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New Arrivals - Biography
Presents a portrait of illness and its impact that describes the discovery of a serious health problem that threatened the author's sight, the ways in which her regard for friends and doctors changed, and the role of her faith in her recovery.
"Leading the reader through a series of amazing coincidences and details, this book presents startling evidence that John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Lincoln, was never captured but escaped to live for decades, continue his acting career, marry, and have children."--Dust flap.
"Part memoir, part passionate call for liberty, reason, and doing work that matters, [this book] the tale of how the Internet opened the eyes and heart of a once fearful young Muslim to a world beyond the dogmatism of his upbringing, and recounts his transformation into a defiant digital activist"--Amazon.com.
"One of the first female extreme athletes reflects on how her feminine strengths led to her success in a male-dominated field"--Provided by publisher.
The talented and beloved Mexican American singer's only authorized autobiography published posthumously after her death in a tragic plane crash in December 2012.
An account of Jack and Jackie Kennedy's final year together reveals details of their complex marriage, including rumored infidelities, the president's hidden medical problems, and the tragic death of their infant son.
A chronicle of World War I's Arab Revolt that explores the pivotal roles of a small group of adventurers and low-level officers who orchestrated a secret effort to control the Middle East.
Describes the life of the Kennedy family matriarch using information culled from her newly-made-public diaries and letters from defying her father's wishes and marrying Joseph Kennedy through the crushing tragedies that seem to plague her extensive family.
A shattered Army veteran and a mischievous party girl, Roger Holder and Cathy Kerkow commandeered Western Airlines Flight 701 as a vague protest against the war. Through a combination of savvy and dumb luck, the couple managed to flee across an ocean with a half-million dollars in ransom, a feat that made them notorious around the globe.
An aerialist and member of the Wallenda family recounts notable performances while revealing how the idea of balance permeates his life on and off the high wire and how his faith inspires him to strive for greatness and humility.
When London street musician James Bowen found an injured cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, he had no idea how much his life was about to change.
"Media visionary John Hendricks takes the reader on his unforgettable journey from founding Discovery Communications over a breakfast table to establishing the organization as the worlds largest provider of television content. Hendricks tells this remarkable story--from the triumphs to the failures--with unflinching candor. In the process, he shares what hes learned over the past three decades, from the obstacles and successes of the early years to the very real and very different challenges that exist today. The result is not only a powerful autobiography and corporate history, but also a valuable primer for all budding entrepreneurs. A Curious Discovery goes behind the scenes, telling the fascinating stories of some of the networks most popular shows: Deadliest Catch, Mythbusters, The Crocodile Hunter, Planet Earth, Dirty Jobs, and Trading Spaces. It also draws lessons from the networks setbacks, including the unsuccessful collaboration with the New York Times, and explains the companys high-profile decisions, such as Discoverys partnership with Oprah Winfrey and OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. Hendricks reveals that his achievements would not have been possible without one crucial factor that has informed his life since childhood: curiosity. Ever eager to learn, to uncover--even to take enormous risks--his questioning mind has guided his development and success, and continues to shape his outlook today as he works to improve education around the world"--Jacket.
Highlights the life and work of the American painter, author, and traveler who specialized in images of Native Americans and who advocated for them before ultimately exploiting them in a live show that brought tragedy to both the artist and his performers.
Veterinarian and animal behaviorist Virga outlines a series of case studies with domestic and exotic animals that demonstrate how perceiving the world from the perspectives of animals can enrich human appreciation for life, improve relationships and reorder personal values.
After his wife dies in a car accident, bisexual writer and activist Steve Abbott moves with his two-year-old daughter to San Francisco. There they discover a city in the midst of revolution, bustling with gay men in search of liberation--few of whom are raising a child. Steve throws himself into San Francisco's vibrant cultural scene. He takes Alysia to raucous parties, pushes her in front of the microphone at poetry readings, and introduces her to a world of artists, thinkers, and writers. But the pair live like nomads, moving from apartment to apartment, with a revolving cast of roommates and little structure. As a child Alysia views her father as a loving playmate who can transform the ordinary into magic, but as she gets older Alysia wants more than anything to fit in. The world, she learns, is hostile to difference. In Alysia's teens, Steve's friends--several of whom she has befriended--fall ill as AIDS starts its rampage through their community. While Alysia is studying in New York and then in France, her father tells her it's time to come home; he's sick with AIDS. Alysia must choose whether to take on the responsibility of caring for her father or continue the independent life she has worked so hard to create.
Billy's ongoing after-death communications take his sister on an unprecedented journey into the bliss and wonder of life beyond death -- Provided by the publisher.
A health and technology journalist documents the author's efforts to promote family bonds and healing during a haphazard year spent sharing a home in San Francisco with her complicated octogenarian mother and teenage daughter.
The true story of Peter von Ziegesar's life of privilege mirrored by that of his half-brother of the same name, a homeless schizophrenic man and former violin prodigy.
Traces Abraham Lincoln's ambitious climb from a provincial upstart to political powerhouse and shows how the lessons of Lincoln, who lived the American dream and succeeded in opening it for others, must be applied today to preserve a fluid economy in which individuals can thrive.
A collection of essays, letters, and stories on various topics from NFL player Chris Kluwe.
"Now, fifteen years after the book first appeared, much new information has come to light: letters sent by Otto Frank to relatives in America as he sought to emigrate with his family, the identity of other suspects involved in the betrayal of the Franks, and important details about the family?s arrest and subsequent fate. Revised and updated with more than thirty percent new material, this is a volume for all those who seek a deeper understanding of Anne Frank and the brutal times in which she lived and died"--P.  of cover.
"Alfredo Gutierrez?s father, a U.S. citizen, was deported to Mexico from his Arizona hometown--the mining town where Alfredo grew up. This occurred during a wave of anti-immigrant hysteria stoked by the Great Depression, but as Gutierrez makes clear, in a book that is both a personal chronicle and a thought-provoking history, the war on Mexican immigrants has rarely abated. Barack Obama now presides over an immigration policy every inch the equal of Herbert Hoover?s in its harshness. His family experiences inspired Gutierrez to pursue the life of a Chicano activist"--P.  of cover.
Questlove tells his own story while tackling some of the lates, the greats, the fakes, the philosophers, the heavyweights and the true originals of the music world.
This book includes John Wayne Enterprises' collection of never-before-seen letters and telegrams as well as text from Wayne's unfinished memoir. Important milestones in the actor, director, and producer's life are also documented here through anecdotes, photos, and ephemera including boots, hats, and saddles.