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New Arrivals - Biography
Recounts the author's search for domestic bliss as she embraces the word of Martha Stewart and attempts to follow her in all things, from closet organization to stain removal, with laughably disastrous results.
An interdisciplinary biography of the 20th century inventor Nikola Tesla, containing accounts of U.S. manufacturing in the early 1900s and placing Tesla within the cultural and technological context of his time.
"This definitive look at the outlaw country music movement follows the stories of three legendary icons - Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson - as they redefined country music in the late '60s and early '70s, set in the rich backdrop of Nashville"--Provided by publisher.
How is it that an untrained, self-taught observer and writer could see things that professional anthropologists often missed? How is that a pioneering woman, working in male-dominated fields, without sponsors or credentials, could accomplish more than so many more celebrated and professionally educated men could manage? How can we all unlock the wisdom of the world simply by paying close attention? With their intelligence and acute insight into other cultures and species, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas's many books have won a wide and loving audience. In A Million Years with You, this legendary author shares stories from her life, showing how a formative experience in South West Africa (now Namibia) in the 1950s taught her how to pay attention to the ancient wisdom of animals and humankind. As a young woman, Marshall Thomas joined her family on an anthropological expedition to the Kalahari Desert, where she conducted fieldwork among the Ju/wa Bushmen, later publishing her findings as The Harmless People. After college, a wedding, and the birth of two children, she returned to Uganda shortly before Idi Amin's bloody coup. Her skills as an observer and a writer would be put to the test on many other occasions working with dogs, cats, cougars, deer?and with more personal struggles. A Million Years with You is a powerful memoir from a pioneering woman, an icon of American letters.
Through an examination of the lives of several Americans and leading public figures over the past three decades, Packer portrays a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its elites no longer elite, its institutions no longer working, its ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation.
"George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first president of the United States and the patriarch of America's most powerful political dynasty, never wrote a memoir. But bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Richard Ben Cramer took the full measure of President Bush in his thousand-page epic, What It Takes. Drawn from those pages and edited by Cramer shortly before he died, this book traces how seminal moments in President Bush's life formed his character and foretold his legacy"--Dust jacket flap.
The author of The Vagina Monologues describes being diagnosed and treated for uterine cancer and how her illness forced her to reconnect with her own body and gave her a better understanding of the resilience of humans.
When her husband, Porter, quits his job to hike the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, Gail Storey refuses to let him go alone. Gail, fifty-six at the time, was not a hiker and was terrified of leaving behind their comfortable Houston home for life on the trail. In the end, the trip tested and deepened their relationship, with each walking into the question Who am I?
John Hay was both witness and author of many of the most significant chapters in American history, from the birth of the Republican Party, the Civil War and the Spanish-American War, to the prelude to the First World War. Much of what we know about Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt comes to us through the observations Hay made while private secretary to one and secretary of state to the other.
Tells the story of two correspondents for the New York Tribune who escaped the Confederacy's most notorious prison after being captured at the Battle of Vicksburg and relied on secret signals and covert sympathizers to travel back to Union territory.
"Culturally, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays were light years apart. Yet they were nearly the same age, almost the same size, and came to New York at the same time. They possessed virtually the same talents, and played the same position. They were both products of generations of baseball-playing families, for whom the game was the only escape from a lifetime of brutal manual labor. Both were nearly crushed by the weight of the outsized expectations placed on them, first by their families and later by America. Both lived secret lives far different from those their fans knew. What their fans also didn't know was that the two men shared a close personal friendship--and that each was the only man who could truly understand the other's experience"-- Provided by publisher.
Collected over ten years, presents interviews with the last remaining World War I veterans, aged 101 to 113, to paint a picture of a time and a generation that, despite memorials and history lessons, is quickly fading away.
Over the last decade, as a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of three books, Peter Hessler has lived in Asia and the United States, writing as both native and knowledgeable outsider in these two very different regions. This unusual perspective distinguishes "Strange stones," which showcases Hessler?s unmatched range as a storyteller.
The winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award and her son present a dual account of their struggles with alcoholism and sobriety, a parallel journey marked by poignant episodes of relapse, travel and friendship.
From Anchee Min, the author of the internationally bestselling memoir "Red Azalea" -- the eagerly awaited sequel, in which she comes to America to find her way, her voice, and her love.
The summer months of 1776 witnessed the most consequential events in the story of our country's founding. While the thirteen colonies came together and agreed to secede from the British Empire, the British were dispatching the largest armada ever to cross the Atlantic to crush the rebellion in the cradle. The Continental Congress and the Continental Army were forced to make decisions on the run, improvising as history congealed around them. This narrative examines the most influential figures in this propitious moment, including George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Britain's Admiral Lord Richard and General William Howe and weaves together the political and military experiences as two sides of a single story and shows how events on one front influenced outcomes on the other.--From publisher description.
A former trader at the Galleon Group traces his high-adrenaline career through the trading underworld to reveal Wall Street's after-hours subculture of sex, drugs, and cutthroat financial competitiveness.
Traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder, and a homeless teen rower.
When Raymond Sokolov became food editor of The New York Times in 1971, he began a long career as restaurant critic, food historian and author. Here he traces the food scene he reported on in America and abroad, from his dispatches on nouvelle cuisine chefs like Paul Bocuse and Michel Guérard in France to the rise of contemporary American food stars like Thomas Keller and Grant Achatz and the fruitful collision of science and cooking in the kitchens of El Bulli in Spain, the Fat Duck outside London, and Copenhagen's gnarly Noma.
A memoir from the beloved, colorful criminal defense attorney and three-term mayor of Las Vegas.
The head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers traces the life experiences and philosophies that inspired his six-time championship-wining techniques, citing his relationships with such players as Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman and Kobe Bryant while revealing how he forged successful teams by combining talents and promoting trust.
A Catholic religion scholar, weaving together spiritual and theological reflections, shares his experiences in India, where he studied Hinduism and married into a Muslim family, engaging in the spiritual practices of Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists.