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The 1 New York Times bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi GermanyFor readers of Unbroken out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times the improbable intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant It was an unlikely quest from the start With a team composed of the sons of loggers shipyard workers and farmers the University of Washington s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain yet they did going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz a teenager without family or prospects who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world Drawing on the boys own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era a celebration of a remarkable achievement and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man s personal quest
More than 30 fanciful full-page illustrations depict the wisest of birds in lush tapestry-like settings Covered with flowers paisleys and other fun-to-color patterns these adorable owls are posed against vivid backgrounds brimming with intricate designs Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display Specially designed for experienced colorists Owls and other Creative Haven coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment
A deeply rendered self-portrait of a lifelong surfer by the acclaimed New Yorker writerBarbarian Days is William Finnegan s memoir of an obsession a complex enchantment Surfing only looks like a sport To initiates it is something else entirely a beautiful addiction a demanding course of study a morally dangerous pastime a way of life Raised in California and Hawaii Finnegan started surfing as a child He has chased waves all over the world wandering for years through the South Pacific Australia Asia Africa A bookish boy and then an excessively adventurous young man he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter Barbarian Days takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds some of them right under our noses off the coasts of New York and San Francisco It immerses the reader in the edgy camaraderie of close male friendships annealed in challenging waves Finnegan shares stories of life in a whitesonly gang in a tough school in Honolulu even while his closest friend was a Hawaiian surfer He shows us a world turned upside down for kids and adults alike by the social upheavals of the 1960s He details the intricacies of famous waves and his own apprenticeships to them Youthful folly he drops LSD while riding huge Honolua Bay on Maui... is served up with rueful humor He and a buddy their knapsacks crammed with reef charts bushwhack through Polynesia They discover while camping on an uninhabited island in Fiji one of the world s greatest waves As Finnegan s travels take him ever farther afield he becomes an improbable anthropologist unpicking the picturesque simplicity of a Samoan fishing village dissecting the sexual politics of Tongan interactions with Americans and Japanese navigating the Indonesian black market while nearly succumbing to malaria Throughout he surfs carrying readers with him on rides of harrowing unprecedented lucidity Barbarian Days is an old-school adventure story an intellectual autobiography a social history a literary road movie and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting little understood art Today Finnegan s surfing life is undiminished Frantically juggling work and family he chases his enchantment through Long Island ice storms and obscure corners of Madagascar more
From the outside looking in the Dodgers have been a bubbling cauldron of personality talent and moods with the occasional dollop of jealousy In The Best Team Money Can Buy it s as if Molly Knight ushers you behind the closed clubhouse doors to see it for yourself Buster Olney ESPN News-making inside revelations about the tumultuous years when the Los Angeles Dodgers were remade from top to bottom from the ownership of the team to management to the players on the field becoming the most talked-about and most colorful team in baseball In 2012 the Los Angeles Dodgers were bought out of bankruptcy in the most expensive sale in sports history Los Angeles icon Magic Johnson and his partners hoped to put together a team worthy of Hollywood consistently entertaining By most accounts they have succeeded if not always in the way they might have imagined Now Molly Knight tells the story of the Dodgers 2013 and 2014 seasons with detailed previously unreported revelations She shares a behind-the-scenes account of the astonishing sale of the Dodgers and why the team was not overpriced as well as what the Dodgers actually knew in advance about rookie phenom and Cuban defector Yasiel Puig and how they and teammates handled him during his first... two roller-coaster seasons We learn how close manager Don Mattingly was to losing his job during the 2013 season and how the team turned around the season in the most remarkable fifty-game stretch 42-8 of any team since World War II before losing in the NLCS Knight also provides a rare glimpse into the infighting and mistrust that derailed the team in 2014 and resulted in ridding the roster of difficult personalities and the hiring of a new front office Knight also reveals new facts behind the blockbuster trade with the Red Sox She paints an intimate portrait of star pitcher Clayton Kershaw probably the best pitcher in the game today including details about the record contract offer he turned down before accepting the richest contract any pitcher ever signed Exciting surprising and filled with juicy details Molly Knight s account is a must-read for baseball fans and anyone who wants the inside story of today s Los Angeles Dodgers more
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Look for special features inside Join the Random House Reader s Circle for author chats and more In boyhood Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent As a teenager he channeled his defiance into running discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics But when World War II began the athlete became an airman embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943 When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean against all odds Zamperini survived adrift on a foundering life raft Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean leaping sharks 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 Appearing in paperback for the first time with twenty arresting new photos and an extensive Q A with the author Unbroken is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind body and spirit brought vividly to life by Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand... 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 award 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 Magnificent incredible Hillenbrand has crafted another masterful blend of sports history and overcoming terrific odds this is biography taken to the nth degree a chronicle of a remarkable life lived through extraordinary times The Dallas Morning News An astonishing testament to the superhuman power of tenacity Entertainment Weekly A tale of triumph and redemption astonishingly detailed O The Oprah Magazine A masterfully told true story nothing less than a marvel Washingtonian Hillenbrand tells this story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter s pace Time Hillenbrand is one of our best writers of narrative history You don t have to be a sports fan or a war-history buff to devour this book you just have to love great storytelling Rebecca Skloot author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacksmore
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize Named the Costa Book of the Year 1 bestseller in the UKWhen Helen Macdonald s father died suddenly on a London street she was devastated An experienced falconer Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood she d never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators the goshawk But in her grief she saw that the goshawk s fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss she adopted Mabel and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T H White s chronicle The Goshawk to begin her challenging endeavor Projecting herself in the hawk s wild mind to tame her tested the limits of Macdonald s humanity and changed her life Heart-wrenching and humorous this book is an unflinching account of bereavement and a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast with a parallel examination of a legendary writer s eccentric falconry Obsession madness memory myth and history combine to achieve a distinctive blend of nature writing and memoir from an outstanding literary innovator
1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERNOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTUREAt 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 One of the Best Books of the Year NPR The Boston Globe Entertainment Weekly Vogue St Louis Dispatch
One of WWE s most unlikely champions of all time and also one of its most popular Bryan has proved to the world and to all of WWE that looks can be deceiving Just ask anyyone who s ever underestimated him right before he went out and whipped the WWE universe into a frenzy This is Bryan s behind-the-scenes story told for the first time ever by the YES Man himself---from his beginnings as a child wanting to wrestle to his ten years circling the globe on the independent circuit and his remarkable climb to the upper ranks of WWE As the biggest week of his life unfolds Aberdeen Washington s bearded son reflects in full detail on his incredible path to the top and gives his take on the events that have shaped him With his Bryan-ized blend of modesty and surprising candor Daniel pulls no punches or martial arts kicks as he reveals his true thoughts on his evolution as a performer his various roles in WWE versus the independent years life on the road at home and much more And of course get the untold story surrounding the YES chant that evolved to full-fledged movement skyrocketing his career This book chronicles all the hard work values influences unique life choices and more leading to his watershed week at WrestleMania 30 You won t... want to miss it Yes We re sure about this more
The ultimate resource for experiencing the backcountry Written by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury Bushcraft 101 gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with advice on making the most of your time outdoors Based on the 5Cs of Survivability--cutting tools covering combustion devices containers and cordages--this valuable guide offers only the most important survival skills to help you craft resources from your surroundings and truly experience the beauty and thrill of the wilderness Inside you ll also discover detailed information on Choosing the right items for your kit Manufacturing needed tools and supplies Collecting and cooking food Protecting yourself from the elements With Canterbury s guidance you ll not only prepare yourself for any climate and situation you ll also learn how to use the art of bushcraft to reconnect with nature in ways you ve never imagined
THE ONLY OFFICIAL RONDA ROUSEY BOOK The fight is yours to win In this inspiring and moving book Ronda Rousey the Olympic medalist in judo reigning UFC women s bantamweight champion and Hollywood star charts her difficult path to glory Marked by her signature charm barbed wit and undeniable power Rousey s account of the toughest fights of her life in and outside the Octagon reveals the painful loss of her father when she was eight years old the intensity of her judo training her battles with love her meteoric rise to fame the secret behind her undefeated UFC record and what it takes to become the toughest woman on Earth Rousey shares hard-won lessons on how to be the best at what you do including how to find fulfillment in the sacrifices how to turn limitations into opportunities and how to be the best on your worst day Packed with raw emotion drama and wisdom this is an unforgettable book by one of the most remarkable women in the world
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