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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.
A Man Without a Country
by Kurt Vonnegut

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English

Pages

160

Publication Date

June 20, 2017

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<b>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “For all those who have lived with Vonnegut in their imaginations . . . this is what he is like in person.”<b>–<i>USA Today</i></b></b><br /><br /> In a volume that is penetrating, introspective, incisive, and laugh-out-loud funny, one of the great men of letters of this age–or any age–holds forth on life, art, sex, politics, and the state of America’s soul. From his coming of age in America, to his formative war experiences, to his life as an artist, this is Vonnegut doing what he does best: Being himself. Whimsically illustrated by the author, <i>A Man Without a Country</i> is intimate, tender, and brimming with the scope of Kurt Vonnegut’s passions.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>A Man Without a Country</i></b><br /><br />“[This] may be as close as Vonnegut ever comes to a memoir.”<b>–</b><i><b>Los Angeles Times</b><br /></i><br />“Like [that of] his literary ancestor Mark Twain, [Kurt Vonnegut’s] crankiness is good-humored and sharp-witted. . . . [Reading <i>A Man Without a Country</i> is] like sitting down on the couch for a long chat with an old friend.”<b><i>–The New York Times Book Review<br /></i></b><br /> “Filled with [Vonnegut’s] usual contradictory mix of joy and sorrow, hope and despair, humor and gravity.”<b>–<i>Chicago Tribune</i></b><br /><br /> “Fans will linger on every word . . . as once again [Vonnegut] captures the complexity of the human condition with stunning calligraphic simplicity.”<b>–<i>The Australian</i></b><br /><br /> “Thank God, Kurt Vonnegut has broken his promise that he will never write another book. In this wondrous assemblage of mini-memoirs, we discover his family’s legacy and his obstinate, unfashionable humanism.”<b>–Studs Terkel</b>
Islamic Civilization in Thirty Lives: The First 1,000 Years
by Chase F. Robinson

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

April 03, 2017

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Religious thinkers, political leaders, lawmakers, writers, and philosophers have shaped the 1,400-year-long development of the world's second-largest religion. But who were these people? What do we know of their lives and the ways in which they influenced their societies?<BR />  <BR /> In <I>Islamic Civilization in Thirty Lives</I>, the distinguished historian of Islam Chase F. Robinson draws on the long tradition in Muslim scholarship of commemorating in writing the biographies of notable figures, but he weaves these ambitious lives together to create a rich narrative of Islamic civilization, from the Prophet Muhammad in the seventh century to the era of the world conquerer Timur and the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II in the fifteenth.<BR />  <BR /> Beginning in Islam’s heartland, Mecca, and ranging from North Africa and Iberia in the west to Central and East Asia, Robinson not only traces the rise and fall of Islamic states through the biographies of political and military leaders who worked to secure peace or expand their power, but also discusses those who developed Islamic law, scientific thought, and literature. What emerges is a fascinating portrait of rich and diverse Islamic societies. Alongside the famous characters who colored this landscape—including Muhammad’s cousin ’Ali; the Crusader-era hero Saladin; and the poet Rumi—are less well-known figures, such as Ibn Fadlan, whose travels in Eurasia brought fascinating first-hand accounts of the Volga Vikings to the Abbasid Caliph; the eleventh-century Karima al-Marwaziyya, a woman scholar of Prophetic traditions; and Abu al-Qasim Ramisht, a twelfth-century merchant millionaire.<BR />  <BR /> An illuminating read for anyone interested in learning more about this often-misunderstood civilization, this book creates a vivid picture of life in all arenas of the pre-modern Muslim world.
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>
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>
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
Holiday Road: A Memoir
by Shelley Costello

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

March 08, 2011

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Holiday Road is Bill Brysons Walk in the Woods meets Bridget Jones,<br />with a little yoga thrown in to mix things up a bit.<br />Grace takes her two children to California spending the summer<br />with her brother and sister.<br />After a somewhat chaotic life, Grace feels she is destined to meet<br />the elusive Mr Right, which becomes somewhat of a theme<br />throughout the story and sees Grace in several amusing incidents.<br />The laugh out loud heart warming story takes you through their<br />holiday: camping trip down the Highway 1 California coastal route,<br />days out and Graces visits to San Francisco to practise yoga.
Badass: A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings,...
by Ben Thompson

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English

Pages

354

Publication Date

October 13, 2009

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<p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The badasses populating the pages of <em><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Badass </span></em>are the most savagely awesome historical figures to ever strap on a pair of chain mail gauntlets and run screaming into battle. Author Ben Thompson—considered by many to be the Internet’s foremost expert on badassitude—has gathered together a rogues’ gallery of butt-stomping rogues, from Julius Caesar and Genghis Khan to Blackbeard, George S. Patton, and Bruce Lee. Their bone-breaking exploits are illustrated by top artist from the fields of gaming, comics, and cards—DC Comics illustrator Matt Haley and Thomas Denmark, illustrator for the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. This is not your boring high school history—this is tough, manly, unrelentingly <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Badass!</i><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></span></p>
Washington
by Douglas Southall Freeman

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English

Pages

896

Publication Date

February 15, 2011

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"Freeman's treatment of Washington as a Commander in Chief is virtually definitive" (<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>).<BR><BR><i>Washington</i> is the most complete, definitive one-volume biography of George Washington ever written. In 1948 renowned biographer and military historian Douglas Southall Freeman won his second Pulitzer Prize for his new and dramatic reexamination of George Washington. For years biographies had gone from idolatry to muckraking in their depictions of this somewhat marbleized Founding Father. Freeman’s new interpretation was a fresh step, making Washington a living, breathing individual, flawed but heroic. An able commander who defeated the British Empire against incredible odds, Washington proved to be just as adept at wielding political power, and adroitly steered our new loosely called nation through the first stormy years of our unproven federal stewardship and the first two presidential administrations.<BR> <BR> Here with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Kammen, who puts the writing and publication of <i>Washington</i> into perspective, and an afterword by Pulitzer Prize winner Dumas Malone, who explains the travails of Freeman’s grinding work, <i>Washington </i>is the most comprehensive biography available, and its value as an important classic has never been more evident.

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