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The Mamba Mentality: How I Play
by Kobe Bryant

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English

Pages

206

Publication Date

October 23, 2018

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<p><b><i>The Mamba Mentality: How I Play</i></b><b> is Kobe Bryant’s personal perspective of his life and career on the basketball court and his exceptional, insightful style of playing the game—a fitting legacy from the late Los Angeles Laker superstar.</b></p><p>In the wake of his retirement from professional basketball, Kobe “The Black Mamba” Bryant decided to share his vast knowledge and understanding of the game to take readers on an unprecedented journey to the core of the legendary “Mamba mentality.” Citing an obligation and an opportunity to teach young players, hardcore fans, and devoted students of the game how to play it “the right way,” <i>The Mamba Mentality</i> takes us inside the mind of one of the most intelligent, analytical, and creative basketball players ever.</p><p>In his own words, Bryant reveals his famously detailed approach and the steps he took to prepare mentally and physically to not just succeed at the game, but to excel. Readers will learn how Bryant studied an opponent, how he channeled his passion for the game, how he played through injuries. They’ll also get fascinating granular detail as he breaks down specific plays and match-ups from throughout his career.</p><p>Bryant’s detailed accounts are paired with stunning photographs by the Hall of Fame photographer Andrew D. Bernstein. Bernstein, long the Lakers and NBA official photographer, captured Bryant’s very first NBA photo in 1996 and his last in 2016—and hundreds of thousands in between, the record of a unique, twenty-year relationship between one athlete and one photographer.</p><p>The combination of Bryant’s narrative and Bernstein’s photos make <i>The Mamba Mentality</i> an unprecedented look behind the curtain at the career of one of the world’s most celebrated and fascinating athletes.</p>
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redem...
by Laura Hillenbrand

Language

English

Pages

530

Publication Date

November 16, 2010

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<b><b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • <b>NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • </b>Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.</b><br /></b><br />In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.<br />  <br /><i>Unbroken </i>is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit, brought vividly to life by <i>Seabiscuit</i> author Laura Hillenbrand.<br /><br /><b><b>Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by <i>Time</i> magazine • Winner of the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year award</b><br /></b>  <br /> “Extraordinarily moving . . . a powerfully drawn survival epic.”<b>—<i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “[A] one-in-a-billion story . . . designed to wrench from self-respecting critics all the blurby adjectives we normally try to avoid: It is amazing, unforgettable, gripping, harrowing, chilling, and inspiring.”<b><i>—New York</i></b><i> </i><br />  <br /> “Staggering . . . mesmerizing . . . Hillenbrand’s writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don’t dare take your eyes off the page.”<b>—<i>People</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “A meticulous, soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life.”<b><i>—The Washington Post</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “Ambitious and powerful . . . a startling narrative and an inspirational book.”<b><i>—The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br />“Magnificent . . . incredible . . . [Hillenbrand] has crafted another masterful blend of sports, history and overcoming terrific odds; this is biography taken to the nth degree, a chronicle of a remarkable life lived through extraordinary times.”<b><i>—The Dallas Morning News</i></b><br />  <br /> “An astonishing testament to the superhuman power of tenacity.”<b>—<i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “A tale of triumph and redemption . . . astonishingly detailed.”<b>—<i>O: The Oprah Magazine</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “[A] masterfully told true story . . . nothing less than a marvel.”<b>—<i>Washingtonian</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “[Hillenbrand tells this] story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter’s pace.”<b><i>—Time</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> “Hillenbrand [is] one of our best writers of narrative history. You don’t have to be a sports fan or a war-history buff to devour this book—you just have to love great storytelling.”<b>—Rebecca Skloot, author of<i> The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks</i></b><i><br /></i>
The Adventurer's Son: A Memoir
by Roman Dial

Language

English

Pages

363

Publication Date

February 18, 2020

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<p><strong>“A brave and marvelous book. A page-turner that will rip your heart out.” —Jon Krakauer</strong></p><p>In the tradition of <em>Into the Wild</em> comes an instant classic of outdoor literature, a riveting work of uncommon depth: <em>The Adventurer’s Son</em> is Roman Dial’s extraordinary account of his two-year quest to unravel the mystery of his son’s fate.</p><p>In the predawn hours of July 10, 2014, the twenty-seven-year-old son of preeminent Alaskan scientist and National Geographic Explorer Roman Dial, walked alone into Corcovado National Park, an untracked rainforest along Costa Rica’s remote Pacific Coast that shelters miners, poachers, and drug smugglers. He carried a light backpack and machete. Before he left, Cody Roman Dial emailed his father: <em>“I am not sure how long it will take me, but I’m planning on doing 4 days in the jungle and a day to walk out. I’ll be bounded by a trail to the west and the coast everywhere else, so it should be difficult to get lost forever.”</em></p><p>They were the last words Dial received from his son.</p><p>As soon as he realized Cody Roman’s return date had passed, Dial set off for Costa Rica. As he trekked through the dense jungle, interviewing locals and searching for clues—the authorities suspected murder—the desperate father was forced to confront the deepest questions about himself and his own role in the events. Roman had raised his son to be fearless, to be at home in earth’s wildest places, travelling together through rugged Alaska to remote Borneo and Bhutan. Was he responsible for his son’s fate? Or, as he hoped, was Cody Roman safe and using his wilderness skills on a solo adventure from which he would emerge at any moment?<br /></p><p>Part detective story set in the most beautiful yet dangerous reaches of the planet, <em>The Adventurer’s Son</em> emerges as a far deeper tale of discovery—a journey to understand the truth about those we love the most.  </p><p><em>The Adventurer’s Son</em> includes fifty black-and-white photographs.</p>
The Twenty-Ninth Day: Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian ...
by Alex Messenger

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

November 12, 2019

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<p><b>Finalist for the 2020 Minnesota Book Award <br />An Outside Magazine Pick of Best Winter Books<br />A Midwest Indie Bestseller</b></p><br /><br /><p>A six-hundred-mile canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness is a seventeen-year-old’s dream adventure, but after he is mauled by a grizzly bear, it’s all about staying alive.</p><br /><br /><p>This true-life wilderness survival epic recounts seventeen-year-old Alex Messenger’s near-lethal encounter with a grizzly bear during a canoe trip in the Canadian tundra. The story follows Alex and his five companions as they paddle north through harrowing rapids and stunning terrain. Twenty-nine days into the trip, while out hiking alone, Alex is attacked by a barren-ground grizzly. Left for dead, he wakes to find that his summer adventure has become a struggle to stay alive. Over the next hours and days, Alex and his companions tend his wounds and use their resilience, ingenuity, and dogged perseverance to reach help at a remote village a thousand miles north of the US-Canadian border.</p><br /><br /><p><i>The Twenty-Ninth Day</i> is a coming-of-age story like no other, filled with inspiring subarctic landscapes, thrilling riverine paddling, and a trial by fire of the human spirit.</p>
Crossing the Continent 1527-1540: The Story of the First African-...
by Robert Goodwin

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English

Pages

434

Publication Date

October 01, 2008

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<p>The true story of America's first great explorer and adventurer—an African slave named Esteban Dorantes</p><p><em>Crossing the Continent</em> takes us on an epic journey from Africa to Europe and America as Dr. Robert Goodwin chronicles the incredible adventures of the African slave Esteban Dorantes (1500-1539), the first pioneer from the Old World to explore the entirety of the American south and the first African-born man to die in North America about whom anything is known. Goodwin's groundbreaking research in Spanish archives has led to a radical new interpretation of American history—one in which an African slave emerges as the nation's first great explorer and adventurer.</p><p>Nearly three centuries before Lewis and Clark's epic trek to the Pacific coast, Esteban and three Spanish noblemen survived shipwreck, famine, disease, and Native American hostility to make the first crossing of North America in recorded history. Drawing on contemporary accounts and long-lost records, Goodwin recounts the extraordinary story of Esteban's sixteenth-century odyssey, which began in Florida and wound through what is now Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, as far as the Gulf of California. Born in Africa and captured at a young age by slave traders, Esteban was serving his owner, a Spanish captain, when their disastrous sea voyage to the New World nearly claimed his life. Eventually he emerged as the leader of the few survivors of this expedition, guiding them on an extraordinary eight-year march westward to safety.</p><p>On the group's return to the Spanish imperial capital at Mexico City, the viceroy appointed Esteban as the military commander of a religious expedition sent to establish a permanent Spanish route into Arizona and New Mexico. But during this new adventure, as Esteban pushed deeper and deeper into the unknown north, Spaniards far to the south began to hear strange rumors of his death at Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico. </p><p>Filled with tales of physical endurance, natural calamities, geographical wonders, strange discoveries, and Esteban's almost mystical dealings with Native Americans, <em>Crossing the Continent</em> challenges the traditional telling of our nation's early history, placing an African and his relationship with the Indians he encountered at the heart of a new historical record.</p>
The Impossible First: From Fire to Ice-Crossing Antarctica Alone
by Colin O'Brady

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

January 14, 2020

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<b>A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</b><br /> <br /><b>Colin O’Brady’s awe-inspiring memoir spans his triumphant recovery from a tragic accident to his gripping 932-mile solo crossing of Antarctica. </b><br /><br />Prior to December 2018, no individual had ever crossed the landmass of Antarctica alone, without support and completely human powered. Yet, Colin O’Brady was determined to do just that, even if, ten years earlier, there was doubt that he’d ever walk again normally. From the depths of a tragic accident, he fought his way back. In a quest to unlock his potential and discover what was possible, he went on to set three mountaineering world records before turning to this historic Antarctic challenge.<br /> <br />O’Brady’s pursuit of a goal that had eluded many others was made even more intense by a head-to-head battle that emerged with British polar explorer Captain Louis Rudd—also striving to be “the first.” Enduring Antarctica’s sub-zero temperatures and pulling a sled that initially weighed 375 pounds—in complete isolation and through a succession of whiteouts, storms, and a series of near disasters—O’Brady persevered.<br /> <br />Alone with his thoughts for nearly two months in the vastness of the frozen continent—gripped by fear and doubt—he reflected on his past, seeking courage and inspiration in the relationships and experiences that had shaped his life.<br /> <br />Honest, deeply moving, filled with moments of vulnerability—and set against the backdrop of some of the most extreme environments on earth, from Mt. Everest to Antarctica—<i>The Impossible First</i> reveals how anyone can reject limits, overcome immense obstacles, and discover what matters most.
Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Frémont Mapped the West, In...
by Steve Inskeep

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English

Pages

474

Publication Date

January 14, 2020

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<b><b>Steve Inskeep tells the riveting story of John and Jessie Frémont, the husband and wife team who in the 1800s were instrumental in the westward expansion of the United States, and thus became America's first great political couple </b></b><br /><br />John C. Frémont, one of the United States’s leading explorers of the nineteenth century, was relatively unknown in 1842, when he commanded the first of his expeditions to the uncharted West. But in only a few years, he was one of the most acclaimed people of the age – known as a wilderness explorer, bestselling writer, gallant army officer, and latter-day conquistador, who in 1846 began the United States’s takeover of California from Mexico. He was not even 40 years old when Americans began naming mountains and towns after him. He had perfect timing, exploring the West just as it captured the nation’s attention. But the most important factor in his fame may have been the person who made it all possible: his wife, Jessie Benton Frémont. <br />  <br /> Jessie, the daughter of a United States senator who was deeply involved in the West, provided her husband with entrée to the highest levels of government and media, and his career reached new heights only a few months after their elopement. During a time when women were allowed to make few choices for themselves, Jessie – who herself aspired to roles in exploration and politics – threw her skill and passion into promoting her husband. She worked to carefully edit and publicize his accounts of his travels, attracted talented young men to his circle, and lashed out at his enemies. She became her husband’s political adviser, as well as a power player in her own right. In 1856, the famous couple strategized as John became the first-ever presidential nominee of the newly established Republican Party. <br /><br /> With rare detail and in consummate style, Steve Inskeep tells the story of a couple whose joint ambitions and talents intertwined with those of the nascent United States itself. Taking advantage of expanding news media, aided by an increasingly literate public, the two linked their names to the three great national movements of the time—westward settlement, women’s rights, and opposition to slavery. Together, John and Jessie Frémont took parts in events that defined the country and gave rise to a new, more global America. Theirs is a surprisingly modern tale of ambition and fame; they lived in a time of social and technological disruption and divisive politics that foreshadowed our own. In <i>Imperfect Union</i>, as Inskeep navigates these deeply transformative years through Jessie and John’s own union, he reveals how the Frémonts’ adventures amount to nothing less than a tour of the early American soul.
Jungleland: A Mysterious Lost City and a True Story of Deadly Adv...
by Christopher S. Stewart

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English

Pages

284

Publication Date

January 07, 2014

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<p>"I began to daydream about the jungle...."</p><p>On April 6, 1940, explorer and future World War II spy Theodore Morde (who would one day attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler), anxious about the perilous journey that lay ahead of him, struggled to fall asleep at the Paris Hotel in La Ceiba, Honduras.</p><p>Nearly seventy years later, in the same hotel, acclaimed journalist Christopher S. Stewart wonders what he's gotten himself into. Stewart and Morde seek the same answer on their quests: the solution to the riddle of the whereabouts of Ciudad Blanca, buried somewhere deep in the rain forest on the Mosquito Coast. Imagining an immense and immaculate El Dorado–like city made entirely of gold, explorers as far back as the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés have tried to find the fabled White City. Others have gone looking for tall white cliffs and gigantic stone temples—no one found a trace.</p><p>Legends, like the jungle, are dense and captivating. Many have sought their fortune or fame down the Río Patuca—from Christopher Columbus to present-day college professors—and many have died or disappeared. What begins as a passing interest slowly turns into an obsession as Stewart pieces together the whirlwind life and mysterious death of Morde, a man who had sailed around the world five times before he was thirty and claimed to have discovered what he called the Lost City of the Monkey God.</p><p>Armed with Morde's personal notebooks and the enigmatic coordinates etched on his well-worn walking stick, Stewart sets out to test the jungle himself—and to test himself in the jungle. As we follow the parallel journeys of Morde and Stewart, the ultimate destination morphs with their every twist and turn. Are they walking in circles? Or are they running from their own shadows? <em>Jungleland</em> is part detective story, part classic tale of man versus wild in the tradition of <em>The Lost City of Z</em> and <em>Lost in Shangri-La</em>. A story of young fatherhood as well as the timeless call of adventure, this is an epic search for answers in a place where nothing is guaranteed, least of all survival.</p>
Return to Earth
by , Wayne Warga

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

December 15, 2015

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<b>Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s courageous, candid memoir of his return to Earth after the historic moon landing and his personal struggle with fame and depression.</b><br /><br /> “We landed with all the grace of a freight elevator,” Buzz Aldrin relates in the opening passages of <i>Return to Earth</i>, remembering Command Module <i>Columbia</i>’s abrupt descent into the gravity of the blue planet. With that splash, Aldrin takes readers on a journey through the human side of the space program, as one of the first two men to land on the moon learns to cope with the pressures of his new public persona.<br />  <br /> In honest and compelling prose, Aldrin reveals a side of instant fame for which West Point and NASA could never have prepared him. One day a fighter pilot and engineer, the next a cultural hero burdened with the adoration of thousands, Aldrin gives a poignant account of the affair that threatened his marriage, as well as his descent into alcoholism and depression that resulted from trying to be too many things to too many people.<br />  <br /> He didn’t realize that when he landed on his home planet his odyssey had just begun. As Aldrin puts it, “I traveled to the moon, but the most significant voyage of my life began when I returned from where no man had been before.”<br />  <br /><i>Return to Earth</i> is a powerful and moving memoir that exposes the stresses suffered by those in the Apollo program and the price Buzz Aldrin paid when he became an American icon.<br />  
BAD KARMA: The True Story of a Mexican Surf Trip from Hell
by Paul Wilson

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English

Pages

264

Publication Date

November 10, 2019

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In the summer of 1978, twenty-one-year-old Paul Wilson jumps at the chance to join two local icons on a dream surf trip to mainland Mexico, unaware their ultimate destination lies in the heart of drug cartel country. Having no earthly idea of where he’ll get the money to pay his share, and determined to prove his mettle, he does the only thing he can think of: He robs a supermarket. And, if karma didn’t already have enough reason to doom the trip, he soon learns one of his companions is a convicted killer on the run, and the other an unscrupulous cad. Mishap and misfortune rule the days, and mere survival takes precedence over surfing. <br />Original photographs (including pre-kingpin El Chapo), and Wilson’s strong narrative style, combine to make this true story personal—in the tradition of Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer, and Barbarian Days, A Surfing Life by William Finnegan—except this tale had to wait for the statute of limitations to expire before it could be told.<br /><br /><strong>“Bad Karma is one badass piece of work.”<em> – Jan Goode</em></strong><br /><br /><strong>“Hangin with El Chapo. Wow.”<em> – JBA</em></strong><br /><br /><strong>“Haven’t read a book this fun in 30 years.”<em> – Tracy</em></strong><br /><br /><strong>“One of the funniest true stories I've ever read.”<em> – Penny Pennell</em></strong><br /><br /><strong>“Paul’s writing is so colorful, so real...”<em> – Jean Ready Froning</em></strong><br /><br /><strong>“What an awesome adventure! Easy reading that I couldn’t put down.<em> – Laura Herron</em></strong><br /><br />

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