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Faces & Places 2011

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Faces & Places 2011

Faces & Places: Biography, Memoir and History

Shopping for a history buff, a sports fan, or perhaps a railroad enthusiast? Our "Faces & Places" category has some great choices, from historical narratives to inspiring memoirs.

America's Great Railroad Stations by Roger Straus III, Hugh Van Dusen, and Ed Breslin - Transportation


For much of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the railroad station or depot was the communal hub of every American town that could boast of train service. AMERICA'S GREAT RAILROAD STATIONS tells the astonishing story of these enduring structures and the important role they still play in the country's landscape.

Lions of the West: Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion by Robert Morgan - Biography/History

Robert Morgan tells the story of 10 legendary Americans during the country’s era of westward expansion. With illustrations, portraits, maps, battle plans, appendixes, notes and time lines, LIONS OF THE WEST is a richly authoritative biography of America as compelling as a grand novel.

Praying for Strangers: An Adventure of the Human Spirit by River Jordan - Memoir

As 2009 approached, New Year's resolutions were the last thing on River Jordan's mind. Her sons were both about to go off to war, and all she could do was pray for their safety and hope to maintain her strength, until she unexpectedly came upon the perfect New Year's resolution --- one that focused on others instead of herself. She would pray for a complete stranger every single day for a year.

Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton by Jeff Pearlman - Biography


Crafted from interviews with more than 700 sources, acclaimed sportswriter Jeff Pearlman has produced the first definitive biography of legendary NFL running back Walter Payton, nicknamed “Sweetness.”