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Three came home,
The beautiful, searing story of the writer, Agnes Newton Keith, her husband and her young son, who are held in a Japanese internment camp in Borneo during World War II. The author's compassion for her captors is remarkable, especially given that the book was written and released in 1946, only a year after her release. Claudette Colbert played the author in a movie version.
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Cover Art: The most beautiful walk in the world : a pedestrian in Paris /
The most beautiful walk in the world : a pedestrian in Paris
Baxter, John, 1939-
This book is almost hard to describe. It works as a light history of Paris, as a book about guiding tours, and tourism, and as a memoir about living in Paris. At every level,though, it is engaging and good - humored. It would also make a wonderful guidebook!
Adult Nonfiction Book DC707 .B39 2011
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Cover Art: Nine parts of desire : the hidden world of Islamic women /
Nine parts of desire : the hidden world of Islamic women
Brooks, Geraldine.
Before she wrote fiction, (People of the Book, March, Year of Wonders), Geraldine Brooks was an award - winning reporter who often reported from the Middle East. She wrote this daring and fascinating look at women in the various countries there, from Iran to Ethiopia. This is a wonderful, thought - provoking read.
Adult Nonfiction Book HQ1170.B76 1995
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Cover Art: One summer : America, 1927 /
One summer : America, 1927
Bryson, Bill.
Bryson at his best, this book is eclectic, funny, and perceptive. It touches on aviation, anarchists, boxing, crime and politics, to name just a few, but makes it all into a fascinating portrait of the 1920s.
Adult Nonfiction Book E791 .B79 2013
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Cover Art: Castles in the air /
Castles in the air
Corbett, Judy.
A nearly penniless young couple decide to buy and renovate a 16th century castle. What could go wrong? Plenty, but this book is not The Money Pit. It is instead an inspiring, romantic story of how much history and beauty can be saved, if people are persistent enough.
Adult Nonfiction Book DA738.G89 C67 2005
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Cover Art: My family and other animals.
My family and other animals.
Durrell, Gerald, 1925-1995.
Wonderful for all ages! This is the uproarious, classic account of an animal - loving British boy, his diverse brothers and sisters, and their very patient mother living in Corfu in the 1930s. Its vivid descriptions of the idyllic life on the island will make you want to buy a ticket immediately!
Adult Nonfiction Book 828.914 D938
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Cover Art: Jim Henson : the works : the art, the magic, the imagination /
Jim Henson : the works : the art, the magic, the imagination
Finch, Christopher.
This biography provides a glimpse into the imagination of the creator of Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and of course, the Muppets. The 500 color illustrations include some that were taken behind the scenes of the shows.
Adult Nonfiction Book PN1982.H46F56 1993
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Cover Art: Will in the world : how Shakespeare became Shakespeare /
Will in the world : how Shakespeare became Shakespeare
Greenblatt, Stephen, 1943-
Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Greenblatt creates a deep, breathtakingly vivid portrait of Shakespeare by analyzing his words and connecting them to the events of the day. This is not only an incredibly insightful biography, it is also a glimpse into the intense, complicated world of Elizabethan England, and and a magnificently accessible window into Shakespeare's plays.
Adult Nonfiction Book PR2894 .G74 2004
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Cover Art: Game change : Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the race of a lifeti
Game change : Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the race of a lifeti
Heilemann, John, 1966-
A deeply engrossing, incredibly detailed, and always interesting look at the 2008 election. The authors' sources give them an almost unbelievable amount of information about the behind the scenes aspects of the campaigns, but they make it all into a story you cannot put down.
Adult Nonfiction Book JK526 2008 .H45 2010
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Cover Art: The book of my lives /
The book of my lives
Hemon, Aleksandar, 1964-
In this gorgeously written, deeply felt memoir, Hemon writes about the joys of his youth in Sarajevo, the pain of being an exile inthe United States when the war in Bosnia breaks out, and the eventual shaping of his life in Chicago. Along the way, he writes passionately about identity, loss, friendship, love, animals, and, in a standout essay, soccer. A beautiful book.
Adult Nonfiction Book PS3608.E48 B66 2013
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Cover Art: Confederates in the attic : dispatches from the unfinished Civil War /
Confederates in the attic : dispatches from the unfinished Civil War
Horwitz, Tony, 1958-
Sometimes funny, other times tragic, Tony Horwitz's look at the Civil War's legacy in the South is always engaging and readable.
Adult Nonfiction Book E468.9 .H78 1998
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Cover Art: Molly Ivins can't say that, can she? /
Molly Ivins can't say that, can she?
Ivins, Molly.
A laugh - out - loud funny, but still very passionate, collection of columns from the 1980s and 1990s. Many deal with political matters, both in Texas and nationally, but there are also eloquent pieces on journalism and an unspeakably funny essay about her dog. Not to be missed!
Adult Nonfiction Book F391.2.I95 1991
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Cover Art: We learn nothing : essays and cartoons /
We learn nothing : essays and cartoons
Kreider, Tim
Don't let the 'cartoons' in the title dissaude you from reading this book. Though Kreider's essays are very witty and often funny, they're also thoughtful. Whether pondering the different ways his friends have gone in life, trying to adjust to a new family, or considering Tristram Shandy, Kreider is always good company.
Adult Nonfiction Book PN6165 .K75 2012
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Cover Art: Operating instructions : a journal of my son's first year /
Operating instructions : a journal of my son's first year
Lamott, Anne.
A funny, compassionate look at parenthood. Lamott, who is also the writer of popular self - help books, writes a warm, warts - and - all account of raising her son as a single mother, while dealing with the cancer diagnosis of her best friend.
Adult Nonfiction Book 306.8743 L 1994
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Cover Art: Dear exile : the true story of two friends separated (for a year) by an ocean /
Dear exile : the true story of two friends separated (for a year) by an ocean
Liftin, Hilary.
Kate and Hilary are two very close friends who are separated for a year when Kate and her husband move to Kenya to teach in the Peace Corps. As they exchange letters, they draw the reader into Kate's struggles to adjust to life in Kenya (including malaria, abusive teachers, and corruption) and Hilary's life as a single woman in Manhattan (a terrifying neighbor, balancing work and life, and trying to find love). Their experiences are very different, but they complement each other beautifully, with both women coming across as strong, engaging and empathetic. Ultimately, this is the story of two friends coming of age together, though they are thousands of miles apart.
Adult Nonfiction Book DT434.R36 L54 1999
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Cover Art: Ladies and gentlemen, the Bronx is burning : 1977, baseball, politics, and the b
Ladies and gentlemen, the Bronx is burning : 1977, baseball, politics, and the b
Mahler, Jonathan, 1969-
In Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx Is Burning, Mahler profiles the events of the summer of 1977, events he argues sparked the reinvention of New York City that made it what it is today. He may or may not be right, but his colorful portrayal of the Yankees' run for the World Series, the mayoral race, the hunt for the Son of Sam killer, and an infamous blackout in the Bronx is astute and enjoyable.
Adult Nonfiction Book 974.7043 M
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Cover Art: Citizens of London : the Americans who stood with Britain in its darkest, finest
Citizens of London : the Americans who stood with Britain in its darkest, finest
Olson, Lynne.
Though the alliance between the US and Great Britain during World War II has been a common subject of historians, much less has been written of the three men profiled here, who were instrumental in bridging the gap between the embattled British and the reluctant American government at the beginning of the war. The lives of John Gilbert Wynant, American ambassador, Edward R. Murrow, famous journalist, and Averell Harriman, entrepeneur, are profiled here with intelligence, depth and warmth, as are other Americans who came to England to help in the war effort. Though rich in research and detail, this book absorbs the reader from the first page.
Adult Nonfiction Book DA587 .O44 2010
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Cover Art: Running in the family /
Running in the family
Ondaatje, Michael, 1943-
A lyrical account of the author's childhood and family history in Sri Lanka. Moving, poetic, and incredibly vivid, this book brings a long gone world to life.
Adult Nonfiction Book PR9199.3.O5Z47 1993
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Cover Art: Catapult : Harry and I build a siege weapon /
Catapult : Harry and I build a siege weapon
Paul, Jim, 1950-
Catapult is, on its face, exactly what it sounds like - the writer and his friend Harry decide to build a catapult so they can throw larger rocks into San Fransisco Bay. However, in its own easy going, entertaining way, it goes deeper, becoming a story about friendship, and a history of weaponry.
Adult Nonfiction Book U875.P38 1991
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Cover Art: Loud and clear /
Loud and clear
Quindlen, Anna.
Anna Quindlen's third collection of columns is eloquent, diverse, and tremendous. She covers a wide range of issues, from her children's growth into adults to the impact of Barbie, to 9/11, with grace and wit.
Adult Nonfiction Book PS3567.U336 L68 2004
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Cover Art: Princess : a true story of life behind the veil in Saudi Arabia /
Princess : a true story of life behind the veil in Saudi Arabia
Sasson, Jean P.
The gripping story of a very privileged woman in Saudi Arabia, Princess recounts the parade of injustices visited upon her and her female relatives. The spirit and intelligence of "Sultana," a pseudonym, make her a hero the reader won't stop rooting for.
Adult Nonfiction Book HQ1729.5.S27 1992
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Cover Art: Cleopatra : a life /
Cleopatra : a life
Schiff, Stacy.
A fascinating, authoritative biography of the Egyptian queen by a Pulitzer prize - winning author. Schiff cuts through the layers of contrary stories about Cleopatra and presents the reader with a portrait of a brilliant, dynamic ruler at the crossroads of a changing world.
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 C594 2010
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Cover Art: Every man in this village is a liar : an education in war /
Every man in this village is a liar : an education in war
Stack, Megan K.
This is a raw, searing account of the effect that witnessing war can have on a person. The author, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, becomes her paper's foreign correspondent at 25, and is thrust into covering war all across the Middle East. Eloquent and humane, it was a National Book Award finalist.
Adult Nonfiction Book DS63.1 .S696 2010
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Cover Art: The sex lives of cannibals : adrift in the Equatorial Pacific /
The sex lives of cannibals : adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
Troost, J. Maarten.
This is the funniest book about Kiribati that you will ever read. Admittedly, it is not a crowded field, since very few people live in this tiny nation in the South Pacific, let alone write funny books about it, but really, no one could write a more entertaining, yet educational, book on Kiribati than this one.
Adult Nonfiction Book GN671.K57 T76 2004
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Cover Art: The midwife : a memoir of birth, joy, and hard times /
The midwife : a memoir of birth, joy, and hard times
Worth, Jennifer, 1935-2011
This is the first of a trilogy of books by Jennifer Worth about her years as a midwife in London's East End during the 1950's. She moves to a convent to work with the nuns in the community and meets a variety of memorable people - a woman with 24 children, the local crazy woman, and a man who loses his young wife to complications of pregnancy. Call the Midwife is the DVD series based on these books.
Adult Nonfiction Book 618.2 W 2009
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