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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

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

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In Praise of Difficult Women

From Frida Kahlo and Elizabeth Taylor to Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher, and Lena Dunham, this witty narrative explores what we can learn from the imperfect and extraordinary legacies of 29 iconic women who forged their own unique paths in the world.Smart, sassy, and...

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Walden on Wheels

In this frank and witty memoir, Ken Ilgunas lays bare the existential terror of graduating from the University of Buffalo with $32,000 of student debt. Ilgunas set himself an ambitious mission: get out of debt as quickly as possible. Inspired by the frugality and...

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Full Disclosure

Instant New York Times bestseller"Standing up to bullies is my kind of thing."How did Stormy Daniels become the woman willing to take on a president? In this book, Stormy Daniels tells her whole story for the first time: what it's like to be a leading actress and...

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J.R.R. Tolkien

The authorized biography of the creator of Middle-earth. In the decades since his death in September 1973, millions have read THE HOBBIT, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, and THE SILMARILLION and become fascinated about the very private man behind the books. Born in South...

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A Life Half Lived

Twenty year-old Speedy Chase Rodgers seemed to have it all. His family loved him dearly. His generosity and sense of humor made him popular among his peers. His speed, agility, and competitive nature made him a force to be reckoned with on the football field. Young...

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Make ‘Em Laugh

The beloved Hollywood star and New York Times bestselling author of Unsinkable continues her intimate chat with fans in this entertaining collection of anecdotes, stories, jokes, and random musings from a woman who has seen it all—and done most of it.From her...

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Rock Needs River

From a story first told in the popular New York Times parenting blog comes a funny, touching memoir about a mother who welcomes more than a new daughter into her home.After two years of waiting to adopt—slogging through paperwork and bouncing between hope and...

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It’s Not Easy Bein’ Me

An American comic icon tells the story of his second–act rise from obscurity to multimedia stardom. "When I was a kid," writes Rodney Dangerfield, "I worked tough places in show business––places like Fonzo's Knuckle Room. Or Aldo's, formerly Vito's, formerly Nunzio's....

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The Young Country Doctor

This book is different to the others in the series because the pieces here were originally wriiten for a newspaper column. Everything in here is, however, set in Bilbury and involves the usual village characters (plus some new ones).`I have just read Bilbury Pie...

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Mean

“A painfully timely story . . . an artful memoir . . . a powerful, vital book about damage and the ghostly afterlives of abuse.” —Los Angeles Review of Books   True crime, memoir, and ghost story, Mean is the bold and hilarious tale of Myriam Gurba’s coming of age as...

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Coco Chanel

Sleek. Chic. Notoriously guarded. Welcome to the secret world of Gabrielle Chanel.The story of Chanel begins with an abandoned child, as lost as a girl in a dark fairy tale. Unveiling remarkable new details about Gabrielle Chanel’s early years in a convent orphanage...

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Yes Please

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERDo you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central's Upright Citizens Brigade? Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live, and in movies like Baby Mama,...

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Identity Thief

Who would want to steal the identity of a minimum-wage employee at a children’s museum? In this harrowing real-life detective story, a woman searches for the truth, clue after startling clue.Rachel hit the jackpot with her doting fiancé, Zach, who was starting a...

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Jump!

In the first few years of the twentieth century, inventors discovered how to soar into the sky. This breathtaking true story is about two men who, on one fateful weekend, tried to show the world a way back down.It was early February 1912, and Franz Reichelt, a Paris...

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Finding Feminism

Can There Be Freedom After Trauma? In "Finding Feminism", Rachel Overvoll tells a story about what it’s like growing up in fundamentalist Evangelical Christianity. She shows how her well-meaning parents and her indoctrination within a rigidly religious community...

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A Life in Stitches

In these 20 heartfelt essays, Rachael Herron celebrated romance novelist by day, 911 dispatcher by night, shows how when life unravels there s always a way to knit it back together again, many times into something even better. Honest, funny, and full of warmth, Herron...

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Unblinded

Unblinded is the true story of New Yorker Kevin Coughlin, who became blind at age thirty-six due to a rare genetic disorder known as Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy. Twenty years later, without medical intervention, Kevin’s sight miraculously started to return. He...

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In No Particular Order

It’s true that life is linear, but the living of it is all over the map. In this memoir-in-vignettes, novelist Kevin Brennan (Parts Unknown, Yesterday Road) examines his life the way memories occur in the wild: in no particular order. Whether it’s recalling high...

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Hitler

Of American and German parentage, Ernst Hanfstaengl graduated from Harvard and ran the family business in New York for a dozen years before returning to Germany in 1921. By chance he heard a then little-known Adolf Hitler speaking in a Munich beer hall and, mesmerized...

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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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Greyson Gray – Camp Legend

Before he fought to save the United States, before he battled drones in the sky, before he fought terrorists on trains, helicopters, dirt bikes, horseback, or sinking cruise ships...he went to sports camp. Kirkus Reviews declares it "always entertaining." Foreword...

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Minor

Minor: Volume One is the first installment of Meghan McDonnell's real life personal journals and spans her eighth year through age 17 and includes reflections on family, friendship, education, a stint at survival camp, and coming of age.For 30 years, McDonnell has...

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Mrs Caldicot’s Cabbage War

Mrs Caldicot is a widow who leads a revolution in a depressing nursing home. The novel has been filmed with Pauline Collins as Mrs Caldicot and John Alderton as the nursing home owner. Peter Capaldi plays Mrs Caldicot's son. This is the first Mrs Caldicot novel. (The...

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Have Laptop, Will Travel

Readers are calling this the male version of Eat Pray Love! Phil goes digital nomad for a year-long odyssey, traveling to 12 cities in 12 months on 4 continents. What these cities are ‘really like’ will make you laugh, cringe, think, learn and experience a myriad of...

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Jungle

Four travelers meet in Bolivia and set off into the heart of the Amazon rainforest, but what begins as a dream adventure quickly deteriorates into a dangerous nightmare, and after weeks of wandering in the dense undergrowth, the four backpackers split up into two...

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Notes on a Foreign Country

Winner of the Overseas Press Club of America's Cornelius Ryan Award • Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in NonfictionA New York Times Book Review Notable Book • Named a Best Book of the Year by New York Magazine and The Progressive"A deeply honest and brave portrait of...

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Blackjack-33

“You have to react instinctively. In this game there’s no second place, only the quick and the dead.”   In Vietnam, Mobile Guerrilla Force conducted unconventional operations against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army. Armed with silencer-equipped MK-II British...

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Trauma Room Two

In every hospital emergency department there is a room reserved for trauma. It is a place where life and death meet. A place where some families celebrate the most improbable of victories while others face the most devastating of losses. A place where what matters the...

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The Girls Who Went Away

In this deeply moving and myth-shattering work, Ann Fessler brings out into the open for the first time the astonishing untold history of the million and a half women who surrendered children for adoption due to enormous family and social pressure in the decades...

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It’s All Relative

How come the only thing my family tree ever grows is nuts?Wade Rouse attempts to answer that question in his blisteringly funny new memoir by looking at the yearly celebrations that unite us all and bring out the very best and worst in our nearest and dearest.Family...

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Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy

The extraordinary untold story of Ernest Hemingway's dangerous secret life in espionageA NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A finalist for the William E. Colby Military Writers' Award"CAPTIVATING" (Missourian) • "IMPORTANT" (Wall Street Journal)  • "FASCINATING" (New York...

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Captain Fantastic

The true story of Elton John’s meteoric rise from obscurity to worldwide celebrity in the weird, wild 1970s, based on rare one-on-one interviews with the Rocket Man himself—now the subject of a major motion picture. In August 1970, Elton John achieved overnight fame...

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What Falls Away

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A simply elegant memoir.”—NewsweekIn this exquisitely written memoir, Mia Farrow takes us on a journey into her remarkable life. As the daughter of actress Maureen O’Sullivan and film director John Farrow, she lived what was by all...

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Someone to Look Up To

Top Pick Award from Litpick Student Reviews. By IPPY and Global Ebook Award Winning author.'Jean Gill has captured the innermost thoughts of this magnificent animal.' Les Ingham, Pyr International A dog's life in the south of France. From puppyhood, Sirius the...

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