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A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict by John Baxter

A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict by John Baxter In the rural Australia of the fifties where John Baxter grew up, reading books was disregarded with suspicion, owning and collecting them with utter incomprehension. Despite this, by the age of eleven Baxter had ‘collected’ his first book – The Poems of Rupert Brooke. He’d read the volume often, but now he had to own it. This was the beginning of what would become …

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The Terrible by Yrsa Daley-Ward

The Terrible by Yrsa Daley-Ward From the poet behind bone, a lyrical memoir—part prose, part verse—about coming-of-age, uncovering the cruelty and the beauty of the wider world, and redemption through self-discovery and the bonds of family “My little brother and I saw a unicorn in the garden in the late nineties. I’m telling you. Neither one of us made it up; it was as real as anything else.” The Terrible, Yrsa Daley-Ward’s brave, raw, lyrical memoir …

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Tonight I’m Someone Else: Essays by Chelsea Hodson

Tonight I’m Someone Else: Essays by Chelsea Hodson A highly anticipated collection, from the writer Maggie Nelson has called, “bracingly good…refreshing and welcome,” that explores the myriad ways in which desire and commodification intersect. From graffiti gangs and Grand Theft Auto to sugar daddies, Schopenhauer, and a deadly game of Russian roulette, in these essays, Chelsea Hodson probes her own desires to examine where the physical and the proprietary collide. She asks what our privacy, our intimacy, …

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The Richer Woman: A woman’s guide to true wealth by Omilola Oshikoya

The Richer Woman: A woman’s guide to true wealth by Omilola Oshikoya The Richer Woman is the true story of a young woman’s pursuit of wealth, taking her on a journey of career validation, personal identity, marital conflict, adultery and spiritual enlightenment, and leading her to the discovery of true wealth and purpose. A certified wealth and life coach, Omilola Oshikoya’s autobiographical debut is packed with wealth and life-coaching tips to help every woman live …

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Ordinary Magic by Cameron Powell

Ordinary Magic by Cameron Powell Promises I Kept to My Mother Through Life, Illness, and a Very Long Walk on the Camino de Santiago   A terrifying diagnosis. An unbreakable bond. And one unforgettable journey. Cameron Powell has always struggled with goodbyes. On the day his marriage ends, he finds out his mother s cancer has returned and this time there may be no escape. Faced with the prospect of more chemo and surgery, his …

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Determined: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Avraham Perlmutter by A. Avraham Perlmutter Ph.D.

Determined: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Avraham Perlmutter by A. Avraham Perlmutter Ph.D. Avraham Perlmutter is just ten years old when his life changes forever. In 1938, the Nazis arrive in Avraham’s hometown of Vienna, Austria. Desperate to help their son survive, his parents send him to the Netherlands. But the invading German army soon follows. During the ensuing war-torn years, young Avraham braves harrowing captures, daring escapes, torturous hiding, and heartbreaking losses. Yet he …

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Maybe You Will Survive: A Holocaust Memoir by Aron Goldfarb & Graham Diamond

Maybe You Will Survive: A Holocaust Memoir by Aron Goldfarb & Graham Diamond In Graham Diamond’s collaboration with Aron Goldfarb, the reader feels the struggles of people trying to survive during the Holocaust. The author recounts his experiences in Poland during the Holocaust, when he escaped from a forced labor camp and, with his brother, hid in underground holes on the grounds of an estate controlled by the Gestapo. Aron Goldfarb currently lives a quiet, simple …

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Never Stop Walking: A Memoir of Finding Home Across the World by Christina Rickardsson

Never Stop Walking: A Memoir of Finding Home Across the World by Christina Rickardsson 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 mother in the forest caves outside São Paulo and then on the city …

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A Marriage in Dog Years: A Memoir by Nancy Balbirer

A Marriage in Dog Years: A Memoir by Nancy Balbirer When Nancy Balbirer learns her beloved eleven-year-old beagle has kidney failure, she’s devastated. She and her husband had gotten Ira as a puppy—a wedding gift to each other, and their first foray into “parenthood.” Now, her dog is terminal, her marriage is on life support, and Nancy is desperate to save them both (whether they want it or not). In a single year, she loses …

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An American Princess: The Many Lives of Allene Tew by Annejet van der Zijl

An American Princess: The Many Lives of Allene Tew by Annejet van der Zijl (translated by Michele Hutchison) The true story of a girl from the wilderness settlements of a burgeoning new America who became one of the most privileged figures of the Gilded Age. Born to a pioneering family in Upstate New York in the late 1800s, Allene Tew was beautiful, impetuous, and frustrated by the confines of her small hometown. At eighteen, she met …

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Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion by Michelle Dean

Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion by Michelle Dean The ten brilliant women who are the focus of Sharp came from different backgrounds and had vastly divergent political and artistic opinions. But they all made a significant contribution to the cultural and intellectual history of America and ultimately changed the course of the twentieth century, in spite of the men who often undervalued or dismissed their work. These ten women—Dorothy Parker, Rebecca …

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The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture.” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy? When Randy …

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The Not So Subtle Art of Being a Fat Girl: Loving the Skin You’re In by Tess Holliday

The Not So Subtle Art of Being a Fat Girl: Loving the Skin You’re In by Tess Holliday Plus-size supermodel Tess Holliday’s passionate plea for modern women, whoever and wherever they are, to be comfortable in their own skin. In her first book, she shares her powerful personal story and offers inspiration and tips to women everywhere that will help them not merely survive, but thrive and chart their own course to acceptance, power, and …

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The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is – a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh. Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt …

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It Gets Worse: A Collection of Essays by Shane Dawson

It Gets Worse: A Collection of Essays by Shane Dawson

It Gets Worse: A Collection of Essays by Shane Dawson New York Times bestselling author Shane Dawson returns with another highly entertaining and uproariously funny essay collection, chronicling a mix of real life moments both extraordinary and mortifying, yet always full of heart. Shane Dawson shared some of his best and worst experiences in I Hate Myselfie, the critically acclaimed book that secured his place as a gifted humorist and keen observer of millennial culture. …

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Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham For readers of Nora Ephron, Tina Fey, and David Sedaris, this hilarious, wise, and fiercely candid collection of personal essays establishes Lena Dunham—the acclaimed creator, producer, and star of HBO’s Girls—as one of the most original young talents writing today. In Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham illuminates the experiences that are part of making one’s way in the world: falling in love, feeling alone, being ten …

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The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by Hyeonseo Lee

The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by Hyeonseo Lee An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world’s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships – and the story of one woman’s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom. As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal totalitarian regime. Her home on the border with China …

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The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam from debut author Thi Bui. This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring …

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Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover An unforgettable memoir in the tradition of The Glass Castleabout a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills …

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The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin by Steven Lee Myers

The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin by Steven Lee Myers “A riveting, immensely detailed biography of Putin that explains in full-bodied, almost Shakespearian fashion why he acts the way he does.” –Robert D. Kaplan   The New Tsar is the book to read if you want to understand how Vladimir Putin sees the world and why he has become one of the gravest threats to American security. The epic tale of the …

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This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today by Chrissy Metz

This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today by Chrissy Metz An inspirational book about life and its lessons from the Golden Globe and Emmy nominated star of NBC’s This Is Us. When This Is Us debuted in fall 2016, a divided America embraced a show that celebrates human connection. The critically acclaimed series became America’s most watched—and most talked about—network show, even building on its fan base in the drama’s second season. As …

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Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton A spot-on, wildly funny and sometimes heart-breaking book about growing up, growing older and navigating all kinds of love along the way When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a …

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The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride

The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride Touches readers of all colors as a vivid portrait of growing up, a haunting meditation on race and identity, and a lyrical valentine to a mother from her son. Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared “light-skinned” woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children. James McBride, journalist, musician and son, explores his …

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90-Day Geisha: My Time as a Tokyo Hostess by Chelsea Haywood

90-Day Geisha: My Time as a Tokyo Hostess by Chelsea Haywood An introspective journey into the glamorous world—and temptations—of Japanese nightlife, by former model Chelsea Haywood. The hard-drinking, drug-taking, all-night culture that dominates Tokyo’s Roppongi district can be a surreal place. Overworked Japanese business men will pay handsomely for the services of a hostess—someone to talk to, someone to provide hot towels and drinks, and sometimes just a companion with whom to sing karaoke with …

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When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors A poetic and powerful memoir about what it means to be a Black woman in America—and the co-founding of a movement that demands justice for all in the land of the free. Raised by a single mother in an impoverished neighborhood in Los Angeles, Patrisse Khan-Cullors experienced firsthand the prejudice and persecution Black Americans endure at the hands of law enforcement. …

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A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir by Ian Buruma

A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir by Ian Buruma A classic memoir of self-invention in a strange land: Ian Buruma’s unflinching account of his amazing journey into the heart of Tokyo’s underground culture as a young man in the 1970’s When Ian Buruma arrived in Tokyo in 1975, Japan was little more than an idea in his mind, a fantasy of a distant land. A sensitive misfit in the world of his upper middleclass youth, what …

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Girl A: The truth about the Rochdale sex ring by the victim who stopped them by Girl A

Girl A: The truth about the Rochdale sex ring by the victim who stopped them by Girl A The shocking true story of how a young girl from Rochdale came to be Girl A—the key witness in the trial of Britain’s most notorious child sex ring What do they find attractive about me? An underage girl who just lies there, sobbing, looking up at them. . . as they come to me one by one. …

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Critical Care by Theresa Brown

Critical Care by Theresa Brown

Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between by Theresa Brown “Doctors heal, or try to, but as nurses we step into the breach, figure out what needs to be done for any given patient today, on this shift, and then, with love and exasperation, do it as best as we can.”—from Critical Care “At my job, people die,” writes Theresa Brown, capturing both the burden and the singular importance of her …

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot Intimate in feeling, astonishing in scope, and impossible to put down, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences. Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of …

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The Bitchy Waiter: Tales, Tips & Trials from a Life in Food Service by Darron Cardosa

The Bitchy Waiter: Tales, Tips & Trials from a Life in Food Service by Darron Cardosa Millions of people have, at some point in their lives, waited tables. Some only did it in college, or got out by sheer determination, good luck . . . or suicide. Others took it on as permanent employment. And many remain haunted by nightmare scenarios where they are the sole server in a restaurant packed with complaining patrons. For …

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston (127 Hours)

Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston One of the most extraordinary survival stories ever told — Aron Ralston’s searing account of his six days trapped in one of the most remote spots in America, and how one inspired act of bravery brought him home. It started out as a simple hike in the Utah canyonlands on a warm Saturday afternoon. For Aron Ralston, a twenty-seven-year-old mountaineer and outdoorsman, a walk into …

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Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible–like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you–writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but. From a painfully shy childhood in which she tried, unsuccessfully, to hide her big body and even bigger opinions; to her public war with stand-up comedians over rape …

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