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Biographies and autobiographies

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    Berger, Antony
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    'No Place for a Womanis an entertaining and illuminating book that ensures that the words of Ella Manuel, an independent and talented woman who fiercely loved her corner of the world, will get continued exposure—a worthy endeavour in itself.'.

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    Sullivan, J.M.
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    Wilson, Edward O.
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    In this memoir, Edward O. Wilson describes for the first time both his growth as a scientist and the evolution of the science he has helped to define.

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    Lye, Harriet Alida
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    "I need people to know that I exist, that their experiment worked, that by some combination of luck and science, I'm alive." In this harrowing and intimate memoir, Harriet Alida Lye explores how, at just fifteen years old, she was diagnosed with a form of leukemia called Natural Killer, named "the rarest and worst malignancy." The average survival time of patients with this diagnosis is fifty-eight days. There are no known survivors. There were no known survivors. Fifteen years after Harriet's diagnosis, she became pregnant, despite having been told that her chemotherapy treatment would likely make conception impossible. To be a mother is to make a death, as death is bound up in life. She knew her body had the ability to create death. She never trusted, was told to not even imagine, that it also had the power, that magical banality, to create life. Weaving in source material from the year she spent in hospital, written by both of her parents and her teenage self, this personal reflection is told through a seamless blend of narrative, snapshots, journal entries, and blog updates posted for friends and family. With probing lyricism and searing honesty, Natural Killer explores what it's like to live with a life-threatening illness and survive it; what it means for a body to turn against itself, to self-destruct from within; and what it takes to regain trust in a body that has committed the ultimate betrayal.

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    Lye, Harriet Alida
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    "I need people to know that I exist, that their experiment worked, that by some combination of luck and science, I'm alive." In this harrowing and intimate memoir, Harriet Alida Lye explores how, at just fifteen years old, she was diagnosed with a form of leukemia called Natural Killer, named "the rarest and worst malignancy." The average survival time of patients with this diagnosis is fifty-eight days. There are no known survivors. There were no known survivors. Fifteen years after Harriet's diagnosis, she became pregnant, despite having been told that her chemotherapy treatment would likely make conception impossible. To be a mother is to make a death, as death is bound up in life. She knew her body had the ability to create death. She never trusted, was told to not even imagine, that it also had the power, that magical banality, to create life. Weaving in source material from the year she spent in hospital, written by both of her parents and her teenage self, this personal reflection is told through a seamless blend of narrative, snapshots, journal entries, and blog updates posted for friends and family. With probing lyricism and searing honesty, Natural Killer explores what it's like to live with a life-threatening illness and survive it; what it means for a body to turn against itself, to self-destruct from within; and what it takes to regain trust in a body that has committed the ultimate betrayal.

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    Emery, Prudence
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    'Reading Nanaimo Girl is like enjoying a martini or three with Auntie Mame. The stories are colourful, global, boozy and just cheeky enough to make you envious — and at the same time a little concerned.' — Dana Gee, Vancouver SunBorn in Nanaimo, British Columbia in the 1930s, Prudence Emery was expected to do the right things, but shattered family expectations by going to art school in London, England, where studies sometimes took a back seat to partying. And then she found herself in the world of celebrities.From Expo 67 in Montreal to the press office at London's Savoy Hotel, Prudence met the likes of Twiggy, Noël Coward, Louis Armstrong, Petula Clark, Liza Minelli, and Edward Albee. She escorted David Frost to an interview with Sheikh Mujibar Rahman and arranged for Pierre Trudeau to attend a party where he met Barbra Streisand for the first time. It was a world so rich with stories that the Canadian Press wrote, "If ever a job was tailor-made for a book of memoirs, Prudence Emery has it."But it was just the beginning. A new career as a film publicist spanned decades and introduced her to some of Hollywood's biggest names, from Sophia Loren to Jennifer Lopez, from Peter O'Toole to Matt Damon. She worked with Nicolas Cage when he was a nervous teenager and later when he was an outgoing superstar. And she was a frequent colleague of famed director David Cronenberg. Nanaimo Girl is the story of a life well lived and an encouragement to all, young and old, to get out, defy expectations, and have a rip-roaring good time.

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    Nicholson, Dean
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    When thirty-year-old Dean Nicholson set off from Scotland to cycle around the world, his aim was to learn as much as he could about our troubled planet. But he hadn't bargained on the lessons he'd learn from his unlikely companion. In the mountains between Montenegro and Bosnia, Nicholson came across an abandoned kitten. Soon on his travels with the cat he named Nala, they forged an unbreakable bond.

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    Haigh, Gideon
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    '[An] unconventional journey...brilliantly documented.' Courier Mail 'So you want to know something about this funny old bowling of mine. Well, there's nothing to it. It's really very simple—in fact, at times, I do not know much about it myself.' In 1950, aged in his mid-thirties, 'tall, shy, shambling' Jack Iverson burst forth from obscurity in suburban Melbourne, 'bowled like no man before' and became a national sensation, then faded from view almost as swiftly. He died in obscurity, in tragic circumstances. In the enthralling Mystery Spinner , first published in 1999, one of the world's best cricket writers goes in search of an enigma: an ordinary man in whom lurked the extraordinary. Gideon Haigh has been a journalist for three decades, writing mainly about sport and business. He is the author of more than thirty books, among them the award-winning On Warne , Certain Admissions and Stroke of Genius . He lives in Melbourne. 'One of the best cricket biographies I have ever read.' Wisden Cricket Monthly 'Even if you don't care for the game you might enjoy it...Not your standard sporting biography.' Guardian 'A delight, a gripping (no pun intended) read, and an object lesson to anyone tempted to try their hand at biography.' ESPN cricinfo 'Magnificent.' Roar

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    Chaput, Martin
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    Une aventure au cœur des vestiges historiques de l'Égypte Un homme part aux confins du monde pour s'efforcer d'accepter le deuil d'un proche. Malgré un ton parfois brutal, le tout se transforme en une aura poétique, mêlée à un humour irrévérencieux. Tout au long d'un itinéraire parcouru hors des sentiers touristiques, nous suivons le personnage, qui bien que férocement troublé, entreprend une quête de paix intérieure. À travers le décor funéraire et mystérieux de l'Égypte antique, ses tribulations, jumelées aux différences culturelles d'un peuple étranger, le conduiront à tenter de trouver un sens à la vie… et à la mort.

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    Stern, Jessica
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    Between October 2014 and November 2016, global terrorism expert Jessica Stern held a series of conversations in a prison cell in The Hague with Radovan Karadzic, a Bosnian Serb former politician who had been indicted for genocide and other war crimes during the Bosnian War. Stern brings to bear her incisive analysis and her own deeply considered reactions to her interactions with Karadzic.

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    Sellers, Bakari
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    Part memoir, part historical and cultural analysis, Bakari Sellers presents an eye-opening journey through the South's past, present, and future. In his personal history, we are awakened to the crisis affecting the other "Forgotten Men & Women," who the media seldom acknowledges.

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    Leyva, Selenis
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    Selenis and Marizol Leyva narrate their shared journey, challenges, and triumphs. They write honestly about the violence and discrimination that trans people and women of color experience.

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    Murfitt, Gigi Devine, Murfitt, Gabe
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    Gabe Murfitt as shares his story of learning to live in a uniquely formed body. Through Gabe's C.L.E.A.R. formula, you will discover how you can have: Courage to face life's challenges; Leadership that is encouraging and compassionate; Endurance in hard times; Attitude that enables you to achieve your goals; Respect for others and yourself.

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    Child, Julia
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    Here is the captivating story of Julia Child's years in France, where she fell in love with French food and found "her true calling." From the moment she and her husband Paul, who worked for the USIS, arrived in the fall of 1948, Julia had an awakening that changed her life. Soon this tall, outspoken gal from Pasadena, California, who didn't speak a word of French and knew nothing about the country, was steeped in the language, chatting with purveyors in the local markets, and enrolled in the Cordon Bleu. She teamed up with two fellow gourmettes, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, to help them with a book on French cooking for Americans. Filled with her husband's beautiful black-and-white photographs as well as family snapshots, this memoir is laced with wonderful stories about the French character, particularly in the world of food, and the way of life that Julia embraced so wholeheartedly. Bon appétit!

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    Sellmair, Nikola, Teege, Jennifer
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    When Jennifer Teege, a German-Nigerian woman, discovers to her horror that her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the vicious Nazi commandant depicted by Ralph Fiennes in Schindler's List, she sets out on a quest to unearth and fully comprehend her family's haunted history.

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    Growick, Phil
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    From the top ad people all over the world--the ones who create the best television commercials and ads, the ones you love, remember, and wish you had thought of yourself--come their own stories, in their own words, about the first work they ever did, and lived to talk about.

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    Monfette, Claudine, Dumas, Carmel
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    La parolière d'Ordinaire et du Mur du son, c'est elle. La muse du jeune Charlebois, c'est encore elle. La metteure en scène de spectacles mythiques (Magie rose, J'ai vu le loup, le renard, le lion) et d'innombrables galas, c'est toujours elle. « Elle », c'est Mouffe, figure légendaire du Québec en marche, née Claudine Monfette, alouette ! Diplômée de l'École nationale de théâtre, interprète de chansons en duo et de rôles d'ingénue, éternelle tête chercheuse, semeuse de bonnes idées et mentore de la relève, elle a contribué à faire de notre milieu artistique ce qu'il est. Journaux personnels de Mouffe, entrevues avec celle-ci mais aussi avec sa famille, ses amis, ses collègues : Carmel Dumas a remonté pendant plus de dix ans le fil de cette vie palpitante et trace ici le portrait d'une femme omniprésente et effacée, fantaisiste et sage. Une vieille âme enveloppée de candeur, extraordinaire survivante.

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    Kroeker, Jeremy
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    From the Canadian Rockies to the Panamanian Jungle, Motorcycle Therapy rumbles with comic adventure as two men, fleeing failed relationships, test the limits of their motorcycles and their friendship. Join the horn-honking, signal-flashing, wheelie-popping pair as they endure painful bee stings, painful snakebites and (when they talk to girls) painful humiliation.

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    Loeffler, TA
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    Keys, Alicia
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    **An AudioFile Earphones Award-winning production** This program is read by Alicia Keys, with special guest appearances by family and friends, including Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z, and Michelle Obama. An intimate, revealing look at one artist's journey from self-censorship to full expression As one of the most celebrated musicians in the world, Alicia Keys has enraptured the globe with her heartfelt lyrics, extraordinary vocal range, and soul-stirring piano compositions. Yet away from the spotlight, Alicia has grappled with private heartache—over the challenging and complex relationship with her father, the people-pleasing nature that characterized her early career, the loss of privacy surrounding her romantic relationships, and the oppressive expectations of female perfection. Since Alicia rose to fame, her public persona has belied a deep personal truth: she has spent years not fully recognizing or honoring her own worth. After withholding parts of herself for so long, she is at last exploring the questions that live at the heart of her story: Who am I, really? And once I discover that truth, how can I become brave enough to embrace it? More Myself is part autobiography, part narrative documentary. Alicia's journey is revealed not only through her own candid recounting, but also through vivid recollections from those who have walked alongside her. The result is a 360-degree perspective on Alicia's path, from her girlhood in Hell's Kitchen and Harlem to the process of growth and self-discovery that we all must navigate. In More Myself, Alicia shares her quest for truth—about herself, her past, and her shift from sacrificing her spirit to celebrating her worth. With the raw honesty that epitomizes Alicia's artistry, More Myself is at once a riveting account and a clarion call to listeners: to define themselves in a world that rarely encourages a true and unique identity. A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

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