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Am I Doing This Right?: Life Lessons from the Encyclopedia Bri-Tanya

Am I Doing This Right?: Life Lessons from the Encyclopedia Bri-Tanya

Tanya Hennessy

An honest, hilarious, and incredibly relatable A-Z guide to adulting from one of Australia's most loved entertainers and radio presenters.

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Bruce Lee: A Life

Bruce Lee: A Life

Matthew Polly

The first authoritative biography of film star Bruce Lee, who made martial arts a global phenomenon, bridged the divide between eastern and western cultures, and smashed long-held stereotypes of Asians and Asian-Americans.

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Reporter: A Memoir

Reporter: A Memoir

Seymour M. Hersh

A memoir of renowned investigative journalist Seymour Hersh's life as a reporter --

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The Bootle Boy: an untidy life in news

The Bootle Boy: an untidy life in news

Les Hinton

A brilliantly evocative memoir from the golden age of newspaper publishing, from a man who helped define our modern media.

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Room to Dream

Room to Dream

David Lynch, Kristine McKenna

As unusual as the man himself, Room to Dream is the highly anticipated memoir from the revolutionary and elusive David Lynch, co-creator of Twin Peaks and director of groundbreaking films like The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and...

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 Read reviewThere Are No Grown-Ups: A midlife coming-of-age story

There Are No Grown-Ups: A midlife coming-of-age story

Pamela Druckerman

Does it feel like everyone around you is an adult, except you? There are no grown-ups,because everyone else is winging it too! Pamela Druckerman, author of the no.1 bestseller French Children Don't Throw Food, reveals the things...

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Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces

Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces

Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Manhood for Amateurs and Moonglow, returns with a collection of heartfelt, humorous and insightful essays on the meaning of fatherhood.

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Heart Berries

Heart Berries

Terese Marie Mailhot

Guileless and refreshingly honest, Terese Mailhot's debut memoir chronicles her struggle to balance the beauty of her Native heritage with the often desperate and chaotic reality of life on the reservation

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 Special price Read reviewWaiting for Elijah

Waiting for Elijah

Kate Wild

In 2009, in the NSW country town of Armidale, a mentally ill young man is shot dead by a police officer. Senior Constable Andrew Rich claims he ‘had no choice' other than to shoot 24-year-old Elijah Holcombe - Elijah had run...

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 Read reviewCalypso

Calypso

David Sedaris

The long-awaited new collection of stories from David Sedaris, America's favourite humourist.

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Girl With Dove: A Life Built by Books

Girl With Dove: A Life Built by Books

Sally Bayley

Weaving literary classics with a young girl's coming of age story, this is a book that testifies to the transformative power of reading and the literary imagination. Mixing fairy tale, literary classics, nursery rhymes and...

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 Read reviewEggshell Skull

Eggshell Skull

Bri Lee

A fiercely intelligent, heartbreakingly honest memoir and feminist call to arms in the tradition of Fight Like A Girl

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Paul Simon: The Life

Paul Simon: The Life

Robert Hilburn

This is an intimate, candid, and definitive biography written with Paul Simon's participation and encouragement by acclaimed biographer and music writer Robert Hilburn.

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The Erratics

The Erratics

Vicki Laveau-Harvie

The family secrets are only just beginning to unravel...When her elderly mother is hospitalised after an accident, Vicki is summoned to her parents' isolated and run-down ranch home in Alberta, Canada, to care for her...

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 Read reviewOut of the Forest

Out of the Forest

Gregory P. Smith

What makes a man turn his back on society? What makes him return?

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 Read reviewGet Up Mum

Get Up Mum

Justin Heazlewood

It's 1992 in Burnie, Tasmania and 12-year-old Justin lives alone with his mum. When she is well, Mum is perfect. She knows he likes his carrots raw and his toast cooled, and she knows how to sooth his growing pains. But when she...

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A Man Called Yarra

A Man Called Yarra

Stan Yarramunua

A Man Called Yarra is an inspiring memoir of overcoming hardship and striving for a better life.

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The Dead Still Cry Out: The Story of a Combat Cameraman

The Dead Still Cry Out: The Story of a Combat Cameraman

Helen Lewis

An extraordinary true story about the author's father, Mike Lewis, a British paratrooper and combat cameraman who filmed the liberation of Bergen-Belsen.

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Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre

Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre

Jane Lydon, Lyndall Ryan

On the 180th anniversary of the Myall Creek Massacre of 1838, acclaimed writers, historians, lawyers and artists explore the impact of one of the most horrifying events of Australian colonial history, showing why this event was...

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The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story

The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story

Christie Watson

An astonishing memoir about nursing and a call to arms for compassion and kindness

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 Read reviewMiss Ex-Yugoslavia

Miss Ex-Yugoslavia

Sofija Stefanovic

Unpolished Gem with a touch of Stasiland: a funny, dark and tender memoir about growing up between the lunacy of Yugoslavia's civil war and suburban Australia.

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Crashing Into Potential: Living with my injured brain

Crashing Into Potential: Living with my injured brain

Scott B Harris

At 23, Scott Harris had a dream job, great friends and a passion for the outdoors. Then one sunny day in November 2008, everything came to a crashing halt: his 450cc dirt bike slammed into his buddy's in a head-on collision that...

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The Girl Who Smiled Beads

The Girl Who Smiled Beads

Clemantine Wamariya, Elizabeth Weil

A riveting story of dislocation, survival, and the power of stories to break or save us

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Traumata

Traumata

Meera Atkinson

In this extraordinary book, Meera Atkinson explores the ways trauma reverberates over a lifetime, unearthing the traumatic roots of our social structures and our collective history. 

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To Throw Away Unopened

To Throw Away Unopened

Viv Albertine

Brave, intimate, and deeply confessional, this is the long-awaited follow-up to Viv Albertine's sensational bestselling memoir.

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Butterfly on a Pin

Butterfly on a Pin

Alannah Hill

One of Australia's most successful fashion designers, Alannah Hill bares her soul in this brilliant memoir.

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 Read reviewStaying: A Memoir

Staying: A Memoir

Jessie Cole

A searing memoir by acclaimed novelist Jessie Cole, about surviving the suicide of loved ones, and finding a place to heal.

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Olive Pink: Artist, Activist & Gardener

Olive Pink: Artist, Activist & Gardener

Gillian Ward

This beautiful selection of flower paintings by colourful and feisty Australian figure Olive Pink are a striking, if little known, part of her unique historic legacy.

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Headstrong Daughters: Inspiring Stories from the New Generation of Australian Muslim Women

Headstrong Daughters: Inspiring Stories from the New Generation of Australian Muslim Women

Nadia Jamal

Nadia Jamal takes us inside the lives of ordinary Muslim women from around Australia, showing how they find ways to stay true to their faith, and to themselves as well. These candid and moving stories reveal a side to Australian...

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Women of a Certain Age

Women of a Certain Age

Jodie Moffat, Maria Scoda and Susan Laura Sullivan

Fifteen very different life stories by women from all walks of life. From a woman who does not expect to live until puberty to teenagers with secret inner lives; from women who strive to belong to women who cannot wait to get...

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 Special price Read reviewThe Motherhood

The Motherhood

Jamila Rizvi

Australia's favourite women share what they wish they'd known about life with a newborn, in this funny, moving collection edited by Jamila Rizvi

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 Read reviewGrowing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Anita Heiss

This groundbreaking anthology aims to enlighten, inspire and educate about the lives of Aboriginal people in Australia today.

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Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life

Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life

Rose Tremain

A memoir from one of our best-loved and best-selling authors. A beautiful and compelling glimpse into a world now lost and the birth of a writer

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My Ikaria

My Ikaria

Spiri Tsintziras

Three years ago, Spiri Tsintziras found herself mentally, physically and spiritually depleted. She was stretched thin - raising kids, running a household and managing a business. She ate too much in order to keep going and then...

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 Read reviewGirls at the Piano

Girls at the Piano

Virginia Lloyd

A brilliant memoir about how learning the piano shaped the lives of two women worlds and generations apart that will resonate for music lovers everywhere and for anyone who has tried to master the piano.

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Eat the Apple

Eat the Apple

Matt Young

Eat the Apple is a daring, twisted, and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war. Matt Young joined the Marine Corps at age eighteen after a drunken night culminating in...

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The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery

The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery

Dr Barbara K.Lipska

All we think, feel and dream, how we move, if we move, everything that makes us who we are, comes from the brain. So what happens when the brain fails? This is the extraordinary true story of a renowned neuroscientist, an expert...

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The Wasp and the Orchid

The Wasp and the Orchid

Danielle Clode

Award-winning zoologist and author Danielle Clode presents the life of one of Australia's foremost female naturalists, Edith Coleman, and the story of the quest to recover her from the footnotes of history.

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 Read reviewAfterglow: A Dog Memoir

Afterglow: A Dog Memoir

Eileen Myles

In 1990, Myles chose Rosie from a litter on the street, and their connection instantly made an indelible impact on the writer's way of being. Over the course of sixteen years together, Myles was devoted to the pit bull and their...

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Sophie's Boys

Sophie’s Boys

Sophie Smith, Deborah FitzGerald

SOPHIE'S BOYS tells the heart-wrenching and inspiring story of Sophie Smith and her family, as told to journalist Deborah FitzGerald.

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Wander Love: Lessons, Tips and Inspiration from a Solo Traveller

Wander Love: Lessons, Tips and Inspiration from a Solo Traveller

Aubrey Daquinag

Aubrey Daquinag has spent the last few years making the world her office, documenting her experiences on her blog, The Love Assembly. Her book Wander Love will help you gear up for your next vacation or travel adventure....

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Bridge Burning and Other Hobbies

Bridge Burning and Other Hobbies

Kitty Flanagan

One of Australia's favourite and most multi-talented entertainers, Kitty Flanagan, provides hilarious and honest life advice in this candid collection of cautionary tales.

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A Certain Light: A Memoir of Family, Loss and Hope

A Certain Light: A Memoir of Family, Loss and Hope

Cynthia Banham

With great courage and empathy, Cynthia Banham asks the difficult questions about family, about survival, and fearlessly tells the stories that are never told.

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The Work I Did: A Memoir of the Secretary to Goebbels

The Work I Did: A Memoir of the Secretary to Goebbels

Brunhilde Pomsel, Thore D. Hansen, Shaun Whiteside

I know no one ever believes us nowadays - everyone thinks we knew everything. We knew nothing. It was all a well-kept secret. We believed it. We swallowed it. It seemed entirely plausible'Brunhilde Pomsel described...

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Two Generations

Two Generations

Anne Connor

Based on a true story, Two Generations explores the lived familial impact of secrets, suffering, forgiveness, hope and redemption.

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What Will I Wear to Your Funeral?

What Will I Wear to Your Funeral?

Kellie Curtain

If dying is a fact of life, why is it so hard to talk about? Can open conversations make impending loss any easier? This is an ordinary everyday love story. The Curtain family's story. There is no happy ending but they laugh, get...

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Look What You Made Me Do: A Powerful Memoir of Coercive Control

Look What You Made Me Do: A Powerful Memoir of Coercive Control

Helen Walmsley-Johnson

A powerful memoir of coercive control: abuse that leaves no physical mark but which leaves deep hidden scars.

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Whose Life is it Anyway?

Whose Life is it Anyway?

Deborah Thomson

A fearless and candid memoir of domestic abuse and survival, written to help others recognise the problem and escape from it themselves.

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In Danger: A Memoir of Family and Hope

In Danger: A Memoir of Family and Hope

Josepha Dietrich

One woman's powerful story of how her mother's death saved her life.

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Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World

Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World

Michelle Scott Tucker

A groundbreaking portrait of an ordinary English country woman who would go on to become of Australia's most significant but little known historical figures.

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The Unmapped Mind: A Memoir of Neurology, Incurable Disease and Learning How to Live

The Unmapped Mind: A Memoir of Neurology, Incurable Disease and Learning How to Live

Christian Donlan

An illuminating, hopeful and deeply moving memoir about learning to live with multiple sclerosis.

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In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein

In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein

Fiona Sampson

Mary Shelley as never before - a new biography that shows the woman behind Frankenstein

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Finding My Place: From Cairo to Canberra - the irresistible story of an irrepressible woman

Finding My Place: From Cairo to Canberra - the irresistible story of an irrepressible woman

Anne Aly

From Cairo to Canberra - the irresistible story of an irrepressible woman

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Two Sisters

Two Sisters

Asne Seierstad

In October 2013 two teenage sisters left Oslo for Syria. A powerful and gripping true account of a family torn apart - by the author of the international bestseller The Bookseller of Kabul.

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The Sheep Stell: Memoirs of a Shepherd

The Sheep Stell: Memoirs of a Shepherd

Janet White

The Sheep Stell is Janet White's beautiful and evocative memoir about her life as a shepherdess: a lost classic.

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Coal Black Mornings

Coal Black Mornings

Brett Anderson

A brilliant, beautifully written memoir from Suede founder and lead singer Brett Anderson.

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A Wink from the Universe

A Wink from the Universe

Martin Flanagan

One of our most beloved sportswriters takes us behind the scenes of a football fairytale.

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Educated

Tara Westover

An extraordinary memoir about a woman's discovery of education, its transformative power and the price she has to pay for it.

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When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

Patrisse Khan-Cullors, asha bandele

When They Call You a Terrorist is the emotional and powerful story of one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter and how the movement was born

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Rather His Own Man

Rather His Own Man

Geoffrey Robertson, QC

The riveting autobiography from Australia's inimitable Geoffrey Robertson. Funny, personal, and bringing Robertson's fascinating and colourful career up to date following The Justice Game.

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Somebody I Used to Know

Somebody I Used to Know

Wendy Mitchell, Anna Wharton

Dementia is the biggest killer in Britain, yet we know so little about it - this book is the first to explain what is happening from the inside

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Crew: The story of the men who flew RAAF Lancaster J for Jig

Crew: The story of the men who flew RAAF Lancaster J for Jig

Mike Colman

The story of an RAAF Lancaster bomber crew shot down over France in 1944.

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Hitler, My Neighbor: Memories of a Jewish Childhood

Hitler, My Neighbor: Memories of a Jewish Childhood

Edgar Feuchtwanger

An eminent historian recounts the Nazi rise to power from his unique perspective as a young Jewish boy in Munich, living with Adolf Hitler as his neighbor.

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The Line Becomes a River

The Line Becomes a River

Francisco Cantu

An electrifying memoir from a Mexican-American US Border Patrol guard

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Frozen Hope: My IVF Journey

Frozen Hope: My IVF Journey

Jacqui Cooper

Much like her amazing career, Jacqui Cooper's IVF story is full of ups and downs, but always inspiring.

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A White Hot Flame: Mary Montgomerie Bennett, Author, Educator, Activist for Indigenous Justice

A White Hot Flame: Mary Montgomerie Bennett, Author, Educator, Activist for Indigenous Justice

Sue Taffe

Mary Montgomerie Bennett (1881-1961) is an important but under-recognised figure in Australian history. A member of a successful squatting family, she became a voice for reform at a time when Aboriginal Australians had their...

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The Boy from Baradine

The Boy from Baradine

Craig Emerson

From the bush of Baradine to the corridors of Canberra, this is Craig Emerson's story of triumph and courage over adversity.

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Rebel with a Cause: You Can't Keep a Bloody Lambie Down - My Story from Soldier to Senator and Beyond

Rebel with a Cause: You Can’t Keep a Bloody Lambie Down - My Story from Soldier to Senator and Beyond

Jacqui Lambie, Glynn Williams

Outspoken, unexpected and refreshingly honest - the candid memoir of Jacqui Lambie.

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Brave

Brave

Rose McGowan

My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another. BRAVE is the story of how I fought my way out of these cults and reclaimed my life. I want to help you do the same. -Rose McGowan A...

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The Last Snake Man: The remarkable true-life story of an Aussie legend and a century of snake shows

The Last Snake Man: The remarkable true-life story of an Aussie legend and a century of snake shows

John Cann, Jimmy Thomson

Wildlife warrior, professor of snakes, entertainer, Olympian. John Cann is a truly remarkable Australian.

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We Are Here: Talking with Australia's Oldest Holocaust Survivors

We Are Here: Talking with Australia’s Oldest Holocaust Survivors

Fiona Harari

These are the last adult witnesses - in their own words.

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Fire on All Sides

Fire on All Sides

James Rhodes

Life is messy and imperfect for us all, and when your mind is on fire and you feel like you're trapped in a terrifying blaze with no way out, sometimes the only way is to embrace the fragility of the human condition.

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Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine

Joe Hagan

Over the course of five decades, founding editor of Rolling Stone Jann Wenner has put an indelible stamp on American culture. A nuanced portrait of a man who helped define a generation, and provides an explosive chronicle of an...

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Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Caroline Fraser

Millions of readers of the 'Little House' books believe they know Laura Ingalls Wilder - the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains as her family chased their American dream. But the true story...

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