lewe te bowe moet kom terwyl sy ook...

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Many a close run thing by Tom Enright

Many a close run thing

Tom Enright

eBook

A New Zealand squadron leader, flying-boat captain and airliner pilot on a life of aerial adventure Planes were rarely seen above the small Central Otago sheep-farming town of Ranfurly in the 1940s. Yet as a young boy, Tom Enright had a fascination with...

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Nelson Mandela biography by Chris Dicker

Nelson Mandela biography

Chris Dicker

eBook

If you believe there are no modern heroes - that fortitude and unselfish judgement in the face of adversity are out-of-date virtues, you need to read this book. Who would survive 27 years in prison without being vindictive and bitter? What he would h...

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The journal box by Elizabeth Smither

The journal box

Elizabeth Smither

eBook

The Journal Box contains four journals kept at different times since 1975 by the poet Elizabeth Smither. She records with wit and charm a rich life of the mind, of feelings and the complexities of thought that drive her work. Beautifully written, the...

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

Let love have the last word

author Common (Musician)

eBook

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

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Singer in a songless land by K. R. Howe

Singer in a songless land

K. R. Howe

eBook

At the turn of the twentieth century, Edward Tregear was one of New Zealand's most prominent citizens and widely published intellectuals. He was an authority on Maori and Polynesian studies, a controversial 'socialist' and secretary of the Department...

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Coates of Kaipara  by Michael Bassett

Coates of Kaipara

Michael Bassett

eBook

In the course of his political career Gordon Coates (1878-1943) experienced the extremes of popular adulation and contempt. Handsome, young and debonair, with the common touch, he was a successful minister in the early 1920s and seemed full of promise...

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High achiever by Tiffany Jenkins

High achiever

Tiffany Jenkins

eBook

"When word got out that Tiffany Jenkins was withdrawing from opiates on the floor of a jail cell, people in her town were shocked. Not because of the twenty felonies she'd committed, or the nature of her crimes, or even that she'd been captain of the...

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Madness and memory by Stanley B. Prusiner

Madness and memory

Stanley B. Prusiner

eBook

In 1997, Stanley B. Prusiner received a Nobel Prize, the world's most prestigious award for achievement in physiology or medicine. That he was the sole recipient of the award for the year was entirely appropriate. His struggle to identify the agent r...

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Soupy twists! by Jem Roberts

Soupy twists!

Jem Roberts

eBook

This first ever, officially authorised biography of Fry & Laurie takes us on their journey from insecure Footlighters to international comedy heroes. It is the tale of a true friendship, a deep affection between two very funny men which has long been...

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They shot, he scored by James K. (James Kenneth) Wright

They shot, he scored

James K. (James Kenneth) Wright

eBook

"Eldon Davis Rathburn (1916 2008), one of the most multi-dimensional, prolific, and endlessly fascinating composers of the twentieth century, wrote more music than any other Canadian composer of his generation. During a long and productive career that...

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All things beautiful by Nikki Leonti Edgar

All things beautiful

Nikki Leonti Edgar

eBook

"At age fifteen, Nikki Leonti signed a record deal and had a successful Christian music career. Three years later she became pregnant out of wedlock, which caused many to turn away from her. When she envisioned her future, she didn't foresee her life...

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Untangled by Michele Pillar

Untangled

Michele Pillar

eBook

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Little one by Peter Papathanasiou

Little one

Peter Papathanasiou

eBook

A powerful story about family and adoption, and the tensions and joys between the old world of Europe and the new world of Australia.

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Outback songman by Ted Egan

Outback songman

Ted Egan

eBook

The extraordinary life of one of Australia's great raconteurs and bush musicians, told in his own words.

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Diving into glass by Caro Llewellyn

Diving into glass

Caro Llewellyn

eBook

Caro Llewellyn was living her dream life in her adopted home of New York, directing an international literary festival. Then one day, running in Central Park, she lost all sensation in her legs. Two days later she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis....

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Unbreakable by Richard Askwith

Unbreakable

Richard Askwith

eBook

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Final fire by Michael Mitchell

Final fire

Michael Mitchell

eBook

"Final Fire is a companion piece to Mitchell's much-praised 2004 memoir, The Molly Fire, a finalist for both the Writers' Trust Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize and the Governor General's Award for Non-fiction, and a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Yea...

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I spy by Tom Marcus

I spy

Tom Marcus

eBook

Tom Marcus spent years of his life working covertly against those who want to do us harm. Now, for the first time, he tells the full story of what it is like to live your life in the shadows and who you need to become to survive.

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Who killed my father by Édouard Louis

Who killed my father

Édouard Louis

eBook

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The Honey Bus by Meredith May

The Honey Bus

Meredith May

eBook

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Young Castro by Jonathan M. (Jonathan Marshall) Hansen

Young Castro

Jonathan M. (Jonathan Marshall) Han...

eBook

--Young Castro These pages show Fidel Castro getting his toughness from a father who survived Spain's nasty class system and colonial wars to become one of the most successful independent plantation owners in Cuba. They show a boy running around that...

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CHRISTO WIESE by T. J. STRYDOM

CHRISTO WIESE

T. J. STRYDOM

eBook

Op sy dag eienaar van 'n diamantmyn, 'n wynplaas én die duurste huis in Kaapstad. Voorsitter van Suid-Afrika se grootste kleinhandelaar. Direkteur van die Reserwebank, en die rykste man in die land. Die berekende risiko's wat hy oor 50 jaar neem, maak...

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O'Neill by Arthur Gelb

O'Neill

Arthur Gelb

eBook

The authors analyze the turbulent life of Eugene O'Neill beginning with the personalities of his parents. They recount his vagabond years in Honduras and the waterfronts of Buenos Aires, his struggle with alcoholism, his three tempestuous marriages and...

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The rebel by Susan Adelman

The rebel

Susan Adelman

eBook

Ram Jethmalani has been called many things: a legal legend, a wizard of the law and a magnet for controversy with a knack for defending the most notorious figures in India. With a career spanning the entire history of independent India, and still going...

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The day a team died by Frank Taylor

The day a team died

Frank Taylor

eBook

The Munich air crash of February 6th 1958 killed 8 members of Manchester United's Busby Babes, and seemed to be the end of the brilliant team Busby had built. Frank Taylor nearly died in the crash and during his hospitalization he wrote this book, and...

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Pliny by Daisy Dunn

Pliny

Daisy Dunn

eBook

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The anomaly mind-set by Sandi Krakowski

The anomaly mind-set

Sandi Krakowski

eBook

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Socrates in love by Armand D'Angour

Socrates in love

Armand D'Angour

eBook

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Mallko y Papá by 1963- author Gusti

Mallko y Papá

1963- author Gusti

eBook

"Gusti is a successful illustrator, born in Buenos Aires, now living in Spain. This book is about his relationship with his son, who has Down Syndrome"-- cataloger's summary.

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Finding my voice by Valerie Jarrett

Finding my voice

Valerie Jarrett

eBook

"When Valerie Jarrett interviewed a promising young lawyer named Michelle Robinson in July 1991 for a job in Chicago city government, neither knew that it was the first step on a path that would end in the White House. Jarrett soon became Michelle and...

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Leaving the witness by Amber Scorah

Leaving the witness

Amber Scorah

eBook

A first book by the creator of the "Dear Amber" podcast describes her strict upbringing as a third-generation Jehovah's Witness and her efforts to find her true place in the world apart from the edicts of her family and faith.

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How to think like a Roman emperor by Donald Robertson

How to think like a Roman emperor

Donald Robertson

eBook

"The life-changing principles of Stoicism taught through the story of its most famous proponent Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius was the final famous Stoic philosopher of the ancient world. The Meditations, his personal journal, survives to this day as one...

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Robert Menzies by Troy Bramston

Robert Menzies

Troy Bramston

eBook

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Birthday by César Aira

Birthday

César Aira

eBook

"Having just turned fifty years old Aira returns to a café in his hometown, Coronel Pringles, to write this book which consists of a series of short chapters meditating on and searching for the events that were significant to him during the past fifty...

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Howard Stern Comes Again by Howard Stern

Howard Stern Comes Again

Howard Stern

eBook

Howard Stern's first book in more than twenty years, Howard Stern Comes Again , will be published by Simon & Schuster on May 14, 2019.

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The fossil hunter by Shelley Emling

The fossil hunter

Shelley Emling

eBook

In 1811, Mary Anning discovered the first ever dinosaur skeleton and became a fossil hunter, attracting the attention of the scientific world. Until then, it was believed that animals did not become extinct, but the bizarre nature of the fossils Anning...

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The Borgias by Paul Strathern

The Borgias

Paul Strathern

eBook

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INHERITANCE by Dani Shapiro

INHERITANCE

Dani Shapiro

eBook

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