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Les Gold has been in business since age twelve, when he started selling used golf clubs from his dad’s basement. Now he owns Detroit’s biggest pawnshop, American Jewelry and Loan, and is the star of the hit reality TV show. As a third-­generation pawnbroker, Gold grew up in the business, dealing with cus­tomers who could be unruly and violent as often as they were friendly. He became good at selling just about anything and at buying items for what they were worth. Although he started at his family’s small pawnshop, he has now expanded into a fifty-­thousand-­square-­foot former bowling alley, making a thousand deals a day. On any given day, he could be taking a vin­tage car in to pawn or chasing down a thief who’s just stolen a gold chain from the store. No business school in the world can teach you as much about buying, selling, negotiating, managing employees, dealing with customers, advertising, tracking trends, and predicting the economy’s ups and downs. In this entertaining, . . .

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is a compelling autobiographical journey--­hilarious and heartfelt, intimate and inspiring. It is a book that only Marlo Thomas could write. For as long as Thomas can remember, she's lived with laughter. Born to comedy royalty--­TV and nightclub star Danny Thomas--­she grew up among legendary funny men, carved much of her career in comedy and, to this day, surrounds herself with people who love and live to make others laugh. Thomas takes us on a funny and heartwarming adventure, from her Beverly Hills childhood, to her groundbreaking creation of and, to her marriage to talk-­show king Phil Donahue. Her youth was star-­studded--­Milton Berle performed magic tricks (badly) at her backyard birthday parties. George Burns, Bob Hope, Sid Caesar, Bob Newhart and other great comics passed countless hours gathered around her family's dinner table. And behind it all was the rich laughter nurtured by a close and loving family. is not just the story of an iconic entertainer, but also the story of . . .

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Cambodia. 1975 Khmer Rouge. True Story of Survival.

One of seven children of a high-­ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of five. Then, in April 1975, Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed into the city, forcing Ung's family to flee and, eventually, to disperse. Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, her siblings were sent to labor camps, and those who survived the horrors would not be reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed.

Harrowing yet hopeful, Loung's powerful story is an unforgettable account of a family shaken and shattered, yet miraculously sustained by courage and love in the face of unspeakable brutality.

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Written in the present tense, First They Killed My Father will put you right in the midst of the action--­action you'll wish had never happened. It's a tough read, but definitely a worthwhile one, and the author's personality and strength . . .

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Aquí encontrarán todo sobre mí; eso que tuve ganas de escribir para ustedes porque sé que tenemos una conexión especial. Es mi mejor intento por abrir mi corazón y mostrarme un poco más. Muchos me recordarán sólo por interpretar a Violetta y siempre será un honor, pero soy Martina y me encantaría que me conozcan como soy,

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Both a psychological self-­portrait and a profound meditation upon the artistic process, Proust's seven-­part masterpiece changed the course of 20th-­century literature. the first volume, introduces the novel's major themes and the narrator, a sensitive man drawn in his youth to fashionable society. Its focus then shifts to Charles Swann, a wealthy connoisseur who moves in high-­society circles in nineteenth-­century Paris and a victim of an agonizing romance. This masterly evocation of French society and its rendering of a search for a transcendental reality independent of time, ranks as a landmark of world literature. Unabridged reprint of the classic 1922 edition.

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Immediately recognized as a significant literary work, Adam Bede has enjoyed a largely positive critical reputation since its publication. An anonymous review in The Athenaeum praised it as a "novel of the highest class,­" and The Times called it "a first-­rate novel.­" Contemporary reviewers, often influenced by nostalgia for the earlier period represented in Bede, enthusiastically praised Eliot's characterizations and realistic representations of rural life. Charles Dickens wrote: "The whole country life that the story is set in, is so real, and so droll and genuine, and yet so selected and polished by art, that I cannot praise it enough to you.­" In fact, in early criticism, the tragedy of infanticide has often been overlooked in favor of the peaceful idyllic world and familiar personalities Eliot recreated...

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After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children (he had read somewhere that nearly 3 million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens as he later put it, "it was clear my people needed me"). They were greeted by a new and improved America that boasts microwave pancakes, twenty-­four-­hour dental-­floss hotlines, and the staunch conviction that ice is not a luxury item. Delivering the brilliant comic musings that are a Bryson hallmark, recounts his sometimes disconcerting reunion with the land of his birth. The result is a book filled with hysterical scenes of one man's attempt to reacquaint himself with his own country, but it is also an extended if at times bemused love letter to the homeland he has returned to after twenty years away.

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Less than a year after the first season finale, PBS’s hit series returns to Sunday nights this spring with an all-­new eight-­episode season. Fans of and have fallen in love with this candid look at post-­war London. In the 1950s, twenty-­two-­year-­old Jenny Lee leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in London's East End slums. While delivering babies all over the city, Jenny encounters a colorful cast of women—from the plucky, warm-­hearted nuns with whom she lives, to the woman with twenty-­four children who can't speak English, to the prostitutes of the city's seedier side. Based on Jennifer Worth's bestselling memoirs, will continue to delight its millions of viewers in the U.­S.

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In just a two-­year span, Stefani Germanotta, a struggling performer in New York's Lower East Side burlesque scene, has become the global demographic-­smashing pop icon known as Lady Gaga. She is a once-­in-­a-­decade artist, a gifted singer, composer, designer, and performance artist who mixes high and low culture, the avant-­garde with the accessible, authenticity with artifice. Who is Lady Gaga? She is a twenty-­five-­year-­old woman whose stage mantra--­"I'm a free bitch!­"--­is the polar opposite of who she is offstage: isolated, insecure, and unable to be alone. She is an outrÉ artist who wanted to be a sensitive singer-­songwriter. She is a woman who says no man can ever compete with her career, but who goes back and forth with the ex-­boyfriend who said she was too ambitious. She claims not to care what people think, but spends her downtime online, reading what people have to say about her. She claims to be a con artist and utterly authentic. She is never less than compelling. Based on . . .

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At the end of her memoir, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian living in Indonesia. The couple swore eternal love, but also swore (as skittish divorce survivors) never to marry. However, providence intervened in the form of a U.­S. government ultimatum: get married, or Felipe could never enter America again. Told with Gilbert's trademark humor and intelligence, this fascinating meditation on compatibility and fidelity chronicles Gilbert's complex and sometimes frightening journey into second marriage, and will enthrall the millions of readers who made a number one bestseller.

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