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From her years as a presidential press secretary to her debates with colleagues on Fox News The Five Dana Perino reveals the lessons she s learned that have guided her through life including stories from behind the scenes at the White House with President George W Bush that the cameras never captured Thoughtful inspiring and often surprising AND THE GOOD NEWS IS traces Dana s unlikely journey through politics the White House and television She has an uncanny ability for knowing what to say and how best to say it A recurring theme in AND THE GOOD NEWS IS is that planning has never worked for Dana every time she has made a plan something unexpected-and often better-has happened AND THE GOOD NEWS IS blends a candid self-portrait with advice for allowing one s very best personality traits to shine through emphasizing that dignity and civility are choices we make for ourselves
A remarkable history with elements of both In the President s Secret Service and The Butler The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House from the Kennedys to the Obamas America s First Families are unknowable in many ways No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day Full of stories and details by turns dramatic humorous and heartwarming The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids butlers cooks florists doormen engineers and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family These dedicated professionals maintain the six-floor mansion s 132 rooms 35 bathrooms 28 fireplaces three elevators and eight staircases and prepare everything from hors d oeuvres for intimate gatherings to meals served at elaborate state dinners Over the course of the day they gather in the lower level s basement kitchen to share stories trade secrets forge lifelong friendships and sometimes even fall in love Combining incredible first-person anecdotes from extensive interviews with scores of White House staff members many speaking for the first time with archival research Kate... Andersen Brower tells their story She reveals the intimacy between the First Family and the people who serve them as well as tension that has shaken the staff over the decades From the housekeeper and engineer who fell in love while serving President Reagan to Jackie Kennedy s private moment of grief with a beloved staffer after her husband s assassination to the tumultuous days surrounding President Nixon s resignation and President Clinton s impeachment battle The Residence is full of surprising and moving details that illuminate day-to-day life at the White House more
From Academy Award winning producer Brian Grazer and acclaimed business journalist Charles Fishman comes the New York Times bestselling brilliantly entertaining peek into the weekly curiosity conversations that have inspired Grazer to create some of America s favorite and iconic movies and television shows from 24 to A Beautiful Mind For decades film and TV producer Brian Grazer has scheduled a weekly curiosity conversation with an accomplished stranger From scientists to spies and adventurers to business leaders Grazer has met with anyone willing to answer his questions for a few hours These informal discussions sparked the creative inspiration behind many of Grazer s movies and TV shows including Splash 24 A Beautiful Mind Apollo 13 Arrested Development 8 Mile J Edgar Empire and many others A Curious Mind is a brilliantly entertaining fascinating and inspiring homage to the power of inquisitiveness and the ways in which it deepens and improves us Whether you re looking to improve your management style at work or you want to become a better romantic partner this book and its lessons on the power of curiosity can change your life
From bestselling author Jon Krakauer a stark powerful meticulously reported narrative about a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana stories that illuminate the human drama behind the national plague of campus rape Missoula Montana is a typical college town with a highly regarded state university bucolic surroundings a lively social scene and an excellent football team the Grizzlies with a rabid fan base The Department of Justice investigated 350 sexual assaults reported to the Missoula police between January 2008 and May 2012 Few of these assaults were properly handled by either the university or local authorities In this Missoula is also typical A DOJ report released in December of 2014 estimates 110 000 women between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four are raped each year Krakauer s devastating narrative of what happened in Missoula makes clear why rape is so prevalent on American campuses and why rape victims are so reluctant to report assault Acquaintance rape is a crime like no other Unlike burglary or embezzlement or any other felony the victim often comes under more suspicion than the alleged perpetrator This is especially true if the victim is sexually active if she had been drinking prior to the assault... and if the man she accuses plays on a popular sports team The vanishingly small but highly publicized incidents of false accusations are often used to dismiss her claims in the press If the case goes to trial the woman s entire personal life becomes fair game for defense attorneys This brutal reality goes a long way towards explaining why acquaintance rape is the most underreported crime in America In addition to physical trauma its victims often suffer devastating psychological damage that leads to feelings of shame emotional paralysis and stigmatization PTSD rates for rape victims are estimated to be 50 higher than soldiers returning from war In Missoula Krakauer chronicles the searing experiences of several women in Missoula the nights when they were raped their fear and self-doubt in the aftermath the way they were treated by the police prosecutors defense attorneys the public vilification and private anguish their bravery in pushing forward and what it cost them Some of them went to the police Some declined to go to the police or to press charges but sought redress from the university which has its own non-criminal judicial process when a student is accused of rape In two cases the police agreed to press charges and the district attorney agreed to prosecute One case led to a conviction one to an acquittal Those women courageous enough to press charges or to speak publicly about their experiences were attacked in the media on Grizzly football fan sites and or to their faces The university expelled three of the accused rapists but one was reinstated by state officials in a secret proceeding One district attorney testified for an alleged rapist at his university hearing She later left the prosecutor s office and successfully defended the Grizzlies star quarterback in his rape trial The horror of being raped in each woman s case was magnified by the mechanics of the justice system and the reaction of the community Krakauer s dispassionate carefully documented account of what these women endured cuts through the abstract ideological debate about campus rape College-age women are not raped because they are promiscuous or drunk or send mixed signals or feel guilty about casual sex or seek attention They are the victims of a terrible crime and deserving of compassion from society and fairness from a justice system that is clearly broken more
Follow the real Laura Ingalls and her family as they make their way west and discover that truth is as remarkable as fiction Hidden away since the 1930s Laura Ingalls Wilder s never-before-published autobiography reveals the true stories of her pioneering life Some of her experiences will be familiar some will be a surprise Pioneer Girl re-introduces readers to the woman who defined the pioneer experience for millions of people around the world Through her recollections Wilder details the Ingalls family s journey from Kansas Missouri Wisconsin Minnesota Iowa back to Minnesota and on to Dakota Territory sixteen years of travels unforgettable stories and the everyday people who became immortal through her fiction Using additional manuscripts diaries and letters Pioneer Girl The Annotated Autobiography builds on Wilder s work by adding valuable context and explores her growth as a writer Author of an award-winning Laura Ingalls Wilder biography editor Pamela Smith Hill offers new insights into Wilder s life and times In an introduction Hill illuminates Wilder s writing career and the dynamic relationship between the budding novelist and her daughter and editor Rose Wilder Lane Sharing the story of Wilder s original manuscript Hill... discusses the catalysts for Pioneer Girl and the process through which Wilder s story turned from an unpublished memoir into the national phenomenon of the Little House series Pioneer Girl The Annotated Autobiography also explores the history of the frontier that the Ingalls family traversed and the culture and life of the communities Wilder lived in This groundbreaking volume develops a fuller picture of Wilder s life and times for the millions of readers who wish to learn more about this important American author It contains one hundred and twenty-five images eight fully researched maps and hundreds of annotations based on numerous primary sources including census data county state and federal records and newspapers of the period An important historic and literary achievement this annotated edition of Pioneer Girl provides modern readers with new insights into the woman behind the fictional classics Little House in the Big Woods Farmer Boy Little House on the Prairie On the Banks of Plum Creek By the Shores of Silver Lake The Long Winter Little Town on the Prairie These Happy Golden Years and The First Four Years more
In this intimate memoir of life beyond the camera Connor Franta shares the lessons he has learned on his journey from small-town boy to Internet sensation so far Here Connor offers a look at his Midwestern upbringing as one of four children in the home and one of five in the classroom his struggles with identity body image and sexuality in his teen years and his decision to finally pursue his creative and artistic passions in his early twenties setting up his thrilling career as a YouTube personality philanthropist entrepreneur and tastemaker Exploring his past with insight and humor his present with humility and his future with hope Connor reveals his private struggles while providing heartfelt words of wisdom for young adults His words will resonate with anyone coming of age in the digital era but at the core is a timeless message for people of all ages don t be afraid to be yourself and to go after what you truly want This full-color collection includes photography and childhood clippings provided by Connor and is a must-have for anyone inspired by his journey
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
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize Named the Costa Book of the Year 1 bestseller in the UKWhen Helen Macdonald s father died suddenly on a London street she was devastated An experienced falconer Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood she d never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators the goshawk But in her grief she saw that the goshawk s fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss she adopted Mabel and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T H White s chronicle The Goshawk to begin her challenging endeavor Projecting herself in the hawk s wild mind to tame her tested the limits of Macdonald s humanity and changed her life Heart-wrenching and humorous this book is an unflinching account of bereavement and a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast with a parallel examination of a legendary writer s eccentric falconry Obsession madness memory myth and history combine to achieve a distinctive blend of nature writing and memoir from an outstanding literary innovator
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Look for special features inside Join the Random House Reader s Circle for author chats and more In boyhood Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent As a teenager he channeled his defiance into running discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics But when World War II began the athlete became an airman embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943 When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean against all odds Zamperini survived adrift on a foundering life raft Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean leaping sharks thirst and starvation enemy aircraft and beyond a trial even greater Driven to the limits of endurance Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity suffering with hope resolve and humor brutality with rebellion His fate whether triumph or tragedy would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will Appearing in paperback for the first time with twenty arresting new photos and an extensive Q A with the author Unbroken is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind body and spirit brought vividly to life by Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand... Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year award Extraordinarily moving a powerfully drawn survival epic The Wall Street Journal A one-in-a-billion story designed to wrench from self-respecting critics all the blurby adjectives we normally try to avoid It is amazing unforgettable gripping harrowing chilling and inspiring New York Staggering mesmerizing Hillenbrand s writing is so ferociously cinematic the events she describes so incredible you don t dare take your eyes off the page People A meticulous soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life The Washington Post Ambitious and powerful a startling narrative and an inspirational book The New York Times Book Review Magnificent incredible Hillenbrand has crafted another masterful blend of sports history and overcoming terrific odds this is biography taken to the nth degree a chronicle of a remarkable life lived through extraordinary times The Dallas Morning News An astonishing testament to the superhuman power of tenacity Entertainment Weekly A tale of triumph and redemption astonishingly detailed O The Oprah Magazine A masterfully told true story nothing less than a marvel Washingtonian Hillenbrand tells this story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter s pace Time Hillenbrand is one of our best writers of narrative history You don t have to be a sports fan or a war-history buff to devour this book you just have to love great storytelling Rebecca Skloot author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacksmore
Nothing worth doing right is easy Mike Matheny Mike Matheny was just forty-one without professional managerial experience and looking for a next step after a successful career as a Major League catcher when he succeeded the legendary Tony La Russa as manager of the St Louis Cardinals in 2012 While Matheny has enjoyed immediate success leading the Cards to the postseason three times in his first three years people have noticed something else about his life something not measured in day-to-day results Instead it s based on a frankly worded letter he wrote to the parents of a Little League team he coached a cry for change that became an Internet sensation and eventually a manifesto The tough-love philosophy Matheny expressed in the letter contained his throwback beliefs that authority should be respected discipline and hard work rewarded spiritual faith cultivated family made a priority and humility considered a virtue In The Matheny Manifesto he builds on his original letter by first diagnosing the problem at the heart of youth sports hint it starts with parents and coaches and then by offering a hopeful path forward Along the way he uses stories from his small-town childhood as well as his career as a player coach and manager to... explore eight keys to success leadership confidence teamwork faith class character toughness and humility From The Coach Is Always Right Even When He s Wrong to Let Your Catcher Call the Game Matheny s old-school advice might not always be popular or politically correct but it works His entertaining and deeply inspirational book will not only resonate with parents coaches and athletes it will also be a powerful reminder from one of the most successful new managers in the game of what sports can teach us all about winning on the field and in life more