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The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows
Brian Castner

BIOGRAPHY CASTNER

The story of Castner’s three tours of duty in Iraq as a bomb disposal expert. When he returned home to his wife and family, he began a struggle with a no less insidious foe, an unshakable feeling of fear and confusion and survivor’s guilt that he terms “The Crazy.” His thrilling, heartbreaking, stunningly honest book will hook you from the first chapter.


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Wave
Sonali Deraniyagala

BIOGRAPHY DERANIYAGALA

A memoir of the author’s experiences as a survivor of the 2004 tsunami that killed her parents, husband and two young sons recounts her struggles with profound grief and survivor’s guilt and her gradual steps toward healing.


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Battle Ready: Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic
Mark L. Donald, Scott Mactavish

BIOGRAPHY DONALD

From the rigors of BUD/S training to the horrors of the battlefield, this title immerses the reader in the life of the elite warrior-medic who advances into combat with life-saving equipment in one hand and life-taking weapons in the other.


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Drinking and Tweeting: And Other Brandi Blunders
Brandi Glanville,Leslie Bruce

BIOGRAPHY GLANVILLE

She’s the brutally honest breath of fresh air on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, known for her dramatic divorce, her barely-there clothing, and her inability to keep her mouth shut. So why should she change now? Brandi Glanville tells all in this hilarious, no-holds-barred memoir.


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Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape
Jenna Miscavige Hill,Lisa Pulitzer

BIOGRAPHY HILL

The niece of controversial Scientology leader David Miscavige presents a tell-all memoir about her life in the Church of Scientology.


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Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir
Eddie Huang

BIOGRAPHY HUANG

A Taiwanese-American rebel restauranteur chronicles his rise to success from his difficult childhood in the American South to his decision to embrace all he had learned about food in his father’s restaurants and his mother’s kitchen to create his own culinary identity.


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Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment
Katrina Kenison

BIOGRAPHY KENISON

An author and editor offers observations on life, making changes, and embarking on spiritual journeys as she experiences and accepts a new reality of living alone after her children have grown and moved out.


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Chanel Bonfire: A Memoir
Wendy Lawless

BIOGRAPHY BONFIRE

With clear-eyed grace, refreshing honesty, and flashing wit, Wendy Lawless tells the true story of her unhinged upbringing in this bestselling memoir.


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Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm
Mardi Jo Link

BIOGRAPHY LINK

The memoir of a mother who, after ending her nineteen-year marriage, staves off a perpetually empty bank account and, with the help of her three young sons, saves her century-old farmhouse from foreclosure and reclaims her life.


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The Great Northern Express: A Writer's Journey Home
Howard Frank Mosher

BIOGRAPHY MOSHER

Documents the author’s road trip across twenty-first-century America, where he shared personal encounters with homeless people, country performers, and readers and writers from all walks of life.


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Her: A Memoir
Christa Parravani

BIOGRAPHY PARRAVANI

Relates the author’s life with her identical twin sister, Cara, the downward spiral due to depression and drugs that resulted in Cara’s early death and the author’s determination to defy the odds that she herself would die within two years of her twin.


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The Still Point of the Turning World
Emily Rapp

BIOGRAPHY RAPP

The wrenching story of Rapp’s son Ronan, who was diagnosed at nine months old with Tay-Sachs, an always-fatal disease. He was not expected to live beyond age 3 and would be permanently stalled at a developmental level of six months. Rapp and her husband were forced to re-evaluate everything they thought they knew about parenting.


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The Backyard Parables: Lessons on Gardening, and Life
Margaret Roach

BIOGRAPHY ROACH

A memoir about how Margaret Roach’s surrender to gardening saved her life.


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With or Without You: A Memoir
Domenica Ruta

BIOGRAPHY RUTA

A memoir of the author’s relationship with her flamboyant drug dealer mother describes her misfit youth and eventual escape into writing before succumbing to addiction and resolving to leave her past in order to survive.


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My Beloved World
Sonia Sotomayor

BIOGRAPHY SOTOMAYOR

With startling candor and intimacy, Sonia Sotomayor recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a progress that is testament to her extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.


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Until I Say Good-Bye: My Year of Living with Joy
Susan Spencer-Wendel, Bret Witter

BIOGRAPHY SPENCER-WENDEL

A memoir by journalist Susan Spencer-Wendel who makes the most of her final days after discovering she has ALS.


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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)
Cheryl Strayed

BIOGRAPHY STRAYED

Traces the personal crisis the author endured after the death of her mother and a painful divorce, which prompted her ambition to undertake a dangerous 1,100-mile solo hike that both drove her to rock bottom and helped her to heal.


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The Heavy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet--A Memoir
Dara-Lynn Weiss

BIOGRAPHY WEISS

An expansion of the author’s controversial column in Vogue magazine describes her family’s efforts to help her clinically obese, seven-year-old daughter to lose weight, recounting how their progress was challenged by judgmental and conflicting detractors.


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