The Fifth Book of Peace

By Maxine Hong Kingston

Many years in the past in China, there existed 3 Books of Peace that proved so threatening to the reigning powers they had them burned. decades later Maxine Hong Kingston wrote a Fourth ebook of Peace, however it too used to be burned--in the catastrophic Berkeley-Oakland Hills hearth of 1991, a hearth that coincided with the demise of her father. Now during this visionary and redemptive paintings, Kingston completes her interrupted exertions, weaving fiction and memoir right into a luminous meditation on warfare and peace, devastation and renewal.

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The Notebook

By Jose Saramago

Thought-provoking and lyrical, The Notebook documents the final 12 months within the lifetime of José Saramago. In those pages, starting at the eve of the 2008 US presidential election, he conjures up lifestyles in his liked urban of Lisbon, revisits conversations with associates, and meditates on his favourite authors. distinct observations and moments of arresting value are rendered with pointillist aspect and jointly show an acute knowing of our instances. typically severe and uncompromising, Saramago dissects the monetary drawback, deplores Israel’s punishment of Gaza, and displays at the upward thrust of Barack Obama. The Notebook is a special trip into the non-public and political international of 1 of the best writers of our time.

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Assata: An Autobiography

By Assata Shakur

On could 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a health center, as regards to demise, handcuffed to her mattress, whereas neighborhood, nation, and federal police tried to query her concerning the shootout at the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the lifetime of a white kingdom trooper. lengthy a goal of J. Edgar Hoover's crusade to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist firms and their leaders, Shakur used to be incarcerated for 4 years ahead of her conviction on flimsy facts in 1977 as an associate to murder.

 

This intensely own and political autobiography belies the fearsome photograph of JoAnne Chesimard lengthy projected by way of the media and the country. With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the reviews that led her to a lifetime of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual dying of Black and White innovative teams on the hand of government officers. the result's a sign contribution to the literature approximately transforming into up Black in the United States that has already taken its position along The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the works of Maya Angelou.

Two years after her conviction, Assata Shakur escaped from criminal. She used to be given political asylum by means of Cuba, the place she now resides.

 

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Through My Eyes

By Tim Tebow, Nathan Whitaker

FormerUniversity of Florida megastar quarterback, 2010 first-round draft decide for theDenver Broncos, and religious Christian Tim Tebow tellsthe tale of his religion, his lifestyles, and his profession in soccer in Through MyEyes. Written with Nathan Whitaker, the New York Times bestsellingcoauthor of Quiet Strength, with Tony Dungy, Through My Eyes givesfans a primary inspect the center of an athlete whose expertise and devotion havemade him some of the most provocative figures in soccer.

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The Pope's Bookbinder: A Memoir

"Entertaining, relocating, informative, intelligently hopeful: i do know of few different books like this one to hot the cockles of a booklover's heart." —Alberto Manguel

"For somebody who loves books too well—who lusts after them, lives in them, mainlines them—David Mason’s memoir may be a repair from heaven. Heartful, cantankerous, droll, his stories of honour and obsession within the alternate gratify the very book-love they painting. An impossible to resist read." —Dennis Lee

"An atmospheric, informative memoir by means of a Canadian vendor of used and infrequent books ... Gossipy, rambling and enthralling, alive with Mason’s love for books of each variety."—Kirkus Reviews

From his drug-hazy, book-happy years close to the Beat inn in Paris and all through his profession as antiquarian ebook broker, David Mason brings us a storied lifestyles. He discovers his love of literature in a tub at age 11, thumbing via stacks of lurid Signet paperbacks. At fifteen he’s expelled from university. For the following decade and a part, he'll paintings abnormal jobs, greenback all authority, purchase books extra usually than foodstuff, and drift round Europe. He’ll support gild a quantity in white morocco for Pope John XXIII. after which, on the age of 30, after returning domestic to Canada and apprenticing with Joseph Patrick Books, David Mason will locate his calling.

Over the process what's now a mythical overseas occupation, Mason exhibits unerring instincts for the good judgment of the alternate. He makes stable funds from Canadian variations, either valid and pirated (turns out Canadian piracies so incensed Mark Twain that he moved to Montreal for 6 months to realize copyright protection). He outfoxes the cousins of L.M. Montgomery at public sale and blackmails the pinnacle of the Royal Ontario Museum. He excoriates the bureaucratic pettiness that obstructs public acquisitions, he trumpets the ingenuity of creditors and scouts, and in documents all over the world he appraises background in its unsifted and such a lot relocating varieties. mainly, notwithstanding, David Mason boldly campaigns for what he feels is the ethical accountability of the antiquarian exchange: to maintain the background and traditions of all international locations, and to claim with out compromise that such histories have price.

Sly, gleaming, and endearingly gruff, The Pope's Bookbinder is an engrossing memoir by way of a huge within the e-book trade—whose infectious enthusiasm, human perception, advertisement shrewdness, and deadpan humour will pride bibliophiles for many years to come.

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Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut

By James Marcus

In a e-book that Ian Frazier has known as “a interesting and infrequently hair-raising morality story from deep contained in the net boom,” James Marcus, employed by way of Amazon.com in 1996, while the corporate used to be so small his e mail tackle should be james@amazon.com, seems to be again a decade later on the ecstatic upward push, dramatic fall, and noteworthy comeback of the consummate image of past due Nineties America.

Observing “how it was once to be within the correct position (Seattle) on the correct time (the 90s)” (Chicago Reader), Marcus deals a ringside seat on every thing from his first interview with Jeff Bezos to the company’s extraordinary, Nordic-style retreats, growing what Jonathan Raban calls “an totally beguiling book.” For this version, Marcus has additional a brand new afterword with extra reflections on his Amazon experience.

In the culture of the main noteworthy and pleasing memoirs of contemporary years, Marcus bargains us a modern day delusion, “a clear-eyed, first-person account, rife with digressions at the higher cultural that means all through” (Henry Alford, Newsday).

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The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar: Living with a Tawny Owl

The tale of a strange couple-a British army historian and the Tawny Owl with whom he lived for fifteen years

Martin Windrow used to be a conflict historian with little event with pets while he followed an owl the scale of a corncob. lovable yet with knife-sharp talons, Mumble grew to become Windrow's closest, if now and then unpredictable, better half, first in a South London flat and later within the extra owl-friendly Sussex geographical region. In The Owl Who loved Sitting on Caesar, Windrow recollects with wry humor their finer moments in addition to the reactions of incredulous pals, the awkwardness of shopping for Mumble unskinned rabbit at Harrods foodstuff corridor, and the grievous feel of loss while Mumble approximately escapes.
As Windrow writes: "Mumble used to be lots part of my lifestyles in these days that the oddity of our courting seldom happened to me, and that i merely considered it while confronted with different people's astonishment. whilst new neighbors discovered that they have been speaking to a ebook editor who shared a seventh-floor flat in a South London tower block with a Tawny Owl, a few tended to part away, quite thoughtfully . . . i attempted to respond to patiently, yet i discovered it not easy to come back up with a brief respond to the direct query 'Yes, yet . . . why?'; my top resolution used to be easily 'Why not?'"
Windrow bargains a poignant and unforgettable memory of his charmed years along with his inconceivable puppy, in addition to an unforeseen schooling within the paleontology, zoology, and sociology of owls.

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Pee-Shy: A Memoir

By Frank Spinelli

In his stunningly sincere and poignant memoir, Frank Spinelli recounts a early life marked via trauma and of discovering the braveness that finally reworked his lifestyles Frank Spinelli grew up on Staten Island within the Seventies to Italian-born mom and dad who considered police officers and monks as moment simply to the Pope in infallibility. His mom, involved that her son used to be being bullied in class for being "different," signed Frank up for Boy Scouts whilst he grew to become 11. For the following years, Frank's existence had realities one lived in complete view of his relatives, and the opposite a mystery he shared along with his Scoutmaster that he couldn't confess to anybody.

Eventually Frank went to school, confirmed a thriving scientific perform, and located a house in long island. however the emotional and actual results of his earlier persevered to shadow each element of his lifestyles. Then a stunning discovery gave Frank the chance to overturn thirty years of bewilderment and self-blame for himself, and for different boys like him.

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Bad Boy: A Memoir

By Walter Dean Myers

In a memoir that's gripping, humorous, and finally unforgettable, manhattan occasions bestselling writer Walter Dean Myers travels again to his roots within the magical international of Harlem throughout the Nineteen Forties and Fifties. this is the tale of 1 of the main extraordinary writers of younger people's literature today.

As a boy, Myers was once quick-tempered and bodily robust, consistently prepared for a struggle. He additionally learn voraciously—he might try out books from the library and hold them domestic, hidden in brown paper baggage with the intention to stay away from different boys' teasing. He aspired to be a author.

But whereas growing to be up in a bad kinfolk in Harlem, his desire for a winning destiny lowered as he got here to gain absolutely the category and racial struggles that surrounded him. He started to doubt himself and the values that he had regularly trusted, attending highschool much less and not more, turning to the streets and to his books for comfort.

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My Losing Season: A Memoir

By Pat Conroy

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Pat Conroy, considered one of America’s most excellent novelists, has penned a deeply affecting coming-of-age memoir approximately family members, love, loss, basketball—and lifestyles itself. in the course of one unforgettable season as a fort cadet, Conroy turns into a part of a basketball group that's finally destined to fail. And but for an army child who grew up at the stream, the Bulldogs offer a sanctuary from the chilly, abrasive father who dominates his life—and a crucible for changing into his personal man.

With the entire drama and incandescence of his bestselling fiction, Conroy re-creates his pivotal senior yr as captain of the fortress Bulldogs. He chronicles the highs and lows of that fateful 1966–67 season, his tricky disciplinarian trainer, the fun of profitable, and the hard-won classes of wasting. so much of all, he recounts how a bunch of boys got here jointly as a workforce, taking part in a recreation that will develop into a metaphor for a guy whose spirit may well by no means be defeated.

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