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Aquinas (55 Edition)
Aquinas (55 Edition)
by F. C. Copleston
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Aquinas (1224-74) lived at a time when the Christian West was opening up to a wealth of Greek and Islamic philosophical speculation. An embodiment of the thirteenth-century ideal of a unified interpretation of reality (in which philosophy and theology... (read more)

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Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes
Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes
by Stephen Sondheim
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In Hat Box, Stephen Sondheim presents his complete collected lyrics from the acclaimed Finishing the Hat and Look, I Made a Hat. This box set includes lyrics from Sondheim’s most popular shows like West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park... (read more)

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The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
by T. J. Stiles
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A gripping, groundbreaking biography of the combative man whose genius and force of will created modern capitalism. Founder of a dynasty, builder of the original Grand Central, creator of an impossibly vast fortune, Cornelius “Commodore”... (read more)

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Interesting Narrative and Other Writings ((Rev)03 Edition)
Interesting Narrative and Other Writings ((Rev)03 Edition)
by Olaudah Equiano
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A revised and expanded edition of the classic account of the slave trade by a native African, former slave, and loyal British... (read more)

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Genie: A Scientific Tragedy
Genie: A Scientific Tragedy
by Russ Rymer
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The compelling story of a young woman's emergence into the world after spending her first 13 years strapped to a chair, and her rescue and exploitation by scientists hoping to gain new insight into language acquisition.... (read more)

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The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family
The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family
by Dave Pelzer
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Imagine a young boy who has never had a loving home. His only possesions are the old, torn clothes he carries in a paper bag. The only world he knows is one of isolation and fear. Although others had rescued this boy from his abusive alcoholic mother... (read more)

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Bird Lives : the High Life and Hard Times of Charlie (Yardbird) Parker (73 Edition)
Bird Lives : the High Life and Hard Times of Charlie (Yardbird) Parker (73 Edition)
by Ross Russell
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Ross Russell is the author of The Sound, a novel of the jazz world, and Jazz Style in Kansas City and the Southwest. In 1946 he formed Dial Records, heading the company for a decade, during which he released records by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie... (read more)

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The Headmaster: Frank L. Boyden of Deerfield
The Headmaster: Frank L. Boyden of Deerfield
by John Mcphee
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Starting in 1902 at a country school that had an enrollment of fourteen, Frank Boyden built an academy that has long since taken its place on a level with Andover and Exeter. Boyden, who died in 1972, was the schools headmaster for sixty-six years. John... (read more)

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Father and Son: A Study of Two Temperaments
Father and Son: A Study of Two Temperaments
by Edmund Gosse
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"This book is the record of a struggle between two temperaments, two consciences, and almost two epochs. It ended, as was inevitable, in disruption. Of the two beings here described, one was born to fly backward, the other could not help being carried... (read more)

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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
by Jon Krakauer
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My to-read list is long as it is, so I usually put off reading bestsellers until (a) the hype dies down and used copies start to become available or (b) someone chastises me for not having read something that came out forever ago. And so it was that 10... (read more)

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Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn
Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn
by Evan S Connell
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Custer's Last Stand is among the most enduring events in American history--more than one hundred years after the fact, books continue to be written and people continue to argue about even the most basic details surrounding the Little Bighorn. Evan S... (read more)

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Jesus I Never Knew (95 Edition)
Jesus I Never Knew (95 Edition)
by Philip Yancey
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Philip Yancey reveals the real Jesus beyond the stereotypes, revolutionizing the reader's passion for Christ, and offers a new and different perspective on the life of Christ and his work--his teachings, his miracles, his death and resurrection--and... (read more)

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The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (Vintage)
The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (Vintage)
by T J Stiles
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD In this groundbreaking biography, T.J. Stiles tells the dramatic story of Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt, the combative man and American icon who, through his genius and force of... (read more)

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African Apocalypse : the Story of Nontetha Nkwenkwe, a Twentieth-century South African Prophet (00 Edition)
African Apocalypse : the Story of Nontetha Nkwenkwe, a Twentieth-century South African Prophet (00 Edition)
by Robert R. Edgar
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The devastating influenza epidemic of 1918 ripped through southern Africa. In its aftermath, revivalist and millenarian movements sprouted. Prophets appeared bearing messages of resistance, redemption, and renewal. African Apocalypse: The Story of... (read more)

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Wishful Drinking
Wishful Drinking
by Carrie Fisher
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Finally, after four hit novels, Carrie Fisher comes clean (well, sort of ) with the crazy truth that is her life in her first-ever memoir. In andlt;iandgt;Wishful Drinkingandlt;/iandgt;, adapted from her one-woman stage show, Fisher reveals what it was... (read more)

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The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
by Slavomir Rawicz
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The harrowing true tale of escaped Soviet prisoners¿ desperate march out of Siberia, through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet, and over the Himalayas to British India.... (read more)

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Shakespeare: The World as Stage (Eminent Lives)
Shakespeare: The World as Stage (Eminent Lives)
by Bill Bryson
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William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill... (read more)

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As Nature Made Him : Boy Who Was Raised As a Girl -PS Edition (01 Edition)
As Nature Made Him : Boy Who Was Raised As a Girl -PS Edition (01 Edition)
by John Colapinto
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In 1967, after a twin baby boy suffered a botched circumcision, his family agreed to a radical treatment that would alter his gender. The case would become one of the most famous in modern medicine—and a total failure. As Nature Made Him tells... (read more)

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The Beatles Anthology
The Beatles Anthology
by Beatles
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The Beatles themselves contributed to this publication. Full of memorabilia, documents and pictures. Floor display comes full with 10 softcover books and 2 hardcover books.... (read more)

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Memoirs (77 Edition)
Memoirs (77 Edition)
by Pablo Neruda
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The classic and deeply moving memoir by Pablo Neruda, the most widely read political poet of our time and winner of the Nobel Prize The south of Chile was a frontier wilderness when Pablo Neruda was born in 1904. In these memoirs he retraces his bohemian... (read more)

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