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Desert Flower: the Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad by Waris Dirie

This memoir explores the life of Waris Dirie, recognized by many for her work as a model, and by others for her advocacy for human rights and a battle against female genital mutilation. The reader follows her from her early … Continue reading

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Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oufkir

Stolen Lives recounts the story of Malika Oufkir, whose father was the closest aide to the King of Morocco. We follow Malika from the age of five, as she is raised in the palace as the princess’ companion. While life in the harem is … Continue reading

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Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

While Letters from Skye trods the familiar path of star-crossed lovers across the ages, Jessica Brockmole infuses her tale with such lyrical charm that romance readers can relax and enjoy this gentle summer read at the beach or in the back yard. … Continue reading

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A Man Called Destruction: the Life and Music of Alex Chilton From Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man by Holly George-Warren

Holly George-Warren’s new biography on Alex Chilton, A Man Called Destruction: the Life and Music of Alex Chilton From Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man, is a true cautionary tale, especially if you’re planning on becoming a rock … Continue reading

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The Reason I Jump: the Inner Voice of a Thirteen-year-old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida

Naoki Higashida is a thirteen-year-old boy with autism so severe that he cannot speak aloud.  But using an alphabet grid, he–letter by letter–has composed this missive from the depths of autism, revealing that a clever mind and keen perception lie … Continue reading

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West With the Night by Beryl Markham

West With the Night is a literary time capsule that transports the listener to the African plains of the early 1900’s.  Those lucky enough to listen to this book will be captivated as Julie Harris so gently reads Beryl Markham’s … Continue reading

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Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller

Most of us have a general sense of what hoarding is, from popular TV shows such as Hoarders and other news programs. We’ve seen the pictures and heard the horror stories of the type of conditions that people live in when they … Continue reading

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Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large by William Shatner

Similar to Tina Fay’s Bossy Pants, William Shatner’s Shatner Rules might possibly be better in audio than written form. Narrated by the great Captain Kirk himself, the audio version feels as if you’re watching a personal interview with Mr. Shatner. Whether reading or listening, if … Continue reading

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Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations by Peter Evans

Biographer Peter Evans might have published the definitive biography of Ava Gardner around the time of her death in 1990, but Gardner backed out after learning that former husband, Frank Sinatra, sued Evans about an earlier manuscript suggesting that Sinatra … Continue reading

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Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection by A. J. Jacobs (CD Audio)

I’ve been a fan of A. .J. Jacobs since I read 2007’s hilarious and thought-provoking The Year of Living Biblically, so I anticipated enjoying the author’s latest quest for self-improvement, Drop Dead Healthy.  I wasn’t disappointed.  A. .J. Jacobs chronicles … Continue reading

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