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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 must-have companion to Bill O Reilly s historical docudrama Legends and Lies The Patriots an exciting and eye-opening look at the Revolutionary War through the lives of its leadersThe American Revolution was neither inevitable nor a unanimous cause It pitted neighbors against each other as loyalists and colonial rebels faced off for their lives and futures These were the times that tried men s souls no one was on stable ground and few could be trusted Through the fascinating tales of the first Americans Legends and Lies The Patriots reveals the contentious arguments that turned friends into foes and the country into a warzone From the riots over a child s murder that led to the Boston Massacre to the suspicious return of Ben Franklin the First American from the Continental Army s first victory under George Washington s leadership to the little known southern Guerilla campaign of Swamp Fox Francis Marion and the celebration of America s first Christmas The Patriots recreates the amazing combination of resourcefulness perseverance strategy and luck that led to this country s creation Heavily illustrated with spectacular artwork that brings this important history to vivid life and told in the same fast-paced immersive narrative... as the first Legends and Lies The Patriots is an irresistible adventure-packed journey back into one of the most storied moments of our nation s rich history 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 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 Split my head open with its beauty Cheryl Strayedmore
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
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review O The Oprah Magazine The Washington Post People Entertainment Weekly Vogue Los Angeles Times San Francisco Chronicle Chicago Tribune New York Newsday 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 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 And its examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it is revelatory Toni Morrison Powerful and passionate profoundly moving a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today Michiko Kakutani The New York Times Really powerful and emotional John Legend The Wall Street Journal Extraordinary David Remnick The New Yorker Brilliant a mature writer entirely consumed by a momentous subject and working at the extreme of his considerable powers The Washington Post An eloquent blend of history reportage and memoir The Boston Globe Coates speaks resolutely and vividly to all of black America Los Angeles Times A work that s both titanic and timely the latest essential reading in America s social canon Entertainment Weeklymore
Are you ready to see your fixer upper These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines stars of HGTV s Fixer Upper As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions like Who are these people What s the secret to their success And is Chip actually that funny in real life By renovating homes in Waco Texas and changing lives in such a winsome and engaging way Chip and Joanna have become more than just the stars of Fixer Upper they have become America s new best friends The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna offering their fans a detailed look at their life together From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together to the project that nearly cost them everything from the childhood memories that shaped them to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today They both attended Baylor University in Waco However their paths did not cross until Chip checked his car into the local Firestone tire shop where Joanna worked behind the counter Even back then Chip was a serial entrepreneur who among other things ran a lawn care company sold... fireworks and flipped houses Soon they were married and living in their first fixer upper Four children and countless renovations later Joanna garners the attention of a television producer who notices her work on a blog one day In The Magnolia Story fans will finally get to join the Gaines behind the scenes and discover The time Chip ran to the grocery store and forgot to take their new sleeping baby Joanna s agonizing decision to close her dream business to focus on raising their children When Chip buys a houseboat sight-unseen and it turns out to be a leaky wreck Joanna s breakthrough moment of discovering the secret to creating a beautiful home Harrowing stories of the financial ups and downs as an entrepreneurial couple Memories and photos from Chip and Jo s wedding The significance of the word magnolia and why it permeates everything they do The way the couple pays the popularity of Fixer Upper forward sharing the success with others and bolstering the city of Waco along the way And yet there is still one lingering question for fans of the show Is Chip really that funny Oh yeah says Joanna He was and still is my first fixer upper more
1 New York Times Bestseller A touching and intimate correspondence between Anderson Cooper and his mother Gloria Vanderbilt offering timeless wisdom and a revealing glimpse into their livesThough Anderson Cooper has always considered himself close to his mother his intensely busy career as a journalist for CNN and CBS affords him little time to spend with her After she suffers a brief but serious illness at the age of ninety-one they resolve to change their relationship by beginning a year-long conversation unlike any they had ever had before The result is a correspondence of surprising honesty and depth in which they discuss their lives the things that matter to them and what they still want to learn about each other Both a son s love letter to his mother and an unconventional mom s life lessons for her grown son The Rainbow Comes and Goes offers a rare window into their close relationship and fascinating life stories including their tragedies and triumphs In these often humorous and moving exchanges they share their most private thoughts and the hard-earned truths they ve learned along the way In their words their distinctive personalities shine through Anderson s journalistic outlook on the world is a sharp contrast to his... mother s idealism and unwavering optimism An appealing memoir with inspirational advice The Rainbow Comes and Goes is a beautiful and affectionate celebration of the universal bond between a parent and a child and a thoughtful reflection on life reminding us of the precious insight that remains to be shared no matter our age more
In this candid and riveting memoir for the first time ever Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world s most iconic game-changing and profitable brands Young searching fresh out of business school Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission import high-quality low-cost running shoes from Japan Selling the shoes from the trunk of his Plymouth Valiant Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year 1963 Today Nike s annual sales top 30 billion In this age of start-ups Knight s Nike is the gold standard and its swoosh is more than a logo A symbol of grace and greatness it s one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world But Knight the man behind the swoosh has always been a mystery Now in a memoir that s surprising humble unfiltered funny and beautifully crafted he tells his story at last It all begins with a classic crossroads moment Twenty-four years old backpacking through Asia and Europe and Africa wrestling with life s Great Questions Knight decides the unconventional path is the only one for him Rather than work for a big... corporation he will create something all his own something new dynamic different Knight details the many terrifying risks he encountered along the way the crushing setbacks the ruthless competitors the countless doubters and haters and hostile bankers as well as his many thrilling triumphs and narrow escapes Above all he recalls the foundational relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike with his former track coach the irascible and charismatic Bill Bowerman and with his first employees a ragtag group of misfits and savants who quickly became a band of swoosh-crazed brothers Together harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the redemptive transformative power of sports they created a brand and a culture that changed everything more
1 New York Times Bestseller Named one of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times The Washington Post The Boston Globe The Seattle Times Esquire Time Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award Finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize Finalist for the Kirkus Reviews Prize An American Library Association Notable BookA powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need the poor the wrongly condemned and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn t commit The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy political machination and legal brinksmanship and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic gifted young... lawyer s coming of age a moving window into the lives of those he has defended and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice Praise for Just Mercy Every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird and in some ways more so a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields David Cole The New York Review of Books Searing moving Bryan Stevenson may indeed be America s Mandela Nicholas Kristof The New York Times You don t have to read too long to start cheering for this man The message of this book is that evil can be overcome a difference can be made Just Mercy will make you upset and it will make you hopeful Ted Conover The New York Times Book Review Inspiring a work of style substance and clarity Stevenson is not only a great lawyer he s also a gifted writer and storyteller The Washington Post As deeply moving poignant and powerful a book as has been and maybe ever can be written about the death penalty The Financial Times Brilliant The Philadelphia Inquirer Not since Atticus Finch has a fearless and committed lawyer made such a difference in the American South Though larger than life Atticus exists only in fiction Bryan Stevenson however is very much alive and doing God s work fighting for the poor the oppressed the voiceless the vulnerable the outcast and those with no hope Just Mercy is his inspiring and powerful story John Grisham Bryan Stevenson is one of my personal heroes perhaps the most inspiring and influential crusader for justice alive today and Just Mercy is extraordinary The stories told within these pages hold the potential to transform what we think we mean when we talk about justice Michelle Alexander author of The New Jim CrowFrom the Hardcover edition more
Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children In the beginning they lived like nomads moving among Southwest desert towns camping in the mountains Rex was a charismatic brilliant man who when sober captured his children s imagination teaching them physics geology and above all how to embrace life fearlessly Rose Mary who painted and wrote and couldn t stand the responsibility of providing for her family called herself an excitement addict Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever Later when the money ran out or the romance of the wandering life faded the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town -- and the family -- Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape He drank He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days As the dysfunction of the family escalated Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves supporting one another as they weathered their parents betrayals and finally found the resources and will to leave home What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the... guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity Hers is a story of triumph against all odds but also a tender moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms For two decades Jeannette Walls hid her roots Now she tells her own story A regular contributor to MSNBC com she lives in New York and Long Island and is married to the writer John Taylor more
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