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A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction

A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction

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**A New York Times Bestseller**

Patrick J. Kennedy, the former congressman and youngest child of Senator Ted Kennedy, details his personal and political battle with mental illness and addiction, exploring mental health care's history in the country alongside his and every family's private struggles.

On May 5, 2006, the New York Times ran two stories, "Patrick Kennedy Crashes Car into Capitol Barrier" and then, several hours later, "Patrick Kennedy Says He'll Seek Help for Addiction." It was the first time that the popular Rhode Island congressman had publicly disclosed his addiction to prescription painkillers, the true extent of his struggle with bipolar disorder and his plan to immediately seek treatment. That could have been the end of his career, but instead it was the beginning.

Since then, Kennedy has become the nation's leading advocate for mental health and substance abuse care, research and policy both in and out of Congress. And ever since passing the landmark Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act--and after the death of his father, leaving Congress--he has been changing the dialogue that surrounds all brain diseases.

A Common Struggle weaves together Kennedy's private and professional narratives, echoing Kennedy's philosophy that for him, the personal is political and the political personal. Focusing on the years from his 'coming out' about suffering from bipolar disorder and addiction to the present day, the book examines Kennedy's journey toward recovery and reflects on Americans' propensity to treat mental illnesses as "family secrets."

Beyond his own story, though, Kennedy creates a roadmap for equality in the mental health community, and outlines a bold plan for the future of mental health policy. Written with award-winning healthcare journalist and best-selling author Stephen Fried, A Common Struggle is both a cry for empathy and a call to action.

A Dangerous Method (USED)

A Dangerous Method (USED)

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"First Vinage Books edition, August 1994"--T.p. verso.
A Day in My Flip-Flops

A Day in My Flip-Flops

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Flip-flops: the iconic symbol of long, carefree summer days, free of time clocks and responsibilities. That's how so many of us view the start of our marriage: two people so in love, so carefree, so expectant of all that the world has to offer. And yet what happens when our life does a complete flip-flop? When the idyllic picture in our brain is shattered by the harsh reality of how life really unfolds.

Fairy tale marriage--not quite! A Day in My Flip-Flops chronicles how a couple is challenged to honor their vows for nearly three decades. Being confronted with incidents and accidents during the years, testing whether they could remain steadfast to their "have and hold, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish" wedding vows.

This story exemplifies the promise that we are never alone. Finding solace and support in their relationship, strengthened by their faith. Read about the couple's journey; their realization and gratitude to persevere in each crisis, having the resilience that only God's intervention can provide. Join them as they anxiously await the happily-ever-after part of their story!

A Dresser of Sycamore Trees: The Finding of a Ministry (USED)

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The prophet Amos, a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore trees, had a parallel, and more challenging, calling as a shepherd of human souls. So too does Garret Keizer, an Episcopalian minister to the community of Island Pond in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. This profoundly contemporary book displays not only Keizer's knowledge of life's small practicalities (winding the church clock, shopping for groceries), but also his insights about faith and the mysterious ways of God. With an eye attuned to both the pleasures and foibles that make life on earth so rich, he presents a refreshing and often hilarious account of the hands-on work needed to maintain a parish and sustain its spirit. He is a man who believes that God's intentions, if seldom apparent, are inevitably compassionate and compelling.
A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures (USED)

A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures (USED)

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This is the witty, candid story of a daring young man who made his own way to the heights of American journalism and public life, of the great adventure that took him at only twenty years old straight from Harvard to almost four years in the shooting war in the South Pacific, and back, from a maverick New Hampshire weekly to an apprenticeship for Newsweek in postwar Paris, then to the Washington Bureau chief's desk, and finally to the apex of his career at The Washington Post. Bradlee took the helm of The Washington Post in 1965. He and his reporters transformed it into one of the most influential and respected news publications in the world, reinvented modern investigative journalism, and redefined the way news is reported, published, and read. Under his direction, the paper won eighteen Pulitzer prizes. His leadership and investigative drive following the break-in at the Democratic National Committee led to the downfall of a president, and kept every president afterward on his toes. Bradlee, backed every step of the way by the Graham family, challenged the federal government over the right to publish the Pentagon Papers - and won. His ingenuity, and the spirited reporting of Sally Quinn, now his wife, led to the creation of the Style Section, a revolutionary newspaper feature in its time, now copied by just about every paper in the country.
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (USED)

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (USED)

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"I think this book is kind of malleable. I've never really wanted to put it away and be done with it forever -- the second I first 'finished' it, I wanted to dig back in and change everything around. So I'm looking forward to getting back into the text, and straightening and focusing and deleting. Most of all, I'm thrilled that Vintage will be letting me include all the cool chase scenes, previously censored." -- Dave Eggers

The literary sensation of the year, a book that redefines both family and narrative for the twenty-first century. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is the moving memoir of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his seven-year-old brother. Here is an exhilarating debut that manages to be simultaneously hilarious and wildly inventive as well as a deeply heartfelt story of the love that holds a family together.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is an instant classic that will be read in paperback for decades to come.

PAPERBACK EDITION -- 15% MORE STAGGERING - Eggers has written 15,000 additional words for the Vintage Canada edition, including an entirely new appendix.

A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League (USED)

A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League (USED)

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The inspiring, true coming-of-age story of a ferociously determined young man who, armed only with his intellect and his willpower, fights his way out of despair.

In 1993, Cedric Jennings was a bright and ferociously determined honor student at Ballou, a high school in one of Washington D.C.'s most dangerous neighborhoods, where the dropout rate was well into double digits and just 80 students out of more than 1,350 boasted an average of B or better. At Ballou, Cedric had almost no friends. He ate lunch in a classroom most days, plowing through the extra work he asked for, knowing that he was really competing with kids from other, harder schools. Cedric Jennings's driving ambition--which was fully supported by his forceful mother--was to attend a top college.

In September 1995, after years of near superhuman dedication, he realized that ambition when he began as a freshman at Brown University. But he didn't leave his struggles behind. He found himself unprepared for college: he struggled to master classwork and fit in with the white upper-class students. Having traveled too far to turn back, Cedric was left to rely on his intelligence and his determination to maintain hope in the unseen--a future of acceptance and reward.

In this updated edition, A Hope in the Unseen chronicles Cedric's odyssey during his last two years of high school, follows him through his difficult first year at Brown, and tells the story of his subsequent successes in college and the world of work. Eye-opening, sometimes humorous, and often deeply moving, A Hope in the Unseen weaves a crucial new thread into the rich and ongoing narrative of the American experience.

A Journey Through the Life of William Wilberforce: The Abolitionist who Changed the Face of a Nation (USED)

A Journey Through the Life of William Wilberforce: The Abolitionist who Changed the Face of a Nation (USED)

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Walk the fascinating pathways and historic halls of England as you retrace the steps of legendary abolitionist and staunch Christian man of faith, William Wilberforce. This full-color, unique guide to Wilberforce s life is a great tool for anyone interested in the life of this amazing man. It includes descriptions of his work on behalf of social justice issues like slavery and the end of poverty, as well as his many achievements, portraits of him and his contemporaries, and photographs of historic sites in England. This fascinating book is great for anyone wanting to learn more about this man known as the friend of humanity. It isan excellent tool to bring history to life, taking the reader on a pictorial journey of the life of Wilberforce, from his home in Hull to the legendary chambers of Parliament in London."
A Learning Experience: A Memoir

A Learning Experience: A Memoir

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Brian Power, blessed and cursed with a prodigious memory for detail, brings you a story of victories, failures, laughter, tears, and a lifetime of learning experiences. Born just after the end of World War II, Power provides a snapshot of what it was like growing into maturity at the front edge of the Baby Boom.

Brian Power graduated with a bachelor's degree in English literature and secondary education and later earned a master's degree in international relations. He is a retired corporate consultant and trainer. He also retired from the US Marine Corps Reserve as a lieutenant colonel where he completed twenty-four years of active and reserve service. He currently lives in Rhode Island.

A Lifelong Passion (USED)

A Lifelong Passion (USED)

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Buried for 70 years in the Russian State Archive in Moscow, this collection finally tells, in their own words, the story of the great love and tumultuous lives of the last tsar and tsarina of Russia. 16-page, full-color insert, 2 photos, maps & family trees.