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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
by Walter Isaacson

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English

Pages

608

Publication Date

July 31, 2003

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In this authoritative and engrossing full-scale biography, Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of <I>Einstein </I>and <I>Steve Jobs</I>, shows how the most fascinating of America's founders helped define our national character.<BR><BR>Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us, the one who seems made of flesh rather than marble. In a sweeping narrative that follows Franklin’s life from Boston to Philadelphia to London and Paris and back, Walter Isaacson chronicles the adventures of the runaway apprentice who became, over the course of his eighty-four-year life, America’s best writer, inventor, media baron, scientist, diplomat, and business strategist, as well as one of its most practical and ingenious political leaders. He explores the wit behind <I>Poor Richard’s Almanac</I> and the wisdom behind the Declaration of Independence, the new nation’s alliance with France, the treaty that ended the Revolution, and the compromises that created a near-perfect Constitution.<BR><BR>In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin’s amazing life, showing how he helped to forge the American national identity and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.
Prozac Diary
by Lauren Slater

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English

Pages

203

Publication Date

June 01, 2011

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The author of the acclaimed <b>Welcome to My Country</b> describes in this provocative and funny memoir the ups and downs of living on Prozac for ten years, and the strange adjustments she had to make to living "normal life."<br />           <br />Today millions of people take Prozac, but Lauren Slater was one of the first. In this rich and beautifully written memoir, she describes what it's like to spend most of your life feeling crazy--and then to wake up one day and find yourself in the strange state of feeling well. And then to face the challenge of creating a whole new life. Once inhibited, Slater becomes spontaneous. Once terrified of maintaining a job, she accepts a teaching position and          ultimately earns several degrees in psychology. Once lonely, she finds love with a man who adores her. Slater is wonderfully thoughtful and articulate about all of these changes, and also about the downside of taking Prozac:  such matters as  dependency, sexual dysfunction, and Prozac "poop-out."<br />         <br /> "The beauty of Lauren Slater's prose is shocking," said Newsday about Welcome to My Country, and Slater's remarkable gifts as a writer are present here in sentences that are like elegant darts, hitting at the center of the deepest human feelings. Prozac Diary is a wonderfully written report from inside a decade on Prozac, and an original writer's acute    observations on the challenges of living modern life.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
The Lady and the Panda: The True Adventures of the First American...
by Vicki Croke

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English

Pages

402

Publication Date

March 25, 2009

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Here is the astonishing true story of Ruth Harkness, the Manhattan bohemian socialite who, against all but impossible odds, trekked to Tibet in 1936 to capture the most mysterious animal of the day: a bear that had for countless centuries lived in secret in the labyrinth of lonely cold mountains. In The Lady and the Panda, Vicki Constantine Croke gives us the remarkable account of Ruth Harkness and her extraordinary journey, and restores Harkness to her rightful place along with Sacajawea, Nellie Bly, and Amelia Earhart as one of the great woman adventurers of all time.<br /><br />Ruth was the toast of 1930s New York, a dress designer newly married to a wealthy adventurer, Bill Harkness. Just weeks after their wedding, however, Bill decamped for China in hopes of becoming the first Westerner to capture a giant panda–an expedition on which many had embarked and failed miserably. Bill was also to fail in his quest, dying horribly alone in China and leaving his widow heartbroken and adrift. And so Ruth made the fateful decision to adopt her husband’s dream as her own and set off on the adventure of a lifetime.<br /><br />It was not easy. Indeed, everything was against Ruth Harkness. In decadent Shanghai, the exclusive fraternity of white male explorers patronized her, scorned her, and joked about her softness, her lack of experience and money. But Ruth ignored them, organizing, outfitting, and leading a bare-bones campaign into the majestic but treacherous hinterlands where China borders Tibet. As her partner she chose Quentin Young, a twenty-two-year-old Chinese explorer as unconventional as she was, who would join her in a romance as torrid as it was taboo.<br /><br />Traveling across some of the toughest terrain in the world–nearly impenetrable bamboo forests, slick and perilous mountain slopes, and boulder-strewn passages–the team raced against a traitorous rival, and was constantly threatened by hordes of bandits and hostile natives. The voyage took months to complete and cost Ruth everything she had. But when, almost miraculously, she returned from her journey with a baby panda named Su Lin in her arms, the story became an international sensation and made the front pages of newspapers around the world. No animal in history had gotten such attention. And Ruth Harkness became a hero. <br /><br />Drawing extensively on American and Chinese sources, including diaries, scores of interviews, and previously unseen intimate letters from Ruth Harkness, Vicki Constantine Croke has fashioned a captivating and richly textured narrative about a woman ahead of her time. Part Myrna Loy, part Jane Goodall, by turns wisecracking and poetic, practical and spiritual, Ruth Harkness is a trailblazing figure. And her story makes for an unforgettable, deeply moving adventure.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
Writing Your Legacy: The Step-by-Step Guide to Crafting Your Life...
by , Cheryl Svensson

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English

Pages

246

Publication Date

April 29, 2015

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<div><p>Craft a meaningful life story!</p><p>A written legacy of your life--one that encompasses experiences, lessons learned, failures and triumphs--is a gift your family and friends will cherish for years to come. Writing this story may seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Writing Your Legacy is a step-by-step guide to chronicling a life story that reflects your true self. Through a series of 35 guided themes, as well as supplementary exercises, you'll explore milestones, relationships, career paths, and major choices, and leave an eloquent record of your life for future generations.</p><p>You'll also learn how to:</p><ul><li>Become the hero of your story</li><li>Employ vibrant sensory details</li><li>Discover your unique voice</li><li>Dig up memories from your childhood and teen years</li><li>Overcome writer's block, address common fears, and stay motivated</li><li>Prepare your story for publication</li></ul>Writing your life story can grant you insight and clarity, help you heal past wounds, and serve as a treasured account you'll be proud to share. Your story deserves to be told. Capture the spirit of your life with <i>Writing Your Legacy</i>.</div>
Pioneer Women
by Joanna Stratton

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

May 28, 2013

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From a rediscovered collection of autobiographical accounts written by hundreds of Kansas pioneer women in the early twentieth century, Joanna Stratton has created a collection hailed by <I >Newsweek</I> as “uncommonly interesting” and “a remarkable distillation of primary sources.”<BR><BR>Never before has there been such a detailed record of women’s courage, such a living portrait of the women who civilized the American frontier. Here are their stories: wilderness mothers, schoolmarms, Indian squaws, immigrants, homesteaders, and circuit riders. Their personal recollections of prairie fires, locust plagues, cowboy shootouts, Indian raids, and blizzards on the plains vividly reveal the drama, danger and excitement of the pioneer experience. <BR><BR>These were women of relentless determination, whose tenacity helped them to conquer loneliness and privation. Their work was the work of survival, it demanded as much from them as from their men—and at last that partnership has been recognized. “These voices are haunting” (<I>The New York Times Book Review),</I> and they reveal the special heroism and industriousness of pioneer women as never before.
Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman's Journey with Depression and Faith
by Monica A. Coleman

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English

Pages

364

Publication Date

July 01, 2016

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<span><span><p>Monica A. Coleman’s great-grandfather asked his two young sons to lift him up and pull out the chair when he hanged himself, and that noose stayed in the family shed for years. The rope was the violent instrument, but it was mental anguish that killed him. Now, in gripping fashion, Coleman examines the ways that the legacies of slavery, war, sharecropping, poverty, and alcoholism mask a family history of mental illness. Those same forces accompanied her into the black religious traditions and Christian ministry. All the while, she wrestled with her own bipolar disorder.</p><p>Bipolar Faith is both a spiritual autobiography and a memoir of mental illness. In this powerful book, Monica Coleman shares her life-long dance with trauma, depression, and the threat of death. Citing serendipitous encounters with black intellectuals like Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Angela Davis, and Renita Weems, Coleman offers a rare account of how the modulated highs of bipolar II can lead to professional success, while hiding a depression that even her doctors rarely believed. Only as she was able to face her illness was she able to live faithfully with bipolar.</p></span></span>
The One Percenter Code: How to Be an Outlaw in a World Gone Soft
by Dave Nichols

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

April 23, 2012

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<DIV>In <i>The One Percenter Code</i><i>, </i>best-selling Motorbooks author and editor of <i>Easyriders</i> magazine Dave Nichols takes up where he left off in <i>One Percenter: The Legend of The Outlaw Bikers</i>. Nichols takes readers inside the world of outlaw motorcycle clubs and pulls back the secretive curtain on the biker lifestyle. He explores the concept of brotherhood, ultimately arriving at a new definition of family and community in the process. Being a member of a one percenter motorcycle club requires extreme discipline; in this book, Nichols shows us what that life offers in return.</div><div> </div><div>Nichols delves into the one percenter code of conduct and honor and finds something that is sorely lacking in modern society. In this book, he shows us how we can apply those values in our own lives.</div><div> </div><div>The world of the outlaw biker has its own rough-hewn rules of order, and <i>The One Percenter Code</i> acts as a guidebook to that truth-, honor-, and brotherhood-based world.</div>
Life Stories: Profiles from The New Yorker (Modern Library Paperb...
by David Remnick

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English

Pages

626

Publication Date

December 18, 2007

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One of art's purest challenges is to translate a human being into words. <i>The New Yorker</i> has met this challenge more successfully and more originally than any other modern American journal. It has indelibly shaped the genre known as the <i>Profile</i>. Starting with light-fantastic evocations of glamorous and idiosyncratic figures of the twenties and thirties, such as Henry Luce and Isadora Duncan, and continuing to the present, with complex pictures of such contemporaries as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Richard Pryor, this collection of New Yorker Profiles presents readers with a portrait gallery of some of the most prominent figures of the twentieth century. These Profiles are literary-journalistic investigations into character and accomplishment, motive and madness, beauty and ugliness, and are unrivalled in their range, their variety of style, and their embrace of humanity.<br /><br />Including these twenty-eight profiles:<br /><br />“Mr. Hunter’s Grave” by Joseph Mitchell<br /> “Secrets of the Magus” by Mark Singer<br /> “Isadora” by Janet Flanner<br /> “The Soloist” by Joan Acocella<br /> “Time . . . Fortune . . . Life . . . Luce” by Walcott Gibbs<br /> “Nobody Better, Better Than Nobody” by Ian Frazier<br /> “The Mountains of Pi” by Richard Preston<br /> “Covering the Cops” by Calvin Trillin<br /> “Travels in Georgia” by John McPhee<br /> “The Man Who Walks on Air” by Calvin Tomkins<br /> “A House on Gramercy Park” by Geoffrey Hellman<br /> “How Do You Like It Now, Gentlemen?” by Lillian Ross<br /> “The Education of a Prince” by Alva Johnston<br /> “White Like Me” by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.<br /> “Wunderkind” by A. J. Liebling<br /> “Fifteen Years of The Salto Mortale” by Kenneth Tynan<br /> “The Duke in His Domain” by Truman Capote<br /> “A Pryor Love” by Hilton Als<br /> “Gone for Good” by Roger Angell<br /> “Lady with a Pencil” by Nancy Franklin<br /> “Dealing with Roseanne” by John Lahr<br /> “The Coolhunt” by Malcolm Gladwell<br /> “Man Goes to See a Doctor” by Adam Gopnik<br /> “Show Dog” by Susan Orlean<br /> “Forty-One False Starts” by Janet Malcolm<br /> “The Redemption” by Nicholas Lemann<br /> “Gore Without a Script” by Nicholas Lemann<br /> “Delta Nights” by Bill Buford
Orrin Porter Rockwell: Man of God Son of Thunder
by Benita N Schindler

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English

Pages

417

Publication Date

June 15, 2017

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<div><br /><p>The legend of the Destroying Angel of Mormondom was well established by the time of his death, of natural causes, in 1878. Travelers sang ballads about him as they gathered around their campfires at night. Mothers used his name to frighten children into obedience. He was accused of literally hundreds of murders, all in the name of the Mormon Church.<br /><br /><br /><br />Yet behind all the myth was a man, a human being. Orrin Porter Rockwell believed in his prophet, Joseph Smith. He spent most of a year chained in an Independence dungeon for his belief, then walked across Missouri to Nauvoo, stumbling into Joseph’s house on Christmas Day. Joseph said to him then, “Cut not thy hair and no bullet or blade can harm thee,” and the legend was born.<br /><br /><br /><br />Rockwell continued to serve the leaders of his church—as hunter, guide, messenger, scout, guerilla, emissary to the Indians, and lawman. He traveled thousands of miles, raised three families, accumulated land and wealth—and favorably impressed almost everyone who met him. But although he walked with presidents and generals, scholars and scoundrels, in a life lived at the center of many of the great events of the American frontier, he has remained an enigma, a source of continuing controversy.<br /><br /><br /><br />Harold Schindler’s remarkable investigative skills led him into literally thousands of unlikely places in his search for the truth about Rockwell. Dale L. Morgan, one of the west’s foremost historians, called the first edition “…an impressive job of research, one of the most impressive in recent memory, in the Mormon field. Mr. Schindler has shown great energy and sagacity in dealing with a difficult, highly controversial subject; and he has also made maximum use of the latest scholarship and newly available archival resources.”<br /><br /><br /><br />But the author was not satisfied until he had probed even more deeply, and this revised and enlarged second edition contains greatly expanded documentation as well as textual additions that flesh out the characters and events of this classic drama of early America.<br /></p><br /></div>
Bartlett's Book of Anecdotes
by , Andre Bernard

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English

Pages

800

Publication Date

September 21, 2000

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The ultimate anthology of anecdotes, now revised with over 700 new entries - a must-have reference for every personal library. From Hank Aaron to King Zog, Mao Tse-Tung to Madonna, Bartlett's Book of Anecdotes is the best source of anecdotes on the market. Featuring more than 2,000 people from around the world, past & present, in all fields, these short anecdotes provide remarkable insight into the human character. Ranging from the humorous to the tearful, they span classical history, recent politics, modern science & the arts. Bartlett's Book of Anecdotes is a gold mine for anyone who gives speeches, is doing research, or simply likes to browse. As an informal tour of history & human nature at its most entertaining & instructive, this is sure to be a perennial favorite for years to come.

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