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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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Biography Catherine The Great by Robert K. Massie

Action and Adventure books classic - The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

Memoir The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

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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.'" Part guidebook on culture and travel, part journey of self-discovery, this travelogue takes you on a backpacking adventure through...

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With or Without You

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A haunting, unforgettable mother-daughter story for a new generation—the debut of a blazing new lyrical voiceNAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Domenica Ruta grew up in a working-class,...

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Elena Vanishing

Seventeen-year-old Elena is vanishing. Every day means renewed determination, so every day means fewer calories. This is the story of a girl whose armor against anxiety becomes artillery against herself as she battles on both sides of a lose-lose war in a struggle...

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Moab Is My Washpot

This international bestseller is an “enormously entertaining” boyhood memoir by the British actor and comedian (The New York Times).   Since his PBS television debut in Blackadder, multitalented writer, actor, and comedian Stephen Fry has earned many fans with his...

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Chancer

When a devastating diagnosis tears author Donnie Kanter Winokur’s family apart, a service dog may be their best hope to stay together.Donnie Kanter Winokur and her husband, Harvey, never could have imagined the heart-wrenching struggle that becomes their new reality...

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The Brothers

A joint biography of John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles, who led the United States into an unseen war that decisively shaped today's worldDuring the 1950s, when the Cold War was at its peak, two immensely powerful brothers led the United States into a series of...

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Aunt Sookie & Me

*****Publishers Weekly - Booklife Finalist*****Indie Brag Award Winner*****Pinnacle Book Award Winner*****Shelf Unbound Notable 100 Books*****BIBA Star Award*****Book Excellence Award Winner*****Golden Crown Winner*****Winner of The Beverly Hills Book...

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Seriously Stupid Criminals

Can you drive a Hummer to pick up your welfare check, or text your parole officer asking for illegal drugs? Unfortunately, these criminals did. While researching her other true crime books, Synova was indicated with seriously stupid criminal stories. She collected...

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Four Thousand Days

Duane Jackson grew up in children's homes in the the East End of London, was kicked out of two schools and left the education system with no qualifications. After being arrested in the US in possession of 6,500 ecstasy tablets he served time in prison on both sides of...

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Please Talk About Me When I’m Gone

Question: How do you get over it? Answer: You don't. You don't want to. It makes you who you are. Sean Murphy lost his mother days after her fifty-ninth birthday, following a five-year battle with cancer. In this eloquent memoir, he explores his family history through...

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A Chelsea Concerto

‘Take off your coat,’ said the doctor. I took it off. ‘And your dress,’ he said. ‘It’s too dangerous – the folds may catch in the debris and bring the whole thing down.’ I took off the dress. ‘Fine,’ he said shortly. ‘It’ll have to be head first. We’ll hold your...

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Fresh Off the Boat

NOW AN ORIGINAL SERIES ON ABC • “Just may be the best new comedy of [the year] . . . based on restaurateur Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same name . . . [a] classic fresh-out-of-water comedy.”—People   “Bawdy and frequently hilarious . . . a surprisingly sophisticated...

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A River in Darkness

An Amazon Charts Most Read and Most Sold book.The harrowing true story of one man’s life in—and subsequent escape from—North Korea, one of the world’s most brutal totalitarian regimes.Half-Korean, half-Japanese, Masaji Ishikawa has spent his whole life feeling like a...

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Unsung Eagles

The nearly half-million American aircrewmen who served during World War II have almost disappeared. And so have their stories. Award-winning writer and former fighter pilot Jay A. Stout uses Unsung Eagles to save an exciting collection of those accounts from oblivion....

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The Taj Mahal

Everyone has seen photographs of the Taj Mahal. The massive, bulbous central dome, the four slender minarets, the shimmering marble, the long reflecting pool, the manicured gardens - all seem too striking for adequate description and proper appreciation. But there is...

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James Harden

Learn the Incredible Story of Basketball Superstar James Harden!Read on your PC, Mac, smartphone, tablet or Kindle device!Limited time offer: If you buy the print edition, you can keep the Kindle edition for yourself!Newly revised through the first half of the...

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Autobiography of a Yogi

Autobiography of a Yogi is at once a beautifully written account of an exceptional life and a profound introduction to the ancient science of Yoga and its time-honored tradition of meditation. Profoundly inspiring, it is at the same time vastly entertaining, warmly...

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Precious Silver Chopsticks

From her childhood in a North Korean mountain village to a successful life in the United States, the years have brought Mae Adams many challenges. With the past full of ghosts, her final challenge is to share her story. Rejected by a mother who did not want a second...

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Tell Me if You’re Lying

Growing up in an eccentric North Carolina home, with aging-hippie parents whose marriage was forever crumbling around her, author Sarah Sweeney was primed for trouble. For drugs and boys. For learning about sexuality from Madonna videos and prank calling teachers and...

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Stumbling Toward the Buddha

How does one embrace the depth of spirituality, when life is messy? In Stumbling Toward the Buddha, Dawn Downey comes to a startling revelation: a difficult childhood was more than just that. There was abuse, covered up over the years. As she finally confronts her...

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Dani: Throwaway Child

A Busy Mom, a New Minister, Repressed Memories, and an Abuser Still on the Loose . . .Dani experienced horrible nightmares and didn’t know what they meant. Almost at the point of giving up, she turned to her minister and found someone who could help her unlock the...

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Why Me?

In the blink of an eye, Mom ran up behind me and pushed me into the fence. Instinctively, I reached out my arms to stop my fall and ended up grabbing the live fence. My hands clamped around the thin wires, and my body collapsed to the ground as the electricity coursed...

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Never Stop Walking

An extraordinary memoir of one woman’s fight to find her true self between the life into which she was born and the one she was given.Christiana Mara Coelho was born into extreme poverty in Brazil. After spending the first seven years of her life with her loving...

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Andrew the Great

Who was Andrew Jackson?We see him every time an ATM spews out a bunch of $20 bills for us; and again and again when we spend those same bills. We hear or repeat his name, though perhaps not knowingly, whenever the well-known towns of Jacksonville, Florida or Jackson,...

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Awaken Love

From the moment they met, they knew they would write this book. Six years later, they have been called to share their story, Awaken Love. Told in a vulnerable first-person narrative, readersare whisked through the authors’ parallel journeys as they explore their...

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Grand Theft Auto and Other Misdemeanors

Stolen Cars. Shoplifting. Illicit Cigarettes. At Age 12? In this humorous and rollicking memoir, Jennifer tells what it's like to grow up as a girl in Hialeah and Miami Springs. There doesn't seem to be much to do, but that's okay because Jennifer knows how to make...

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Franklin and Lucy

“Just when you thought you knew everything about Franklin D. Roosevelt, think again. Joseph E. Persico [is] one of America’s finest historians. . . . You can’t properly understand FDR the man without reading this landmark study.”—Douglas Brinkley, professor of history...

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Life as I Blow It

In this wickedly funny and irreverent memoir, Chelsea Lately writer and comedian Sarah Colonna opens up about love, life, and pursuing her dreams . . . and then screwing it all up.   Sarah believes we all struggle to grow up. Sometimes we want to have fun, not take...

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The Shell of a Person

"Never have disgusting, miserable living conditions been so funny. When someone finally finds a way to send back a report from hell, I hope it will be Lance Pototschnik. Except this guy is going to heaven, for the way he writes." --The Kindle Book Review“Welcome to...

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You All Grow Up and Leave Me

"Unflinching, rich and revelatory."—MEGAN ABBOTT“Gorgeous, moody, and evocative . . . half coming-of-age story and half exhaustively researched true crime.” —VANITY FAIR“Bracingly honest and extremely discomfiting, this book is like a riveting episode of Law & Order:...

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Travel Adventures for the Young at Heart

When Al and Sunny Lockwood signed up for a 12-day Mediterranean cruise, little did they know that the trip would morph into 42 days of fascinating travel filled with old world wonder, colorful characters, and just plain fun. The three travel memoirs in this box set...

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I’m Not From Around Here

What could have led to an encounter between such an unsuitable couple as my parents?This book is a fascinating life diary, in which reality surpasses all imagination. It takes place against the backdrop of the Holocaust, the fate of the refugees at the end of the war,...

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Born for Life

A nurse aide position in the local maternity annexe at the age of sixteen gave Julie a love for being with women during labour and birth and caring for mothers and their babies.Life could not have been happier until the tragic death of her own baby in the first hour...

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The Greatest Knight

A renowned scholar brings to life medieval England’s most celebrated knight, William Marshal—providing an unprecedented and intimate view of this age and the legendary warrior class that shaped it.Caught on the wrong side of an English civil war and condemned by his...

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The Trouble With Truth

The Trouble with Truth begins when a love-starved child, thrilled with a ride in her dad's sports car on a mountain outing, discovers he has taken her on a date with one of his co-ed students while mom cleans house in her Peter Pan blouse and Ferragamo pumps back home...

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