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Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don...
by Malcolm Gladwell

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English

Pages

401

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>A Best Book of the Year: <i>The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, </i>and<i> Detroit Free Pres</i></b><i></i><b></b><b></b><i></i><i></i><i></i><br /><b>Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller <i>Outliers</i>, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers -- and why they often go wrong.</b><br />How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn't true?<br />While tackling these questions, Malcolm Gladwell was not solely writing a book for the page. He was also producing for the ear. In the audiobook version of <i>Talking to Strangers</i>, you'll hear the voices of people he interviewed--scientists, criminologists, military psychologists. Court transcripts are brought to life with re-enactments. You actually hear the contentious arrest of Sandra Bland by the side of the road in Texas. As Gladwell revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, and the suicide of Sylvia Plath, you hear directly from many of the players in these real-life tragedies. There's even a theme song - Janelle Monae's "Hell You Talmbout."<br />Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Wh...
by Sonia Purnell

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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.
When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains
by Ariana Neumann

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English

Pages

335

Publication Date

February 04, 2020

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<b>In this remarkably moving memoir</b><b> Ariana Neumann dives into the secrets of her father鈥檚 past: years spent hiding in plain sight in war-torn Berlin, the annihilation of dozens of family members in the Holocaust, and the courageous choice to build anew.</b><br /><br />In 1941, the first Neumann family member was taken by the Nazis, arrested in German-occupied Czechoslovakia for bathing in a stretch of river forbidden to Jews. He was transported to Auschwitz. Eighteen days later his prisoner number was entered into the morgue book.<br /> <br />Of thirty-four Neumann family members, twenty-five were murdered by the Nazis. One of the survivors was Hans Neumann, who, to escape the German death net, traveled to Berlin and hid in plain sight under the Gestapo鈥檚 eyes. What Hans experienced was so unspeakable that, when he built an industrial empire in Venezuela, he couldn鈥檛 bring himself to talk about it. All his daughter Ariana knew was that something terrible had happened.<br /> <br />When Hans died, he left Ariana a small box filled with letters, diary entries, and other memorabilia. Ten years later Ariana finally summoned the courage to have the letters translated, and she began reading. What she discovered launched her on a worldwide search that would deliver indelible portraits of a family loving, finding meaning, and trying to survive amid the worst that can be imagined.<br /> <br /><i>When Time Stopped </i>is an unputdownable detective story and an epic family memoir, spanning nearly ninety years and crossing oceans. Neumann brings each relative to vivid life. In uncovering her father鈥檚 story after all these years, she discovers nuance and depth to her own history and liberates poignant and thought-provoking truths about the threads of humanity that connect us all.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of th...
by David Grann

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English

Pages

347

Publication Date

April 18, 2017

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<b>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 聽 - 聽NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST聽<br /><br />"Disturbing and riveting...It will sear your soul."聽<b>鈥?lt;/b>Dave Eggers, <i>New York Times Book Review</i><br /><br />SHELF AWARENESS'S BEST BOOK OF 2017<br /><br />Named a best book of the year by聽<i>Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Time,聽Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine,聽</i>NPR's Maureen Corrigan<i>,聽</i>NPR's "On Point,"<i> Vogue</i>,聽Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan, <i>Seattle Times, Bloomberg, Lit Hub's </i>"Ultimate Best Books<i>," Library Journal, Paste, Kirkus,</i> Slate.com<i>聽</i>and</b><i><b> Book Browse</b><br /></i><b><i><br /></i>From <i>New Yorker</i> staff writer David Grann, #1 <i>New York Times</i> best-selling author of <i>The Lost City of Z,</i> a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history</b><br /> 聽聽聽聽聽聽聽<br />In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.<br /> 聽 聽 聽聽Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances. <br /> 聽 聽 聽聽In this last remnant of the Wild West鈥攚here oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the 鈥淧hantom Terror,鈥?roamed鈥攎any of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization鈥檚 first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection.聽 Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.聽<br /> 聽 聽 聽聽In <i>Killers of the Flower Moon, </i>David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. <i>Killers of the Flower Moon</i> is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.
Man's Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl

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English

Pages

188

Publication Date

June 01, 2006

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Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.<br /><br />At the time of Frankl's death in 1997,聽<i>Man's Search for Meaning</i>聽had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found聽<i>Man's Search for Meaning</i>聽among the ten most influential books in America.
Three Women
by Lisa Taddeo

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

July 09, 2019

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER * #1 <i>SUNDAY TIMES </i>BESTSELLER * #1 INDIE NEXT PICK</b><br /> <br /><b>A Best Book of the Year: <i>The </i><i>Washington Post</i> * NPR * <i>The Atlantic </i>* New York Public Library * <i>Vanity Fair</i> * PBS * <i>Time</i> * <i>Economist </i>* <i>Entertainment Weekly </i>* <i>Financial Times </i>* Shelf Awareness * <i>Guardian </i>* <i>Sunday Times</i> * BBC * <i>Esquire </i>* <i>Good Housekeeping </i>* <i>Elle </i>* <i>Real Simple</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淭HIS IS THE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR. This is it. This is the one...It blew the top of my head off and I haven鈥檛 been able to stop thinking or talking about it since.鈥?鈥擡lizabeth Gilbert</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淭addeo spent eight years reporting this groundbreaking book...Breathtaking...Staggeringly intimate.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淎 breathtaking and important book鈥hat a fine thing it is to be enthralled by another writer鈥檚 sentences. To be stunned by her intellect and heart.鈥?鈥擟heryl Strayed</b><br /> <br /><b>A riveting true story about the sex lives of three real American women, based on nearly a decade of reporting.</b><br /><br />Hailed as 鈥渁 dazzling achievement鈥?(<i>Los Angeles Times</i>) and 鈥渞iveting page-turner that explores desire, heartbreak, and infatuation in all its messy, complicated nuance鈥?(<i>The Washington Post</i>), Lisa Taddeo鈥檚 <i>Three Women </i>has captivated readers, booksellers, and critics鈥攁nd topped bestseller lists鈥攚orldwide.<br /> <br />In suburban Indiana we meet Lina, a homemaker and mother of two whose marriage, after a decade, has lost its passion. Starved for affection, Lina battles daily panic attacks and, after reconnecting with an old flame through social media, embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming. In North Dakota we meet Maggie, a seventeen-year-old high school student who allegedly has a clandestine physical relationship with her handsome, married English teacher; the ensuing criminal trial will turn their quiet community upside down. Finally, in an exclusive enclave of the Northeast, we meet Sloane鈥攁 gorgeous, successful, and refined restaurant owner鈥攚ho is happily married to a man who likes to watch her have sex with other men and women.<br /> <br />Based on years of immersive reporting and told with astonishing frankness and immediacy, <i>Three Women </i>is both a feat of journalism and a triumph of storytelling, brimming with nuance and empathy. 鈥淎 work of deep observation, long conversations, and a kind of journalistic alchemy鈥?(Kate Tuttle, NPR),<i> Three Women </i>introduces us to three unforgettable women鈥攁nd one remarkable writer鈥攚hose experiences remind us that we are not alone.
The Library Book
by Susan Orlean

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English

Pages

337

Publication Date

October 16, 2018

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<b>A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK</b><br /> <br /><b>A <i>WASHINGTON POST</i> TOP 10 BOOK OF THE YEAR </b> * <b>A</b> <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER and <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淎 constant pleasure to read鈥verybody who loves books should check out <i>The Library Book</i>.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The</i> <i>Washington Post</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淐APTIVATING鈥ELIGHTFUL.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Christian Science Monitor</i> * 鈥淓XQUISITELY WRITTEN, CONSISTENTLY ENTERTAINING.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The New York Times</i> * 鈥淢ESMERIZING鈥IVETING.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Booklist </i>(starred review)</b><br /> <br /><b>A dazzling love letter to a beloved institution鈥攁nd an investigation into one of its greatest mysteries鈥攆rom the bestselling author hailed as a 鈥渘ational treasure鈥?by <i>The</i> <i>Washington Post</i>.</b><br /><br />On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual fire alarm. As one fireman recounted, 鈥淥nce that first stack got going, it was 鈥楪oodbye, Charlie.鈥欌€?The fire was disastrous: it reached 2000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library鈥攁nd if so, who?<br /> <br /> Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning <i>New Yorker </i>reporter and <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.<br /> <br /> In <i>The Library Book</i>, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity; brings each department of the library to vivid life through on-the-ground reporting; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago.<br /> <br /> Along the way, Orlean introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters from libraries past and present鈥攆rom Mary Foy, who in 1880 at eighteen years old was named the head of the Los Angeles Public Library at a time when men still dominated the role, to Dr. C.J.K. Jones, a pastor, citrus farmer, and polymath known as 鈥淭he Human Encyclopedia鈥?who roamed the library dispensing information; from Charles Lummis, a wildly eccentric journalist and adventurer who was determined to make the L.A. library one of the best in the world, to the current staff, who do heroic work every day to ensure that their institution remains a vital part of the city it serves.<br /> <br /> Brimming with her signature wit, insight, compassion, and talent for deep research, <i>The Library Book </i>is Susan Orlean鈥檚 thrilling journey through the stacks that reveals how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books鈥攁nd why they remain an essential part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country. It is also a master journalist鈥檚 reminder that, perhaps especially in the digital era, they are more necessary than ever.
Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Y...
by Emily Nagoski

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English

Pages

417

Publication Date

March 03, 2015

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***A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTELLER***<br /> <br />An essential exploration of why and how women鈥檚 sexuality works鈥攂ased on groundbreaking research and brain science鈥攖hat will radically transform your sex life into one filled with confidence and joy.<br /><br />Researchers have spent the last decade trying to develop a 鈥減ink pill鈥?for women to function like Viagra does for men. So where is it? Well, for reasons this book makes crystal clear, that pill will never be the answer鈥攂ut as a result of the research that鈥檚 gone into it, scientists in the last few years have learned more about how women鈥檚 sexuality works than we ever thought possible, and <i>Come as You Are</i> explains it all.<br /> <br />The first lesson in this essential, transformative book by Dr. Emily Nagoski is that every woman has her own unique sexuality, like a fingerprint, and that women vary more than men in our anatomy, our sexual response mechanisms, and the way our bodies respond to the sexual world. So we never need to judge ourselves based on others鈥?experiences. Because women vary, and that鈥檚 normal.<br /> <br />Second lesson: sex happens in a context. And all the complications of everyday life influence the context surrounding a woman鈥檚 arousal, desire, and orgasm.<br /> <br />Cutting-edge research across multiple disciplines tells us that the most important factor for women in creating and sustaining a fulfilling sex life, is not what you do in bed or how you do it, but <i>how you feel about it</i>. Which means that stress, mood, trust, and body image are not peripheral factors in a woman鈥檚 sexual wellbeing; they are central to it. Once you understand these factors, and how to influence them, you can create for yourself better sex and more profound pleasure than you ever thought possible.<br /> <br />And Emily Nagoski can prove it.
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of...
by S. C. Gwynne

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English

Pages

396

Publication Date

May 05, 2010

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<b>The Epic <i>New York Times </i>Bestseller</b><br /> <b>Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize</b><br /> <b>Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award</b><br /> <b>A <i>New York Times </i>Notable Book</b><br /> <b>Winner of the Texas Book Award</b><br /> <b>Winner of the Oklahoma Book Award</b><br /> <br /><b>This stunning historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West 鈥渋s nothing short of a revelation鈥ill leave dust and blood on your jeans鈥?(<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>).</b><br /><br /><i>Empire of the Summer Moon</i><b> </b>spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.<br /> <br />Although readers may be more familiar with the tribal names Apache and Sioux, it was in fact the legendary fighting ability of the Comanches that determined when the American West opened up. Comanche boys became adept bareback riders by age six; full Comanche braves were considered the best horsemen who ever rode. They were so masterful at war and so skillful with their arrows and lances that they stopped the northern drive of colonial Spain from Mexico and halted the French expansion westward from Louisiana. White settlers arriving in Texas from the eastern United States were surprised to find the frontier being rolled backward<i> </i>by Comanches incensed by the invasion of their tribal lands.<br /> <br />The war with the Comanches lasted four decades, in effect holding up the development of the new American nation. Gwynne鈥檚 exhilarating account delivers a sweeping narrative that encompasses Spanish colonialism, the Civil War, the destruction of the buffalo herds, and the arrival of the railroads, and the amazing story of Cynthia Ann Parker and her son Quanah鈥攁 historical feast for anyone interested in how the United States came into being.<br /> <br />Hailed by critics, S. C. Gwynne鈥檚 account of these events is meticulously researched, intellectually provocative, and, above all, thrillingly told. <i>Empire of the Summer Moon </i>announces him as a major new writer of American history.
A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons
by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor

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English

Pages

337

Publication Date

January 03, 2012

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<p>Paul Jennings was born into slavery on the plantation of James and Dolley Madison in Virginia, later becoming part of the Madison household staff at the White House. Once finally emancipated by Senator Daniel Webster later in life, he would give an aged and impoverished Dolley Madison, his former owner, money from his own pocket, write the first White House memoir, and see his sons fight with the Union Army in the Civil War. He died a free man in northwest Washington at 75. Based on correspondence, legal documents, and journal entries rarely seen before, this amazing portrait of the times reveals the mores and attitudes toward slavery of the nineteenth century, and sheds new light on famous characters such as James Madison, who believed the white and black populations could not coexist as equals; French General Lafayette who was appalled by this idea; Dolley Madison, who ruthlessly sold Paul after her husband's death; and many other since forgotten slaves, abolitionists, and civil right activists.</p>

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