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Steve Jobs Steve Jobs (Hardcover)
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avg rating 4.09 — 561,209 ratings — published 2011
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The Diary of a Young Girl The Diary of a Young Girl (Mass Market Paperback)
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avg rating 4.07 — 1,879,754 ratings — published 1947
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John Adams John Adams (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.07 — 241,893 ratings — published 2001
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The Glass Castle The Glass Castle (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.21 — 698,084 ratings — published 2005
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.26 — 144,114 ratings — published 1965
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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.93 — 115,056 ratings — published 2003
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Night (The Night Trilogy, #1) Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
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avg rating 4.27 — 670,181 ratings — published 1958
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Into the Wild Into the Wild (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.90 — 696,816 ratings — published 1996
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Hardcover)
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avg rating 4.02 — 426,541 ratings — published 2010
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Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1) Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1)
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avg rating 4.05 — 408,270 ratings — published 1996
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Eat, Pray, Love Eat, Pray, Love (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.45 — 1,315,976 ratings — published 2006
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Bossypants Bossypants (Hardcover)
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avg rating 3.90 — 102,701 ratings — published 2011
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Cleopatra: A Life Cleopatra: A Life (Hardcover)
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avg rating 3.61 — 189,059 ratings — published 2006
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The Hiding Place The Hiding Place (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.41 — 177,156 ratings — published 1971
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The Story of My Life The Story of My Life (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.07 — 143,737 ratings — published 1902
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Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life (Hardcover)
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avg rating 3.85 — 97,279 ratings — published 2007
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Yes Please Yes Please (Hardcover)
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avg rating 3.79 — 215,568 ratings — published 2014
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.13 — 329,395 ratings — published 1969
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Open Open (Hardcover)
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avg rating 4.12 — 57,641 ratings — published 1997
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Life Life (Hardcover)
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avg rating 3.82 — 86,190 ratings — published 2009
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Marie Antoinette: The Journey Marie Antoinette: The Journey (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.89 — 54,243 ratings — published 2001
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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Hardcover)
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avg rating 3.92 — 388,424 ratings — published 2012
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Just Kids Just Kids (Hardcover)
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avg rating 4.12 — 141,326 ratings — published 2010
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Scar Tissue Scar Tissue (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.07 — 55,352 ratings — published 2004
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Truman Truman (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.25 — 71,047 ratings — published 1992
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A Child Called "It" (Dave Pelzer #1) A Child Called "It" (Dave Pelzer #1)
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avg rating 4.07 — 379,120 ratings — published 1995
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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.22 — 64,164 ratings — published 1979
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Running with Scissors Running with Scissors (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.67 — 361,771 ratings — published 2002
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Alexander Hamilton Alexander Hamilton (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.04 — 45,402 ratings — published 2004
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Decision Points Decision Points (Hardcover)
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avg rating 3.75 — 44,565 ratings — published 2010
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My Life My Life (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.72 — 48,722 ratings — published 2004
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Orange Is the New Black Orange Is the New Black (Hardcover)
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avg rating 3.67 — 163,001 ratings — published 2010
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The Last Lecture The Last Lecture (Hardcover)
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avg rating 4.23 — 292,329 ratings — published 2008
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Infidel Infidel (Hardcover)
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avg rating 4.18 — 89,737 ratings — published 2006
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Living History Living History (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.74 — 34,286 ratings — published 2003
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Me Talk Pretty One Day Me Talk Pretty One Day (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.95 — 657,884 ratings — published 2000
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Seriously... I'm Kidding Seriously... I'm Kidding (Hardcover)
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avg rating 3.73 — 134,477 ratings — published 2011
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Stories I Only Tell My Friends Stories I Only Tell My Friends (Hardcover)
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avg rating 3.73 — 75,097 ratings — published 2011
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A Beautiful Mind A Beautiful Mind (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.09 — 137,114 ratings — published 1998
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Washington: A Life Washington: A Life (Hardcover)
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avg rating 4.08 — 38,396 ratings — published 2010
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