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Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
by , Rebecca Paley

Language

English

Pages

246

Publication Date

November 03, 2015

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • <b>An eye-opening, no-holds-barred memoir about life in the Church of Scientology, now with a new afterword by the author—the outspoken actress and star of the A&E docuseries <i>Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath</i></b></b><br /><br /> Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from Brooklyn to forge an enduring and successful career in Hollywood. But being a troublemaker has come at a cost.<br /><br /> That was never more evident than in 2013, when Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology. Now, in this frank, funny, poignant memoir, the former <i>King of Queens</i> star opens up about that experience for the first time, revealing the in-depth details of her painful split with the church and its controversial practices.<br /><br /> Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientology’s causes grew increasingly intertwined. As an adult, she found the success she’d worked so hard for, and with it a prominent place in the hierarchy of celebrity Scientologists alongside people such as Tom Cruise, Scientology’s most high-profile adherent. Remini spent time directly with Cruise and was included among the guests at his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes.<br /><br /> But when she began to raise questions about some of the church’s actions, she found herself a target. In the end, she was declared by the church to be a threat to their organization and therefore a “Suppressive Person,” and as a result, all of her fellow parishioners—including members of her own family—were told to disconnect from her. Forever.<br /><br /> Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, <i>Troublemaker</i> chronicles Leah Remini’s remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family. This is a memoir designed to reveal the hard-won truths of a life lived honestly—from an author unafraid of the consequences.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Troublemaker</i></b><br /><br /> “An aggressively honest memoir . . . <i>Troublemaker</i> is the most raw and revealing Scientology memoir to date.”<b>—<i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /><br /> “Leah’s story is a juicy, inside-Hollywood read, but it’s more than that. It’s a moving story about the value of questioning authority and how one woman survived a profound crisis of faith.”<b>—<i>People</i></b>
Roanoke: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony
by Lee Miller

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

January 01, 2012

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<div>November 1587. A report reaches London that Sir Walter Raleigh’s expedition, which left England months before to land the first English settlers in America, has foundered. On Roanoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina, a tragedy is unfolding. Something has gone very wrong, and the colony—115 men, women, and children, among them the first English child born in the New World, Virginia Dare—is in trouble. But there will be no rescue. Before help can reach them, all will vanish with barely a trace.<p>The Lost Colony is America’s oldest unsolved mystery. In this remarkable example of historical detective work, Lee Miller goes back to the original evidence and offers a fresh solution to the enduring legend. She establishes beyond doubt that the tragedy of the Lost Colony did not begin on the shores of Roanoke but within the walls of Westminster, in the inner circle of Queen Elizabeth’s government. As Miller detects, powerful men had reason to want Raleigh’s mission to fail. Furthermore, Miller shows what must have become of the settlers, left to face a hostile world that was itself suffering the upheavals of an alien invasion. Narrating a thrilling tale of court intrigue, spy rings, treachery, sabotage, Native American politics, and colonial power, Miller has finally shed light on a four-hundred-year-old unsolved mystery.</p></div>
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
by Austin Channing Brown

Language

English

Pages

175

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<b>From a powerful new voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America. </b><br /><br />Austin Channing Brown's first encounter with a racialized America came at age 7, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. Growing up in majority-white schools, organizations, and churches, Austin writes, "I had to learn what it means to love blackness," a journey that led to a lifetime spent navigating America's racial divide as a writer, speaker and expert who helps organizations practice genuine inclusion.<br /><br />In a time when nearly all institutions (schools, churches, universities, businesses) claim to value "diversity" in their mission statements, <i>I'm Still Here</i> is a powerful account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words. Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice, in stories that bear witness to the complexity of America's social fabric--from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations. <br /><br />For readers who have engaged with America's legacy on race through the writing of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michael Eric Dyson, <i>I'm Still Here</i> is an illuminating look at how white, middle-class, Evangelicalism has participated in an era of rising racial hostility, inviting the reader to confront apathy, recognize God's ongoing work in the world, and discover how blackness--if we let it--can save us all.
I Know This Much Is True: A Novel (P.S.)
by Wally Lamb

Language

English

Pages

912

Publication Date

March 17, 2009

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<p>With his stunning debut novel, <em>She's Come Undone,</em> Wally Lamb won the adulation of critics and readers with his mesmerizing tale of one woman's painful yet triumphant journey of self-discovery. Now, this brilliantly talented writer returns with <em>I Know This Much Is True</em>, a heartbreaking and poignant multigenerational saga of the reproductive bonds of destruction and the powerful force of forgiveness. A masterpiece that breathtakingly tells a story of alienation and connection, power and abuse, devastation and renewal—this novel is a contemporary retelling of an ancient Hindu myth. A proud king must confront his demons to achieve salvation. <em>Change yourself,</em> the myth instructs, <em>and you will inhabit a renovated world.</em></p>
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
by MALCOLM X

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English

Pages

527

Publication Date

August 25, 2015

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<b><b>Now available as an eBook for the very first time! • </b>ONE OF <i>TIME</i>’S TEN MOST IMPORTANT NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY</b><br /> <b> </b><br />In the searing pages of this classic autobiography, originally published in 1964, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement. His fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its nonwhite citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issues of our own time. <i>The Autobiography of Malcolm X </i>stands as the definitive statement of a movement and a man whose work was never completed but whose message is timeless. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand America.<br /> <br /> <b>Praise for <i>The Autobiography of Malcolm X</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br />“Malcolm X’s autobiography seemed to offer something different. His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me; the blunt poetry of his words, his unadorned insistence on respect, promised a new and uncompromising order, martial in its discipline, forged through sheer force of will.”<b>—Barack Obama, <i>Dreams from My Father</i></b><br /><br />“Extraordinary . . . a brilliant, painful, important book.”<b>—<i>The New York Times</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “A great book . . . Its dead level honesty, its passion, its exalted purpose, will make it stand as a monument to the most painful truth.”<b>—<i>The Nation</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br />“The most important book I’ll ever read, it changed the way I thought, it changed the way I acted. It has given me courage I didn’t know I had inside me. I’m one of hundreds of thousands whose lives were changed for the better.”<b>—Spike Lee</b><br /> <br />“This book will have a permanent place in the literature of the Afro-American struggle.”<b>—I. F. Stone</b>
The Masonic Myth: Unlocking the Truth About the Symbols, the Secr...
by Jay Kinney

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English

Pages

263

Publication Date

September 04, 2009

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<blockquote><p>The Truth Revealed </p></blockquote><p>Freemasons have been connected to the all-seeing eye on the dollar bill, the French Revolution, the Knights Templar, and the pyramids of Egypt. They have been rumored to be everything from a cabal of elite power brokers ruling the world to a covert network of occultists and pagans intent on creating a new world order, to a millennia-old brotherhood perpetuating ancient wisdom through esoteric teachings. Their secret symbols, rituals, and organization have remained shrouded for centuries and spawned theory after theory. <em>The Masonic Myth</em> sets the record straight about the Freemasons and reveals a truth that is far more compelling than the myths.</p>
The Three Questions: How to Discover and Master the Power Within ...
by , Barbara Emrys

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English

Pages

195

Publication Date

June 26, 2018

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<p>The beloved spiritual teacher builds on the message of his enduring <em>New York Times</em> and international bestseller <em>The Four Agreements</em> with this profound guide that takes us deeper into the tradition of Toltec wisdom, helping us find and use the hidden power within us to achieve our fullest lives.</p><p>In <em>The Four Agreements</em>, Don Miguel Ruiz introduced seekers on the path to enlightenment to the tenets of Mesoamerican spiritual culture—the ancient Toltec. Now, he takes us deeper into Native American practice, and asks us to consider essential questions that drive our lives and govern our spiritual power. Three eternal questions can help us into our power and use it judiciously:</p><ul><li>Who am I?</li><li>What is real?</li><li>How do I express love?</li></ul><p>At each stage in our lives, we must ask these simple yet deeply profound questions. Finding the answers will open the door to the next stage in our development, and eventually lead us to our complete, truest selves. But as Don Miguel Ruiz makes clear, we suffer if we do not ask these questions—or if we fail to pay attention to their answers—because we either never act on our power or use it destructively. Only when power is anchored in our identity and in reality will it be able to be in synch with the universe—and be of true benefit to ourselves and to others.</p><p>The three questions provide a practical framework that allows readers to engage with Ruiz’s transformative message and act as a vehicle for overcoming fear and anxiety and discovering peace of mind. An essential guide for all travelers pursuing self-knowledge, understanding, and acceptance, <em>The Three Questions</em> is the next step in our unique spiritual metamorphosis.</p>
Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me
by , Dan Koon

Language

English

Pages

258

Publication Date

May 03, 2016

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<p><b>*Now a #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller*</b></p><p><b>"Compulsively readable..." —<i>LA Weekly</i></b></p><p><b>“Excoriating memoir" —<i>Publisher's Weekly</i></b><br /><b></b><br /><b>“A sad and painful but bravely told story.” —<i>Kirkus Reviews</i></b><br /><b></b><br />The only book to examine the origins of Scientology's current leader, RUTHLESS tells the revealing story of David Miscavige's childhood and his path to the head seat of the Church of Scientology told through the eyes of his father. Ron Miscavige's personal, heartfelt story is a riveting insider's look at life within the world of Scientology.</p><p>Not for sale outside the U.S.</p>
The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons...
by Niall Ferguson

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English

Pages

585

Publication Date

January 16, 2018

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<b>The instant <i>New York Times </i>bestseller. <br /><br />A brilliant recasting of the turning points in world history, including the one we're living through, as a collision between old power hierarchies and new social networks.<br /><br />“Captivating and compelling.” —<i>The </i><b><i>New York Times</i><br /><br />"Niall Ferguson has again written a brilliant book...In 400 pages you will have restocked your mind. Do it." <i>—The </i><b><i>Wall Street Journal</i></b></b><br /><br />“<i>The Square and the Tower,</i> in addition to being provocative history, may prove to be a bellwether work of the Internet Age.” —<b><i>Christian Science Monitor</i></b><br /></b><br />Most history is hierarchical: it's about emperors, presidents, prime ministers and field marshals. It's about states, armies and corporations. It's about orders from on high. Even history "from below" is often about trade unions and workers' parties. But what if that's simply because hierarchical institutions create the archives that historians rely on? What if we are missing the informal, less well documented social networks that are the true sources of power and drivers of change?<br /><br />The 21st century has been hailed as the Age of Networks. However, in <i>The Square and the Tower</i>, Niall Ferguson argues that networks have always been with us, from the structure of the brain to the food chain, from the family tree to freemasonry. Throughout history, hierarchies housed in high towers have claimed to rule, but often real power has resided in the networks in the town square below. For it is networks that tend to innovate. And it is through networks that revolutionary ideas can contagiously spread. Just because conspiracy theorists like to fantasize about such networks doesn't mean they are not real. <br /><br />From the cults of ancient Rome to the dynasties of the Renaissance, from the founding fathers to Facebook, <i>The Square and the Tower</i> tells the story of the rise, fall and rise of networks, and shows how network theory--concepts such as clustering, degrees of separation, weak ties, contagions and phase transitions--can transform our understanding of both the past and the present.<br /><br />Just as <i>The Ascent of Money</i> put Wall Street into historical perspective, so <i>The Square and the Tower</i> does the same for Silicon Valley. And it offers a bold prediction about which hierarchies will withstand this latest wave of network disruption--and which will be toppled.
The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell
by Aldous Huxley

Language

English

Pages

208

Publication Date

September 16, 2009

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<p>Among the most profound and influential explorations of mind-expanding psychadelic drugs ever written, here are two complete classic books—<em>The Doors of Perception</em> and <em>Heaven and Hell</em>—in which Aldous Huxley, author of <em>Brave New World</em>, reveals the mind's remote frontiers and the unmapped areas of human consciousness. This new edition also features an additional essay, "Drugs That Shape Men's Minds," which is now included for the first time.</p><p>"A genuine spiritual quest. ... Extraordinary." <em>— </em><em>New York Times</em></p>

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