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1 New York Times Best SellerFrom Facebook s COO and Wharton s top-rated professor the 1 New York Times best-selling authors of Lean In and Originals a powerful inspiring and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life s inevitable setbacks After the sudden death of her husband Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again I was in the void she writes a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe Her friend Adam Grant a psychologist at Wharton told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience It is a muscle that everyone can build Option B combines Sheryl s personal insights with Adam s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity Beginning with the gut-wrenching moment when she finds her husband Dave Goldberg collapsed on a gym floor Sheryl opens up her heart and her journal to describe the acute grief and isolation she felt in the wake of his death But Option B goes beyond Sheryl s loss to explore how a broad range of people have overcome hardships including illness job loss sexual... assault natural disasters and the violence of war Their stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere and to rediscover joy Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us Even after the most devastating events it is possible to grow by finding deeper meaning and gaining greater appreciation in our lives Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis develop compassion for ourselves raise strong children and create resilient families communities and workplaces Many of these lessons can be applied to everyday struggles allowing us to brave whatever lies ahead Two weeks after losing her husband Sheryl was preparing for a father-child activity I want Dave she cried Her friend replied Option A is not available and then promised to help her make the most of Option B We all live some form of Option B This book will help us all make the most of it more
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIt was never supposed to be this close And of course she was supposed to win How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the riveting story of a sure thing gone off the rails For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary s campaign--the candidate herself Through deep access to insiders from the top to the bottom of the campaign political writers Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes have reconstructed the key decisions and unseized opportunities the well-intentioned misfires and the hidden thorns that turned a winnable contest into a devastating loss Drawing on the authors deep knowledge of Hillary from their previous book the acclaimed biography HRC Shattered offers an object lesson in how Hillary herself made victory an uphill battle how her difficulty articulating a vision irreparably hobbled her impact with voters and how the campaign failed to internalize the lessons of populist fury from the hard-fought primary against Bernie Sanders Moving blow-by-blow from the campaign s difficult birth through the bewildering terror of election night Shattered tells an unforgettable... story with urgent lessons both political and personal filled with revelations that will change the way readers understand just what happened to America on November 8 2016 more
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED BY THE TIMES AS ONE OF 6 BOOKS TO HELP UNDERSTAND TRUMP S WIN AND SOON TO BE A MAJOR-MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD You will not read a more important book about America this year The Economist A riveting book The Wall Street Journal Essential reading David Brooks New York TimesFrom a former marine and Yale Law School graduate a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader probing look at the struggles of America s white working classHillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis that of white working-class Americans The decline of this group a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside J D Vance tells the true story of what a social regional and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America J D s grandparents were dirt poor and in love and moved north from Kentucky s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them They raised a middle-class family... and eventually their grandchild the author would graduate from Yale Law School a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out we learn that this is only the short superficial version Vance s grandparents aunt uncle sister and most of all his mother struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse alcoholism poverty and trauma so characteristic of their part of America Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country more
Disturbing and riveting Grann has proved himself a master of spinning delicious many-layered mysteries that also happen to be true It will sear your soul Dave Eggers New York Times Book ReviewFrom New Yorker staff writer David Grann 1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z a twisting haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma After oil was discovered beneath their land they rode in chauffeured automobiles built mansions and sent their children to study in Europe Then one by one the Osage began to be killed off The family of an Osage woman Mollie Burkhart became a prime target Her relatives were shot and poisoned And it was just the beginning as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances In this last remnant of the Wild West where oilmen like J P Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer the Phantom Terror roamed many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four the FBI took up the case It was one of the organization s... first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case In desperation the young director J Edgar Hoover turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery White put together an undercover team including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau The agents infiltrated the region struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history In Killers of the Flower Moon David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood Based on years of research and startling new evidence the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals But more than that it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling but also emotionally devastating more
- Over 11 million copies sold- 1 New York Times Bestseller for 8 years running- Now celebrating its 25th anniversary Simple ideas lasting loveFalling in love is easy Staying in love that s the challenge How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands conflicts and just plain boredom of everyday life In the 1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages you ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing Dr Gary Chapman s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner starting today The 5 Love Languages is as practical as it is insightful Updated to reflect the complexities of relationships today this new edition reveals intrinsic truths and applies relevant actionable wisdom in ways that work Includes the Couple s Personal Profile assessment so you can discover your love language and that of your loved one
New York Times Bestseller A stirringly evocative thought-provoking and often jaw-dropping account The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O Neill s awe-inspiring four-hundred-mission career which included his involvement in attempts to rescue Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and which culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world s most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden In these pages O Neill describes his idyllic childhood in Butte Montana his impulsive decision to join the SEALs the arduous evaluation and training process and the even tougher gauntlet he had to run to join the SEALs most elite unit After officially becoming a SEAL O Neill would spend more than a decade in the most intense counterterror effort in US history For extended periods not a night passed without him and his small team recording multiple enemy kills and though he was lucky enough to survive several of the SEALs he d trained with and fought beside never made it home The Operator describes the nonstop action of O Neill s deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan evokes the black humor of years-long combat brings to vivid life the lethal efficiency of the military s most selective... units and reveals firsthand details of the most celebrated terrorist takedown in history more
Instant New York Times Bestseller Charlamagne Tha God the self-proclaimed Prince of Pissing People Off co-host of Power 105 1 s The Breakfast Club and hip-hop s Howard Stern shares his unlikely success story as well as how embracing one s truths is a fundamental key to success and happiness In his new book Charlamagne Tha God presents his comic often controversial and always brutally honest insights on how living an authentic life is the quickest path to success Beginning with his journey from the small town of Moncks Corner South Carolina to his headline grabbing interviews with celebrities like Justin Bieber Jay-Z Nicki Minaj Kanye West and Hillary Clinton he shares how he turned his troubled early life around by owning his many mistakes and refusing to give up on his dreams even after his controversial opinions got him fired from several on-air jobs Combining his own story with bold advice and his signature commitment to honesty at all costs Charlamagne hopes this book will give others the confidence to live their own truths
1 New York Times bestsellerThe fiery U S Senator from Massachusetts and bestselling author offers a passionate inspiring book about why our middle class is under siege and how we can win the fight to save itSenator Elizabeth Warren has long been an outspoken champion of America s middle class and by the time the people of Massachusetts elected her in 2012 she had become one of the country s leading progressive voices Now at a perilous moment for our nation she has written a book that is at once an illuminating account of how we built the strongest middle class in history a scathing indictment of those who have spent the past thirty-five years undermining working families and a rousing call to action Warren grew up in Oklahoma and she s never forgotten how difficult it was for her mother and father to hold on at the ragged edge of the middle class An educational system that offered opportunities for all made it possible for her to achieve her dream of going to college becoming a teacher and later attending law school But now for many these kinds of opportunities are gone and a government that once looked out for working families is instead captive to the rich and powerful Seventy-five years ago President Franklin Roosevelt and... his New Deal ushered in an age of widespread prosperity in the 1980s President Ronald Reagan reversed course and sold the country on the disastrous fiction called trickle-down economics Now with the election of Donald Trump--a con artist who promised to drain the swamp of special interests and then surrounded himself with billionaires and lobbyists--the middle class is being pushed ever closer to collapse Written in the candid high-spirited voice that is Warren s trademark This Fight Is Our Fight tells eye-opening stories about her battles in the Senate and vividly describes the experiences of hard-working Americans who have too often been given the short end of the stick Elizabeth Warren has had enough of phony promises and a government that no longer serves its people--she won t sit down she won t be silenced and she will fight back more
From the former secretary of state and bestselling author -- a sweeping look at the global struggle for democracy and why America must continue to support the cause of human freedom This heartfelt and at times very moving book shows why democracy proponents are so committed to their work Both supporters and skeptics of democracy promotion will come away from this book wiser and better informed --The New York Times From the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union to the ongoing struggle for human rights in the Middle East Condoleezza Rice has served on the front lines of history As a child she was an eyewitness to a third awakening of freedom when her hometown of Birmingham Alabama became the epicenter of the civil rights movement for black Americans In this book Rice explains what these epochal events teach us about democracy At a time when people around the world are wondering whether democracy is in decline Rice shares insights from her experiences as a policymaker scholar and citizen in order to put democracy s challenges into perspective When the United States was founded it was the only attempt at self-government in the world Today more than half of all countries qualify as democracies and in the long run... that number will continue to grow Yet nothing worthwhile ever comes easily Using America s long struggle as a template Rice draws lessons for democracy around the world -- from Russia Poland and Ukraine to Kenya Colombia and the Middle East She finds that no transitions to democracy are the same because every country starts in a different place Pathways diverge and sometimes circle backward Time frames for success vary dramatically and countries often suffer false starts before getting it right But Rice argues that does not mean they should not try While the ideal conditions for democracy are well known in academia they never exist in the real world The question is not how to create perfect circumstances but how to move forward under difficult ones These same insights apply in overcoming the challenges faced by governments today The pursuit of democracy is a continuing struggle shared by people around the world whether they are opposing authoritarian regimes establishing new democratic institutions or reforming mature democracies to better live up to their ideals The work of securing it is never finished more
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER For readers of Atul Gawande Andrew Solomon and Anne Lamott this inspiring exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST THE NEW YORK TIMES NPRBOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE AWARD FINALISTAt 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 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 Split my head open with its beauty Cheryl Strayedmore