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    • ZEALOT : The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
      ZEALOT : The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
      Reza Aslan.
      This work presents a meticulously researched biography of Jesus that draws on biblical and historical sources to place his achievements and influence against the turbulent backdrop of his time. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, the author sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus Christ through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor. Scores of Jewish prophets, preachers, and would-be messiahs wandered through the Holy Land, bearing messages from God. This was the age of zealotry, a fervent nationalism that made resistance to the Roman occupation a sacred duty incumbent on all Jews. And few figures better exemplified this principle than the charismatic Galilean who defied both the imperial authorities and their allies in the Jewish religious hierarchy.
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    • Barefoot to billionaire : reflections on a life's work and a promise to cure cancer
    • Victoria : a life
      Victoria : a life
      A.N. Wilson.
      Wilson explores the curious set of circumstances that led to Victoria's coronation, her strange and isolated childhood, her passionate marriage to Prince Albert and his pivotal influence even after death and her widowhood and subsequent intimate friendship with her Highland servant John Brown, all set against the backdrop of a momentous epoch in Britain's history -- and the world's.
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    • The marquis : Lafayette reconsidered
    • Isabella : the warrior queen
      Isabella : the warrior queen
      Kirstin Downey.
      Drawing on new scholarship, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Woman Behind the New Deal presents a biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus' journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition and became one of the most influential female rulers in history.
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    • The woman who would be king
      The woman who would be king
      Kara Cooney.
      A portrait of the longest-reigning woman pharaoh in Ancient Egypt draws on surviving artifacts to consider her unprecedented rise, her achievements and why most of her monuments were destroyed after her death.
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    • Death of a King : the real story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final year
      Death of a King : the real story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final year
      Tavis Smiley
      Presents a revealing and dramatic chronicle of the 12 months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.
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    • The return of George Washington : 1783-1789
    • Embattled rebel : Jefferson Davis as commander in chief
      Embattled rebel : Jefferson Davis as commander in chief
      James M. McPherson.
      From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, a powerful new reckoning with Jefferson Davis as military commander of the Confederacy shows how Davis shaped and articulated the principal policy of the Confederacy with clarity and force and, like no other chief executive in American history, exercised a tenacious hands-on influence in the shaping of military strategy.
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    • Liar, temptress, soldier, spy : four women undercover in the Civil War
      Liar, temptress, soldier, spy : four women undercover in the Civil War
      Karen Abbott.
      "The never-before-told story of four real-life women who risked everything to take on a life of espionage during the Civil War"--Provided by publisher.
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    • On his own terms : a life of Nelson Rockefeller
      On his own terms : a life of Nelson Rockefeller
      Richard Norton Smith.
      The definitive life of one of the most complex and compelling figures of the twentieth century, this biography draws on thousands of newly available documents and interviews, including Rockefeller's own unpublished reminiscences. Grandson of oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, Nelson coveted the White House from childhood. Before he was thirty he had helped his father develop Rockefeller Center and his mother establish the Museum of Modern Art. At 32 he was Franklin Roosevelt's wartime coordinator for Latin America. As New York's four-term governor he set national standards in education, the environment, and urban policy. The charismatic face of liberal Republicanism, Rockefeller championed civil rights and health insurance for all. Three times he sought the presidency--arguably in the wrong party. At the Republican National Convention in San Francisco in 1964, locked in an epic battle with Barry Goldwater, Rockefeller denounced extremist elements in the GOP, a moment that changed the party forever. But he could not wrest the nomination from the Arizona conservative, or from Richard Nixon four years later. In the end, he had to settle for two dispiriting years as vice president under Gerald Ford. Here, historian Richard Norton Smith re-creates Rockefeller's improbable rise to the governor's mansion, his politically disastrous divorce and remarriage, and his often surprising relationships with presidents and political leaders from FDR to Henry Kissinger. From the deadly 1971 prison uprising at Attica and unceasing battles with New York City mayor John Lindsay to his son's unsolved disappearance, the punitive drug laws that bear his name, and the much-gossiped-about circumstances of his death, Nelson Rockefeller's was a life of astonishing color, range, and relevance.--From publisher description.
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    • The Roosevelts : an intimate history
      The Roosevelts : an intimate history
      Geoffrey C. Ward
      An extraordinarily vivid and personal portrait of America's greatest political family and its enormous impact on our nation--the tie-in volume to the PBS documentary to air in the fall of 2014.
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    • Outpost : life on the frontlines of American diplomacy : a memoir
      Outpost : life on the frontlines of American diplomacy : a memoir
      Christopher R. Hill.
      An "inside the room" memoir from one of our most distinguished ambassadors who, in a career of service to the country, was sent to some of the most dangerous outposts of American diplomacy -- from the wars in the Balkans to the brutality of North Korea to the endless war in Iraq.
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    • Off the sidelines : raise your voice, change the world
    • Mayor for life : the incredible story of Marion Barry, Jr.
      Mayor for life : the incredible story of Marion Barry, Jr.
      Marion Barry, Jr. and Omar Tyree.
      Four-time mayor of Washington, DC, Marion Barry, Jr. tells his shocking and courageous life story, beginning in the cotton fields in Mississippi to the executive offices of one of the most powerful cities in the world. Known nationally as the disgraced mayor caught on camera smoking crack cocaine in a downtown hotel room with a mistress, Marion Barry Jr. has led a controversial career. This provocative, captivating narrative follows the Civil Rights activist, going back to his Mississippi roots, his Memphis upbringing, and his academic school days, up through his college years and move to Washington, DC, where he became actively involved in Civil Rights, community activism, and bold politics. In Mayor for Life, Marion Barry, Jr. tells all--including the story of his campaigns for mayor of Washington, his ultimate rise to power, his personal struggles and downfalls, and the night of embarrassment, followed by his term in federal prison and ultimately a victorious fourth term as mayor. From the man who, despite the setbacks, boldly served the community of Washington, DC. This is his full story of courage, empowerment, hope, tragedy, triumph, and inspiration.
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    • Scribe : my life in sports
      Scribe : my life in sports
      Bob Ryan.
      A respected sportswriter for the "Boston Globe" traces his early love of sports, experiences as a dedicated fan, and human observations behind pivotal sports moments. --Publisher's description.
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    • Michael Jordan : the life
      Michael Jordan : the life
      Roland Lazenby.
      Traces the life of one of the most legendary basketball players in the history of the sport, drawing upon interviews with Jordan's friends, family, and teammates, and following his career from college to the NBA.
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    • Undisputed truth
      Undisputed truth
      Mike Tyson with Larry Sloman.
      "A bare-knuckled, tell-all memoir from Mike Tyson, the onetime heavyweight champion of the world--and a legend both in and out of the ring"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Good Chinese wife : a love affair with China gone wrong
      Good Chinese wife : a love affair with China gone wrong
      Susan Blumberg-Kason.
      "When Susan, a shy Midwesterner in love with Chinese culture, started graduate school in Hong Kong, she quickly fell for Cai, the Chinese man of her dreams. As they exchanged vows, Susan thought she'd stumbled into an exotic fairy tale, until she realized Cai-- and his culture-- were not what she thought."--Page 4 of cover.
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    • Valerie Solanas : the defiant life of the woman who wrote Scum (and shot Andy Warhol)
      Valerie Solanas : the defiant life of the woman who wrote Scum (and shot Andy Warhol)
      Breanne Fahs.
      Presents the life and philosophies of Valerie Solanas, a feminist extremist who outlined in her "SCUM Manifesto" her vision for a radical gender dystopia and who shot Andy Warhol in 1968.
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    • Breaking in : the rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the politics of justice
      Breaking in : the rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the politics of justice
      Joan Biskupic.
      "From a leading judicial biographer comes the untold story of Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Supreme Court justice. To become the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, Sonia Sotomayor went against the odds. Her historic appointment in 2009--made by President Obama, whose own 2008 victory appeared improbable--flowed from cultural and political changes in America that helped lift up this daughter of a Puerto Rican nurse and a factory worker. Sotomayor saw opportunities and, with street smarts and savvy, she seized them. In Breaking In, journalist Joan Biskupic weaves a political narrative centered on Sotomayor's fortuitous timing and personal striving. From housing projects in the Bronx to Princeton University and Yale Law School, Sotomayor's life tracked the ascent of Latinos in America. Along the way, she elicited admiration and, as a self-described "affirmative action baby," resentment. At every step in her climb to the federal bench, she almost did not make it. As Biskupic reveals with extensive research and reporting, Sotomayor developed the connections to navigate a system known for ravaging nominees, especially when race or ethnicity was an element. Obtaining close access to Sotomayor and interviews with the other justices, Biskupic shows how Sotomayor challenges an institution where justices, as a group, have been relatively bland and socially conforming even as they differ radically on the law. In a book that picks up where Sotomayor's bestselling memoir left off, Biskupic explores the difference this justice is making"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • The beat of my own drum : a memoir
      The beat of my own drum : a memoir
      Sheila E. with Wendy Holden.
      Provides "a walk through four decades of Latin and pop music--from Sheila's tours with Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, Prince, and Ringo Starr--to her own solo career. At the same time, it's also a heartbreaking, ultimately redemptive look at how the sanctity of music can save a persons life"--Dust jacket flap.
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    • Bowie : the biography
      Bowie : the biography
      Wendy Leigh.
      In an unexpurgated exploration of Bowie's kaleidoscopic personal life, biographer Leigh reveals his star-crossed inheritance--his mother was once an acolyte of the British Fascist party; his father, the PR genius who masterminded his early career--in a dramatic contrast to those family members grappling with mental illness, fears that would haunt Bowie for most of his life. Above all, there is Bowie's hard won rise to fame and fortune, his astounding creativity, his courage as a performer, and his shape-shifting style, coupled with a ruthless ambition that caused him to submit to the casting couch on his way to the top. In the process, Leigh tells of Bowie's strong bond with John Lennon, his love/hate relationship with Mick Jagger, his male sexual partners, and his women, as disparate as Elizabeth Taylor, Susan Sarandon, Tina Turner, Marianne Faithful, Nina Simone, and most notable, his marriage to Iman, which has lasted for the past quarter of a century. Featuring a sixteen-page insert with many never-before-seen photographs of David Bowie and those close to him, this biography is a once in a lifetime look at the iconic superstar who changed the world.
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    • Unbreak my heart : a memoir
      Unbreak my heart : a memoir
      Toni Braxton.
      The singer and star of "Braxton Family Values" reveals the measures she took to make herself and her family whole again after heart ailments and a diagnosis of lupus forced her to let go of her past and take charge of her own healing--physically and spiritually.
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    • Brothas be, yo like George, ain't that funkin' kinda hard on you?
    • Respect : the life of Aretha Franklin
      Respect : the life of Aretha Franklin
      David Ritz.
      Aretha Franklin began life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother, she was a gospel prodigy who gave birth to two sons in her teens and left them and her native Detroit for New York, where she struggled to find her true voice. She found fame, fortune, and that remarkable voice in 1967 with "Respect" and a rapid-fire string of hits. Aretha turned the industry on its head by refueling pop with heavy soul. The Queen of Soul had survived, and arrived. In Respect, David Ritz uses exclusive interviews with her closest family, friends, and associates to write movingly of Aretha's path and the extraordinary highs and deep lows she encountered along the way. Just as she was reestablishing her divadom in the 1980s with hist life "Freeway of Love," personal tragedy--the deaths of he father, sisters, and bother--threw her into isolation. Whenever it seems the Queen has relinquished her reign, she appears in scenes of ever grater drama and national significance. In 1998, when an ailing Luciano Pavarotti could not appear at the Grammy Awards, she came out of the shadows and stunned the world with a version of "Nessun Dorma" that was pure pop soul. From the moving elegies she performed at the funerals of Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks to her dramatic performance at President Obama's first inauguration, Aretha has become our nation's voice. Again and again, Aretha Franklin stubbornly finds a way to triumph over troubles, conquering them even as they continue to build. Her hold on her crown is tenacious, and in Respect, David Ritz gives us the decisive and definitive study of one of the greatest talents in all of American culture.--Dust jacket flap.
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    • Billy Joel : the definitive biography
      Billy Joel : the definitive biography
      Fred Schruers.
      Schruers provides an unfettered look at into Billy Joel's journey from a pint-sized kid growing up in a cookie-cutter Long Island suburb to a rockstar of monumental success, and the person that remains behind his iconic status.
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    • Brian Jones : the making of the Rolling Stones
      Brian Jones : the making of the Rolling Stones
      Paul Trunka.
      For the first time, the complete story of the enigmatic founder of the Rolling Stones and the early years of the band. Brian Jones was the golden boy of the Rolling Stones, the visionary who gave the band its name and its sound. Yet he was a haunted man, and much of his brief time with the band, before his death in 1969 at the infamous age of twenty-seven, was volatile and tragic. Some of the details of how Jones was dethroned are well known, but the full story of his downfall is still largely untold. Brian Jones is a forensic, thrilling account of Jones' life, which for the first time details his pioneering achievements and messy unraveling. With more than 120 new interviews, Trynka offers countless new revelations and sets straight the tall tales that have long marred Jones' legacy. His story is a gripping battle between creativity and ambition, between self-sabotage and betrayal. It's all here: the girlfriends, the drugs, and some of the greatest music of all time. Victors get to write history, but it's rarely fully true. The complete, magnificent story of the Rolling Stones can never be told until we disentangle all the threads and put Brian Jones back in the foreground.
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    • Elvis & Ginger
      Elvis & Ginger
      Ginger Alden.
      "Elvis Presley's fiancee and last love finally tells her story"--Subtitle on jacket.
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    • Special deluxe : [a memoir of life & cars]
      Special deluxe : [a memoir of life & cars]
      Neil Young
      The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee traces his six-decade career through the cars he has owned, discussing how they are reflecting new understandings about the environmental impact of automobiles.
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    • I'm the man : the story of that guy from Anthrax
    • The Band : pioneers of Americana music
    • U2 : the definitive biography
      U2 : the definitive biography
      John Jobling.
      "John Jobling takes readers beyond the myth in this unauthorized biography to present the first comprehensive account of the illustrious Irish rockers in 25 years. Drawing on extensive interviews with insiders including record label scouts, studio presidents, politicians, music critics, and childhood friends, Jobling investigates the U2's most personal relationships and controversial business practices, delivering a vivid portrait that traces the rock phenomenon from its conception to post-punk champions to political crusaders. Filled with captivating revelations, reader will learn: How Bono, the Edge, and Larry Mullen, Jr. worshipped with a Charismatic Christian church that practiced speaking in tongues during the band's early days Insider stories of the genesis and recording of classic albums such as The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby Creative tensions within the band and power struggles among management How the disappointments of the Rattle and Hum film and PopMart Tour spurred the band to greater creative heights Both the successes and controversies of Bono's wide-sweeping philanthropic and political ventures The disconnect between the band's personal lives and public personas Sure to inspire debate with every music lover, this book humanizes the band and paints an honest picture of a band's rise to the top, plunging into the heart and underlying soul of this iconic rock and roll band"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Rihanna
      Rihanna
      photographs and concept by Simon Henwood.

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    • Not that kind of girl : a young woman tells you what she's "learned"
      Not that kind of girl : a young woman tells you what she's "learned"
      Lena Dunham.
      "If I could take what I've learned and make one menial job easier for you, or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine was worthwhile. I'm already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you, but also my future glory in having stopped you from trying an expensive juice cleanse or thinking that it was your fault when the person you are dating suddenly backs away, intimidated by the clarity of your personal mission here on earth. No, I am not a sexpert, a psychologist or a dietician. I am not a mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in having it all, and what follows are hopeful dispatches from the frontlines of that struggle."-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Even this I get to experience
      Even this I get to experience
      Norman Lear.
      The legendary creator of iconic television programs All in the Family, Sanford and Son, Maude, Good Times, The Jeffersons, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Norman Lear remade our television culture, while leading a life of unparalleled political, civic, and social involvement. Sharing the wealth of Lear's ninety years, this is a memoir as touching and remarkable as the life he has led.
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    • Cosby : his life and times
      Cosby : his life and times
      Mark Whitaker.
      "The first major biography of an American icon, comedian Bill Cosby. Based on extensive research and in-depth interviews with Cosby and more than sixty of his closest friends and associates, it is a frank, fun and fascinating account of his life and historic legacy. Far from the gentle worlds of his routines or TV shows, Cosby grew up in a Philadelphia housing project, the son of an alcoholic, largely absent father and a loving but overworked mother. With novelistic detail, award winning journalist Mark Whitaker tells the story of how, after dropping out of high school, Cosby turned his life around by joining the Navy, talking his way into college, and seizing his first breaks as a stand-up comedian. Published on the 30th anniversary of The Cosby Show, the book reveals the behind-the-scenes story of that groundbreaking sitcom as well as Cosby's bestselling albums, breakout role on I Spy, and pioneering place in children's TV. But it also deals with professional setbacks and personal dramas, from an affair that sparked public scandal to the murder of his only son, and the private influence of his wife of fifty years, Camille Cosby. Whitaker explores the roots of Cosby's controversial stands on race, as well as "the Cosby effect" that helped pave the way for a black president. For any fan of Bill Cosby's work, and any student of American television, comedy, or social history, Cosby: His Life and Times is an essential read. "-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Not my father's son : a memoir
    • Easy Street (the hard way) : a memoir
      Easy Street (the hard way) : a memoir
      Ron Perlman with Michael Largo
      "The engaging, passionate, always-honest, and often-hilarious memoir of actor Ron Perlman-his triumphant story of perseverance and determination navigating the slippery slopes of Hollywood.
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    • Yes please
      Yes please
      Amy Poehler.
      The actress best known for her work on "Parks and Recreation" and "Saturday Night Live" reveals personal stories and offers her humorous take on such topics as love, friendship, parenthood, and her relationship with Tina Fey.
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    • The news sorority : Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour-- and the (ongoing, imperfect, complicated) triumph of women in TV news
      The news sorority : Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour-- and the (ongoing, imperfect, complicated) triumph of women in TV news
      Sheila Weller.
      For decades, women battered the walls of the male fortress of television journalism, until finally three -- Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, and Christiane Amanpour - broke through, definitively remaking America's nightly news. Drawing on exclusive interviews with their colleagues and intimates from childhood on, bestselling author Sheila Weller crafts a lively and eye-opening narrative, revealing the combination of ambition, skill, and character that enabled these three singular women to infiltrate the once impenetrable "boys club" and become cultural icons.
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    • Fire shut up in my bones : a memoir
      Fire shut up in my bones : a memoir
      Charles M. Blow.
      "New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow mines the compelling poetry of the out-of-time African-American Louisiana town where he grew up--a place where slavery's legacy felt astonishingly close, reverberating in the elders' stories and in the near-constant wash of violence"--Amazon.com.
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    • Eat, drink & remarry : confessions of a serial wife
    • Smoke gets in your eyes : and other lessons from the crematory
      Smoke gets in your eyes : and other lessons from the crematory
      Caitlin Doughty.
      The blogger behind the popular Web series Ask a Mortician describes her experiences working at a crematory, including how she sometimes got ashes on her clothes and how she cared for bodies of all shapes and sizes.
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    • Then came life : living with courage, spirit, and gratitude after breast cancer
      Then came life : living with courage, spirit, and gratitude after breast cancer
      Geralyn Lucas.
      Challenges women who have had difficult setbacks to connect with their inner strength and approach life optimistically while tracing how the author embraced her second chance at life to reinvent herself.
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    • Mademoiselle : Coco Chanel and the pulse of history
      Mademoiselle : Coco Chanel and the pulse of history
      Rhonda K. Garelick.
      "Little black dresses. Fake pearls. Jersey knit. Blazers. Ballet flats. Today--and for nearly the last hundred years--we all see some version of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel every time we pass a woman on the street. But few among us realize that Chanel's role in the events of the twentieth century was as pervasive as her influence on fashion, or how deeply she absorbed and then brilliantly reimagined the historical currents around her. Here, with unprecedented detail and ambition--and through fascinating, thoroughly researched portraits of Chanel's lovers and friends--Rhonda Garelick shows us the Chanel who conquered the world . . . a woman who thirsted to create others in her image, who ruthlessly and innovatively borrowed from her famous (and infamous) intimates, who understood the idea of branding and image well ahead of her time, who created "wearable personality." This is Chanel at the nexus of history: a woman of daring, passion, and legendary vision, in a wonderful biography that gives her long-awaited due"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • I'll drink to that : a life in in style, with a twist
    • The roots of style : weaving together life, love & fashion
      The roots of style : weaving together life, love & fashion
      Isabel Toledo
      The renowned fashion designer discusses her life, work process, inspirations, and experiences, and offers guidance for women to enhance their sense of style.
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    • The woman I wanted to be
      The woman I wanted to be
      Diane von Furstenberg.
      "Von Furstenberg reflects on her extraordinary life from childhood in Brussels to her days as a young, jet-set princess, to creating the dress that came to symbolize independence and power for an entire generation of women, ... [mining] the rich territory of what it means to be a woman. She opens up about her family and career, overcoming cancer, building a global brand, and devoting herself to empowering other women, writing, 'I want every woman to know that she can be the woman she wants to be'"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie [electronic resource]