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Educated: A Memoir
by Tara Westover

Language

English

Pages

336

Publication Date

February 20, 2018

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<b><b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL,聽</i>AND<i>聽BOSTON GLOBE聽</i>BESTSELLER聽鈥⒙燦AMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY聽<i>THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW</i>聽鈥⒙燨NE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA鈥橲 FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR聽鈥?BILL GATES<b>鈥橲 HOLIDAY READING LIST</b>聽鈥?<b>FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE鈥橲 AWARD IN AUTOBIOGRAPHY 鈥?FINALIST FOR聽THE聽NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE鈥橲 JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST BOOK聽</b>鈥?FINALIST FOR THE PEN/JEAN STEIN BOOK AWARD聽<b>鈥?FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES BOOK PRIZE</b><br /><br />NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>The Washington Post</i> 鈥?lt;i> O: The Oprah Magazine</i> 鈥?<i>Time</i> 鈥?NPR 鈥?<i>Good Morning America </i>鈥?<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i> 鈥?<i>The Guardian </i>鈥?lt;i> The Economist </i>鈥?<i>Financial Times</i> 鈥?<i>Newsday</i> 鈥?<i>New York Post</i> 鈥?<i>theSkimm</i> 鈥?<i>Refinery29</i> 鈥?<i>Bloomberg</i> 鈥?<i>Self</i> 鈥?<i>Real Simple</i> 鈥?lt;i> Town & Country</i> 鈥?<i>Bustle</i> 鈥?<i>Paste</i> 鈥?<i>Publishers Weekly</i> 鈥?<i>Library Journal</i> 鈥?<i>LibraryReads</i> 鈥?<i>BookRiot</i> 鈥?Pamela Paul, KQED 鈥?New York Public Library</b><br /><br /><b>An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University</b><br /></b><br />Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara鈥檚 older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she鈥檇 traveled too far, if there was still a way home.<br /><b><br />鈥淏eautiful and propulsive . . . Despite the singularity of [Tara Westover鈥檚] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?鈥濃€?lt;i>Vogue</i></b><br /><br /><b>鈥淲estover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others.鈥濃€?lt;i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b>
Permanent Record
by Edward Snowden

Language

English

Pages

328

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<p><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government鈥檚 system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.</b><br /><b></b><br />In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth. Six years later, Snowden reveals for the very first time how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it.</p><p>Spanning the bucolic Beltway suburbs of his childhood and the clandestine CIA and NSA postings of his adulthood, <i>Permanent Record </i>is the extraordinary account of a bright young man who grew up online鈥攁 man who became a spy, a whistleblower, and, in exile, the Internet鈥檚 conscience. Written with wit, grace, passion, and an unflinching candor, <i>Permanent Record </i>is a crucial memoir of our digital age and destined to be a classic.</p>
JoJo's Guide to the Sweet Life: #PeaceOutHaterz
by JoJo Siwa

Language

English

Pages

240

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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You might recognize firecracker JoJo Siwa from <i>Abby鈥檚 Ultimate Dance Competition</i>, or maybe you fell in love with her on <i>Dance Moms</i>. JoJo鈥檚 nonfiction middle-grade debut is the next generation鈥檚 version of a real life Cinderella story: Nebraska girl becomes Hollywood鈥檚 belle of the ball, thanks to her spunky attitude and creative drive. Through the lens of JoJo鈥檚 personal experience and playful voice, she digs into themes such as finding your passion, keeping strong in the face of adversity, appreciating your individualism, the importance of being loyal, and never giving up. Most of all, JoJo鈥檚 story is meant to inspire young girls to find the courage and confidence to go after their dreams. Go Siwanatorz!<br /> 聽
Renia's Diary: A Holocaust Journal
by Renia Spiegel

Language

English

Pages

328

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<p><b>A <i>New York Times </i>bestseller </b><br /><b>A <i>USA Today</i> bestseller</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>The long-hidden diary of a young Polish woman's life during the Holocaust, translated for the first time into English</b></p><p>Renia Spiegel was born in 1924 to an upper-middle class Jewish family living in southeastern Poland, near what was at that time the border with Romania. At the start of 1939 Renia began a diary. 鈥淚 just want a friend. I want somebody to talk to about my everyday worries and joys. Somebody who would feel what I feel, who would believe me, who would never reveal my secrets. A human being can never be such a friend and that鈥檚 why I have decided to look for a confidant in the form of a diary.鈥?And so begins an extraordinary document of an adolescent girl鈥檚 hopes and dreams. By the fall of 1939, Renia and her younger sister Elizabeth (n茅e Ariana) were staying with their grandparents in Przemysl, a city in the south, just as the German and Soviet armies invaded Poland. Cut off from their mother, who was in Warsaw, Renia and her family were plunged into war.</p><br /><p>Like Anne Frank, Renia鈥檚 diary became a record of her daily life as the Nazis spread throughout Europe. Renia writes of her mundane school life, her daily drama with best friends, falling in love with her boyfriend Zygmund, as well as the agony of missing her mother, separated by bombs and invading armies. Renia had aspirations to be a writer, and the diary is filled with her poignant and thoughtful poetry. When she was forced into the city鈥檚 ghetto with the other Jews, Zygmund is able to smuggle her out to hide with his parents, taking Renia out of the ghetto, but not, ultimately to safety. The diary ends in July 1942, completed by Zygmund, after Renia is murdered by the Gestapo.</p><br /><p><i>Renia's Diary</i> has been translated from the original Polish, and includes a preface, afterword, and notes by her surviving sister, Elizabeth Bellak. An extraordinary historical document, Renia Spiegel survives through the beauty of her words and the efforts of those who loved her and preserved her legacy.</p>
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Riches...
by Sarah Smarsh

Language

English

Pages

321

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b>*Finalist for the National Book Award*</b><br /> <b>*Finalist for the Kirkus Prize*<br /> *Instant <i>New York Times </i>Bestseller*</b><br /> *<b>Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR,<i> New York Post</i>, <i>BuzzFeed</i>, <i>Shelf Awareness</i>, <i>Bustle</i>, and <i>Publishers Weekly</i>*</b><br /> <br /><b>An essential read for our times: an eye-opening memoir of working-class poverty in America that will deepen our understanding of the ways in which class shapes our country and 鈥渁 deeply humane memoir that crackles with clarifying insight鈥?*</b><br /><br />Sarah Smarsh was born a fifth generation Kansas wheat farmer on her paternal side, and the product of generations of teen mothers on her maternal side. Through her experiences growing up on a farm thirty miles west of Wichita, we are given a unique and essential look into the lives of poor and working class Americans living in the heartland.<br /> <br /> During Sarah鈥檚 turbulent childhood in Kansas in the 1980s and 1990s, she enjoyed the freedom of a country childhood, but observed the painful challenges of the poverty around her; untreated medical conditions for lack of insurance or consistent care, unsafe job conditions, abusive relationships, and limited resources and information that would provide for the upward mobility that is the American Dream. By telling the story of her life and the lives of the people she loves with clarity and precision but without judgement, Smarsh challenges us to look more closely at the class divide in our country.<br /> <br /> Beautifully written, in a distinctive voice, <i>Heartland</i> combines personal narrative with powerful analysis and cultural commentary, challenging<i> </i>the myths about people thought to be less because they earn less.<br /> <br /> 鈥?lt;i>Heartland</i> is one of a growing number of important works鈥攊ncluding Matthew Desmond鈥檚 <i>Evicted</i> and Amy Goldstein鈥檚 <i>Janesville</i>鈥攖hat together merit their own section in nonfiction aisles across the country: America鈥檚 postindustrial decline...Smarsh shows how the false promise of the 鈥楢merican dream鈥?was used to subjugate the poor. It鈥檚 a powerful mantra鈥?<b>*(<i>The New York Times Book Review)</i></b><i>.</i>
High School
by , Tegan Quin

Language

English

Pages

352

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<p><b>From the iconic musicians Tegan and Sara comes a memoir about high school, detailing their first loves and first songs in a compelling look back at their humble beginnings</b><br /><i></i><br /><i>High School</i> is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary, Alberta, who grew up at the height of grunge and rave culture in the nineties, well before they became the celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ icons we know today. While grappling with their identity and sexuality, often alone, they also faced academic meltdown, their parents鈥?divorce, and the looming pressure of what might come after high school. Written in alternating chapters from both Tegan's and Sara鈥檚 points of view, the book is a raw account of the drugs, alcohol, love, music, and friendship they explored in their formative years. </p><p>A transcendent story of first loves and first songs, <i>High School </i>captures the tangle of discordant and parallel memories of two sisters who grew up in distinct ways even as they lived just down the hall from each another. This is the origin story of Tegan and Sara.</p>
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou

Language

English

Pages

304

Publication Date

April 15, 2009

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Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. <i>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</i> captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou鈥檚 debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.<br /> 聽<br /> 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 鈥減owhitetrash.鈥?At eight years old and back at her mother鈥檚 side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age鈥攁nd 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 (鈥淚 met and fell in love with William Shakespeare鈥? will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.<br /> 聽<br /> Poetic and powerful, <i>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</i> will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.<br /> <b>聽</b><br /> <b>鈥?lt;i>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</i> liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.鈥濃€擩ames Baldwin</b>
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Language

English

Pages

945

Publication Date

December 08, 2006

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Winner of the Lincoln Prize<br /> <br />Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Abraham Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.<br /><br />On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry.<br /> <br /> Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war. That Lincoln succeeded, Goodwin demonstrates, was the result of a character that had been forged by experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires.<br /> <br /> It was this capacity that enabled Lincoln as president to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war.<br /> <br /> We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through.<br /> <br /> This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.
They Called Us Enemy
by , Steven Scott

Language

English

Pages

212

Publication Date

July 17, 2019

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George Takei has captured hearts and minds worldwide with his captivating stage presence and outspoken commitment to equal rights. But long before he braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war with his father鈥檚鈥攁nd their entire family forced from their home into an uncertain future. In a stunning graphic memoir, Takei revisits his haunting childhood in American concentration camps, as one of over 100,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon鈥攁nd America itself鈥攊n this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
by Caroline Fraser

Language

English

Pages

641

Publication Date

November 21, 2017

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<p><b>WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE</b><br /><b>WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD </b><br /><b>ONE OF THE <i>NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW</i>'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the <i>Little House on the Prairie</i> books</b></p><p>Millions of readers of <i>Little House on the Prairie</i> believe they know Laura Ingalls鈥攖he pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser鈥攖he editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series鈥攎asterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder鈥檚 biography. Revealing the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life, she also chronicles Wilder's tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books.</p><p>The Little House books, for all the hardships they describe, are paeans to the pioneer spirit, portraying it as triumphant against all odds. But Wilder鈥檚 real life was harder and grittier than that, a story of relentless struggle, rootlessness, and poverty. It was only in her sixties, after losing nearly everything in the Great Depression, that she turned to children鈥檚 books, recasting her hardscrabble childhood as a celebratory vision of homesteading鈥攁nd achieving fame and fortune in the process, in one of the most astonishing rags-to-riches episodes in American letters.</p><p>Spanning nearly a century of epochal change, from the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl, Wilder鈥檚 dramatic life provides a unique perspective on American history and our national mythology of self-reliance. With fresh insights and new discoveries, <i>Prairie Fires</i> reveals the complex woman whose classic stories grip us to this day.</p>

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