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  • Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fenceby Doris Pilkington

    University of Queensland Press 2013; US$ 12.99

    This extraordinary story of courage and faith is based on the actual experiences of three girls who fled from the repressive life of Moore River Native Settlement, following along the rabbit-proof fence back to their homelands. Assimilationist policy dictated that these girls be taken from their kin and their homes in order to be made white. Settlement... more...

  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklinby Benjamin Franklin

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 0.99

    Charming self-portrait covers boyhood, work as a printer, political career, scientific experiments, much more. Its openness, honesty, and readable style have made the Autobiography one of the great classics of the genre. more...

  • Travels in Alaskaby John Muir

    The Floating Press 2012; US$ 3.99 US$ 3.47

    No armchair naturalist, renowned conservationist John Muir was a rugged explorer who stoked his love for nature with strenuous hikes and demanding expeditions. Travels in Alaska recounts Muir's 1899 journey to the northern frontier with a crew of scientists, as well as some of his subsequent sojourns in the region. more...

  • Typhoid Maryby Judith Walzer Leavitt

    Beacon Press 2014; US$ 25.00

    She was an Irish immigrant cook. Between 1900 and 1907, she infected twenty-two New Yorkers with typhoid fever through her puddings and cakes; one of them died. Tracked down through epidemiological detective work, she was finally apprehended as she hid behind a barricade of trashcans. To protect the public's health, authorities isolated her on Manhattan's... more...

  • Jarheadby Anthony Swofford

    Scribner 2005; US$ 11.99

    Anthony Swofford's Jarhead is the first Gulf War memoir by a frontline infantry marine, and it is a searing, unforgettable narrative. When the marines -- or "jarheads," as they call themselves -- were sent in 1990 to Saudi Arabia to fight the Iraqis, Swofford was there, with a hundred-pound pack on his shoulders and a sniper's rifle in his hands.... more...

  • Life Is So Goodby George Dawson; Richard Glaubman

    Random House Publishing Group 2000; US$ 16.00

    One man’s extraordinary journey through the twentieth century and how he learned to read at age 98   “Things will be all right. People need to hear that. Life is good, just as it is. There isn’t anything I would change about my life.”—George Dawson   In this remarkable book, George Dawson, a slave’s grandson who learned to read at age 98... more...

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern Worldby Jack Weatherford

    Crown/Archetype 2005; US$ 16.00

    The name Genghis Khan often conjures the image of a relentless, bloodthirsty barbarian on horseback leading a ruthless band of nomadic warriors in the looting of the civilized world. But the surprising truth is that Genghis Khan was a visionary leader whose conquests joined backward Europe with the flourishing cultures of Asia to trigger a global awakening,... more...

  • Iran Awakeningby Shirin Ebadi; Azadeh Moaveni

    Random House Publishing Group 2006; US$ 13.98

    A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK The moving, inspiring memoir of one of the great women of our times, Shirin Ebadi, winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize and advocate for the oppressed, whose spirit has remained strong in the face of political persecution and despite the challenges she has faced raising a family while pursuing her work. Best... more...

  • Shakespeareby Bill Bryson

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 8.99

    William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself. Bryson documents the efforts... more...

  • Lieutenant Nunby Catalina De Erauso

    Beacon Press 2011; US$ 18.00

    One of the earliest known autobiographies by a woman, this is the extraordinary tale of Catalina de Erauso, who in 1599 escaped from a Basque convent dressed as a man and went on to live one of the most wildly fantastic lives of any woman in history. A soldier in the Spanish army, she traveled to Peru and Chile, became a gambler, and even mistakenly... more...