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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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Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space.  Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding …

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Desmond Doss: Conscientious Objector by Frances M. Doss

Desmond Doss: Conscientious Objector by Frances M. Doss

Desmond Doss: Conscientious Objector by Frances M. Doss Infantry men who once ridiculed and scoffed at Desmond’s simple faith and refusal to carry a weapon owed their lives to him. In the midst of a fierce firefight on Okinawa that felled approximately 75 men from the 1st Battalion, Private Doss refused to seek cover and carried his stricken comrades to safety one by one. This and other heroic acts earned him the highest honor America …

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The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. One phrase in particular anchored itself in listeners’ minds, a reminder that for all the discord and struggle to be found in our history as a nation, we have always been guided by a dogged optimism in the future, or what …

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Hitler: Ascent 1889-1939 by Volker Ullrich

Hitler: Ascent 1889-1939 by Volker Ullrich

Hitler: Ascent 1889-1939 by Volker Ullrich Given his status as arguably the most despised political figure in history, it is surprising that there have only been four serious biographies of the Führer since the 1930s. Perhaps even more surprisingly, his biographers have been more interested in how he came to power and how he exercised his leadership than in Hitler the person. Yet to render Hitler as a political animal with no personality to speak …

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Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist by Michael J. Fox

Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist by Michael J. Fox 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 building walls around himself, he developed a personal policy of engagement and discovery: an emotional, psychological, intellectual, and spiritual outlook …

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The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers by Michael Newton

The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers by Michael Newton The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers provides accurate information on hundreds of serial murder cases – from early history to the present. This guide examines the realities of serial murder versus popular myths depicted in film and television. From Jack the Ripper to Ted Bundy, the encyclopedia gives readers an overview of what is undoubtedly the most macabre and fascinating branch of crime and modern criminology. Written in a …

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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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My War Gone By, I Miss It So by Anthony Loyd

My War Gone By, I Miss It So by Anthony Loyd

My War Gone By, I Miss It So by Anthony Loyd Born to a distinguished family steeped in military tradition, raised on stories of wartime and ancestral heroes, Anthony Loyd longed to experience war from the front lines—so he left England at the age of twenty-six to document the conflict in Bosnia. For the following three years he witnessed the killings of one of the most callous and chaotic clashes on European soil, in the …

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As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me by Josef M. Bauer

As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me by Josef M. Bauer

As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me by Josef M. Bauer Originally published in 1955, this must be one of the most dramatic adventures of our time. Clemens Forell, a German soldier, was sentenced to 25 years of forced labour in a Siberian lead mine after the Second World War. Rebelling against the brutality of the camp, Forell staged a daring escape, enduring an 8000-mile journey across the trackless wastes of Siberia, in some …

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Bluets by Maggie Nelson

Bluets by Maggie Nelson

Bluets by Maggie Nelson Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color… A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue. With Bluets, Maggie Nelson has entered the pantheon of brilliant lyric essayists. Bluets winds its way through depression, divinity, alcohol, and desire, visiting along the way with famous blue figures, including Joni …

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Note to Self by Connor Franta

Note to Self by Connor Franta

Note to Self by Connor Franta In his New York Times bestselling memoir, A Work in Progress, Connor Franta shared his journey from small-town Midwestern boy to full-fledged Internet sensation. Exploring his past with humor and astounding insight, Connor reminded his fans of why they first fell in love with him on YouTube—and revealed to newcomers how he relates to his millions of dedicated followers. Now, two years later, Connor is ready to bring to …

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Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen)

Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) Out of Africa is Isak Dinesen’s memoir of her years in Africa, from 1914 to 1931, on a four-thousand-acre coffee plantation in the hills near Nairobi. She had come to Kenya from Denmark with her husband, and when they separated she stayed on to manage the farm by herself, visited frequently by her lover, the big-game hunter Denys Finch-Hatton, for whom she would make up stories “like …

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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 Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars by Andrew X. Pham

The Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars by Andrew X. Pham

The Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars by Andrew X. Pham From Andrew X. Pham, the award-winning author of Catfish and Mandala, a son’s searing memoir of his Vietnamese father’s experiences over the course of three wars. The Philadelphia Inquirer hailed Andrew Pham’s debut, Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam, for evoking “the full sadness of the human condition . . . marveling at spiritual resilience …

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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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Irena’s Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo

Irena's Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo

Irena’s Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto From the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot comes an extraordinary and gripping account of Irena Sendler—the “female Oskar Schindler”—who took staggering risks to save 2,500 children from death and deportation in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II. In 1942, one young social worker, Irena Sendler, was granted access to the Warsaw …

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Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw

Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw

Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw Majestically told and based on materials not available to any previous biographer, the definitive life of Andrew Carnegie-one of American business’s most iconic and elusive titans-by the bestselling author of The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst. Celebrated historian David Nasaw, whom The New York Times Book Review has called “a meticulous researcher and a cool analyst,” brings new life to the story of one of America’s most famous …

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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a …

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Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland “Picture a ballerina in a tutu and toe shoes. What does she look like?” As the only African American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has made history. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, anxious thirteen-year-old to become a ground-breaking ballerina. When she discovered ballet, Misty was living …

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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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Ashley’s War by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Ashley's War by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Ashley’s War by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Dressmaker of Khair Khana comes the poignant and gripping story of a groundbreaking team of female American warriors who served alongside Special Operations soldiers on the battlefield in Afghanistan­—including Ashley White, a beloved soldier who died serving her country’s cause. In 2010, the U.S. Army …

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Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Yes Please by Amy Poehler Do 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, Blades of Glory, and They Came Together? Do you find yourself daydreaming about hanging out with the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope on …

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Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me. by Lily Collins

Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me. by Lily Collins

Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me. by Lily Collins In this groundbreaking debut essay collection, featuring never-before-seen photos, actress Lily Collins—star of Mortal Instruments and the upcoming Rules Don’t Apply—is opening a poignant, honest conversation about the things young women struggle with: body image, self-confidence, relationships, family, dating, and so much more. For the first time ever, Lily shares her life and her own deepest secrets, underlining that every single one of us experiences …

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Would You Believe It? by Karen Stollznow

Would You Believe It? by Karen Stollznow

Would You Believe It?: Mysterious Tales From People You’d Least Expect by Karen Stollznow Has anything mysterious ever happened to you? Experiences of this kind are more common than you think. And they happen to people you’d least expect, even notable scientists and skeptics. This collection features personal stories and experiences of the mysterious, as told by Banachek, Susan Blackmore, Joe Nickell, Eugenie Scott, Chris French, Ken Feder, George Hrab, Steve Cuno, Ray Hyman, and many …

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Redemption at Hacksaw Ridge: The gripping true story that inspired the movie by Booton Herndon

Redemption at Hacksaw Ridge: The gripping true story that inspired the movie by Booton Herndon

Redemption at Hacksaw Ridge: The gripping true story that inspired the movie by Booton Herndon “When we go into combat, Doss, you’re not comin’ back alive. I’m gonna shoot you myself!” The men of the 77th Infantry Division couldn’t fathom why Private Desmond T. Doss would venture into the horrors of World War II without a single weapon to defend himself. “You’re nothing but a coward!” they said. But the soft-spoken medic insisted that his mission …

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If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t) by Betty White

If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t) by Betty White It-girl Betty White delivers a hilarious, slyly profound take on love, life, celebrity, and everything in between. Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White’s wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackles topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals, and the brave new world of celebrity. If You Ask Me mixes her thoughtful …

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