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From the bestselling team of Bill O Reilly and Martin Dugard comes Killing Reagan a page-turning epic account of the career of President Ronald Reagan that tells the vivid story of his rise to power -- and the forces of evil that conspired to bring him down Just two months into his presidency Ronald Reagan lay near death after a gunman s bullet came within inches of his heart His recovery was nothing short of remarkable -- or so it seemed But Reagan was grievously injured forcing him to encounter a challenge that few men ever face Could he silently overcome his traumatic experience while at the same time carrying out the duties of the most powerful man in the world Told in the same riveting fashion as Killing Lincoln Killing Kennedy Killing Jesus and Killing Patton Killing Reagan reaches back to the golden days of Hollywood where Reagan found both fame and heartbreak up through the years in the California governor s mansion and finally to the White House where he presided over boom years and the fall of the Iron Curtain But it was John Hinckley Jr s attack on him that precipitated President Reagan s most heroic actions In Killing Reagan O Reilly and Dugard take readers behind the scenes creating an unforgettable portrait of a... great man operating in violent times more
From the author of the beloved New York Times bestselling book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me and the creator and star of The Mindy Project comes a collection of essays that are as hilarious and insightful as they are deeply personal In Why Not Me Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life whether it s falling in love at work seeking new friendships in lonely places attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever or most important believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you re constantly reminded that no one looks like you In How to Look Spectacular A Starlet s Confessions Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone but this isn t the land of appropriate this is Hollywood baby Out here a dark-skinned woman s traditional hair color is honey blonde Player tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L A I had been replaced by a younger model And now they had matching bangs In Unlikely Leading Lady she muses on America s fixation with the weight of actresses Most women we see onscreen are either so thin... that they re walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture And in Soup Snakes Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend B J Novak I will freely admit my relationship with B J Novak is weird as hell Mindy turns the anxieties the glamour and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to And those who ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper more
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD Hailed 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 Powerful and passionate profoundly moving a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today Michiko Kakutani The New York Times Brilliant Coates is firing on all cylinders and it is something to behold a mature writer entirely consumed by a momentous subject and working at the extreme of his considerable powers at the very moment national events most conform to his vision The Washington Post 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 A brilliant thinker at the top of his powers Coates has distilled four hundred years of history and his own anguish and wisdom into a prayer for his beloved son and an invocation to the conscience of his country An instant classic and a gift to us all Isabel Wilkerson author of The Warmth of Other Suns I know that this book is addressed to the author s son and by obvious analogy to all boys and young men of color as they pass inexorably into harm s way I hope that I will be forgiven then for feeling that Coates was speaking to me too one father to another teaching me that real courage is the courage to be vulnerable Michael Chabon A work of rare beauty a love letter written in a moral emergency one that Coates exposes with the precision of an autopsy and the force of an exorcism Slatemore
In Furiously Happy 1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness A hysterical ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety That sounds like a terrible idea But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best As Jenny says Some people might think that being furiously happy is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he s never particularly liked kangaroos And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house Two is the limit I speak from personal experience My husband says that none is the new limit I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos Most of my favorite people are dangerously fucked-up but you d never guess because we ve learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal Like John Hughes wrote in The Breakfast Club We re all pretty bizarre Some of us are just better at hiding it Except go back and cross out the word hiding Furiously Happy is about taking those moments when things are fine and making them amazing because those moments are what make us... who we are and they re the same moments we take into battle with us when our brains declare war on our very existence It s the difference between surviving life and living life It s the difference between taking a shower and teaching your monkey butler how to shampoo your hair It s the difference between being sane and being furiously happy Lawson is beloved around the world for her inimitable humor and honesty and in Furiously Happy she is at her snort-inducing funniest This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are - the beautiful and the flawed - and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways Because as Jenny s mom says Maybe crazy isn t so bad after all Sometimes crazy is just right more
1 New York Times bestseller Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly Wilbur and Orville Wright On a winter day in 1903 in the Outer Banks of North Carolina two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened the age of flight had begun with the first heavier-than-air powered machine carrying a pilot Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did David McCullough two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize tells the surprising profoundly American story of Wilbur and Orville Wright Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success they were men of exceptional courage and determination and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity much of which they attributed to their upbringing The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing but there were books aplenty supplied mainly by their preacher father and they never stopped reading When they worked together no problem seemed to be insurmountable Wilbur was unquestionably a genius Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as... few had ever seen That they had no more than a public high school education little money and no contacts in high places never stopped them in their mission to take to the air Nothing did not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances they risked being killed In this thrilling book master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers including private diaries notebooks scrapbooks and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers story including the little-known contributions of their sister Katharine without whom things might well have gone differently for them more
From the National Book Award winning author of Just Kids an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist told through the prism of the caf s and haunts she has worked in around the world It is a book Patti Smith has described as a roadmap to my life M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village caf where Smith goes every morning for black coffee ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was and writes in her notebook Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality past and present and across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations we travel to Frida Kahlo s Casa Azul in Mexico to a meeting of an Arctic explorer s society in Berlin to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York s Far Rockaway that Smith acquires just before Hurricane Sandy hits and to the graves of Genet Plath Rimbaud and Mishima Woven throughout are reflections on the writer s craft and on artistic creation Here too are singular memories of Smith s life in Michigan and the irremediable loss of her husband Fred Sonic Smith Braiding despair with hope and consolation illustrated with her signature Polaroids M Train is a meditation on travel detective shows literature and coffee It is a powerful deeply moving book by one of the most... remarkable multiplatform artists at work today more
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWhat if that person you ve been trying to avoid is your best shot at grace today And what if that s the point In Accidental Saints New York Times best-selling au thor Nadia Bolz-Weber invites readers into a surprising encounter with what she calls a religious but not-so-spiritual life Tattooed angry and profane this former standup comic turned pastor stubbornly sometimes hilariously resists the God she feels called to serve But God keeps showing up in the least likely of people a church-loving agnostic a drag queen a felonious Bishop and a gun-toting member of the NRA As she lives and worships alongside these ac cidental saints Nadia is swept into first-hand en counters with grace a gift that feels to her less like being wrapped in a warm blanket and more like being hit with a blunt instrument But by this grace people are trans formed in ways they couldn t have been on their own In a time when many have rightly become dis illusioned with Christianity Accidental Saints dem onstrates what happens when ordinary people share bread and wine struggle with scripture together and tell each other the truth about their real lives This unforgettable account of their faltering steps toward wholeness will ring... true for believer and skeptic alike Told in Nadia s trademark confessional style Accidental Saints is the stunning next work from one of today s most important religious voices more
Credited with sparking the current memoir explosion Mary Karr s The Liars Club spent more than a year at the top of the New York Times list She followed with two other smash bestsellers Cherry and Lit which were critical hits as well For thirty years Karr has also taught the form winning teaching prizes at Syracuse The writing program there produced such acclaimed authors as Cheryl Strayed Keith Gessen and Koren Zailckas In The Art of Memoir she synthesizes her expertise as professor and therapy patient writer and spiritual seeker recovered alcoholic and black belt sinner providing a unique window into the mechanics and art of the form that is as irreverent insightful and entertaining as her own work in the genre Anchored by excerpts from her favorite memoirs and anecdotes from fellow writers experience The Art of Memoir lays bare Karr s own process Plus all those inside stories about how she dealt with family and friends get told and the dark spaces in her own skull probed in depth As she breaks down the key elements of great literary memoir she breaks open our concepts of memory and identity and illuminates the cathartic power of reflecting on the past anybody with an inner life or complicated history whether writer or reader... will relate Joining such classics as Stephen King s On Writing and Anne Lamott s Bird by Bird The Art of Memoir is an elegant and accessible exploration of one of today s most popular literary forms a tour de force from an accomplished master pulling back the curtain on her craft more
When Mitt and Ann Romney met in their late teens a great American love story began And their life together would be blessed five healthy sons financial security and a home filled with joy Despite the typical ups and downs they had a storybook life Then in 1998 Ann was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis She couldn t believe it was real there were no therapies or treatments to help her Mitt told her that day that they would tackle the diagnosis as a team They were in it together As long as it isn t fatal we re fine If you have to be in a wheelchair I ll be right there to push it he told her And Ann thought But I ll be the one in the wheelchair A caregiver and helper her whole life she d crossed a terrible invisible line She wouldn t be able to care for her family anymore She was the patient Ann and Mitt would face the most frightening and humbling experience of their lives From reflections on her early life her marriage and her diagnosis and recovery the sources of her faith and the stories of others who overcame adversity and inspired her to keep going In This Together is a brave and deeply honest portrait of a family facing an unexpected blow often in the most public of circumstances A lot of people talk about a transformation... that happens when life throws you a curve ball and the big one in my life was my MS diagnosis With all the blessings I ve had MS has been my greatest teacher It has taught me about faith compassion and serving others I ve met many people along the way who ve shared advice and demonstrated enormous resilience in the face of challenges their stories gave me strength In sharing my story I want to give others hope as I ve been given hope on this journey more
In the fall of 2009 the food world was rocked when Gourmet magazine was abruptly shuttered by its parent company No one was more stunned by this unexpected turn of events than its beloved editor in chief Ruth Reichl who suddenly faced an uncertain professional future As she struggled to process what had seemed unthinkable Reichl turned to the one place that had always provided sanctuary I did what I always do when I m confused lonely or frightened she writes I disappeared into the kitchen My Kitchen Year follows the change of seasons and Reichl s emotions as she slowly heals through the simple pleasures of cooking While working 24 7 Reichl would throw quick meals together for her family and friends Now she has the time to rediscover what cooking meant to her Imagine kale leaves dark and inviting saut ed with chiles and garlic summer peaches baked into a simple cobbler fresh oysters chilling in a box of snow plump chickens and earthy mushrooms fricasseed with cream Over the course of this challenging year each dish Reichl prepares becomes a kind of stepping stone to finding joy again in ordinary things The 136 recipes collected here represent a life s passion for food a blistering ma po tofu that shakes Reichl out of the blues a... decadent grilled cheese sandwich that accompanies a rare sighting in the woods around her home a rhubarb sundae that signals the arrival of spring Here too is Reichl s enlivening dialogue with her Twitter followers who become her culinary supporters and lively confidants Part cookbook part memoir part paean to the household gods My Kitchen Year may be Ruth Reichl s most stirring book yet one that reveals a refreshingly vulnerable side of the world s most famous food editor as she shares treasured recipes to be returned to again and again and again Praise for My Kitchen Year Ruth is one of our greatest storytellers today which you will feel from the moment you open this book and begin to read No one writes as warmly and engagingly about the all-important intersection of food life love and loss This book is a lyrical and deeply intimate journey told through recipes as only Ruth can do Alice Waters What will send this book to the top of bestseller lists is the lovely way Reichl describes how dishes come together like the Greek chicken soup with lemon and egg known as avgolemono and her talent for assembling a collection of recipes her legions of former Gourmet fans will want to make themselves The Washington Post The recipes make for lovely reading full of Reichl s elemental wisdom In the best way possible My Kitchen Year is cozy the reading equivalent of curling up next to a fire with a glass of red wine and perhaps the scent of bread in the oven wafting over Vogue If anyone can convince us that a dessert plus two more fabulous dishes can turn a crummy day around it s culinary writer Ruth Reichl who knows firsthand just how powerful food can be O The Oprah Magazine The voice is pure Reichl in a way that makes the reader yearn for a house in the country with a pantry full of staples And as she finds solace through cooking we find comfort too Eater Fall 2015 s Best Cookbooks The dishes are clearly fun and uplifting for Reichl and the unexpected shift from culinary guru to happy home cook chases her blues away Reichl reminds readers that getting lost in a recipe can be excellent therapy Publishers Weekly starred review more