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Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History

Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History

o small target at six-foot-two, young Sam Houston wasn’t thinking about getting hit. He was thinking about getting even. Running through a hail of musket balls, spears, and arrows, he and his fellow soldiers sprinted toward an eight-foot-tall barricade. Behind it was an army of Red Stick Creek American Indians who had massacred three hundred Read more

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Me: Elton John Official Autobiography

Me: Elton John Official Autobiography

I was onstage at the Latino club in South Shields when I realized I couldn’t take it anymore. It was one of those supper clubs that were all over Britain in the sixties and seventies, all virtually identical: people dressed in suits, seated at tables, eating chicken in a basket and drinking wine out of Read more

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Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth

Blowout by Rachel Maddow

he very idea of it was too implausible, too fantastical, to be believed; it was simply too outlandishly grand even for a grand opening. A visiting head of state, one of the most powerful men on the planet in the autumn of 2003, had announced his intention to be on hand to christen a tiny Read more

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Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

In the early 1850s, few pedestrians strolling past the house on H Street in Washington, near the White House, realized that the ancient widow seated by the window, knitting and arranging flowers, was the last surviving link to the glory days of the early republic. Fifty years earlier, on a rocky, secluded ledge overlooking the Read more

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Life Will Be the Death of Me: . . . and You Too!

Life Will Be the Death of Me: . . . and You Too!

I don’t remember the actor, and I don’t remember the movie, but I remember it was five o’clock in the afternoon and I had just taken a couple hits off my vape pen. I needed to load my Pix account, which held pre-released movies that I was expected to screen before a star of one Read more

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Beneath a Scarlet Sky A Novel

Beneath a Scarlet Sky

In early February 2006, I was forty-seven and at the lowest point of my life. My younger brother, who was also my best friend, had drunk himself to death the summer before. I’d written a novel no one liked, was embroiled in a business dispute, and stood on the brink of personal bankruptcy. Driving alone Read more

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Maisie Dobbs

Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)

Even if she hadn’t been the last person to walk through the turnstile at Warren Street tube station, Jack Barker would have noticed the tall, slender woman in the navy blue, thigh-length jacket with a matching pleated skirt short enough to reveal a well-turned ankle. She had what his old mother would have called “bearing.”A Read more

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Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming by Michelle Obama

March 2017 When I was a kid, my aspirations were simple. I wanted a dog. I wanted a house that had stairs in it—two floors for one family. I wanted, for some reason, a four-door station wagon instead of the two-door Buick that was my father’s pride and joy. I used to tell people that Read more

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We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It by Tom Phelan

We Were Rich and We Didn’t Know It by Tom Phelan

JOHNJOE’S CLEVER PLAN In the early 1930s, my father, JohnJoe Phelan, having borne the dictatorship of his father until the old man died and having buried his aged mother in the local cemetery two years later, became the master of his own destiny and the owner of a farm in Laragh, one-half mile from the Read more

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The Vegas Diaries by Holly Madison

The Vegas Diaries: Romance, Rolling the Dice, and the Road to Reinvention

First and foremost, thank you so much for deciding to come along on this journey with me. With The Vegas Diaries, my goal is to share with you a period of time that was very important to me and one that turned into the best time in my life up to that point. Chapter one Read more

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