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By Helen Prejean. 1992
When Louisiana nun Helen Prejean and death-row inmate Patrick Sonnier become pen pals, Sonnier’s friendly nature and ambiguities about his… crime reinforce Prejean’s feelings against the death penalty. After fighting unsuccessfully to have Sonnier’s sentence commuted, Prejean continues her activism, including work with victims’ groups. Includes violence and strong language. 1992.
By James Herriot. 1976
James is now married and living with his wife on the top floor of Skeldale House, while Siegfried, his former… boss and now partner, lives downstairs with Siegfried's brother Tristan. James continues the rewarding life of a country vet, bumping over the dales in his small dog-filled car and meeting a host of unforgettable characters. 1976.
By James Herriot. 1975
This is the first book in the series about a Yorkshire veterinary practice by the newest member to "the firm".… With his wry wit and generous warmth he introduces his readers to many local characters as he goes on a daily round of calls wrestling with the ailments of the wide variety of animals he treats. Contains the first 2 books of the series: "If only they could talk" (DC00438) and "It shouldn't happen to a vet" (DC00944) as well as the first 3 chapters of "Let sleeping vets lie" (DC05525). Followed by "All things bright and beautiful". 1975.
By Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein. 1974
By Joe Sharkey. 1993
Mark Putnam's first assignment as an FBI agent is in the coal town of Pikeville, Kentucky. Almost immediately, Mark solves… a bank robbery case with the help of local informant Susan Smith. Susan becomes enamoured of Mark (even befriending his wife to learn more about him), and Mark eventually succumbs to Susan's advances. Her "fatal attraction" response leads to a deadly struggle. Strong language and violence. c1993.
By Jonathan Harr. 1995
Written like a novel, this true account of a liability lawsuit focuses on the plaintiffs' attorney. Parents whose children died… of leukemia retained Jan Schlichtmann, described here as flamboyant, bankrupt, and tenacious. Schlichtmann spent nine years tracking the cause of the illness to bring suit against two giant corporations. Describes how justice became secondary to the legal battle. Strong language. Bestseller. 1995.
By Mitch Albom. 1997
Some twenty years after college, Mitch Albom rekindles his relationship with a former professor who is terminally ill. His weekly… visits with his dying mentor become a colloquium on the meaning of life, and Albom gains insight into "love, work, community, family, aging, forgiveness, and, finally, death." Bestseller. 1997.
By Deric Henderson. 2016
May 1991 in the seaside town of Castlerock in Northern Ireland and the bodies of two people, police officer Trevor… Buchanan and nurse Lesley Howell, are found in a car filled with carbon monoxide. The pair have apparently taken their own lives, unable to live with the pain of their spouses’ affair with each other. Their adulterous spouses, Sunday school teacher Hazel Buchanan and dentist Colin Howell, continued their affair secretly but both later remarried other people. A series of disasters in Howell's life made him reveal that he and Hazel Stewart had conspired to murder their spouses nearly two decades earlier. That confession led to two of the most sensational murder trials ever seen in the UK. 2016. Uniform title: Let this be our secret
By Steve Lopez. 2008
Los Angeles Times columnist describes his relationship with Nathaniel Ayers, a former student at Juilliard, who became homeless after succumbing… to paranoid schizophrenia. Lopez discusses his and his readers' efforts to expose callous treatment of Ayers and relates Ayers's attempts at recovery. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.
By Mark Bowden. 1999
Recreates the U.S. military operation in Mogadishu, Somalia, on October 3-4, 1993, when ninety-nine American soldiers were surrounded and trapped.… Describes how the planned one-hour mission turned into an overnight fight for survival. Based on journalist's interviews with the soldiers, helicopter pilots, and Somali clan leaders. Bestseller. 1999.
By Homer H Hickam. 1998
A retired NASA engineer reminisces about his boyhood in the Sputnik era in West Virginia, when his first rocket attempt… burned down his mother's garden fence. He and his friends improved their models culminating in winning the 1960 National Science Fair. The movie October Sky is based on this book. 1998.
By James Herriot. 2000
A Yorkshire veterinarian recalls his stint in the R.A.F. during World War II. The homesick service man comforts himself with… reminiscences of the Yorkshire country, people and animals. Sequel to "All things bright and beautiful". Strong language. 2000, c1977.
By Elizabeth Wurtzel. 1996
Wurtzel claims to speak for herself and for a young generation facing major societal problems. A former popular-music critic for… the New Yorker, she details her life with depression, from a despairing pre-adolescence through suicide attempts after college. Prozac has helped her, but she worries that its trendy reputation may minimize the seriousness of depression.
By Alice Kuipers. 2019
Carley Allison was an up-and-coming young figure skater and singer who died tragically at the age of 18 of a… cancer so rare there were only seven cases in the world. In this book, you will come to know Carley in her own words and in the words of the people who knew and loved her. Kuipers weaves the memories of Carley's friends, family, and boyfriend with the blog Carley kept throughout her journey, from the moment she was diagnosed until her final months of searching for treatment that would keep the disease at bay. Kuipers also recreates pivotal moments from Carley's point of view, acting as ventriloquist for a voice lost too young. This book is built around the words she lived by, both in sickness and in health. Above all, again and again, she summed up her philosophy in two words: always smile. For senior high readers. 2019.
By David Grann. 2010
Each of the dozen stories in this collection reveals a hidden and often dangerous world, and pivots around the gravitational… pull of obsession and the captivating personalities of those caught in its grip. There is the world's foremost expert on Sherlock Holmes who is found dead in mysterious circumstances; an arson sleuth trying to prove that a man about to be executed is innocent; and sandhogs racing to complete the brutally dangerous job of building New York City's water tunnels before the old system collapses. Throughout, Grann's hypnotic accounts display the power--and often the willful perversity--of the human spirit. 2010.
With three beautiful children, a new house, and financial security, John and Aileen Crowley had it all until their two… youngest children were diagnosed with Pompe disease and given only months to live. Refusing to accept a death sentence, John quit his job and invested in a biotechnology start-up to find a cure. Battling scientific setbacks, conflict of interest accusations, and business troubles, John and Aileen were tested to their limits as a revolutionary new treatment for the disease was found. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2010.
By Ralph Leighton, Richard P Feynman, Edward Hutchings. 1985
Richard Feynman is one of the world's greatest physicists. He is also a man who has fallen into adventure. He… is perhaps the only person to have been judged both mentally defective by a United States Army psychiatrist and worthy of the Nobel Prize by the Swedish Academy. 1985.
Les figures de l'ombre: le rêve américain et l'histoire inédite des mathématiciennes noires qui ont aidé les États-Unis à remporter la course spatiale
By Margot Lee Shetterly, Johan-Frédérik Hel-Guedj. 2017
L'histoire extraordinaire de trois scientifiques Afro-Américaines qui ont propulsé les Etats-Unis en tête de la conquête spatiale. Les ordinateurs de… couleur . Tel était le descriptif de poste des mathématiciennes afro-américaines Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson et Christine Darden, employées à la NASA dans les années soixante. Armées de simples crayons, règles et calculatrices, très loin des ordinateurs hyper performants que nous connaissons aujourd'hui, ces quatre scientifiques ont permis la réussite de la mission de John Glenn en 1962 : il fut le premier astronaute américain en orbite, dix mois seulement après Youri Gagarine. Grâce à ces femmes, les Etats-Unis devaient prendre la tête de la course à la conquête spatiale. Pourtant, leurs noms sont restés inconnus du grand public pendant plus de cinquante ans. Dans une Amérique des années soixante rongée par la ségrégation raciale (à la NASA, Blancs et Noirs de déjeunaient pas à la même table), sans compter le sexisme auquel elles devaient faire face, leurs carrières ont été pour ainsi dire oblitérées. C'est après un travail de recherche très méticuleux que Margot Lee Shetterly réhabilite aujourd'hui leur histoire dans ce document exceptionnel, adapté au cinéma par Hollywood. 2017.
By Pauline Cadieux. 1979
Le 22 novembre 1897, Cordelia revient de chez son père où elle a passé la nuit. Affreuse découverte; son mari… gît dans son lit; assassiné. Elle ne se doute pas que bientôt, à Sainte-Scholastique, la rumeur publique l'accusera du meurtre. 1979.
By Roberto Saviano, Vincent Raynaud. 2007
Roberto Saviano a enquêté pendant plusieurs années sur les activités de la Camorra, l'organisation criminelle qui règne sur Naples et… toute la Campanie. Une organisation moins connue que la mafia sicilienne mais bien plus dangereuse, car la mafia se pose comme un 'contre-État', a un code d'honneur et respecte certaines règles, alors que la Camorra est une forme 'd'entreprenariat' criminel dont le seul but est de maximiser ses profits, ses membres étant prêts à tout pour atteindre cet objectif. Elle constitue pour l'auteur l'avant-garde de l'économie mondialisée, dont elle pousse les mécanismes jusqu'à leurs conséquences les plus extrêmes. Les rapports avec la Chine et le rôle du port de Naples, l'importance du textile en Italie et au-delà, le trafic d'armes et de drogue, les activités de construction et l'immobilier. Passant en revue tous ces dossiers, Saviano présente des faits, des chiffres et des éléments concrets sur la portée de la criminalité au sein du 'Système', le véritable nom de la Camorra. 2007.