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Nisei daughter
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Nisei daughter

"With charm, humor, and deep understanding, Monica Sone tells what it was like to grow up Japanese American on Seattle's waterfront in the 1930s and to be subjected to "relocation" during World War II. Along with over one hundred thousand other persons of Japanese ancestry--most of whom were U.S. citizens--Sone and her family were uprooted from their home and imprisoned in a camp. Her unique and personal account is a true classic of Asian American literature, "Monica Sone's account of life in the relocation camps is both fair and unsparing. It is also deeply touching, and occasionally hilarious"--New York Herald Tribune, "The deepest impression that this unaffected, honest little story made on me was of smiling courage"--San Francisco Chronicle "--

Sone, Monica Itoi, 1919-2011, author.

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Added: April 17, 2014

The quiet professional : Major Richard J. Meadows of the U.S. Army Special Forces
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The quiet professional : Major Richard J. Meadows of the U.S. Army Special Forces

The annals of the U.S. Special Forces has many heroes, but Major Richard J. "Dick" Meadows stands out as the ultimate "quiet professional." With an international reputation, his exploits are recognized by the Special Forces of a number of countries. Highly decorated as a combat veteran of the wars in Korea and Vietnam, Meadows was instrumental in founding the U.S. Delta Force and Hostage Rescue Team. This book is the only biography of this exemplary warrior's life.

Hoe, Alan.

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Added: April 17, 2014

Richard Wagner : a life in music
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Richard Wagner : a life in music

Geck, Martin.

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Added: April 17, 2014

Love life
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Love life

Rob Lowe offers up a collection of personal stories in an honest and celebratory memoir about men and women, art and commerce, fathers and sons, addiction and recovery, and sex and love.

Lowe, Rob, author.

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Added: April 16, 2014

History lessons : a memoir of madness, memory, and the brain
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History lessons : a memoir of madness, memory, and the brain

Crais, Clifton C., author.

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Added: April 15, 2014

Under magnolia : a Southern memoir
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Under magnolia : a Southern memoir

"A memoir of author Frances Mayes's coming of age in the Deep South, and of the region's powerful influence on her life. Mayes delves into the power of landscape, the idea of home, and the force of a chaotic and loving family"--

Mayes, Frances.

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Added: April 15, 2014

How about never-- is never good for you? : my life in cartoons
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How about never-- is never good for you? : my life in cartoons

"Memoir in cartoons by the longtime cartoon editor of The New YorkerPeople tell Bob Mankoff that as the cartoon editor of The New Yorker he has the best job in the world. Never one to beat around the bush, he explains to us, in the opening of this singular, delightfully eccentric book, that because he is also a cartoonist at the magazine he actually has two of the best jobs in the world. With the help of myriad images and his funniest, most beloved cartoons, he traces his love of the craft all the way back to his childhood, when he started doing funny drawings at the age of eight. After meeting his mother, we follow his unlikely stints as a high-school basketball star, draft dodger, and sociology grad student. Though Mankoff abandoned the study of psychology in the seventies to become a cartoonist, he recently realized that the field he abandoned could help him better understand the field he was in, and here he takes up the psychology of cartooning, analyzing why some cartoons make us laugh and others don't. He allows us into the hallowed halls of The New Yorker to show us the soup-to-nuts process of cartoon creation, giving us a detailed look not only at his own work, but that of the other talented cartoonists who keep us laughing week after week. For desert, he reveals the secrets to winning the magazine's caption contest. Throughout, we see his commitment to the motto "Anything worth saying is worth saying funny." "--

Mankoff, Robert.

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Added: April 15, 2014

New life, no instructions : a memoir
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New life, no instructions : a memoir

Pulitzer Prize winner Gail Caldwell pens a memoir on how seemingly faint winds can blow us wildly off course, on how spending time with a beloved animal can benefit our basic humanity, and on what it means to overcome, at middle age, a multitude of blows.

Caldwell, Gail, 1951-

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Added: April 15, 2014

A few seconds of radiant filmstrip : a memoir of seventh grade
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A few seconds of radiant filmstrip : a memoir of seventh grade

"At age twelve, [the American novelist] Kevin Brockmeier is ready to become a different person: not the boy he has always been--the one who cries too easily and laughs too easily, who lives in an otherland of sparkling daydreams and imaginary catastrophes--but someone else altogether. Over the course of one school year--seventh grade--he sets out in search of himself"--Page 4 of cover.

Brockmeier, Kevin.

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Added: April 15, 2014

The art of being deaf : a memoir
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The art of being deaf : a memoir

McDonald, Donna, 1955-

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Added: April 14, 2014

The object parade
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The object parade

"This new collection of interconnected essays marches to a provocative premise: what if one way to understand your life was to examine the objects within it? Which objects would you choose? What memories do they hold? And lined up in a row, what stories do they have to tell? In recalling her experience, Dinah's essays each begin with one thing - real or imaginary, lost or found, rare or ordinary, animal, vegetable, mineral, edible. Each object comes with a memory or a story, and so sparks an opportunity for rue or reflection or confession or revelation, having to do with her coming of age as a daughter, mother, actor, and writer: the piano that holds secrets to family history and inheritance, the gifted watches that tell so much more than time, the little black dress that carries all of youth's love and longing, the purple scarf that stands in for her journey from New York to Los Angeles, across stage and screen, to pursue her acting dream. Read together or apart, the essays project the bountiful mosaic of life and love, of moving to Los Angeles and raising a family, of coming to terms with place, relationship, failures, and success, of dealing with up-ended notions about home and family and career and aging, too. Taken together, they add up to a pastiche of an artful and quirky life, lovingly remembered, compellingly told, wrapped up in the ties that bind the passage of time. "--

Lenney, Dinah.

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Added: April 14, 2014

The last of the good girls : shedding convention, coming out whole
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The last of the good girls : shedding convention, coming out whole

"This engaging, heartfelt memoir quotes Judith Barrington from a 1993 poetry workshop: 'The poet's job is to write the truth. And then write the truth below the truth.' That is precisely what Mary Ann Woodruff has done in often lyrical prose and occasional poetry. She did it first with her life, discovering truth under truth, and now with this remarkable book. A life well-lived deserves a story well-told such as this. Set against carefully detailed American horizons of the Northeast, the Midwest, and ultimately the Northwest, Woodruff traces her interior horizons from model homemaker, mother, and wife to successful consultant, deeper realized self, and a new experience of home - with herself, with supportive women, and finally with another woman"--Rev. Chris Glaser in the foreword.

Woodruff, Mary Ann.

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Added: April 14, 2014

Things I should have told my daughter : lies, lessons & love affairs
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Things I should have told my daughter : lies, lessons & love affairs

"In this inspiring memoir, the award-winning playwright and bestselling author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day reminisces on the art of juggling marriage, motherhood, and politics while working to become a successful writer. In addition to being one of the most popular living playwrights in America, Pearl Cleage is a bestselling author with an Oprah Book Club pick and multiple awards to her credit. But there was a time when such stellar success seemed like a dream. In this revelatory and deeply personal work, Cleage takes readers back to the 1970s and '80s, retracing her struggles to hone her craft amidst personal and professional tumult. Though born and raised in Detroit, it was in Atlanta that Cleage encountered the forces that would most shape her experience. Married to Michael Lomax, now head of the United Negro College Fund, she worked with Maynard Jackson, Atlanta's first African-American mayor. Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs charts not only the political fights, but also the pull she began to feel to focus on her own passions, including writing--a pull that led her away from Lomax as she grappled with ideas of feminism and self-fulfillment. This fascinating memoir follows her journey from a columnist for a local weekly (bought by Larry Flynt) to a playwright and Hollywood script writer, an artist at the crossroads of culture and politics whose circle came to include luminaries like Richard Pryor, Avery Brooks, Phylicia Rashad, Shirley Franklin, and Jesse Jackson. By the time Oprah Winfrey picked What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day as a favorite, Cleage had long since arrived as a writer of renown. In the tradition of greats like Susan Sontag, Joan Didion, and Nora Ephron, Cleage's self-portrait raises women's confessional writing to the level of great literature"--

Cleage, Pearl.

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Added: April 14, 2014

Art lover : a biography of Peggy Guggenheim
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Art lover : a biography of Peggy Guggenheim

"Peggy Guggenheim -- millionairess, legendary lover, sadomasochist, appalling parent, selective miser -- was one of the greatest and most notorious art patrons of the twentieth century. After her father, Benjamin Guggenheim, went down with the Titanic, the young heiress came into a small fortune and left for Europe. She married the writer Laurence Vail and joined the American expatriate bohemian set. Though her many lovers included such lions of art and literature as Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst (whom she later married), Yves Tanguy, and Roland Penrose, real love always seemed to elude her. In the late 1930s, Peggy set up one of the first galleries of modern art in London, quickly acquiring a magnificent selection of works, buying great numbers of paintings from artists fleeing to America after the Nazi invasion of France. Escaping from Vichy, she moved back to New York, where she was a vital part of the new American abstract expressionist movement. Meticulously researched, filled with colorful incident, and boasting a distinguished cast, Anton Gill's biography reveals the inner drives of a remarkable woman and indefatigable patron of the arts. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.

Gill, Anton.

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Added: April 14, 2014

The stray bullet : William S. Burroughs in Mexico
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The stray bullet : William S. Burroughs in Mexico

William Burroughs arrived in Mexico City in 1949, having slipped out of New Orleans while awaiting trial on drug and weapons charges that would almost certainly have resulted in a lengthy prison sentence. Still uncertain about being a writer, he had left behind a series of failed business ventures--including a scheme to grow marijuana in Texas and sell it in New York--and an already long history of drug use and arrests. He would remain in Mexico for three years, a period that culminated in the defining incident of his life: Burroughs shot his common-law wife, Joan Vollmer, while playing William Tell with a loaded pistol. (He would be tried and convicted of murder in absentia after fleeing Mexico.) First published in 1995 in Mexico, where it received the Malcolm Lowry literary essay award, The Stray Bullet is an imaginative and riveting account of Burroughs's formative experiences in Mexico, his fascination with Mexico City's demimonde, his acquaintances and friendships there, and his contradictory attitudes toward the country and its culture. Mexico, Jorge García-Robles makes clear, was the place in which Burroughs embarked on his "fatal vocation as a writer." Through meticulous research and interviews with those who knew Burroughs and his circle in Mexico City, García-Robles brilliantly portrays a time in Burroughs's life that has been overshadowed by the tragedy of Joan Vollmer's death. He re-creates the bohemian Roma neighborhood where Burroughs resided with Joan and their children, the streets of postwar Mexico City that Burroughs explored, and such infamous figures as Lola la Chata, queen of the city's drug trade. This compelling book also offers a contribution by Burroughs himself--an evocative sketch of his shady Mexican attorney, Barnabe Jurado--as well as previously unpublished letters written by Burroughs from Mexico.

García-Robles, Jorge, 1956-

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Added: April 14, 2014

Life, animated : a story of sidekicks, heroes, and autism
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Life, animated : a story of sidekicks, heroes, and autism

"Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. A fantasy? A nightmare? This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood. The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song, until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive"--

Suskind, Ron.

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Added: April 14, 2014

The prize winner of Defiance, Ohio : how my mother raised 10 kids on 25 words or less
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The prize winner of Defiance, Ohio : how my mother raised 10 kids on 25 words or less

Evelyn Ryan was an enterprising woman who kept poverty at bay and turned advertising slogan contests into opportunities for fun and profit.

Ryan, Terry.

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Added: April 11, 2014

As luck would have it : my seven ages
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As luck would have it : my seven ages

Admired for his willingness to grapple with even the most dislikeable of characters, Derek Jacobi has worked continuously throughout his career, starring in roles ranging from the lead in 'I, Claudius' to Hitler in 'Inside the Third Reich' and Francis Bacon in the controversial 'Love Is The Devil'. But it is his numerous Shakespearean roles that have gained him worldwide recognition. This book is, however, much more than a career record. Funny, warm and honest, Jacobi brings us his insider's view on the world of acting.

Jacobi, Derek, author.

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Added: April 10, 2014

In good company : the fast track from the corporate world to poverty, chastity, and obedience
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In good company : the fast track from the corporate world to poverty, chastity, and obedience

James Martin takes readers on a journey from his Catholic childhood through his success and ultimate dissatisfaction with the business world, to his novitiate and profession of vows as a Jesuit.

Martin, James, 1960-

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Added: April 10, 2014

Cabin at Singing River : one woman's story of building a home in the wilderness
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Cabin at Singing River : one woman's story of building a home in the wilderness

Czajkowski, Chris.

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Added: April 10, 2014

Incognito : lost and found at Harvard Divinity School
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Incognito : lost and found at Harvard Divinity School

"Filled with humor, insight, and faith, this true story tells how one young woman overcame challenges, stereotypes, and personal struggles at Harvard Divinity School and emerged an ordained minister. As a bright, young girl from Ohio, Andrea Raynor was fascinated by religion. Then she landed--almost by accident--at Harvard Divinity School, which, she quickly discovered, was no typical seminary. When she attended in the 1980s, HDS was a place overflowing with creative expression and freedom of thought. Her classmates included two men who were undergoing sex changes and another who fancied herself a geisha. There was a lively gay and lesbian caucus, marches on Washington, civil disobedience, and more sexual intrigue than a stereotypical college fraternity house. Providing a birds-eye view of life within the hallowed halls (and beneath the crimson robes), Incognito is a humorous and poignant glimpse inside one of the nation's most revered institutions. It begins with the long drive from Ohio to Cambridge, and ends at the bedside of a young, dying woman, but the real story is about the challenges, surprises, and ultimately life-changing experiences Andrea faced on the road to becoming a minister. From whether a pretty girl can truly wear a collar to how so many people can believe so many different things, Incognito tackles our assumptions about spirituality, the church, morality, and identity, and ultimately affirms that God often works in ways--and in people--we least expect"--

Raynor, Andrea.

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Added: April 10, 2014

American saint : the life of Elizabeth Seton
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American saint : the life of Elizabeth Seton

"In this riveting biography of Elizabeth Seton critically acclaimed and bestselling author Joan Barthel tells the mesmerizing story of a woman whose life featured wealth and poverty, passion and sorrow, love and loss. Elizabeth was born into a prominent New York City family in 1774. Her father was the chief health officer for the Port of New York and she lived down the block from Alexander Hamilton. She danced at George Washington's sixty-fifth Birthday Ball wearing cream slippers, monogrammed. Catholicism was illegal in New York when she was born, Catholic priests seen in the city were arrested, sometimes hung. When Elizabeth and her wealthy husband Will sailed to Italy in a doomed attempt to cure his tuberculosis, she and her family were quarantined in a damp dungeon. And when Elizabeth later became a Catholic, she was so scorned that people talked of burning down her house. American Saint is the inspiring story of a brave woman who forged the way for the other women who followed and who made a name for herself in a world entirely ruled by men. Elizabeth began the fight for women's rights in the church that is still being fought today, and the publication of her story could not be more timely. Maya Angelou has contributed the foreword"--

Barthel, Joan.

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Added: April 8, 2014

Gandhi : my life is my message
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Gandhi : my life is my message

How did this shy, unassuming lawyer transform himself into the leader of India's freedom movement? Renouncing wealth, ambition and comfort, Gandhi led by example, becoming one with the people he sought to free, facing imprisonment, hardship and humiliation while never raising his voice in anger. His strategy of nonviolent protest would become the model for the US civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr. and continues to change history throughout the world. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known as the Mahatma or Great Soul, took on the might of the British Empire armed only with a message of love and non-violence. In Gandhi: Apostle of Peace we discover the man behind the legend, following him from his birth in the Indian coastal town of Porbandar in 1869, to the moment of his tragic death at the hands of an assassin in January 1948, just months after the Independence of India.

Quinn, Jason, author, editor.

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Added: April 8, 2014

The Hiltons : the true story of an American dynasty
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The Hiltons : the true story of an American dynasty

The story of the family that established the model for the modern luxury hotel industry sheds new light on its enigmatic patriarch Conrad Hilton--who struggled with emotional detachment, failed marriages, and conflicted Catholicism--and his children.

Taraborrelli, J. Randy.

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Added: April 8, 2014

The crusades of Cesar Chavez : a biography
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The crusades of Cesar Chavez : a biography

Pawel draws on thousands of documents and interviews to examine the myths and achievements marking the life of the iconic Latino labor leader and civil rights activist, portraying him as a flawed but brilliant strategist who was often at odds with himself.

Pawel, Miriam, 1958- author.

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Added: April 7, 2014

The little girl who fought the Great Depression : Shirley Temple and 1930s America
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The little girl who fought the Great Depression : Shirley Temple and 1930s America

Her image appeared in periodicals and advertisements roughly twenty times daily, she rivaled FDR and Edward VIII as the most photographed person in the world. Her portrait brightened the homes of countless admirers: from a black laborer's cabin in South Carolina to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's recreation room in Washington, DC. A few years later her smile cheered the secret bedchamber of Anne Frank in Amsterdam. For four consecutive years Shirley Temple was the world's box-office champion, a record never equaled. Amid the deprivation and despair of the Great Depression, Shirley Temple radiated optimism and plucky good cheer that lifted the spirits of millions and shaped their collective character for generations to come. Distinguished cultural historian John F. Kasson shows how the most famous, adored, imitated, and commodified child in the world astonished movie goers, created a new international culture of celebrity, and revolutionized the role of children as consumers. To do so, she worked virtually every day of her childhood, transforming her own family as well as the lives of her fans--From publisher description.

Kasson, John F., 1944-

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Added: April 7, 2014

American badass : the true story of a modern day Spartan
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American badass : the true story of a modern day Spartan

Comstock, Dale.

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Added: April 4, 2014

The first Chinese American : the remarkable life of Wong Chin Foo
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The first Chinese American : the remarkable life of Wong Chin Foo

"Chinese in America endured abuse and discrimination in the late nineteenth century, but they had a leader and a fighter in Wong Chin Foo (1847-1898), whose story is a forgotten chapter in the struggle for equal rights in America. The first to use the term "Chinese American," Wong defended his compatriots against malicious scapegoating and urged them to become Americanized to win their rights. A trailblazer and a born showman who proclaimed himself China's first Confucian missionary to the United States, he founded America's first association of Chinese voters and testified before Congress to get laws that denied them citizenship repealed. Wong challenged Americans to live up to the principles they freely espoused but failed to apply to the Chinese in their midst. This evocative biography is the first book-length account of the life and times of one of America's most famous Chinese--and one of its earliest campaigners for racial equality."--Publisher's website.

Seligman, Scott D.

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Added: April 4, 2014

Shadows in the sun : healing from depression and finding the light within
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Shadows in the sun : healing from depression and finding the light within

The author discusses the mental illness she suffered from a young age and the treatment she received only after she left India and became a mother for the first time in the United States, describing her emotional recovery and spiritual awakening and her role as an advocate for the mentally ill.

Ramprasad, Gayathri.

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Added: April 4, 2014

Spent
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Spent

"A small town girl leaves her troubled family and starts stripping -- which introduces her to a community that keeps her sober and saves her life -- but a roller-coaster lifestyle ensues. She gets drugged, does enema shows, and unionizes the club. When she tries to quit and go to graduate school, her mother is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Broke and broken, she returns to sex work, which leads to her arrest and a new resilience. Spent is a memoir about a woman's journey through the sex industry, but it's also a story of family, community, and the constant struggle against loneliness."-- Provided by publisher.

Crane, Antonia, author.

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Added: April 4, 2014

Fireball : Carole Lombard and the mystery of Flight 3
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Fireball : Carole Lombard and the mystery of Flight 3

This fresh look at Hollywood's "Queen of Screwball," Carole Lombard, presents a first-ever examination of the events that led to the shocking flight mishap that took her life on the side of a Nevada mountain in 1942. It also provides a day-by-day account of the struggles of Lombard's husband, Clark Gable, and other family, friends, and fans to cope with the tragedy. Based on extensive research rather than gossip, this investigation further explores the lives of the 21 others on the plane, including 15 members of the U.S. Army Air Corps, and addresses one of the most enduring mysteries of World War II. On a clear night full of stars, with TWA's most experienced pilot at the controls of a 10-month-old aircraft under the power of two fully functioning engines, why did the flight crash into that Nevada mountainside?

Matzen, Robert D.

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Added: April 4, 2014

Seams unlikely : [the inspiring true life story of Nancy Zieman]
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Seams unlikely : [the inspiring true life story of Nancy Zieman]

The autobiography of seamstress Nancy Zieman.

Zieman, Nancy Luedtke.

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Added: April 4, 2014

Crazy town : the Rob Ford story
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Crazy town : the Rob Ford story

Chronicles the life and political career of the controversial Toronto mayor, from his early days as a flamboyant city councilor to a mayor embroiled in controversy.

Doolittle, Robyn, author.

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Added: April 3, 2014

Walking on eggshells : discovering strength and courage amid chaos
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Walking on eggshells : discovering strength and courage amid chaos

An astonishing true story of one young woman's trek from poverty and abuse to fulfillment and stardom.

Chapman, Lyssa, 1987-

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Added: April 3, 2014

Grin and bear it : how to be happy no matter what reality throws your way
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Grin and bear it : how to be happy no matter what reality throws your way

"Jenni Pulos has specialized in a lifetime of disappointments. She's been publicly humiliated, dumped by her spouse on national television, told she'd never make it in Hollywood, encouraged by her family with inspiring questions like, "when are you getting a real job?" and has not only survived but thrived as a result. Despite her struggles and setbacks, Jenni has gone from a "wannabe" aspiring actress and comedian to becoming one of Bravo's most beloved personalities. With hilarious reality meets insanity anecdotes from her life and career, Jenni writes candidly on how to go from victim to victor . . . most of the time. Her book is more of an advice how-not-to story that includes: Jenni's top ten tested and proven ways to fail forward How she turned her negative self-talk into positive self-beliefs, How Jenni handles people who didn't want her to succeed, How she stopped fretting over things she didn't have control over, How she found her self-worth and finally found the love she never thought she'd have, Grin and Bear It is the spark we all need to ignite our passion, to get out there and be positive, find the funny in life, to be present, and learn how to be happy no matter what reality throws your way"--

Pulos, Jenni, 1973-

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Added: April 3, 2014

The Tastemaker : Carl Van Vechten and the Birth of Modern America
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The Tastemaker : Carl Van Vechten and the Birth of Modern America

"A revealing biography of the influential and controversial cultural titan who embodied an era The Tastemaker explores the many lives of Carl Van Vechten, the most influential cultural impresario of the early twentieth century: a patron and dealmaker of the Harlem Renaissance, a photographer who captured the era's icons, and a novelist who created some of the Jazz Age's most salacious stories. A close confidant of Langston Hughes, Gertrude Stein, George Gershwin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the Knopfs, Van Vechten frolicked in the 1920s Manhattan demimonde, finding himself in Harlem's jazz clubs, Hell's Kitchen's speakeasies, and Greenwich Village's underground gay scene. New York City was a hotbed of vice as well as creativity, and Van Vechten was at the center of it all.Edward White's biography--the first comprehensive biography of Carl Van Vechten in nearly half a century, and the first to fully explore Van Vechten's tangled relationship to race and sexuality--depicts a controversial figure who defined an age. Embodying many of the contradictions of modern America, Van Vechten was a devoted husband with a coterie of boys by his side, a supporter of difficult art who also loved lowbrow entertainment, and a promoter of the Harlem Renaissance whose bestselling novel--and especially its title--infuriated many of the same African-American artists he championed. Van Vechten's defense of what many Americans considered bad taste--modernist literature, African-American culture, and sexual self-expression--created a popular appetite for these quintessential elements of American art. The Tastemaker encompasses its subject's private fears and longings, as well as Manhattan's raucous, taboo-busting social scene of which he was such a central part. It is a remarkable portrait of a man whose brave journeys across boundaries of race, sexuality, and taste helped make America fully modern"--

White, Edward, 1981- author.

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Added: April 2, 2014

A view from a broad
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A view from a broad

The noted singer's notes from abroad, written during a nonstop concert tour through Europe and Australia, present the Divine Miss M's bawdy, raunchy, innocent, and perceptive views of the world at large.

Midler, Bette, author.

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Added: April 2, 2014

A man called destruction : the life and music of Alex Chilton, from Box Tops to Big Star to backdoor man
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A man called destruction : the life and music of Alex Chilton, from Box Tops to Big Star to backdoor man

Alex Chilton's story is rags to riches in reverse, beginning with teenage rock stardom and heading downward. Following stints leading 60s sensation the Box Tops ("The Letter") and pioneering 70s popsters Big Star, Chilton became a dishwasher. Yet he rose again in the 80s as a solo artist, producer, and trendsetter, coinventing the indie-rock genre. By the 90s, acolytes from R.E.M. to Jeff Buckley embodied Chilton's legacy, ushering him back to the spotlight before his untimely death in 2010. In this career-spanning and revelatory biography, longtime Chilton acquaintance Holly George-Warren has interviewed more than 100 bandmates, friends, and family members to flesh out a man who presided over--and influenced--four decades of American musical history, rendered here with new perspective through the adventures of a true iconoclast.--From publisher description.

George-Warren, Holly.

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Added: April 2, 2014

Deep thoughts from a Hollywood blonde
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Deep thoughts from a Hollywood blonde

"For the first time ever, Jennie Garth is putting it all out there, sharing her joys and her sorrows, her successes and her failures, with candor and a surprising, even bawdy, sense of humor. From her sudden rise to fame as a golden-haired teen beauty, to recently redefining herself as a single working mother to three growing girls, Jennie Garth has defied the odds and thrived in a town that can be more than a little tough on its blondes. Since Jennie landed in Hollywood at just sixteen, she has built an enduring career as a television and film actress, producer and director, beginning with her iconic turn as Kelly Taylor on Aaron Spelling's smash hit Beverly Hills 90210, a show that ran for a decade and which cemented Jennie's place in American pop culture. Recently, Jennie found herself facing her forties from a place she never expected to be in: newly single, in demand again as an actress after years spent focusing on her family, and all over the tabloids. So she decided to do what surprised many-including herself: she decided to write about it, to tell her own story, in her own words. And now, in this intimate memoir, she explores the highs and lows of her life, both in front of the camera and behind closed doors, revealing the real Jennie Garth-smart, funny, and stronger than she ever realized. This is one unforgettable, utterly lovable Hollywood Blonde, and these are her deep thoughts. "No one warned me that deciding to write a book about my life would unleash all of the insecurities, fears, and self-doubts I'd been trying to outwit and outrun my whole life, but that's exactly what happened. I wanted to tell my truth with as much courage as I could muster and to be as fearless as possible as I delved into the darker corners of my mind. The result surprised me: I got to know myself in new ways. Revealing myself in these pages has been at times terrifying, but also one of the most liberating experiences of my life. That's because once you start writing, all of these embarrassing, wonderful, hilarious, painful, and surreal things that make you who you are get flushed up to the surface. And so word by word, I began to put the story of me together. Now all of these personal recollections, memories and anecdotes have been printed and bound into this book, which means that now you get to know me, too." -Jennie Garth"--

Garth, Jennie, 1972-

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Added: April 2, 2014

Bring in the right-hander! : my twenty-two years in the major leagues
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Bring in the right-hander! : my twenty-two years in the major leagues

Reuss, Jerry, 1949-

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Added: April 2, 2014

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