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A brief stop on the road from Auschwitz A brief stop on the road from Auschwitz

"This shattering memoir by a journalist about his father's attempt to survive the aftermath of Auschwitz in a small industrial town in Sweden won the prestigious August Prize. On August 2, 1947 a young man gets off a train in a small Swedish town to begin his life anew. Having endured the ghetto of Lodz, the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the slave camps and transports during the final months of Nazi Germany, his final challenge is to survive the survival. In this intelligent and deeply movin

Feb 26, 2015
A great and terrible king - Edward I and the forging of Britain A great and terrible king - Edward I and the forging of Britain

This is the first major biography for a generation of a truly formidable king, a man born to rule England, who believed that it was his right to rule all of Britain. As a consequence, his reign was one of the most dramatic and important of the entire Middle Ages, leading to war and conquest on an unprecedented scale.

Mar 4, 2015
A Widow's Journey Reflections on Walking Alone. A Widow's Journey Reflections on Walking Alone.

"So who am I now that there's only one place at the table...one pillow with a head dent, one damp towel after a shower. There's only one toothbrush in the holder. The seat is never left up anymore. I can still write Mrs. in front of my name, but I'm no longer in a marriage relationship. You need two people for a marriage and there's only me. Is there only you? Then join Gayle as she draws on her emotions during the loss of her beloved husband, Chuck, and offers you a compassionate devotional to

Mar 3, 2015
Archaeology, sexism, and scandal - the long-suppressed story of one woman's discoveries and the man who stole credit for them Archaeology, sexism, and scandal - the long-suppressed story of one woman's discoveries and the man who stole credit for them

The 1931 excavation season at Olynthus, Greece, changed how archaeologists study material culture, and was the nexus of one of the most egregious cases of plagiarism in the history of classical archaeology. Kaiser draws on the private scrapbook that budding archaeologist Mary Ross Ellingson compiled during that dig, and recounts how the unearthing of private homes emerged as a means to examine the day-to-day of ancient life in Greece. He shows that David Robinson stole Ellingson's words and insi

Feb 26, 2015
Becoming a mountain - Himalayan journeys in search of the sacred and the sublime Becoming a mountain - Himalayan journeys in search of the sacred and the sublime

"Stephen Alter was raised by American missionary parents in the hill station of Mussoorie, in the foothills of the Himalayas, where he and his wife, Ameeta, now live. Their idyllic existence was brutally interrupted when four armed intruders invaded their house and viciously attacked them, leaving them for dead. The violent assault and the trauma of almost dying left him questioning assumptions he had lived by since childhood. For the first time, he encountered the face of evil and the terror of

Mar 4, 2015
Girl in the dark - a memoir Girl in the dark - a memoir

"Anna was living a normal life. She was ambitious and worked hard; she had just bought an apartment; she was falling in love. But then she started to develop worrying symptoms: her face felt like it was burning whenever she was in front of the computer. Soon this progressed to an intolerance of fluorescent light, then of sunlight itself. The reaction soon spread to her entire body. Now, when her symptoms are at their worst she must spend months on end in a blacked-out room, losing herself in aud

Mar 4, 2015
In the land of invisible women - a female doctor's journey in the Saudi Kingdom In the land of invisible women - a female doctor's journey in the Saudi Kingdom

From the Publisher: "In this stunningly written book, a Western trained Muslim doctor brings alive what it means for a woman to live in the Saudi Kingdom. I've rarely experienced so vividly the shunning and shaming, racism and anti-Semitism, but the surprise is how Dr. Ahmed also finds tenderness at the tattered edges of extremism, and a life-changing pilgrimage back to her Muslim faith."- Gail Sheehy. The decisions that change your life are often the most impulsive ones. Unexpectedly denied a v

Feb 26, 2015
Irritable hearts - a PTSD love story Irritable hearts - a PTSD love story

"In 2010, human rights reporter Mac McClelland left Haiti after covering the devastation of the earthquake. Back home, she finds herself imagining vivid scenes of violence and can't sleep or stop crying. It becomes clear that she is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, triggered by her trip and seemingly exacerbated by her experiences in the other charged places she'd reported from. The bewilderment about this sudden loss of self-control is magnified by her feelings for Nico, a French

Mar 3, 2015
Robespierre - master of the guillotine Robespierre - master of the guillotine

A biography of the controversial leader of the French Revolution who, in the name of democracy, supported the Reign of Terror which sent thousands of people to the guillotine.

Mar 4, 2015