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Becoming
by Michelle Obama

Language

English

Pages

428

Publication Date

November 13, 2018

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<b>An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States</b><br /> 聽<br /><b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES</i>聽BESTSELLER 鈥?OPRAH鈥橲 BOOK CLUB PICK 鈥⒙燦AACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER</b><br /><br /> 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鈥攖he first African American to serve in that role鈥攕he helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. <br /> 聽<br /> In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her鈥攆rom her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world鈥檚 most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it鈥攊n her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, <i>Becoming</i> is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations鈥攁nd whose story inspires us to do the same.
Renia's Diary: A Holocaust Journal
by Renia Spiegel

Language

English

Pages

328

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<p><b>A <i>New York Times </i>bestseller </b><br /><b>A <i>USA Today</i> bestseller</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>The long-hidden diary of a young Polish woman's life during the Holocaust, translated for the first time into English</b></p><p>Renia Spiegel was born in 1924 to an upper-middle class Jewish family living in southeastern Poland, near what was at that time the border with Romania. At the start of 1939 Renia began a diary. 鈥淚 just want a friend. I want somebody to talk to about my everyday worries and joys. Somebody who would feel what I feel, who would believe me, who would never reveal my secrets. A human being can never be such a friend and that鈥檚 why I have decided to look for a confidant in the form of a diary.鈥?And so begins an extraordinary document of an adolescent girl鈥檚 hopes and dreams. By the fall of 1939, Renia and her younger sister Elizabeth (n茅e Ariana) were staying with their grandparents in Przemysl, a city in the south, just as the German and Soviet armies invaded Poland. Cut off from their mother, who was in Warsaw, Renia and her family were plunged into war.</p><br /><p>Like Anne Frank, Renia鈥檚 diary became a record of her daily life as the Nazis spread throughout Europe. Renia writes of her mundane school life, her daily drama with best friends, falling in love with her boyfriend Zygmund, as well as the agony of missing her mother, separated by bombs and invading armies. Renia had aspirations to be a writer, and the diary is filled with her poignant and thoughtful poetry. When she was forced into the city鈥檚 ghetto with the other Jews, Zygmund is able to smuggle her out to hide with his parents, taking Renia out of the ghetto, but not, ultimately to safety. The diary ends in July 1942, completed by Zygmund, after Renia is murdered by the Gestapo.</p><br /><p><i>Renia's Diary</i> has been translated from the original Polish, and includes a preface, afterword, and notes by her surviving sister, Elizabeth Bellak. An extraordinary historical document, Renia Spiegel survives through the beauty of her words and the efforts of those who loved her and preserved her legacy.</p>
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
by Dani Shapiro

Language

English

Pages

250

Publication Date

January 15, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER聽<br /><br />鈥淎 gripping genetic detective story, and a meditation on the meaning of parenthood and family.鈥?鈥擩ennifer Egan, author of聽<i>Manhattan Beach</i>聽</b><br /> <b><i>聽</i></b><br /> <b>From the acclaimed, best-selling memoirist, novelist鈥斺€渁 writer of rare talent鈥?(Cheryl Strayed)鈥?and <b>聽host of the hit podcast聽<i>Family Secrets, </i>comes聽</b>a memoir about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test: an exploration of the urgent ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments and DNA testing, and a profound inquiry of paternity, identity, and love.</b><br /><br />What makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us?<br /> 聽聽聽聽 In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history--the life she had lived--crumbled beneath her.<br /> <i>Inheritance聽</i>is a book about secrets--secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman's urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history. It is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in--a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.
Call the Nurse: True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isl...
by Mary J. MacLeod

Language

English

Pages

321

Publication Date

April 04, 2013

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Tired of the pace and noise of life near London and longing for a better place to raise their young children, Mary J. MacLeod and her husband encountered their dream while vacationing on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides. Enthralled by its windswept beauty, they soon were the proud owners of a near-derelict croft house鈥攁 farmer鈥檚 stone cottage鈥攐n 鈥渁 small acre鈥?of land. Mary assumed duties as the island鈥檚 district nurse.<i> Call the Nurse</i> is her account of the enchanted years she and her family spent there, coming to know its folk as both patients and friends.<br /><br /> In anecdotes that are by turns funny, sad, moving, and tragic, she recalls them all, the crofters and their laird, the boatmen and tradesmen, young lovers and forbidding churchmen. Against the old-fashioned island culture and the grandeur of mountain and sea unfold indelible stories: a young woman carried through snow for airlift to the hospital; a rescue by boat; the marriage of a gentle giant and the island beauty; a ghostly encounter; the shocking discovery of a woman in chains; the flames of a heather fire at night; an unexploded bomb from World War II; and the joyful, tipsy celebration of a ceilidh. Gaelic fortitude meets a nurse鈥檚 compassion in these wonderful true stories from rural Scotland.
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Language

English

Pages

155

Publication Date

July 14, 2015

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<b><b><b>Hailed by Toni Morrison as 鈥渞equired reading,鈥?a bold and personal literary exploration of America鈥檚 racial history by 鈥渢he single best writer on the subject of race in the United States鈥?(<i>The New York Observer</i>)</b><br /><br />#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER | NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER | NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER | PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST |聽<b>NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST |聽NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>The New York Times Book Review 鈥?O: The Oprah Magazine 鈥?The Washington Post 鈥?People 鈥?<b><i>Entertainment Weekly 鈥⒙?lt;/i></b>Vogue 鈥⒙燣os Angeles Times 鈥?San Francisco Chronicle 鈥?Chicago Tribune 鈥?New York 鈥?Newsday 鈥⒙燣ibrary Journal 鈥?Publishers Weekly</i></b><br /></b></b><br />In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation鈥檚 history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of 鈥渞ace,鈥?a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men鈥攂odies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?<br /><br /> <i>Between the World and Me </i>is Ta-Nehisi Coates鈥檚 attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son鈥攁nd readers鈥攖he story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children鈥檚 lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, <i>Between the World and Me </i>clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Between the World and Me</i></b><br /><br />鈥淧owerful . . . a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today.鈥?lt;b>鈥擬ichiko Kakutani, <i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淓loquent . . . in the tradition of James Baldwin with echoes of Ralph Ellison鈥檚 <i>Invisible Man</i> . . . an autobiography of the black body in America.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Boston Globe</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淏rilliant . . . [Coates] is firing on all cylinders.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淯rgent, lyrical, and devastating . . . a new classic of our time.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Vogue</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淎 crucial book during this moment of generational awakening.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The New Yorker</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淭itanic and timely . . . essential reading.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b>
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson

Language

English

Pages

354

Publication Date

October 21, 2014

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<b><b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES聽</i>BESTSELLER 鈥⒙?lt;b>A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice鈥攆rom one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time<b>, as seen in the HBO documentary聽<i>True Justice</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淸Bryan Stevenson鈥檚] dedication to fighting for justice and equality has inspired me and many others and made a lasting impact on our country.鈥?lt;b>鈥擩ohn Legend</b><br /><br />SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX 鈥⒙燦amed One of the Best Books of the Year by <i>The New York Times 鈥?The Washington Post 鈥?The Boston Globe 鈥?The Seattle Times 鈥?Esquire 鈥?Time</i></b><br /></b></b><br /> Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn鈥檛 commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship鈥攁nd transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.<br /><br /> <i>Just Mercy </i>is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer鈥檚 coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.<br /><br /><b>Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction 鈥⒙燱inner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction 鈥?Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award 鈥?Finalist for the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> Book Prize 鈥?Finalist for the聽<i>Kirkus Reviews聽</i>Prize 鈥?An American Library Association Notable Book</b><br /><br />鈥淓very bit as moving as <i>To Kill a Mockingbird, </i>and in some ways more so . . . a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields.鈥?lt;b>鈥擠avid Cole, <i>The New York Review of Books</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淪earing, moving . . . Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be America鈥檚 Mandela.鈥?lt;b>鈥擭icholas Kristof, <i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淵ou don鈥檛 have to read too long to start cheering for this man. . . . The message of this book . . . is that evil can be overcome, a difference can be made. <i>Just Mercy</i> will make you upset and it will make you hopeful.鈥?lt;b>鈥擳ed Conover, <i>The New York Times Book Review </i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淚nspiring . . . a work of style, substance and clarity . . . Stevenson is not only a great lawyer, he鈥檚 also a gifted writer and storyteller.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淎s deeply moving, poignant and powerful a book as has been, and maybe ever can be, written about the death penalty.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he Financial Times</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淏rilliant.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he Philadelphia Inquirer</i></b>
The Yellow House: A Memoir
by Sarah M. Broom

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

August 13, 2019

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<b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><p></p><p><b>A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East.</b></p><p></p><p>In 1961, Sarah M. Broom鈥檚 mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant鈥攖he postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarah鈥檚 father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. But after Simon died, six months after Sarah鈥檚 birth, the Yellow House would become Ivory Mae鈥檚 thirteenth and most unruly child.</p> <p>A book of great ambition, Sarah M. Broom鈥檚 <i>The Yellow House</i> tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America鈥檚 most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mother鈥檚 struggle against a house's entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina. <i>The Yellow House</i> expands the map of New Orleans to include the stories of its lesser known natives, guided deftly by one of its native daughters, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. Located in the gap between the 鈥淏ig Easy鈥?of tourist guides and the New Orleans in which Broom was raised, <i>The Yellow House</i> is a brilliant memoir of place, class, race, the seeping rot of inequality, and the internalized shame that often follows. It is a transformative, deeply moving story from an unparalleled new voice of startling clarity, authority, and power.</p>
Life Is So Good
by , Richard Glaubman

Language

English

Pages

274

Publication Date

May 09, 2000

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One man鈥檚 extraordinary journey through the twentieth century and how he learned to read at age 98<br /> 聽<br /> <b>鈥淭hings will be all right. People need to hear that. Life is good, just as it is. There isn鈥檛 anything I would change about my life.鈥濃€擥eorge Dawson</b><br /> <b>聽</b><br /> In this remarkable book, George Dawson, a slave鈥檚 grandson who learned to read at age 98 and lived to the age of 103, reflects on his life and shares valuable lessons in living, as well as a fresh, firsthand view of America during the entire sweep of the twentieth century. Richard Glaubman captures Dawson鈥檚 irresistible voice and view of the world, offering insights into humanity, history, hardships, and happiness. From segregation and civil rights, to the wars and the presidents, to defining moments in history, George Dawson鈥檚 description and assessment of the last century inspires readers with the message that has sustained him through it all: 鈥淟ife is so good. I do believe it鈥檚 getting better.鈥?lt;br /> 聽<br /> <b>WINNER OF THE CHRISTOPHER AWARD</b><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淎 remarkable autobiography . . . . the feel-good story of the year.鈥濃€?lt;i>The Christian Science Monitor</i> <br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淎 testament to the power of perseverance.鈥濃€?lt;i>USA Today</i><br /> <i>聽</i><br /> 鈥?lt;i>Life Is So Good </i>is about character, soul and spirit. . . . The pride in standing his ground is matched鈥攎aybe even exceeded鈥攂y the accomplishment of [George Dawson鈥檚] hard-won education.鈥濃€?lt;i>The Washington Post</i><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淓loquent . . . engrossing . . . an astonishing and unforgettable memoir.鈥濃€?lt;i>Publishers Weekly</i><br /> <b>聽</b><br /> <b>Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more.</b>
The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story
by Hyeonseo Lee

Language

English

Pages

322

Publication Date

July 02, 2015

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<h2>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</h2><p>An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world鈥檚 most ruthless and secretive dictatorships 鈥?and the story of one woman鈥檚 terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom.</p><p>As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom and, as the famine of the 1990s struck, she began to wonder, question and to realise that she had been brainwashed her entire life. Given the repression, poverty and starvation she witnessed surely her country could not be, as she had been told 鈥渢he best on the planet鈥?</p><p>Aged seventeen, she decided to escape North Korea. She could not have imagined that it would be twelve years before she was reunited with her family.</p>
Raking Light from Ashes: A WW2 Jewish Girl's Holocaust Survival T...
by Relli Robinson

Language

English

Pages

328

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<h3><b>A young girl holding a false identity. two families. and an incredible tale of survival鈥?lt;/b></h3><p>Relli, a Jewish girl in Poland, was denied a normal childhood.</p><p>When Relli was just a baby, the Nazis occupied Poland and she, together with her parents, were imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto, a way station before death.</p><p>Her parents correctly assessed the new situation and decided to act heroically in order to save their only child. They succeeded in smuggling her out of the Ghetto and entrusted her to a Gentile Polish couple who agreed to hide her for the duration of the war under a false identity.</p><p>Overnight, Relli became Lala.</p><p>Yet hope did not remain alive for long.</p><p>Destruction and devastation engulfed Poland and soon little Lala was forced to escape and hide along with her new parents, merely to survive.</p><p>This is the amazing story of Relli Robinson, who, thanks to kindhearted, courageous people and a tenacious capacity for survival, was able to get through the most difficult times in the history of humankind. An orphan girl, the sole survivor of her entire family.</p>

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