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A River in Darkness: One Man's Escape from North Korea
by Masaji Ishikawa

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English

Pages

155

Publication Date

January 01, 2018

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<p><b>An Amazon Charts Most Read and Most Sold book.</b></p><p><b>The harrowing true story of one man’s life in—and subsequent escape from—North Korea, one of the world’s most brutal totalitarian regimes.</b></p><p>Half-Korean, half-Japanese, Masaji Ishikawa has spent his whole life feeling like a man without a country. This feeling only deepened when his family moved from Japan to North Korea when Ishikawa was just thirteen years old, and unwittingly became members of the lowest social caste. His father, himself a Korean national, was lured to the new Communist country by promises of abundant work, education for his children, and a higher station in society. But the reality of their new life was far from utopian.</p><p>In this memoir translated from the original Japanese, Ishikawa candidly recounts his tumultuous upbringing and the brutal thirty-six years he spent living under a crushing totalitarian regime, as well as the challenges he faced repatriating to Japan after barely escaping North Korea with his life. <i>A River in Darkness</i> is not only a shocking portrait of life inside the country but a testament to the dignity—and indomitable nature—of the human spirit.</p>
Ten Days in a Mad-House
by Nellie Bly

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English

Pages

159

Publication Date

October 27, 2015

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<DIV><B>A courageous female journalist’s classic exposé of the horrific treatment of the mentally ill in nineteenth-century America</B><BR /><BR /> In 1887, Nellie Bly accepted an assignment from publisher Joseph Pulitzer of the <I>New York World</I> and went undercover at the lunatic asylum on Blackwell Island, America’s first municipal mental hospital. Calling herself “Nellie Brown,” she was able to convince policemen, a judge, and a series of doctors of her madness with a few well-practiced facial expressions of derangement.<BR /><BR /> At the institution, Bly discovered the stuff of nightmares. Mentally ill patients were fed rotten, inedible food; violently abused by a brutal, uncaring staff; and misdiagnosed, mistreated, or generally ignored by the doctors and so-called mental health experts entrusted with their care. To her horror, Bly encountered sane patients who had been committed on the barest of pretenses and came to the shocking realization that, while the Blackwell Island asylum was remarkably easy to get into, it was nearly impossible to leave.<BR /><BR /> This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.</DIV>
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J. D. Vance

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English

Pages

273

Publication Date

June 28, 2016

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<p><strong><em>NEW YORK TIMES </em>BESTSELLER </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>From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class</p><p><em>Hillbilly Elegy</em> is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on 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 their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.</p><p>But as the family saga of <em>Hillbilly Elegy</em> plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their 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>
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari

Language

English

Pages

469

Publication Date

February 10, 2015

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> Bestseller</strong></p><p><strong>A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg </strong></p><p>From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”</p><p>One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?</p><p>Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, <em>Sapiens</em> integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.</p><p>Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?</p><p>Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.</p>
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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English

Pages

401

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<b>In these “urgently relevant essays,”* the National Book Award–winning author of <i>Between the World and Me</i> “reflects on race, Barack Obama’s presidency and its jarring aftermath”*—including the election of Donald Trump.<br /><br /><b><b><i>New York Times</i> Bestseller • </b>One of <i>Time</i>’s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of the Year • One of <i>USA Today</i>’s top 10 books of the year • <b>A <i>New York Times </i>Notable Book</b><br /></b></b><br />“We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America’s “first white president.”<br /><br /> But the story of these present-day eight years is not just about presidential politics. This book also examines the new voices, ideas, and movements for justice that emerged over this period—and the effects of the persistent, haunting shadow of our nation’s old and unreconciled history. Coates powerfully examines the events of the Obama era from his intimate and revealing perspective—the point of view of a young writer who begins the journey in an unemployment office in Harlem and ends it in the Oval Office, interviewing a president.<br /><br /> <i>We Were Eight Years in Power </i>features Coates’s iconic essays first published in <i>The Atlantic,</i> including “Fear of a Black President,” “The Case for Reparations,” and “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” along with eight fresh essays that revisit each year of the Obama administration through Coates’s own experiences, observations, and intellectual development, capped by a bracingly original assessment of the election that fully illuminated the tragedy of the Obama era. <i>We Were Eight Years in Power</i> is a vital account of modern America, from one of the definitive voices of this historic moment.<br /><br />*<i>Kirkus Reviews </i>(starred review)<br /><br /><b>“Essential . . . Coates’s probing essays about race, politics, and history became necessary ballast for this nation’s gravity-defying moment.”—<i>The Boston Globe</i> </b>
Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Cour...
by Brené Brown

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English

Pages

208

Publication Date

September 12, 2017

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of <i>Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, </i>and <i>The Gifts of Imperfection</i></b><br /><br /> “True belonging doesn’t require us to <i>change</i> who we are. It requires us to <i>be</i> who we are.” Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In <i>Braving the Wilderness,</i> Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.<br /><br /> Brown argues that we’re experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, “True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that’s rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it’s easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it’s a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It’s a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.” Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness. Brown writes, “The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.” <br /><br /> <b>Praise for Brené Brown’s <i>Rising Strong</i></b><br /><br /> “[Brown’s] research and work have given us a new vocabulary, a way to talk with each other about the ideas and feelings and fears we’ve all had but haven’t quite known how to articulate. . . . [She] empowers us each to be a little more courageous.”<b><i>—The Huffington Post</i></b>
Drive Your Destiny: Create a Vision for Your Life, Build Better H...
by Scott Allan

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English

Pages

165

Publication Date

November 24, 2017

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<h2>Feel <u>dissatisfied</u> with your current path in life? Does your destiny seem like some <strong>mundane existence</strong> governed by circumstances beyond your control? Want to be the <strong>master of your own life</strong> but not sure where to start?</h2><h6><br /></h6><h3>As you will see in this book: Circumstances, people, and external conditions do not decide the course of your life —you do.</h3><h6><br /></h6><h3>Remember what Walt Disney once said: “All our dreams <u>can</u> come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”</h3><h6><br /></h6><h3><em>Drive Your Destiny</em> gives you that <u>courage</u> to master the course of your life.<br /></h3><h3><br /></h3><h2><strong>Download</strong> <em>Drive Your Destiny: Create a Vision for Your Life, Build Better Habits for Health and Wealth, and Unlock Your Inner Greatness</em></h2><h6><br /></h6><h3>In <strong>Drive Your Destiny</strong>, you will learn the strategies and tactics to:<br /></h3><ul><li><h4>Master the key decisions in your life that make a difference</h4></li><li><h4>Change your limiting beliefs with the 6-point system</h4></li><li><h4>Empower your life with vision-building strategies</h4></li><li><h4>Build the right habits to reach your objectives</h4></li><li><h4>Create a portfolio of winning goals</h4></li><li><h4>Maximize your mental and physical energy.</h4></li><li><h4>You don’t have to settle for what you can get.</h4></li></ul><h3>For a time, I believed forces beyond my control determined my destiny. I thought my future had already been decided. I had the wrong beliefs about living my life. I discovered I could switch the reality of what I was experiencing by changing my thoughts, behavior, habits, and ultimately my actions.<br /></h3><h6><strong></strong><br /></h6><h2><strong>Reinforce Positive habits and Put an End to Negative Results.</strong></h2><h3>Habits don’t just happen. They are developed throughout your lifetime by <strong>consistent repetition</strong>. If you just let your habits “happen to you” rather than choosing the habits you need, you will become a slave to your circumstances.<br /></h3><h6><br /></h6><h3>Anything is possible when you follow the beliefs of those who’ve already achieved what you desire. You can <u>emulate the success</u> of your mentors if you study the system of beliefs they used as a pathway toward personal excellence.</h3><h6><br /></h6><h3>Stop wasting your time and your life. <strong>Get up</strong> off the mat and <u>fight back</u> against the circumstances life has thrown at you.<br /></h3><h6><strong></strong><br /></h6><h2><strong>Believe in Your Dream and Life Mission</strong></h2><h3>When you believe in your life purpose, it provides you with the focus and confidence to make clearer decisions as to the direction you need to take to fulfill your mission. Believing in a powerful destiny means believing in something bigger than yourself.</h3><h6><br /></h6><h2><strong>Define Your Goals: The Pillars of Destiny</strong></h2><h3>A focused goal can transform a simple idea into a multi-million dollar business. It can take a mundane existence and give it purpose, or materialize a dream into reality in just a matter of months. When you create a portfolio of clearly defined goals, this becomes your concrete plan of action for the future.<br /></h3><h6><br /></h6><h3>Create the vision of the real “you” that is buried under years of conforming to bad standards and fake personas<br /></h3><h3><br />Why wait to start living your life? It is time to <u>take action</u> and make a decision. Learn to do what you love and <em>Drive Your Destiny</em> home today.<br /></h3><h6><br /></h6><h1>Download <em>Drive Your Destiny</em> today by scrolling up and hitting the <strong>BUY NOW</strong> button at the top of this page!</h1>
Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship
by Gregory Boyle

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English

Pages

225

Publication Date

November 14, 2017

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<b>In a moving example of unconditional love in dif­ficult times, the Jesuit priest and bestselling author of <i>Tattoos on the Heart</i>, Gregory Boyle, shares what three decades of working with gang members in Los Angeles has taught him about faith, compassion, and the enduring power of kinship.</b><BR><BR>In his first book, <i>Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion</i>, Gregory Boyle introduced us to Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention program in the world<i>. </i>Critics hailed that book as an “astounding literary and spiritual feat” (<i>Publishers Weekly</i>) that is “destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality” (<i>Los Angeles Times</i>). Now, after the suc­cessful expansion of Homeboy Industries, Boyle returns with <i>Barking to the Choir </i>to reveal how com­passion is transforming the lives of gang members.<BR> <BR> In a nation deeply divided and plagued by poverty and violence, <i>Barking to the Choir </i>offers a snapshot into the challenges and joys of life on the margins. Sergio, arrested at nine, in a gang by twelve, and serving time shortly thereafter, now works with the substance-abuse team at Homeboy to help others find sobriety. Jamal, abandoned by his family when he tried to attend school at age seven, gradually finds forgive­ness for his schizophrenic mother. New father Cuco, who never knew his own dad, thinks of a daily adventure on which to take his four-year-old son. These former gang members uplift the soul and reveal how bright life can be when filled with unconditional love and kindness.<BR> <BR> This book is guaranteed to shake up our ideas about God and about people with a glimpse at a world defined by more compassion and fewer barriers. Gently and humorously, <i>Barking to the Choir </i>invites us to find kinship with one another and reconvinces us all of our own goodness.
The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Mo...
by , Tom Bissell

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English

Pages

289

Publication Date

October 01, 2013

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<b>Now a major motion picture—directed by and starring James Franco</b><BR> <BR> From the actor who somehow lived through it all, a “sharply detailed…funny book about a cinematic comedy of errors” (<i>The New York Times</i>): the making of the cult film phenomenon <i>The Room</i>.<BR><BR>In 2003, an independent film called <i>The Room</i>—starring and written, produced, and directed by a mysteriously wealthy social misfit named Tommy Wiseau—made its disastrous debut in Los Angeles. Described by one reviewer as “like getting stabbed in the head,” the $6 million film earned a grand total of $1,800 at the box office and closed after two weeks. Years later, it’s an international cult phenomenon, whose legions of fans attend screenings featuring costumes, audience rituals, merchandising, and thousands of plastic spoons.<BR> <BR>Hailed by <i>The Huffington Post </i>as “possibly the most important piece of literature ever printed,” <i>The Disaster Artist</i> is the hilarious, behind-the-scenes story of a deliciously awful cinematic phenomenon as well as the story of an odd and inspiring Hollywood friendship. Actor Greg Sestero, Tommy’s costar and longtime best friend, recounts the film’s bizarre journey to infamy, unraveling mysteries for fans (like, who is Steven? And what’s with that hospital on Guerrero Street?)—as well as the most important question: how the hell did a movie this awful ever get made? But more than just a riotously funny story about cinematic hubris, “<i>The Disaster Artist </i>is one of the most honest books about friendship I’ve read in years” (<i>Los Angeles Times</i>).
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
by Atul Gawande

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English

Pages

297

Publication Date

October 07, 2014

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<p><b></b><br /><b>In <i>Being Mortal</i>, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending</b><br /><b></b><br />Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.</p><p>Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.<br />Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, <i>Being Mortal</i> asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.</p>

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