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THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn an era of safe spaces trigger warnings and an unprecedented election the country s youth are in crisis Senator Ben Sasse warns the nation about the existential threat to America s future Raised by well-meaning but overprotective parents and coddled by well-meaning but misbegotten government programs America s youth are ill-equipped to survive in our highly-competitive global economy Many of the coming-of-age rituals that have defined the American experience since the Founding learning the value of working with your hands leaving home to start a family becoming economically self-reliant are being delayed or skipped altogether The statistics are daunting 30 of college students drop out after the first year and only 4 in 10 graduate One in three 18-to-34 year-olds live with their parents From these disparate phenomena Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse who as president of a Midwestern college observed the trials of this generation up close sees an existential threat to the American way of life In The Vanishing American Adult Sasse diagnoses the causes of a generation that can t grow up and offers a path for raising children to become active and engaged citizens He identifies core formative experiences... that all young people should pursue hard work to appreciate the benefits of labor travel to understand deprivation and want the power of reading the importance of nurturing your body and explains how parents can encourage them Our democracy depends on responsible contributing adults to function properly without them America falls prey to populist demagogues A call to arms The Vanishing American Adult will ignite a much-needed debate about the link between the way we re raising our children and the future of our country more
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED BY THE TIMES AS ONE OF 6 BOOKS TO HELP UNDERSTAND TRUMP S WIN AND SOON TO BE A MAJOR-MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD 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
If I could give each of you a graduation present it would be this the most inspiring book I ve ever read Bill Gates May 2017 A provocative history of violence from the New York Times bestselling author of The Stuff of Thought and The Blank SlateBelieve it or not today we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species existence In his gripping and controversial new work New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows that despite the ceaseless news about war crime and terrorism violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history Exploding myths about humankind s inherent violence and the curse of modernity this ambitious book continues Pinker s exploration of the essence of human nature mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly enlightened world
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIt was never supposed to be this close And of course she was supposed to win How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the riveting story of a sure thing gone off the rails For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary s campaign--the candidate herself Through deep access to insiders from the top to the bottom of the campaign political writers Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes have reconstructed the key decisions and unseized opportunities the well-intentioned misfires and the hidden thorns that turned a winnable contest into a devastating loss Drawing on the authors deep knowledge of Hillary from their previous book the acclaimed biography HRC Shattered offers an object lesson in how Hillary herself made victory an uphill battle how her difficulty articulating a vision irreparably hobbled her impact with voters and how the campaign failed to internalize the lessons of populist fury from the hard-fought primary against Bernie Sanders Moving blow-by-blow from the campaign s difficult birth through the bewildering terror of election night Shattered tells an unforgettable... story with urgent lessons both political and personal filled with revelations that will change the way readers understand just what happened to America on November 8 2016 more
1 New York Times BestsellerThe Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy Today our political order faces new threats not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism Nazism or communism Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience
This 1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying organizing and storing Despite constant efforts to declutter your home do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once you ll never have to do it again Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever The KonMari Method with its revolutionary category-by-category system leads to lasting results In fact none of Kondo s clients have lapsed and she still has a three-month waiting list With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house spark joy and which don t this international bestseller featuring Tokyo s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home and the calm motivated mindset it can inspire
New York Times BestsellerA Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity s creation and evolution a 1 international bestseller that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be human One hundred thousand years ago at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth Yet today there is only one homo sapiens What happened to the others And what may happen to us Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach but Dr Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70 000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives connect past developments with contemporary concerns and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas Dr Harari also compels us to look ahead because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four... billion years We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us but also ourselves Where is this leading us and what do we want to become Featuring 27 photographs 6 maps and 25 illustrations diagrams this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond James Gleick Matt Ridley Robert Wright and Sharon Moalem more
In The Four Agreements bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering Based on ancient Toltec wisdom The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom true happiness and love A New York Times bestseller for over 8 years Over 6 million copies sold in the U S Translated into 40 languages worldwide
Named CNN s Book of the Week A wise and entertaining look at the struggle for clarity in modern journalism by one of the greatest newspaper editors of our time Harry Evans has edited everything from the urgent files of battlefield reporters to the complex thought processes of Henry Kissinger He s even been knighted for his services to journalism In DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR he brings his indispensable insight to us all in his definite guide to writing well The right words are oxygen to our ideas but the digital era with all of its TTYL LMK and WTF has been cutting off that oxygen flow The compulsion to be precise has vanished from our culture and in writing of every kind we see a trend towards more--more speed and more information but far less clarity Evans provides practical examples of how editing and rewriting can make for better communication even in the digital age DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR is an essential text and one that will provide every writer an editor at his shoulder
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 NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST THE NEW YORK TIMES NPRBOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE AWARD FINALISTAt 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 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
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