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Dolly Parton, Songteller by Dolly Parton

Beloved singer-songwriter Dolly Parton looks back on her life by exploring the lyrics of her songs. The book includes inspiring anecdotes spanning from childhood to the current pandemic, as well as never-before-seen photographs and memorabilia.

The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

In 1986, a man named Christopher Knight entered the forests of Maine and lived there, alone and undetected, for 27 years before being arrested for stealing food from nearby cabins.

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Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Perhaps best known as a television presenter and writer/producer of the show Pose, Janet Mock is also an activist for transgender rights. Redefining Realness is Mock’s frank and open memoir about growing up trans in America.

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Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Chef Anthony Bourdain was one of food’s biggest personalities, which translated into critically acclaimed restaurants, best-selling books, and popular television shows. This memoir was the exploration of the wild life on the food scene that introduced Bourdain to the world.

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Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien

In the 1920s and 30s, airplane racing was all the rage — for men. Fly Girls brings back into the spotlight the lives of five trailblazing women who fought to fly right through the glass ceiling.

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Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough

Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th US president, is often remembered as a tough soldier and rugged outdoorsman. Mornings on Horseback explores Roosevelt’s youth as a seriously ill asthmatic, surrounded by his larger-than-life family and notable figures like Abraham Lincoln and Mrs. John Jacob Astor.

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In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero

You may recognize actress Diane Guerrero from her roles in Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, but her moving memoir explores her youth as an American citizen with undocumented parents who were deported without her.

The Color of Water by James McBride

Author James McBride is a National Book Award-winning writer of fiction, but in this book he writes a touching memoir about his mother, Ruth. It was only as an adult that McBride learned that his self-described “light-skinned” mother had a difficult childhood, including being born Jewish in Poland during the pogroms.

In Pieces by Sally Field

Sally Field has long been one of America’s favorite actors, both for her fresh-faced charm and for her formidable abilities. In her recent memoir, she opens up as never before about her personal life, exploring her experiences and relationships with honesty and openness.

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The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

Helen Keller is often celebrated as a deafblind woman of great accomplishment at a time when people with disabilities saw very little opportunity. This memoir of her youth, education, and political activism brings into focus her remarkable achievements.

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