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Educated: A Memoir
by Tara Westover

Language

English

Pages

336

Publication Date

February 20, 2018

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<b><b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL,聽</i>AND<i>聽BOSTON GLOBE聽</i>BESTSELLER聽鈥⒙燦AMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY聽<i>THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW</i>聽鈥⒙燨NE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA鈥橲 FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR聽鈥?BILL GATES<b>鈥橲 HOLIDAY READING LIST</b>聽鈥?<b>FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE鈥橲 AWARD IN AUTOBIOGRAPHY 鈥?FINALIST FOR聽THE聽NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE鈥橲 JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST BOOK聽</b>鈥?FINALIST FOR THE PEN/JEAN STEIN BOOK AWARD聽<b>鈥?FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES BOOK PRIZE</b><br /><br />NAMED ONE OF <i>PASTE</i><b>鈥?lt;/b>S BEST MEMOIRS OF THE DECADE 鈥?NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>The Washington Post</i> 鈥?lt;i> O: The Oprah Magazine</i> 鈥?<i>Time</i> 鈥?NPR 鈥?<i>Good Morning America </i>鈥?<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i> 鈥?<i>The Guardian </i>鈥?lt;i> The Economist </i>鈥?<i>Financial Times</i> 鈥?<i>Newsday</i> 鈥?<i>New York Post</i> 鈥?<i>theSkimm</i> 鈥?<i>Refinery29</i> 鈥?<i>Bloomberg</i> 鈥?<i>Self</i> 鈥?<i>Real Simple</i> 鈥?lt;i> Town & Country</i> 鈥?<i>Bustle</i> 鈥?<i>Paste</i> 鈥?<i>Publishers Weekly</i> 鈥?<i>Library Journal</i> 鈥?<i>LibraryReads</i> 鈥?<i>BookRiot</i> 鈥?Pamela Paul, KQED 鈥?New York Public Library</b><br /><br /><b>An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University</b><br /></b><br />Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara鈥檚 older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she鈥檇 traveled too far, if there was still a way home.<br /><b><br />鈥淏eautiful and propulsive . . . Despite the singularity of [Tara Westover鈥檚] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?鈥濃€?lt;i>Vogue</i></b><br /><br /><b>鈥淲estover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others.鈥濃€?lt;i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b>
JoJo's Guide to the Sweet Life: #PeaceOutHaterz
by JoJo Siwa

Language

English

Pages

240

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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You might recognize firecracker JoJo Siwa from <i>Abby鈥檚 Ultimate Dance Competition</i>, or maybe you fell in love with her on <i>Dance Moms</i>. JoJo鈥檚 nonfiction middle-grade debut is the next generation鈥檚 version of a real life Cinderella story: Nebraska girl becomes Hollywood鈥檚 belle of the ball, thanks to her spunky attitude and creative drive. Through the lens of JoJo鈥檚 personal experience and playful voice, she digs into themes such as finding your passion, keeping strong in the face of adversity, appreciating your individualism, the importance of being loyal, and never giving up. Most of all, JoJo鈥檚 story is meant to inspire young girls to find the courage and confidence to go after their dreams. Go Siwanatorz!<br /> 聽
Permanent Record
by Edward Snowden

Language

English

Pages

328

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<p><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government鈥檚 system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.</b><br /><b></b><br />In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth. Six years later, Snowden reveals for the very first time how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it.</p><p>Spanning the bucolic Beltway suburbs of his childhood and the clandestine CIA and NSA postings of his adulthood, <i>Permanent Record </i>is the extraordinary account of a bright young man who grew up online鈥攁 man who became a spy, a whistleblower, and, in exile, the Internet鈥檚 conscience. Written with wit, grace, passion, and an unflinching candor, <i>Permanent Record </i>is a crucial memoir of our digital age and destined to be a classic.</p>
The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank

Language

English

Pages

351

Publication Date

September 15, 2010

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<b>Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank鈥檚 remarkable diary has since become a world classic鈥攁 powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.聽</b><br /><br />In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the 鈥淪ecret Annex鈥?of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.<br /><br /><b>Praise for聽<i>The Diary of a Young Girl</i></b><br /><br />鈥淎 truly remarkable book.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br />鈥淥ne of the most moving personal documents to come out of World War II.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Philadelphia Inquirer</i></b><br /><br />鈥淭here may be no better way to commemorate the fiftieth聽anniversary of the end of World War II than to聽reread聽<i>The Diary of a Young Girl,</i>聽a testament to an indestructible nobility of聽spirit in the face of pure聽evil.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Chicago Tribune<br /><br /></i></b>鈥淭he single most compelling personal account of the Holocaust . . . remains astonishing and excruciating.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br />鈥淗ow brilliantly Anne Frank captures the self-conscious alienation and聽na茂ve self-absorption of adolescence.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Newsday</i></b>
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou

Language

English

Pages

304

Publication Date

April 15, 2009

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Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. <i>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</i> captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou鈥檚 debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.<br /> 聽<br /> Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local 鈥減owhitetrash.鈥?At eight years old and back at her mother鈥檚 side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age鈥攁nd has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (鈥淚 met and fell in love with William Shakespeare鈥? will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.<br /> 聽<br /> Poetic and powerful, <i>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</i> will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.<br /> <b>聽</b><br /> <b>鈥?lt;i>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</i> liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.鈥濃€擩ames Baldwin</b>
Building a Life Worth Living: A Memoir
by Marsha M. Linehan

Language

English

Pages

343

Publication Date

January 07, 2020

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<b>Marsha Linehan tells the story of her journey from suicidal teenager to world-renowned developer of the life-saving behavioral therapy DBT, using her own struggle to develop life skills for others.</b><br /><br /><b>鈥淭his book is a victory on both sides of the page.鈥濃€擥loria Steinem</b><br /><br />鈥淎re you one of us?鈥?a patient once asked Marsha Linehan, the world-renowned psychologist who developed Dialectical Behavior Therapy. 鈥淏ecause if you were, it would give all of us so much hope.鈥澛?lt;br /><br /> Over the years, DBT had saved the lives of countless people fighting depression and suicidal thoughts, but Linehan had never revealed that her pioneering work was inspired by her own desperate struggles as a young woman. Only when she received this question did she finally decide to tell her story.<br /><br />In this remarkable and inspiring memoir, Linehan describes how, when she was eighteen years old, she began an abrupt downward spiral from popular teenager to suicidal young woman. After several miserable years in a psychiatric institute, Linehan made a vow that if she could get out of emotional hell, she would try to find a way to help others get out of hell too, and to build a life worth living.聽 She went on to put herself through night school and college, living at the YWCA and often scraping together spare change to buy food. She went on to get her PhD in psychology, specializing in behavior therapy. In the 1980s, she achieved a breakthrough when she developed Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, a therapeutic approach that combines acceptance of the self and ways to change. Linehan included mindfulness as a key component in therapy treatment, along with original and specific life-skill techniques. She says, "You can't think yourself into new ways of acting; you can only act yourself into new ways of thinking."<br /><br />Throughout her extraordinary scientific career, Marsha Linehan remained a woman of deep spirituality. Her powerful and moving story is one of faith and perseverance. Linehan shows, in <i>Building a Life Worth Living</i>, how the principles of DBT really work鈥攁nd how, using her life skills and techniques, people can build lives worth living.
The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an Am...
by Lauren Markham

Language

English

Pages

297

Publication Date

September 12, 2017

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<b>The deeply reported story of identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador's violence to build new lives in California鈥攆ighting to survive, to stay, and to belong.</b><br /><br /><b>鈥淚mpeccably timed, intimately reported, and beautifully expressed.鈥濃€?lt;i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY聽<i>THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW聽</i>鈥?WINNER OF THE RIDENHOUR BOOK PRIZE 鈥?SILVER WINNER OF THE CALIFORNIA BOOK AWARD</b><br /><br />Growing up in rural El Salvador in the wake of the civil war, the United States was a distant fantasy to identical twins Ernesto and Raul Flores鈥攗ntil, at age seventeen, a deadly threat from the region鈥檚 brutal gangs forces them to flee the only home they鈥檝e ever known. In this urgent chronicle of contemporary immigration, journalist Lauren Markham follows the Flores twins as they make their way across the Rio Grande and the Texas desert, into the hands of immigration authorities, and from there to their estranged older brother in Oakland, CA. Soon these unaccompanied minors are navigating school in a new language, working to pay down their mounting coyote debt, and facing their day in immigration court, while also encountering the triumphs and pitfalls of teenage life with only each other for support. With intimate access and breathtaking range, Markham offers an unforgettable testament to the migrant experience.<br /><br /><b>FINALIST FOR THE聽<i>LOS ANGELES TIMES聽</i>BOOK PRIZE 鈥?SHORTLISTED FOR THE J. ANTHONY LUKAS BOOK PRIZE 鈥?LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN/BOGRAD WELD PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY<br /><i><br /></i></b>鈥淸This] beautifully written book . . . can be read as a supplement to the current news, a chronicle of the problems that Central Americans are fleeing and the horrors they suffer in flight. But it transcends the crisis. Markham鈥檚 deep, frank reporting is also useful in thinking ahead to the challenges of assimilation, for the struggling twins and many others like them. . . . Her reporting is intimate and detailed, and her tone is a special pleasure. Trustworthy, calm, decent, it offers refuge from a world consumed by Twitter screeds and cable news demagogues. <i>. . . </i>A聽generous book for an ungenerous age.鈥?lt;b>鈥擩ason DeParle,聽<i>The New York Review of Books</i></b><br /><br />鈥淵ou should read聽<i>The Far Away Brothers</i>. We all should.鈥?lt;b>鈥擭PR</b><br /><br />鈥淭his is the sort of news that is the opposite of fake. . . . Markham is our knowing, compassionate ally, our guide in sorting out, up close, how our new national immigration policy is playing out from a human perspective. . . . An important book.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Minneapolis Star Tribune</i></b>
Lucky Charming
by Kate Chastain

Language

English

Pages

295

Publication Date

December 06, 2016

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Blissfully shallow and carefree, Kate Chastain was your typical twenty something college co-ed. Well, until reality gave her a wake-up call in the form of a diploma, that is. At a crossroads after graduation, a serendipitous coincidence convinced Kate to abandon life as she knew it and jump feet first into the world of working on mega yachts. At first, she stumbled her way through life as a stewardess, just trying to adjust to her new surroundings and clumsily 鈥榣earning the ropes鈥?via trial and error. Like shit-tons of error. But now, nearly ten years and a hit reality show later, Kate is finally ready to share the good, the bad, and the downright shocking details about her life at sea with the world鈥檚 most rich and famous. <br /><br />It was 2008 and we were anchored off of St.Tropez. I had only been a yachtie for two seasons at the time when I turned to the Captain鈥檚 wife, and said, 鈥淵ou know, I could write a book about all of the insane things we see working on these boats鈥?.the sex, the money, the celebrities鈥?鈥?<br /> My older, more experienced coworker rolled her eyes and laughed then was quick to dismiss my silly idea, 鈥淜ate, of course we could all write a book about what we see on yachts. We鈥檝e all said it for years鈥?.but, if you actually did that, you would never get hired on another yacht again. 鈥? <br />She went back to polishing the crystal wine glass in her hand and I was confused for a second. <br />鈥淏ut Stacie, if so many people knew about the book that I couldn鈥檛 get a yacht job, would I still really need one?鈥?lt;br />
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Language

English

Pages

945

Publication Date

December 08, 2006

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Winner of the Lincoln Prize<br /> <br />Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Abraham Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.<br /><br />On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry.<br /> <br /> Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war. That Lincoln succeeded, Goodwin demonstrates, was the result of a character that had been forged by experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires.<br /> <br /> It was this capacity that enabled Lincoln as president to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war.<br /> <br /> We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through.<br /> <br /> This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.
They Called Us Enemy
by , Steven Scott

Language

English

Pages

212

Publication Date

July 17, 2019

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George Takei has captured hearts and minds worldwide with his captivating stage presence and outspoken commitment to equal rights. But long before he braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war with his father鈥檚鈥攁nd their entire family forced from their home into an uncertain future. In a stunning graphic memoir, Takei revisits his haunting childhood in American concentration camps, as one of over 100,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon鈥攁nd America itself鈥攊n this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.

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