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In August of 1988, heavy black smoke engulfed an Oregon highway, causing a massive 23-­car pileup that claimed the lives of novelist William Wharton's 36-­year-­old daughter, her husband, and their two infant daughters. They'd been victims of field burning, a routine agricultural practice, and were burned alive in their van.­How could such a thing happen? And how could a father come to terms with such a loss? Ever After, Wharton's first memoir, is his search for answers to these questions, written with the inspired simplicity that won him great acclaim for his novels.

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On January 19, 2000, a fire raged through Seton Hall University's freshman dormitory, killing three students and injuring 58 others. Among the victims were Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos, roommates from poor neighborhoods who made their families proud by getting into college. They managed to escape, but both were burned terribly. AFTER THE FIRE is the story of these young men and their courageous fight to recover from the worst damage the burn unit at Saint Barnabas hospital had ever seen. It is the story of the extraordinary doctors and nurses who work with the burned. It is the story of mothers and fathers, of faith and family and the invisible ties that bind us to each other. It is the story of the search for the arsonists--­and the elaborate cover-­up that nearly obscured the truth. And it is the story of the women who came to love these men, who knew that real beauty is a thing not seen in mirrors.

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A fascinating biography of the woman champion motorboat racer of the 1920s who in the '30s bought and became 'ruler' of an island in the British West Indies. 'Joe' Carstairs was born in London in 1900, the daughter of a Scottish colonel and an American heiress. Educated in Connecticut, she returned to Europe in 1916 and drove ambulances for the Women's Legion in France. She deserted her husband at the church door (marriage was a prerequisite of her coming into her $4 million inheritance) and settled in England where she took up racing, established a boat yard at Cowes and won nearly every trophy going. In the 30s she started traveling widely, finally moving to the West Indies where she bought the island of Whale Cay. There she developed the island into a populated community, building everything from roads and schools to lighthouses and churches. Carstairs then succeeded in establishing hegemony over the 500 islanders, controlling not only their sexual morals but also their diet. . . .

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The iconic French singer comes to life in this enthralling, definitive biography, which captures Edith Piaf’s immense charisma along with the time and place that gave rise to her unprecedented international career.­Raised by turns in a brothel, a circus caravan, and a working-­class Paris neighborhood, Piaf began singing on the city’s streets, where she was discovered by a Champs-­Elysées cabaret owner. She became a star almost overnight, seducing Paris’s elite and the people of its slums in equal measure with her powerful, passionate voice. No Regrets explores her rise to fame and notoriety, her tumultuous love affairs, and her struggles with drugs, alcohol, and illness, while also drawing on new sources to enhance our knowledge of little-­known aspects of her life. Piaf was an unlikely student of poetry and philosophy, who aided Resistance efforts in World War II, wrote the lyrics for nearly one hundred songs (including “La Vie en rose”) and was a crucial mentor to younger singers . . .

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Leslie Ibsen Rogge, number seven on the FBI’s most wanted, robbed more than 30 banks without firing a shot. In Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber: The True Story of Leslie Ibsen Rogge, One of the FBI’s Most Elusive Criminals, Les details his adventures from Alaska to Antigua, the Chesapeake to Cancun. But it all came to a halt when a fourteen-­year-­old in Guatemala forced him to turn himself in.

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Growing up the fifth child in a family scarred by an abusive father and a mentally unstable mother, Cristina Negrón feels scared, worthless, powerless, and alone. All that begins to change when she discovers running, until she considers herself “the most normal person on the planet.­” That is, until one terrible day when the mental illness that destroyed her mother and sister targets her, too.

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This is the story of some of the sad events that have happened to me its not all bad though ..­so far there has been a few bumps on my road of life i would like to thank you for your interest in my true story.

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BIG FAT GYPSY WEDDINGS has been the most talked-­about show on TV and delivered ratings almost as enormous as the frothy, bejewelled frocks its subjects wear. This book offers a window into the secret and surprising world of Gypsies and Travellers in Britain today. From spectacular first communions, strict courtings and jaw-­dropping weddings, this book covers all the extraordinary rite-­of-­passage events in a Gypsy's life and offers an insight into their fascinating world. All the favourite characters from the show are there - from Thelma the miracle dressmaker to Paddy, the champion bare-­knuckle boxer. Warm, engrossing and funny, BIG FAT GYPSY WEDDINGS lays bare an exotic unseen Britain that exists right on our doorstep.

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Say Nothing is the moving true story of four neglected siblings who were taken into care following the breakdown of their parents' marriage. Sent to a small croft in the north-­east of Scotland, they endured an onslaught of physical and mental abuse at the hands of an elderly, inexperienced foster mother. For ten years the children's cries for help were ignored and misunderstood in the naive social-­work climate of the late 1950s, and this heartbreaking personal account of cruelty and neglect reveals the effect this maltreatment had on their ability to adjust to a normal adult life. Say Nothing was written as a voice of support for all abused children who are afraid or were never given the chance to tell their story.

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Sue Martin was not three years old when she began life at her first children's home: a home that could at best be described as cold and regimented; at worst, torturous and terrifying. When her mother abandoned her to the protection of the home, Sue was soon to discover that behind the welcoming doors of this reputedly kind-­hearted organisation lay a world steeped in lies, cover-­ups, victimisation and abuse. At its heart was Boagey, whose perverse bullying was targeted at Sue. Her attacks quickly progressed from the gratuitous punishment of an innocent child to sordid gratification of her sexual whims. Sue's story is one of institutional abuse - of physical, mental and emotional torture of the most appalling kind - but it also a story full of joy, humour and many victories - small and large - against her abusers. Utterly compelling and shockingly revelatory, No Way Home will astound, move and inspire.

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