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"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

John Wayne : the life and legend
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John Wayne : the life and legend

"A revelatory biography of the enduringly popular John Wayne that draws on more than 100 interviews as well as exclusive access to the files of Wayne's film production company to answer the question why he became and remains an iconic American figure"--

Eyman, Scott, 1951-

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Added: April 2, 2014

Seeking Allah, finding Jesus : a devout Muslim encounters Christianity
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Seeking Allah, finding Jesus : a devout Muslim encounters Christianity

Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, and shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God-- and of the peace he eventually found in Jesus.

Qureshi, Nabeel.

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Added: March 31, 2014

The Life of Longchenpa : the Omniscient Dharma King of the Vast Expanse
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The Life of Longchenpa : the Omniscient Dharma King of the Vast Expanse

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Added: March 31, 2014

Young widower : a memoir
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Young widower : a memoir

"John W. Evans was twenty-nine years old and his wife, Katie, was thirty. They had met in the Peace Corps in Bangladesh, taught in Chicago, studied in Miami, and were working for a year in Romania, when they set off with friends to hike into the Carpathian Mountains. In an instant, their life together was shattered. Katie became separated from the group. When Evans finally found her, he could only watch helplessly as she was mauled to death by a brown bear. In such a love story, such a life story, how could a person ever move forward? That is the question Evans, traumatized and restless, confronts in this book as he learns the language of grief, the rhetoric of survival, and the contrary poetic algorithms of holding fast and letting go. His memories of Katie and their time together, and the strangeness of his life with her family in the year after her death, create an unsentimental but deeply moving picture of loss, the brutality of nature, and the unfairness of needing to narrate a story that nothing can prepare a person to tell.Told with unyielding witness, elegance, and care, Young Widower is a heartbreaking account of a senseless tragedy and the persistence of grief in a young person's life"--

Evans, John W. (John William), 1977-

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Added: March 31, 2014

Exodus : a memoir
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Exodus : a memoir

Feldman, who at the age of twenty-three packed up her young son and their few possessions and walked away from her insular Hasidic roots in Brooklyn, explores the United States and Europe and, as a result of her travels, redefines her sense of identity as a non-Orthodox Jew committed to self-acceptance and healing.

Feldman, Deborah, 1986-

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Added: March 27, 2014

The life of John Thompson, a fugitive slave : containing his history of 25 years in bondage and his providential escape
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The life of John Thompson, a fugitive slave : containing his history of 25 years in bondage and his providential escape

Thompson, John, 1812-

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Added: March 27, 2014

Ordeal : [a memoir]
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Ordeal : [a memoir]

Linda Boreman was just twenty-one when she met Chuck Traynor. Enslaved by the man who would eventually force her into marriage so that he could control her completely, Linda was beaten savagely, raped, and terrorized into prostitution at gunpoint. Forced to perform unspeakable perversions on film, she made Deep Throat, the smash-hit movie that brought porn into the mainstream. Beyond the glamour and fame lies the story of what really happened, in the words of a woman who finally found a way to bare it all.

Lovelace, Linda.

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Added: March 27, 2014

American cocktail : a
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American cocktail : a "colored girl" in the world

Rollicking, never-before-published memoir of a fascinating woman with an uncanny knack for being in the right place in the most interesting times. Of racially mixed heritage, Anita Reynolds was proudly African American but often passed for Indian, Mexican, or Creole. Actress, dancer, model, literary critic, psychologist, but above all free-spirited provocateur, she was, as her Parisian friends nicknamed her, an "American cocktail." One of the first black stars of the silent era, she appeared in Hollywood movies with Rudolph Valentino, attended Charlie Chaplin's anarchist meetings, and studied dance with Ruth St. Denis. She moved to New York in the 1920s and made a splash with both Harlem Renaissance elites and Greenwich Village bohemians. An émigré in Paris, she fell in with the Left Bank avant garde, befriending Antonin Artaud, Man Ray, and Pablo Picasso. Next, she took up residence as a journalist in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War and witnessed firsthand the growing menace of fascism. In 1940, as the Nazi panzers closed in on Paris, Reynolds spent the final days before the French capitulation as a Red Cross nurse, afterward making a mad dash for Lisbon to escape on the last ship departing Europe.

Reynolds, Anita Thompson Dickinson, 1901-1980.

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Added: March 26, 2014

Dashiell Hammett : man of mystery : a biography
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Dashiell Hammett : man of mystery : a biography

"Dashiell Hammett changed the face of crime fiction. In five novels published over five years as well as a string of stories, he transformed the mystery genre into literature and left us with the figure of the hard-boiled detective, from the Continental Op to Sam Spade--immortalized on film by Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon--and the more glamorous Thin Man, also made iconic with the aid of Hollywood. A brilliant writer, Hammett was a complex and enigmatic man. After 1934 until his death in 1961, he published no more novels and suffered from a writer's block that both shamed and maimed him. He is identified with his tough protagonists, but his tuberculosis compromised his masculine identity and alcoholism may have been his answer. A former Pinkerton detective who valued honesty, he was attracted to women who lied outrageously, most notably Lillian Hellman, with whom he conducted a thirty-year affair. A controversial political activist who stood up for civil liberty, he was also a very private man. In this compact new biography, Sally Cline uses fresh research, including interviews with Hammett's family and Hellman's heir, to reexamine the life and works of the writer whom Raymond Chandler called "the ace performer""--

Cline, Sally.

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Added: March 26, 2014

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