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Crashing Through by Robert Kurson

Mike May never let his lack of vision stop him from leading an extraordinary life. When a sight-restoring surgery became an option, Mike was faced with a decision that could change everything. This New York Times bestseller is “a remarkable story of courage and endurance” (Publishers Weekly).

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The Intimate Life of Alexander Hamilton by Allan McLane Hamilton

Based on original documents, this biography written by Alexander Hamilton’s grandson reveals the private life of one of America’s most famous founders. “A successful piece of portraiture” (The New York Times) — now featuring a foreword from New York Times bestselling historian Willard Sterne Randall.

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Cherry by Mary Karr

A “searing… whip-smart” New York Times bestseller (Elle): Mary Karr explores her teenage years and sexual awakening in this vivid tour through adolescence. “Karr continues to set the literary standard for making the personal universal” (Entertainment Weekly).

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The World’s Largest Man by Harrison Scott Key

“Funny as well as tender” (The New York Times): A man reminisces on a youth spent at odds with his super-macho father in this delightful memoir for fans of David Sedaris. “Consistently seasoned with laughs… An uncommonly entertaining story” (Kirkus Reviews starred review).

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How Can I Talk If My Lips Don’t Move? by Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay

Diagnosed as autistic and nonverbal, Tito was taught to read and write by his mother — and went on to become a prolific storyteller. Here, he shares his unique story with bravery, honesty, and elegance. “Evocative… eye-opening book” (Publishers Weekly).

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Napoleon by Andrew Roberts

A “compelling… voluminous” account (Library Journal starred review) with over 1,800 five-star ratings on Goodreads: Napoleon Bonaparte still towers over modern European history. This New York Times bestselling biography offers “a fully human portrait of this larger-than-life figure” (The Wall Street Journal).

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Talking to the Dead by Barbara Weisberg

In the mid-1800s, sisters Kate and Maggie Fox claimed to be able to communicate with spirits. Decades later, they confessed to fraud — but their séances had already sparked a mass movement. “A revealing look at the history of spiritualism and its place in 19th-century culture” (Booklist).

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Time to Be in Earnest by P.D. James

In this “insightful and witty” memoir (Publishers Weekly), beloved crime and mystery author P. D. James reflects on her experiences during both world wars, her writing career, and more. “Deeply moving… Page after page recalls a vanished world” (The New York Times Book Review).

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The Unlikely Lavender Queen by Jeannie Ralston

A city girl to the core, Jeannie Ralston abandoned everything to move to rural Texas with her husband. Her charming misadventures and journey to adapt are captured in this “satisfying and enjoyable” memoir (Publishers Weekly).

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Diary of a Mad Diva by Joan Rivers

Written in diary format by the late Joan Rivers, this riotously sharp and biting New York Times bestseller takes on the world. “No one rails quite like Rivers” (Publishers Weekly).

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Black Titan by Elizabeth Gardner Hines and Carol Jenkins

The powerful story of an extraordinary man: A. G. Gaston was the grandson of slaves, served in World War I, and rose from dire poverty to become one of the wealthiest African American men in the country.

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Red Platoon by Clinton Romesha

A New York Times bestseller! Chronicling a bloody 14-hour battle between US soldiers and Afghan insurgents, this powerful first-hand account “ranks among the best combat narratives written in recent decades” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

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It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario

In this New York Times bestseller, a Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalist shares harrowing true stories of reporting on the front lines of war zones. “A page-turner of a memoir… Riveting” (Booklist), with nearly 3,200 five-star ratings on Goodreads.

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Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson

With over 11,000 five-star ratings on Goodreads: Richard Branson has reshaped industries from music to air travel — while having outrageous fun along the way! An iconoclastic billionaire chronicles his road to success in this thrilling autobiography that “grabs you on page one and never lets go” (Spectator).

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The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam

A survivor of Southeast Asia’s sex trade tells her story in this raw look at the brutal world of human trafficking. With over 3,100 five-star ratings on Goodreads, this memoir is “a testimony of resistance and hope” (New York Times bestselling author Ayaan Hirsi Ali).

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