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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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Relentless

An Incredible Journey of Determination and RecoveryIn 2005, Ted W. Baxter was at the top of his game. He was a successful, globe-trotting businessman with a resume that would impress the best of the best. In peak physical condition, Ted worked out nearly every day of...

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Ballad of a Sober Man

A successful emergency physician full of narcissism and ego wakes up in detox, his life having burned to the ground. Dr. J.D. Remy—physician, father, husband, and medical missionary—awakens one morning to find himself in rehab for alcoholism. His destructive behavior...

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The Great War of Our Time

Like See No Evil and At the Center of the Storm, this is a vivid and gripping account of the Central Intelligence Agency, a life of secrets, and a war in the shadows. Called the "Bob Gates of his generation" by Politico, Michael Morell was a top CIA officer who played...

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Keep Moving

Show-business legend Dick Van Dyke is living proof that life does get better the longer you live it. Who better to offer instruction, advice, and humor than someone who's entering his ninth decade with a jaunty two-step? Van Dyke isn't just a born song-and-dance man;...

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House Calls

The following twenty-one stories are from actual house calls I have made in three different states during my thirty years of practice as a rural family physician. Some are humorous, some sad, some sublime. I have changed the names and in a few cases altered...

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Wild and Crazy Guys

The behind-the-scenes story of the iconic funnymen who ruled '80s Hollywood—Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and Eddie Murphy—and the beloved films that made them stars, including Animal House, Caddyshack, and GhostbustersNAMED ONE OF...

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A Little Bit Wicked

"Life's too short. I'm not." You might know her as a Tony Award-winning Broadway star, who originated the role of Galinda the Good Witch in the smash musical Wicked and won a Tony for 1999's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Or you may recognize her from her starring...

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88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary

The “first” Afghan War, a CIA war in response to 9/11, was directed by the CIA Station Chief in Islamabad. It put Hamid Karzai in power in 88 days. “If you want an insider’s account of the first American-Afghan War, you can’t do better than this…Important reading to...

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Storyteller

THE FIRST AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF ROALD DAHL, STORYTELLER IS A MASTERFUL, WITTY AND INCISIVE LOOK AT ONE OF THE GREATEST AUTHORS AND ECCENTRIC CHARACTERS OF THE MODERN AGE. In his lifetime Roald Dahl pushed children’s literature into uncharted territory, and today his...

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William and Kate

With a new chapter on the birth of the royal baby and 17 new photos, the complete story of the romance and marriage of William and Kate and their son, George Alexander Louis Windsor, His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, as told by #1 New York Times...

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Life on Two Legs

The Original Manager of rock band Queen and founder of legendary Trident Studios London, breaks his silence for the first time in an explosive autobiography about how Queen were discovered and what really went on behind the studio doors while recording The Beatles,...

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The Ride of a Lifetime

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A memoir of leadership and success: The executive chairman of Disney, Time’s 2019 businessperson of the year, shares the ideas and values he embraced during his fifteen years as CEO while reinventing one of the world’s most beloved...

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Always Looking Up

There are many words to describe Michael J. Fox: Actor. Husband. Father. Activist. But readers of Always Looking Up will soon add another to the list: Optimist. Michael writes about the hard-won perspective that helped him see challenges as opportunities. Instead of...

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Devil’s Bargain

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller.From the reporter who was there at the very beginning comes the revealing inside story of the partnership between Steve Bannon and Donald Trump—the key to understanding the rise of the alt-right, the fall of Hillary Clinton,...

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Theodore Rex

Theodore Rex is the story—never fully told before—of Theodore Roosevelt’s two world-changing terms as President of the United States. A hundred years before the catastrophe of September 11, 2001, “TR” succeeded to power in the aftermath of an act of terrorism....

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Facts and Fears

New York Times bestsellerThe former Director of National Intelligence's candid and compelling account of the intelligence community's successes--and failures--in facing some of the greatest threats to AmericaWhen he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth United...

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Awakenings

Awakenings--which inspired the major motion picture--is the remarkable story of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen for decades in a trance-like state, these men and women were given up as...

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The Designer

Winner of the RNA Historical Romantic Novel of the Year Award.In 1944, newly married Copper Reilly arrives in Paris soon after the liberation. While the city celebrates its freedom, she’s stuck in the prison of an unhappy marriage. When her husband commits one...

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Beset

"A memoir with a difference, I laughed and cried throughout this book...""One of the most honest books you'll ever have the pleasure of reading..." The father of an autistic boy embarks on an incredible journey following a slide into emotional and financial crisis.As...

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Relentless

An Incredible Journey of Determination and RecoveryIn 2005, Ted W. Baxter was at the top of his game. He was a successful, globe-trotting businessman with a resume that would impress the best of the best. In peak physical condition, Ted worked out nearly every day of...

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Doc

A brutally honest memoir of talent, addiction, and recovery from one of the greatest baseball pitchers of all time. As a shy nineteen-year-old, Dwight Gooden swept into New York, lifting a team of crazy characters to World Series greatness and giving a beleaguered...

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Victoria

NATIONAL BESTSELLER"Victoria is an absolutely captivating novel of youth, love, and the often painful transition from immaturity to adulthood. Daisy Goodwin breathes new life into Victoria's story, and does so with sensitivity, verve, and wit." – AMANDA FOREMANDrawing...

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Will You Love Me?

The heartwarming true story of a greyhound named Bailey, the woman who rescued him, and the miraculous healing power of love . . . .   One night, in the middle of a rainstorm, Barby Keel found an unexpected gift at the gates of her animal sanctuary: a poor little...

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Martin Luther

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“Metaxas is a scrupulous chronicler and has an eye for a good story. . . . full, instructive, and pacey.” —The Washington PostFrom #1 New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas comes a brilliant and inspiring biography of the most...

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Unsinkable

Unsinkable is the definitive memoir by film legend and Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds.In Unsinkable, the late great actress, comedienne, singer, and dancer Debbie Reynolds shares the highs and lows of her life as an actress during Hollywood’s Golden Age, anecdotes...

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Waiting to Be Heard

Amanda Knox spent four years in a foreign prison for a crime she did not commit, as seen in the Nexflix documentary Amanda Knox.In the fall of 2007, the 20-year-old college coed left Seattle to study abroad in Italy, but her life was shattered when her roommate was...

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Travels With Tinkerbelle

The author and her husband devised a simple plan – to take a tent and the dog and drive around the perimeter of France. Like many simple plans it went wrong before it started and they ended up with two dogs and a campervan named Tinkerbelle. Starting in Brittany, they...

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Ultramarathon Man

As an athlete, ultrarunning legend (Men's Journal) Dean Karnazes has run 350 miles without rest and is probably the first person to eat an entire pizza while running. As an author, he has inspired countless couch potatoes to get off the couch, cancel the cable, and...

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Stephen Curry

Do You want to learn more about The Life of Stephen Curry while Being So Inspired? Do You want to know why he's so successful?! If the answer is yes.....then, let me invite you in a beautiful journey: Welcome to The Life of Stephen Curry! One of today’s most...

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Pearls of Wisdom

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!In this "sage, valuable volume" (Publishers Weekly), First Lady Barbara Bush shares the best of her adviceto family, staff, and close friends.First Lady Barbara Bush was famous for handing out advice. From friends and family to...

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In Pieces

In this intimate, haunting literary memoir and New York Times Notable Book of the year, an American icon tells her own story for the first time -- about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that...

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The Export Gardener

The rest of the exhibition was largely uneventful, as I spent most of the time perched on a stool, racking my brain as to how on earth you put stripes on a lawn.A clumsy Australian is living in London, when he decides to start a gardening business in the UK.He doesn’t...

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Just Mercy

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX • A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and...

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George Washington’s Surprise Attack

Extensively researched and superbly argued in Tucker’s compelling narrative, this in-depth examination of George Washington’s ‘military miracle’ at the Battle of Trenton unquestionably confirms the vital importance of that stunning victory.” —Jerry D. Morelock, PhD,...

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One Summer in France

The summer of 1979 was the best summer ever! Pretty, blonde and dangerously impetuous, Bev and Carol head for the sun, lucky beneficiaries of a generous university grant. They are full of enthusiasm and the dazzling spirit of adventure that only seems possible when we...

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Higher Is Waiting

In this intimate book of inspiration, Tyler Perry writes of how his faith has sustained him in hard times, centered him in good times, and enriched his life.  Higher Is Waiting is a spiritual guidebook, a collection of teachings culled from the experiences of a...

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