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Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice

by Garnet N. Jackson

Examines the life of the first black man to be appointed an associate justice of the highest court in the country.

The Ticket Out: Darryl Strawberry and the Boys of Crenshaw

by Michael Sokolove

The year was 1979 and the fifteen teenagers on the Crenshaw High Cougars were the most talented team in the history of high school baseball. They were pure ballplayers, sluggers and sweet fielders who played with unbridled joy and breathtaking skill. The national press converged on Crenshaw. So many scouts gravitated to their games that they took up most of the seats in the bleachers. Even the Crenshaw ballfield was a sight to behold -- groomed by the players themselves, picked clean of every pebble, it was the finest diamond in all of inner-city Los Angeles. On the outfield fences, the gates to the outside stayed locked against the danger and distraction of the streets. Baseball, for these boys, was hope itself. They had grown up with the notion that it could somehow set things right -- a vague, unexpressed, but persistent hope that even if life was rigged, baseball might be fair. And for a while it seemed they were right. Incredibly, most of of this team -- even several of the boys who sat on the bench -- were drafted into professional baseball. Two of them, Darryl Strawberry and Chris Brown, would reunite as teammates on a National League All-Star roster. But Michael Sokolove's The Ticket Out is more a story of promise denied than of dreams fulfilled. Because in Sokolove's brilliantly reported poignant and powerful tale, the lives of these gifted athletes intersect with the realities of being poor, urban, and black in America. What happened to these young men is a harsh reminder of the ways inspiration turns to frustration when the bats and balls are stowed and the crowd's applause dies down. Just as Friday Night Lights portrayed the impact of high school sports on the life of a Texas community, and There Are No Children Here examined the viselike grip of poverty on minority youngsters, The Ticket Out presents an unforgettable tale of families grasping for opportunities, of athletes praying for one chance to make it big, of all of us hoping that the will to succeed can triumph over the demons haunting our city streets.

A Ticket to the Circus: A Memoir

by Norris Church Mailer

In this revealing memoir, told with southern charm and wit, Norris Church Mailer depicts the full evolution of her colorful life--from her childhood in a small Arkansas town all the way through her intense thirty-three-year marriage with Norman Mailer and his heartbreaking death. She met Norman by chance while in her early twenties and they fell in love in one night. Theirs was a marriage full of friendship, betrayal, doubts, understanding, challenges, and deep, complicated, lifelong passion. The couple's New York parties were legendary, and their social circle included such luminaries as Jacqueline Kennedy, Truman Capote, and Gore Vidal. Complete with the couple's intimate letters, this candid and unforgettable memoir is a great American love story. Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more. RandomHouseReadersCircle.com

Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War

by Michael Sallah Mitch Weiss

In a story sadly relevant to other wars past and present, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporters chronicle the long covered-up tale of a short-lived (May-November 1967) experimental Army unit in the Vietnam War, whose mission it was to seek out the enemy for better-targeted bombing runs. The book includes maps of the Tiger Force operations area, a cast of characters, several photos, and the gory details of the Force's descent into being barbarous killers of civilians. Sallah is now an editor for the Miami Herald; Weiss is with the Charlotte Observer. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Tiger Woods

by Jeff Savage

The life of Tiger Woods, one of the best golfers to ever play the game.

The Tiger's Child

by Torey L. Hayden

This book is a sequel to _One Child_, in which Hayden tells the story of her work with a six-year-old emotionally disturbed child named Sheila. In this book, Hayden chronicles the renewal of her relationship with Sheila, now fourteen and still struggling to come to terms with her past.Hayden and Sheila both must come to terms with their different perceptions of those first five months they spent together as teacher and student.

A Tiger's Walk: The memoirs of an Auburn Football Player

by Rob Pate

"I guess I've always known that college football was the livelihood of this state. I think everyone who grows up in the state of Alabama knows and appreciates the tradition and pageantry that comes with football, in particular college football at Auburn University and the University of Alabama. Since I was five, football has been a way of life for me. In this state, the ultimate goal and dream of just about every little boy is to wear the orange and blue of Auburn or the crimson and white of Alabama. For four years I lived that dream as an Auburn Tiger. I was a four-year defensive starter who played at Auburn in the midst of a tremendous storm of controversy as well as unparalleled success. I played on two teams that represented the western side of the conference in Atlanta as champions, and I played on two teams that had miserable losing seasons."

Tight Spaces (Singular Lives)

by Kesho Scott Cherry Muhanji Egyirba High

"Tight Spaces gives voice to the difficult odds against which Black women must struggle to become fully themselves. Many of its characters lose their chances to family, to men, to children, to poverty, to madness, to addiction, to not enough elbow room for their souls. Rightly, the book pays attention to casualties as well as to survivors. For the authors, survivors themselves, it is a celebration of life, of creativity. And of the healing power of friends, who are both inspiration for and the mirror to the self." -- Belles Lettres

Tightwads on the Loose: A Seven Year Pacific Odyssey

by Wendy Hinman

Everyone dreams of tropical escape. But what happens when you escape for too long? Imagine spending 24 hours a day with your spouse in 31 not-so-square feet...for years; crossing the Pacific Ocean on two gallons of fuel; and tossing spaghetti marinara around your living room, then cleaning it up while bouncing like ice in a martini shaker. "Tightwads on the Loose" tells the story of Wendy and Garth, lured to sea by the promise of adventure. They buy a 31-foot boat that fit their budget better than it fits Garth's large frame and set sail for an open-ended voyage, never imagining they'd be gone seven years, or cover 34,000 miles at the pace of a fast walk. They live without what many would consider necessities and learn that teamwork and a sense of humor matter most as they face endless "character-building opportunities." They make a long-anticipated visit to the island where Garth had been shipwrecked as a teenager, only to find it had become a penal colony. An electronic catastrophe in the Solomon Islands leaves them without navigation equipment, which forces them to trade their free-wheeling lifestyle for one that seems straight out of a '60s sitcom: jobs at a U. S. Army base in the Marshall Islands. In Asia, they dodge typhoons and ships that threaten to turn their home into kindling. Finally they endure a grueling 49-day nonstop ocean crossing. But none of this prepares them for their arrival "home" to a post-9/11 America which leaves them wondering what had changed more, them or the world.

Tim and Tom: An American Comedy in Black and White

by Tim Reid Tom Dreesen Ron Rapoport

As the heady promise of the 1960s sagged under the weight of widespread violence, rioting, and racial unrest, two young men--one black and one white--took to stages across the nation to help Americans confront their racial divide: by laughing at it. Tim and Tom tells the story of that pioneering duo, the first interracial comedy team in the history of show business--and the last. Tim Reid and Tom Dreesen polished their act in the nightclubs of Chicago, then took it on the road, not only in the North, but in the still-simmering South as well, developing routines that even today remain surprisingly frank--and remarkably funny--about race. Most nights, the shock of seeing an integrated comedy team quickly dissipated in uproarious laughter, but on some occasions the audience's confusion and discomfort led to racist heckling, threats, and even violence. Though Tim and Tom perpetually seemed on the verge of making it big throughout their five years together, they grudgingly came to realize that they were ahead of their time: America was not yet ready to laugh at its own failed promise. Eventually, the grind of the road took its toll, as bitter arguments led to an acrimonious breakup. But the underlying bond of friendship Reid and Dreesen had forged with each groundbreaking joke has endured for decades, while their solo careers delivered the success that had eluded them as a team. By turns revealing, shocking, and riotously funny, Tim and Tom unearths a largely forgotten chapter in the history of comedy.

Time Bandit

by Malcolm Macpherson Johnathan Hillstrand Andy Hillstrand

The story of two brothers, Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand, who are maverick fisherman on the Bering Sea. They share the skippering duties on board their family-operated vessel, the Time Bandit. They are totally outrageous characters, taking on what is known to be the most dangerous job in the world. The Bering Sea is dangerous and mercurial and can steal years from a fisherman's life and Time Bandit is the name of the fishing vessel the brothers use to hook the Alaskan King Crabs. In pursuit of their daily catch, the brothers brave ice floes and heaving waves 60ft high, the perils of 1000lb steel crab traps thrown about by the wind and the constant menace of open water. The details of their childhood make you wonder how they ever lived past the age of ten! This amazing story, co-written with Malcolm MacPherson, brings to life the heart-in-your-throat existence of the Hillstrand brothers.

A Time for Remembering: The Ruth Graham Bell Story

by Patricia Daniels Cornwell

For the first time, Ruth Bell Graham shares the full story of her life and what it is like to be the wife of the most famous Christian evangelist of this century. Drawing on previously unpublished letters, diary accounts, and personal interviews with family and friends, Patricia Daniels Cornwell creates a richly detailed, deeply personal account of Ruth's transformation from spirited child of medical missionaries into a dynamic, highly motivated woman and major world figure. A Time for Remembering does not avoid the difficulties--maintaining a nurturing homelife in the face of outside pressures, her near-fatal accident--which have only affirmed her faith. What emerges is a loving portrait of a remarkable, vital Christian wife, mother, and woman with her own unsung ministry to the downtrodden.

Time of My Life

by Patrick Swayze Lisa Niemi

In September 2009 movie star Patrick Swayze lost his long and bravely fought battle against pancreatic cancer. Dedications soon came flooding in from Swayze's many friends in film and television as well as from his legions of adoring fans. His was a life richly led and this memoir, completed just weeks before his death, is a testament to the strength and passion of this remarkable man. It was January 2008 when Patrick Swayze was given the worst news of his life. What he hoped was just a stomach ache was actually stage four pancreatic cancer. This book isn't just the story of Patrick's fight against cancer. In the public eye from the early 1980s, this is the story of a remarkable life and career. Intended as a low budget, straight-to-video production, Dirty Dancing became a cult hit and remains one of the most enduring films of the 80s. Ghost cemented Patrick as a hugely bankable star, in a role that has had a considerable cultural impact. Most recently Patrick returned to the public's adoring arms in TV's The Beast. This book will chronicle Patrick's personal life, too -- including his treatment for alcoholism following the death of his father and sister's sudden death. What remained a constant in Patrick's life was his marriage and Patrick and Lisa's love story is inspiring, honest, heartfelt and transcends the typical celebrity marriage. This is a book that anyone who has faced cancer or a terminal illness can turn to: Lisa and Patrick have shown the world that cancer isn't just a diagnosis given to one individual, but a disease that can bring a household together or pull a family apart. Bold, honest and inspiring, Patrick Swayze's memoir is the story of a remarkable man's life and career and of his refusal to give up without a fight.

A Time to Plant: Life Lessons in Work, Prayer, and Dirt

by Kyle T. Kramer

In this book, Kyle Kramer recounts the gritty story of how he came to experience the joys of real community through a journey of honest reckoning with his own ambitions. "A Time to Plant" is a deeply human story of one man's attempt to make simple living a reality as a spiritual discipline for himself, as a model for his children, and for the good of creation.

Timebends: A Life

by Arthur Miller

Autobiographical writings of Arthur Miller.

The Times of My Life

by Betty Ford Chris Chase

The autobiography of the wife of President Gerald Ford Raised in the midwest, once divorced, troubled by her husband's frequent absences, threatened by breast cancer, and for a moment lost within pills and alcohol, Betty Ford has lead a life that every woman knows is part of her life too-tender, tragic, happy, painful, and finally, triumphant. Now with all of her honesty, candor, and humor, Betty Ford tells of each public and private time of her life-sharing with you the very special and very moving life of a great American woman.

Times To Remember

by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

A fascinating chronicle of eight decades rich in history, drama, and courage, the new edition of Rose Kennedy's bestselling memoir is introduced by a moving tribute from her children and features family letters, memorabilia, and personal photographs.

Times Two: Two Women in Love and the Happy Family They Made

by Sarah Ellis Kristen Henderson

TO EVERY GOOD LOVE STORY, THERE IS A TWIST. Times Two is about two women meeting, falling madly in love, and realizing that they are so crazy about each other that they want to have a family together. The fact that they both get pregnant at the exact same time is where things start to get interesting. Sarah Kate Ellis, a high-powered magazine executive, and Kristen Henderson, a laid-back rock star, decide it's time to start their family. After determining that Sarah should get pregnant first while Kristen works on her band's new CD, they head to a fertility doctor to start the process. But after months of drug treatments, miscarriages, and heartbreak, Kristen decides to start trying, too. That's when the utterly improbable happens: Sarah and Kristen find out that they are both pregnant--and are due three days apart. Overjoyed by the news that they are both expecting, Sarah and Kristen are also overwhelmed by all that lies ahead. Both have successful, demanding careers. Both have large, close-knit families nearby, including two strongly opinionated mothers who immediately want to be involved with everything. And both are completely clueless about the challenges they're about to face. They soon realize that none of their previous accomplishments has prepared them for the highs and lows of impending motherhood: not Kristen's stint touring with The Rolling Stones, nor Sarah's march up the corporate ladder in the world of women's magazines. They go through everything first-time parents-to-be experience--but twice over. They're producing double the hormones, double the morning sickness, double the cravings, and have double the ups and downs. From the start, Sarah and Kristen think of their babies as twins, each woman carrying half of a set. But for two women who've always finished each other's sentences, they suddenly find themselves on opposite ends of the mothers-to-be spectrum, with different opinions on almost everything. One wants a drug-free birth, while the other wants an epidural at the first sign of a contraction. One is dying to know the baby's gender, but the other refuses to find out until she hears the baby's first cry in the delivery room. The difficulties of having two pregnant women under the same roof are multiplied by the legal and social obstacles of being a gay couple. Told from Kristen and Sarah's insightful and hilarious she said/she said perspective, this touching, modern family adventure will entertain, enlighten, and resonate with readers of all stripes.

The Times We Had: Life with William Randolph Hearst

by Marion Davies

The story of the publishing czar and the Hollywood star, their 32-year love affair in her own words.

Timmy's in the Well: The Jon Provost Story

by Jon Provost Laurie Jacobson

In this memoir Jon Provost describes his experiences as a child superstar and shares celebrity anecdotes. Timmy's in the Well illustrates what happens to a middle-class American family touched by fame. Jon's first job came at age three, forever altering the course of his life and the lives of his family. With nearly a dozen film appearances in a mere five years, Provost was named the top child movie actor of 1958 by the New York Film Critics. Yet he could barely read, hardly knew his siblings, and had few friends under the age of 35. More than 200 interviews add texture and humor to this thoroughly researched story, and the book includes a vivid portrait of the inner workings of Hollywood of the 1950s and 1960s, and it is populated with some of the biggest names of the day. [All spelling, grammatical and punctuation errors are errors that are in the book itself, not the scan.]

Tinisima

by Elena Poniatowska Katherine Silver

This fictionalized account of the life of Tina Modotti is a fascinating story of the complex woman caught up in the social and political turbulence of the pre-World War II era.

Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants: Based on a True Story

by Jill Soloway

When Jill Soloway was just thirteen, she and her best friend donned the tightest satin pants they could find, poufed up their hair and squeezed into Candies heels, then headed to downtown Chicago in search of their one-and-only true loves forever: the members of whichever rock band was touring through town. Never mind that both girls still had braces, coke-bottle-thick glasses and had only just bought their first bras ... they were fabulous, they felt beautiful, they were tiny ladies in shiny pants. Now that Jill is all grown up and a successful writer and producer, she can look back on her tiny self and share her shiny tales with fondness, absurdity and obsessive-compulsive attention to even the most embarrassing details. From the highly personal (conflating her own loss of virginity and the Kobe Bryant accusations), to the political (what she has in common with Monica and Chandra), to the outrageously Los Angelean (why women wear huge diamonds and what they must do to get them), Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants is a genre-defying combination of personal essay and memoir, or a hilarious, unruly and unapologetic evaluation of society, religion, sex, love, and -- best of all -- Jill.

Tip And The Gipper: When Politics Worked

by Chris Matthews

"TIP AND THE GIPPER" is a magnificent personal history of a time when two great political opponents served together for the benefit of the country. Chris Matthews was an eyewitness to this story as a top aide to Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill, who waged a principled war of political ideals with President Reagan from 1980 to 1986. Together, the two men forged compromises that shaped America's future and became one of history's most celebrated political pairings--the epitome of how ideological opposites can get things done. When Ronald Reagan was elected to the presidency in a landslide victory over Jimmy Carter (for whom Matthews had worked as a speechwriter), Speaker O'Neill realized Americans had voted for a change. For the first time in his career, O'Neill also found himself thrust into the national spotlight as the highest-ranking leader of the Democratic Party--the most visible and respected challenger to President Reagan's agenda of shrinking the government and lowering taxes. At first, O'Neill doubted his ability to compete on the public stage with the charming Hollywood actor, whose polished speeches played well on TV, a medium O'Neill had never mastered. Over time, the burly Irishman learned how to fight the popular president on his key issues, relying on legislative craftiness, strong rhetoric, and even guerrilla theater. "An old dog can learn new tricks," Tip told his staff. Of O'Neill, one of his colleagues said, "If Martians came into the House chamber, they'd know instantly who the leader was. " Meanwhile, President Reagan proved to be a much more effective and savvy leader than his rivals had ever expected, achieving major legislative victories on taxes and the federal budget. Reagan and his allies knew how to work the levers of power in Washington. After showing remarkable personal fortitude in the wake of the assassination attempt against him, Reagan never let his political differences with Democrats become personal. He was fond of the veteran Speaker's motto that political battles ended at 6 p. m. So when he would phone O'Neill, he would say, "Hello, Tip, is it after six o'clock?" Together, the two leaders fought over the major issues of the day--welfare, taxes, covert military operations, and Social Security--but found their way to agreements that reformed taxes, saved Social Security, and achieved their common cause of bringing peace to Northern Ireland. O'Neill's quiet behind-the-scenes support helped Reagan forge his historic Cold War-ending bond with Mikhail Gor-bachev. They each won some and lost some, and through it all they maintained respect for each other's positions and worked to advance the country rather than obstruct progress. As Matthews notes, "There is more than one sort of heroic behavior, and they don't all look the same. " "Tip and the Gipper" is the story of the kind of heroism we need today.

Tirumankai Alvar

by Padma Srinivasan

Biography of writer Tirumankai Alvar.

Tis

by Frank Mccourt

Now we have 'Tis, the story of Frank's American journey from impoverished immigrant to brilliant teacher and raconteur. Frank lands in New York at age nineteen, in the company of a priest he meets on the boat. He gets a job at the Biltmore Hotel, where he immediately encounters the vivid hierarchies of this "classless country," and then is drafted into the army and is sent to Germany to train dogs and type reports. It is Frank's incomparable voice -- his uncanny humor and his astonishing ear for dialogue -- that renders these experiences spellbinding. When Frank returns to America in 1953, he works on the docks, always resisting what everyone tells him, that men and women who have dreamed and toiled for years to get to America should "stick to their own kind" once they arrive. Somehow, Frank knows that he should be getting an education, and though he left school at fourteen, he talks his way into New York University. There, he falls in love with the quintessential Yankee, long-legged and blonde, and tries to live his dream. But it is not until he starts to teach -- and to write -- that Frank finds his place in the world. The same vulnerable but invincible spirit that captured the hearts of readers in Angela's Ashes comes of age. As Malcolm Jones said in his Newsweek review of Angela's Ashes, "It is only the best storyteller who can so beguile his readers that he leaves them wanting more when he is done...and McCourt proves himself one of the very best." Frank McCourt's 'Tis is one of the most eagerly awaited books of our time, and it is a masterpiece.

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