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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 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
Writing about yourself is a funny business But in a project like this the writer has made one promise to show the reader his mind In these pages I ve tried to do this Bruce Springsteen from the pages of Born to Run In 2009 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl s halftime show The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it That s how this extraordinary autobiography began Over the past seven years Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life bringing to these pages the same honesty humor and originality found in his songs He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold New Jersey amid the poetry danger and darkness that fueled his imagination leading up to the moment he refers to as The Big Bang seeing Elvis Presley s debut on The Ed Sullivan Show He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park and the rise of the E Street Band With disarming candor he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work and shows us why the song Born to Run reveals more than we previously realized Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever... enjoyed Bruce Springsteen but this book is much more than a legendary rock star s memoir This is a book for workers and dreamers parents and children lovers and loners artists freaks or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep Like many of his songs Thunder Road Badlands Darkness on the Edge of Town The River Born in the U S A The Rising and The Ghost of Tom Joad to name just a few Bruce Springsteen s autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences more
In this collection of personal essays the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life love and working as a woman in Hollywood along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again In Talking as Fast as I Can Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up starting out as an actress and years later sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself Did you um make it She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood Strangers were worried about me that s how long I was single the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role and her experience being a judge on Project Runway It s like I had a fashion-induced blackout In What It Was Like Part One Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore The essay What It Was Like Part Two reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later and what doing so has meant to her Some more things you will learn about Lauren She once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres she s aware that meeting guys at... awards shows has its pitfalls If you re meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair makeup and styling you ve already set the bar too high and she s a card-carrying REI shopper My bungee cords now earn points Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls A Year in the Life this book is like a cozy night in catching up with your best friend laughing and swapping stories and of course talking as fast as you can more
How a Nobel Prize winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality Forty years ago Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred systematically when forced to make judgments in uncertain situations Their work created the field of behavioral economics revolutionized Big Data studies advanced evidence-based medicine led to a new approach to government regulation and made much of Michael Lewis s own work possible Kahneman and Tversky are more responsible than anybody for the powerful trend to mistrust human intuition and defer to algorithms The Undoing Project is about a compelling collaboration between two men who have the dimensions of great literary figures They became heroes in the university and on the battlefield both had important careers in the Israeli military and their research was deeply linked to their extraordinary life experiences Amos Tversky was a brilliant self-confident warrior and extrovert the center of rapt attention in any room Kahneman a fugitive from the Nazis in his childhood was an introvert whose questing self-doubt was... the seedbed of his ideas They became one of the greatest partnerships in the history of science working together so closely that they couldn t remember whose brain originated which ideas or who should claim credit They flipped a coin to decide the lead authorship on the first paper they wrote and simply alternated thereafter This story about the workings of the human mind is explored through the personalities of two fascinating individuals so fundamentally different from each other that they seem unlikely friends or colleagues In the process they may well have changed for good mankind s view of its own mind more
Anthony Bourdain is a man of many appetites And for many years first as a chef later as a world-traveling chronicler of food and culture on his CNN series Parts Unknown he has made a profession of understanding the appetites of others These days however if he s cooking it s for family and friends Appetites his first cookbook in more than ten years boils down forty-plus years of professional cooking and globe-trotting to a tight repertoire of personal favorites dishes that everyone should at least in Mr Bourdain s opinion know how to cook Once the supposed bad boy of cooking Mr Bourdain has in recent years become the father of a little girl a role he has embraced with enthusiasm After years of traveling more than 200 days a year he now enjoys entertaining at home Years of prep lists and the hyper-organization necessary for a restaurant kitchen however have caused him in his words to have morphed into a psychotic anally retentive bad-tempered Ina Garten The result is a home-cooking home-entertaining cookbook like no other with personal favorites from his own kitchen and from his travels translated into an effective battle plan that will help you terrify your guests with your breathtaking efficiency
Whether it s asking tough questions during a presidential debate or pressing for answers to today s most important issues Megyn Kelly has demonstrated the intelligence strength common sense and courage that have made her one of today s best-known journalists respected by women and men young and old Republicans and Democrats In Settle for More the anchor of The Kelly File reflects on the enduring values and experiences that have shaped her from growing up in a family that rejected the trophies for everyone mentality to her father s sudden tragic death while she was in high school She goes behind-the-scenes of her career sharing the stories and struggles that landed her in the anchor chair of cable s 1 news show Speaking candidly about her decision to settle for more a motto she credits as having dramatically transformed her life at home and at work Megyn discusses how she abandoned a thriving legal career to follow her journalism dreams Admired for her hard work humor and authenticity Megyn sheds light on the news business her time at Fox News the challenges of being a professional woman and working mother and her most talked about television moments She also speaks openly about Donald Trump s feud with her revealing... never-before-heard details about the first Republican debate its difficult aftermath and how she persevered through it all Deeply personal and surprising Settle for More offers unparalleled insight into this charismatic and intriguing journalist and inspires us all to embrace the principles determination honesty and fortitude in the face of fear that have won her fans across the political divide more
The New York Times Best Seller When Bernie Sanders began his race for the presidency it was considered by the political establishment and the media to be a fringe campaign something not to be taken seriously After all he was just an Independent senator from a small state with little name recognition His campaign had no money no political organization and it was taking on the entire Democratic Party establishment By the time Sanders s campaign came to a close however it was clear that the pundits had gotten it wrong Bernie had run one of the most consequential campaigns in the modern history of the country He had received more than 13 million votes in primaries and caucuses throughout the country won twenty-two states and more than 1 4 million people had attended his public meetings Most important he showed that the American people were prepared to take on the greed and irresponsibility of corporate America and the 1 percent In Our Revolution Sanders shares his personal experiences from the campaign trail recounting the details of his historic primary fight and the people who made it possible And for the millions looking to continue the political revolution he outlines a progressive economic environmental racial and social justice... agenda that will create jobs raise wages protect the environment and provide health care for all and ultimately transform our country and our world for the better For him the political revolution has just started The campaign may be over but the struggle goes on more
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The compelling inspiring and comically sublime story of one man s coming-of-age set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed Trevor Noah s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act his birth Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison Living proof of his parents indiscretion Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could at any moment steal him away Finally liberated by the end of South Africa s tyrannical white rule Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist It is also the story of that young man s relationship with his fearless rebellious and fervently religious mother his teammate a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of... poverty violence and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life The stories collected here are by turns hilarious dramatic and deeply affecting Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother s unconventional unconditional love Praise for Born a Crime A substantial collection of staggering personal essays Incisive funny and vivid these true tales are anchored to his portrait of his courageous rebellious and religious mother who defied racially restrictive laws to secure an education and a career for herself and to have a child with a white Swiss German even though sex between whites and blacks was illegal Trevor Noah s electrifying memoir sparkles with funny stories and his candid and compassionate essays deepen our perception of the complexities of race gender and class Booklist starred review A gritty memoir studded with insight and provocative social criticism with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations Kirkus Reviewsmore
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
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