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Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown
Jennifer Scanlon

BIOGRAPHY BROWN

The first biography of Helen Gurley Brown, author of the 1962 international bestseller Sex and the Single Girl and thirty-two year editor of Cosmopolitan magazine. Scanlon had unprecedented access to Brown’s papers, and she presents Brown in the context of the feminist movement, highlighting her role as an advocate of professional accomplishment and sexual freedom for women.


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Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival
Anderson Cooper

BIOGRAPHY COOPER

From the tsunami in Sri Lanka to the war in Iraq to the starvation in Niger and ultimately to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Mississippi, Cooper gives us a firsthand glimpse of the devastation that takes place, both physically and emotionally, when the normal order of things is violently ruptured on a massive scale. Cooper had been in his share of life-threatening situations before, but he had never seen human misery quite like this.


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The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
Tom Reiss

BIOGRAPHY DUMAS

In this extraordinary biography, Tom Reiss traces the almost unbelievable life of the man who inspired not only Monte Cristo, but all three of the Musketeers: the novelist’s own father.


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Full Frontal Nudity: The Making of an Accidental Actor
Harry Hamlin

BIOGRAPHY HAMLIN

A laugh-out-loud-funny memoir in which Harry digs deep into his past to recount the wacky experiences of his childhood, the twisted path that led to his alleged criminal behavior, and the series of fortuitous mishaps that drove him to become an actor.


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Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis
Alice Kaplan

BIOGRAPHY KAP

Since World War II countless American students have been lured by the vision and been transformed by their sojourn in the City of Light. Dreaming in French tells three stories of that experience, and how it changed the lives of three extraordinary American women.


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Cloris: My Autobiography
Cloris Leachman

BIOGRAPHY LEACHMAN

Film and television actress tells her life story and career challenges while raising five children. She comments on her friends in both the entertainment industry and politics.


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Falling Apart in One Piece: One Optimist's Journey Through the Hell of Divorce
Stacy Morrison

BIOGRAPHY MORRISON

Stacy Morrison, the editor-in-chief of Redbook, tells the emotionally charged story of her divorce and the gift of grace it brought her.


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Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page
Brad Tolinski

BIOGRAPHY PAGE

Draws on twenty years of personal interviews to cover Page’s early work with such artists as Tom Jones and Eric Clapton, the creative years of Led Zeppelin, and his post-Zeppelin relationships with Robert Plant and John Paul Jones.


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High On Arrival
Mackenzie Phillips

BIOGRAPHY PHILLIPS

Mackenzie Phillips, actress (most known for her role as Julie Cooper Horvath on CBS situational comedy One Day at a Time) and daughter of John Phillips, lead singer of The Mamas and the Papas, details her turbulent history with drug addiction, recovery, and felonious activity.


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Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family
Condoleezza Rice

BIOGRAPHY RICE

This is the story of Condoleezza Rice, her early years growing up in the hostile environment of Birmingham, Alabama; her rise in the ranks at Stanford University to become the university’s second-in-command and an expert in Soviet and Eastern European Affairs; and finally, in 2000, her appointment as the first Black woman to serve as Secretary of State.


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Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self
Monica Seles

BIOGRAPHY SELES

The youngest winner in French Open history, racking up eight Grand Slam titles, former tennis champion Monica Seles relates her struggles with binge-eating and depression and the peace and balance she had been searching for after an excruciating injury forced her on the sidelines.


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Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith
Barbara Brown Taylor

BIOGRAPHY TAYLOR

Barbara Brown Taylor, once hailed as one of America’s most effective and beloved preachers, eloquently tells the moving and delightful story of her search to find an authentic way of being Christian, even when it meant giving up her pulpit.


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I'm With Fatty: Losing Fifty Pounds in Fifty Miserable Weeks
Edward Ugel

HEALTH DIET UGE

One man’s humorous and heartfelt journey through his year-long attempt to regain his health and change his life. Lovers of narrative nonfiction will relish this contagiously readable book that looks back at Ugel’s complicated history with food, obesity, and the ruinous effects this lifelong relationship has had on him.


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