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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Vintage)
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Vintage)
by Cheryl Strayed
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I know this title is everywhere right now. I was very fortunate to get an advanced copy, and I immediately fell in love. Why? Well, like many, my favorite books are those that seem to have been written just for me. I deeply understood the raw ache of... (read more)

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Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs
Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs
by Sally Mann
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This breathtaking memoir, marrying Sally Mann's powerful photography with a personal story so captivating that it rivals great works of fiction, reveals how one's art can become thoroughly intertwined with one's life. Read this book: it's a truly powerful work of art in its own right.
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Entertainment and Performing Arts
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Yes Please
Yes Please
by Amy Poehler
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Amy Poehler isn't just a completely hilarious person — she's a smart, hilarious person with a purpose. Fans of her work on Parks and Recreation and Smart Girls at the Party will devour the stories and advice that make up her fabulous first book... (read more)

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Women
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Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography
Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Follow the real Laura Ingalls and her family as they make their way west — and discover that truth is as remarkable as fiction. Hidden away since 1930, Laura Ingalls Wilder's original autobiography reveals the true stories of her pioneering... (read more)

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The Wright Brothers
The Wright Brothers
by David McCullough
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In The Wright Brothers, David McCullough spins a history both exhaustive and personal, sharing original correspondence and examining secondary characters like the Wright sister, Katharine. With McCullough's signature depth and thoroughness, The Wright Brothers pays captivating homage to the two men who so exemplified the American spirit.
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Military
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American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
by Chris Kyle
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The companion volume to the multimillion-copy classic No Easy Day by former Navy SEAL Mark Owen reveals the evolution of a SEAL Team Six operator and#160; Mark Owenand#8217;s instant #1 New York Times bestseller, No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of... (read more)

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Lawyers and Judges
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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson
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Just Mercy is one of the most heartbreaking and inspiring books I have read in years. Stevenson recounts his early career as a young attorney working on multiple death row cases, first for the Southern Prisoners Defense Committee and later as founder of... (read more)

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Religious
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Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich
by Eric Metaxas
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Amazing Grace, a groundbreaking biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the greatest heroes of the twentieth century, the man who stood up to Hitler. A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a... (read more)

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Political
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Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
by Nelson Mandela
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The book that inspired the major new motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South... (read more)

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Medical
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Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into the Afterlife
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into the Afterlife
by Eben Alexander M.D.
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A SCIENTIST'S CASE FOR THE AFTERLIFE Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that NDEs feel... (read more)

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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
by Reza Aslan
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From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Two thousand years ago, an itinerant... (read more)

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Infidel
Infidel
by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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Ali's memoir Infidel reveals an extraordinary woman who survived a harrowing early life, fled to the Netherlands to escape an arranged marriage, and was elected to that country's Parliament before death threats landed her under 24-hour guard. Not every... (read more)

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Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey
Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey
by Peter Carlson
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Junius Browne and Albert Richardson covered the Civil War for the New York Tribune until Confederates captured them as they tried to sneak past Vicksburg on a hay barge. Shuffled from one Rebel prison to another, they escaped and trekked across the snow... (read more)

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Bossypants
Bossypants
by Tina Fey
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Readers sometimes lower the bar when it comes to the quality of celebrity memoirs, but, in this case, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Tina Fey is a legitimately talented writer, and the stories from her personal life are just as zany and... (read more)

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Original Essays | March 26, 2015

Kyle Boelte: IMG Selfies, Memoir, and the World Beyond the Self



When I was a teenager in Colorado during the late '90s, I liked to climb 14ers — 14,000-foot mountains. I'd often hike with friends, and at... Continue »
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    Desert Solitaire

    Edward Abbey 9780671695880
Shelf Talkers, Staff Pick | March 19, 2015

Rhianna Walton: IMG Pilgrim's Wilderness



Tom Kizzia's Pilgrim's Wilderness is a riveting blend of true crime and environmental studies set in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in remote... Continue »
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Shelf Talkers, Staff Pick | March 19, 2015

Into Thin Air



A deadly storm striking tragedy on unsuspecting climbers isn't subject matter I would typically expect to inspire adventure. Yet Jon Krakauer's... Continue »
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Shelf Talkers, Staff Pick | March 19, 2015

Bound for Glory



I read Bound for Glory, Woody Guthrie's autobiography, when I was 15 or 16. It filled me with such an intense longing to travel that I actually... Continue »
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Original Essays | March 10, 2015

J. C. Hallman: IMG One in the Oven; or, Why You Should Suck It Up and Meet Your Favorite Author



At first, I was dead set against it. I would not try to meet Nicholson Baker while I was writing a book about Nicholson Baker. I had a good reason... Continue »
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