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Artificial Paradises: Baudelair's Classic Work on Opium and Wine (USED)

Artificial Paradises: Baudelair's Classic Work on Opium and Wine (USED)

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At the time of its release in 1860, Charles Baudelaire's Artificial Paradises (Les Paradis Artificiels) met with immediate praise. One of the most important French symbolists, Baudelaire led a debauched, violent, and ultimately tragic life, dying an opium addict in 1867. This book, a response to Thomas De Quincey's Confessions of an Opium Eater, serves as a memoir of Baudelaire's last years. In this beautifully wrought portrait of the effects of wine, opium, and hashish on the mind, Baudelaire captures the dreamlike visions he experienced during his narcotic trances. These hallucinations, sometimes exquisite, sometimes disturbing, and the delusions of grandeur that often accompanied them, constitute the Paradis Artificiels, the gorgeous yet false worlds of ecstasy that eventually led to his ruin. Contrasting the effects of hashish and opium with those of wine, Baudelaire concludes that "wine exalts the will, hashish destroys it" and makes idlers of all those who use it.
As Far As I Can See

As Far As I Can See

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As Far as I Can See: A Memoir began as an attempt to write about a beloved husband's last year and his battle with dementia and illness. But it soon became the life story of two people from different backgrounds who married young but made it work. Writing it helped to mitigate the sadness of loss, and perhaps it can help others with similar experiences understand and learn.
Asperger Syndrome, the Universe and Everything (USED)

Asperger Syndrome, the Universe and Everything (USED)

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Kenneth Hall was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at the age of eight. His early school years had been difficult, as although he is bright and articulate, his behaviour could be challenging and easily misread. After his diagnosis, the Local Education Board intervened and provided him with a laptop computer, to encourage him to express himself. This book is the result.

Kenneth Hall was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at the age of eight. He is in a unique position to describe some of the inner experiences and perceptions of autism in childhood. He has a warm and positive attitude to Asperger Syndrome which other children will find inspiring. Insights, struggles and joys are recounted vividly in a frank and humorous way. His book is for anyone interested in understanding more about autism, including parents, siblings, teachers and professionals.

Augustine of Hippo (USED)

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Autobiography and Other Writings (USED)

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One of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, Benjamin Franklin was a true Renaissance Man: writer, publisher, scientist, inventor, diplomat and politician. In his long life of eighty-four years, he offered advice on attaining wealth, organized public institutions, contributed to the birth of a nation, and negotiated with foreign powers to ensure its survival.

Through the words of the elder statesman himself, The Autobiography and Other Writings presents a remarkable insight into the man and his accomplishments and additional writings from Benjamin Franklin's wife and son provide a more intimate portrait of the husband and father who found himself a legend in his own time.

Autobiography of Lincoln Steffens: Volume Two (USED)

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B.S. I Love You: Sixty Funny Years With the Famous and the Infamous (USED)

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Babe Didrikson Zaharias: The Making of a Champion

Babe Didrikson Zaharias: The Making of a Champion

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"Befitting a champion."--School Library Journal, starred review

Babe Didrikson Zaharias was one of history's greatest athletes as an All-American basketball player, an Olympic gold medalist in track and field, and a championship golfer who won eighty-two amateur and professional tournaments. She was elected Woman Athlete of the Year six times, and in 1950 was named Woman Athlete of the Half Century. This insightful and well-researched biography from a Newbery medalist brings to life the woman who changed the perception of female athletes forever.

Baby Steps

Baby Steps

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In 2013, Diane Thaler was a healthy, active woman who enjoyed a successful career and a happy life with her family and friends. And then one morning while preparing to leave on vacation, without any warning, she suffered a near-fatal heart attack. That moment, and the unexpected medical complications that followed, would change her life forever.In Baby Steps, the author recounts in heartbreaking detail, the ups and downs of a personal year-long battle that took her through the dangers of open-heart surgery, the horror of two amputations, and the seemingly endless months of painful rehabilitation. And in the end, despite the incredible hardship, she attained a level of recovery and that could only be described as miraculous and inspiring.
Bagdad Without A Map and Other Misadventures in Arabia

Bagdad Without A Map and Other Misadventures in Arabia

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"A very funny and frequently insightful look at the world's most combustible region."--The New York Times Book Review

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Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Tony Horwitz's 1991 classic account of his travels across the Middle East and through the Arabian Peninsula, now in eBook for the first time.

With razor-sharp wit and insight, intrepid journalist Tony Horwitz gets beyond solemn newspaper headlines and romantic myths of the 1990s, to offer startling, honest close-ups of the Middle East. His quest for hot stories takes him from the tribal wilds of Yemen to the shell-pocked shores of Lebanon; from the sands of the Sudan to the souks of Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

Careening through fourteen countries, including the Sudan, Iraq, Israel, and Afghanistan, Horwitz travels light, packing a keen eye, a wicked sense of humor, and chutzpah in overwhelming measure. This wild and comic tale of misadventure reports on a fascinating world in which the ancient and the modern collide.