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From the ingenious comic performer, founding member of Monty Python, and creator of Spamalot, comes an absurdly funny memoir of unparalleled wit and heartfelt candor. Eric Idle is a comedian, actor, author, and singer-songwriter who found immediate fame on television with the sketch-comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Following its success, they began making films that include Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979) and The Meaning of Life (1983). Eric wrote, directed, and created The Rutles, the world’s first-ever mockumentary, as well as the Tony Award-winning musical, Spamalot (2005).  

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Lisa Brennan-Jobs

“Small Fry” is a frank, smart and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Her childhood unfolded in a rapidly changing Silicon Valley. When she was young, Lisa’s father was a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. As she grew older, her father took an interest in her, ushering her into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. Small Fry is Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s poignant story of childhood and growing up. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties, Small Fry is an enthralling story by Continue reading…

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Scott Harrison

Scott Harrison, the founder and CEO of the nonprofit charity: water, shares an inspiring personal story of redemption, second chances, and the transformative power within us all. charity: water has mobilized over one million donors around the world to fund over 28,000 water projects in 26 countries that will serve more than 8.2 million people.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin

In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership. Her interest in leadership began more than half a century ago as a professor at Harvard. Her experiences working for LBJ in the White House and later assisting him on his memoirs led to her bestselling Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She followed up with the Pulitzer Prize–winning No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. She earned the Lincoln Prize for the runaway bestseller Team of Continue reading…

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America Ferrera

From award-winning actress and political activist America Ferrera comes a vibrant and varied collection of first person accounts from prominent figures about the experience of growing up between cultures. Ferrera is an award-winning actress, producer, director and activist. She is best known for her breakthrough role as “Betty Suarez” on ABC’s hit comedy, “Ugly Betty.” She produces and stars in the acclaimed NBC workplace comedy, “Superstore,” currently in its fourth season. In 2016 Ferrera cofounded HARNESS, an organization connecting storytellers and activists to amplify the cultural narrative around social justice. She speaks throughout the country as an advocate for human and civil rights Continue reading…

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Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson’s new novel, “Transcription,” is a dramatic story of WWII espionage, betrayal, and loyalty. Atkinson’s first novel, “Behind the Scenes at the Museum,” won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year Award. She has been a critically acclaimed, bestselling author ever since, with over one million copies of her books in print in the United States. She is the author of a collection of short stories, “Not the End of the World,” and of the novels “Life After Life,”  “A God in Ruins,”  “Human Croquet,” “Emotionally Weird,” “Case Histories,” “One Good Turn,” “When Will There Be Good News?,” Continue reading…

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