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SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY CLINT EASTWOODGripping eye-opening and powerful American Sniper is the astonishing autobiography of SEAL Chief Chris Kyle who is the record-holding sniper in U S military history Kyle has more than 150 officially confirmed kills the previous American record was 109 though his remarkable career total has not been made public by the Pentagon In this New York Times bestselling memoir Kyle shares the true story of his extraordinary decade-long career including his multiple combat tours in Iraq Operation Iraqi Freedom and elsewhere from 1999-2009 Kyle s riveting first-person account of how he went from Texas rodeo cowboy to expert marksman and feared assassin offers a fascinating view of modern-day warfare and one of the most in-depth and illuminating looks into the secret world of Special Ops ever written
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER SOON TO BE 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
Readers around the world have thrilled to Killing Lincoln Killing Kennedy and Killing Jesus--riveting works of nonfiction that journey into the heart of the most famous murders in history Now from Bill O Reilly anchor of The O Reilly Factor comes the most epic book of all in this multimillion-selling series Killing Patton General George S Patton Jr died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II For almost seventy years there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident--and may very well have been an act of assassination Killing Patton takes readers inside the final year of the war and recounts the events surrounding Patton s tragic demise naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced
1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERSOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTUREAt twenty-two Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything In the wake of her mother s death her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed Four years later with nothing more to lose she made the most impulsive decision of her life With no experience or training driven only by blind will she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State and she would do it alone Told with suspense and style sparkling with warmth and humor Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened strengthened and ultimately healed her One of the Best Books of the Year NPR The Boston Globe Entertainment Weekly Vogue St Louis Dispatch
Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central s Upright Citizens Brigade Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live and in movies like Baby Mama Blades of Glory and They Came Together Do you find yourself daydreaming about hanging out with the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation Did you wish you were in the audience at the last two Golden Globes ceremonies so you could bask in the hilarity of Amy s one-liners If your answer to these questions is Yes Please then you are in luck In her first book one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart pointed and ultimately inspirational read Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories lists poetry Plastic Surgery Haiku to be specific photographs mantras and advice With chapters like Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend Plain Girl Versus the Demon and The Robots Will Kill Us All Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh Honest personal real and righteous Yes Please is full of words to live by
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
They all thought he was gone But he was alive and trapped inside his own body for ten years In January 1988 Martin Pistorius aged twelve fell inexplicably sick First he lost his voice and stopped eating Then he slept constantly and shunned human contact Doctors were mystified Within eighteen months he was mute and wheelchair-bound Martin s parents were told an unknown degenerative disease left him with the mind of a baby and less than two years to live Martin was moved to care centers for severely disabled children The stress and heartache shook his parents marriage and their family to the core Their boy was gone Or so they thought Ghost Boy is the heart-wrenching story of one boy s return to life through the power of love and faith In these pages readers see a parent s resilience the consequences of misdiagnosis abuse at the hands of cruel caretakers and the unthinkable duration of Martin s mental alertness betrayed by his lifeless body We also see a life reclaimed a business created a new love kindled all from a wheelchair Martin s emergence from his own darkness invites us to celebrate our own lives and fight for a better life for others
1 New York Times Bestseller2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTIn her first memoir Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons family photos and documents and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears Chast s memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents When it came to her elderly mother and father Roz held to the practices of denial avoidance and distraction But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the crazy closet with predictable results the tools that had served Roz well through her parents seventies eighties and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades the themes are universal adult children accepting a parental role aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies managing logistics and hiring... strangers to provide the most personal care An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can Can t We Talk about Something More Pleasant will show the full range of Roz Chast s talent as cartoonist and storyteller more
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIt is only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing 1912-1954 saved the Allies from the Nazis invented the computer and artificial intelligence and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one This New York Times-bestselling biography of the founder of computer science with a new preface by the author that addresses Turing s royal pardon in 2013 is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life Capturing both the inner and outer drama of Turing s life Andrew Hodges tells how Turing s revolutionary idea of 1936--the concept of a universal machine--laid the foundation for the modern computer and how Turing brought the idea to practical realization in 1945 with his electronic design The book also tells how this work was directly related to Turing s leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II a scientific triumph that was critical to Allied victory in the Atlantic At the same time this is the tragic account of a man who despite his wartime service was eventually arrested stripped of his security clearance and forced to undergo a humiliating treatment program--all for trying to live honestly in a society... that defined homosexuality as a crime The inspiration for a major motion picture starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley Alan Turing The Enigma is a gripping story of mathematics computers cryptography and homosexual persecution more
George W Bush the 43rd President of the United States has authored a personal biography of his father George H W Bush the 41st President Forty-three men have served as President of the United States Countless books have been written about them But never before has a President told the story of his father another President through his own eyes and in his own words A unique and intimate biography the book covers the entire scope of the elder President Bush s life and career including his service in the Pacific during World War II his pioneering work in the Texas oil business and his political rise as a Congressman U S Representative to China and the United Nations CIA Director Vice President and President The book shines new light on both the accomplished statesman and the warm decent man known best by his family In addition George W Bush discusses his father s influence on him throughout his own life from his childhood in West Texas to his early campaign trips with his father and from his decision to go into politics to his own two-term Presidency
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