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Sous chef : 24 hours on the line / Michael Gibney
cover imageAn executive sous chef who has worked alongside cooks from some of the nation's leading restaurants documents an intense twenty-four-hour period that illuminates the allures and adversities of a professional culinary life
Women of vision : National Geographic photographers on assignment / foreword by Ann Curry ; introduction by Chris Johns.
cover image"For 125 years, National Geographic has documented the world and all that is in it with stunning photography that captures the soul of a story beyond the words on a page. Some of the most powerful narratives of the past decade have been produced by a forward-thinking generation of women photojournalists as different as the places and the subjects they have covered"--Page [2] of cover.
Life in motion : an unlikely ballerina / Misty Copeland with Charisse Jones.
cover imageAs the only African American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has made history. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, anxious thirteen-year-old to become a groundbreaking ballerina.
Pete Rose : an American dilemma / Kostya Kennedy.
cover imageExamines the life of polarizing sports legend Pete Rose, from his record-setting career to being banished from the game for being an unrepentant gambler, and discusses the complex moral issues keeping him out of the Hall of Fame.
Not I : memoirs of a German childhood / Joachim Fest ; Translated from the German by Martin Chalmers ; edited by Herbert A. Arnold.
cover image"Few writers have deepened our understanding of the Third Reich as much as German historian, biographer, journalist, and critic Joachim Fest. His biography of Adolf Hitler has reached millions of readers around the world. Born in 1926, Fest experienced firsthand the rise of the Nazis, the Second World War, and a catastrophically defeated Germany, thus becoming a vital witness to these difficult years. In this memoir of his childhood and youth, Fest offers a far-reaching view of how he experienced the war and National Socialism." --Amazon.com.
Life is a wheel : love, death, etc., and a bike ride across America / Bruce Weber.
cover image"Based on his popular series in the New York Times chronicling his cross-country bicycle trip, bestselling author Bruce Weber shares his adventures from his solo ride across the USA. Riding a bicycle across the US is one of those bucket-list goals that many dream about but few achieve. Bestselling author and New York Times reporter Bruce Weber made the trip, solo, over the summer and fall of 2011--at the age of fifty-seven. Expanding upon his popular series published in The New York Times, Life Is a Wheel is the witty and inspiring account of his journey, where he extols the pleasures of cycling and reflects on what happened on his adventure, in the world, in the country, and in his life. The story begins on the Oregon coast with a middle-aged man wondering what he's gotten himself into and ends in triumph on the George Washington Bridge, wondering how soon he might try it again. Part travelogue, part memoir, part paean to the bicycle as a simple and elegant mode of both mobility and self-expression--and part wry and panicky account of a fifty-seven-year-old man's attempt to stave off mortality"-- Provided by publisher.
Growing up Duggar : it's all about relationships / Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger Duggar.
cover image"In a rare look inside America's favorite mega-sized family, the four eldest girls talk about their faith, their dreams for the future, and what it's like growing up a Duggar."-- Provided by publisher.
Stokely : a life / by Peniel E. Joseph.
cover image"Stokely Carmichael, the charismatic and controversial black activist, stepped onto the pages of history when he called for "Black Power" during a speech one humid Mississippi night in 1966. Carmichael's life changed that day, and so did America's struggle for civil rights. "Black Power" became the slogan of an era, provoking a national reckoning on race and democracy. In Stokely, preeminent civil rights scholar Peniel E. Joseph presents a groundbreaking biography of Carmichael, arguing that the young firebrand's evolution from nonviolent activist to Black Power revolutionary reflected the trajectory of a generation radicalized by the violence and unrest of the late 1960s." -- Provided by publisher.
The Bosnia list : a memoir of war, exile, and return / Kenan Trebinčević and Susan Shapiro.
cover imageA young Muslim survivor of the Bosnian War returns to his homeland to confront the people who betrayed his family.
John Wayne : the life and legend / Scott Eyman.
cover imageA biography of the John Wayne that draws on more than 100 interviews as well as exclusive access to the files of Wayne's film production company to answer the question why he became and remains an iconic American figure.--from publisher's description.
Leggy blonde : a memoir / Aviva Drescher.
cover image"Aviva Drescher, a real housewife of New York City, born and bred in Manhattan, shares her real story in this tell-all memoir. Aviva Drescher is elegant, sophisticated, well-educated, and drop-dead gorgeous. And although we all know her as the newest upstart from the Real Housewives reality show, there is much more to her than meets the eye.While Aviva is no stranger to controversy, the person beneath the persona is a woman of substance with a fascinating past that is told for the first time..."-- Provided by publisher.
Cathedral of the wild : an African journey home / Boyd Varty.
cover imageA memoir of Boyd Varty's life in the Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa.
Indie spiritualist : a no bullshit exploration of spirituality / Chris Grosso ; foreword by Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx.
cover image"From a recovering addict, musician, and tattooed indie culturist: a guidebook for today's generation of spiritual misfits who crave a dogma-free path. After years of heavy addiction, Chris Grosso found himself literally on his knees, utterly lost and broken. He needed a new way to approach life, something that went beyond conventional religious or spiritual doctrine--free of bullshit. Drawing on his punk rock roots and question-everything mindset, Grosso offers a collection of stories and musings about his meandering journey of self-inquiry, recovery, and acceptance. He rejects all the hypocrisies and judgments of religion to show that spirituality is not something that only happens on meditation cushions or yoga mats, in sanghas, churches, mosques, temples, or synagogues. It's not always peaceful and quiet. It can be as loud as a rock concert or as alternative as Grosso himself. And it's up to you to find and follow your own path. Brutally honest, bitingly humorous, and radically unconventional, Grosso's collection of vignettes shows what it means to live an authentic, open, and mindful life. Indie Spiritualist empowers you to accept yourself as you are, in all your humanity and imperfect perfection"-- Provided by publisher.
The map of enough : one woman's search for place / Molly Caro May.
cover image"Molly Caro May grew up as part of a nomadic family, one proud of their international sensibilities, a tribe that never settled in one place for very long. Growing up moving from foreign country to foreign country, just like her father and grandfather, she became attached to her identity as a global woman from nowhere. But, on the verge of turning thirty years old, everything changed. Molly and her fiance; Chris suddenly move to 107 acres in Montana, land her family owns but rarely visits, with the idea of staying for only a year. Surrounded by tall grass, deep woods, and the presence of predators, the young couple starts the challenging and often messy process of building a traditional Mongolian yurt from scratch. They finally finish just on the cusp of winter, in a below-zero degree snowstorm. For Molly it is her first real home, yet a nomadic one, this one concession meant to be dissembled and moved at will. Yurt-life gives her rare exposure to nature, to the elements, to the wildlife all around them. It also feels contrary to the modern world, and this triggers in Molly an exploration of what home means to the emergent generation. In today's age, has globalization and technology taught us that something better, the next best thing, is always out there? How does any young adult establish roots, and how do we decide what kind of life we want to lead? How much, ever, is enough?"-- Provided by publisher.
And life comes back : a wife's story of love, loss, and hope reclaimed / Tricia Lott Williford.
cover imageTraces the emotional journey of the author, whose husband died unexpectedly, leaving her a widow with two young sons, and describes her spiritual healing after the ordeal.
The game / Ken Dryden, with a foreword by Bill Simmons.
cover imageThe former hockey star and scholar focuses on ten days near the close of his last season and provides an in-depth look at the benefits and drawbacks of the sport.
Deep thoughts from a Hollywood blonde / Jennie Garth with Emily Heckman.
cover imageJust months after coming to LA, sixteen year old Jennie Garth landed a role on Beverly Hills, 90210 and went on to experience the ups and downs of stardom.
The adventures of Henry Thoreau : a young man's unlikely path to Walden Pond / by Michael Sims.
cover imageFrom the publisher. Henry David Thoreau has long been an intellectual icon and folk hero. In this strikingly original profile, Michael Sims reveals how the bookish, quirky young man who kept quitting jobs evolved into the patron saint of environmentalism and nonviolent activism. Working from nineteenth-century letters and diaries by Thoreau’s family, friends, and students, Sims charts Henry’s course from his time at Harvard through the years he spent living in a cabin beside Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Sims uncovers a previously hidden Thoreau—the rowdy boy reminiscent of Tom Sawyer, the sarcastic college iconoclast, the devoted son who kept imitating his beloved older brother’s choices in life. Thoreau was deeply influenced by his parents—his father owned a pencil factory in Concord, his mother was an abolitionist and social activist—and by Ralph Waldo Emerson, his frequent mentor. Sims relates intimate, telling moments in Thoreau’s daily life—in Emerson’s library; teaching his neighbor and friend, Nathaniel Hawthorne, to row a boat; exploring the natural world and Native American culture; tutoring Emerson’s nephew on Staten Island and walking the streets of New York in the hope of launching a writing career.
Handbook for an unpredictable life : how I survived Sister Renata and my crazy mother, and still came out smiling (with great hair) / Rosie Perez.
cover imageThe actress shares the story of her disadvantaged childhood and her successes in and out of the Hollywood limelight, tracing her relationship with the schizophrenic mother who relinquished her to a Catholic orphanage and the fierce sense of independence that inspired her career.
The great floodgates of the wonderworld : a memoir / Justin Hocking.
cover imageJustin Hocking lands in New York hopeful but adrift. He's jobless, unexpectedly overwhelmed and disoriented by the city, struggling with anxiety and obsession, and attempting to maintain a faltering long-distance relationship. As a man whose brand of therapy has always been motion, whether in a skate park or on a snowdrift, Hocking needs an outlet for his restlessness. Then he spies his first New York surfer hauling a board to the subway, and it's not long before he's a member of the vibrant and passionate surfing community at Far Rockaway. But in the wake of a traumatic robbery incident, the dark undercurrents of his ocean-obsession pull him further and further out on his own night sea journey.
The second bud : deserting the city for a farm winery / Martha M. Ezzard.
cover imageMartha Ezzard, columnist and former aide press aide to the governor of Colorado, relates how she and her husband returned to their Georgia roots and began raising grapes on a family farm in the mountains.
Quilting with a modern slant : people, patterns, and techniques inspiring the modern quilt community / Rachel May.
cover imageIintroduces more than 70 modern quilters who have developed their own styles, methods, and aesthetics. Their ideas, their quilts, and their tips, tutorials, and techniques will inspire you to try something new and follow your own creativity wherever it leads.
Seams unlikely / by Nancy Zieman, with Marjorie L. Russell.
cover imageHost of the longest-running sewing show on television takes readers behind the scenes of Sewing With Nancy and shares her heartaches and triumphs along the way.
Capturing the light : the birth of photography, a true story of genius and rivalry / Roger Watson and Helen Rappaport.
cover image"An intimate look at the journeys of two men--a gentleman scientist and a visionary artist--as they struggled to capture the world around them, and in the process invented modern photography"--From publisher description.
A view from a broad / Bette Midler ; photography by Sean Russell.
cover imageThe noted singer's notes from abroad, written during a nonstop concert tour through Europe and Australia, present the Divine Miss M's bawdy, raunchy, innocent, and perceptive views of the world at large.
Living with a Wild God : a nonbeliever's search for the truth about everything / Barbara Ehrenreich.
cover image"In middle age, Ehrenreich came across the journal she had kept during her tumultuous adolescence and set out to reconstruct that quest, which had taken her to the study of science and through a cataclysmic series of uncanny, or as she later learned to call them, 'mystical' experiences. A staunch atheist and rationalist, she is profoundly shaken by the implications of her life-long search. Part memoir, part philosophical and spiritual inquiry, Living With a Wild God brings an older woman's wry and erudite perspective to a young girl's uninhibited musings on the questions that, at one point or another, torment us all. Ehrenreich's most personal book ever will spark a lively and heated conversation about religion and spirituality, science and morality, and the 'meaning of life' -- Provided by publisher.
Kitty Genovese : the murder, the bystanders, the crime that changed America / Kevin Cook.
cover imageRecounts the events of March 13, 1964, when a young woman in Queens was slain in plain sight of witnesses who heard her cries for help but chose not to get involved.
Daughter of the king : growing up in gangland / Sandra Lansky and William Stadiem.
cover imageThe daughter of one of the most powerful mobsters in America describes growing up amidst the glamour and tragedy of 1940s, '50s, and '60s Las Vegas and recounts knowing Bugsy Siegel, Lucky Luciano, and Frank Sinatra during her childhood.
Jesus : a pilgrimage / James Martin, SJ.
cover image"Combining the fascinating insights of historical Jesus studies with profound spiritual insights about the Christ of faith, Father Martin recreates the world of first-century Galilee and Judea to usher you into Jesus's life and times and show readers how Jesus speaks to us today. Martin also brings together the most up-to-date Scripture scholarship, wise spiritual reflections, and lighthearted stories about traveling through the Holy Land with a fellow (and funny) Jesuit, visiting important sites in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. The person at the heart of the Gospels can seem impossibly distant. Stories about his astonishing life and ministry--clever parables that upended everyone's expectations, incredible healings that convinced even skeptics, nature miracles that dazzled the dumbstruck disciples--can seem far removed from our own daily lives, hard to understand, and at times irrelevant. But in Jesus you will come to know him as Father Martin knows him: Messiah and Savior, as well as friend and brother"-- Provided by publisher.
Grin and bear it : how to be happy no matter what reality throws your way / Jenni Pulos, with Laura Morton and Kathleen King.
cover image"Jenni Pulos has specialized in a lifetime of disappointments. She's been publicly humiliated, dumped by her spouse on national television, told she'd never make it in Hollywood, encouraged by her family with inspiring questions like, "when are you getting a real job?" and has not only survived but thrived as a result. Despite her struggles and setbacks, Jenni has gone from a "wannabe" aspiring actress and comedian to becoming one of Bravo's most beloved personalities. With hilarious reality meets insanity anecdotes from her life and career, Jenni writes candidly on how to go from victim to victor . . . most of the time. Her book is more of an advice how-not-to story that includes: Jenni's top ten tested and proven ways to fail forward How she turned her negative self-talk into positive self-beliefs; How Jenni handles people who didn't want her to succeed; How she stopped fretting over things she didn't have control over; How she found her self-worth and finally found the love she never thought she'd have; Grin and Bear It is the spark we all need to ignite our passion, to get out there and be positive, find the funny in life, to be present, and learn how to be happy no matter what reality throws your way"-- Provided by publisher.
The Wahls protocol : how I beat progressive MS using paleo principles and functional medicine / Terry Wahls ; with Eve Adamson.
cover imageAn integrative approach to healing chronic autoimmune conditions by a doctor, researcher and sufferer of progressive multiple sclerosis whose TEDx talk is a web sensation.
A sliver of light : three Americans imprisoned in Iran / Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal, Sarah Shourd.
cover image"Three young Americans captured by Iranian forces and held in captivity for two years tell their story. Told through a bold and innovative interweaving of the authors' three voices, here is a rare glimpse inside Iran and a timeless portrayal of hardship and hope"-- Provided by publisher.
Under magnolia : a Southern memoir / Frances Mayes.
cover imageShares the story of the author's youth in the American Deep South and her decision to return to the places that shaped her early ideals, a journey marked by her regional travels and growing appreciation for Southern writers.
The Hiltons : the true story of an American dynasty / by J. Randy Taraborrelli.
cover image"The Hiltons is a sweeping saga of the success-and excess-of an iconic American family. Demanding and enigmatic, patriarch Conrad Hilton's visionary ideas and unyielding will established the model for the modern luxury hotel industry. But outside the boardroom, Conrad struggled with emotional detachment, failed marriages, and conflicted Catholicism. Then there were his children: Playboy Nicky Hilton's tragic alcoholism and marriage to Elizabeth Taylor was the stuff of tabloid legend. Barron Hilton, on the other hand, deftly handled his father's legacy, carrying the Hilton brand triumphantly into the new millennium. Eric, raised apart from his older brothers, accepted his supporting role in the Hilton dynasty with calm and quiet-a stark contrast to the boys' much younger half-sister Francesca, whose battle for recognition led her into courtrooms and conflict. The cast of supporting players includes the inimitable Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was married to Conrad briefly and remained a thorn in his side for decades, and a host of other Hollywood and business luminaries with whom the Hiltons crossed paths and swords over the years."--www.Amazon.com.
New life, no instructions : a memoir / by Gail Caldwell.
cover imagePulitizer Prize winner Gail Caldwell pens a memoir on how seemingly faint winds can blow us wildly off course; on how spending time with a beloved animal can benefit our basic humanity; and on what it means to overcome, at middle age, a multitude of blows.
Things a little bird told me : confessions of the creative mind / Biz Stone.
cover imageThe co-founder of Twitter discusses the power of creativity and how to harness it through stories from his remarkable and career. In Biz's world: Opportunity can be manufactured; Great work comes from abandoning a linear way of thinking; Creativity never runs out; Asking questions is free; Empathy is core to personal and global success. Biz also addresses failure, the value of vulnerability, ambition, and corporate culture.
The broken and the whole : discovering joy after heartbreak : lessons from a life of faith / Charles S. Sherman.
cover image"A wise, uplifting memoir about a rabbi's search for understanding and his discovery of hope and joy after his young son suffered a catastrophic brain-stem stroke that left him a quadriplegic and dependent on a ventilator for each breath."--Amazon.com.
House of outrageous fortune : Fifteen Central Park West, the world's most powerful address / Michael Gross.
cover imageAn exposé of the building that's sprung up on the southwest rim of Central Park, including its costly construction and the flashy international lifestyle it has brought to a once benighted and socially déclassé Manhattan neighborhood.
American saint : the life of Elizabeth Seton / Joan Barthel ; [foreword by Maya Angelou]
cover image"... tells the mesmerizing story of a woman whose life featured wealth and poverty, passion and sorrow, love and loss"--From publisher description.
His ownself : a semi-memoir / Dan Jenkins.
cover image"A colorful, sentimental, hilarious, and cantankerous memoir about his lifelong journey through the world of sports"-- Page [2] of cover.
Exodus : a memoir / Deborah Feldman.
cover imageTraces the author's life as an independent young woman and single mother searching for an authentic and personal Jewish identity, describing how after leaving her Hasidic community she pursued healing in a circle of like-minded outcasts and misfits.
The eternal Nazi : from Mauthausen to Cairo, the relentless pursuit of SS doctor Aribert Heim / Nicholas Kulish and Souad Mekhennet.
cover image"The compelling story of the hunt for Aribert Heim, whose decades-long flight from justice turned a mid-level SS officer and concentration camp doctor into the most wanted Nazi war criminal in the world. Dr. Aribert Heim worked at the Mauthausen concentration camp for only a few months in 1941 but left a horrifying mark on the memories of survivors. According to their testimony, Heim euthanized patients with injections of gasoline into their hearts. He performed surgeries on otherwise healthy people. Some recalled prisoners' skulls set out on his desk to display perfect sets of teeth. In the chaos of the postwar period, Heim was able to slip away from his dark past and establish himself as a reputable doctor in the resort town of Baden-Baden. He was tall, handsome, a bit of a charmer, and quickly settled down with a wife and children in peace and comfort. But certain rare individuals in Germany were unwilling to let Nazi war criminals go unpunished. Among them was a police investigator named Alfred Aedtner, who turned finding Heim into an overriding obsession; his quest took him across Europe and across decades, and into a close alliance with legendary Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. This is the incredible story of how Aribert Heim evaded capture, living in a working-class neighborhood of Cairo, praying in Arabic, beloved by an adopted Muslim family, while inspiring a manhunt that outlived him by many years. He became the "Eternal Nazi," a symbol of Germany's evolving attitude toward the sins of its past, which finally crested in a desire to see justice done at almost any cost" -- Provided by publisher.
The splendid things we planned : a family portrait / Blake Bailey.
cover imagePresents a darkly humorous account of growing up in a prosperous, eccentric family with an older brother whose erratic and increasingly dangerous behavior threatens them all.
The women of Duck Commander : surprising insights from the women behind the beards about what makes this family work / Kay Robertson, Korie Robertson, Missy Robertson, Jessica Robertson, and Lisa Robertson ; with Beth Clark.
cover image"Matriarch Miss Kay, Korie, Missy, Jessica, and Lisa Robertson speak out in this insightful book about their roles in the crazy Robertson family and the core values that make this family work. Fans of Duck Dynasty already know that the women behind the men with the beards know their own minds and know how and when to speak out to their men. But this insightful book will give readers a look into what goes on behind the scenes and the real character and spunk of the women who love these bearded men"-- Provided by publisher.
I can see clearly now / Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.
cover image"In this revealing and engaging book, Wayne shares dozens of events from his life, from the time he was a little boy in Detroit up to present day. In unflinching detail, he relates his vivid impressions of encountering many forks in the road, taking readers with him into these formative experiences. Yet then he views the events from his current perspective, noting what lessons he ultimately learned, as well as how he has made the resulting wisdom available to millions via his lifelong dedication to service. As a reader, you will feel as if you are right there with Wayne, perusing his personal photo album and hearing about his family, his time in the service, how he writes his best-selling books, and so much more. In the process, you'll be inspired to look back at your own life to see how everything you have experienced has led you to where you are right now. Wayne has discovered that there are no accidents. Although we may not be aware of who or what is "moving the checkers," life has a purpose, and each step of our journey has something to teach us. As he says, "I wasn't aware of all of the future implications that these early experiences were to offer me. Now, from a position of being able to see much more clearly, I know that every single encounter, every challenge, and every situation are all spectacular threads in the tapestry that represents and defines my life, and I am deeply grateful for all of it." I Can See Clearly Now is an intimate look at an amazing teacher, but it also holds the key for seekers on a personal path of enlightenment. Wayne offers up his own life as an example of how we can all recognize the hand of the Divine steering our individual courses, helping us accomplish the mission we came here to fulfill"-- Provided by publisher.