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Shakespeare by Another Name
The debate over the true author of the Shakespeare canon has raged for centuries. Astonishingly little evidence supports the traditional belief that Will Shakespeare, the actor and businessman from Stratford-upon-Avon, was the author. Legendary figures such as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman and Sigmund Freud have all expressed grave doubts that an uneducated man who apparently owned no books and never left England wrote plays and poems that consistently reflect a learned and well-traveled insider's pe... more info>>
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The Girl's Guide to Homelessness
Brianna Karp entered the workforce at age ten, supporting her mother and sister throughout her teen years in Southern California. Although her young life was scarred by violence and abuse, Karp stayed focused on her dream of a steady job and a home of her own. By age twenty-two her dream became reality. Karp loved her job as an executive assistant and signed the lease on a tiny cottage near the beach.And then the Great Recession hit. Karp, like millions of others, lost her job. In the six months... more info>>
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Reeling Through Hollywood
REELING THROUGH HOLLYWOOD isn't going to help you find an agent, sell a screenplay or get you a starring role in the next Quentin Tarantino flick. Nor will it tell you which actor beat up his lover or what stars are snorting coke. What this always lighthearted and sometimes poignant memoir will do, however, is offer fresh insight into a wonderful but crazy industry, detail an insider's look at how movie making actually works, and provide a great read. Dan Bessie is an award-winning filmmaker w... more info>>
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The God Diagnosis
"The God Diagnosis" is the unique journey of a successful surgeon who finds the fulfillment of all his life dreams empty, lonely, and depressing. Embarking on a quest for truth and the answers to life's basic questions, Dr. Viehman finds himself at the epicenter of the most mind blowing diagnosis of his life. In a riveting journey through investigation, testing, and personal struggles Dr. Viehman recounts his journey from death to life in a way that will resonate with anyone seeking the facts an... more info>>
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Endeavor to Persevere: A Memoir on Jimmy Connors, Arthur Ashe, Tennis and Life
Author Douglas Henderson Jr. had a typical childhood as an African-American growing up in the Bronx in the late 1960's. Upon discovering tennis, his life would drastically change by bringing him together with Jimmy Connors. Thanks to this meeting, Henderson would become a close friend and confidante to the tennis pro and would go on to meet and work with other legendary players such as Arthur Ashe, Bjorn Borg and many more. Join Henderson as he takes you behind the scenes of the world of tennis... more info>>
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Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Aliens are big in America. Whether they've arrived via rocket, flying saucer, or plain old teleportation, they've been invading, infiltrating, or inspiring us for decades, and they've fascinated moviegoers and television watchers for more than fifty years. About half of us believe that aliens really exist, and millions are convinced they've visited Earth. For twenty-five years, SETI has been looking for the proof, and as the program's senior astronomer, Seth Shostak explains in this engrossing b... more info>>
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The Sugarless Plum
It started as the perfect story. Zippora Karz was a member of the famed New York City Ballet by the age of eighteen. By twenty she was starring as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, dancing roles created by Jerome Robbins, and traveling the world. It was the stuff dreams are made of until, at age twenty-one, Karz was diagnosed with diabetes.Balancing ballet and her blood sugar would be a long and difficult struggle for Karz. In The Sugarless Plum, Karz shares her journey from denial, shame ... more info>>
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Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation
With a new afterword   Acts of Faith is a remarkable account of growing up Muslim in America and coming to believe in religious pluralism, from one of the most prominent faith leaders in the United States. Eboo Patel’s story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people—and of the world-changing potential of an interfaith youth movement.
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True North: A Journey into Unexplored Wilderness
While many people dream of abandoning civilization and heading into the wilderness, few manage to actually do it. One exception was twenty-four-year-old Elliott Merrick, who in 1929 left his advertising job in New Jersey and moved to Labrador, one of Canada’s most remote regions. First published by Scribner’s in 1933, True North tells the captivating story of one of the high points of Merrick’s years there: a hunting trip he and his wife, Kay, made with trapper John Michelin in 1930. Covering 30... more info>>
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The Frugalista Files
Natalie McNeal opened her bills in January 2008 to find that she was a staggering five figures in debt. Young, hip and gainfully (if Dilbert-ly) employed, Natalie loved her lifestyle of regular mani/pedis, daily takeout and nights on the town, but clearly something had to give.And so The Frugalista Files was born. Through her blog, Natalie confessed her spending habits to the world—and it turns out she wasn't the only one having trouble balancing the budget! From the drastic "no-buy" month that ... more info>>
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My Personal Best
"NATIONAL BESTSELLER For John Wooden's millions of fans--a heartfelt and revealing self-portrait about the people and events that shaped his life Sports Illustrated declared: "There has never been a finer coach in American sports than John Wooden. Nor a finer man." ESPN selected him as the "Greatest Coach of the 20 Century." From his birth on an Indiana tenant farm, to All-American honors at Purdue, to his historic record-setting UCLA dynasty, John Wooden is a towering figure in 20-century sport... more info>>
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Song for My Fathers: A New Orleans Story in Black and White
Former Time Paris Bureau Chief and bestselling author Tom Sancton returns to the New Orleans of his youth and the music that shaped and guided his life. Song for my Fathers is the story of a young white boy driven by a consuming passion to learn the music and ways of a group of aging black jazzmen in the twilight years of the segregation era. Contemporaries of Louis Armstrong, most of them had played in local obscurity until Preservation Hall launched a nationwide revival of interest in tradi... more info>>
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Spectator In Hell - A British Soldier's Story of Imprisonment in Auschwitz
In 1942 the young soldier Arthur Dodd was taken prisoner by the German Army and transported to Oswiecim in Polish Upper Silesia. The German name for the place was 'Auschwitz': a name now synonymous with man's darkest hour. Auschwitz-Birkenau, the most infamous German death-camp of the Second World War, functioned for the incarceration and extermination of those that the third Reich deemed "undesirables": Jews, homosexuals, Communists. What is less known is that it was the fate of hundreds of Br... more info>>
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Eyes in the Alley
To most people, the Great Depression brings to mind shantytowns and fields buried in dust, breadlines and shuttered banks. For young Vallie Fletcher, it was a time when she startled her San Antonio neighbors by jumping off garage rooftops, convinced she can soar into the air. After all, that's what she did during a near-death experience at age two. It was a time when she looked into the face of a starving child, a face that would haunt her throughout her childhood. Segregation rules that did not... more info>>
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Safe Passage: The Remarkable Story of Two Sisters Who Rescued Jews from the Nazis
Gala opera evenings. Sudden wealth and fame. Dangerous undercover missions into the heart of Nazi Germany. Standing up to the perils of the Blitz. No one would have predicted such glamorous and daring lives for Ida and Louise Cook--two decidedly ordinary Englishwomen who came of age between the wars and seemed destined never to stray from their quiet London suburb and comfortable civil service jobs. But in 1923 a chance hearing of an aria from Madame Butterfly sparked a passion in the sisters th... more info>>
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Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned the Political Establishment
Upside Down
In Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned the Political Establishment Upside-Down, the first biography released of Governor Palin, author Kaylene Johnson draws upon personal interviews with Palin, her family, and other highly placed sources to explore Palin's family life, her upbringing in a devout Christian home, her political rise, and how she went from being a long-shot candidate to--potentially--one of the world's most powerful women and political figures. The book features dozens of family and pol... more info>>
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Hard Driving: The Wendell Scott Story
Hard Driving is the dramatic story of one man's dogged determination to live the life he loved, and to compete, despite daunting obstacles, at the highest level of his sport. Wendell Scott figured he was signing up for trouble when he became nascar's version of Jackie Robinson in the segregated 1950s. Some speedways refused to let him race. "Go home, nigger," spectators yelled. And after a bigoted promoter refused to pay him, Scott appealed directly to the sport's founder, nascar czar Bill Franc... more info>>
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Two Wars
For the first time, Army Ranger hero Nate Self tells his story. Self recounts the Roberts Ridge Rescue mission, the ferocious battles in Afghanistan, and the lone war of attrition that Nate Self has waged against post-traumatic stress disorder. This book will become a go-to book for understanding the long-term effects of the war on terror. Thousands of families are fighting this battle, and Nate Self opens up his whole life--tragedies, successes, failures, and a struggle with suicidal thoughts--... more info>>
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Clemente!
Roberto Clemente was first Latin American player to be recognized by the Baseball Hall of Fame. This classic book by baseball historian Kal Waggenehim illustrates his dramatic life from his childhood in Puerto Rico to his career with the Pittsburg Pirates. Clemente was tragically killed in a plane crash, but his legend lives on in this thoughtful collection of memories from his family and supporters.
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From Pin Stripes to Army Stripes
The writer relates his college experience being conservative among some "liberal elites ". Incidents involving crime, his near death in a factory accident, immigration problems back then. There's the hint that the "college boy "will join up. The main character meets with the Air Force recruiter, takes battery tests for flight. He wants to be an interpreter. He almost passes. The Army recruiter hears about from next door and gets Michaels specifications and calls him. Mike resigns from the firm a... more info>>
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Memoirs of an Insignificant Dragon
Civilian families were in Vietnam before the military arrived and when Vietnam fell. Much has been written about the "blood and guts" role of the military, but little about other Americans who were there during the war era. That American women were a part of the scene comes as a surprise to most people. They had to fight their own battles behind the lines while ordered to ignore the tragedy of war and "bombs bursting in air." It was difficult enough living in Vietnam as a cohesive family. But af... more info>>
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Confessions of a Showman: My Life in the Circus
Gerry Cottle, a stockbroker's son, ran away to join the circus when he was just 15 and soon married into Britain's oldest circus dynasty. In time he was the owner of the biggest circus in the world until his growing cocaine addiction led to his arrest and bankruptcy. He recovered, and, ever the showman, went on to make millions with the first ever non-animal circus, the Moscow and Chinese State circuses, and the Circus of Horrors.
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Extradited!: One Man's Prison Hell and His Lover's Fight for Justice
A man wrongly imprisoned in a foreign country for drug smuggling and the girlfriend who led the fight to free him tell this extraordinary account of prison horror and endurance, laced with romance and adventure. John Packwood and Jane Amestoy alternate chapters as they recount John's Spanish imprisonment and extradition to Morocco, as Jane's case eventually catches the attention of politicians, human rights campaigners, and celebrities such as George Clooney, Hugh Grant, Joseph Fiennes, Damien H... more info>>
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Martha: On Trial, in Jail, and on a Comeback
Martha Stewart is the most famous and wealthy woman on earth--a person whose name is a brand and whose influence touches virtually every home in North America. This is the Martha Stewart story you have never heard.... It is the behind-the-scenes story of arrogance and miscalculation that led Martha to a trial that should never have happened ... her life in a federal prison cell, told by those who were there ... her personal transformation ... and finally, her carefully plotted comeback ... all t... more info>>
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Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life
Tony Dungy's words and example have intrigued millions of people, particularly following his victory in Super Bowl XLI, the first for an African American coach. How is it possible for a coach--especially a football coach--to win the respect of his players and lead them to the Super Bowl without the screaming histrionics, the profanities, the demand that the sport come before anything else? How is it possible for anyone to be successful without compromising faith and family? In this inspiring and... more info>>
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