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By Ted Barris. 2014
On the night of March 24, 1944, eighty airmen crawled through a 400-foot-long tunnel, code-named "Harry," and dashed from Stalag… Luft III, the infamous WWII German POW camp. It became known as The Great Escape. The breakout had taken a year to plan, involved 2,000 POWs, and prompted a massive manhunt across occupied Europe. All but three escapees were recaptured, and on Hitler’s orders, fifty were murdered. The author recounts this battle of wits and determination through the voices of those involved, assembles original interviews, memoirs, letters and diaries to reconstruct the Great Escape’s untold story. Bestseller. 2014.
By Denise Kiernan. 2013
At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents. But to most of the… world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians—many of them young women from small towns across the South—were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. That is, until the end of the war—when Oak Ridge’s fateful secret was revealed. Bestseller. 2013.
By Judith S Wallerstein. 1995
The authors of "Second Chances", which is about divorce, look at fifty continuing marriages. Their subjects have been married at… least nine years, have children, and are mostly white and well-educated. Interview excerpts illustrate what the authors consider the four types of marriage and the nine psychological tasks involved in success. Bestseller. 1995.
By John Piper. 1996
Scripture reveals that the great business of life is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. Piper reveals that the… debate between duty and delight doesn't truly exist: delight is our duty. Readers can embark. 1996.
By Richard Carlson. 1998
The author offers one hundred short essays to help people enjoy life more and worry less. Ideas include considering that… a journey begins with just one step, transcending problems instead of dealing with them, using the power of reflection, taking lunch breaks, and remembering the Golden Rule. c1998.
By Tim Allen. 1994
Like his character on the sitcom "Home Improvement," Allen ponders the differences between the sexes and discusses male zones that… include the basement of Sears. He explains the horrors of growing up with the surname of Dick, later dropped for show business. And he even finds humour in his stay in prison, where it's difficult NOT to stand so close to a naked man. Includes strong language. c1994.
By Jeff Latosik. 2018
A hopeful, timely new collection of poems that take up our ever-evolving relationship with technology. Starting from an urge to… reconcile the human need for stability with what's happening in a constantly fluid "now," "Dreampad", Trillium Book Award for Poetry winner poet Jeff Latosik's startling new collection, ponders whether an ideal for living is viable when we're not sure we can say yes or no to anything in a human world that's growing increasingly ephemeral and entangled with the virtual. These poems, however, are a salvo--or "protest" in the most useful sense of that word--a reminder we might already own a verbal architecture to express the difficulty of being alive in a world that can, could, and might still even be humane, loving, habitable. 2018.
By Kenneth C Davis. 1992
By Bob Greene. 2000
Based on interviews with his father's hero--the B-29 pilot who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, in August 1945--a… syndicated columnist delivers a tribute to a passing generation. Explores the values of World War II veterans and their commitment to patriotism, courage, and a sense of duty. Bestseller. 2000.
By M. Scott Peck. 1997
Explores the social, medical, and ethical dimensions of euthanasia. At the heart of the issue, the author contends, is the… spiritual question of whether the human soul exists. Opposes a public policy of allowing "euthanasia on demand" while arguing for more humane handling of physical and emotional pain. 1997.
By Dave Barry. 1995
According to Barry, this is a book about guys--not a book about men. Books about men are too serious. Barry… begins with a test to determine the reader's "guyness" and then gives a brief account of the role of guys in history, their biological nature, their social development, and special guy problems. For women, there is a chapter on dealing with guys. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1995. Uniform title: Complete guide to guys
By Henry Kissinger. 1994
Former national security consultant and secretary of state surveys the history of diplomacy from the seventeenth-century Peace of Westphalia. He… focuses on American diplomacy following the Cold War; specifically, his belief in the need for a "blend of experience and insight" to preserve a balance of power and the need to be more assertive about protecting national interests. Kissinger frequently cites his own contributions. c1994.
By Caroline Knapp. 1996
One woman's struggle to overcome twenty years of "high-functioning" alcoholism. She examines how drinking contributed to her difficulty in dealing… with her parents' deaths and with the discovery of her father's alcoholism. Includes information about alcohol abuse and an alcoholism questionnaire. Bestseller. 1996.
By George Burns. 1984
By John Ciardi. 1985
By Don Cherry. 2016
For over a decade, Don Cherry hosted the TV show Grapevine, which brought viewers up close and personal with the… biggest names in sports. Presents behind-the-scenes access to some of his most fascinating and revealing interviews with the all-time greats. Includes stories about hockey greats Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr and Gordie Howe, and athletes and officials from other sports such as boxing, snooker, and baseball. Bestseller. 2016.
By Vicki Myron, Bret Witter. 2008
Spencer, Iowa, public library director Vicki Myron describes finding a kitten in the book drop in 1988. Named Dewey Readmore… Books by library staff, the feline became an increasingly famous mascot over the next nineteen years. Myron also discusses her divorce, single parenthood, breast cancer scare, and love of librarianship. Bestseller. 2008.
By Mary Oliver. 2017
Throughout her celebrated career, Mary Oliver has touched countless readers with her brilliantly crafted verse, expounding on her love for… the physical world and the powerful bonds between all living things. Identified as "far and away, this country's best selling poet" by Dwight Garner, she now returns with a stunning and definitive collection of her writing from the last fifty years. Carefully curated, these 200 plus poems feature Oliver's work from her very first book of poetry, No Voyage and Other Poems, published in 1963 at the age of 28, through her most recent collection, Felicity, published in 2015. 2017. From Felicity -- I wake close to morning -- This morning -- The world I live in -- Whistling swans -- Storage -- For Tom Shaw S.S.J.E. I know someone -- That little beast -- The pond -- I have just said -- The gift -- From blue horses -- After reading Lucretius, I go to the pond -- I don't want to be demure or respectable -- Stebbin's gulch -- Franz Marc's blue horses -- On meditating, sort of -- Lonliness -- Do stones feel? -- Drifting -- Blueberries -- The vulture's wings -- What gorgeous thing -- From dog songs -- The storm -- Percy (one) -- Little dog's rhapsody in the night Percy (nine) -- Benjamin, who came from who knows where -- The dog has run off again -- Bazougey -- Her grave -- The poetry teacher -- The first time Percy came back -- From a thousand mornings -- I go down to the shore -- I happened to be standing -- Three things to remember -- Lines written in the days of growing darkness -- An old story -- The instant -- Tides -- The poet compares human nature to the ocean from which we came -- Life story -- Varanasi -- From swan -- I worried -- I own a house -- Don't hesitate -- Swan -- Passing the unworked field -- How I go to the woods -- On the beach -- From evidence -- Violets -- We shake with joy -- It was early -- With thanks to the field sparrow, whose voice is so delicate and humble -- A lesson from James Wright -- Almost a conversation -- To begin with, the sweet grass -- Evidence -- Prayer -- Mysteries, yes -- At the river Clarion -- From the Truro bear and other adventures -- The other kingdoms -- The gift -- Coyote in the dark, coyotes remembered -- From red bird -- Night herons -- Mornings at Blackwater -- The orchard -- Sometimes -- invitation -- From this river, when I was a child, I used to drink -- We should be well prepared -- Meadowlark sings and I greet him in return -- Of the empire -- Red -- Night and the river -- Self-portrait -- With the blackest of Inks -- From thirst -- When I am among the trees -- When the roses speak, I pay attention -- Six recognitions of the Lord -- Gethsemane -- The poet thinks about the donkey -- Praying -- Doesn't every poet write a poem about unrequited love? -- On thy wondrous works I will meditate The chat -- Thirst -- From new and selected poems: volume two -- Hum -- Lead -- Oxygen -- White heron rises over Blackwater -- Honey Locust -- Song for autumn -- Fireflies -- The poet with his face in his hands -- Wild, wild -- North country -- Terns From blue iris -- Just lying on the grass at Blackwater -- Sea leaves -- Morning at Blackwater -- How would you live then? -- How the grass and the flowers came to exist, a god-tale -- From why I wake early -- Why I wake early -- Spring at Blackwater: I go through the lessons already learned -- Mindful -- Lingering in happiness -- Daisies -- Goldenrod, late fall -- The old poets of China -- Logos -- Snow geese -- At black river -- Beans -- The arrowhead -- Where does the temple begin, where does it end? -- From long life -- Just as the calendar began to say summer -- Can you imagine? -- Softest of mornings -- Carrying the snake to the garden -- From owls and other fantasies -- The dipper -- Spring -- While I am writing a poem to celebrate summer, the meadowlark begins to sing -- Catbird -- Backyard -- From what do we know? -- Summer poem -- The loon -- Winter at Herring Cove -- Mink -- Blue iris -- You are standi
By Oscar Wilde, Hesketh Pearson. 1973
'I have nothing to declare,' Wilde once told an American customs official, 'except my genius.' A good part of that… genius is evident in the essays and poems included in this volume. Includes “The Soul of Man under Socialism”, “De Profundis”, and “The Ballad of Reading Gaol”. 1973.
By Lauren Kessler. 2007
Biographer Lauren Kessler recounts her time at a West Coast Alzheimer's facility. Working as an unskilled resident assistant, Kessler learns… important lessons about humanity while conducting interviews with patients in various stages of the disease. 2007.