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We Will Rise: A True Story of Tragedy and Resurrection in the Ame...
by Steve Beaven

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English

Pages

276

Publication Date

January 01, 2020

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<p><b>The inspiring true story of the tragic loss and triumphant resurrection of a basketball team and its coach at the heart of a small Indiana town.</b></p><p>By 1977 the University of Evansville’s Purple Aces basketball team had won five small-college national championships. With a charismatic young coach and a freshman phenom, this small Indiana city hoped to see its team shine in the national spotlight. Then, on a foggy night, after just four games, the plane carrying the team and its coach crashed after takeoff, killing everyone on board.</p><p>The tragedy seemed insurmountable, a devastating blow to the identity of a fading factory town. But, with the support of a city in mourning, ambitious new coach Dick Walters promised to rebuild the cherished institution. Assembling a team of castoffs, walk-ons, and overachievers, Walters restored the legacy of the team and its fans. Against all odds, his young men made history.</p><p>A tribute to those who were lost, and to those who carried on, <i>We Will Rise</i> is the rich and powerful story of an underdog team and its fans and the spirit of a resilient community.</p>
That Wild Country: An Epic Journey through the Past, Present, and...
by Mark Kenyon

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English

Pages

277

Publication Date

December 01, 2019

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<p><b>From prominent outdoorsman and nature writer Mark Kenyon comes an engrossing reflection on the past and future battles over our most revered landscapes—America’s public lands.</b></p><p>Every American is a public-land owner, inheritor to the largest public-land trust in the world. These vast expanses provide a home to wildlife populations, a vital source of clean air and water, and a haven for recreation.</p><p>Since its inception, however, America’s public land system has been embroiled in controversy—caught in the push and pull between the desire to develop the valuable resources the land holds or conserve them. Alarmed by rising tensions over the use of these lands, hunter, angler, and outdoor enthusiast Mark Kenyon set out to explore the spaces involved in this heated debate, and learn firsthand how they came to be and what their future might hold.</p><p>Part travelogue and part historical examination, <i>That Wild Country</i> invites readers on an intimate tour of the wondrous wild and public places that are a uniquely profound and endangered part of the American landscape.</p>
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
by David J. Epstein

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English

Pages

351

Publication Date

May 28, 2019

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<b>The <i>#1 New York Times</i> bestseller that has all America talking: as seen/heard on Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, The Bill Simmons Podcast, Rich Roll, and more.</b><br /><br /> <b>Shortlisted for the <i>Financial Times</i>/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award</b><br />   <br /> <b>“The most important business—and parenting—book of the year.” —<i>Forbes</i></b><br /><br /> <b>“Urgent and important. . . an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance.” —Daniel H. Pink</b>  <b><br /> </b><br /> <b>“So much crucial and revelatory information about performance, success, and education.” —Susan Cain, bestselling author of <i>Quiet</i></b><i> </i>  <br /><br /> <b>“As David Epstein shows us, cultivating range prepares us for the wickedly unanticipated… a well-supported and smoothly written case on behalf of breadth and late starts.” —<i>Wall Street Journal</i></b> <br /><br />Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you’ll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule.     <br /><br />David Epstein examined the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields—especially those that are complex and unpredictable—generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see. <br /><br />Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, <i>Range</i> makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive.
Travels
by Michael Crichton

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English

Pages

404

Publication Date

May 14, 2012

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<p>From the bestselling author of <i>Jurassic Park</i>, <i>Timeline</i>, and <i>Sphere </i>comes a deeply personal memoir full of fascinating adventures as he travels everywhere from the Mayan pyramids to Kilimanjaro. <br /> <br />Fueled by a powerful curiosity—and by a need to see, feel, and hear, firsthand and close-up—Michael Crichton's journeys have carried him into worlds diverse and compelling—swimming with mud sharks in Tahiti, tracking wild animals through the jungle of Rwanda. This is a record of those travels—an exhilarating quest across the familiar and exotic frontiers of the outer world, a determined odyssey into the unfathomable, spiritual depths of the inner world. It is an adventure of risk and rejuvenation, terror and wonder, as exciting as Michael Crichton's many masterful and widely heralded works of fiction.</p>
Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory...
by A. J. Baime

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

June 17, 2010

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The epic story also told in the film FORD V. FERRARI: By the early 1960s, the Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Young Henry Ford II, who had taken the reins of his grandfather’s company with little business experience to speak of, knew he had to do something to shake things up. Baby boomers were taking to the road in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari, whose cars epitomized style, lorded it over the European racing scene. He crafted beautiful sports cars, "science fiction on wheels," but was also called "the Assassin" because so many drivers perished while racing them.<i>Go Like Hell </i>tells the remarkable story of how Henry Ford II, with the help of a young visionary named Lee Iacocca and a former racing champion turned engineer, Carroll Shelby, concocted a scheme to reinvent the Ford company. They would enter the high-stakes world of European car racing, where an adventurous few threw safety and sanity to the wind. They would design, build, and race a car that could beat Ferrari at his own game at the most prestigious and brutal race in the world, something no American car had ever done. <i>Go Like Hell </i>transports readers to a risk-filled, glorious time in this brilliant portrait of a rivalry between two industrialists, the cars they built, and the "pilots" who would drive them to victory, or doom.
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate-Di...
by Peter Wohlleben

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English

Pages

290

Publication Date

September 13, 2016

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<p><strong>The first book in <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author Peter Wohlleben’s The Mysteries of Nature Trilogy. Book two, <em>The Inner Life of Animals</em>, is available now, and the third book, <em>The Secret Wisdom of Nature</em>, is coming in Spring 2019.</strong></p><br /><p>Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.<br /><br />After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.<br /><br /><em>Includes a Note From a Forest Scientist, by Dr.Suzanne Simard</em></p><p><em>Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.</em></p>
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
by Phil Knight

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English

Pages

401

Publication Date

April 26, 2016

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<b>In this instant<i> </i>and tenacious <i>New York Times</i> bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” (<i>Booklist</i>, starred review), illuminating his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.</b><br /><br />Bill Gates named <i>Shoe Dog</i> one of his five favorite books of 2016 and called it “an amazing tale, a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It’s a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey, riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice. Phil Knight opens up in ways few CEOs are willing to do.”<br /> <br />Fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his car in 1963, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight’s Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world.<br /> <br />But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always been a mystery. In <i>Shoe Dog</i>, he tells his story at last. At twenty-four, Knight decides that rather than work for a big corporation, he will create something all his own, new, dynamic, different. He details the many risks he encountered, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors and hostile bankers—as well as his many thrilling triumphs. Above all, he recalls the relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike, with his former track coach, the irascible and charismatic Bill Bowerman, and with his first employees, a ragtag group of misfits and savants who quickly became a band of swoosh-crazed brothers.<br /> <br />Together, harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the transformative power of sports, they created a brand—and a culture—that changed everything.
Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss
by Margaret Renkl

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

July 09, 2019

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From <i>New York Times</i> opinion writer Margaret Renkl comes an unusual, captivating portrait of a family—and of the cycles of joy and grief that inscribe human lives within the natural world.<br /><br /><br /><br />Growing up in Alabama, Renkl was a devoted reader, an explorer of riverbeds and red-dirt roads, and a fiercely loved daughter. Here, in brief essays, she traces a tender and honest portrait of her complicated parents—her exuberant, creative mother; her steady, supportive father—and of the bittersweet moments that accompany a child’s transition to caregiver.<br /><br /><br /><br />And here, braided into the overall narrative, Renkl offers observations on the world surrounding her suburban Nashville home. Ringing with rapture and heartache, these essays convey the dignity of bluebirds and rat snakes, monarch butterflies and native bees. As these two threads haunt and harmonize with each other, Renkl suggests that there is astonishment to be found in common things: in what seems ordinary, in what we all share. For in both worlds—the natural one and our own—“the shadow side of love is always loss, and grief is only love’s own twin.”<br /><br /><br /><br />Gorgeously illustrated by the author’s brother, Billy Renkl, <i>Late Migrations</i> is an assured and memorable debut.
The Girls: An All-American Town, a Predatory Doctor, and the Unto...
by Abigail Pesta

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English

Pages

233

Publication Date

August 06, 2019

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<b>The inside story of how serial predator Larry Nassar got away with abusing hundreds of gymnasts for decades -- and how a team of brave women banded together to bring him down.</b><br /><br />We think of Larry Nassar as the despicable sexual predator of Olympic gymnasts -- but there is an astonishing, untold story. For decades, in a small-town gym in Michigan, he honed his manipulations on generations of aspiring gymnasts. Kids from the neighborhood. Girls with hopes of a college scholarship. Athletes and parents with a dream. In <i>The Girls</i>, these brave women for the first time describe Nassar's increasingly bold predations through the years, recount their warning calls unheeded, and demonstrate their resiliency in the face of a nightmare.<br /><br /> <i>The Girls</i> is a profound exploration of trust, ambition, betrayal, and self-discovery. Award-winning journalist Abigail Pesta unveils this deeply reported narrative at a time when the nation is wrestling with the implications of the MeToo movement. How do the women who grew up with Nassar reconcile the monster in the news with the man they once trusted? In <i>The Girls</i>, we learn that their answers to that wrenching question are as rich, insightful, and varied as the human experience itself. <br /><br />
Elastic Habits: How to Create Smarter Habits That Adapt to Your D...
by Stephen Guise

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English

Pages

238

Publication Date

November 09, 2019

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<p><strong>From the author of <em>Mini Habits</em>, the international bestselling book in 18 languages, comes a smarter approach to habit-building.</strong></p><h2><strong>Flexible Habits Bring the Greatest Possible Results</strong> </h2><p>In your journey to form better habits for a better life, you will face obstacles like depression, demotivation, fatigue, distraction, health problems, and busyness. You will also experience favorable conditions such as motivated moments, energy, inspiration, and free time. What is the ideal response to these?</p><p><em>Varied</em>.</p><p><strong>What works best in habit pursuit one day might not work at all the next day.</strong></p><p>Flexible habits are better than small habits; they’re better than massive and inspiring goals. Flexible habits give you more ways to win—meaning more success in more situations.</p><p>As legendary war strategist Sun Tzu said, “Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances.”</p><h2><strong>Adapt and Conquer the Day</strong></h2><p>Think of some good habits you’d like to form or strengthen: fitness, cleaning, meditation, business-related habits, writing, reading, playing guitar, skill-building, and so on. If you pick up any other habit book besides this one, it’s going to suggest that you make your habit the same thing every day, <em>incapable of adapting to the environment</em>. </p><p>Based on what Tzu suggests, wouldn't it be smarter to adapt your habits precisely to the unique situations you face? Yes! I call them <em>elastic habits</em>.</p><h2><strong>What Is an Elastic Habit?</strong></h2><p>Elastic habits are daily behaviors with multiple win conditions. You get to choose your win condition every day, because some days you feel like you’re being attacked by a bear and other days <em>you feel like the bear</em>.</p><p>Most people associate “elastic” with yoga pants and rubber bands. But the word also means “resilient”—the ability to withstand pressure.<br /></p><p>Non-elastic habits are rigid: the same behavior is done at the same time to the same level every day. The pressures of modern life tend to break such rigid and brittle shells. Elastic habits are fluid: they can change their form and intensity to suit each unique day. They survive busy, tired, bad days. They thrive on better days. </p><p><strong>Elastic habit example (fitness):</strong> <br /></p><ol><li>Monday: You're tired and busy, so you do 5 push-ups to meet the easy level. Easy success!<br /></li><li>Tuesday: You have more time, energy, and motivation, so you go to the gym for a 45-minute workout. Big success! <br /></li><li>Wednesday: You feel somewhere in between, and do a workout video for 20 minutes. Moderate success! <br /></li></ol><p>All three days were winners, and valuable contributors to your habit. With what I call “3x3 flexibility,” elastic habits give you <em>nine</em> win conditions instead of one; that's a recipe for forming life-changing habits.</p><p>Whether it’s fatigue or a busy day, your elastic habit can adapt to the exact threat it faces. And if the wind is at your back, watch out world, because your elastic habit can also expand for an inspiring big win! That's what makes an elastic habit smarter (and more fun) than the rest. </p><h3>You'll Discover:</h3><ul><li>The serious flaws in all inflexible habit strategies (including small habits)</li><li>Why 30-day plans are popular, but ineffective</li><li>How goal anchoring destroys resistance to action</li><li>How to use vertical and lateral flexibility</li><li>The three dimensions (sweet spots) of motivation</li><li>Why tiered habits are so fun to track</li></ul><p>Read <em>Elastic Habits</em> now, and give your habits the superpower of elasticity to survive and thrive in all circumstances.</p>

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