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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.
The Yellow House: A Memoir (2019 National Book Award Winner)
by Sarah M. Broom

Language

English

Pages

304

Publication Date

August 13, 2019

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<b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><p></p><p><b>WINNER OF THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTION</b></p><p></p><p><b>A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East.</b></p><p></p><p>In 1961, Sarah M. Broom鈥檚 mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant鈥攖he postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarah鈥檚 father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. But after Simon died, six months after Sarah鈥檚 birth, the Yellow House would become Ivory Mae鈥檚 thirteenth and most unruly child.</p> <p>A book of great ambition, Sarah M. Broom鈥檚 <i>The Yellow House</i> tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America鈥檚 most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mother鈥檚 struggle against a house's entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina. <i>The Yellow House</i> expands the map of New Orleans to include the stories of its lesser known natives, guided deftly by one of its native daughters, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. Located in the gap between the 鈥淏ig Easy鈥?of tourist guides and the New Orleans in which Broom was raised, <i>The Yellow House</i> is a brilliant memoir of place, class, race, the seeping rot of inequality, and the internalized shame that often follows. It is a transformative, deeply moving story from an unparalleled new voice of startling clarity, authority, and power.</p>
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson

Language

English

Pages

342

Publication Date

October 21, 2014

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<b><b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES聽</i>BESTSELLER 鈥⒙?lt;b>A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice鈥攆rom one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time<b>, as seen in the HBO documentary聽<i>True Justice</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淸Bryan Stevenson鈥檚] dedication to fighting for justice and equality has inspired me and many others and made a lasting impact on our country.鈥?lt;b>鈥擩ohn Legend</b><br /><br />SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX 鈥⒙燦amed One of the Best Books of the Year by <i>The New York Times 鈥?The Washington Post 鈥?The Boston Globe 鈥?The Seattle Times 鈥?Esquire 鈥?Time</i></b><br /></b></b><br /> Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn鈥檛 commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship鈥攁nd transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.<br /><br /> <i>Just Mercy </i>is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer鈥檚 coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.<br /><br /><b>Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction 鈥⒙燱inner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction 鈥?Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award 鈥?Finalist for the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> Book Prize 鈥?Finalist for the聽<i>Kirkus Reviews聽</i>Prize 鈥?An American Library Association Notable Book</b><br /><br />鈥淓very bit as moving as <i>To Kill a Mockingbird, </i>and in some ways more so . . . a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields.鈥?lt;b>鈥擠avid Cole, <i>The New York Review of Books</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淪earing, moving . . . Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be America鈥檚 Mandela.鈥?lt;b>鈥擭icholas Kristof, <i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淵ou don鈥檛 have to read too long to start cheering for this man. . . . The message of this book . . . is that evil can be overcome, a difference can be made. <i>Just Mercy</i> will make you upset and it will make you hopeful.鈥?lt;b>鈥擳ed Conover, <i>The New York Times Book Review </i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淚nspiring . . . a work of style, substance and clarity . . . Stevenson is not only a great lawyer, he鈥檚 also a gifted writer and storyteller.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淎s deeply moving, poignant and powerful a book as has been, and maybe ever can be, written about the death penalty.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he Financial Times</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淏rilliant.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he Philadelphia Inquirer</i></b>
The Survivors: A Story of War, Inheritance, and Healing
by Adam Frankel

Language

English

Pages

277

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<p><strong>A memoir of family, the Holocaust, trauma, and identity, in which Adam Frankel, a former Obama speechwriter, must come to terms with the legacy of his family鈥檚 painful past and discover who he is in the wake of a life-changing revelation about his own origins.</strong></p><p><strong>鈥?lt;em>The Survivors</em> is an astonishingly beautiful and profoundly moving book.聽 Frankel鈥檚 haunting search to unravel the mysteries of his family is so compelling that it reads like a fine novel.鈥?鈥揇oris Kearns Goodwin</strong></p><p>Adam Frankel鈥檚 maternal grandparents survived the Holocaust and built new lives, with new names, in Connecticut. Though they tried to leave the horrors of their past behind, the pain they suffered crossed generational lines鈥攁 fact most apparent in the mental health of Adam鈥檚 mother. When Adam sat down with her to examine their family history in detail, he learned another shocking secret, this time one that unraveled Adam鈥檚 entire understanding of who he is. </p><p>In the midst of piecing together a story of inherited familial trauma, Adam discovered he was only half of who he thought he was, knowledge that raised essential questions of identity. Who was he, if not his father鈥檚 son? If not part of a rich heritage of writers and public servants? Does it matter? What defines a family鈥檚 bonds? What will he pass on to his own children? To rewrite his story in truth and to build a life for his own young family, Adam had to navigate his pain to find answers and a way forward.</p><p>Throughout this journey into the past, his family鈥檚 psyche, and his own understanding of identity, Adam comes to realize that while the nature of our families鈥?traumas may vary, each of us is faced with the same choice. We can turn away from what we鈥檝e inherited鈥攐r, we can confront it, in the hopes of moving on and stopping that trauma from inflicting pain on future generations. The stories Adam shares with us in <em>The聽Survivors</em> are about the ways the past can haunt our future, the resilience that can be found on the other side of trauma, and the good that can come from things that are unspeakably bad. <strong></strong></p>
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of...
by S. C. Gwynne

Language

English

Pages

396

Publication Date

May 05, 2010

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<b>Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize</b><br /> This stunning historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West was a major <i>New York Times</i> bestseller.<br /><br />In the tradition of <i>Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, </i>a stunningly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West, centering on Quanah, the greatest Comanche chief of them all.<br /> <br /> S. C. Gwynne鈥檚 <i>Empire of the Summer Moon</i><b> </b>spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.<br /> <br /> Although readers may be more familiar with the tribal names Apache and Sioux, it was in fact the legendary fighting ability of the Comanches that determined just how and when the American West opened up. Comanche boys became adept bareback riders by age six; full Comanche braves were considered the best horsemen who ever rode. They were so masterful at war and so skillful with their arrows and lances that they stopped the northern drive of colonial Spain from Mexico and halted the French expansion westward from Louisiana. White settlers arriving in Texas from the eastern United States were surprised to find the frontier being rolled <i>backward </i>by Comanches incensed by the invasion of their tribal lands. So effective were the Comanches that they forced the creation of the Texas Rangers and account for the advent of the new weapon specifically designed to fight them: the six-gun.<br /> <br /> The war with the Comanches lasted four decades, in effect holding up the development of the new American nation. Gwynne鈥檚 exhilarating account delivers a sweeping narrative that encompasses Spanish colonialism, the Civil War, the destruction of the buffalo herds, and the arrival of the railroads鈥攁 historical feast for anyone interested in how the United States came into being.<br /> <br /> Against this backdrop Gwynne presents the compelling drama of Cynthia Ann Parker, a lovely nine-year-old girl with cornflower-blue eyes who was kidnapped by Comanches from the far Texas frontier in 1836. She grew to love her captors and became infamous as the 鈥淲hite Squaw鈥?who refused to return until her tragic capture by Texas Rangers in 1860. More famous still was her son Quanah, a warrior who was never defeated and whose guerrilla wars in the Texas Panhandle made him a legend.<br /> <br /> S. C. Gwynne鈥檚 account of these events is meticulously researched, intellectually provocative, and, above all, thrillingly told. <i>Empire of the Summer Moon </i>announces him as a major new writer of American history.
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
by Dani Shapiro

Language

English

Pages

250

Publication Date

January 15, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER聽<br /><br />鈥淎 gripping genetic detective story, and a meditation on the meaning of parenthood and family.鈥?鈥擩ennifer Egan, author of聽<i>Manhattan Beach</i>聽</b><br /> <b><i>聽</i></b><br /> <b>From the acclaimed, best-selling memoirist, novelist鈥斺€渁 writer of rare talent鈥?(Cheryl Strayed)鈥?and <b>聽host of the hit podcast聽<i>Family Secrets, </i>comes聽</b>a memoir about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test: an exploration of the urgent ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments and DNA testing, and a profound inquiry of paternity, identity, and love.</b><br /><br />What makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us?<br /> 聽聽聽聽 In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history--the life she had lived--crumbled beneath her.<br /> <i>Inheritance聽</i>is a book about secrets--secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman's urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history. It is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in--a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.
Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, ...
by Steve Inskeep

Language

English

Pages

422

Publication Date

May 19, 2015

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<p><i>Jacksonland </i>is the thrilling narrative history of two men鈥擯resident Andrew Jackson and Cherokee chief John Ross鈥攚ho led their respective nations at a crossroads of American history.聽Five decades after the Revolutionary War, the United States approached a constitutional crisis. At its center stood two former military comrades locked in a struggle that tested the boundaries of our fledgling democracy. <i>Jacksonland</i> is their story.聽<br /><br />One man we recognize: Andrew Jackson鈥攚ar hero, populist, and exemplar of the expanding South鈥攚hose first major initiative as president instigated the massive expulsion of Native Americans known as the Trail of Tears. The other is a half-forgotten figure: John Ross鈥攁 mixed-race Cherokee politician and diplomat鈥攚ho used the United States鈥?own legal system and democratic ideals to oppose Jackson.聽Representing one of the Five Civilized Tribes who had adopted the ways of white settlers鈥攃ultivating farms, publishing a newspaper in their own language, and sending children to school鈥擱oss championed the tribes鈥?cause all the way to the Supreme Court. He gained allies like Senator Henry Clay, Chief Justice John Marshall, and even Davy Crockett. In a fight that seems at once distant and familiar, Ross and his allies made their case in the media, committed聽civil disobedience, and benefited from the first mass political action by American women. Their struggle contained ominous overtures of later events like the Civil War and set the pattern for modern-day politics.聽<br /><br />At stake in this struggle was the <i>land </i>of the Five Civilized Tribes. In shocking detail, <i>Jacksonland聽</i>reveals how Jackson, as a general, extracted immense wealth from his own armies鈥?conquest of native lands. Later, as president, Jackson set in motion the seizure of tens of millions of acres鈥斺€淛acksonland鈥濃€攊n today鈥檚 Deep South.聽<br /><br /><i>Jacksonland</i> is the work of renowned journalist Steve Inskeep, cohost of NPR鈥檚 <i>Morning Edition</i>, who offers here a heart-stopping narrative masterpiece, a tragedy of American history that feels ripped from the headlines in its immediacy, drama, and relevance to our lives.聽<br /><br />Harrowing, inspiring, and deeply moving, Inskeep鈥檚 <i>Jacksonland</i> is the story of America at a moment of transition, when the fate of states and nations was decided by the actions of two heroic yet tragically opposed men.聽<br /><br /><b><u>CANDICE MILLARD, author of <i>Destiny of the Republic </i>and <i>The River of Doubt</i></u></b><br /><b>鈥淚nskeep tells this, one of the most tragic聽and transformative stories in American聽history, in swift, confident, colorful strokes.聽So well, and so intimately, does he know his聽subject that the reader comes away feeling as聽if Jackson and Ross鈥檚 epic struggle for the future of their nations took place yesterday rather than nearly two hundred years ago.鈥澛?lt;/b></p>
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Language

English

Pages

155

Publication Date

July 14, 2015

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<b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES聽</i>BESTSELLER 鈥⒙燦ATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER 鈥?NAMED ONE OF聽<i>TIME</i>鈥橲 TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE 鈥⒙燩ULITZER PRIZE FINALIST 鈥?NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST</b><br /><b>聽</b><br /><b>Hailed by Toni Morrison as 鈥渞equired reading,鈥?a bold and personal literary exploration of America鈥檚 racial history by聽鈥渢he most important essayist in a generation and a writer who changed the national political conversation about race鈥?(<i>Rolling Stone</i>)</b><br /><b>聽</b><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF <i>PASTE</i><b>鈥?lt;/b>S BEST MEMOIRS OF THE DECADE 鈥?NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY聽<i>The New York Times Book Review 鈥?O: The Oprah Magazine 鈥?The Washington Post 鈥?People 鈥⒙燛ntertainment Weekly 鈥⒙燰ogue 鈥⒙燣os Angeles Times 鈥?San Francisco Chronicle 鈥?Chicago Tribune 鈥?New York 鈥?Newsday 鈥⒙燣ibrary Journal 鈥?Publishers Weekly</i></b><br />聽<br />In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation鈥檚 history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of 鈥渞ace,鈥?a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men鈥攂odies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?<br /><br /><i>Between the World and Me聽</i>is Ta-Nehisi Coates鈥檚 attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son鈥攁nd readers鈥攖he story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children鈥檚 lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage,聽<i>Between the World and Me聽</i>clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.
Lalechka: A WW2 Jewish Girl's Holocaust Survival True Story (Worl...
by Amira Keidar

Language

English

Pages

261

Publication Date

November 12, 2019

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<b>A little girl is smuggled out of a Ghetto. Two courageous women. And an inspirational story of survival</b><p>It is 1941, the height of World War II, and in a Polish ghetto, a baby girl named Rachel is born. Her parents, Jacob and Zippa, are willing to do anything to keep her alive. They nickname her Lalechka.</p><p>Just before Lalechka鈥檚 first birthday, the Nazis begin to murder everyone in the ghetto. Her mother discovers a hideaway in the attic where other Jews are hiding. <br />The father, serving as Jewish policeman in the ghetto, understands that staying in the attic will mean a certain death for his wife and child.</p><p>In a desperate but hope-filled move, Lalechka鈥檚 parents decide to save their daughter no matter what the price.</p><p>Jacob smuggle them outside the boundaries of the ghetto where Zippa meets Polish friends, Irena and Sophia. She gives her beloved Lalechka to them and returns to the ghetto to be with her husband and parents 鈥?unaware of the fate that awaits her.</p><p>Irena and Sophia take on the burden of caring for Lalechka during the war, pretending that she is part of their family despite the danger of being discovered and executed.</p><p>Lalechka is based on the unique journal written by the young mother during the annihilation of the ghetto, as well as on interviews with key figures in the story, rare documents and authentic letters.</p><br />
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row (Op...
by , Lara Love Hardin

Language

English

Pages

359

Publication Date

March 27, 2018

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<strong>OPRAH鈥橲 BOOK CLUB SUMMER 2018 SELECTION<br /></strong><br /><strong>A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit.<br /> </strong><br /><strong><br />鈥淎n amazing and heartwarming story, it restores our faith in the inherent goodness of humanity.鈥?lt;br /> - Archbishop Desmond Tutu<br /></strong><br /> In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.<br /><br />But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence鈥攆ull of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty-seven years he was a beacon鈥攖ransforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, fifty-four of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of <em>Just Mercy,</em> Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015.<br /><br />With a foreword by Stevenson, <em>The Sun Does Shine</em> is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton鈥檚 memoir tells his dramatic thirty-year journey and shows how you can take away a man鈥檚 freedom, but you can鈥檛 take away his imagination, humor, or joy.

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