Biography, Memoir, True Story
The Passionate Reader's Guide to the authors you love, including things you never knew, juicy bits you'll want to know, and hundreds of ideas for what to read next.
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Edited by Mark Winegardner. Some of America's best writers recall how food has defined their families, changed their lives, and made them what they are today.
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The true account of a daring rescue that inspired the film ARGO, winner of the 2012 Academy Award for Best Picture.
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Hardbound. The true story of one family, caught between America’s two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina.
James Gleick, the author of Chaos and Genius, and one of the most acclaimed science writers of his generation, brings the reader into Newtonâ€™s reclusive life and provides startlingly clear explanations of the concepts that changed forever our perception of bodies, rest, and motionâ€”ideas so basic to the twenty-first century, it can truly be said: We are all Newtonians.
A Year of Passionate Reading.
Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true.
By Todd Hignite. Introduction by Alison Bechdel. In 1981 three Mexican-American brothers self-published their first comic book, Love and Rockets, and "changed American cartooning forever" according to Publishers Weekly. Over twenty-five years later it is still being published to critical and commercial success.
Bill Bryson's first travel book, The Lost Continent, was unanimously acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years. Like many of his generation, Bill Bryson backpacked across Europe in the early seventies - in search of enlightenment, beer and women.
"Certain books by our most talented essayists... carry inside their covers the heat and struggle of a life's central choice being made and the price being paid, while the writer tells us about other matters, and leaves behind a path of sadness and sparkling loss. Reading Lolita in Tehran is such a book."- The Atlantic Monthly
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By Lt. Col. Michael Lee Lanning (U.S. Army, Ret.) They were conquerors, liberators, heroes, madmen. All changed the world forever on the field of battle.
A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, by Simon Winchester.
Hardbound. An old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson.
The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions by Ben Mezrich. The amazing inside story about a gambling ring of M.I.T. students who beat the system in Vegas- and lived to tell how.
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Adventures of a Curious Character. by Richard P. Feynman. The outrageous exploits of the world's most outspoken Nobel prize-winning scientist.
The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen Scientist. Essays, letters, speeches by Richard Feynman.
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Frances Mayes opens the door to a wondrous new world when she buys and renovates an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside.
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Hardbound. Busting Vegas: The MIT Whiz Kid who Brought the Casinos to their knees. From the bestselling author of Bringing Down the House, Ben Mezrich.