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Louis Zamperini Dies at 97

Louis Zamperini, the subject of Laura Hillenbrand’s bestseller Unbroken, died on July 2 at the age of 97. At age 19, Zamperini participated in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games as a long-distance runner. When WWII broke out, he joined the US Army Air Forces and served as a bombadier in the South Pacific. In April, […]

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Books on The Madness of Mental Illness

According to the World Health Organization, over 450 million people worldwide suffer from mental illness of some variety. From depression and mood disorders to paranoid schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder, countless books have been written about the subject in an effort to explore, understand or cope with it. From informational texts like the Diagnostic and […]

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Forgotten Memoirs: Life is Never Ordinary

Many memoirs, highly rated at the time of publication, slip into obscurity and fade away. We have dusted off a selection of the best memoirs from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s that deserve to be revisited. These books cover fishing, war, show business, colonial life, education, Soviet Russia, museums and the most common memoir theme, […]

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Joseph Merrick: The Elephant Man & the History of the Human Sideshow

August 5th 2012 Next month marks the 150th birthday of Joseph Merrick. Arguably the world’s most famous freak, the so-called “Elephant Man” lived in 19th-century England, and was part of human curiosity exhibits. Not so long ago, people with unusual physical attributes were fair game for gawking, in circuses and sideshows. Arguments both for and […]

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A Very Young Dancer; all grown up

In 1976 photographer Jill Krementz decided to chronicle the day to day life of a 10-year-old student named Stephanie. The story follows her attendance at the School of American Ballet in New York through to being chosen for the starring role of Marie in George Balanchine‘s presentation of The Nutcracker. The book was called A […]

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Was Jane Austen Murdered?

Her hair tested positive for arsenic. She complained of skin discoloration. Was Jane Austen murdered? Lindsay Ashford’s new fictionalized account is on the case.

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Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

“Van Gogh: The Life” by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith is an in-depth biography of Vincent Van Gogh that claims Van Gogh’s death was not a suicide, but an accidental shooting covered up.

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Gandhi’s Bi…ography: More Book Controversy

At least one Indian state has proposed a ban on the new biography of Mohandas Gandhi – “Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and his Struggle with India, by Joseph Lelyveld.”

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Jay Z & Justin Bieber on November’s bestselling signed book list

Shocking news from AbeBooks this week – Jay Z and Justin Bieber appear on AbeBooks’ list of the top bestselling signed books of November. AbeBooks, of course, is famous for selling unique antiquarian books from centuries past, amazing first editions from the legends of literature like Steinbeck or Hemingway and some of the most beautiful […]

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Roberto Bolaño Would Have Preferred to Have Been a Homicide Detective

Author Roberto Bolaño admitted he’d rather have been investigating murders.

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