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Large print biographies new titles

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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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Barnum by Robert Wilson

Barnum

Robert Wilson

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"From birth to death, Phineas Taylor Barnum repeatedly reinvented himself. He learned as a young man how to wow crowds, and built a fortune that placed him among the first millionaires in the United States. He also suffered tragedy, bankruptcy, and fires...

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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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The salt path by Raynor Winn

The salt path

Raynor Winn

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Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, their home is taken away and they lose their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the s...

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The Guinea Pig Club by E. R. (Emily R.) author. Mayhew

The Guinea Pig Club

E. R. (Emily R.) author. Mayhew

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The history of the Guinea Pig Club, the band of airmen who were seriously burned in aeroplane fires, is a truly inspiring, spine-tingling tale. Plastic surgery was in its infancy before the Second World War, and the most rudimentary techniques were only...

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Blowing the bloody doors off by Michael Caine

Blowing the bloody doors off

Michael Caine

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Over the six decades of his remarkable career, film legend Michael Caine has starred in some of the biggest movies of all time - and made it look easy. In reality, it has been one huge learning curve, from his unlikely beginnings as the son of a Bill...

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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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The ride of a lifetime by Robert Iger

The ride of a lifetime

Robert Iger

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"The CEO of The Walt Disney Company shares the ideas and values he has used to reinvent one of the most beloved companies in the world, and inspire the people who bring the magic to life."--Provided by publisher.

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Mother ship by Francesca Segal

Mother ship

Francesca Segal

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THEY ARE THE FURTHEST FROM ME, AND THE FURTHEST FROM ONE ANOTHER THAT THEY HAVE EVER BEEN. I DO NOT RECOGNISE THEM. THEY ARE OTHERWORLDLY IN THEIR STRANGENESS, AND OCEANIC IN THEIR BEAUTY... After her identical twin girls are born ten weeks premature...

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Irongran by Edwina Brocklesby

Irongran

Edwina Brocklesby

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At the age of fifty, Eddie Brocklesby decided to run her first half-marathon. Until that point, her exercise regime had consisted of little more than chauffeuring her children to their own sports clubs. The race was the first of what was to become a ...

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The cut out girl by Bart Van Es

The cut out girl

Bart Van Es

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Although he'd left the Netherlands for England, one story from Bart van Es's childhood never left him: a young Jewish girl named Lientje had been taken in during the war by his relatives and hidden from the Nazis, then raised as one of their own. But...

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Notes from a young black chef by Kwame Onwuachi

Notes from a young black chef

Kwame Onwuachi

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"As a boy Onwuachi was sent from the Bronx to rural Nigeria by his mother to 'learn respect.' Through food, he broke out of a dangerous downward spiral and embarked on a new beginning at the bottom of the culinary food chain before going on to train in...

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From scratch by Tembi Locke

From scratch

Tembi Locke

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"It was love at first sight when Tembi met professional chef, Saro, on a street in Florence. There was just one problem: Saro's traditional Sicilian family did not approve of him marrying a black American woman, an actress no less. However, the coupl...

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A dog named beautiful by Rob Kugler

A dog named beautiful

Rob Kugler

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"Rob Kugler adopted his chocolate Lab Bella as a puppy, a bundle of fun and love, who could keep his girlfriend company while he headed off to fulfil his duties in the military. When his life fell apart, it was Bella who was there to help heal the wounds,...

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Black klansman by Ron Stallworth

Black klansman

Ron Stallworth

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"When Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, comes across a classified ad in the local paper asking for all those interested in joining the Ku Klux Klan to contact a P.O. box, Detective Sta...

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Mind that child by Simon Rowley

Mind that child

Simon Rowley

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"'There is always a baby for whom you can feel happy at what they have achieved, or sad when things go wrong. There are always parents to help through an incredible journey, and a junior staff member who is keen to learn and to whom you can pass on some...

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Straight from the pig's mouth by Big Al Lester

Straight from the pig's mouth

Big Al Lester

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"From his fledgling days as a junior policeman to being detective sergeant on high-profile cases, Christchurch cop Al Lester has many a story to tell as he reflects on a career on the thin blue line. Al's a man who took policing seriously, always doing...

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No limits by Joanne (Journalist) Black

No limits

Joanne (Journalist) Black

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"No Limits describes Craig Heatley's entrepreneurial life. It charts the good times and the bad, his philosophies, his approach to currency trading and the significance of becoming the first person from the southern hemisphere to be invited to join the...

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Bono by Helen Brown

Bono

Helen Brown

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"Having survived a brush with cancer, Helen Brown, happily married with three grown children, took stock of her comfortable suburban life and found it wanting. So when she was invited to visit New York, the city that never sleeps, she seized the day ...

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Many a muddy morning by Mark Warren

Many a muddy morning

Mark Warren

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"The off-roading, hill-seeking and muddy-morning adventures of farming legend Mark Warren. Mark Warren is a larger-than-life character of rural New Zealand. He grew up with an obsession with Landrovers, Mark 1 Zephyrs, council tip trucks, bulldozers,...

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Life, loss, love by Lorraine Downes

Life, loss, love

Lorraine Downes

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"As well as the Miss Universe fairy-tale and her busy career, Lorraine shares details of her first marriage to All Black Murray Mexted, her delight in her two children, her success in Dancing with the Stars and her blissful relationship with cricketing...

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That F word by Elizabeth Marvelly

That F word

Elizabeth Marvelly

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"A wake-up call and a battle-cry for all Kiwi women. Lizzie Marvelly tells the story of New Zealand's feminist roots, then traverses the modern landscape, tearing apart areas of gender imbalance and pervading attitudes to Kiwi women. In particular, L...

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My life, my fight by Steven Adams

My life, my fight

Steven Adams

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"For the first time Oklahoma City Thunder centre Steven Adams shares the story behind his meteoric rise to become one of the most exciting players in the NBA and New Zealand's highest paid sportsperson. From the streets of small town Rotorua in New Z...

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Godley by Terry Kinloch

Godley

Terry Kinloch

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"A comprehensive biography of General Sir Alexander Godley, presenting for the first time a fair and balanced look at his time as commander of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) and ANZAC Corps during World War I. While Godley is generally re...

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The language of kindness by Christie Watson

The language of kindness

Christie Watson

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Christie Watson was a nurse for twenty years. From birth to death and from A&E to the mortuary, THE LANGUAGE OF KINDNESS is an account of a profession defined by acts of care and compassion. We watch Christie as she nurses a premature baby who has mi...

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Save me the plums by Ruth Reichl

Save me the plums

Ruth Reichl

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"When Condé Nast offered Ruth Reichl the top position at America's oldest epicurean magazine, she declined. She was a writer, not a manager, and had no inclination to be anyone's boss. Yet Reichl had been reading Gourmet since she was eight; it had i...

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Becoming Dr. Seuss by Brian Jay Jones

Becoming Dr. Seuss

Brian Jay Jones

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"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 of magic; his illustrations timeless favorites because, quite s...

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IM by Isaac Mizrahi

IM

Isaac Mizrahi

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"Growing up gay in a sheltered Syrian Jewish Orthodox family, Isaac Mizrahi had unique talents that drew him into fashion and later into celebrity circles that included Richard Avedon, Audrey Hepburn, Anna Wintour, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Meryl Streep, and...

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Things my son needs to know about the world by Fredrik Backman

Things my son needs to know about the world

Fredrik Backman

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"In between the sleep-deprived lows and wonderful highs, Backman takes a step back to share his own experience of fatherhood and how he navigates this glorious, unchartered territory. Part memoir, part manual, part love letter to his son, this book relays...

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Working with Winston by Cita Stelzer

Working with Winston

Cita Stelzer

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"To maintain the pace at which he worked as a parliamentarian, cabinet minister, war leader, writer and painter, Churchill required a vast female staff of secretaries, typists and others. For these women Churchill was an intimidating boss; he was a man...

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The murderer of Warren Street by Marc Mulholland

The murderer of Warren Street

Marc Mulholland

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"In December 1854, Emmanuel Barthelemy visited 73 Warren Street in the heart of radical London for the very last time. Within half an hour, two men were dead ... This is the true story of one of nineteenth-century London's most notorious murderers an...

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Funny man by Patrick McGilligan

Funny man

Patrick McGilligan

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"A deeply textured and compelling biography of comedy giant Mel Brooks, covering his rags-to-riches life and triumphant career in television, films, and theater, from Patrick McGilligan, the acclaimed author of Young Orson: The Years of Luck and Genius...

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The Kennedy heirs by J. Randy Taraborrelli

The Kennedy heirs

J. Randy Taraborrelli

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"A unique burden was inherited by the children of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his celebrated siblings Senators Robert and Ted Kennedy. Raised in a world of enormous privilege against the backdrop of American history, this third generation of...

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D-Day girls by Sarah Rose

D-Day girls

Sarah Rose

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"In 1942, the Allies were losing, Germany seemed unstoppable, and every able man in England was on the front lines. To “set Europe ablaze,” in the words of Winston Churchill, the Special Operations Executive (SOE) was forced to do something unprecede...

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The lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O'Meara

The lady from the Black Lagoon

Mallory O'Meara

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"The 1954 motion picture Creature from the Black Lagoon featured a monster designed by a woman, Milicent Patrick. But Patrick's contribution was claimed by a jealous male colleague, her career was cut short, and she soon after disappeared from film h...

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The honey bus by Meredith May

The honey bus

Meredith May

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"Meredith May recalls the first time a honeybee crawled on her arm. She was five years old, her parents had recently split and suddenly she found herself in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper who made honey in a rusty old military bus...

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Pie and Mash down the Roman Road by Melanie McGrath

Pie and Mash down the Roman Road

Melanie McGrath

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"G. Kelly's Pie and Mash has been run by the same family in the Roman Road in Bow for nearly a hundred years; an East End institution and the still point of a turning world. Outside its windows the Roman Road has seen an extraordinary revolution - from...

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The king's war by Mark Logue

The king's war

Mark Logue

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"The extraordinary follow-up to the international bestseller The King's Speech. The broadcast that George VI made to the nation on the outbreak of war in September 1939 - which formed the climax of the multi Oscar-winning film The King's Speech - was...

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Wild horses of the summer sun by Tory Bilski

Wild horses of the summer sun

Tory Bilski

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"Each June, Tory Bilski meets up with fellow women travelers in Reykjavik where they head to northern Iceland, near the Greenland Sea. They escape their ordinary lives to live an extraordinary one at a horse farm perched at the edge of the world -- if...

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