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1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER For readers of Atul Gawande Andrew Solomon and Anne Lamott a profoundly moving exquisitely observed memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living At the age of thirty-six on the verge of completing a decade s worth of training as a neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer One day he was a doctor treating the dying and the next he was a patient struggling to live And just like that the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi s transformation from a na ve medical student possessed as he wrote by the question of what given that all organisms die makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain the most critical place for human identity and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality What makes life worth living in the face of death What do you do when the future no longer a ladder toward your goals in life flattens out into a perpetual present What does it mean to have a child to nurture a new life as another fades away These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles... with in this profoundly moving exquisitely observed memoir Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015 while working on this book yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality in a sense had changed nothing and everything he wrote Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head I can t go on I ll go on When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient from a brilliant writer who became both Praise for When Breath Becomes Air I guarantee that finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option Part of this book s tremendous impact comes from the obvious fact that its author was such a brilliant polymath And part comes from the way he conveys what happened to him passionately working and striving deferring gratification waiting to live learning to die so well None of it is maudlin Nothing is exaggerated As he wrote to a friend It s just tragic enough and just imaginable enough And just important enough to be unmissable Janet Maslin The New York Times An emotional investment well worth making a moving and thoughtful memoir of family medicine and literature It is despite its grim undertone accidentally inspiring The Washington Post Possesses the gravity and wisdom of an ancient Greek tragedy Kalanithi delivers his chronicle in austere beautiful prose The book brims with insightful reflections on mortality that are especially poignant coming from a trained physician familiar with what lies ahead The Boston Globe Devastating and spectacular Kalanithi is so likeable so relatable and so humble that you become immersed in his world and forget where it s all heading USA Today It s Kalanithi s unsentimental approach that makes When Breath Becomes Air so original and so devastating Its only fault is that the book like his life ends much too early Entertainment Weekly When Breath Becomes Air split my head open with its beauty Cheryl Strayedmore
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review The Washington Post People Entertainment Weekly Vogue Los Angeles Times San Francisco Chronicle Chicago Tribune Newsday Vulture Library Journal Publishers WeeklyHailed by Toni Morrison as required reading a bold and personal literary exploration of America s racial history by the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States The New York Observer This is your country this is your world this is your body and you must find some way to live within the all of it 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 s history and current crisis Americans have built an empire on the idea of race a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men bodies 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 Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son Coates shares with his son and readers the 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 s lives were taken as American plunder Beautifully woven from personal narrative reimagined history and fresh emotionally charged reportage Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past bracingly confronts our present and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward Praise for Between the World and Me Powerful and passionate profoundly moving a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today Michiko Kakutani The New York Times Brilliant a mature writer entirely consumed by a momentous subject and working at the extreme of his considerable powers at the very moment national events most conform to his vision The Washington Post I ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates The language of Between the World and Me like Coates s journey is visceral eloquent and beautifully redemptive As profound as it is revelatory Toni Morrison Coates has distilled four hundred years of history and his own anguish and wisdom into a prayer for his beloved son and an invocation to the conscience of his country An instant classic and a gift to us all Isabel Wilkerson author of The Warmth of Other Suns I know that this book is addressed to the author s son and by obvious analogy to all boys and young men of color as they pass inexorably into harm s way I hope that I will be forgiven then for feeling that Coates was speaking to me too one father to another Michael Chabonmore
A New York Times Bestseller and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton the Founding Father who galvanized inspired scandalized and shaped the newborn nation In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape inspire and scandalize the newborn America According to historian Joseph Ellis Alexander Hamilton is a robust full-length portrait in my view the best ever written of the most brilliant charismatic and dangerous founder of them all Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton Chernow s biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today s America is the result of Hamilton s countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time To repudiate his legacy Chernow writes is in many ways to repudiate the modern world Chernow here recounts Hamilton s turbulent life an illegitimate largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean he came out of nowhere to... take America by storm rising to become George Washington s aide-de-camp in the Continental Army coauthoring The Federalist Papers founding the Bank of New York leading the Federalist Party and becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United States Historians have long told the story of America s birth as the triumph of Jefferson s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton Chernow presents an entirely different man whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power His is a Hamilton far more human than we ve encountered before from his shame about his birth to his fiery aspirations from his intimate relationships with childhood friends to his titanic feuds with Jefferson Madison Adams Monroe and Burr and from his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds to his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza And never before has there been a more vivid account of Hamilton s famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804 Chernow s biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton but the story of America s birth seen through its most central figure At a critical time to look back to our roots Alexander Hamilton will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as Americans Nobody has captured Hamilton better than Chernow The New York Times Book Review more
The star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey and three-time New York Times bestselling author offers a behind-the-scenes look at life in prison her marriage her rise to fame the importance of her family and the reality TV franchise that made her a household name in her explosive and ultimately uplifting first-ever memoir People think they know everything about me but they don t Not even close Teresa Giudice star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey has seen it all but nothing not even Real Housewives scandals could compare to the media firestorm that ensued after she was convicted on federal fraud charges The infamous fun-loving Jersey mom of four was sentenced to fifteen months in the same prison where Piper Kerman the real-life inspiration behind Orange Is the New Black did her time Her tiny prison cubicle in Connecticut felt so far removed from the glamorous world portrayed on The Real Housewives of New Jersey What was a skinny Italian to do Keep a diary of course In her very first tell-all memoir Teresa comes clean on all things Giudice growing up as an Italian-American meeting the love of her life and starting a family dealing with chaos and catfights on national television and eventually coming to terms with the reality of... life in prison Featuring never-before-seen scans of her prison diary Turning the Tables captures some of the most memorable moments of her prison stay including the cringe-inducing fistfights she witnessed the awkward conundrum of being trapped when a fellow inmate had a guest over and the strength she found while confined between four concrete walls Even at her lowest of lows Teresa was able to live la bella vita by staying positive and realizing her purpose Friends foes and fans have speculated about Teresa s prison experience but nothing will prepare you for the revelations she makes in this entertaining and heartwarming memoir The world will see a new Teresa A different Teresa Well actually the Teresa I always was more
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTUREThe harrowing true account from the brave men on the ground who fought back during the Battle of Benghazi 13 HOURS presents for the first time ever the true account of the events of September 11 2012 when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi Libya A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there Those men went beyond the call of duty performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism to avert tragedy on a much larger scale This is their personal account never before told of what happened during the thirteen hours of that now-infamous attack 13 HOURS sets the record straight on what happened during a night that has been shrouded in mystery and controversy Written by New York Times bestselling author Mitchell Zuckoff this riveting book takes readers into the action-packed story of heroes who laid their lives on the line for one another for their countrymen and for their country 13 HOURS is a stunning eye-opening and intense book--but most importantly it is the truth The story of what happened to these men--and what they accomplished--is unforgettable
Another blockbuster Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates reads like an edge-of-your-seat page-turning thriller You will love this book and also wonder why so few people know this story No one captures the danger intrigue and drama of the American Revolution and its aftermath like Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger Brad ThorThis is the little-known story of how a newly indepen dent nation was challenged by four Muslim powers and what happened when America s third president decided to stand up to intimidation When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801 America faced a crisis The new nation was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly but its merchant ships were under attack Pirates from North Africa s Barbary coast routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new coun try could afford Over the previous fifteen years as a diplomat and then as secretary of state Jefferson had tried to work with the Barbary states Tripoli Tunis Algiers and Morocco Unfortunately he found it impossible to negotiate with people who believed their religion jus tified the plunder and enslavement of non-Muslims These rogue states would show no mercy at least not while... easy money could be made by extorting the Western powers So President Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy He sent the U S Navy s new warships and a detachment of Marines to blockade Tripoli launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America s journey toward future superpower status As they did in their previous bestseller George Washington s Secret Six Kilmeade and Yaeger have transformed a nearly forgotten slice of history into a dramatic story that will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next Among the many sus penseful episodes Lieutenant Andrew Sterett s ferocious cannon battle on the high seas against the treacherous pirate ship Tripoli Lieutenant Stephen Decatur s daring night raid of an enemy harbor with the aim of destroying an American ship that had fallen into the pirates hands General William Eaton s unprecedented five-hundred-mile land march from Egypt to the port of Derne where the Marines launched a surprise attack and an American flag was raised in victory on foreign soil for the first time Few today remember these men and other heroes who inspired the Marine Corps hymn From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli we fight our country s battles in the air on land and sea Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates recaptures this forgot ten war that changed American history with a real-life drama of intrigue bravery and battle on the high seas more
1 New York Times bestseller Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly Wilbur and Orville Wright On a winter day in 1903 in the Outer Banks of North Carolina two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened the age of flight had begun with the first heavier-than-air powered machine carrying a pilot Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did David McCullough two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize tells the surprising profoundly American story of Wilbur and Orville Wright Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success they were men of exceptional courage and determination and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity much of which they attributed to their upbringing The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing but there were books aplenty supplied mainly by their preacher father and they never stopped reading When they worked together no problem seemed to be insurmountable Wilbur was unquestionably a genius Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as... few had ever seen That they had no more than a public high school education little money and no contacts in high places never stopped them in their mission to take to the air Nothing did not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances they risked being killed In this thrilling book master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers including private diaries notebooks scrapbooks and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers story including the little-known contributions of their sister Katharine without whom things might well have gone differently for them more
From the bestselling team of Bill O Reilly and Martin Dugard comes Killing Reagan a page-turning epic account of the career of President Ronald Reagan that tells the vivid story of his rise to power -- and the forces of evil that conspired to bring him down Just two months into his presidency Ronald Reagan lay near death after a gunman s bullet came within inches of his heart His recovery was nothing short of remarkable -- or so it seemed But Reagan was grievously injured forcing him to encounter a challenge that few men ever face Could he silently overcome his traumatic experience while at the same time carrying out the duties of the most powerful man in the world Told in the same riveting fashion as Killing Lincoln Killing Kennedy Killing Jesus and Killing Patton Killing Reagan reaches back to the golden days of Hollywood where Reagan found both fame and heartbreak up through the years in the California governor s mansion and finally to the White House where he presided over boom years and the fall of the Iron Curtain But it was John Hinckley Jr s attack on him that precipitated President Reagan s most heroic actions In Killing Reagan O Reilly and Dugard take readers behind the scenes creating an unforgettable portrait of a... great man operating in violent times more
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In this poignant hilarious and deeply intimate call to arms Hollywood s most powerful woman the mega-talented creator of Grey s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder reveals how saying YES changed her life and how it can change yours too She s the creator and producer of some of the most groundbreaking and audacious shows on television today Grey s Anatomy Scandal How to Get Away with Murder Her iconic characters Meredith Grey Cristina Yang Olivia Pope Annalise Keating live boldly and speak their minds So who would suspect that Shonda Rhimes the mega talent who owns Thursday night television TGIT is an introvert That she hired a publicist so she could avoid public appearances That she hugged walls at splashy parties and suffered panic attacks before media interviews so severe she remembered nothing afterward Before her Year of Yes Shonda Rhimes was an expert at declining invitations others would leap to accept With three children at home and three hit television shows on TV it was easy to say that she was simply too busy But in truth she was also afraid Afraid of cocktail party faux pas like chucking a chicken bone across a room petrified of live television... appearances where Shonda Rhimes could trip and fall and bleed out right there in front of a live studio audience terrified of the difficult conversations that came so easily to her characters on-screen In the before Shonda s introvert life revolved around burying herself in work snuggling her children and comforting herself with food And then on Thanksgiving 2013 Shonda s sister muttered something that was both a wake up and a call to arms You never say yes to anything The comment sat like a grenade until it detonated Then Shonda the youngest of six children from a supremely competitive family knew she had to embrace the challenge for one year she would say YES to everything that scared her This poignant intimate and hilarious memoir explores Shonda s life before her Year of Yes from her nerdy book-loving childhood creating imaginary friends to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her like Cristina Yang whose ultimate goal wasn t marriage and Cyrus Beene who is a Republican and gay And it chronicles her life after her Year of Yes had begun when Shonda forced herself out of the house and onto the stage appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live and giving the Dartmouth Commencement speech when she learned to say yes to her health yes to play and she stepped out of the shadows and into the sun when she learned to explore empower applaud and love her truest self Yes This wildly candid and compulsively readable book reveals how the mega talented Shonda Rhimes an unexpected introvert achieved badassery worthy of a Shondaland character And how you can too more
Presidential candidate and former host of The Apprentice Donald J Trump reveals the business secrets that have made him America s foremost deal maker I like thinking big I always have To me it s very simple If you re going to be thinking anyway you might as well think big Donald J Trump Here is Trump in action how he runs his business and how he runs his life as he meets the people he needs to meet chats with family and friends clashes with enemies and changes the face of the New York City skyline But even a maverick plays by rules and Trump has formulated eleven guidelines for success He isolates the common elements in his greatest deals he shatters myths he names names spells out the zeros and fully reveals the deal-maker s art And throughout Trump talks really talks about how he does it Trump The Art of the Deal is an unguarded look at the mind of a brilliant entrepreneur and an unprecedented education in the practice of deal-making It s the most streetwise business book there is and the ultimate read for anyone interested in achieving money and success and knowing the man behind the spotlight Praise for Trump The Art of the Deal Trump makes one believe for a moment in the American dream again The New York Times Donald Trump... is a deal maker He is a deal maker the way lions are carnivores and water is wet Chicago Tribune Fascinating wholly absorbing conveys Trump s larger-than-life demeanor so vibrantly that the reader s attention is instantly and fully claimed Boston Herald A chatty generous chutzpa-filled autobiography New York PostFrom the Hardcover edition more