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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
A touching funny heart-wrenching and triumphant memoir from one of the biggest names in radio the host of The Bobby Bones Show one of the most listened-to drive time morning radio shows in the nation Growing up poor in Mountain Pine Arkansas with a young addicted mom Bobby Estell fell in love with country music Abandoned by his father at the age of five Bobby saw the radio as his way out a dream that came true in college when he went on air at the Henderson State University campus station broadcasting as Bobby Bones while simultaneously starting The Bobby Bones Show at 105 9 KLAZ Bobby s passions were pop country music and comedy and he blended the three to become a tastemaker in the country music industry heard by millions daily Bobby broke the format of standard country radio mixing country and pop with entertainment news and information and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the business including Luke Bryan Taylor Swift Blake Shelton Tim McGraw Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean Yet despite the glamour fame and money Bobby has never forgotten his roots the mom and grandmother who raised him the work ethic he embraced which saved him and encouraged him to explore the world and the good values that shaped him In this... funny poignant memoir told in Bobby s distinctive patter he takes fans on a tour of his road to radio Bobby doesn t shy away from the curves he continues to navigate including his obsessive-compulsive disorder on his journey to find the happiness of a healthy family Funny and tender raw and honest Bare Bones is pure Bobby Bones surprising entertaining inspiring and authentic more
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 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
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
Valiant Ambition may be one of the greatest what-if books of the age a volume that turns one of America s best-known narratives on its head Boston Globe Clear and insightful it consolidates his reputation as one of America s foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction Wall Street JournalFrom the New York Times bestselling author of In The Heart of the Sea and Mayflower comes a surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold In September 1776 the vulnerable Continental Army under an unsure George Washington who had never commanded a large force in battle evacuates New York after a devastating defeat by the British Army Three weeks later near the Canadian border one of his favorite generals Benedict Arnold miraculously succeeds in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have ended the war Four years later as the book ends Washington has vanquished his demons and Arnold has fled to the enemy after a foiled attempt to surrender the American fortress at West Point to the British After four years of war America is forced to realize that the real threat to its liberties might not come from without but from within... Valiant Ambition is a complex controversial and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation The focus is on loyalty and personal integrity evoking a Shakespearean tragedy that unfolds in the key relationship of Washington and Arnold who is an impulsive but sympathetic hero whose misfortunes at the hands of self-serving politicians fatally destroy his faith in the legitimacy of the rebellion As a country wary of tyrants suddenly must figure out how it should be led Washington s unmatched ability to rise above the petty politics of his time enables him to win the war that really matters more
A devastating inside look at the dark side of Congress as revealed by one of its own No wonder Congressman X wants to remain anonymous for fear of retribution His admissions are deeply disturbing Most of my colleagues are dishonest career politicians who revel in the power and special-interest money that s lavished upon them My main job is to keep my job to get reelected It takes precedence over everything Voters are incredibly ignorant and know little about our form of government and how it works It s far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification Fundraising is so time consuming I seldom read any bills I vote on Like many of my colleagues I don t know how the legislation will be implemented or what it ll cost We spend money we don t have and blithely mortgage the future with a wink and a nod Screw the next generation It s about getting credit now lookin good for the upcoming election
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
A rare and fascinating portrait of the American presidency from the 1 New York Times bestselling author of Mrs Kennedy and Me and Five Days in November Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and vividly to life as he reflects on his seventeen years protecting the most powerful office in the nation Hill walked alongside Presidents Dwight D Eisenhower John F Kennedy Lyndon B Johnson Richard M Nixon and Gerald R Ford seeing them through a long tumultuous era the Cold War the Cuban Missile Crisis the assassinations of John F Kennedy Martin Luther King Jr and Robert F Kennedy the Vietnam War Watergate and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard M Nixon Some of his stunning never-before-revealed anecdotes include -Eisenhower s reaction at Russian Prime Minister Khrushchev s refusal to talk following the U-2 incident -The torture of watching himself in the Zapruder film in a Secret Service training -Johnson s virtual imprisonment in the White House during violent anti-Vietnam protests -His decision to place White House files under protection after a midnight phone call about Watergate -The challenges of protecting Ford after he pardoned Nixon With a unique insider s perspective Hill sheds new light on the... character and personality of these five presidents revealing their humanity in the face of grave decisions more
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
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