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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.
Know My Name: A Memoir
by Chanel Miller

Language

English

Pages

367

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<b><b>An Instant </b><b><i>New York Times </i></b><b>Bestseller</b><br /><br /><b>Chosen as a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by </b><b><i>The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post</i></b><b>,</b><b><i> TIME, Elle</i></b><b>,</b><b><i> Glamour</i></b><b>, </b><b><i>Parade, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, BookRiot</i></b><br /><br />"Miller is an extraordinary writer: plain, precise and moving." --<i>NPR</i><br /><br />"<i>Know My Name</i> is a gut-punch, and in the end, somehow, also blessedly hopeful." --<i>Washington Post</i><br /><br />"<i>Know My Name </i>marks the debut of a gifted young writer. Miller's words are purpose. They are maps. And she is a treasure who has prevailed." --<i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br />She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral--viewed by eleven million people within four days, it was translated globally and read on the floor of Congress; it inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Thousands wrote to say that she had given them the courage to share their own experiences of assault for the first time.<br /><br />Now she reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words. It was the perfect case, in many ways--there were eyewitnesses, Turner ran away, physical evidence was immediately secured. But her struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial reveal the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios. Her story illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicts a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, and, ultimately, shines with the courage required to move through suffering and live a full and beautiful life.<br /> <br /><i>Know My Name</i> will forever transform the way we think about sexual assault, challenging our beliefs about what is acceptable and speaking truth to the tumultuous reality of healing. It also introduces readers to an extraordinary writer, one whose words have already changed our world. Entwining pain, resilience, and humor, this memoir will stand as a modern classic.
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Wh...
by Sonia Purnell

Language

English

Pages

368

Publication Date

April 09, 2019

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<b><b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER<br /><br /></b>Chosen as a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by <i>NPR</i>, the New York Public Library, Amazon, the <i>Seattle Times</i>, the <i>Washington Independent Review of Books</i>, <i>PopSugar</i>, the <i>Minneapolis Star Tribune</i>, BookBrowse, the <i>Spectator</i>, and the <i>Times of London</i><br /><br />鈥淓<b>xcellent鈥his book is as riveting as any thriller, and as hard to put down</b>.鈥?-- <i>The New York Times Book Review</i><br /><br />"A compelling biography of a masterful spy, and a reminder of what can be done with a few brave people -- and a little resistance." - <b>NPR</b><br /><br /><b>A never-before-told story of Virginia Hall, the American spy who changed the course of World War II, from the author of <i>Clementine.</i></b></b><br /><br />In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her." <br /><br />The target in their sights was Virginia Hall, a Baltimore socialite who talked her way into Special Operations Executive, the spy organization dubbed Winston Churchill's "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare." She became the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines and--despite her prosthetic leg--helped to light the flame of the French Resistance, revolutionizing secret warfare as we know it. <br /><br />Virginia established vast spy networks throughout France, called weapons and explosives down from the skies, and became a linchpin for the Resistance. Even as her face covered wanted posters and a bounty was placed on her head, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. She finally escaped through a death-defying hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown. But she plunged back in, adamant that she had more lives to save, and led a victorious guerilla campaign, liberating swathes of France from the Nazis after D-Day.<br /><br />Based on new and extensive research, Sonia Purnell has for the first time uncovered the full secret life of Virginia Hall--an astounding and inspiring story of heroism, spycraft, resistance, and personal triumph over shocking adversity. <i>A Woman of No Importance</i> is the breathtaking story of how one woman's fierce persistence helped win the war.
Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me
by Adrienne Brodeur

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>鈥淓xquisite and harrowing.鈥?</b>鈥?lt;b><i>New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br /><b>鈥淭his electrifying, gorgeously written memoir will hold you captive until the last word.鈥?鈥?lt;i>People</i><br /><br /> NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2019 BY </b><i><b>NPR * BuzzFeed *聽Slate *聽</b></i><b>Chicago Public Library *聽</b><i><b>Real Simple * Library Journal * Washington Post *聽</b></i><b>Amazon * CBC</b><br /><b>A daughter鈥檚 tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity.</b><br /><br /> On a hot July night on Cape Cod when Adrienne was fourteen, her mother, Malabar, woke her at midnight with five simple words that would set the course of both of their lives for years to come: <i>Ben Souther just kissed me.</i>聽<br /> 聽<br /> Adrienne instantly became her mother鈥檚 confidante and helpmate, blossoming in the sudden light of her attention, and from then on, Malabar came to rely on her daughter to help orchestrate what would become an epic affair with her husband鈥檚 closest friend. The affair would have calamitous consequences for everyone involved, impacting Adrienne鈥檚 life in profound ways, driving her into a precarious marriage of her own, and then into a deep depression. Only years later will she find the strength to embrace her life鈥攁nd her mother鈥攐n her own terms. 聽<br /><br /><i>Wild Game</i>聽is a brilliant, timeless memoir about how the people close to us can break our hearts simply because they have access to them, and聽the lies we tell in order to justify the choices we make.聽It鈥檚 a remarkable story of resilience, a reminder that we need not be the parents our parents were to us.
Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times (The Mid...
by Jennifer Worth

Language

English

Pages

352

Publication Date

August 29, 2012

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<b>The highest-rated drama in BBC history, <i>Call the Midwife</i> will delight fans of <i>Downton Abbey</i></b><br /><br /> Viewers everywhere have fallen in love with this candid look at post-war London. In the 1950s, twenty-two-year-old Jenny Lee leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in London's East End slums. While delivering babies all over the city, Jenny encounters a colorful cast of women鈥攆rom the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives, to the woman with twenty-four children who can't speak English, to the prostitutes of the city's seedier side.<br /><br />An unfortgettable story of motherhood, the bravery of a community, and the strength of remarkable and inspiring women,聽<i>Call the Midwife</i> is the true story behind the beloved PBS series, which will soon return for its sixth season.
High Achiever: The Incredible True Story of One Addict's Double L...
by Tiffany Jenkins

Language

English

Pages

371

Publication Date

June 18, 2019

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<b>NATIONAL BESTSELLER 鈥?An up-close portrait of the mind of an addict and a life unraveled by narcotics鈥攁 memoir of captivating urgency and surprising humor that puts a human face on the opioid crisis.</b><br /><b>聽<br /><b>鈥淩aw, brutal, and shocking. Move over,聽<i>Orange Is the New Black.</i>鈥濃€擜my Dresner, author of聽<i>My Fair Junkie</i></b><br /></b><br />When word got out<b>聽</b>that Tiffany Jenkins was withdrawing from opiates on the floor of a jail cell, people in her town were shocked. Not because of the twenty felonies she鈥檇 committed, or the nature of her crimes, or even that she鈥檇 been captain of the high school cheerleading squad just a few years earlier, but because her boyfriend was a Deputy Sherriff, and his friends鈥攖heir friends鈥攚ere the ones who鈥檇 arrested her.<br />聽<br />A raw and twisty page-turning memoir that reads like fiction,聽<i>High Achiever聽</i>spans Tiffany鈥檚 life as an active opioid addict, her 120 days in a Florida jail where every officer despised what she鈥檇 done to their brother in blue, and her eventual recovery. With heart-racing urgency and unflinching honesty, Jenkins takes you inside the grips of addiction and the desperate decisions it breeds. She is a born storyteller who lived an incredible story, from blackmail by an ex-boyfriend to a soul-shattering deal with a drug dealer, and her telling brims with suspense and unexpected wit. But the true surprise is her path to recovery. Tiffany breaks through the stigma and silence to offer hope and inspiration to anyone battling the disease鈥攚hether it鈥檚 a loved one or themselves.
Boys in the Trees: A Memoir
by Carly Simon

Language

English

Pages

385

Publication Date

November 24, 2015

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<p>Carly Simon's <i>New York Times</i> bestselling memoir, <i>Boys in the Trees</i>, reveals her remarkable life, beginning with her storied childhood as the third daughter of Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster, her musical debut as half of The Simon Sisters performing folk songs with her sister Lucy in Greenwich Village, to a meteoric solo career that would result in 13 top 40 hits, including the #1 song "You're So Vain." She was the first artist in history to win a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award, for her song "Let the River Run" from the movie <i>Working Girl</i>. </p><p>The memoir recalls a childhood enriched by music and culture, but also one shrouded in secrets that would eventually tear her family apart. Simon brilliantly captures moments of creative inspiration, the sparks of songs, and the stories behind writing "Anticipation" and "We Have No Secrets" among many others. Romantic entanglements with some of the most famous men of the day fueled her confessional lyrics, as well as the unraveling of her storybook marriage to James Taylor.</p>
We Are the Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life
by Laura McKowen

Language

English

Pages

248

Publication Date

January 07, 2020

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<strong>鈥?lt;em>We Are the Luckiest </em>is a masterpiece. It鈥檚 the truest, most generous, honest, and helpful sobriety memoir I鈥檝e read. It鈥檚 going to save lives.鈥?lt;br /> 鈥?Glennon Doyle, #1 <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of <em>Love Warrior: A Memoir</em></strong><br /> <br /> What could possibly be 鈥渓ucky鈥?about addiction? Absolutely nothing, thought Laura McKowen when drinking brought her to her knees. As she puts it, she 鈥渒icked and screamed . . . wishing for something 鈥?anything 鈥?else鈥?to be her issue. The people who got to drink normally, she thought, were so damn lucky.<br /> <br /> But in the midst of early sobriety, when no longer able to anesthetize her pain and anxiety, she realized that she was actually the lucky one. Lucky to feel her feelings, live honestly, really be with her daughter, change her legacy. She recognized that 鈥渢hose of us who answer the invitation to wake up, whatever our invitation, are really the luckiest of all.鈥?lt;br /> <br /> Here, in straight-talking chapters filled with personal stories, McKowen addresses issues such as facing facts, the question of AA, and other people鈥檚 drinking. Without sugarcoating the struggles of sobriety, she relentlessly emphasizes the many blessings of an honest life, one without secrets and debilitating shame.
Even the Stars Look Lonesome
by Maya Angelou

Language

English

Pages

148

Publication Date

January 22, 2014

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See the difference, read Maya Angelou in Large Print<br /><br />* About Large Print<br />All Random House Large Print editions are published in a 16-point typeface<br /><br /><br /><br />This wise book is the wonderful continuation of the bestselling <b>Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now</b>.<br /><br />Even the Stars Look Lonesome is Maya Angelou talking of the things she cares about most. In her unique, spellbinding way, she re-creates intimate personal experiences and gives us her wisdom on a wide variety of subjects. She tells us how a house can both hurt its occupants and heal them. She talks about Africa. She gives us a profile of Oprah. She enlightens us about age and sexuality. She confesses to the problems fame brings and shares with us the indelible lessons she has learned about rage and violence. And she sings the praises of sensuality.<br />聽聽聽聽<br /><br /><br />Even the Stars Look Lonesome imparts the lessons of a lifetime.
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>

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