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1 New York Times bestseller Amazon Best Books of the Month A vibrant collection of oil paintings and stories by President George W Bush honoring the sacrifice and courage of America s military veterans With Forewords by former First Lady Laura Bush and General Peter Pace 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Growing out of President Bush s own outreach and the ongoing work of the George W Bush Institute s Military Service Initiative Portraits of Courage brings together sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military who have served our nation with honor since 9 11 and whom he has come to know personally Our men and women in uniform have faced down enemies liberated millions and in doing so showed the true compassion of our nation Often they return home with injuries both visible and invisible that intensify the challenges of transitioning into civilian life In addition to these burdens research shows a civilian-military divide Seventy-one percent of Americans say they have little understanding of the issues facing veterans and veterans agree eighty-four percent say that the public has little awareness of the issues facing them and their families Each... painting in this meticulously produced hardcover volume is accompanied by the inspiring story of the veteran depicted written by the President Readers can see the faces of those who answered the nation s call and learn from their bravery on the battlefield their journeys to recovery and the continued leadership and contributions they are making as civilians It is President Bush s desire that these stories of courage and resilience will honor our men and women in uniform highlight their family and caregivers who bear the burden of their sacrifice and help Americans understand how we can support our veterans and empower them to succeed President Bush will donate his net author proceeds from PORTRAITS OF COURAGE to the George W Bush Presidential Center a non-profit organization whose Military Service Initiative works to ensure that post-9 11 veterans and their families make successful transitions to civilian life with a focus on gaining meaningful employment and overcoming the invisible wounds of war more
The highly anticipated memoir from Gucci Mane one of hip-hop s most prolific and admired artists The New York Times For the first time Gucci Mane tells his story in his own words It is the captivating life of an artist who forged an unlikely path to stardom and personal rebirth Gucci Mane began writing his memoir in a maximum-security federal prison Released in 2016 he emerged radically transformed He was sober smiling focused and positive a far cry from the Gucci Mane of years past Born in rural Bessemer Alabama Radric Delantic Davis became Gucci Mane in East Atlanta where the rap scene is as vibrant as the dope game His name was made as a drug dealer first rapper second His influential mixtapes and street anthems pioneered the sound of trap music He inspired and mentored a new generation of artists and producers Migos Young Thug Nicki Minaj Zaytoven Mike Will Made-It Metro Boomin Yet every success was followed by setback Too often his erratic behavior threatened to end it all Incarceration violence rap beefs drug addiction But Gucci Mane has changed and he s decided to tell his story In his extraordinary autobiography the legend takes us to his roots in Alabama the streets of East Atlanta the trap house and the studio where he... found his voice as a peerless rapper He reflects on his inimitable career and in the process confronts his dark past years behind bars the murder charge drug addiction career highs and lows the making of a trap god It is one of the greatest comeback stories in the history of music The Autobiography of Gucci Mane is a blunt and candid account an instant classic more
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED BY THE TIMES AS ONE OF 6 BOOKS TO HELP UNDERSTAND TRUMP S WIN 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
- 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
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
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
The 1 New York Times bestsellerThe phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America s greatest achievements in space Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P Henson Octavia Spencer Janelle Monae Kirsten Dunst and Kevin Costner Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as human computers used pencils rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women some of the brightest minds of their generation Originally relegated to teaching math in the South s segregated public schools they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II when America s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff Suddenly these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills and they answered Uncle Sam s call moving to Hampton Virginia and the fascinating high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory Even as Virginia s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white... counterparts the women of Langley s all-black West Computing group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War and complete domination of the heavens Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan Mary Jackson Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden four African American women who participated in some of NASA s greatest successes It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives and their country s future more
Old School is in session You have probably heard the term Old School but what you might not know is that there is a concentrated effort to tear that school down It s a values thing The anti Old School forces believe the traditional way of looking at life is oppressive Not inclusive The Old School way may harbor microaggressions Therefore Old School philosophy must be diminished Those crusading against Old School now have a name Snowflakes You may have seen them on cable TV whining about social injustice and income inequality You may have heard them cheering Bernie Sanders as he suggested the government pay for almost everything The Snowflake movement is proud and loud and they don t like Old School grads So where are you in all this Did you get up this morning knowing there are mountains to climb and deciding how you are going to climb them Do you show up on time Do you still bend over to pick up a penny If so you re Old School Or did you wake up whining about safe spaces and trigger warnings Do you feel marginalized by your college s mascot Do you look for something to get outraged about every single day so you can fire off a tweet defending your exquisitely precious sensibilities Then you re a Snowflake So again are you... drifting frozen precipitation Or do you matriculate at the Old School fountain of wisdom This book will explain the looming confrontation so even the ladies on The View can understand it Time to take a stand Old School or Snowflake Which will it be more
It s a scientific fact Women rock A charmingly illustrated and educational book New York Times best seller Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science technology engineering and mathematics STEM from the ancient to the modern world Full of striking singular art this fascinating collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment rates of women currently working in STEM fields and an illustrated scientific glossary The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon Women in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers biologists mathematicians doctors astronauts physicists and more BrainPickings - Best Science Books of the Year
Many people dream of escaping modern life but most will never act on it This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years making this dream a reality not out of anger at the world but simply because he preferred to live on his own In 1986 a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts drove to Maine and disappeared into the forest He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later when he was arrested for stealing food Living in a tent even through brutal winters he had survived by his wits and courage developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water and to avoid freezing to death He broke into nearby cottages for food clothing reading material and other provisions taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life why did he leave what did he learn as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude community and what makes a good life and a deeply... moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way and succeeded more
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