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American Phoenix: John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812, and the Exile that Saved American Independence
Jane Hampton Cook

BIOGRAPHY ADAMS

Cook artfully reveals John Quincy’s sojourn to secure his homeland’s survival as a sovereign nation. She reserves her most detailed brushstrokes for the inner struggles of Louisa. Cook’s close-up perspective shows how this American couple’s Russian destination changed US destiny.
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Nine Lives: A Chef's Journey from Chaos to Control
Brandon Baltzley

BIOGRAPHY BALTZLEY

At twenty-six years old, Brandon Baltzley was poised for his star turn as the opening chef at Chicago’s hotspot Tribute. Instead, Brandon walked away from it all and entered rehab to deal with the alcohol and cocaine addiction that had enslaved him most of his adult life.


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Maverick Genius: The Pioneering Odyssey of Freeman Dyson
Phillip F. Schewe

BIOGRAPHY DYSON

Freeman Dyson is a larger-than-life figure. Maverick Genius, Schewe’s definitive biography, paints a compelling and vibrant portrait of a man who has been both praised for his genius and criticized for his unorthodox views.


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Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
Gabrielle Hamilton

BIOGRAPHY HAMILTON

Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty fierce, hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Blood, Bones & Butter follows an unconventional journey through the many kitchens Hamilton has inhabited through the years..


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The Day Donny Herbert Woke Up: A True Story
Rich Blake

BIOGRAPHY HERBERT

Donny Herbert, a hardworking firefighter, was searching the attic of a burning house. The roof suddenly collapsed, and for six minutes he was without oxygen. Donny fell into a vegetative state that lasted nearly a decade. One day, he woke up and spoke almost nonstop for nearly sixteen hours. Afterwards, Donny fell into a deep sleep and never experienced a comparable moment of clarity.


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Joan: The Mysterious Life of the Heretic Who Became a Saint
Donald Spoto

BIOGRAPHY JOAN

She was a teenager of astonishing common sense and a national heroine who led men in to battle as a courageous warrior. Yet she was also abandoned by the king whose coronation she secured, betrayed by her countrymen, and sold to the enemy.


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The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc
Nancy Goldstone

BIOGRAPHY JOAN

Politically astute, ambitious, and beautiful, Yolande of Aragon, queen of Sicily, was one of the most powerful women of the Middle Ages. Yolande championed the dauphin’s cause against the forces of England and Burgundy. Just as French hopes dimmed, an astonishingly courageous young woman named Joan of Arc arrived.


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The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter's Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete
Matt Long,Charles Butler

BIOGRAPHY LONG

The book chronicles Matt’s road to recovery as he teaches himself to walk again and, a mere three years later, to run in the 2008 New York City Marathon—a gimpy seven-and-a-half hour journey through the five boroughs.


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Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's First Female Rocket Scientist
George D. Morgan

BIOGRAPHY MORGAN

When Werner von Braun and other top engineers could not find a solution to the repeated failures that plagued the nascent US rocket program, North American Aviation turned the assignment over to Mary. While von Braun went on to become a high-profile figure in NASA’s manned space flight, Mary Sherman Morgan and her contributions fell into obscurity—until now.


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Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut
Mike Mullane

BIOGRAPHY MULLANE

Mullane vividly portrays every aspect of the astronaut experience, from telling a female technician which urine-collection condom size is a fit to hearing “Taps” played over a friend’s grave. He is also brutally honest in his criticism of a NASA leadership.


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American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
Kai Bird,Martin J. Sherwin

BIOGRAPHY OPPENHEIMER

J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb for his country in a time of war, and who later found himself confronting the moral consequences of scientific progress.


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The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America
Michael Ruhlman

BIOGRAPHY RUHLMAN

Just over a decade ago, journalist Michael Ruhlman joined the students at the Culinary Institute of America, the country’s oldest and most influential cooking school. But The Making of a Chef is not just about holding a knife or slicing an onion; it’s also about the nature and spirit of being a professional cook and the people who enter the profession.


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Yes, Chef: A Memoir
Marcus Samuelsson,Veronica Chambers

BIOGRAPHY SAMUELSSON

Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson.


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Scars of a Chef: The Searing Story of a Top Chef Marked Forever by the Grit and Grace of Life in the Kitchen
Rick Tramonto

BIOGRAPHY TRAMONTO

Rick Tramonto started as a high school dropout working at Wendy’s; he became one of the top celebrity chefs in the world. Yet his rise to success was marked with tragedy, loss, and abandonment.


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Four Kitchens: My Life Behind the Burner in New York, Hanoi, Tel Aviv, and Paris
Lauren Shockey

COOKING INTL SHO

Shockey hatched a plan for her dream year: to apprentice in four high-end restaurants around the world. With the dramatic backdrop of restaurant life, readers will be delighted by the adventures of a bright and restless young woman looking for her place in the world.


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Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership That Transformed America
Les Standiford

HISTORY US STA

Set against the backdrop of the Gilded Age, Meet You in Hell captures the majesty and danger of steel manufacturing and the fraught relationship between “the world’s richest man” and the ruthless coke magnate to whom he entrusted his companies.


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Black Fire: The True Story of the Original Tom Sawyer--and of the Mysterious Fires That Baptized Gold Rush-Era San Francisco
Robert Graysmith

HISTORY US 19TH GRA

When a mysterious serial arsonist known as “The Lightkeeper” was in the process of burning San Francisco to the ground, Sawyer played a key role in stopping him. Black Fire details Sawyer’s remarkable life and illustrates why Mark Twain would later feel compelled to name his iconic character after him.


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A Widow's Walk: A Memoir of 9/11
Marian Fontana

HISTORY US 21ST FON

On September 11, 2001, Marian Fontana lost her husband, Dave, a firefighter from the elite Squad 1 in Brooklyn, in the World Trade Center attack. A Widow’s Walk begins that fateful morning, when Marian became a widow, a single mother, and an unlikely activist.


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