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Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir
by Cinelle Barnes

Language

English

Pages

243

Publication Date

May 01, 2018

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<p><b>Told with a lyrical, almost-dreamlike voice as intoxicating as the moonflowers and orchids that inhabit this world, <i>Monsoon Mansion</i> is a harrowing yet triumphant coming-of-age memoir exploring the dark, troubled waters of a family’s rise and fall from grace in the Philippines. It would take a young warrior to survive it.</b></p><p>Cinelle Barnes was barely three years old when her family moved into Mansion Royale, a stately ten-bedroom home in the Philippines. Filled with her mother’s opulent social aspirations and the gloriously excessive evidence of her father’s self-made success, it was a girl’s storybook playland. But when a monsoon hits, her father leaves, and her mother’s terrible lover takes the reins, Cinelle’s fantastical childhood turns toward tyranny she could never have imagined. Formerly a home worthy of magazines and lavish parties, Mansion Royale becomes a dangerous shell of the splendid palace it had once been.</p><p>In this remarkable ode to survival, Cinelle creates something magical out of her truth—underscored by her complicated relationship with her mother. Through a tangle of tragedy and betrayal emerges a revelatory journey of perseverance and strength, of grit and beauty, and of coming to terms with the price of family—and what it takes to grow up.</p>
A Walk in the Park: A Vietnam Comedy
by Odon Bacque

Language

English

Pages

202

Publication Date

November 04, 2015

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<p>Odon L. Bacque Jr. figures his poor eyesight rules him out for the draft, not to mention the fact that he's studying law in college, so the young man doesn't worry too much about the war raging in Vietnam. But when his law school requests he doesn't return, Bacque learns just how wrong he was.</p><br /><br /><p>Still convinced his eyesight—or rather the lack of it—disqualifies him from a combat position, he learns once again he’s mistaken. Sent through Officer Candidate School, he winds up assigned to the 5th Special Forces…the Green Berets.</p><br /><br /><p>Once in Vietnam, Bacque prepares for the worst—only to have fate finally cut him some slack. Reassigned from an A team back to a B team, he finds himself removed from the front lines and ordered to perform a task better suited to an accounting major, a course he barely passed in college. Still, it beat trying to survive jungle warfare with a serious vision impairment…</p><br /><br /><p><i>A Walk in the Park: A Vietnam Comedy</i> charts Bacque's experiences in Vietnam along with his growing disillusionment with the war's management. Funny without being disrespectful, his story offers a surprisingly comedic look at wartime service.</p>
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Go...
by Michelle McNamara

Language

English

Pages

340

Publication Date

February 27, 2018

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<p><strong>Introduction by Gillian Flynn<br />Afterword by Patton Oswalt</strong></p><p><strong>“<em>I’ll Be Gone in the Dark</em> will undoubtedly be stocked in the True Crime section, which is fine, but in so many ways it’s a brilliant genre-buster. It’s propulsive, can’t-stop-now reading, which makes it all too easy to ignore the clean and focused writing. </strong></p><p><strong>What readers need to know—what makes this book so special—is that it deals with two obsessions, one light and one dark. The Golden State Killer is the dark half; Michelle McNamara’s is the light half. It’s a journey into two minds, one sick and disordered, the other intelligent and determined. I loved this book.”   —Stephen King</strong></p><p>A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer—the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade—from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.</p><p><em>"You’ll be silent forever, and I’ll be gone in the dark."</em></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>At the time of the crimes, the Golden State Killer was between the ages of eighteen and thirty, Caucasian, and athletic—capable of vaulting tall fences. He always wore a mask. After choosing a victim—he favored suburban couples—he often entered their home when no one was there, studying family pictures, mastering the layout. He attacked while they slept, using a flashlight to awaken and blind them. Though they could not recognize him, his victims recalled his voice: a guttural whisper through clenched teeth, abrupt and threatening.</p><p><em>I’ll Be Gone in the Dark</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. Framed by an introduction by Gillian Flynn and an afterword by her husband, Patton Oswalt, the book was completed by Michelle’s lead researcher and a close colleague. Utterly original and compelling, it is destined to become a true crime classic—and may at last unmask the Golden State Killer.</p>
Educated: A Memoir
by Tara Westover

Language

English

Pages

337

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><b>“A coming-of-age memoir reminiscent of <i>The Glass Castle.”</i>—<i>O: The Oprah Magazine</i></b><br /> <b> </b><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 /> <b> </b><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> </b><br /> <b>“Westover brings readers deep into this world, a milieu usually hidden from outsiders.”—<i>The Economist</i></b></b><br /><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.
West Winging It: An Un-presidential Memoir
by Pat Cunnane

Language

English

Pages

321

Publication Date

April 17, 2018

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<i>The West Wing</i> meets <i>The Office</i><b> </b>in this fresh and funny exclusive look into President Barack Obama’s years in the White House, directly from his senior writer and former Deputy Director of Messaging.<BR><BR><i>West Winging It: An Unpresidential Memoir</i> is the personal story of Pat Cunnane and his journey from outsider to insider, from his dreary job at a warehouse to his dream job at the White House. Pat pulls the drapes back on the most famous and exclusive building in the United States, telling the story of the real West Wing with compelling and quirky portraits of the people who populate the place, from the President to the press corps. Pat takes you into the Oval Office, providing a witty insider’s glimpse of that it’s really like—from the minutiae to the momentous—to work at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.<BR> <BR> Along the way, Pat draws an intimate portrait of the side of President Obama that few were privy to—the funnyman, the nerd, the athlete, the caring parent. He describes both the small details—the time he watched in horror as the President reached over the sneeze guard at Chipotle—and the larger, historic moments, such as watching the President handle the news of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. In some ways, working at the White House is a lot like every office, and in some ways, it’s like no office ever. Pat recounts the time he accidentally slammed a door on Joe Biden, plotted to have the Pope bless him by faking a sneeze, and almost killed America’s First Dog.<BR> <BR> Pat’s story is one of proximity to history, revealing an office where both the historically momentous and the hilariously mundane occurred every day. He brings the White House to life with hysterical, heartwarming, and sharply observed depictions of the President and Vice President. It’s a fun portrait of a remarkable time and an extraordinary President, featuring a bunch of brilliant, quirky staffers bursting in and out of frame. He recounts the behind-the-scene highs and lows of the West Wing, from the elation of 2012 to the despair of 2016.<BR> <BR> Filled with sharp observations and exclusive photos, <i>West Winging It</i> is at its core a fish-out-of-water story—only these fish are trying to run the United States of America.
The Art of the Wasted Day
by Patricia Hampl

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

April 17, 2018

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<b>A spirited inquiry into the lost value of leisure and daydream</b><br /><br /><i>The Art of the Wasted Day</i> is a picaresque travelogue of leisure written from a lifelong enchantment with solitude. Patricia Hampl visits the homes of historic exemplars of ease who made repose a goal, even an art form. She begins with two celebrated eighteenth-century Irish ladies who ran off to live a life of "retirement" in rural Wales. Her search then leads to Moravia to consider the monk-geneticist, Gregor Mendel, and finally to Bordeaux for Michel Montaigne--the hero of this book--who retreated from court life to sit in his chateau tower and write about whatever passed through his mind, thus inventing the personal essay. <br /><br />Hampl's own life winds through these pilgrimages, from childhood days lazing under a neighbor's beechnut tree, to a fascination with monastic life, and then to love--and the loss of that love which forms this book's silver thread of inquiry. Finally, a remembered journey down the Mississippi near home in an old cabin cruiser with her husband turns out, after all her international quests, to be the great adventure of her life. <br /><br />The real job of being human, Hampl finds, is getting lost in thought, something only leisure can provide. <i>The Art of the Wasted Day</i> is a compelling celebration of the purpose and appeal of letting go.
This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today
by Chrissy Metz

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

March 27, 2018

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<p><strong>#1<em> NEW YORK TIMES</em> BESTSELLER</strong></p><p><strong>An inspirational book about life and its lessons from the Golden Globe and Emmy nominated star of NBC’s </strong><strong><em>This Is Us.</em></strong></p><p>When<em> This Is Us</em> debuted in fall 2016, a divided America embraced a show that celebrates human connection. The critically acclaimed series became America’s most watched—and most talked about—network show, even building on its fan base in the drama’s second season. As Kate Pearson, Chrissy Metz presents a character that has never been seen on television, yet viewers see themselves in her, no matter what they look like or where they come from. Considered a role model just for being her authentic self, Chrissy found herself on magazine covers and talk shows, walking red carpets, and as the subject of endless conversations on social media “I don’t know what you’ve been through to play her,” she is often told by fans, “but it was something.”</p><p>In <em>This is Me,</em> Chrissy Metz shares her story with a raw honesty that will leave readers both surprised but also inspired. Infused with the same authenticity she brings to her starring role, Chrissy’s <em>This is Me</em> is so much more than your standard Hollywood memoir or collection of personal essays. She embraces the spirit of Shonda Rhimes’ <em>Year of Yes</em>, and shares how she has applied the lessons she learned from<u> </u>both setbacks and successes. A born entertainer, Chrissy finds light in even her darkest moments, and leaves the reader feeling they are spending time with a friend who gets it.</p><p>Chrissy Metz grew up in a large family, one that always seemed to be moving, and growing. Her father disappeared one day, leaving her mother to work a series of menial jobs and his children to learn to live with the threat of hunger and the electricity being cut off. When her mother remarried, Chrissy hoped for “normal” but instead experienced a form of mental pain that seemed crafted just for her. The boys who showed her attention did so with strings attached as well, and Chrissy accepted it, because for her, love always came with conditions. </p><p>When she set out for Los Angeles, it was the first time she had been away from her family and from Florida. And for years, she got barely an audition. So how does a woman with the deck stacked against her radiate such love, beauty and joy? This too is at the heart of <em>This is Me</em>.  </p><p>With chapters that alternate from autobiographical to instructional, Chrissy offers practical applications of her hard-won insights in a series of “Bee Mindful” interstitials. There she invites you to embrace gratitude in “Say Thank You” or to be honest with your partner and yourself in “The Shrouded Supreme.” Blending love and experience, Chrissy encourages us all to claim our rightful place in a world that may be trying to knock us down, find our own unique gifts, and pursue our dreams. </p>
Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage ...
by Cecile Richards

Language

English

Pages

290

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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<b>INSTANT <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><BR> <BR><b>“Richards offers practical advice and inspiration for aspiring leaders everywhere.”—Hillary Rodham Clinton</b><BR> <BR><b>“An enthralling memoir.” —<i>Booklist</i> (starred review)</b><BR> <BR><b>To Make Change, You Have to Make Trouble</b><BR> <BR>From Cecile Richards—president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund for more than a decade, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, featured speaker at the Women’s March on Washington, and a “heroine of the resistance” (<i>Vogue</i>)—comes a story about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for women’s rights and social justice.<BR><BR>Cecile Richards has been an activist since she was taken to the principal’s office in seventh grade for wearing an armband in protest of the Vietnam War. She had an extraordinary childhood in ultra-conservative Texas, where her civil rights attorney father and activist mother taught their kids to be troublemakers. In the Richards household, the “dinner table was never for eating—it was for sorting precinct lists.”<BR> <BR>From the time Richards was a girl, she had a front-row seat to observe the rise of women in American politics. She watched her mother, Ann, transform from a housewife to an electrifying force in the Democratic party who made a name for herself as the straight-talking, truth-telling governor of Texas. But Richards also witnessed the pitfalls of public life that are unique to women. Her experiences paint a powerful portrait of the misogyny, sexism, fake news, and even the threat of violence confronting those who challenge authority.<BR> <BR>As a young woman, Richards worked as a labor organizer alongside women earning minimum wage and learned that those in power don’t give it up without a fight. Now, after years of advocacy, resistance, and progressive leadership, she shares her story for the first time—from the joy and heartbreak of activism to the challenges of raising kids, having a life, and making change, all at the same time.<BR> <BR>She shines a light on the people and lessons that have gotten her through good times and bad, and encourages readers to take risks, make mistakes, and make trouble along the way. Richards has dedicated her life to taking on injustice, and her memoir will inspire readers to hope and action.
The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath
by Leslie Jamison

Language

English

Pages

545

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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<div><b>INSTANT <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b>"An astounding triumph . . . Profound . . . Achingly wise . . . A recovery memoir like no other." --<i>Entertainment Weekly </i>(A)</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b>"Riveting . . . Beautifully told." --<i>Boston Globe</i></b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b>"An honest and important book . . . Vivid writing and required reading." --Stephen King</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b>"Perceptive and generous-hearted . . . Uncompromising . . . Jamison is a writer of exacting grace." --<i>Washington Post</i></b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b>From the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>The Empathy Exams </i>comes this transformative work showing that sometimes the recovery is more gripping than the addiction.</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><div><div>With its deeply personal and seamless blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage, <i>The Recovering </i>turns our understanding of the traditional addiction narrative on its head, demonstrating that the story of recovery can be every bit as electrifying as the train wreck itself. Leslie Jamison deftly excavates the stories we tell about addiction--both her own and others'--and examines what we want these stories to do and what happens when they fail us. All the while, she offers a fascinating look at the larger history of the recovery movement, and at the complicated bearing that race and class have on our understanding of who is criminal and who is ill.</div><div><br /></div><div>At the heart of the book is Jamison's ongoing conversation with literary and artistic geniuses whose lives and works were shaped by alcoholism and substance dependence, including John Berryman, Jean Rhys, Billie Holiday, Raymond Carver, Denis Johnson, and David Foster Wallace, as well as brilliant lesser-known figures such as George Cain, lost to obscurity but newly illuminated here. Through its unvarnished relation of Jamison's own ordeals, <i>The Recovering</i> also becomes a book about a different kind of dependency: the way our desires can make us all, as she puts it, "broken spigots of need." It's about the particular loneliness of the human experience-the craving for love that both devours us and shapes who we are.</div><div><br /></div><div>For her striking language and piercing observations, Jamison has been compared to such iconic writers as Joan Didion and Susan Sontag, yet her utterly singular voice also offers something new. With enormous empathy and wisdom, Jamison has given us nothing less than the story of addiction and recovery in America writ large, a definitive and revelatory account that will resonate for years to come.</div></div><div><br /></div> </div>
Look Alive Out There: Essays
by Sloane Crosley

Language

English

Pages

258

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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<div><b>"Sloane Crosley does the impossible. She stays consistently funny and delivers a book that is alive and jumping." ― Steve Martin</b></div>  <br />From the <i>New York Times</i>-bestselling author Sloane Crosley comes <i>Look Alive Out There</i>―a brand-new collection of essays filled with her trademark hilarity, wit, and charm. The characteristic heart and punch-packing observations are back, but with a newfound coat of maturity. A thin coat. More of a blazer, really. <br />Fans of <i>I Was Told There'd Be Cake</i> and<i> How Did You Get This Number</i> know Sloane Crosley's life as a series of relatable but madcap misadventures. In <i>Look Alive Out There,</i> whether it's playing herself on <i>Gossip Girl,</i>scaling active volcanoes, crashing shivas, befriending swingers, or staring down the barrel of the fertility gun, Crosley continues to rise to the occasion with unmatchable nerve and electric one-liners. And as her subjects become more serious, her essays deliver not just laughs but lasting emotional heft and insight. Crosley has taken up the gauntlets thrown by her predecessors--Dorothy Parker, Nora Ephron, David Sedaris--and crafted something rare, affecting, and true.<br /><i>Look Alive Out There</i> arrives on the tenth anniversary of <i>I Was Told There'd be Cake</i>, and Crosley's essays have managed to grow simultaneously more sophisticated and even funnier. And yet she's still very much herself, and it's great to have her back--and not a moment too soon (or late, for that matter).

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