"The Great Depression: A Diary"
By Benjamin Roth
An account of living during the Great Depression as told by Benjamin Roth, born in New York in 1894. After the market crash in 1929, Roth began to write about American economic life as a means to make sense of it himself and continued until his death in the late 1970s.
"The Diary of a Young Girl"
By Anne Frank
The famous diary written by Anne Frank, a teenage girl in hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam during WWII.
"Sound Bites: Eating on Tour with Franz Ferdinand"
By Alex Kapranos
In this book, Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos, who worked as a chef prior to his musical career, chronicles his unusual food encounters while touring with the band.
"The Diary of Samuel Pepys"
By Samuel Pepys
The daily reflections of Londoner Samuel Pepys, kept from 1660 to 1669, in which Pepys witnesses the Plague's devastation, London's Great Fire of 1666, and sheds light on daily business and cultural life of the era.
"Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets and Growing Up in the 1970s"
By Margaret Sartor
Written by Duke's documentary studies professor Margaret Sartor in her teenage years, Sartor's diary encompasses her teenage years during which she wrestles with her own insecurities as a highly intelligent and creative teenage girl, her spirituality and budding sexuality and observes the last gasps of segregation.
"Two Memoirs of Renaissance Florence: The Diaries of Buonaccorso Pitti and Gregorio Dati"
Edited by Gene Brucker, translated by Julia Martines
These diaries kept individually by two 14th century Italian businessmen in Florence offer insight into Renaissance society, politics and business.
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