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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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What are Biographies and Memoirs?

biography, or simply bio, is a detailed description of a person’s life. It involves more than just the basic facts like education, work, relationships, and death; it portrays a person’s experience of these life events. Unlike a profile or curriculum vitae (résumé), a biography presents a subject’s life story, highlighting various aspects of his or her life, including intimate details of experience, and may include an analysis of the subject’s personality.

Biographical works are usually non-fiction, but fiction can also be used to portray a person’s life. One in-depth form of biographical coverage is called legacy writing. Works in diverse media, from literature to film, form the genre known as biography.

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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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Biography Catherine The Great by Robert K. Massie

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The Hiding Place

"Every experience God gives us... is the perfect preparation for the future only He can see."--Corrie ten Boom Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch watchmaker who became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler's concentration camps, and one of the most remarkable...

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The Escape Artists

This "fast-paced account" of WWI airmen who escaped Germany's most notorious POW camp is "expertly narrated" by the New York Times bestselling author (Kirkus, starred review). During World War I, Allied soldiers might avoid death only to find themselves in the...

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Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog

There is a moment every morning when the countryside takes a pause. The birds stop singing, the dogs choke back their barks, and cats pause mid-stride. Everything waits. It's in this vacuum that a man working alone has the best chance of finding truffles... The...

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Reading Behind Bars

“A fascinating look into a world many of us never see, and a powerful story about one woman’s journey to find her own strength, with a clear message of the importance of books and information for all.” —Booklist (American Library...

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Henry and June

This bestseller covers a single momentous year during Nin's life in Paris, when she met Henry Miller and his wife, June. "Closer to what many sexually adventuresome women experience than almost anything I've ever read... I found it a very erotic book and profoundly...

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The Perfect Gentleman

James Barry was one of the most outstanding doctors of the nineteenth century – a brilliant surgeon, a tireless campaigner for medical reform, and a compassionate Inspector-General of the Army. But throughout a long and distinguished career an air of secrecy,...

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Disloyal

A #1 New York Times Bestseller! "I read it cover-to-cover. I did not intend to, but I started at the beginning and didn't put it down until it was over." -- Rachel Maddow, MSNBC This book almost didn't see the light of day as government officials tried to bar its...

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An Eagle Named Freedom

“A hauntingly beautiful story of rescue and rehabilitation….[A] gorgeous tale of redemption.” —Susan Richards, New York Times bestselling author of Chosen by a Horse“I could not put this book down.”...

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Conversations with a Masked Man

For forty years John Hadden and his father of the same name fought at the dinner table over politics, art, and various issues concerning America. One was haunted by what he had witnessed during his long CIA career, from Berlin to Tel Aviv; the other retreated to the...

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All Creatures Great and Small

From a Yorkshire veterinarian and a “wise and wonderful writer”: The New York Times bestseller and basis for the beloved BBC series of the same name (The Boston Globe).  In the rolling dales of Yorkshire, a simple, rural region of northern England,...

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The Dog Who Came to Stay

The national bestselling memoir of a friendship between a New England outdoorsman and the scrawny foxhound who came to his door one snowy day. In the midst of a blizzard, late one Christmas night in the 1950s, author Hal Borland heard a howl at the back door of his...

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Gay Like Me

Chosen by Town & Country as one of the most anticipated books of the year | Named "An LGBTQ Book That'll Change the Literary Landscape in 2020" by O: The Oprah MagazineIn this poignant and urgent love letter to his son, award-winning Broadway, TV...

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Bono

From the New York Times bestselling author of Cleo: A funny and moving account of a 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 her...

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Growing Up at Grossinger’s

"To be devoured in one non-stop gulp...fascinating reading."—The New York Post From 1919 to 1986, Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel provided a summer retreat from the city heat for New York's Jews, and entertained the great, the near-great,...

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JFK

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • A Pulitzer Prize–winning historian takes us as close as we have ever been to the real John F. Kennedy in this revelatory biography of the iconic, yet still elusive, thirty-fifth president. “An...

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Motherhood: Lost and Found

Horses, infertility and Alzheimer’s intersect in this award-winning memoir. At age 33, Ann returns to North Carolina ready to build a horse farm and start a family. Her foundation is shaken when she experiences multiple miscarriages at the same time her mother spirals...

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Mozart

From the acclaimed composer and biographer Jan Swafford comes the definitive biography of one of the most lauded musical geniuses in history, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. At the earliest ages it was apparent that Wolfgang Mozart’s singular imagination was at work...

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Before the Storm

Acclaimed historian Rick Perlstein chronicles the rise of the conservative movement in the liberal 1960s. At the heart of the story is Barry Goldwater, the renegade Republican from Arizona who loathed federal government, despised liberals, and mocked "peaceful...

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On Being Human

An inspirational memoir about how Jennifer Pastiloff's years of waitressing taught her to seek out unexpected beauty, how hearing loss taught her to listen fiercely, how being vulnerable allowed her to find love, and how imperfections can lead to a life full of...

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A Very Private Diary

The newly discovered diary of a wartime nurse makes for a fascinating, dramatic and uniquely personal insight into the experience of being on the frontline of service during the Second World War. As the war gets underway, eighteen-year-old trainee nurse Mary Mulry...

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Cheaper by the Dozen

The #1 New York Times–bestselling classic: A hilarious memoir of two parents, twelve kids, and “a life of cheerfully controlled chaos” (The New York Times). Translated into more than fifty languages, Cheaper by the Dozen is the unforgettable story...

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The Diana Chronicles

Years after her death, Princess Diana remains a mystery. Was she “the people’s princess,” who electrified the world with her beauty and humanitarian missions? Or was she a manipulative, media-savvy neurotic who nearly brought down the monarchy?...

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The Guardian of Mercy

Now celebrated as one of the great painters of the Renaissance, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio fled Rome in 1606 to escape retribution for killing a man in a brawl. Three years later he was in Naples, where he painted The Seven Acts of Mercy. A year later he died...

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The Six Wives of Henry VIII

A “brilliantly written and meticulously researched” biography of royal family life during England’s second Tudor monarch (San Francisco Chronicle).   Either annulled, executed, died in childbirth, or widowed, these were the well-known fates...

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Saving Sadie

This memoir of an injured dog’s rescue and rehabilitation is “an uplifting story with tremendous heart. I couldn't put it down” (Helen Brown, international bestselling author of Cleo) Joal Derse Dauer was donating blankets at a local no-kill...

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Redemption

Redemption - Grace Extended and The Real Price of Success is my life's testimony thus far. In this book I will discuss my upbringing, my family life and my path to Redemption. The book discusses many life long lessons I have learned and my take-aways from overcoming...

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Gold Dust Woman

Stevie Nicks is a legend of rock, but her energy and magnetism sparked new interest in this icon. At 68, she's one of the most glamorous creatures rock has known, and the rare woman who's a real rock 'n' roller. Gold Dust Woman gives "the gold standard of rock...

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Fire in the Straw

**Named One of the New York Post's Best New Books to Read ** FIRE IN THE STRAW is the witty and deeply felt memoir of Nick Lyons, a man with an intrepid desire to reinvent himself—which he does, over and over.      Nick Lyons shape...

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Nurse, Come You Here!

From the author of Call the Nurse, come new tales of a London nurse working to help and heal a community on a remote Scottish island. Lively, touching, engaging reading for fans of Call the Midwife and All Creatures Great and Small. "Julia MacLeod shares unique...

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The Last Children of Mill Creek

Vivian Gibson grew up in Mill Creek Valley, a segregated working-class neighborhood of St. Louis that was razed in 1959 to build a highway, an act of racism disguised under urban renewal as “progress.” The three rooms of her childhood home were heated by...

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Born Survivors

The Nazis murdered their husbands but concentration camp prisoners Priska, Rachel, and Anka would not let evil take their unborn children too—a remarkable true story that will appeal to readers of The Lost and The Nazi Officer’s Wife, Born Survivors...

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H. H. Holmes

America's first and most notorious serial killer and his diabolical killing spree during the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, now updated with a new afterword discussing Holmes' exhumation on American Ripper. H. H. Holmes: The True History of the White...

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