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I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525520221
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - February 6th, 2018

I fell in love with Maggie O'Farrell when I read her novel, This Must Be the Place.  She is an incredible writer and this continues to hold true in this collection of true stories. They are breathtaking and at the same time bring you to a state of gratefulness and appreciation of life. A persons life is not always what it seems and can be a remarkable testament of courage.

— Sue

The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812998931
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Published: Random House - October 24th, 2017

Recommended by Glenda

The Un-Discovered Islands: An Archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes Cover Image
By Malachy Tallack, Katie Scott (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250148445
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Published: Picador USA - November 7th, 2017

Recommended by Jennifer

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Man's Search for Meaning Cover Image
By Viktor E. Frankl, Harold S. Kushner (Foreword by), William J. Winslade (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780807014295
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Published: Beacon Press - June 1st, 2006

Viktor Frankl was a brilliant psychiatrist who experienced life in various Nazi death camps. In spite of having lost most of his family in the Holocaust, Frankl managed to turn his suffering into a lesson for finding meaning and purpose. Part memoir and part discussion of his theory of "logotherapy," this book will change the way you look at life.

— Lisa

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Afterglow (a Dog Memoir) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802127099
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Published: Grove Press - September 12th, 2017

This is only kind of about a dog. Afterglow is a poet's reflection on the time spent with her dog. The book is mesmerizing with its constant shifts in space, time, and perspective. These shifts coupled with Myles' poetic prose made this a book unlike anything I've ever read before.

— Meredith

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The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525428305
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Published: Viking - September 19th, 2017

Separating fact from legend for a group like the Templars is no easy feat, but the author attempts to do just this by laying out the history of the once great order. 

— Shawn

What I Told My Daughter: Lessons from Leaders on Raising the Next Generation of Empowered Women Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476734682
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Published: Atria Books - April 11th, 2017

Recommended by Glenda

The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown Cover Image
By Catherine Burns, Neil Gaiman (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781101904404
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Published: Crown Archetype - March 21st, 2017

Recommended by Jennifer