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T.O.

by Terrell Owens Jason Rosenhaus

In this remarkably candid book, the NFL's most colorful and controversial athlete tells his own Philadelphia story. Terrell Owens joined the Philadelphia Eagles for the 2004 season hoping to help the Eagles win the Super Bowl. The Eagles almost did it, losing a close game to the New England Patriots. TO expected to have a long and productive career in Philadelphia. But less than halfway through the 2005 season it all fell apart. TO was suspended, first for a game, then for the season, as the Eagles blamed him for a variety of infractions. Now TO speaks out about what really happened in Philadelphia. He takes readers behind the scenes -- and into the huddle -- to show how he was unfairly blamed for conduct detrimental to his team. After setting an Eagles record for touchdown receptions, TO was badly injured late in the 2004 season. Most observers thought his season was over. But TO put himself through a grueling rehab, which he describes here, to recover in time to join his teammates in the Super Bowl, turning in a remarkable performance. Convinced that the Eagles could win it all in 2005, TO became only the sixth receiver in NFL history with 100 touchdown receptions. He explains in T.O. how and why his relationship with Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb deteriorated. The situation worsened when TO agreed with Michael Irvin that the Eagles would be better off with Brett Favre as their quarterback. A fight in the team locker room, where an injured TO had to defend himself, caused further friction. Before long he was suspended from the team for the entire season. TO contested his suspension and took his case before an arbitrator. In this book TO brings readers into the hearing room and shows how unfair the arbitrator's precedent-setting decision really was. The decision was so wrong that even the NFL agreed to pass a rule specifically reversing it. But T.O. is a story of triumph and dedication. TO never lost his commitment to the game, and whenever he had the chance, he performed like the sensational athlete he is. He knew he would play again, and his faith was rewarded when he signed a three-year, $25 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys prior to the 2006 season. Throughout his ordeal, TO remained true to himself, the same outsized personality who has rocked the NFL and become a football superstar.

T. R.: The Last Romantic

by H. W. Brands

A scholarly yet very readable biography of Teddy Roosevelt.

T. S. Eliot: A Life

by Peter Ackroyd

A careful biography with extensive reference to his works.

Take a Seat: One Man, One Tandem and Twenty Thousand Miles of Possibilities

by Dominic Gill

A remarkable journey of sharing and self-discovery. When Dominic Gill set out from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, by bicycle on June 16, 2006, it was to be no ordinary bike ride. His goal was to reach Ushuaia, the southernmost city in South America, nearly 20,000 miles away, and he was starting off with virtually no money in his pocket, barely enough food to last a week, and, worst of all, with thousands of miles between him and his friends and family. But Dominic had a plan: His bicycle, Achilles, was a tandem and the spare seat was his secret weapon. He would invite strangers to join him on his long journey-strangers he hoped would become friends and help him turn a terrifying prospect into the adventure of a lifetime. In Take a Seat,Dominic tells the story of his incredible journey. Over twenty-six months, he covered 18,449 miles down the west coast of the Americas, passed through fifteen countries, was looked after by countless strangers, crashed into a Mexican banana truck, was nearly attacked by a mob of Bolivian political demonstrators, cycled past active volcanoes, and didn't have a single haircut. All sorts of colorful characters took a seat on Achilles-from a meditating, pot-smoking French Canadian named Pierre to the dark-haired Joselyn from Chile. Eventually, he reached Ushuaia, freezing and exhausted and with another new friend behind him-the 270th person to take that seat. He had achieved his dream. * In summer 2010, Dominic and his tandem bike embarked on a trip across America and headed toward New York City with a group of elderly and disabled people. The core values of this new journey remain the same: To travel. To share. To inspire. Dominic filmed the entire journey. To learn more, go to domandernie.com.

Take a Stand, Rosa Parks!

by Peter Roop Connie Roop

Rosa Parks is famous for refusing to give up her seat on a bus. Do you know that Rosa felt her best achievement was helping young people? Rosa Parks was born in 1913. Do you know that her grandparents were slaves when they were born? Rosa Parks loved to learn. Do you know that Rosa could read before she went to school? Rosa Parks went to a one-room school-house. Do you know that Rosa's school had no glass windows? Rosa Parks was a hard worker. Do you know that Rosa picked cotton when she was only six years old? Rosa Parks was good at making things with her hands. Do you know that Rosa often earned a living sewing clothes? Rosa Parks enjoyed school. Do you know that Rosa quit high school to take care of her beloved grandmother when she was sick? Rosa Parks didn't go to college. Do you know that she received many special college degrees for her civil rights work? Rosa Parks liked to save things and use them again. Do you know that her nieces and nephews called Rosa "The Recycling Queen"? Rosa Parks is famous for her courage as an adult. Do you know that Rosa was also very brave as a young person? The answers to these questions lie in who Rosa Parks was as a young person before she made history.

Take Big Bites: Adventures Around the World and Across the Table

by Linda Ellerbee

The celebrated journalist, producer, and bestselling author takes us on a remarkable culinary journey through "a life lived interestingly, if not especially intelligently." Linda Ellerbee's first two books were instant classics: And So It Goes, a hilarious, unblinking look at television journalism that spent months as a bestseller; and Move On, a wry, intimate look at a woman in her time that became a milestone in autobiographical writing. Now she takes us both farther afield and closer to home in a memoir of travel, food, and personal (mis)adventure that brims with warmth, wit, uncommon honesty, inspired storytelling... and a few recipes as well. In Vietnam, preconceptions collide with the soup.... In France, lust flares with the pâté and dies with the dessert....In Bolivia, a very young missionary finds her food flavored with hypocrisy... while at the bottom of the Grand Canyon an older woman discovers gorp is good, fear is your friend, and Thai chicken tastes best when you're soaked by rain and the Colorado River. From Italy to Afghanistan, from Mexico to Massachusetts, Ellerbee leads us on a journey of revelation, humor, and heart. "What can you say about Linda Ellerbee?" Ted Koppel once wrote. "The woman is raucous and irreverent and writes like a dream." Take Big Bites proves it again.

Take Me Home: An Autobiography

by John Denver Arthur Tobier

In a career that has spanned twenty-five years, John Denver has earned international acclaim as a singer, songwriter, actor, and environmental activist. Songs like "Take Me Home, Country Roads," "Rocky Mountain High," and "Annie's Song" have entered the canon of universal anthems, but less than three decades ago, John Denver was a young man with little more than a fine voice, a guitar, and a dream. Growing up in a conservative military family, he was not expected to drop out of college and head to Los Angeles, where the music scene was flourishing. Nor was he expected to succeed. In Take Me Home, John Denver chronicles the experiences that shaped his life, while unraveling the rich, inner journey of a shy Midwestern boy whose uneasy partnership with fame has been one of the defining forces of his first fifty years. With candor and wit, John writes about his childhood, the experience of hitting L.A. as the Sixties roared into full swing, his first breaks, his years with the Mitchell Trio, his first songwriting success with "Leaving on a Jet Plane," and finally a career that made his a global household name. He also explores his relationships with the women in his life--particularly his first wife, Annie Martell, and his second wife, Cassandra Delaney--as well as his parents, his children, his partners through his life, and his friends. Honest, insightful and rich in anecdotes that only a natural-born storyteller could tell so well, Take Me Home is a highly charged and fascinating book from beginning to end. It's like spending a couple of days with a good friend.

Taking Care of Our Own: A Year in the Life of a Small Hospital

by Susan Garrett

Garrett's compelling depiction of the hospital in York, Maine, that she administered for six years becomes her occasion to examine what she terms the "fix" today's medical practitioners find themselves in. Noting that market competition has not contained medical costs, she shows us the turf battles within the system as her not-for-profit hospital attempts to reinvent itself to survive. What services should be added to compete in the hospital marketplace? Contract for a traveling CAT scanner owned by a for-profit firm? Institute a cardiology lab, a market niche? The 79-bed, 80-year-old York Hospital is vexed by its perceived mandate to take care of its own. Along with the affluent summer folk, the hospital's "neighbors" include the likes of homeless Tim Bailey, who turns up with chest pains each Christmas Eve and is hospitalized so he needn't be alone for the holidays; Elizabeth Littlejohn, a 19-year-old bulimic with a hospital bill of $76,000, who defaults on her $10 monthly payments and whose dirt-poor family has looked to York Hospital for social services for three generations. As Garrett ruminates on what hospitals should contribute to their communities, she vivifies the daily happenings at her own. And if she doesn't have ready answers, Garrett, who is now a freelance writer, makes us ponder the price of valuing too highly the cold logic of cost-benefit analysis.

Taking Flight: My Story

by Dan Gutman Vicki Van Meter

The autobiography of the young girl who learned to fly at age 10 and 2 years later piloted a plane across the Atlantic.

Taking Heat: The President, the Press, and My Years in the White House

by Ari Fleischer

The early years of the twenty-first century were a tumultuous time in America. The country faced a hotly contested presidential election, the largest terrorist attack in the nation's history, and the early stages of war. Through it all, President George W. Bush surrounded himself with a handful of close advisers. During this time the man beside the President was Ari Fleischer, his press secretary and one of his most trusted confidants. In this role, Fleisher was present for every decision and became an eyewitness to history. In this riveting account, Fleischer goes behind the scenes as he recalls his experiences in the West Wing. Through the ups and downs of this time, he took the heat, fielded the questions, and brought the President's message into living rooms around the world. In Taking Heat, Fleischer, for the first time, gives his perspective on: The 2000 election, from the recounts to the transition to power; September 11, 2001, its aftermath, and the anthrax scare; The pressure-filled buildup to the war in Iraq and the President's thoughts as the war began; Life in the White House, from learning to adjust to the pace of the West Wing and his early briefings to his relationship with the press; The White House press corps, who they are, and how they report the news; The factors that led to his decision to leave Washington behind. This is the story of the men and women of the White House press corps and the cornerstones of democracy: freedom of speech and the freedom of the press. Fleischer presents an in-depth, insider's view on the Washington political arena from a perspective few have seen. Fleischer writes of his belief that the press has a bias in Washington. It's not a question of partisanship or press-driven ideology. Instead, it's a focus on conflict, particularly if it's a conflict they can attach to the President. It's the nature of the White House press corps, regardless of who's in power. The members of the White House press corps are masters at being devil's advocate, able to take with passion the opposite side of whatever issue the President supports. Fleischer's job was to calmly field their questions, no matter how pointed. Taking Heat is an introspective exploration of the top political events in the first half of the Bush administration, as well as the candid observations of a professional who stood in the bright lights of the world stage.

Taking Heat: The President, the Press, and My Years in the White House

by Ari Fleischer

The author was President George W. Bush's press secretary during his first term in office. This book describes Flasher's experiences and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the White House.

Taking Hold: My Journey into Blindness

by Sally Hobart Alexander

A true story of the author's loss of vision as a young woman and of her adaptation to blindness.

Taking Land, Breaking Land: Women Colonizing the American West and Kenya, 1840-1940

by Glenda Riley

In spite of considerable similarities, the American West and Kenya have rarely been compared or contrasted by historians, until now. This book examines the lives of women colonists on the American and Kenyan frontiers to demonstrate the importance of gender and race in shaping women's frontier experience. Although the West and Kenya are half a world apart, have natives of different races, and developed at different periods, the lives of women colonists show remarkable parallels. On both frontiers, white women were active agents of colonial conquest. They believed in the necessity of imposing their culture upon native peoples to bring about 'civilisation'. In turn, the colonised responded by resisting, which meant that women of colour seldom allied with white women. Riley's discussion of the historical experiences of these two frontiers addresses such crucial issues as women's roles in the continuation of colonisation in the US West as opposed to their roles in its collapse in Kenya. Although she uses post-modern theoretical concepts of self and other, of resistance and adaptation, her writing will appeal to a broad audience of students, scholars, and general readers.

Taking My Life

by Jane Rule

Discovered in her papers as a handwritten manuscript in 2008, Jane Rule's autobiography is a rich and culturally significant document that follows the first twenty-one years of her life. In writing about her formative years, she is indeed "taking" the measure of her life, assessing its contours of pleasure and pain, and accounting precisely for how it evolved, with great discretion and consideration for those who might have been affected by being represented in her work. She appreciated the ambiguity of the title she chose, with all its implications of suicide: at the end of her writing life, she was submitting herself as a person, not only to the literary and cultural, but also the moral and ethical critique of her readers. At turns deeply moving and witty,Taking My Lifeprobes in emotional and intellectual terms the larger philosophical questions that were to preoccupy her throughout her literary career, and showcases the origins and contexts that gave shape to Rule's rich intellectual life. Her autobiography will appeal to avid followers of her work, delighted to discover another of her works that has, until now, remained unpublished.

Taking the World In for Repairs

by Richard Selzer

A collection of a dozen short stories, essays, and memoirs originally published in 1986, and now available in trade paperback. Richard Selzer retired as a surgeon in 1984 to write about his profession.

A Tale of Love and Darkness

by Amos Oz

From the back of the book: Tragic, comic, and utterly honest, A Tale of Love and Darkness is at once a family saga and a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of a nation and lived through its turbulent history. It is the story of a boy growing up in the war-torn Jerusalem of the forties and fifties, in a small apartment crowded with books in twelve languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. The story of an adolescent whose life has been changed forever by his mother's suicide when he was twelve years old. The story of a man who leaves the constraints of his family and its community of dreamers, scholars, and failed businessmen to join a kibbutz, change his name, marry, have children. The story of a writer who becomes an active participant in the political life of his nation.

Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

by Geoff Colvin

The stories of extraordinary people who never stopped challenging themselves and who achieved world-class greatness through deliberate practice, including Benjamin Franklin, comedian Chris Rock, football star Jerry Rice, and top CEOs Jeffrey Immelt and Steven Ballmer.

Tales Behind the Tombstones: The Deaths and Burials of the Old West's Most Nefarious Outlaws, Notorious Women, and Celebrated Lawmen

by Chris Enss

A crumbling headstone in the cemetery at Bodie,California, memorializes Rosa May, a prostitute still known for caring for the sick. In Deadwood, South Dakota, Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok, infamous to the end, lie interred side by side, per Jane's last request. And at the top of Lookout Mountain in Colorado lies the greatest western showman of all time, Buffalo Bill Cody, his grave site visited by thousands every year.

Tales for Hard Times: A Story about Charles Dickens

by David R. Collins

Follows the life and works of the popular nineteenth-century English author.

Tales from a Dog Catcher

by Lisa Duffy-Korpics

The Cold War had recently drawn to a close, and Lisa Duffy-Korpics's career as a dogcatcher would soon be history, too, but for very different reasons--and, indeed, with infinitely more pleasant memories. In Tales from a Dog Catcher, she brings together these experiences in a magical book that is funny, touching, and heartrending by turns. Set in a small, Hudson River town north of New York City, this book comprises twenty-two real-life stories about people and their experiences with animals, stories that both entertain and charm, and feature all creatures great and small--from plenty of dogs and cats and "peeping Tom" raccoons, to a duck and a turkey and an (imagined) mountain lion. Animal lovers of all kinds can read how: * A decades-long feud between two longtime enemies who use each other's dogs to hurt each other culminates in a dramatic courtroom battle where they unwittingly end up helping each other. * A call on an elderly woman to surrender twenty-three cats provokes a surprising revelation. * A language and culture barrier yields a situation where a woman ends up watering her cats like plants. All ends well, save for some damp kittens, but the laughter continues for miles. * The police chief forces the animal control officer (ACO) into a presentation at the local high school--for students with behavioral problems. After a few awkward moments, the ACO finds herself at ease. Drawn to these engaging teenagers, she realizes that sometimes what you are meant to do in life is not always something that you choose. Sometimes it chooses you. In the tradition of James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small and John Grogan's Marley & Me, Lisa Duffy-Korpics's Tales from a Dog Catcher is an unforgettable look at the lives of everyday people (and animals) who, whether by accident or design, come into contact with the sad, comical, and often profound world of an animal control officer.

Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World

by Rita Golden Gelman

For years Rita Golden Gelman felt she lived someone else's life. She and her husband had a privileged existence, but she wasn't happy. When she suggests they separate for a couple of weeks, she is at first horrified when he suggests a couple of months, 'so they can be free to see other people'. Then Rita decides to fulfill a long-held dream-- to travel the world. Fifteen years later, Rita is still traveling. This is the story of her journey and personal transformation. From her first tentative trip to Mexico, swept off her feet by a Latin lover; to work as a tour guide in The Galapagos Islands; to live in a royal palace Bali; to New Zealand where she 'adopts' a school- full of children, Rita takes us on her many adventures. Spending days in some places, years in others, Rita captures the joys of connecting with people everywhere and celebrates her glorious transformation from an unfulfilled suburbanite to a liberated and incredibly self-assured woman of the world. More than simply a travel memoir, TALES OF A FEMALE NOMAD is the story of a woman's rebirth.

Tales of Famous Americans

by Peter Roop Connie Roop

A perfect introduction to some of the people who built, changed, and challenged the U.S.A., Tales of Famous Americans will delight young readers. Thrilling childhood stories about people from Pocahontas and Ben Franklin to Yo-Yo Ma and Mia Hamm lead into exciting accounts of their incredible accomplishments as adults. With lively art and lots of fun facts, this book is sure to inspire the next generation of famous Americans!

Tales of St. Patrick

by Eileen Dunlop

From the dust jacket: "Not much is known for certain about Patrick, the celebrated patron saint of Ireland. Using Patrick's own writings and other ancient sources, while acknowledging that many of the best-known stories about him are clearly legends, Eileen Dunlop has written about what Patrick's life might have been like. Beginning with his privileged childhood in fifth century Britain, and continuing on through his abduction into slavery in Ireland and his religious awakening, Dunlop paints a portrait of a man who deeply loved God and the Irish people. After many setbacks and years of religious study, Patrick became Bishop of Ireland. He traveled throughout the country and taught Christianity to a largely pagan population. One of the many legends about St. Patrick proclaims that on the night he died, no darkness fell."

Tales of the Towpath: Adventures Along the Lehigh & Delaware Canal

by Dennis Scholl

Tales of the Towpath is a story about growth and change: the industrialization of the United States; a family struggling to prosper in a new land; the maturing of an inquisitive young boy who meets new friends and enjoys exciting adventures that shape his life.

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