Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow

April 7, 2014

Summary (from the publisher): John D. Rockefeller, Sr.–history’s first billionaire and the patriarch of America’s most famous dynasty–is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians. Now Ron Chernow, the National Book Award-winning biographer of the Morgan and Warburg banking families, gives us a history of the mogul “etched with uncommon objectivity […]

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The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams by Ben Bradlee, Jr.

March 24, 2014

Summary (from the publisher): Williams was the best hitter in baseball history. His batting average of .406 in 1941 has not been topped since, and no player who has hit more than 500 home runs has a higher career batting average. Those totals would have been even higher if Williams had not left baseball for […]

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Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation by Aisha Tyler

December 16, 2013

Summary (from the publisher): In her book Self-Inflicted Wounds, comedian, actress, and cohost of CBS’s daytime hit show The Talk, Aisha Tyler recounts a series of epic mistakes and hilarious stories of crushing personal humiliation, and the personal insights and authentic wisdom she gathered along the way. The essays in Self-Inflicted Wounds are refreshingly and […]

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High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly by Donald Spoto

September 9, 2013

Summary (from the publisher): Drawing on his unprecedented access to Grace Kelly, bestselling biographer Donald Spoto at last offers an intimate, honest, and authoritative portrait of one of Hollywood’s legendary actresses. In just seven years–from 1950 through 1956–Grace Kelly embarked on a whirlwind career that included roles in eleven movies. From the principled Amy Fowler […]

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The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

July 16, 2013

Summary (from the publisher): During her treatment for cancer, Mary Anne Schwalbe and her son Will spent many hours sitting in waiting rooms together. To pass the time, they would talk about the books they were reading. Once, by chance, they read the same book at the same time—and an informal book club of two […]

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A Dog Called Perth by Peter Martin

June 16, 2013

Summary (from the publisher): From the instant they spotted the forlorn puppy in the kennel, Cindy and Peter Martin knew she was the one for them. Refusing to remain a mere pet, Perth becomes an adored member of the household, and embodies the young couple’s dreams. The Martins swear to always let Perth run free, […]

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Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin

May 13, 2013

Summary (from the publisher): Award-winning author Claire Tomalin sets the standard for sophisticated and popular biography, having written lives of Jane Austen, Samuel Pepys, and Thomas Hardy, among others. Here she tackles the best recognized and loved man of nineteenth-century England, Charles Dickens; a literary leviathan whose own difficult path to greatness inspired the creation […]

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The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee by Sarah Silverman

May 10, 2013

Description (from the publisher): Warning from publisher to reader: At HarperCollins, we are committed to customer satisfaction. Before proceeding with your purchase, please take the following questionnaire to determine your likelihood of enjoying this book: 1. Which of the following do you appreciate? (a) Women with somewhat horse-ish facial features. (b) Women who, while not […]

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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

April 12, 2013

Summary (from the publisher): Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century—1951—in the middle of the United States—Des Moines, Iowa—in the middle of the largest generation in American history—the baby boomers. As one of the best and funniest writers alive, he is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American […]

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Elaine’s Circle: A Teacher, A Student, A Classroom and One Unforgettable Year

April 3, 2013

Summary (from the publisher): Elaine Moore, a veteran teacher in Eagle River, Alaska, is a firm believer that the classroom is, first and foremost, a community—and that learning is best when shared in a circle of peers. When one of her students, ten-year-old Seamus Farrell, is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, Elaine, her students, and […]

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