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Educated: A Memoir
by Tara Westover

Language

English

Pages

336

Publication Date

February 20, 2018

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University</b><br /><br /><b>Book Club Pick for Now Read This, from <i>PBS NewsHour </i>and <i>The New York Times</i></b> <br /><br /><b><b>“A coming-of-age memoir reminiscent of <i>The Glass Castle.”</i>—<i>O: The Oprah Magazine</i></b><br /><br /> <b>“Tara Westover is living proof that some people are flat-out, boots-always-laced-up indomitable<i>.”</i>—<i>USA Today</i></b><br /><br /> <b>“The extremity of Westover’s upbringing emerges gradually through her telling, which only makes the telling more alluring and harrowing.”—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /></b><br />Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills” bag. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged metal in her father’s junkyard.<br /><br /> Her father distrusted the medical establishment, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when an older brother became violent.<br /><br /> When another brother got himself into college and came back with news of the world beyond the mountain, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. She taught herself enough mathematics, grammar, and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. There, she studied psychology, politics, philosophy, and history, learning for the first time about pivotal world events like the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.<br /><br /> <i>Educated</i> is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes from severing one’s closest ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.
Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House
by Omarosa Manigault Newman

Language

English

Pages

334

Publication Date

August 14, 2018

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<b>The former Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison in the Trump White House provides an eye-opening look into the corruption and controversy of the current administration.</b><BR><BR>Few have been a member of Donald Trump’s inner orbit longer than Omarosa Manigault Newman. Their relationship has spanned fifteen years—through four television shows, a presidential campaign, and a year by his side in the most chaotic, outrageous White House in history. But that relationship has come to a decisive and definitive end, and Omarosa is finally ready to share her side of the story in this explosive, jaw-dropping account.<BR> <BR>A stunning tell-all and takedown from a strong, intelligent woman who took every name and number, <i>Unhinged </i>is a must-read for any concerned citizen.
The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the...
by Diana Marcum

Language

English

Pages

240

Publication Date

August 01, 2018

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<p><b>From a Pulitzer Prize–winning writer comes an exuberant memoir of personal loss and longing, and finding connection on the remote Azorean Islands of the Atlantic Ocean.</b></p><p>Reporter Diana Marcum is in crisis. A long-buried personal sadness is enfolding her—and her career is stalled—when she stumbles upon an unusual group of immigrants living in rural California. She follows them on their annual return to the remote Azorean Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, where bulls run down village streets, volcanoes are active, and the people celebrate <i>festas</i> to ease their <i>saudade</i>, a longing so deep that the Portuguese word for it can’t be fully translated.</p><p>Years later, California is in a terrible drought, the wildfires seem to never end, and Diana finds herself still dreaming of those islands and the <i>chuva</i>—a rain so soft you don’t notice when it begins or ends.</p><p>With her troublesome Labrador retriever, Murphy, in tow, Diana returns to the islands of her dreams only to discover that there are still things she longs for—and one of them may be a most unexpected love.</p><p><i>An Amazon Charts Most Read book.</i></p>
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
by Trevor Noah

Language

English

Pages

264

Publication Date

November 15, 2016

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed</b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY </b><br /><b> Michiko Kakutani, <i>New York Times</i> • <i>Newsday</i> • <i>Esquire</i> • NPR • <i>Booklist</i></b><br /><br /> Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of <i>The Daily Show </i>began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.<br /><br /> <i>Born a Crime</i> is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.<br /><br /> The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Born a Crime<br /><br /></i></b> “[A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, [Trevor Noah’s] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid. . . . <i>Born a Crime</i> is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author’s remarkable mother.”<b>—Michiko Kakutani, <i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br /> “[An] unforgettable memoir.”<b>—<i>Parade<br /></i></b><br />  “What makes <i>Born a Crime </i>such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider <i>Born a Crime</i> another such gift to her—and an enormous gift to the rest of us.”<b><i>—USA Today</i></b><br /><br /> “[Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar.”<b><i>—People<br /><br /></i></b>“[Noah’s] electrifying memoir sparkles with funny stories . . . and his candid and compassionate essays deepen our perception of the complexities of race, gender, and class.”<b>—<i>Booklist</i> (starred review)</b><br /><br />“A gritty memoir . . . studded with insight and provocative social criticism . . . with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations.”<b>—<i>Kirkus Reviews</i></b>
From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir
by Beck Dorey-Stein

Language

English

Pages

331

Publication Date

July 10, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER </b>• <b>“[This] breezy page turner is essentially Bridget Jones goes to the White House.”—</b><i><b>The New York Times</b></i><br /> <br /><b>“Obama administration memoirs are rolling in, but in a refreshing twist <i>From the Corner of the Oval </i>swaps policy for good old-fashioned workplace drama.”<i>—Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /> <br /><b>Recommended for summer reading by <i>theSkimm</i> • Jane Green on NBC’s <i>Today</i> show • </b><i><b>Entertainment Weekly</b></i> <b>•</b> <i><b>Refinery29</b> </i><b>•</b> <i><b>Bustle</b> </i><b>• <i>PopSugar</i> <br /></b><br /> In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein is working five part-time jobs and just scraping by when a posting on Craigslist lands her, improbably, in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama’s stenographers. The ultimate D.C. outsider, she joins the elite team who accompany the president wherever he goes, recorder and mic in hand. On whirlwind trips across time zones, Beck forges friendships with a dynamic group of fellow travelers—young men and women who, like her, leave their real lives behind to hop aboard Air Force One in service of the president.<br /><br /> As she learns to navigate White House protocols and more than once runs afoul of the hierarchy, Beck becomes romantically entangled with a consummate D.C. insider, and suddenly the political becomes all too personal.<br /><br /> Against the backdrop of glamour, drama, and intrigue, this is the story of a young woman making unlikely friendships, getting her heart broken, learning what truly matters, and, in the process, discovering her voice.<br /><b><br />Praise for </b><i><b>From the Corner of the Oval</b></i><br /><br />“Who knew the West Wing could be so sexy? Beck Dorey-Stein’s unparalleled access is obvious on every page, along with her knife-sharp humor. I tore through the entire book on a four-hour flight and <i>loved</i> reading all about the brilliant yet hard-partying people who once surrounded the leader of the free world. Lots of books claim to give real insider glimpses, but this one actually delivers.” <b>—Lauren Weisberger, author of <i>The Devil Wears Prada</i></b><br /><br />“Ms. Dorey-Stein . . . writes with wit and self-deprecating humor.”—<b><i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /><br />“Addictively readable . . . Dorey-Stein’s spunk and her sparkling, crackling prose had me cheering for her through each adventure. . . . She never loses her starry-eyed optimism, her pinch-me wonderment, her <i>Working Girl </i>pluck.”<b>—Paul Begala, <i>The New York Times Book Review</i> (Editors’ Choice)</b>
Stray: Memoir of a Runaway
by Tanya Marquardt

Language

English

Pages

247

Publication Date

September 01, 2018

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<p><b>Brutal and beautiful, <i>Stray</i> is the true story of a girl who runs away and finds herself.</b></p><p>After growing up in a dysfunctional and emotionally abusive home, Tanya Marquardt runs away on her sixteenth birthday. Her departure is an act of rebellion and survival—whatever she is heading toward has to be better than what she is leaving behind.</p><p>Struggling with her inner demons, Tanya must learn to take care of herself during two chaotic years in the working-class mill town of Port Alberni, followed by the early-nineties underground goth scene in Vancouver, British Columbia. She finds a chosen family in her fellow misfits, and the bond they form is fierce and unflinching.</p><p>Told with raw honesty and strength, <i>Stray</i> reveals Tanya’s fight to embrace the vulnerable, beguiling parts of herself and heal the wounds of her past as she forges her own path to a new life.</p>
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Go...
by Michelle McNamara

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English

Pages

340

Publication Date

February 27, 2018

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<p><strong>#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</strong><strong> • </strong><strong>The haunting true story of the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California during the 70s and 80s, and of the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case—which was solved in April 2018.</strong></p><p><p><strong>Introduction by Gillian Flynn •</strong><strong> Afterword by Patton Oswalt</strong></p><p><strong>“A brilliant genre-buster.... Propulsive, can’t-stop-now reading.</strong><strong>”   —Stephen King</strong></p><p></p><p>For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.</p><p>Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer." Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.</p><p><em><em>I’ll Be Gone in the Dark</em></em>—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classic—one which fulfilled Michelle's dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.</p>
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J. D. Vance

Language

English

Pages

291

Publication Date

May 01, 2018

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<p><strong><em>#1 NEW YORK TIMES </em>BESTSELLER, NAMED BY THE <em>TIMES </em>AS ONE OF "6 BOOKS TO HELP UNDERSTAND TRUMP'S WIN" AND SOON TO BE A MAJOR-MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD </strong></p><p><strong>"You will not read a more important book about America this year.</strong><strong>"—<em>The Economist </em></strong></p><p><strong>"A riveting book."—<em>The Wall Street Journal</em></strong></p><p><strong>"Essential reading."—David Brooks,</strong><strong> </strong><em><strong>New York Times</strong></em></p><p><em>Hillbilly Elegy</em> is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for more than forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.</p><p>The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually one of their grandchildren would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of <em>Hillbilly Elegy</em> plays out, we learn that J.D.'s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, never fully escaping the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. With piercing honesty, Vance shows how he himself still carries around the demons of his chaotic family history.</p><p>A deeply moving memoir, with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, <em>Hillbilly Elegy</em> is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.</p>
Kitchen Confidential
by Anthony Bourdain

Language

English

Pages

321

Publication Date

December 10, 2008

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<b>Anthony Bourdain, host of Parts Unknown, reveals "twenty-five years of sex, drugs, bad behavior and haute cuisine" in his breakout New York Times bestseller Kitchen Confidential.</b><br /><br />Bourdain spares no one's appetite when he told all about what happens behind the kitchen door. Bourdain uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable book, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike. From Bourdain's first oyster in the Gironde, to his lowly position as dishwasher in a honky tonk fish restaurant in Provincetown (where he witnesses for the first time the real delights of being a chef); from the kitchen of the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center, to drug dealers in the east village, from Tokyo to Paris and back to New York again, Bourdain's tales of the kitchen are as passionate as they are unpredictable.<br /><br />Kitchen Confidential will make your mouth water while your belly aches with laughter. You'll beg the chef for more, please.
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
by Caitlin Doughty

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English

Pages

281

Publication Date

September 15, 2014

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<p>"Morbid and illuminating" (<em>Entertainment Weekly</em>)—a young mortician goes behind the scenes of her curious profession.</p><br /><p>Armed with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre, Caitlin Doughty took a job at a crematory and turned morbid curiosity into her life’s work. She cared for bodies of every color, shape, and affliction, and became an intrepid explorer in the world of the dead. In this best-selling memoir, brimming with gallows humor and vivid characters, she marvels at the gruesome history of undertaking and relates her unique coming-of-age story with bold curiosity and mordant wit. By turns hilarious, dark, and uplifting, <em>Smoke Gets in Your Eyes</em> reveals how the fear of dying warps our society and "will make you reconsider how our culture treats the dead" (<em>San Francisco Chronicle</em>).</p>

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