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Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books

by William Kuhn

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis never wrote a memoir, but she told her life story and revealed herself in intimate ways through the nearly 100 books she brought into print during the last two decades of her life...


The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

by Denise Kiernan

THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC C ITY

AT THE HEIGHT OF WORLD WAR II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands...


Until I Say Good-Bye

by Susan Spencer-Wendel & Bret Witter

In June 2011, Susan Spencer-Wendel learned she had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)—Lou Gehrig's disease—an irreversible condition that systematically destroys the nerves that power the muscles. She was...


Desert Queen

by Janet Wallach

Turning her back on her privileged life in Victorian England, Gertrude Bell (1868-1926), fired by her innate curiosity, journeyed the world and became fascinated with all things Arab. Traveling the length and...


Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball

by Stefan Kanfer

As a movie actress Lucille Ball was, in her own words, “queen of the B-pluses.” But on the small screen she was a superstar–arguably the funniest and most enduring in the history of TV. In this exemplary...


Impossible Motherhood: Testimony of An Abortion Addict

by Irene Vilar & Robin Morgan

Irene Vilar was just a pliant young college undergraduate in thrall to her professor when they embarked on a relationship that led to marriage—a union of impossible odds—and fifteen abortions in fifteen...


Queen of Fashion

by Caroline Weber

In this dazzling new vision of the ever-fascinating queen, a dynamic young historian reveals how Marie Antoinette's bold attempts to reshape royal fashion changed the future of France

Marie Antoinette has always...


Mockingbird

by Charles J. Shields

The colorful life of the remarkable woman who created To Kill a Mockingbird—the classic that became a touchstone for generations of Americans

To Kill a Mockingbird, the twentieth-century’s most widely read...


Natalie: A Memoir About Natalie Wood by Her Sister

by Lana Wood

This New York Times bestseller is the most intimate possible remembrance of Natalie Wood's tempestuous life and tragic death. A book that only Natalie Wood's sister could have written - a warm but unflinchingly...


The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family

by Mary S. Lovell

"Fascinating, the way all great family stories are fascinating."—Robert Gottlieb, New York Times Book Review This is the story of a close, loving family splintered by the violent ideologies of Europe between...


Tenterfield: My Happy Childhood in Care

by Margaret Irvine

Margaret Irvine was the youngest of twelve children, and was taken into local council care aged 2. She was brought up in Tenterfield House, with 39 other children, and this is her story of her happy life there,...


Around The World On Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride

by Peter Zheutlin

"Peter Zheutlin's thoroughly researched account will make you wish you'd been around to catch a glimpse of the extraordinary woman as she went wheeling by." --Bill Littlefield, National Public Radio's Only A...


Jane Austen: A Life

by Claire Tomalin

   At her death in 1817, Jane Austen left the world six of the most beloved novels written in English—but her shortsighted family destroyed the bulk of her letters; and if she kept any diaries, they did...


The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives

by Cheryl Jarvis

The true story of thirteen women who took a risk on an expensive diamond necklace and, in the process, changed not only themselves but a community.

Four years ago, in Ventura, California, Jonell McLain saw a...


The Girls of Room 28: Friendship, Hope, and Survival in Theresienstadt

by Hannelore Brenner

From 1942 to 1944, twelve thousand children passed through the Theresienstadt internment camp, near Prague, on their way to Auschwitz. Only a few hundred of them survived the war. In The Girls of Room 28, ten...


My Point...and I Do Have One

by Ellen DeGeneres

In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Ellen DeGeneres shares her hilarious take on everything from our most baffling human foibles–including how we behave in elevators, airplanes, and restrooms, and why we’re...


Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life

by Lisa Chaney

The controversial story of Chanel, the twentieth century's foremost fashion icon

Revolutionizing women's dress, Gabrielle "Coco'' Chanel was the twentieth century's most influential designer. Her extraordinary...


A Daughter of Han: The Autobiography of a Chinese Working Woman

by Ida Pruitt

This digital edition was derived from ACLS Humanities E-Book's (http://www.humanitiesebook.org) online version of the same title.


Elizabeth Regina

by Alison Plowden

Biography of the life and reign of Elizabeth I of England, who ruled for 45 years from 1558.


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