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    • The Devil : a new biography
      The Devil : a new biography
      Philip C. Almond.
      "In The Devil, Philip C. Almond explores the figure of evil incarnate from the first centuries of the Christian era. Along the way, he describes the rise of demonology as an intellectual and theological pursuit, the persecution as witches of women believed to consort with the Devil and his minions, and the decline in the belief in Hell and in angels and demons as corporeal beings as a result of the Enlightenment. Almond shows that the Prince of Darkness remains an irresistible subject in history, religion, art, literature, and culture."--Jacket.
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    • The Talmud : a biography : banned, censored and burned : the book they couldn't suppress
      The Talmud : a biography : banned, censored and burned : the book they couldn't suppress
      Harry Freedman.
      Discusses the history of the Talmud, tracing its path from a record of discussions among scholars in towns and villages close to modern-day Baghdad, its role during the Enlightenment, and its influence over traditional Judaism.
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    • Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis : the untold story
      Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis : the untold story
      Barbara Leaming.
      A book that explores the seemingly magical world of Jackie Onassis' youth, her fairy-tale marriage to a wealthy and handsome senator and presidential candidate and her astonishing transformation into a deft political wife and unique first lady also explores what the author asserts was Jackie's 31-year struggle with PTSD after the assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy
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    • Don't give up, don't give in : lessons from an extraordinary life
      Don't give up, don't give in : lessons from an extraordinary life
      Louis Zamperini and David Rensin.
      "Champion. Survivor. Hero. Legend. Completed just two days before Louis Zamperini's death at age 97, Don't Give Up, Don't Give In shares a lifetime of wisdom, insight, and humor from one of America's most inspiring lives. Zamperini's story has touched millions through Laura Hillenbrand's biography Unbroken, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie. Now, in his own words, Louis Zamperini reveals, with warmth and great charm, the essential values and lessons that sustained him throughout his remarkable journey."-- Provided by publisher.
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    • The wild truth
      The wild truth
      Carine McCandless
      "The ... story of Chris McCandless, who gave away his savings, hitchhiked to Alaska, walked into the wilderness alone, and starved to death in 1992, fascinated not just ... Jon Krakauer, but also the rest of the nation. Krakauer's book, Into the Wild, became an international bestseller ... and Sean Penn's ... film by the same name further skyrocketed Chris McCandless to global fame. But the real story of Chris's life and his journey has not yet been told--until now. The missing pieces are finally revealed in [this book], written by Carine McCandless, Chris's beloved and trusted sister. Featured in both the book and film, Carine has wrestled for more than twenty years with the legacy of her brother's journey to self-discovery, and now tells her own story while filling in the blanks of his"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Alfred : Queen Victoria's second son
      Alfred : Queen Victoria's second son
      John Van der Kiste.
      Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and of Saxe-Coburg Gotha, Admiral of the Fleet, was the second son of Queen Victoria. At 18 he was elected King of Greece, but not allowed to accept the crown. While touring Australia in 1868 he narrowly escaped assassination. His last years were clouded by alcoholism, ill-health, and the suicide of his only son and heir.
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    • Thomas Cromwell : the untold story of Henry VIII's most faithful servant
    • Havel : a life
      Havel : a life
      Michael Zantovsky.
      Examines the life of a man who rose from being an outcast and prisoner during Communist rule to becoming the last president of Czechoslovakia, the first president of the newly democratic Czech Republic and a human-rights activist.
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    • Ambition and desire : the dangerous life of Josephine Bonaparte
      Ambition and desire : the dangerous life of Josephine Bonaparte
      Kate Williams.
      From CNN's official royal historian, a highly praised young author with a doctorate from Oxford University, comes the extraordinary rags-to-riches story of the woman who conquered Napoleon's heart -- and with it, an empire.
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    • Stalin
      Stalin
      Stephen Kotkin.

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    • Small Bamboo
    • Vietnamerica : a family's journey
      Vietnamerica : a family's journey
      written and illustrated by GB Tran.
      A memoir in graphic novel format about the author's experiences as the son of Vietnamese immigrants who fled to America during the fall of Saigon describes how he learned his tragic ancestral history and the impact of the Vietnam War on his family while visiting their homeland years later.
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    • On his own terms : a life of Nelson Rockefeller
      On his own terms : a life of Nelson Rockefeller
      Richard Norton Smith.
      The definitive life of one of the most complex and compelling figures of the twentieth century, this biography draws on thousands of newly available documents and interviews, including Rockefeller's own unpublished reminiscences. Grandson of oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, Nelson coveted the White House from childhood. Before he was thirty he had helped his father develop Rockefeller Center and his mother establish the Museum of Modern Art. At 32 he was Franklin Roosevelt's wartime coordinator for Latin America. As New York's four-term governor he set national standards in education, the environment, and urban policy. The charismatic face of liberal Republicanism, Rockefeller championed civil rights and health insurance for all. Three times he sought the presidency--arguably in the wrong party. At the Republican National Convention in San Francisco in 1964, locked in an epic battle with Barry Goldwater, Rockefeller denounced extremist elements in the GOP, a moment that changed the party forever. But he could not wrest the nomination from the Arizona conservative, or from Richard Nixon four years later. In the end, he had to settle for two dispiriting years as vice president under Gerald Ford. Here, historian Richard Norton Smith re-creates Rockefeller's improbable rise to the governor's mansion, his politically disastrous divorce and remarriage, and his often surprising relationships with presidents and political leaders from FDR to Henry Kissinger. From the deadly 1971 prison uprising at Attica and unceasing battles with New York City mayor John Lindsay to his son's unsolved disappearance, the punitive drug laws that bear his name, and the much-gossiped-about circumstances of his death, Nelson Rockefeller's was a life of astonishing color, range, and relevance.--From publisher description.
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    • Grace, gold and glory : my leap of faith
    • Joe Quinn among the rowdies : the life of baseball's honest Australian
      Joe Quinn among the rowdies : the life of baseball's honest Australian
      Rochelle Llewelyn Nicholls.
      "Through 17 seasons in the major leagues, "Undertaker" Joe Quinn earned his place among the characters who pioneered the modern game of baseball, as much for his ability to stand apart from their bad behavior as for his steadfastness on the field. Australia's first professional baseball player and manager will live long in the minds of sports fans"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Fergie the greatest : Manchester United 1986-2013 : the biography of Sir Alex Ferguson
      Fergie the greatest : Manchester United 1986-2013 : the biography of Sir Alex Ferguson
      Frank Worrall.
      May 8, 2013: the day Manchester United fans had dreaded for nearly three decades. Sir Alex Ferguson announced he was to step down as manager of the world's biggest football club after 27 years in charge. The Scot, affectionately knows as 'Fergie' to United's vast army of fans worldwide, signed off in style with an honours list that confirmed him as the most successful manager in British - and world - football. At the age of 71, he would leave United having won 38 trophies - an amazing haul that included 13 league titles, two Champions League crowns, five FA Cups and four League Cups. Fergie would now become a director and ambassador for the club he had rebuilt from top to bottom and turned into the greatest in the world during his colourful, wonder-filled reign. That he would still be around - to offer help and advice if needed to incoming new boss David Moyes - helped slightly cushion the blow of his departure for United fans. Fergie had left Moyes a wonderful platform from which to build: a talented young squad that had just brought the club its record-breaking 20th top-flight title and a stadium and training facilities second to none. The story of Sir Alex Ferguson is a true rags-to-riches fairytale. Born in Govan, Glasgow, in 1941, he played for Queen's Park, Dunfermline and Rangers before retiring in 1974 to begin his managerial career.
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    • The oracle speaks : Warren Buffett in his own words
      The oracle speaks : Warren Buffett in his own words
      edited by David Andrews.
      "From his office in Omaha, Nebraska, without even the benefit of a computer, Warren Buffett has racked up an investment record that far surpasses his counterparts on Wall Street--or anyone else in the world, for that matter. While traditionally stock exchanges have returned about 11 percent annually in the past half century, Buffett's investments have by nearly 29 percent a year, solidifying Buffett's conglomerate holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, as the eighth-largest business in the world and netting him $44 billion along the way. Despite this tremendous success, "the Oracle of Omaha" remains modest. He acknowledges that he has a unique ability to evaluate businesses, but he doesn't feel entitled to the vast wealth that ability has earned him. Instead, he likes to say that he was born at the right place and time. This humility in the face of proven talent and innumerable wealth is part of what makes Buffett universally popular--he is one of the world's wealthiest men and yet he is still personable and relatable. For the first time, the most thought-provoking and inspiring quotes from Buffett are now compiled in a single book. The Oracle Speaks: Warren Buffett in His Own Words is a comprehensive guidebook to the inner workings of the Berkshire Hathaway chairman. Hundreds of Buffett's best quotes, comprising thoughts on investing, Wall Street, business, politics, taxes, and life lessons, will provide the most intimate and direct look into the mind of a modern business icon and give readers enough counsel to last a lifetime. Media outlets, financial advisers, politicians, and Americans from Main Street to Wall Street hang on every word Buffett speaks, hoping to gain valuable insight into Buffett's investments and successes. There is possibly no greater stamp of approval in the business world than to have Buffett invest in a company, and few leaders in the course of history have commanded such universally agreed-upon respect. Even beyond his business savvy, Buffett is influential as a progressive thinker and active philanthropist, having pledged to give most of his money to charity through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as foundations run by his three children. It is this humility that consistently draws people to Buffett, and will draw people to The Oracle Speaks. Most recently, inspired by Buffett's New York Times editorial in which he claimed he paid too little in taxes, President Barack Obama and Congress have named a series of tax reforms after Buffett. While the political implications have been controversial, Buffett has retained his reputation as an outspoken and successful business leader. The Oracle Speaks draws from decades of interviews, editorials, and annual shareholder reports, amassing the most complete outline of how Buffett believes a good business is run and a good life is led. It's advice that Buffett has successfully adhered to throughout his 80-plus years, and it is advice now available in the succinct, poignant, gift-friendly package of The Oracle Speaks"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Breaking the silence : two little boys, lost and unloved, one woman determined to make a difference
    • Where a man stands : two different worlds, an impossible situation, and the unexpected friendship that changed everything
      Where a man stands : two different worlds, an impossible situation, and the unexpected friendship that changed everything
      Carter Paysinger and Steven Fenton.
      Traces the experiences of a disadvantaged black youth who after receiving an education at Beverly Hills High became one of its teachers, eventually partnering with a former student to save the school from political and financial challenges.
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    • Women drummers : a history from rock and jazz to blues and country
    • Keith Ferguson : Texas blues bass
    • Brothas be, yo like George, ain't that funkin' kinda hard on you?
      Brothas be, yo like George, ain't that funkin' kinda hard on you?
      a memior by George Clinton with Ben Greenman.
      Traces the funk music legend's rise from a 1950s barbershop quartet to an influential multigenre artist, discussing his pivotal artistic and business achievements with "Parliament-Funkadelic.".
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    • Jerry Lee Lewis : his own story
      Jerry Lee Lewis : his own story
      Rick Bragg.
      "A monumental figure on the American landscape, Jerry Lee Lewis spent his childhood raising hell in Ferriday, Louisiana, and Natchez, Mississippi; galvanized the world with hit records like "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Great Balls of Fire," that gave rock and roll its devil's edge; caused riots and boycotts with his incendiary performances; nearly scuttled his career by marrying his thirteen-year-old second cousin--his third wife of seven; ran a decades-long marathon of drugs, drinking, and women; nearly met his maker, twice; suffered the deaths of two sons and two wives, and the indignity of an IRS raid that left him with nothing but the broken-down piano he started with; performed with everyone from Elvis Presley to Keith Richards to Bruce Springsteen to Kid Rock--and survived it all to be hailed as "one of the most creative and important figures in American popular culture and a paradigm of the Southern experience"" -- from publisher's web site.
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    • A sense of wonder : Van Morrison's Ireland
      A sense of wonder : Van Morrison's Ireland
      by David Burke.
      "Drawing on original research and interviews with a wide range of characters ... this is a book about the Ireland that made Morrison, and the Ireland that he as remade himself through a stunning, sprawling, body of work that spans almost six decades."--Back cover.
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    • Simple dreams : a musical memoir
      Simple dreams : a musical memoir
      Linda Ronstadt.
      In this memoir, iconic singer Linda Ronstadt weaves together a captivating story of her origins in Tucson, Arizona, and her rise to stardom in the Southern California music scene of the 1960s and '70s.
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    • Beatles vs. Stones
      Beatles vs. Stones
      John McMillian.
      "With the sophistication of a historian, the storytelling skills of a journalist, and the passion of a fan, John McMillian explores the multifaceted relationship between the two greatest bands of our time. In the 1960s the two biggest bands in the world--the lovable Beatles and the bad-boy Rolling Stones--waged an epic battle. The Beatles want to hold your hand, wrote Tom Wolfe, but the Stones want to burn down your town. Both groups liked to maintain that they weren't really rivals--that was just a media myth, they politely said--but on both sides of the Atlantic, they plainly competed for commercial success and aesthetic credibility. In Beatles vs. Stones, John McMillian gets to the truth behind the ultimate rock 'n' roll debate. McMillian reveals how music managers helped to construct the Beatles-Stones rivalry as they set out to engineer moneymaking empires. He explores how the Beatles were marketed as cute and amiable, when in fact they came from hardscrabble backgrounds in Liverpool. By contrast, the Stones were cast as an edgy, dangerous group, even though they mostly hailed from the London suburbs. Although the Beatles always sold more records than the Stones, the Stones seemed to win greater credibility with the right types of fans: discerning bohemians, as opposed to hysterical teenyboppers. Later, the Beatles embraced Flower Power, while the Stones briefly aligned themselves with New Left militance. Ever since, writers and historians have associated the Beatles with the gauzy idealism of the good sixties and portrayed the Stones as representatives of the dangerous and nihilistic bad sixties. Beatles vs. Stones explodes that split. In a lively narrative that whisks readers from Liverpool to London to New York City--and to various recording studios, nightclubs, concerts, courtrooms, and protest rallies in between--McMillian also delves into the personal relationships between the two groups. In one chapter we see Lennon and McCartney huddle up in a rehearsal space and show the Stones how to write their own material; in another we eavesdrop on Jagger and Richards as they watch the Beatles play Shea Stadium from the visitors' dugout. McMillian also shows us how the two groups feuded about which act would headline a legendary Poll Winners' concert and the pernicious effect that the American businessman Allen Klein had on both bands. Based on exhaustive research in primary sources, including overlooked teen magazines and underground newspapers, Beatles vs. Stones tells a vital story of the 1960s through the lens of music's greatest rivalry. Spirited, insightful, and gracefully written, this is the definitive account of the friendship and rivalry between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones."
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    • Unbreak my heart : a memoir
      Unbreak my heart : a memoir
      Toni Braxton.
      The singer and star of "Braxton Family Values" reveals the measures she took to make herself and her family whole again after heart ailments and a diagnosis of lupus forced her to let go of her past and take charge of her own healing--physically and spiritually.
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    • Sinner's creed : a memoir
      Sinner's creed : a memoir
      Scott Stapp with David Ritz.
      The rock musician discusses growing up in an abusive household, the formation of his original successful band, his struggles with addiction to drugs and alcohol, and his spiritual rehabilitation and recommitment to Christianity.
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    • David Hockney : the biography, 1975-2012 : a pilgrim's progress
      David Hockney : the biography, 1975-2012 : a pilgrim's progress
      Christopher Simon Sykes.
      " With unprecedented access to Hockney's paintings, notebooks, diaries, and the man himself, this second volume continues the lively and revelatory account of an acclaimed artist and an extraordinary man."--Publisher's website.
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    • Even this I get to experience
      Even this I get to experience
      Norman Lear.
      The legendary creator of iconic television programs All in the Family, Sanford and Son, Maude, Good Times, The Jeffersons, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Norman Lear remade our television culture, while leading a life of unparalleled political, civic, and social involvement. Sharing the wealth of Lear's ninety years, this is a memoir as touching and remarkable as the life he has led.
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    • A story lately told : coming of age in Ireland, London, and New York
      A story lately told : coming of age in Ireland, London, and New York
      Anjelica Huston.
      The actress and director shares the first half of her unconventional life, from her childhood in Ireland and her teen years in London to her coming of age as a model and budding actress in New York.
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    • Watch me : a memoir
      Watch me : a memoir
      Anjelica Huston.
      "Picking up where A Story Lately Told leaves off, when Anjelica Huston is 22 years old, [this book] is a chronicle of her glamorous and eventful Hollywood years. She writes about falling in love with Jack Nicholson and her adventurous, turbulent, high-profile, spirited 17-year relationship with him and his intoxicating circle of friends. She writes about learning how to act, about her Academy Award-winning portrayal of Maerose Prizzi in Prizzi's Honor, [and] about her collaborations with many of the greatest directors in Hollywood, including Wes Anderson, Richard Condon, Bob Rafelson, Mike Nichols, and Stephen Frears"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • True love
      True love
      Jennifer Lopez
      One of the most influential Latina performers in history opens up about her life's most defining period, two years during which it took everything she had to rise above the greatest challenges she had ever faced.
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    • Yes please
      Yes please
      Amy Poehler.
      The actress best known for her work on "Parks and Recreation" and "Saturday Night Live" reveals personal stories and offers her humorous take on such topics as love, friendship, parenthood, and her relationship with Tina Fey.
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    • Becoming Richard Pryor
      Becoming Richard Pryor
      Scott Saul.
      "Brings the man and his comic genius into focus as never before. Drawing upon a mountain of original research--interviews with family and friends, court transcripts, unpublished journals, screenplay drafts--Scott Saul traces Pryor's rough journey to the heights of fame: from his heartbreaking childhood, his trials in the Army, and his apprentice days in Greenwich Village to his soul-searching interlude in Berkeley and his ascent in the New Hollywood of the 1970s"--Amazon.com.
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    • A liar's autobiography : volume VII
      A liar's autobiography : volume VII
      by Graham Chapman and David Sherlock and also Alex Martin, oh, and David Yallop and also too by Douglas Adams (whose autobiography it isn't)

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    • So, anyway...
      So, anyway...
      John Cleese.
      In this rollicking memoir, Cleese takes his readers on a Grand Tour of his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town and his early comedic days at Cambridge University (with future Python partner Graham Chapman), to the founding of the landmark comedy troupe that would propel him to worldwide renown.
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    • John Ford : poet in the desert
      John Ford : poet in the desert
      Joseph M. Malham.
      Joseph Malham offers an uncommon biography of the legendary Irish-American film director, John Ford. Influences on Ford's work from art, history and politics, to the man's mystical faith are woven together with insights into his famous films.--Publisher.
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    • The Search for Anne Perry : the Hidden Life of a Bestselling Crime Writer
      The Search for Anne Perry : the Hidden Life of a Bestselling Crime Writer
      Joanne Drayton.
      Biographer Joanne Drayton explores the life and work of crime writer Anne Perry, who started life as Juliet Hulme, the New Zealand teenager jointly convicted of murdering her friend's mother.
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    • Influencing Hemingway : people and places that shaped his life and work
      Influencing Hemingway : people and places that shaped his life and work
      Nancy W. Sindelar.
      In Influencing Hemingway: The People and Places That Shaped His Life and Work Nancy W. Sindelar introduces the reader to the individuals who played significant roles in Hemingway's development as both a man and as an artist--as well as the environments that had a profound impact on the author's life. In words and photos, readers will see images of Hemingway the child, the teenager, and the aspiring author--as well as the troubled legend dealing with paranoia and fear. The book begins with Hemingway's birth and early influences in Oak Park, Illinois, followed by his first job as a reporter in Kansas City. Sindelar then recounts Hemingway's experiences and adventures in Italy, France, Spain, Key West, Florida, and Cuba, all of which found their way into his writing. The book concludes with an analysis of the events that preceded the author's suicide in Idaho and reflects on the influences critics had on his life and work.
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    • Inside a pearl : my years in Paris
      Inside a pearl : my years in Paris
      Edmund White.
      The book's title evokes the Parisian landscape in the eternal mists and the half-light, the serenity of the city compared to the New York White had known (and vividly recalled in City Boy).
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    • A place in the country : on Gottfried Keller, Johann Peter Hebel, Robert Walser, and others
    • The remarkable life and career of Ellen Swallow Richards : pioneer in science and technology
    • Dying to be me : my journey from cancer, to near death, to true healing
      Dying to be me : my journey from cancer, to near death, to true healing
      Anita Moorjani.
      "In this truly inspirational memoir, Anita Moorjani relates how, after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body--overwhelmed by the malignant cells spreading throughout her system--began shutting down. As her organs failed, she entered into an extraordinary near-death experience where she realized her inherent worth. and the actual cause of her disease. Upon regaining consciousness, Anita found that her condition had improved so rapidly that she was able to be released from the hospital within weeks. without a trace of cancer in her body! Within these pages, Anita recounts stories of her childhood in Hong Kong, her challenge to establish her career and find true love, as well as how she eventually ended up in that hospital bed where she defied all medical knowledge. As part of a traditional Hindu family residing in a largely Chinese and British society, she had been pushed and pulled by cultural and religious customs since she had been a little girl. After years of struggling to forge her own path while trying to meet everyone else's expectations, she had the realization, as a result of her epiphany on the other side, that she had the power to heal herself. and that there are miracles in the Universe that she had never even imagined. In Dying to Be Me, Anita freely shares all she has learned about illness, healing, fear, "being love," and the true magnificence of each and every human being! This is a book that definitely makes the case that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. and that we are all One!"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Misdiagnosed : one woman's tour of and escape from healthcareland
      Misdiagnosed : one woman's tour of and escape from healthcareland
      Jody Berger.
      Jody Berger has discovered this first hand: at forty-three, the award-winning journalist and marathoner sees a doctor about a minor tingling sensation in her hands and feet. One MRI later, she is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and told to pick a drug and accept her fate. Instead Jody starts asking questions--only to receive a different diagnosis from each specialist she turns to, from vitamin deficiencies to metal toxicity to depression. In this powerful, witty, and eye-opening account of her misadventures from misdiagnosis to miraculous recovery, Jody offers insightful tips on how to ask doctors the right questions to get the answers and treatment you need, listen to your body, and choose health over illness. After all, while we can't always heal, we can always take control of our health and ourselves--starting now.
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    • The queen's lover
      The queen's lover
      Francine du Plessix Gray.
      "The Queen's Lover" reveals the untold love affair between Swedish aristocrat Count Axel von Fersen and Marie Antoinette.
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    • High-altitude woman : from extreme sports to indigenous cultures--discovering the power of the feminine
      High-altitude woman : from extreme sports to indigenous cultures--discovering the power of the feminine
      Jan Reynolds.
      "One of the first female extreme athletes reflects on how her feminine strengths led to her success in a male-dominated field"--Provided by publisher.
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    • Group f.64 : Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and the community of artists who revolutionized American photography
    • All or nothing : one chef's appetite for the extreme
      All or nothing : one chef's appetite for the extreme
      Jesse Schenker.
      "Part Kitchen Confidential part Breaking Bad, a culinary memoir exploring the highs and lows of addiction, anxiety, and ambition in the world of haute cuisine"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Information and intrigue : from index cards to Dewey decimals to Alger Hiss