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Infidel - In this profoundly affecting memoir, Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells her astonishing life story, from her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya, to her intellectual awakening and activism in the Netherlands, and her current life under armed guard in the West. One of today's most admired and controversial political figures, Ayaan Hirsi Ali burst into international headlines following an Islamist's murder of her colleague, Theo van Gogh, with whom she made the movie Submission. Infi by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Bare Feet in the Palace by Agnes Newton Keith

A Rage to Live: A Biography of Richard and Isabel Burton - An 'extraordinary biography' (New York Times Book Review) of a brilliant pair of adventurers. Their marriage was both improbable and inevitable. Isabel Arundell was a schoolgirl, the scion of England's most distinguished Catholic family. When she first saw him while walking at a seaside resort, Richard Burton had already made his mark as a linguist (he was fluent in twenty-nine languages), scholar, soldier, and explorer--at once a symbol of Victoria by Mary S. Lovell

Report To Greco - The book recounts Kazantzakis' (author of Zorba the Greek, and The Last Temptation of Christ) life story from childhood on Crete to travels all over the Mediterranean and Europe, in the form of a deathbed report to one of his heroes, the Spanish Renaissance Cretan-expat painter known as 'El Greco'. Follow the development of Kazantzakis' life philosophy from ardent Orthodox Christianity, to Neitzsche, to Buddha, to Lenin, to his final stop at 'the Cretan Glance'. I have a friend who has cha by Nikos Kazantzakis

Beyond the Chestnut Trees - This absorbing and evocative memoir received warm praise from readers and reviewers alike upon its hardcover publication. It is impossible not to be moved and transported back in time by this masterfully written reminiscence of a woman who returns to Prague, the city of her youth, after a forty year absence.A memoir from a delightfully non-professional writer. Has the flavor of older memoirs, before the advent of ghost writers. The book skips about a bit, as she fits in her fasci by Maria Bauer

To See and See Again: A Life in Iran and America by Tara Bahrampour

The Bronski House: A Return to the Borderlands - The late poet Zofia Ilinska, nee Bronski, fled Poland in September 1939 at the start of World War II; she was 17. Along with her mother, Zofia settled on the English coast in Cornwall. In 1993, after receiving a letter from a cousin in Poland asking her to visit, Zofia returned to her native village. She was accompanied by her longtime friend, writer Philip Marsden. She looked for the family home and the silver candlesticks she had buried in the forest. She f by Philip Marsden

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