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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.
By Daniel Brown. 2013
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. Bestseller. 2013.
By Peter Jennings, Todd Brewster. 1998
Researched and compiled by the staff of ABC News, this chronicle of the twentieth century charts changes in popular attitudes… in the United States and describes key events in other countries as they affected the American worldview. Personal interviews and a series of story-filled essays provide a "coherent picture of a remarkable time." Bestseller. 1998.
By Doris Kearns Goodwin. 2009
In this monumental multiple biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin studies Abraham Lincoln's mastery of men. She shows how… he saved Civil War-torn America by appointing his fiercest rivals to key cabinet positions, making them help achieve his vision for peace. As well as a thrilling piece of narrative history, it's an inspiring study of one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen. Bestseller. 2009.
By Robert B Reich. 2015
Reich outlines how the American economic system is failing, with increasing income inequality and a shrinking middle class, and reveals… how a market designed for broad prosperity can reverse the trend toward diminished opportunity. Bestseller. 2015.
By Martin Sixsmith. 2013
Journalist chronicles the life of Philomena Lee, an Irish unwed mother who was forced to give her young son up… for adoption in 1955, then spent fifty years trying to find him. 2013. Uniform title: Lost child of Philomena Lee
By Margot Lee Shetterly. 2016
Before John Glenn orbited Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as… “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. The book follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. Bestseller. 2016.
By Lynn Vincent, Todd Burpo. 2010
Burpo, a pastor in Nebraska, relates the 2003 experiences reported by his three-year-old son Colton, who believes that during an… emergency appendectomy he died, went to heaven, and returned to life. Colton describes seeing Jesus, angels, and deceased relatives. c2010.
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 Jeffrey Zaslow, Chesley Sullenberger. 2009
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 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
By Bill Bryson. 1997
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 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.