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By David Sheff. 2007
Before meth, Sheff's son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honour student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling… wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. Sheff traces the first warning signs, the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict's fate, the rest of the family must care for one another, too, lest they become addicted to addiction. Bestseller. 2008, c2007.
By Clare Walmsley. 1991
This practical guide to assertiveness was written to accompany the BBC television series "Tomorrow the World". You can discover how… assertive you are; how to build up self esteem; how to identify your feelings, needs and rights as well as those of others and how to say NO and feel good about it! 1991.
By Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein. 1974
Bryson relates the adventures and misadventures of two totally unfit hikers as he and longtime friend Stephen Katz traverse the… 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Returning from more than twenty years in Britain, he set out to rediscover his homeland, but the two men find themselves awed by the terrain and stymied by the unfamiliar local culture. His gruelling yet fascinating trek gave him a rare perspective on American life. Some strong language. Bestseller. 1997.
By Simon Schama. 2000
A history of the island nation from prehistoric times to the death of Queen Elizabeth I, highlighting technological and social… change. Describes the early tribes, the Roman occupation, the Norman conquest, the Wars of the Roses, and the Reformation. Accompanies the History Channel television series. Bestseller. 2000.
By Jeannette Walls. 2006
Reporter for MSNBC.com looks back on her unsettled life. Describes growing up in a dysfunctional family, which was always on… the move. She recalls her father's dream of building a "glass castle," and relates how she and her siblings escaped to make lives of their own. Strong language. 2005.
An investigative reporter examines the strange disappearance in 1925 of fifty-seven-year-old explorer Percy Fawcett and his team, who were searching… for the ruins of a mysterious lost civilization in the Amazon Basin. Grann's research takes him on his own adventures into the jungle. Bestseller. 2009.
By Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb. 2013
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and… fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price. Bestseller. 2013.
By Atul Gawande. 2014
In his previous books, Dr. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession. Now he examines… its ultimate limitations and failures - in his own practices as well as others’ - as human lives draw to a close. And he discovers how we can do better. He follows a hospice nurse on her rounds, a geriatrician in his clinic, and reformers turning nursing homes upside down. He finds people who show us how to have the hard conversations and how to ensure we never sacrifice what people really care about. The subject of a PBS documentary. Bestseller. 2014.
By Jeffrey Zaslow, Chesley Sullenberger. 2016
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed one of the most remarkable emergency landings in aviation history when Captain Chesley… "Sully" Sullenberger skillfully glided US Airways Flight 1549 onto the surface of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. His cool actions not only averted tragedy but made him a hero and an inspiration worldwide. To Sullenberger, a calm, steady pilot with forty years of flying experience who is also a safety consulting expert, the landing was not a miracle but rather the result of years of practice and training - wisdom he gained in the cockpit of U.S. Air Force jets and in his Texas boyhood. Bestseller. c2009.
By Laura Hillenbrand. 2012
Details the life of Louis Zamperini (b. 1917), an Olympic runner and World War II bombardier, who survived a plane… crash and forty-seven days adrift at sea only to become a POW in Japan. Relates Louis's later religious awakening under Billy Graham's ministry. Bestseller 2010. 2012.
By Diane Ackerman. 2007
When Germany invaded Poland, bombers devastated Warsaw--and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers… Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into the empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants and refusing to give in to the penetrating fear of discovery, even as Europe crumbled around her. Bestseller. 2007.
By Phil Donahue. 1985
Talk-show host Donahue consulted authorities in the behavioural sciences. He includes such topics as how we differ from animals, nature… vs. nurture, the human brain, and biological and cultural evolution. 1985.
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 LouAnne Johnson. 1992
Johnson tells of teaching English in a rough Los Angeles high school. She has only one rule: respect yourself and… everyone in class. Her respect for the students and the reputation of her Marine Corps training break down the barriers to learning. In her program, she teaches the same students for three years, allowing her to become an influence in their lives. Made into a movie of the same title. Bestseller. 1992.
By H. G Bissinger. 1990
The depressed oil town of Odessa, Texas takes its high school football seriously, with 20,000 fans at every Friday night… game. Students suffer debilitating injuries as well as psychological traumas as they literally fight for the honour of their town. 1990.
By Flora Rheta Schreiber. 1974
En 1954, Sybil appelait à son secours un psychiatre new-yorkais. Depuis son enfance, elle est sujette à des "passages à… vide" pendant lesquels d'autres personnalités se substituaient à elle. Après 11 ans de thérapie, l'héroïne de ce récit authentique devint une jeune femme libre et harmonieuse. 1974.
By Corbett H Thigpen, Hervey M Cleckley. 1957
Case study of multiple personalities by the two psychiatrists who treated a patient they called Eve White, Eve Black, and… Jane to differentiate between her three distinct personalities: pure and saintly; coarse and seductive; and poised and mature. 1957.
Bryson relates the adventures and misadventures of two totally unfit hikers, as he and longtime friend Stephen Katz traverse the… 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Returning from more than twenty years in Britain, he set out to rediscover his homeland, but the two men find themselves awed by the terrain and stymied by the unfamiliar local culture. His gruelling yet fascinating trek gave him a rare perspective on American life. Some strong language. Bestseller.
By Jeannette Walls. 2006
Reporter for MSNBC.com looks back on her unsettled life. Describes growing up in a dysfunctional family, which was always on… the move. She recalls her father's dream of building a "glass castle," and relates how she and her siblings escaped to make lives of their own. Bestseller. 2006.