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The Mamba Mentality: How I Play
by Kobe Bryant

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English

Pages

206

Publication Date

October 23, 2018

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<p><b><i>The Mamba Mentality: How I Play</i></b><b> is Kobe Bryant鈥檚 personal perspective of his life and career on the basketball court and his exceptional, insightful style of playing the game鈥攁 fitting legacy from the late Los Angeles Laker superstar.</b></p><p>In the wake of his retirement from professional basketball, Kobe 鈥淭he Black Mamba鈥?Bryant decided to share his vast knowledge and understanding of the game to take readers on an unprecedented journey to the core of the legendary 鈥淢amba mentality.鈥?Citing an obligation and an opportunity to teach young players, hardcore fans, and devoted students of the game how to play it 鈥渢he right way,鈥?<i>The Mamba Mentality</i> takes us inside the mind of one of the most intelligent, analytical, and creative basketball players ever.</p><p>In his own words, Bryant reveals his famously detailed approach and the steps he took to prepare mentally and physically to not just succeed at the game, but to excel. Readers will learn how Bryant studied an opponent, how he channeled his passion for the game, how he played through injuries. They鈥檒l also get fascinating granular detail as he breaks down specific plays and match-ups from throughout his career.</p><p>Bryant鈥檚 detailed accounts are paired with stunning photographs by the Hall of Fame photographer Andrew D. Bernstein. Bernstein, long the Lakers and NBA official photographer, captured Bryant鈥檚 very first NBA photo in 1996 and his last in 2016鈥攁nd hundreds of thousands in between, the record of a unique, twenty-year relationship between one athlete and one photographer.</p><p>The combination of Bryant鈥檚 narrative and Bernstein鈥檚 photos make <i>The Mamba Mentality</i> an unprecedented look behind the curtain at the career of one of the world鈥檚 most celebrated and fascinating athletes.</p>
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redem...
by Laura Hillenbrand

Language

English

Pages

530

Publication Date

November 16, 2010

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<b><b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER 鈥?<b>NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE 鈥⒙?lt;/b>Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader鈥檚 Circle for author chats and more.</b><br /></b><br />In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.<br /> 聽<br /><i>Unbroken </i>is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit, brought vividly to life by <i>Seabiscuit</i> author Laura Hillenbrand.<br /><br /><b><b>Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by <i>Time</i> magazine 鈥?Winner of the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year award</b><br /></b> 聽<br /> 鈥淓xtraordinarily moving . . . a powerfully drawn survival epic.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /> <i>聽</i><br /> 鈥淸A] one-in-a-billion story . . . designed to wrench from self-respecting critics all the blurby adjectives we normally try to avoid: It is amazing, unforgettable, gripping, harrowing, chilling, and inspiring.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擭ew York</i></b><i> </i><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淪taggering . . . mesmerizing . . . Hillenbrand鈥檚 writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don鈥檛 dare take your eyes off the page.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>People</i></b><br /> <i>聽</i><br /> 鈥淎 meticulous, soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he Washington Post</i></b><br /> <i>聽</i><br /> 鈥淎mbitious and powerful . . . a startling narrative and an inspirational book.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /> <b><i>聽</i></b><br />鈥淢agnificent . . . incredible . . . [Hillenbrand] has crafted another masterful blend of sports, history and overcoming terrific odds; this is biography taken to the nth degree, a chronicle of a remarkable life lived through extraordinary times.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he Dallas Morning News</i></b><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淎n astonishing testament to the superhuman power of tenacity.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /> <i>聽</i><br /> 鈥淎 tale of triumph and redemption . . . astonishingly detailed.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>O: The Oprah Magazine</i></b><br /> <i>聽</i><br /> 鈥淸A] masterfully told true story . . . nothing less than a marvel.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Washingtonian</i></b><br /> <i>聽</i><br /> 鈥淸Hillenbrand tells this] story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter鈥檚 pace.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳ime</i></b><br /> <b><i>聽</i></b><br /> 鈥淗illenbrand [is] one of our best writers of narrative history. You don鈥檛 have to be a sports fan or a war-history buff to devour this book鈥攜ou just have to love great storytelling.鈥?lt;b>鈥擱ebecca Skloot, author of<i> The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks</i></b><i><br /></i>
The Twenty-Ninth Day: Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian ...
by Alex Messenger

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

November 12, 2019

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<p><b>Finalist for the 2020 Minnesota Book Award <br />An Outside Magazine Pick of Best Winter Books<br />A Midwest Indie Bestseller</b></p><br /><br /><p>A six-hundred-mile canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness is a seventeen-year-old鈥檚 dream adventure, but after he is mauled by a grizzly bear, it鈥檚 all about staying alive.</p><br /><br /><p>This true-life wilderness survival epic recounts seventeen-year-old Alex Messenger鈥檚 near-lethal encounter with a grizzly bear during a canoe trip in the Canadian tundra. The story follows Alex and his five companions as they paddle north through harrowing rapids and stunning terrain. Twenty-nine days into the trip, while out hiking alone, Alex is attacked by a barren-ground grizzly. Left for dead, he wakes to find that his summer adventure has become a struggle to stay alive. Over the next hours and days, Alex and his companions tend his wounds and use their resilience, ingenuity, and dogged perseverance to reach help at a remote village a thousand miles north of the US-Canadian border.</p><br /><br /><p><i>The Twenty-Ninth Day</i> is a coming-of-age story like no other, filled with inspiring subarctic landscapes, thrilling riverine paddling, and a trial by fire of the human spirit.</p>
The Impossible First: From Fire to Ice-Crossing Antarctica Alone
by Colin O'Brady

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

January 14, 2020

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<b>A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</b><br /> <br /><b>Colin O鈥橞rady鈥檚 awe-inspiring memoir spans his triumphant recovery from a tragic accident to his gripping 932-mile solo crossing of Antarctica. </b><br /><br />Prior to December 2018, no individual had ever crossed the landmass of Antarctica alone, without support and completely human powered. Yet, Colin O鈥橞rady was determined to do just that, even if, ten years earlier, there was doubt that he鈥檇 ever walk again normally. From the depths of a tragic accident, he fought his way back. In a quest to unlock his potential and discover what was possible, he went on to set three mountaineering world records before turning to this historic Antarctic challenge.<br /> <br />O鈥橞rady鈥檚 pursuit of a goal that had eluded many others was made even more intense by a head-to-head battle that emerged with British polar explorer Captain Louis Rudd鈥攁lso striving to be 鈥渢he first.鈥?Enduring Antarctica鈥檚 sub-zero temperatures and pulling a sled that initially weighed 375 pounds鈥攊n complete isolation and through a succession of whiteouts, storms, and a series of near disasters鈥擮鈥橞rady persevered.<br /> <br />Alone with his thoughts for nearly two months in the vastness of the frozen continent鈥攇ripped by fear and doubt鈥攈e reflected on his past, seeking courage and inspiration in the relationships and experiences that had shaped his life.<br /> <br />Honest, deeply moving, filled with moments of vulnerability鈥攁nd set against the backdrop of some of the most extreme environments on earth, from Mt. Everest to Antarctica鈥?lt;i>The Impossible First</i> reveals how anyone can reject limits, overcome immense obstacles, and discover what matters most.
Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Fr茅mont Mapped the West, In...
by Steve Inskeep

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English

Pages

474

Publication Date

January 14, 2020

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<b><b>Steve Inskeep tells the riveting story of John and Jessie Fr茅mont, the husband and wife team who in the 1800s were instrumental in the westward expansion of the United States, and thus became America's first great political couple </b></b><br /><br />John C. Fr茅mont, one of the United States鈥檚 leading explorers of the nineteenth century, was relatively unknown in 1842, when he commanded the first of his expeditions to the uncharted West. But in only a few years, he was one of the most acclaimed people of the age 鈥?known as a wilderness explorer, bestselling writer, gallant army officer, and latter-day conquistador, who in 1846 began the United States鈥檚 takeover of California from Mexico. He was not even 40 years old when Americans began naming mountains and towns after him. He had perfect timing, exploring the West just as it captured the nation鈥檚 attention. But the most important factor in his fame may have been the person who made it all possible: his wife, Jessie Benton Fr茅mont. <br /> 聽<br /> Jessie, the daughter of a United States senator who was deeply involved in the West, provided her husband with entr茅e to the highest levels of government and media, and his career reached new heights only a few months after their elopement. During a time when women were allowed to make few choices for themselves, Jessie 鈥?who herself aspired to roles in exploration and politics 鈥?threw her skill and passion into promoting her husband. She worked to carefully edit and publicize his accounts of his travels, attracted talented young men to his circle, and lashed out at his enemies. She became her husband鈥檚 political adviser, as well as a power player in her own right. In 1856, the famous couple strategized as John became the first-ever presidential nominee of the newly established Republican Party. <br /><br /> With rare detail and in consummate style, Steve Inskeep tells the story of a couple whose joint ambitions and talents intertwined with those of the nascent United States itself. Taking advantage of expanding news media, aided by an increasingly literate public, the two linked their names to the three great national movements of the time鈥攚estward settlement, women鈥檚 rights, and opposition to slavery. Together, John and Jessie Fr茅mont took parts in events that defined the country and gave rise to a new, more global America. Theirs is a surprisingly modern tale of ambition and fame; they lived in a time of social and technological disruption and divisive politics that foreshadowed our own. In <i>Imperfect Union</i>, as Inskeep navigates these deeply transformative years through Jessie and John鈥檚 own union, he reveals how the Fr茅monts鈥?adventures amount to nothing less than a tour of the early American soul.
Return to Earth
by , Wayne Warga

Language

English

Pages

352

Publication Date

December 15, 2015

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<b>Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin鈥檚 courageous, candid memoir of his return to Earth after the historic moon landing and his personal struggle with fame and depression.</b><br /><br /> 鈥淲e landed with all the grace of a freight elevator,鈥?Buzz Aldrin relates in the opening passages of <i>Return to Earth</i>, remembering Command Module <i>Columbia</i>鈥檚 abrupt descent into the gravity of the blue planet. With that splash, Aldrin takes readers on a journey through the human side of the space program, as one of the first two men to land on the moon learns to cope with the pressures of his new public persona.<br /> 聽<br /> In honest and compelling prose, Aldrin reveals a side of instant fame for which West Point and NASA could never have prepared him. One day a fighter pilot and engineer, the next a cultural hero burdened with the adoration of thousands, Aldrin gives a poignant account of the affair that threatened his marriage, as well as his descent into alcoholism and depression that resulted from trying to be too many things to too many people.<br /> 聽<br /> He didn鈥檛 realize that when he landed on his home planet his odyssey had just begun. As Aldrin puts it, 鈥淚 traveled to the moon, but the most significant voyage of my life began when I returned from where no man had been before.鈥?lt;br /> 聽<br /><i>Return to Earth</i> is a powerful and moving memoir that exposes the stresses suffered by those in the Apollo program and the price Buzz Aldrin paid when he became an American icon.<br /> 聽
The Mapmaker's Wife: A True Tale Of Love, Murder, And Survival In...
by Robert Whitaker

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

November 05, 2008

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In the early years of the 18th century, a band of French scientists set off on a daring, decade-long expedition to South America in a race to measure the precise shape of the earth. Like Lewis and Clark's exploration of the American West, their incredible mission revealed the mysteries of a little-known continent to a world hungry for discovery. Scaling 16,000foot mountains in the Peruvian Andes, and braving jaguars, pumas, insects, and vampire bats in the jungle, the scientists barely completed their mission. One was murdered, another perished from fever, and a third-Jean Godin-nearly died of heartbreak. At the expedition's end, Jean and his Peruvian wife, Isabel Grames貿n, became stranded at opposite ends of the Amazon, victims of a tangled web of international politics. Isabel's solo journey to reunite with Jean after their calamitous twenty-year separation was so dramatic that it left all of 18th-century Europe spellbound. Her survival-unprecedented in the annals of Amazon exploration-was a testament to human endurance, female resourcefulness, and the power of devotion.Drawing on the original writings of the French mapmakers, as well as his own experience retracing Isabel's journey, acclaimed writer Robert Whitaker weaves a riveting tale rich in adventure, intrigue, and scientific achievement. Never before told, The Mapmaker's Wife is an epic love story that unfolds against the backdrop of "the greatest expedition the world has ever known."
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing

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English

Pages

292

Publication Date

April 29, 2014

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<b>The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age.</b><br /> <br />In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the <i>Endurance </i>and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day's sail short of its destination, the <i>Endurance </i>became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men. When their ship was finally crushed between two ice floes, they attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic's heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization.<br /> <br />In <i>Endurance</i>, the definitive account of Ernest Shackleton's fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.<br />
BAD KARMA: The True Story of a Mexican Surf Trip from Hell
by Paul Wilson

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English

Pages

264

Publication Date

November 10, 2019

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In the summer of 1978, twenty-one-year-old Paul Wilson jumps at the chance to join two local icons on a dream surf trip to mainland Mexico, unaware their ultimate destination lies in the heart of drug cartel country. Having no earthly idea of where he鈥檒l get the money to pay his share, and determined to prove his mettle, he does the only thing he can think of: He robs a supermarket. And, if karma didn鈥檛 already have enough reason to doom the trip, he soon learns one of his companions is a convicted killer on the run, and the other an unscrupulous cad. Mishap and misfortune rule the days, and mere survival takes precedence over surfing. <br />Original photographs (including pre-kingpin El Chapo), and Wilson鈥檚 strong narrative style, combine to make this true story personal鈥攊n the tradition of Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer, and Barbarian Days, A Surfing Life by William Finnegan鈥攅xcept this tale had to wait for the statute of limitations to expire before it could be told.<br /><br /><strong>鈥淏ad Karma is one badass piece of work.鈥?lt;em> 鈥?Jan Goode</em></strong><br /><br /><strong>鈥淗angin with El Chapo. Wow.鈥?lt;em> 鈥?JBA</em></strong><br /><br /><strong>鈥淗aven鈥檛 read a book this fun in 30 years.鈥?lt;em> 鈥?Tracy</em></strong><br /><br /><strong>鈥淥ne of the funniest true stories I've ever read.鈥?lt;em> 鈥?Penny Pennell</em></strong><br /><br /><strong>鈥淧aul鈥檚 writing is so colorful, so real...鈥?lt;em> 鈥?Jean Ready Froning</em></strong><br /><br /><strong>鈥淲hat an awesome adventure! Easy reading that I couldn鈥檛 put down.<em> 鈥?Laura Herron</em></strong><br /><br />
Into Thin Air
by Jon Krakauer

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

November 12, 1998

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<b>National Bestseller聽</b><br /><br />A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for <b>Into Thin Air</b>, Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster.<br /><br />By writing <b>Into Thin Air</b>, Krakauer may have hoped to exorcise some of his own demons and lay to rest some of the painful questions that still surround the event. He takes great pains to provide a balanced picture of the people and events he witnessed and gives due credit to the tireless and dedicated Sherpas. He also avoids blasting easy targets such as Sandy Pittman, the wealthy socialite who brought an espresso maker along on the expedition. Krakauer's highly personal inquiry into the catastrophe provides a great deal of insight into what went wrong. But for Krakauer himself, further interviews and investigations only lead him to the conclusion that his perceived failures were directly responsible for a fellow climber's death. Clearly, Krakauer remains haunted by the disaster, and although he relates a number of incidents in which he acted selflessly and even heroically, he seems unable to view those instances objectively. In the end, despite his evenhanded and even generous assessment of others' actions, he reserves a full measure of vitriol for himself. <br /><br />This updated edition of <b>Into Thin Air</b> includes an extensive new postscript that sheds fascinating light on the acrimonious debate that flared between Krakauer and Everest guide Anatoli Boukreev in the wake of the tragedy.聽聽"I have no doubt that Boukreev's intentions were good on summit day," writes Krakauer in the postscript, dated August 1999. "What disturbs me, though, was Boukreev's refusal to acknowledge the possibility that he made even a single poor decision. Never did he indicate that perhaps it wasn't the best choice to climb without gas or go down ahead of his clients." As usual, Krakauer supports his points with dogged research and a good dose of humility. But rather than continue the heated discourse that has raged since <b>Into Thin Air</b>'s denouncement of guide Boukreev, Krakauer's tone is conciliatory; he points most of his criticism at G. Weston De Walt, who coauthored <b>The Climb</b>, Boukreev's version of events. And in a touching conclusion, Krakauer recounts his last conversation with the late Boukreev, in which the two weathered climbers agreed to disagree about certain points. Krakauer had great hopes to patch things up with Boukreev, but the Russian later died in an avalanche on another Himalayan peak, Annapurna I. <br /><br />In 1999, Krakauer received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters--a prestigious prize intended "to honor writers of exceptional accomplishment."聽聽According to the Academy's citation, "Krakauer combines the tenacity and courage of the finest tradition of investigative journalism with the stylish subtlety and profound insight of the born writer.聽聽His account of an ascent of Mount Everest has led to a general reevaluation of climbing and of the commercialization of what was once a romantic, solitary sport; while his account of the life and death of Christopher McCandless, who died of starvation after challenging the Alaskan wilderness, delves even more deeply and disturbingly into the fascination of nature and the devastating effects of its lure on a young and curious mind."

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