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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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The Forgotten Highlander

Alistair Urquhart was a soldier in the Gordon Highlanders, captured by the Japanese in Singapore. Forced into manual labor as a POW, he survived 750 days in the jungle working as a slave on the notorious “Death Railway” and building the Bridge on the River Kwai....

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Rabbit

Nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work"An absolute must-read" – Shondaland“[Rabbit] tells how it went down with brutal honesty and outrageous humor” – New York Times They called her Rabbit.Patricia Williams (aka Ms. Pat) was born and raised...

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1945: Year of Decision

Harry S. Truman was thrust into a job he neither sought nor wanted by a call summoning him to the White House. There First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt told him that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was dead. Two hours later, with little formality, he was sworn into...

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A River in Darkness

A New York Times bestseller and Amazon Charts Most Read and Most Sold book.A Goodreads Choice Award nominee for Memoir & Autobiography.The harrowing true story of one man’s life in—and subsequent escape from—North Korea, one of the world’s most brutal totalitarian...

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The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt

A candid and insightful look at an era and a life through the eyes of one of the most remarkable Americans of the twentieth century, First Lady and humanitarian Eleanor Roosevelt.The daughter of one of New York’s most influential families, niece of Theodore Roosevelt,...

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Rising Star

New York Times BestsellerRising Star is the definitive account of Barack Obama's formative years that made him the man who became the forty-fourth president of the United States—from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bearing the CrossBarack Obama's speech at the...

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No, You Shut Up

“Symone’s honest and profound reflection on standing up and speaking out is sure to inspire young people across the country to become the change agents the world needs.” — Congresswoman Maxine WatersIn this rousing call to leadership, the self-described millennial...

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A Man Without a Country

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “For all those who have lived with Vonnegut in their imaginations . . . this is what he is like in person.”–USA Today In a volume that is penetrating, introspective, incisive, and laugh-out-loud funny, one of the great men of letters of...

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Living Like The Future Matters

We are living in rapidly changing times, and our lives will never be the same. Now is NOT the time to be fearful! Living Like the Future Matters could not be timelier. Donna Maltz’s insightful words invite us to seek a better world for ourselves, for humanity, and our...

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Young Jefferson

In this swift, insightful book, New York Times bestselling author Thomas Fleming brings vividly to life the remarkable youth of Thomas Jefferson, one of America's greatest presidents. Here are all of Jefferson's early triumphs and tragedies - from his inspired design...

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Emancipated Love Junkie

Are you trapped inside an eating disorder? If so, Rachel will guide you towards a liberated and recovered life! In her inspiring eating disorder memoir, Rachel shares her twenty-year battle with anorexia as she travels the planet as an executive assistant, rock...

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We’re Better Than This

With a foreword by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  “There was no greater friend to the poor, to the lost, to the left out, and tothe left behind. If you want to understand this great man, read his historic,important book and learn the lessons and values from his ‘moral...

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In The Field Vietnam and My Letters Home

IN THE FIELD is a draftee’s view of the war, looking from the mud up, as told in 7 months of almost daily letters to his new bride.These very personal letters provide us with a unique perspective. With candid observations and comment on Army life and combat, the land...

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Born a Crime

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followedNAMED ONE OF PASTE’S BEST MEMOIRS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE...

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The Spy and the Traitor

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The celebrated author of Double Cross and Rogue Heroes returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling Americans-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War.“The best true spy story...

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With Malice Toward None

“The standard one-volume biography of Lincoln.” —Washington Post“Certainly the most objective biography of Lincoln ever written.” —David Herbert Donald, New York Times Book ReviewThe definitive life of Abraham Lincoln, With Malice Toward None is historian Stephen B....

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First Families

What is it like to be America's First Family? In this wonderfully engaging book, Bonnie Angelo, Time correspondent and acclaimed author of First Mothers, probes two hundred years of American history to tell the story of real life within the White House walls—how...

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Diamond Geezers

In November 2000, the most audacious crime ever attempted in Britain took place: the broad daylight theft of a diamond collection worth £350 million from the Millennium Dome by a gang armed only with smoke bombs, stink bombs, a JCB, a speedboat and, bizarrely, a...

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Agorafabulous!

“Sara Benincasa is one of the funniest writers I know—and I know a disturbing number of them. She is also one of the most honest.”—Sam Apple, author of American Parent and editor-in-chief of The Faster Times “Sara is extremely funny and should have many books out so...

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Catching Murphy

For more than a year, over two brutal Northeast winters, the whole of Vermont was captivated by the hunt for a runaway golden retriever named Murphy. He was more than a missing dog—he was a target for capture, and journalistic obsession.Murphy’s disappearance would...

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Becoming Richard Pryor

A major biography—intimate, gripping, revelatory—of an artist who revolutionized American comedy.Richard Pryor may have been the most unlikely star in Hollywood history. Raised in his family’s brothels, he grew up an outsider to privilege. He took to the stage,...

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Looking for the Lioness

2020 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards Gold Medal WinnerDid you ever want to run away from home?Feeling battered by multiple losses, including her parents, her husband, and her job, Mary needs a change. She doesn't just want another job, she wants another...

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Islands of the Damned

A remarkable eyewitness account of the most brutal combat of the Pacific War, from Peleliu to Okinawa, this is the true story of R.V. Burgin, the real-life World War II Marine Corps hero featured in HBO®'s The Pacific. “Read his story and marvel at the man...and those...

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Wild

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERAt twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of...

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Harvest: Memoir of a Mormon Missionary

"This is an amazing memoir, the most realistic, true-to-life account of a modern-day Mormon mission I've ever read. It feels extremely honest and authentic, with a non-manipulative agenda to depict how it really was for this particular missionary." Christopher...

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The Cross and the Switchblade

The dramatic and inspiring true story of a small town minister called to help inner city kids everyone else believed were beyond hope...David Wilkerson was just a young preacher in the Pennsylvania hills when he was stunned by a new calling from God: go to New York...

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Born to Run

The astonishing national bestseller and hugely entertaining story that completely changed the way we run.An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have...

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Magician of the Beautiful

WHO WAS THE MYSTERIOUS MAN CALLED NEVILLE?In this concise work, PEN Award-winning author and historian Mitch Horowitz explores one of the most radical, finely developed, and intriguing intellects in modern metaphysics: Neville Goddard (1905-1972).Neville issued the...

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The Black Count

WINNER OF THE 2013 PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHYGeneral Alex Dumas is a man almost unknown today, yet his story is strikingly familiar—because his son, the novelist Alexandre Dumas, used his larger-than-life feats as inspiration for such classics as The Count of Monte...

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Lost Girls

“Rother is the next Ann Rule.” —Gregg Olsen Chelsea King was a popular high school senior, an outstanding achiever determined to make a difference. Fourteen-year-old Amber Dubois loved books and poured her heart into the animals she cared for. Treasured by all who...

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Caesar: Life of a Colossus

This “captivating biography” of the great Roman general “puts Caesar’s war exploits on full display, along with his literary genius” and more (The New York Times)   Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of the Julius Caesar’s life, Adrian Goldsworthy not only...

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Life and Times of a Wayward Geologist

This is a memoir of a man who grew up in the 40s and 50s in Mobile, Alabama, during a time when the South was strictly segregated--"We didn't know any black people except for our maids." After graduating from Murphy High School, he went on to the University of Alabama...

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Bergen-Belsen Survivor

A monument to the indestructible nature of the human spirit. In these compelling, award-winning, Holocaust memoirs, Nanette Blitz Konig relates her amazing story of survival during the Second World War when she, together with her family and millions of other Jews, was...

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The Honor Was Mine

Winner of the Nautilus Book Award and the Military Writers Society of America Gold Medal.A young combat veteran hides in his closet under a pile of clothes on bad nights. Another, home for five days, can’t figure out how to talk to his wife. And a commander’s spouse...

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Becoming Dr. Seuss

The definitive, fascinating, all-reaching biography of Dr. Seuss 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...

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