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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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Beth Lisick started out as a homecoming princess with a Crisco-aided tan and a bad perm. And then everything changed. Plunging headlong into America's deepest subcultures, while keeping both feet firmly planted in her parents' Leave It to Beaver values, Lisick makes...read more
History has many romantic stories to tell of the part which women have played in determining the destinies of nations. Sometimes it is a woman's beauty that causes the shifting of a province. Again it is another woman's rich possessions that incite invasion and lead...read more
A New York Times Best Seller!The classic real-life story of the superspy whose vast intelligence network helped defeat the Nazis in World War II.A Man Called Intrepid is the account of the world’s first integrated intelligence operation and of its master, William...read more
REVIEW: Fascinating and incredible biography from a cross between James Bond, Louis Leakey, Columbo and Indiana Jones.Behind the scenes - exploration, the remote world, crime, secret agents, tribes, rebel wars and more!At age 21, Quinn Matthewson was the youngest...read more
The first-hand account of a Vietnamese refugee who now lives the American dream.Where the Wind Leads is the remarkable account of Vinh Chung and his refugee family’s daring escape from communist oppression for the chance of a better life in America. It’s a story of...read more
Everything Changes for a Teenage Girl when her Mother DiesSensitive and shy, Susan spent her childhood relying on her mother's love and guidance. But when she was twelve years old, her life was broken apart in a way that would change her forever. Her mother was...read more
The instant New York Times bestsellerLust: 1. intense sexual desire or appetite2.a passionate or overmastering desire or craving3.ardent enthusiasm; zest; relish.Wonder: 1. something strange and surprising; a cause of surprise, astonishment,or admiration2. the emotion...read more
Ours is clearly not the only story out there. With the declaration of a single word, cancer, we joined the ranks of an army far larger than the world has seen. As Lenny and I walked the path of diagnosis and treatment, something became increasingly unclear. If so many...read more
First published in 1854, Walden recounts American philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau's experiences over the course of two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo...read more
A rising star in the Republican Party shares her inspirational memoir of family, hope, and the power of the American Dream. Decades before their daughter surprised the nation by becoming governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley's parents had a dream. Ajit and Raj...read more
A story behind the suffering of a Sri Lankan Migrant worker in Saudi Arabia. Kamala a mother of four children facing poverty to manage her family with a drunken worthless husband that sleeps all day getting drunk on moonshine and coconut arrack, he spends all her hard...read more
On June 9, 2008, the butchered body of Travis Alexander was found in his Mesa, Arizona home. The grisly nature of his death made instant headlines: with twenty-nine knife wounds, his throat slit, and a gunshot to the head, Travis was left to die. The prime suspect in...read more
A “groundbreaking” memoir about raising a special-needs daughter in an era of misinformation and prejudice—a classic that helped transform our perceptions (Publishers Weekly). It was my child who taught me to understand so clearly that all people are equal in their...read more
In Brotherhood, Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra reveal the story of their personal struggles and triumphs as doctors, immigrants, and brothers. They were born in the ferment of liberated India after 1947, as an age-old culture was reinventing its future. For the young, this...read more
The autobiographical tale of a stubborn, thirty something commuter, who wasn't prepared to lose a petty argument on Facebook.Infuriated by the snoozing passengers surrounding him, Andy posted a status declaring that sleeping on trains is a complete waste of time.His...read more
The harrowing true story of abduction and survival from the courageous young woman who lived it—now the subject of a Lifetime original movie, I Am Elizabeth Smart.In this memoir, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake...read more
The making of Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, the outsize personalities who inspired it, and the vast changes it wrought on the literary world In the summer of 1925, Ernest Hemingway and a clique of raucous companions traveled to Pamplona, Spain, for the town’s...read more
“Addictively readable . . . Someday, when fewer people know Richard Pryor’s name, Furious Cool will be the best defense against the worst sort of forgetting--the kind that involves who we are now, who we loved once, and why.” —EsquireRichard Pryor was arguably the...read more
While on a camping trip, Ted Kerasote met a dog—a Labrador mix—who was living on his own in the wild. They became attached to each other, and Kerasote decided to name the dog Merle and bring him home. There, he realized that Merle’s native intelligence would be...read more
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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 influential lawyers of our timeSOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL...read more
In the tradition of Elie Wiesel’s Night and Primo Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz comes a bestselling new memoir by Canadian survivorFinalist for the 2017 RBC Taylor PrizeMore than 70 years after the Nazi camps were liberated by the Allies, a new Canadian Holocaust...read more
Becky Galli was born into a family that valued the power of having a plan. With a pastor father and a stay-at-home mother, her 1960s southern upbringing was bucolic—even enviable. But when her brother, only seventeen, died in a waterskiing accident, the slow...read more
“Wickedly funny and always movingly illuminating, thanks to kick-ass storytelling and a poet's ear.” –Oprah.com The New York Times bestselling, hilarious tale of Mary Karr’s hardscrabble Texas childhood that Oprah.com calls the best memoir of a generation.The Liars’...read more
Actressand comic Lisa Ann Walter offers a hilarious, star-studded collection of essaysencouraging women to laugh at what they can't change, enjoy a guilty pleasureor two, and finally accept the lives and the bodies they're in now. The DanceYour Ass Off judge and star...read more
When you see the world, the world sees you. Dietmar Vogelmann left his country years ago and took a chance, starting a new life in Vietnam. Luckily, his experience in hotel management got him hired at a 5-star beach-side resort, but his initial impression was less...read more
Echoing the ambiance of James Herriot, SHAMARON – Dog Devoted is tender, emotive and amusing. If you have ever loved a dog, you must read this amazing story. From her third-floor apartment in Chicago’s concrete jungle, Rogers begins her partnership with Shamaron, a...read more
• Firsthand account of action on Swift Boats • Written in an engaging, immediate style with touches humor• Compelling account of human courage and friendshipDuring the Vietnam war 3500 officers and men served in the Swift Boat program in a fleet of 130 boats with no...read more
Birth of a New J: A Cathartic Memoir - Winner of the 2015 International Latino Book Awards. The head and heart are the most demanding organs. Rid yourself of toxins. Learn to breathe. Julie's story begins at her own birth, buttocks first - was she trying to make a...read more
From the #1 bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat comes an unforgettable epic of family, tragedy, and survival on the American frontier“An ideal pairing of talent and material.… Engrossing.… A deft and ambitious storyteller.” – Mary Roach, New York Times Book...read more
**Wall Street Journal Top 10 bestseller****New York Times bestselling author**If Joe and Vicky had known what relocating to a tiny mountain village in Andalucía would REALLY be like, they might have hesitated... They have no idea of the culture shock in store. No idea...read more
Growing up Shay never experienced what it was like to be loved. At the hands of family members she went thru what no child should be subjected to, molestation. How does one bounce back from a childhood filled with emotion and physical abuse by the hands of those meant...read more
I am Jean Dorff, and was sexual abused from the age of 7 by close family members. As young as I was, I knew that something terribly wrong was done to me. I became very inwards focused and started to create walls around me that only a few could see and come through. On...read more
He was an ATHEIST who became the BEST-SELLING Christian author in history.He was an intellectual prig who was transformed into a man who had a mind and heart awake to holiness. He had no posterity, but few men in history have been so deeply loved by children. He was...read more
HOT NEW RELEASE! An inspirational memoir of one woman’s 28-year journey from aspirations of becoming one of the first female officers within the fabled Royal Canadian Mounted Police, to overcoming the harsh realities of discrimination, injustice and personal...read more
The shocking true crime story of a beloved Hollywood star gone too soon—told by the captain of the boat on which Natalie Wood spent her last night. Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour is the long?awaited, detailed account of events that led to the mysterious death of...read more
Celebrated historian Winston Groom tells the uniquely American tales of George Patton, Douglas MacArthur, and George Marshall, from World War I to World War II. These three remarkable men-of-arms who rose from the gruesome hell of the First World War to become the...read more
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