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‘Walk a mile in my shoes’... Great biographies and memoirs are books that give us an insight that even the most personal and private conversation can’t provide. They have the power to deepen and enrich our own humanity, through the knowledge and understanding of another.

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Unless you are extremely fortunate, it is unlikely you will be surrounded by people who have lived extraordinary lives who are ready to sit you down and teach you all the lessons they learned. Nothing captures those insights and lessons of a life lived, better than a book.

Whilst many people find it difficult to prioritize the time to sit down and read fiction, thinking it is ‘entertainment’ and not essential. A great biography or memoir can provide lessons to improve your life, or the work you do.

Fascinating lives captured impeccably: the great  and the best biographies and autobiographies are more than books, they are a record of our shared humanity.

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Seabiscuit: An American Legend

Laura Hillenbrand, author of the runaway phenomenon Unbroken, brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story in this #1 New York Times bestseller.Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker...

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Poisoned Love

The story of a young beauty with an ugly secret she would kill to keep—“a true-crime thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat” (Aphrodite Jones, New York Times–bestselling author)   On November 6, 2000, paramedics answered a call to find...

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Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century

On June 22, 1954, teenage friends Juliet Hulme—better known as bestselling mystery writer Anne Perry—and Pauline Parker went for a walk in a New Zealand park with Pauline’s mother, Honora. Half an hour later, the girls returned alone, claiming that Pauline’s mother...

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Talking as Fast as I Can

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls,...

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Honeysuckle to Handcuffs

When Boston-based Irishwoman Delia O’Callaghan meets Frank, she can’t believe her luck. He’s everything any girl could wish for: rich, charming, handsome and fun. Whisked up into a world of ritzy restaurants and jet set living, it looks like all of Delia’s dreams are...

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The Book on Making Money

"I walked into my boss’s office to ask for a $150,000 raise..."After skipping college, Steve Oliverez worked a series of low-paying jobs before setting a remarkable goal for himself - to double his income every year. In The Book on Making Money, he reveals what he...

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The Fall and Rise of Tyler Johnson

This newly-named, first-place winner of the 2018 National Indie Excellence Award for new non-fiction weaves a powerful account of Tyler Johnson’s life as a fugitive of the US government. The 496-page book, based on the recovered journals of Patrice Johnson’s deceased...

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The Warrior Elite

With a postscript describing SEAL efforts in Afghanistan, The Warrior Elite takes you into the toughest, longest, and most relentless military training in the world.What does it take to become a Navy SEAL? What makes talented, intelligent young men volunteer for...

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Forever on the Mountain

Winner of the National Outdoor Book AwardGrand Prize Winner, Banff Mountain Book Festival"Forever on the Mountain grips even non-climbers with its harrowing scenes of thorny relationships tested by extraordinary circumstances." —Washington PostIn 1967, seven young...

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Free Gifts for an Open Eye

“...If a Straw can break a Camels back, then removing just one straw may just help to save the Camel's life." After surviving the Bombing of Sharm El Shiekh, then the betrayal of his Mother, Sammy’s life spirals out of control…Can the love of his daughters bring him...

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I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

The Book That Inspired The Movie My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole. I get excessively drunk at inappropriate times, disregard social norms, indulge every whim, ignore the consequences of my actions, mock idiots and posers, sleep with more women than is safe...

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A Party for Patsy

Part journal, part memoir, A Party for Patsy is a touching story of one woman's battle with pancreatic cancer and her children's efforts to support and care for her during her journey. Patsy Callahan approached her illness the same way she approached life . . . with...

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The Husband

Loser. Thug. Abuser. Stupid. Worthless.Insults play on repeat in The Husband's brain. He has been bullied and abused. An affair by The Wife, the one person The Husband loved the most, leaves him standing in a dark basement with a homemade noose around his neck.As The...

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It Rains In February

On the 24th of February 2007 my husband, Stuart, drowned himself at sea, leaving me widowed with two young daughters aged six and four. I knew it wasn't an accident, even though the medics and police never suspected suicide. Stuart had been talking about ending his...

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Notes of a Naive Traveler

"I never thought I would have reason to say to someone, 'Sorry I’m late, it took longer to dismember the goat than originally planned.'" I was twenty-six years old, worked at a well-paid job, rented a fantastic apartment, and enjoyed a large circle of friends. I had...

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Please Excuse the Mess

In 2007, a near-fatal car accident on a Colorado highway left the Porteniers' eight-year-old son with a severe traumatic brain injury that changed the course of their lives forever. It was the first in a series of tragedies over the following six years, testing their...

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The Nazis Next Door

A Newsweek Best Book of the Year: “Captivating . . . rooted in first-rate research” (The New York Times Book Review).   In this New York Times bestseller, once-secret government records and interviews tell the full story of the thousands of Nazis—from concentration...

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Party of One

From former MTV VJ Dave Holmes, the hilarious memoir of a perpetual outsider fumbling towards self-acceptance, with the music of the '80s, '90s, and today as his soundtrack   Dave Holmes has spent his life on the periphery, nose pressed hopefully against the glass,...

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The Truth About Melissa

When challenged by his family to create his ideal soul mate, Jonathan becomes consumed with the process of composing her life story. He writes letters to her and even the replies. He imagines her in every detail. She is his soul mate; she is his Melissa. Years later,...

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Clara’s War

“A superlative memoir of survival….Few wartime memoirs convey with such harrowing immediacy the evil of the Nazi genocide.”—Daily Telegraph (London) “One Girl’s Story of Survival,” Clara’s War is based on Clara Kramer’s diary of her years spent hiding in an...

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All Is Grace – A Ragamuffin Memoir

It has been over twenty years since the publication of The Ragamuffin Gospel, a book many claim as the shattering of God’s grace into their lives. Since that time, Brennan Manning has been dazzingly faithful in preaching and writing variations on that singular theme –...

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A Life in Stitches

In these 20 heartfelt essays, Rachael Herron celebrated romance novelist by day, 911 dispatcher by night, shows how when life unravels there s always a way to knit it back together again, many times into something even better. Honest, funny, and full of warmth, Herron...

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Motherhood – Lost and Found

Motherhood: Lost and Found takes the reader on a journey where Alzheimer’s disease and infertility intersect. At age 33, award-winning author and poet Ann Campanella returns to her home state of North Carolina ready to build a horse farm and start a family. Ann’s...

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The Unbreakable Boy

Meet Austin, an eighteen-year-old whose body is much more fragile than his spirit.Despite the painful effects of osteogenesis imperfecta—a rare disease that makes bones brittle and prone to break—and the challenges of living with autism, Austin is an overcomer who...

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American Sons

"A compelling narrative of survival and redemption." —Robert Lindsey, author of The Falcon and the SnowmanForty years before the names Snowden and Manning entered the world’s cultural lexicon, Christopher Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee became America’s youngest...

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Growing Food God’s Way

Growing Food God’s Way is a compelling biography of accomplished gardener and arborist Paul Gautschi. Known world-wide for his connection with God’s world of nature, this authorized work explores the man and his wildly successful garden and orchard…while applying...

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Justice or Injustice?

This story is about a small town boy that was thrown into jury service on a highly publicized Capital Murder trial in Myrtle Beach, SC. It involves the case of: The State of SC vs. Kimberly Renee Poole. This book isn't about the murder, or the guilt or innocence of...

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Second Wind – Thriving With Cancer

"Don't you ever get tired of being so positive?" my niece blurted out one day. The question shocked me, five years into my fight with lung cancer. Was my enthusiasm about remaining treatment options so disheartening that even someone normally upbeat struggled to see...

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Sick in the Head

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE A.V. CLUB • Includes new interviews!From the writer and director of Knocked Up and the producer of Freaks and Geeks comes a collection of intimate, hilarious conversations with the biggest...

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The Adult – Alien in the Delta

The Alien in the Delta Series by Thankful Strother is about the author's life as a poor black boy growing up in the Delta. The three book series represent different time periods. They include The Child, The Soldier, and The Adult. The Adult - Alien in the Delta by...

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Push the Rock

Living the American Dream at the pinnacle of his life, R.W. Long had it all: a loving family, a promising career, and a multitude of blessings. All of this was cut short with the diagnosis of an incurable disease. In the prime of life, he lost nearly everything he had...

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Every Little Step

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn Every Little Step, Brown will for the first time tell the full story of his life and set the record straight, particularly about his relationship with Whitney Houston.Bobby Brown has been one of the most compelling American artists of the...

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Maybe You Should Move Those Away From You

At forty years of age, I was broke. So broke I couldn’t even afford a birthday gift for my dear friend, Cathy. I was also severely addicted to tobacco cigarettes. My story begins when Cathy turned my makeshift present for her into a gift of life for me. If you have...

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Recondo – Lrrps in the 101st Airborne

For firefights in the swamps, ambushes in the jungle, or just facing the enemy dead-on, Recondo trained LRRPs to win.They will never be able to duplicate the 5th Special Forces Recondo School and the training that gave its grads something they desperately needed—the...

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