Biography & True Story Books

Becoming
by Michelle Obama ~ Hardback
(3.6) 17

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America-the first African-American to serve in that role-she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in his...

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 + Special Offer!
by Elena Favilli ~ Hardback
(4.7) 10

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2 features 100 new bedtime stories, each inspired by the life and adventures of extraordinary women from Nefertiti to Beyonce. The unique narrative style of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls transforms each biography into a fairy-tale, filling the readers with wo...

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John Scott
by David Straight ~ Hardback

This handsome book is a rich and loving tribute to the work and cultural significance of one of New Zealand's most influential but least well-documented architects, John Scott (1924-1992). Over 25 projects, from Scott's famous Futuna Chapel to the Werry House and the Maori Battalion Hall to the Mart...

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Let's Go (So We Can Get Back)
by Jeff Tweedy ~ Hardback

Through his pioneering work in the legendary country-punk band, Uncle Tupelo, to his enduring legacy as the creative force behind the unclassifiable sound of Wilco, Jeff Tweedy has weaved his way between the underground and the mainstream - and back again. Funny, disarming, and deeply honest, his m...

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Beastie Boys Book
by Michael Diamond ~ Hardback
(5.0) 4

A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself – by band members AD-ROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more. Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys...

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Out of the Forest
by Gregory Smith ~ Paperback / softback
(5.0) 1

For ten years a man calling himself Will Power lived in near-total isolation in northern New South Wales, foraging for food, eating bats and occasionally trading for produce. But who was this mysterious man who roamed the forest and knew all of its secrets and riddles? Some people thought he migh...

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Chasing the Dream
by Shaun Wallace ~ Paperback / softback

Born on the 2nd of June 1960 to Jamaican parents, Shaun is a Londoner born and bred, and has been a devoted Chelsea fan since 1967. From the age of 12, Shaun knew he wanted to be a barrister and was determined to make it. Despite one or two setbacks along the way, he finally managed to fulfil his ch...

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Johnathan Thurston
by Johnathan Thurston ~ Hardback
(5.0) 2

The autobiography of the league legend. Johnathan Thurston is widely regarded as rugby league's greatest player. This autobiography will follow Thurston's journey from a Brisbane kid who was written off as too skinny, too slow and too wild to play professionally, to his debut with the Canterbury ...

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My Bloody Roots
by Max Cavalera ~ Paperback / softback
(4.0) 1

My Bloody Roots is the brutally honest story of life in two of the world's best-known heavy metal bands, Sepultura and Soulfly, by one of the global metal scene's most respected musicians. Much, much more than just another tale of rock'n'roll debauchery, it's a story of heartbreak and loss-and, ult...

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The Price of Fortune
by Damon Kitney ~ Hardback

The biography of James Packer. James Packer turns to Greek mythology in an attempt to explain the most exciting yet tumultuous period of his 50 years on earth. "I was like Icarus," the billionaire tells his biographer, journalist Damon Kitney, of the heady days of 2016 when he broke up with pop...

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Iris Apfel
by Iris Apfel ~ Hardback
(5.0) 2

"I never want to be an old fuddy-duddy; I hold the self-proclaimed record for being the World's Oldest Living Teenager and I intend to keep it that way." -Iris Apfel One of the most dynamic personalities in the worlds of fashion, textiles, and interior design-and hands down the most vital, witty ...

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Lost Connections
by Johann Hari ~ Hardback

The New York Times bestseller from the author of Chasing the Scream, offering a radical new way of thinking about depression and anxiety. There was a mystery haunting award-winning investigative journalist Johann Hari. He was thirty-nine years old, and almost every year he had been alive, depressio...

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Showboat
by Roland Lazenby ~ Paperback / softback
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Bryant is one of basketball's greatest-ever players, a fascinating and complicated character who says he knew when he was a boy that he would be better than Michael Jordan. Aloof and uncompromising, Bryant is the grand enigma of American professional basketball, easily the most driven player in t...

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Alexander Hamilton
by Ron Chernow ~ Paperback / softback
(5.0) 2

A New York Times Bestseller, and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton! Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation. In the first full-length...

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All Blacks Don't Cry: A Story of Hope
by John Kirwan ~ Paperback / softback
(4.7) 38

‘I've been to hell and I'm back. If you're in that same place, then I understand what you're going through.’ John Kirwan was one of the most devastating wingers New Zealand, and world, rugby had ever seen. A prominent and revered figure at the dawn of the professional age of rugby, he seemed to liv...

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The Corfu Trilogy
by Gerald Durrell ~ Paperback / softback
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The Corfu Trilogy consists of the popular classic My Family and Other Animals and its delightful sequels, Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods. All three books are set on the enchanted island of Corfu in the 1930s, and tell the story of the eccentric English family who moved there....

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JonBenet
by Steve Thomas ~ Paperback / softback

Finally, the information you've been waiting for: who really killed JonBenet? Perhaps the most compelling murder case of our day, the death of six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey galvanized the nation-and years after it occurred, the mystery still endures. Who killed the young beauty queen and why? Who is...

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Persepolis: v. 1 & v. 2
by Marjane Satrapi ~ Paperback / softback

Wise, often funny, sometimes heartbreaking, "Persepolis: The Story of Childhood" tells the story of Marjane Satrapi's life in Tehran from the ages of six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution and the devastating effects of war...

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Journals
by Kurt Cobain ~ Paperback / softback
(4.7) 3

Now in paperback, Journals includes never-before-seen material that will keep everyone talking.

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Croz: Larrikin Kiwi Biker
by Graeme Crosby ~ Paperback / softback
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 I lifted up my UV-cracked visor with my thumb. ‘Which way does the track go and what’s the lap record?’ I called out over the noise of the valve gear rattling and clanging between my legs. The flag marshal’s eyebrows raised in disbelief. I could see him muttering, &lsqu...

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Small Victories
by Adrian Harte ~ Paperback / softback
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'When I first heard about this Faith No More biography, I didn't know what to think. But I have to give credit where it is due, it's a quality piece. The man has done his research and it shows. It provided me with more than a few revelations ... and I'm in the band.' -- Bill Gould, Faith No More Sm...

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Tries, Lies and Meat Pies
by Sam Thaiday ~ Paperback / softback

Sam Thaiday is one of rugby league's most highly regarded and respected players. Often seen as one of the last true larrikins of the game, Sam has entertained Brisbane Broncos, Queensland State of Origin and Australian fans over his sixteen-year career. But behind that playful facade and infectious...

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Rise
by Paige VanZant ~ Hardback

THIS BOOK IS FOR ALL THOSE WHO GOT KNOCKED DOWN AND CAME UP SWINGING. Paige VanZant is a rising Mixed Martial Arts star in the UFC's women's strawweight division and holds a reputation for her ability to defeat obstacles and brutal fights in and out of the octagon. Long before she was a fighting ...

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The Warrior Within : The Philosophies of Bruce Lee
by John R Little ~ Paperback / softback

During his lifetime, legendary martial artist Bruce Lee formulated a complex personal philosophy - a synthesis of Eastern and Western ideals - that extolled the virtues of knowledge and total mastery of one's self. However, most of his philosophical writings could be found only within the personal l...

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Everything That Remains
by Joshua Fields Millburn ~ Paperback / softback

"Like Henry David Thoreau, but with Wi-Fi." -Boston Globe What if everything you ever wanted isn't what you actually want? Twenty-something, suit-clad, and upwardly mobile, Joshua Fields Millburn thought he had everything anyone could ever want. Until he didn't anymore. Blindsided by the loss of his...

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Everybody Died, So I Got a Dog
by Emily Dean ~ Hardback

'A wonderful and very special book' Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt 'Will make you laugh, cry and stroke your dog (or any dog)' Sarah Millican 'I read it in one sitting - it's so blinking good' Lorraine Kelly 'Gorgeous, heartfelt and uplifting' Adam Hills 'Searingly honest ...

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Soil Minerals: The Key to Farming Wealth and Your Own Health
by Brown Trotter ~ Paperback

This is the interesting life story of one of New Zealand's great and gifted farmers Brown Trotter who pioneered the use of trace minerals in NZ farming and as a result he greatly increased his farm's profita­bility, improved the health and breeding of his livestock and won numerous prizes at stock s...

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Bruce Lee The Art of Expressing the Human Body
by Bruce Lee ~ Paperback / softback
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The Art of Expressing the Human Body, a title coined by Bruce Lee himself to describe his approach to martial arts, documents the techniques he used so effectively to perfect his body for superior health and muscularity. Beyond his martial arts and acting abilities, Lee's physical appearance and ...

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Sam Hunt + Special Offer!
by Sam Hunt ~ Hardback

An off-the-road biography of New Zealand's best-known poet Thirty years after Hogg and Hunt collaborated on the now-legendary Angel Gear: On the Road with Sam Hunt, the pair have decided to throw caution to the wind and proceed without doctors' certificates, to create an older, possibly wiser ...

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Hindsight
by Justin Timberlake ~ Hardback

The International Bestseller 'I can't help that my music shows who I am in this moment, what I'm drawn to, what I'm wondering about. I don't want to help it. What you hear in the words, what you feel in those songs - that's what I was feeling when I wrote them. I want you to see me, just like I wan...

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Kim Workman
by Kim Workman ~ Paperback / softback

Kim Workman grew up in the Wairarapa, son of a Pakeha mother and Maori father. His whakapapa comes from Ngati Kahungunu and Rangitane; Papawai Marae near Greytown is the place to which he always returns. Jazz musician, policeman, public servant, prison manager, prominent campaigner for restorative ...

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Hero Dogs
by Paul Lobo ~ Hardback

Ana and Hunter were failed service dogs. Recon was left for dead on the train tracks. Cody was returned to the shelter seven times before he turned two. To most, these dogs were unadoptable. Unsalvageable. Irredeemable. To retired gym teacher and grandma Wilma Melville, they were the heroes America ...

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The Voice: My Story
by Ray Warren ~ Hardback
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Ray ‘Rabbits’ Warren is the legendary voice of Australian sports commentary. People tell him he must have drunk a bottle of scotch and smoked a packet of cigarettes every day to have the voice that he has. That's not the case – at least, not anymore…The son of a railway worker, Ray placed his first ...

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What Doesn't Kill Us: how freezing water, extreme altitude, and...
by Scott Carney ~ Paperback / softback
(5.0) 4

We like to sit in air-conditioned comfort, yet each year millions of ordinary people train in CrossFit boxes, compete in Tough Mudders, and challenge themselves in Spartan races. They are connecting with their environment and, whether they realise it or not, unlocking their hidden evolutionary poten...

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Notorious RBG
by Irin Carmon ~ Hardback

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "The authors make this unassuming, most studious woman come pulsing to life. . . . Notorious RBG may be a playful project, but it asks to be read seriously. . . . That I responded so personally to it is a testimony to [its] storytelling and panache."- Jennifer Senior, New ...

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Gold Dust Woman
by Stephen Davis ~ Hardback
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! "All you ever wanted to know about Fleetwood Mac's mesmerizing frontwoman." - People Magazine "Davis is astute and respectful...adept in his literary analysis." - The New York Times Book Review Stevie Nicks is a legend of rock, but her energy and magnetism sparked new...

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Keepers of History
by Renee Hollis ~ Hardback

In 2017, Renee Hollis interviewed 120 people over the age of 100, living in every region of New Zealand. Along the way, she had the privilege of interviewing 23 World War II veterans. Her goal in compiling the book was to preserve New Zealand history by sharing the stories and memories of our eldest...

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Powerful
by Patty McCord ~ Hardback

When it comes to recruiting, motivating, and creating great teams, Patty McCord says most companies have it all wrong. McCord helped create the unique and high-performing culture at Netflix, where she was chief talent officer. In her new book, Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibili...

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When Running Made History
by Roger Robinson ~ Paperback / softback

Roger Robinson has been witness to many great moments in the history of running, and to those when running made history in ways beyond sport. As an excited child at the post-war London Olympics, an ardent spectator following the drama of Peter Snell and Murray Halberg at Rome, stadium announcer at ...

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A Perfect Union of Contrary Things
by Sarah Jensen ~ Hardback
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Here is the authorized biography of the one and only Maynard James Keenan. The book traces Keenan s journey from his Midwest childhood to his years in the Army to his time in art school, from his stint at a Boston pet shop to his place in the international spotlight and his influence on contemporary...

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