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Helga’s Diary by Neil Bermel and Helga Weiss

In a diary that would later be hidden away within the wall of a concentration camp barracks, a Jewish girl documented the Nazi invasion of Prague and her internment at Terezín. This powerful survivor’s account is “breathtaking… a chilling testament to the tragedy of the Holocaust” (Publishers Weekly).

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The Nazi Officer’s Wife by Edith Hahn Beer and Susan Dworkin

This New York Times bestseller follows Edith Hahn, a Jewish woman who disguised her identity to evade the Gestapo. When a member of the Nazi party courted her, Edith began an extraordinary and dangerous double life. “An inspiring example of perseverance in the face of terrible adversity” (Publishers Weekly).

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Bushmaster by Dan Eatherley

For over 40 years, Raymond Ditmars was the Bronx Zoo’s curator of reptiles, and his expeditions — especially the search for a fabled viper — gripped the public imagination. An “intriguing story… packed with details” (Library Journal starred review).

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Taking the Lead by Derek Hough

From the Emmy Award–winning champion of Dancing with the Stars comes an inspiring story about overcoming challenges and finding success. In this New York Times bestseller, Derek Hough reveals how he conquered a difficult past and won the admiration of millions of viewers.

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Wallflower at the Orgy by Nora Ephron

A #1 New York Times bestselling author explores American culture with wit and humanity in this timeless collection of articles and essays. “Nora Ephron can write about anything better than anybody else can write about anything” (The New York Times).

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The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

The New York Times bestseller that inspired the film Adaptation: This modern classic follows one man’s obsessive quest to clone an endangered flower — unveiling greed, jealousy, and madness along the way. “Superb” (Time), with over 2,200 five-star ratings on Goodreads.

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After Long Silence by Helen Fremont

“Triumphant” (Publishers Weekly). In her 30s, Helen Fremont made a life-altering discovery: Though she was raised Catholic, her parents were Jewish Holocaust survivors living under assumed names. A “brave and beautiful” story (Charles Baxter) about one woman’s journey into her family’s past.

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Life Is a Gift by Tony Bennett

Beloved singer Tony Bennett expounds upon his remarkable experiences and storied career in this intimate and revealing New York Times bestseller. “Bennett offers inspiring observations from a joyful life fully lived” (Booklist starred review).

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Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi

In this candid New York Times bestselling memoir, Padma Lakshmi traces her journey from her childhood in India to Top Chef TV stardom — and reveals the role of food and family every step of the way. “Absorbing… An intimate, revealing portrait” (Kirkus Reviews).

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United by Cory Booker

A New York Times bestseller: Looking back on his life in politics, a US Senator delivers his vision of a future built on hope, compassion, and love. “Highly readable and engaging” (Library Journal).

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Dropped Names by Frank Langella

In this eloquent New York Times bestseller, legendary actor Frank Langella dishes on his eventful life and eminent colleagues — from Elizabeth Taylor to Sir Laurence Olivier. “Engaging… a heartfelt love letter to the theater and to the days when stars were stars, not merely celebrities” (Kirkus Reviews).

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Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley

Hailed as “sweeping and masterful” (Newsweek), this New York Times bestseller chronicles the life of famed newsman Walter Cronkite, from his humble beginnings to his monumental career. “A fascinating and valuable tale” (Walter Isaacson).

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Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E. Thomas

In an illuminating memoir, a diagnosed sociopath shares the challenges and advantages of living without conventional emotions. This “gripping and important book” (The New York Times) challenges stigmas and provides “a critical addition to narratives of mental illness” (Publishers Weekly).

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A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas

“Haunting” (People): This New York Times bestseller follows a woman who had to rebuild her life after her husband was in a tragic hit-and-run. “The best memoir I have ever read… This book is a punch to the heart” (Stephen King).

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Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn by Amanda Gefter

“Wow” (Scientific American): In this highly acclaimed mix of memoir and cosmology, an eccentric dad’s question to his teenage daughter sparks a shared, decades-long odyssey that’s both “a coming-of-age chronicle and a father-daughter road trip to the far reaches of this universe” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

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