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Educated: A Memoir
by Tara Westover

Language

English

Pages

336

Publication Date

February 20, 2018

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<b><b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL,聽</i>AND<i>聽BOSTON GLOBE聽</i>BESTSELLER聽鈥⒙燦AMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY聽<i>THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW</i>聽鈥⒙燨NE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA鈥橲 FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR聽鈥?BILL GATES<b>鈥橲 HOLIDAY READING LIST</b>聽鈥?<b>FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE鈥橲 AWARD IN AUTOBIOGRAPHY 鈥?FINALIST FOR聽THE聽NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE鈥橲 JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST BOOK聽</b>鈥?FINALIST FOR THE PEN/JEAN STEIN BOOK AWARD聽<b>鈥?FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES BOOK PRIZE</b><br /><br />NAMED ONE OF <i>PASTE</i><b>鈥?lt;/b>S BEST MEMOIRS OF THE DECADE 鈥?NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>The Washington Post</i> 鈥?lt;i> O: The Oprah Magazine</i> 鈥?<i>Time</i> 鈥?NPR 鈥?<i>Good Morning America </i>鈥?<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i> 鈥?<i>The Guardian </i>鈥?lt;i> The Economist </i>鈥?<i>Financial Times</i> 鈥?<i>Newsday</i> 鈥?<i>New York Post</i> 鈥?<i>theSkimm</i> 鈥?<i>Refinery29</i> 鈥?<i>Bloomberg</i> 鈥?<i>Self</i> 鈥?<i>Real Simple</i> 鈥?lt;i> Town & Country</i> 鈥?<i>Bustle</i> 鈥?<i>Paste</i> 鈥?<i>Publishers Weekly</i> 鈥?<i>Library Journal</i> 鈥?<i>LibraryReads</i> 鈥?<i>BookRiot</i> 鈥?Pamela Paul, KQED 鈥?New York Public Library</b><br /><br /><b>An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University</b><br /></b><br />Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara鈥檚 older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she鈥檇 traveled too far, if there was still a way home.<br /><b><br />鈥淏eautiful and propulsive . . . Despite the singularity of [Tara Westover鈥檚] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?鈥濃€?lt;i>Vogue</i></b><br /><br /><b>鈥淲estover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others.鈥濃€?lt;i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b>
Becoming
by Michelle Obama

Language

English

Pages

428

Publication Date

November 13, 2018

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<b>An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States</b><br /> 聽<br /><b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES</i>聽BESTSELLER 鈥?OPRAH鈥橲 BOOK CLUB PICK 鈥⒙燦AACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER</b><br /><br /> In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America鈥攖he first African American to serve in that role鈥攕he helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. <br /> 聽<br /> In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her鈥攆rom her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world鈥檚 most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it鈥攊n her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, <i>Becoming</i> is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations鈥攁nd whose story inspires us to do the same.
Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me
by Adrienne Brodeur

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>鈥淓xquisite and harrowing.鈥?</b>鈥?lt;b><i>New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br /><b>鈥淭his electrifying, gorgeously written memoir will hold you captive until the last word.鈥?鈥?lt;i>People</i><br /><br /> NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2019 BY </b><i><b>NPR *聽Slate *聽</b></i><b>Chicago Public Library *聽</b><i><b>Real Simple * Library Journal * Washington Post *聽</b></i><b>Amazon</b><br /><b>A daughter鈥檚 tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity.</b><br /><br /> On a hot July night on Cape Cod when Adrienne was fourteen, her mother, Malabar, woke her at midnight with five simple words that would set the course of both of their lives for years to come: <i>Ben Souther just kissed me.</i>聽<br /> 聽<br /> Adrienne instantly became her mother鈥檚 confidante and helpmate, blossoming in the sudden light of her attention, and from then on, Malabar came to rely on her daughter to help orchestrate what would become an epic affair with her husband鈥檚 closest friend. The affair would have calamitous consequences for everyone involved, impacting Adrienne鈥檚 life in profound ways, driving her into a precarious marriage of her own, and then into a deep depression. Only years later will she find the strength to embrace her life鈥攁nd her mother鈥攐n her own terms. 聽<br /><br /><i>Wild Game</i>聽is a brilliant, timeless memoir about how the people close to us can break our hearts simply because they have access to them, and聽the lies we tell in order to justify the choices we make.聽It鈥檚 a remarkable story of resilience, a reminder that we need not be the parents our parents were to us.
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Wh...
by Sonia Purnell

Language

English

Pages

368

Publication Date

April 09, 2019

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<b><b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER<br /><br /></b>Chosen as a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by <i>NPR</i>, the New York Public Library, the <i>Seattle Times</i>, the <i>Washington Independent Review of Books</i>, BookBrowse, the <i>Spectator</i>, and the <i>Times of London</i><br /><br />鈥淓<b>xcellent鈥his book is as riveting as any thriller, and as hard to put down</b>.鈥?-- <i>The New York Times Book Review</i><br /><br />"A compelling biography of a masterful spy, and a reminder of what can be done with a few brave people -- and a little resistance." - <b>NPR</b><br /><br /><b>The perfect holiday gift for the World War II history buff, a never-before-told story of Virginia Hall, the American spy who changed the course of World War II, from the author of <i>Clementine</i></b></b><br /><br />In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her." <br /><br />The target in their sights was Virginia Hall, a Baltimore socialite who talked her way into Special Operations Executive, the spy organization dubbed Winston Churchill's "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare." She became the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines and--despite her prosthetic leg--helped to light the flame of the French Resistance, revolutionizing secret warfare as we know it. <br /><br />Virginia established vast spy networks throughout France, called weapons and explosives down from the skies, and became a linchpin for the Resistance. Even as her face covered wanted posters and a bounty was placed on her head, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. She finally escaped through a death-defying hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown. But she plunged back in, adamant that she had more lives to save, and led a victorious guerilla campaign, liberating swathes of France from the Nazis after D-Day.<br /><br />Based on new and extensive research, Sonia Purnell has for the first time uncovered the full secret life of Virginia Hall--an astounding and inspiring story of heroism, spycraft, resistance, and personal triumph over shocking adversity. <i>A Woman of No Importance</i> is the breathtaking story of how one woman's fierce persistence helped win the war.
Know My Name: A Memoir
by Chanel Miller

Language

English

Pages

367

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<b><b>An Instant </b><b><i>New York Times </i></b><b>Bestseller</b><br /><br /><b>Chosen as a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by </b><b><i>The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post</i></b><b>,</b><b><i> TIME, Elle</i></b><b>,</b><b><i> Glamour</i></b><b>, </b><b><i>Parade, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, BookRiot</i></b><br /><br />"Miller is an extraordinary writer: plain, precise and moving." --<i>NPR</i><br /><br />"<i>Know My Name</i> is a gut-punch, and in the end, somehow, also blessedly hopeful." --<i>Washington Post</i><br /><br />"<i>Know My Name </i>marks the debut of a gifted young writer. Miller's words are purpose. They are maps. And she is a treasure who has prevailed." --<i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br />She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral--viewed by eleven million people within four days, it was translated globally and read on the floor of Congress; it inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Thousands wrote to say that she had given them the courage to share their own experiences of assault for the first time.<br /><br />Now she reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words. It was the perfect case, in many ways--there were eyewitnesses, Turner ran away, physical evidence was immediately secured. But her struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial reveal the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios. Her story illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicts a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, and, ultimately, shines with the courage required to move through suffering and live a full and beautiful life.<br /> <br /><i>Know My Name</i> will forever transform the way we think about sexual assault, challenging our beliefs about what is acceptable and speaking truth to the tumultuous reality of healing. It also introduces readers to an extraordinary writer, one whose words have already changed our world. Entwining pain, resilience, and humor, this memoir will stand as a modern classic.
In Pieces
by Sally Field

Language

English

Pages

417

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b>In this intimate, haunting literary memoir and <i>New York Times</i> Notable Book of the year, an American icon tells her own story for the first time -- about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother.</b> <br />One of the most celebrated, beloved, and enduring actors of our time, Sally Field has an infectious charm that has captivated the nation for more than five decades, beginning with her first TV role at the age of seventeen. From <i>Gidget</i>'s sweet-faced "girl next door" to the dazzling complexity of <i>Sybil</i> to the Academy Award-worthy ferocity and depth of <i>Norma Rae </i>and Mary Todd Lincoln, Field has stunned audiences time and time again with her artistic range and emotional acuity. Yet there is one character who always remained hidden: the shy and anxious little girl within.<br />With raw honesty and the fresh, pitch-perfect prose of a natural-born writer, and with all the humility and authenticity her fans have come to expect, Field brings readers behind-the-scenes for not only the highs and lows of her star-studded early career in Hollywood, but deep into the truth of her lifelong relationships--including her complicated love for her own mother. Powerful and unforgettable, <i>In Pieces</i> is an inspiring and important account of life as a woman in the second half of the twentieth century. <br />
Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years
by Julie Andrews

Language

English

Pages

316

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><b><br /></b><b>In this follow-up to her critically acclaimed memoir, <i>Home</i>, Julie Andrews shares reflections on her astonishing career, including such classics as <i>Mary Poppins</i>, <i>The Sound of Music</i>, and <i>Victor/Victoria</i>.</b> <br /> In <i>Home</i>, the number one <i>New York Times</i> international bestseller, Julie Andrews recounted her difficult childhood and her emergence as an acclaimed singer and performer on the stage. <br /> With this second memoir, <i>Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years</i>, Andrews picks up the story with her arrival in Hollywood and her phenomenal rise to fame in her earliest films--<i>Mary Poppins</i> and <i>The Sound of Music</i>. Andrews describes her years in the film industry -- from the incredible highs to the challenging lows. Not only does she discuss her work in now-classic films and her collaborations with giants of cinema and television, she also unveils her personal story of adjusting to a new and often daunting world, dealing with the demands of unimaginable success, being a new mother, the end of her first marriage, embracing two stepchildren, adopting two more children, and falling in love with the brilliant and mercurial Blake Edwards. The pair worked together in numerous films, including <i>Victor/Victoria</i>, the gender-bending comedy that garnered multiple Oscar nominations.<br /><br /> Cowritten with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, and told with Andrews's trademark charm and candor, <i>Home Work</i> takes us on a rare and intimate journey into an extraordinary life that is funny, heartrending, and inspiring.
High Achiever: The Incredible True Story of One Addict's Double L...
by Tiffany Jenkins

Language

English

Pages

371

Publication Date

June 18, 2019

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<b>NATIONAL BESTSELLER 鈥?An up-close portrait of the mind of an addict and a life unraveled by narcotics鈥攁 memoir of captivating urgency and surprising humor that puts a human face on the opioid crisis.</b><br /><b>聽<br /><b>鈥淩aw, brutal, and shocking. Move over,聽<i>Orange Is the New Black.</i>鈥濃€擜my Dresner, author of聽<i>My Fair Junkie</i></b><br /></b><br />When word got out<b>聽</b>that Tiffany Jenkins was withdrawing from opiates on the floor of a jail cell, people in her town were shocked. Not because of the twenty felonies she鈥檇 committed, or the nature of her crimes, or even that she鈥檇 been captain of the high school cheerleading squad just a few years earlier, but because her boyfriend was a Deputy Sherriff, and his friends鈥攖heir friends鈥攚ere the ones who鈥檇 arrested her.<br />聽<br />A raw and twisty page-turning memoir that reads like fiction,聽<i>High Achiever聽</i>spans Tiffany鈥檚 life as an active opioid addict, her 120 days in a Florida jail where every officer despised what she鈥檇 done to their brother in blue, and her eventual recovery. With heart-racing urgency and unflinching honesty, Jenkins takes you inside the grips of addiction and the desperate decisions it breeds. She is a born storyteller who lived an incredible story, from blackmail by an ex-boyfriend to a soul-shattering deal with a drug dealer, and her telling brims with suspense and unexpected wit. But the true surprise is her path to recovery. Tiffany breaks through the stigma and silence to offer hope and inspiration to anyone battling the disease鈥攚hether it鈥檚 a loved one or themselves.
The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World
by Melinda Gates

Language

English

Pages

279

Publication Date

April 23, 2019

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<p><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><b></b><br />鈥淚n her book, Melinda tells the stories of the inspiring people she鈥檚 met through her work all over the world, digs into the data, and powerfully illustrates issues that need our attention鈥攆rom child marriage to gender inequity in the workplace.鈥?鈥?President Barack Obama</p><p><i>鈥淭he Moment of Lift </i>is an urgent call to courage. It changed how I think about myself, my family, my work, and what鈥檚 possible in the world. Melinda weaves together vulnerable, brave storytelling and compelling data to make this one of those rare books that you carry in your heart and mind long after the last page.鈥?lt;/p><p> 鈥?Bren茅 Brown, Ph.D., author of the <i>New York Times</i> #1 bestseller <i>Dare to Lead</i><br /><i> </i><br /> 鈥淢elinda Gates has spent many years working with women around the world. This book is an urgent manifesto for an equal society where women are valued and recognized in all spheres of life. Most of all, it is a call for unity, inclusion and connection. We need this message more than ever.鈥?鈥?Malala Yousafzai</p><p> "Melinda Gates's book is a lesson in listening. A powerful, poignant, and ultimately humble call to arms." 鈥?Tara Westover, author of the <i>New York Times</i> #1 bestseller <i>Educated</i><br /> <b></b><br /><b> A debut from Melinda Gates, a timely and necessary call to action for women's empowerment.</b></p><p> 鈥淗ow can we summon a moment of lift for human beings 鈥?and especially for women? Because when you lift up women, you lift up humanity.鈥?lt;/p><br /><p> For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: If you want to lift a society up, you need to stop keeping women down.</p><p> In this moving and compelling book, Melinda shares lessons she鈥檚 learned from the inspiring people she鈥檚 met during her work and travels around the world. As she writes in the introduction, 鈥淭hat is why I had to write this book鈥攖o share the stories of people who have given focus and urgency to my life. I want all of us to see ways we can lift women up where we live.鈥?lt;/p><p> Melinda鈥檚 unforgettable narrative is backed by startling data as she presents the issues that most need our attention鈥攆rom child marriage to lack of access to contraceptives to gender inequity in the workplace. And, for the first time, she writes about her personal life and the road to equality in her own marriage. Throughout, she shows how there has never been more opportunity to change the world鈥攁nd ourselves.</p><p> Writing with emotion, candor, and grace, she introduces us to remarkable women and shows the power of connecting with one another.</p><p> When we lift others up, they lift us up, too.</p>
The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the...
by Jason Fagone

Language

English

Pages

464

Publication Date

September 26, 2017

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<p><strong>National Bestseller聽</strong></p><p><strong>NPR Best Book of the Year</strong></p><p><strong>鈥淣ot all superheroes wear capes, and Elizebeth Smith Friedman should be the subject of a future Wonder Woman movie.鈥?鈥?lt;em>The New York Times</em></strong></p><p><strong>Joining the ranks of <em>Hidden Figures</em> and In the Garden of Beasts, the incredible true story of the greatest codebreaking duo that ever lived, an American woman and her husband who invented the modern science of cryptology together and used it to confront the evils of their time, solving puzzles that unmasked Nazi spies and helped win World War II.</strong></p><p>In 1916, at the height of World War I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon on his estate outside Chicago. The tycoon had close ties to the U.S. government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her language skills to an exciting new venture: code-breaking. There she met the man who would become her husband, groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman. Though she and Friedman are in many ways the "Adam and Eve" of the NSA, Elizebeth鈥檚 story, incredibly, has never been told.</p><p>In <em>The Woman Who Smashed Codes</em>, Jason Fagone chronicles the life of this extraordinary woman, who played an integral role in our nation鈥檚 history for forty years. After World War I, Smith used her talents to catch gangsters and smugglers during Prohibition, then accepted a covert mission to discover and expose Nazi spy rings that were spreading like wildfire across South America, advancing ever closer to the United States. As World War II raged, Elizebeth fought a highly classified battle of wits against Hitler鈥檚 Reich, cracking multiple versions of the Enigma machine used by German spies. Meanwhile, inside an Army vault in Washington, William worked furiously to break Purple, the Japanese version of Enigma鈥攁nd eventually succeeded, at a terrible cost to his personal life.</p><p>Fagone unveils America鈥檚 code-breaking history through the prism of Smith鈥檚 life, bringing into focus the unforgettable events and colorful personalities that would help shape modern intelligence. Blending the lively pace and compelling detail that are the hallmarks of Erik Larson鈥檚 bestsellers with the atmosphere and intensity of <em>The Imitation Game, The Woman Who Smashed Codes</em> is page-turning popular history at its finest.</p>

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