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The Best Biographies & Autobiographies of 2008


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Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea (Hardcover) ~ Chelsea Handler Cover Art
 
Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea (Hardcover)
Chelsea Handler
2008-04-22
Gallery Books


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Popular comedian Chelsea Handler shares some of her strange and amusing exploits in this collection of humor essays. Known for her ability to get herself into some rather strange situations, Handler's quick wit and bawdy sense of humor has earned her a spot as a top-ranking female comedian.
 
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Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction (H ... Cover Art
 
Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction (Hardcover)
David Sheff
2008-02-26
Houghton Mifflin Co


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The story of one teenager's descent into methamphetamine addiction is told from his father's point-of-view, describing how a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist became addicted to the dangerous drug, its impact on his family, the attempts at rehab, and the journey past addiction.
 
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My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey (Hard ... Cover Art
 
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey (Hardcover)
Jill Bolte Taylor
2008-05-14
Viking Adult


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This memoir is a redemptive story of illness and recovery, as well as a fascinating scientific exploration of the human nervous system, and how unaware we are of its many secrets.
 
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Audition: A Memoir (Hardcover) ~ Barbara Walters (Author) Cover Art
 
Audition: A Memoir (Hardcover)
Barbara Walters (Author)
2008-05-06


  
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In a riveting and candid memoir, the acclaimed television journalist chronicles the people, events, and forces that have shaped her life and career, from childhood to the present day, discussing her relationships with men, family, friends, coworkers, and rivals; her struggle to make it in a man's world; and the interviews she has conducted during her forty-year-career.
 
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The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life (Hardcover ... Cover Art
 
The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life (Hardcover)
Alice Schroeder
2008-09-29


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In this somewhat unique biography, business writer Alice Schroeder draws on her access to papers as well as many interviews with businessman Warren Buffet as she provides a comprehensive, humanizing portrait of the public and private side of her subject.
 
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Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and t ... Cover Art
 
Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 (Paperback)
Marcus Luttrell
2008-05-01


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The leader, and only survivor, of a team of U.S. Navy SEALs sent to northern Afghanistan to capture a well-known al Qaeda leader chronicles the events of the battle that killed his teammates and offers insight into the training of this elite group of warriors.
 
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Stori Telling (Hardcover) ~ Hilary Liftin (Author) Cover Art
 
Stori Telling (Hardcover)
Hilary Liftin (Author), Tori Spelling (Author) and Hilary Liftin (Contributor)
2008-03-11


  
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From her over-the-top first wedding to finding new love to her much-publicized--and misunderstood--"disinheritance," sTORI Telling is a juicy, eye-opening, enthralling look at what it really means to be Tori Spelling.
 
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Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time (Hardcov ... Cover Art
 
Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time (Hardcover)
Valerie Bertinelli (Author)
2008-02-25


  
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An inspirational memoir by the one-time star of the hit TV show One Day at a Time recalls the challenges of maintaining a healthy self-image while coping with the stress of celebrity, her twenty-year marriage to rock star Eddie Van Halen, her battle with depression and weight, motherhood, and her determination to take control of her own life.
 
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The American Journey of Barack Obama (Hardcover) ~ Life Magazine ... Cover Art
 
The American Journey of Barack Obama (Hardcover)
Life Magazine (Editor) and Edward M. Kennedy (Foreword By)
2008-10-07
Little Brown and Company


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Life magazine presents this commemorative volume on Barack Obama's long road to the White House. Essays by Gay Talese, Bob Greene, Melissa Faye Green, and others, along with photographs from family archives and news sources, provide a comprehensive account of the public and private life of a man who has made history by being elected president of the United States.
 
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Pieces of My Heart: A Life (Hardcover) ~ Robert Wagner (Author)  ... Cover Art
 
Pieces of My Heart: A Life (Hardcover)
Robert J. Wagner, Scott Eyman
2008-09-23


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An intimate tell-all of the life of the Hollywood icon describes his relationships with such contemporaries as Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, and Elizabeth Taylor; remembers his two marriages to Natalie Wood; and shares his observations about the transformations in Hollywood throughout the past half-century.
 

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