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1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year awardOn a May afternoon in 1943 an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil gasoline and blood Then on the ocean surface a face appeared It was that of a young lieutenant the plane s bombardier who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War The lieutenant s name was Louis Zamperini In boyhood he d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent breaking into houses brawling and fleeing his home to ride the rails As a teenager he had channeled his defiance into running discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile But when war had come the athlete had become an airman embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight a tiny raft and a drift into the unknown Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean leaping sharks a foundering raft thirst and starvation... enemy aircraft and beyond a trial even greater Driven to the limits of endurance Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity suffering with hope resolve and humor brutality with rebellion His fate whether triumph or tragedy would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will In her long-awaited new book Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit Telling an unforgettable story of a man s journey into extremity Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind body and spirit Praise for Unbroken Extraordinarily moving a powerfully drawn survival epic The Wall Street Journal A one-in-a-billion story designed to wrench from self-respecting critics all the blurby adjectives we normally try to avoid It is amazing unforgettable gripping harrowing chilling and inspiring New York Staggering mesmerizing Hillenbrand s writing is so ferociously cinematic the events she describes so incredible you don t dare take your eyes off the page People A meticulous soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life The Washington Post Ambitious and powerful a startling narrative and an inspirational book The New York Times Book Review Marvelous Unbroken is wonderful twice over for the tale it tells and for the way it s told It manages maximum velocity with no loss of subtlety Newsweek Moving and yes inspirational Laura Hillenbrand s unforgettable book deserve s pride of place alongside the best works of literature that chart the complications and the hard-won triumphs of so-called ordinary Americans and their extraordinary time Maureen Corrigan Fresh Air Hillenbrand tells this story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter s pace Time Unbroken is too much book to hope for a hellride of a story in the grip of the one writer who can handle it Christopher McDougall author of Born to Runmore
1 New York Times BestsellerIn this highly anticipated follow-up to his blockbuster The Amateur former New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Edward Klein delves into the rocky relationship between the Obamas and the Clintons An old-school reporter with incredible insider contacts Klein reveals just how deep the rivalry between the Obamas and the Clintons runs with details on closed-door meetings buttressed by hundreds of interviews Blood Feud is a stunning expos of the animosity jealousy and competition between America s two most powerful political couples
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century But for the last fifty years the novel s celebrated author Harper Lee has said almost nothing on the record Journalists have trekked to her hometown of Monroeville Alabama where Harper Lee known to her friends as Nelle has lived with her sister Alice for decades trying and failing to get an interview with the author But in 2001 the Lee sisters opened their door to Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills It was the beginning of a long conversation and a great friendship In 2004 with the Lees blessing Mills moved into the house next door to the sisters She spent the next eighteen months there sharing coffee at McDonalds and trips to the Laundromat with Nelle feeding the ducks and going out for catfish supper with the sisters and exploring all over lower Alabama with the Lees inner circle of friends Nelle shared her love of history literature and the Southern way of life with Mills as well as her keen sense of how journalism should be practiced As the sisters decided to let Mills tell their story Nelle helped make sure she was getting the story and the South right Alice the keeper of the Lee family history shared the stories of their family... The Mockingbird Next Door is the story of Mills s friendship with the Lee sisters It is a testament to the great intelligence sharp wit and tremendous storytelling power of these two women especially that of Nelle Mills was given a rare opportunity to know Nelle Harper Lee to be part of the Lees life in Alabama and to hear them reflect on their upbringing their corner of the Deep South how To Kill a Mockingbird affected their lives and why Nelle Harper Lee chose to never write another novel more
Hillary Rodham Clinton s inside account of the crises choices and challenges she faced during her four years as America s 67th Secretary of State and how those experiences drive her view of the future All of us face hard choices in our lives Hillary Rodham Clinton writes at the start of this personal chronicle of years at the center of world events Life is about making such choices Our choices and how we handle them shape the people we become In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run she expected to return to representing New York in the United States Senate To her surprise her former rival for the Democratic Party nomination newly elected President Barack Obama asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State This memoir is the story of the four extraordinary and historic years that followed and the hard choices that she and her colleagues confronted Secretary Clinton and President Obama had to decide how to repair fractured alliances wind down two wars and address a global financial crisis They faced a rising competitor in China growing threats from Iran and North Korea and revolutions across the Middle East Along the way they grappled with some of the toughest dilemmas of US foreign policy especially the... decision to send Americans into harm s way from Afghanistan to Libya to the hunt for Osama bin Laden By the end of her tenure Secretary Clinton had visited 112 countries traveled nearly one million miles and gained a truly global perspective on many of the major trends reshaping the landscape of the twenty-first century from economic inequality to climate change to revolutions in energy communications and health Drawing on conversations with numerous leaders and experts Secretary Clinton offers her views on what it will take for the United States to compete and thrive in an interdependent world She makes a passionate case for human rights and the full participation in society of women youth and LGBT people An astute eyewitness to decades of social change she distinguishes the trendlines from the headlines and describes the progress occurring throughout the world day after day Secretary Clinton s descriptions of diplomatic conversations at the highest levels offer readers a master class in international relations as does her analysis of how we can best use smart power to deliver security and prosperity in a rapidly changing world one in which America remains the indispensable nation more
NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER With a career a boyfriend and a loving family Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before But that past has caught up with her Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury Connecticut the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate 11187 424 one of the millions of people who disappear down the rabbit hole of the American penal system From her first strip search to her final release Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules She meets women from all walks of life who surprise her with small tokens of generosity hard words of wisdom and simple acts of acceptance Heartbreaking hilarious and at times enraging Kerman s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they re there Praise for Orange Is the New Black Fascinating The true subject of this unforgettable book is female bonding and the ties that even bars can t unbind People four stars I loved this book It s a story rich with humor pathos and redemption What I... did not expect from this memoir was the affection compassion and even reverence that Piper Kerman demonstrates for all the women she encountered while she was locked away in jail I will never forget it Elizabeth Gilbert author of Eat Pray Love This book is impossible to put down because Kerman could be you Or your best friend Or your daughter Los Angeles Times Moving transcends the memoir genre s usual self-centeredness to explore how human beings can always surprise you USA Today It s a compelling awakening and a harrowing one both for the reader and for Kerman Newsweek com Look for special features inside Join the Random House Reader s Circle for author chats and more more
Here is a book as joyous and painful as mysterious and memorable as childhood itself I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children the brute insult of bigotry and the wonder of words that can make the world right Maya Angelou s debut memoir first published in 1969 is a modern American classic beloved worldwide Sent by their mother to live with their devout self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town Maya and her brother Bailey endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local powhitetrash At eight years old and back at her mother s side in St Louis Maya is attacked by a man many times her age and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime Years later in San Francisco Maya learns that love for herself the kindness of others her own strong spirit and the ideas of great authors I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned Poetic and powerful I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder such a luminous dignity James BaldwinFrom the Hardcover... edition more
Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry This means that women s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives In Lean In Sheryl Sandberg examines why women s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled explains the root causes and offers compelling commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time s 100 Most Influential People in the World In 2010 she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers Her talk which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times encouraged women to sit at the table seek challenges take risks and pursue their goals with gusto In Lean In Sandberg digs deeper into these issues combining personal anecdotes hard data and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women She recounts her own decisions mistakes... and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself her career and her family She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques mentorship and building a satisfying career urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of having it all She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home Written with both humor and wisdom Sandberg s book is an inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth Lean In is destined to change the conversation from what women can t do to what they can more
In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt McKinley His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless He had given 25 000 in savings to charity abandoned his car and most of his possessions burned all the cash in his wallet and invented a new life for himself Four months later his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild Immediately after graduating from college in 1991 McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car stripped it of its license plates and burned all of his cash He would give himself a new name Alexander Supertramp and unencumbered by money and belongings he would be free to wallow in the raw unfiltered experiences that nature presented Craving a blank spot on the map McCandless simply threw the maps away Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister he vanished into the wild Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless s short life Admitting an interst that borders on obsession he... searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless Digging deeply he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind the complex charged bond between fathers and sons When McCandless s innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naivet pretensions and hubris He is said to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge Krakauer brings McCandless s uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows and the peril adversity and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and not an ounce of sentimentality Mesmerizing heartbreaking Into the Wild is a tour de force The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer s stoytelling blaze through every page more
A Best Book of the Year NPR The Boston Globe Entertainment Weekly Vogue St Louis Dispatch At twenty-two Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything In the wake of her mother s death her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed Four years later with nothing more to lose she made the most impulsive decision of her life With no experience or training driven only by blind will she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State and she would do it alone Told with suspense and style sparkling with warmth and humor Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened strengthened and ultimately healed her
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan one girl spoke out Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education On Tuesday October 9 2012 when she was fifteen she almost paid the ultimate price She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school and few expected her to survive Instead Malala s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York At sixteen she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism of the fight for girls education of a father who himself a school owner championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person s voice to inspire change in the world