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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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Titanic Thompson by Kevin Cook

This “raucous narrative” (Publishers Weekly) tells the true tale of Alvin “Titanic” Thompson, the larger-than-life gambler who inspired Guys and Dolls. “Readers will revel in every rambunctious page” (Booklist).

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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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Romantic Outlaws by Charlotte Gordon

Though they never knew each other, Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley defied tradition and were both pioneers of early feminism. A “most welcome deeper take on the women who scandalized Victorian England — and whose stories continue to resonate today” (Vogue).

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Mary Queen of Scots by Marjorie Bowen

Mary, daughter of James V, had a turbulent reign as Scotland’s monarch — only to meet with a violent end at the hands of her rival, Elizabeth I. Her fascinating story comes alive in this richly detailed biography.

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1945: Year of Decision by Harry S. Truman

After Franklin D. Roosevelt’s sudden death in the midst of World War II, Vice President Harry Truman was catapulted into power. This fascinating memoir from America’s 33rd president reflects on his first year in office — and the journey that led him to become the head of a nation.

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Katharine Hepburn by Grace Carter

Legendary film star Katharine Hepburn won a record four Academy Awards — and was an icon who changed expectations for women. This rich biography illuminates the entrancing public and private lives of one of the greatest forces in American culture.

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Cortés and the Aztec Conquest by Irwin R. Blacker

With just a few hundred soldiers under his command, Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés destroyed the long-standing Aztec Empire in three years. This fast-paced chronicle sheds fresh light on this violent and fascinating chapter of history.

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