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A Man Named Dave (USED)

A Man Named Dave (USED)

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A Man Named Dave, which has sold over 1 million copies, is the gripping conclusion to Dave Pelzer's inspirational and New York Times bestselling trilogy of memoirs that began with A Child Called "It" and The Lost Boy.

"All those years you tried your best to break me, and I'm still here. One day you'll see, I'm going to make something of myself." These words were Dave Pelzer's declaration of independence to his mother, and they represented the ultimate act of self-reliance. Dave's father never intervened as his mother abused him with shocking brutality, denying him food and clothing, torturing him in any way she could imagine. This was the woman who told her son she could kill him any time she wanted to--and nearly did.

The more than two million readers of Pelzer's New York Times and international bestselling memoirs A Child Called "It" and The Lost Boy know that he lived to tell his courageous story. With stunning generosity of spirit, Dave Pelzer invites readers on his journey to discover how he turned shame into pride and rejection into acceptance.

A Man Wearing A Dress

A Man Wearing A Dress

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This is the story of one man who starts to question his gender identity in his middle age. Along the way, he reflects on today's world of rapid and profound change, why we're enduring stressful times, and where he thinks we're headed (hint: he's an optimist, and tells you why!). Finally, he suggests that we heal the damage caused by sexism and racism by abandoning blame and instead working toward mutual understanding, support, and love. The book consists of a series of short essays, poetry, and a few illustrations. The author's writing style is direct, personal, vulnerable, and yet with a sense of humor.

A Promised Land

A Promised Land

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A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making--from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NAACP IMAGE AWARD NOMINEE - NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post - Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times - NPR - The Guardian - Marie Claire

In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency--a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation's highest office.

Reflecting on the presidency, he offers a unique and thoughtful exploration of both the awesome reach and the limits of presidential power, as well as singular insights into the dynamics of U.S. partisan politics and international diplomacy. Obama brings readers inside the Oval Office and the White House Situation Room, and to Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, and points beyond. We are privy to his thoughts as he assembles his cabinet, wrestles with a global financial crisis, takes the measure of Vladimir Putin, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to secure passage of the Affordable Care Act, clashes with generals about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout, and authorizes Operation Neptune's Spear, which leads to the death of Osama bin Laden.

A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective--the story of one man's bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of "hope and change," and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making. He is frank about the forces that opposed him at home and abroad, open about how living in the White House affected his wife and daughters, and unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment. Yet he never wavers from his belief that inside the great, ongoing American experiment, progress is always possible.

This beautifully written and powerful book captures Barack Obama's conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day.

A Royal Crowning Achievement

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A Simple Christmas

A Simple Christmas

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"The New York Times" bestseller by the former governor and presidential candidate-an instant classic, reissued for 2010.
Christmas has become synonymous with shopping, overindulging, and stress. But according to Mike Huckabee, that was never God's intention. Going back to the Nativity, Christmas is supposed to be about simple things: faith, love, family, and hope. The hard part, in today's crazy world, is remembering that those simple things are the most precious.
Huckabee recounts twelve Christmas memories that range from his childhood in Arkansas to his years as a young husband and father to his time as a governor and then a presidential candidate. These true stories will help you smile, take a deep breath, and maybe slow down your own holiday treadmill.
For instance, as kids, Mike and his sister would sneak open their gifts before Christmas, play with them, then rewrap them so their parents wouldn't notice. The plan worked great until one Christmas when young Mike unwrapped a brand-new football...that was covered in mud. That led to a powerful lesson about patience and a reminder that the best Christmases are the simple ones.
A Woman's Education; The Road from Coorain Leads to Smith College (USED)

A Woman's Education; The Road from Coorain Leads to Smith College (USED)

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The acclaimed author of the bestselling "The Road from Coorain" and "True North" offers the third book in her remarkable continuing memoir describing the pleasures, the challenges, and the constant surprises of her years as the first woman president of Smith College.
Abraham Lincoln: An Illustrated Biography

Abraham Lincoln: An Illustrated Biography

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The sixteenth president of the United States is regarded by many as the most courageous and diplomatic president during one of the most difficult times in American history. He was forced to deal with the secession of the southern states, the operations of the American Civil War and the antagonisms of political enemies in the North. Such a traumatic and momentous time called for a great leader, and Abraham Lincoln was the man to answer the challenge of a nation.

With less than a year of formal schooling, he rose above the hardscrabble childhood on the frontier through a debt-ridden early career as a circuit-riding country lawyer and minor politician, to national eminence and achievement. A sensitive man, prone to bouts of depression, Abraham Lincoln would provide crucial leadership to a country torn by Civil War. Although the price would be high, Lincoln saw that the United States must again become 'one nation indivisible.'

Over 125 rare photographs and prints supplement this riveting biography, revealing the life of this enigmatic fi gure. The Illustrated Biography of Abraham Lincoln is also a history of the United States during its most critical period, and a pictorial testament to the nation and the one man who held the nation together, a man described by Walt Whitman as 'the grandest fi gure on the crowded canvas of the drama of the nineteenth century.'

Accidentally On Purpose (USED)

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With wit and candor, international star of film and theater Michael York explores his chosen craft and the worlds it has opened up for him. This generation's best-loved classically trained actording The Three Musketeers, Romeo and Juliet, and Cabaret. 16 pages of photographs.
Across a Bridge of Fire (USED)

Across a Bridge of Fire (USED)

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"Across a Bridge of Fire takes us into the most difficult circumstances and still finds a way forward, all the while questioning what it means to be human." -Pamela Yates, Sundance Special Jury Prize-winning documentary film director and human rights activist

Across a Bridge of Fire is the stunning story of the author's catastrophic childhood injury, teenage restlessness, and ultimate journey to helping the refugees and displaced survivors of the Cambodian genocide in the wake of the Vietnam War.

At the age of ten, Scott Allen suffered a life-changing burn that landed him in the hospital for months-and changed his life forever. His time spent among the critically injured nurtured within him a deep unease and well of compassion-that shook him from his suburban teenage home and landed him in the heart of the Cambodian refugee crisis of the early 1980s.

His detailed and emotional recounting of the survival stories of the refugees, deep relationships formed with the residents of the camps, and his fellow relief workers would leave an indelible mark on his life and shape a life dedicated to service.

Across a Bridge of Fire: An American Teen's Odysse from the Burn Ward to the Edge of the Cambodian Killing Fields

Across a Bridge of Fire: An American Teen's Odysse from the Burn Ward to the Edge of the Cambodian Killing Fields

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"Across a Bridge of Fire takes us into the most difficult circumstances and still finds a way forward, all the while questioning what it means to be human." -Pamela Yates, Sundance Special Jury Prize-Winning Documentary Film Director and Human Rights Activist

Across a Bridge of Fire is the stunning story of the author's catastrophic childhood injury, teenage restlessness, and ultimate journey to helping the refugees and displaced survivors of the Cambodian genocide in the wake of the Vietnam War.

At the age of ten, Scott Allen suffered a life-changing burn that landed him in the hospital for months-and changed his life forever. His time spent among the critically injured nurtured within him a deep unease and well of compassion-that shook him from his suburban teenage home and landed him in the heart of the Cambodian refugee crisis of the early 1980s.

His detailed and emotional recounting of the survival stories of the refugees, deep relationships formed with the residents of the camps, and his fellow relief workers would leave an indelible mark on his life and shape a life dedicated to service.