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To thousands of readers of LAND BELOW THE WIND the author seems like a personal friend. "Tunny and sensible, untrammeled by any reticence," as Agnes Rothery wrote in her Herald Tribune review of that book, Agnes Keith is certainly someone you would like to know and someone you feel you do know when you read her books. Now besides herself you will know her family--her husband, Harry, and George, their small son. When Borneo was taken over by the Japanese the Keiths were there. Many of Mrs. Keith's readers suspected this, and her publishers received hundreds of anxious letters inquiring about her safety--so many in fact that the Atlantic felt called upon to print, in May 1943, the card, just received, which she had written in January 1942. It was written on the prisoners' form, sending word that she and Harry and George were interned by the Imperial Japanese Army. (They were actually treated as prisoners of war, not as internees.) In THREE CAME HOME the whole story is told of what war did to this engaging, devoted family: how they came to know the value of freedom, and to know that there is no war without captivity, both of the victor and of the vanquished. That Agnes Keith never lost her grit is axiomatic to those who know her. That she is able now to tell about those unspeakable three and a half years with her amazing sense of humor and of balance is a gift in understanding for all who read this book.
In 1960 psychologist Milton Rokeach staged an unusual experiment to study questions of identity and delusional thinking. He brought together three chronic schizophrenic patients at Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan, each of whom believed himself to be Jesus Christ. For over a year the research team and the three patients met daily. This book is an account of what occurred in and outside these meetings as the three Christs struggled to adjust their concept of themselves against the fact that others claimed the same identity. Although some of the researchers' methods seem questionable by today's standards, this is a fascinating look at how beliefs are formed and sustained, and a poignant portrayal of three deeply troubled human beings.
Three Cups of Deceit uncovers the deception behind Mortenson's public image.
Slamming over the so-called Karakoram "Highway" in his old Land Cruiser, taking great personal risks to seed the region that gave birth to the Taliban with schools, Mortenson goes to war with the root causes of terror every time he offers a student a chance to receive a balanced education, rather than attend an extremist madrassa. If we Americans are to learn from our mistakes, from the flailing, ineffective way we, as a nation, conducted the war on terror after the attacks of 9/11, and from the way we have failed to make our case to the great moderate mass of peace-loving people at the heart of the Muslim world, we need to listen to Greg Mortenson.
This young readers edition of the worldwide bestseller Three Cups of Tea has been specially adapted for younger readers and updated by Greg Mortenson to bring his remarkable story of humanitarianism up to date for the present. Includes a special interview by Greg's twelve-year-old daughter, Amira, who has traveled with her father as an advocate for the Pennies for Peace program for children.
Investigative reporter Edward Jay Epstein casts fresh doubt on the events surrounding a now-infamous sexual encounter between Dominique Strauss-Kahn--better know by his initials, "DSK"--and a Guinean-born maid at New York's Sofitel hotel. Epstein shows that DSK, then managing director at the IMF and a leading contender to unseat Nicolas Sarkozy as president of France, was under close surveillance both before and after the incident. Just two days before, French authorities intercepted a sensitive phone conversation with DSK in Washington, DC. It looks as if he was carrying his own bug: a smart phone. The surveillance also continued to New York: as Epstein shows, the staff of the Sofitel can be seen watching DSK throughout his stay. Also examined is DSK's BlackBerry cell phone, which was likely compromised by French intelligence. Just before DSK left the Sofitel, the phone went missing, and it has never been found. Included in this ebook edition is a collection of documents related to the case, including key-card records (tracking who entered DSK's suite) and never-before-released CCTV surveillance footage. DSK also goes on the record about the case for the first time with an American journalist. Epstein shows that if there was a conspiracy against DSK, as many now believe, it was an after-the-fact one in which DSK's political opponents learned of the sexual incident at the Sofitel through surveillance and shaped it into a major scandal that changed the course of French politics.
Dennis Blanchard's promise to his brother haunted him for over forty years. Finally, when there were no more excuses, he set out on the Appalachian Trail to fulfill that promise. He learned that walking in the wilderness can reconnect one with a Norman Rockwell America that at times seems long lost and forgotten. The difficulties encountered walking over 2,200 miles are easily underestimated and trouble can begin long before setting a first step on the trail. Blanchard's introspective demonstrates that bears, rattlesnakes and challenging terrain may be far less formidable than some of life's more subtle dangers.
"Sunshine, you're my baby and I your only mother. You must mind the one taking care of you, but she's not your mama. " Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes, living by those words. As her mother spirals out of control, Ashley is left clinging to an unpredictable, dissolving relationship, all the while getting pulled deeper and deeper into the foster care system. Painful memories of being taken away from her home quickly become consumed by real-life horrors, where Ashley is juggled between caseworkers, shuffled from school to school, and forced to endure manipulative, humiliating treatment from a very abusive foster family. In this inspiring, unforgettable memoir, Ashley finds the courage to succeed-and in doing so, discovers the power of her own voice. It only takes three little words to break free from the past.
"Sunshine, you're my baby and I'm your only mother. You must mind the one taking care of you, but she's not your mama." Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes, living by those words. As her mother spirals out of control, Ashley is left clinging to an unpredictable, dissolving relationship, all the while getting pulled deeper and deeper into the foster care system. Painful memories of being taken away from her home quickly become consumed by real-life horrors, where Ashley is juggled between caseworkers, shuffled from school to school, and forced to endure manipulative,humiliating treatment from a very abusive foster family. In this inspiring, unforgettable memoir, Ashley finds the courage to succeed - and in doing so, discovers the power of her own voice.
Three Negro Classics: Up from Slavery; The Souls of Black Folk; The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Manby Booker T. Washington William E. B. Dubois James Weldon Johnson
The book presents three Negro Classics: 1. "Up From Slavery"-The autobiography of Booker T Washington is a startling portrait of one of the great Americans of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. 2. "The Souls of Black Folk"- is a major sociological document and one of the momentous books in the mosaic of American literature, and 3. "The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man"-is a remarkable human account of the life of black Americans in the early twentieth century.
This is the story of three people: Julia Blackburn, her father Thomas and her mother Rosalie. Thomas was a poet and an alcoholic, who for many years was addicted to barbiturates, which would often make him violent. Rosalie, a painter, was sociable and flirtatious; she treated Julia as her sister, her confidante, and eventually as her deadly sexual rival. For after her parents were divorced, Julia's mother took in lodgers, always men, on the understanding that each should become her lover. When one of the lodgers started an affair with Julia, Rosalie was devastated; when he later committed suicide the relationship between mother and daughter was shattered irrevocably. Or so it seemed until the spring of 1999, when Rosalie, diagnosed with leukaemia, came to live with Julia for the last month of her life. At last the spell was broken, and they were able to talk with an ease they had never known before. When she was very near the end, Rosalie said to Julia, 'Now you will be able to write about me, won't you?' The Three of Us is a memoir like no other you have read. The writing is magical, and the story is extraordinary not only for its honesty but also for its humour and its lack of blame. Ultimately, this is a tale of redemption, a love story. It will surely become one of the classics of the genre.
What would you do if you were seventeen years old and broke your neck? It's tough enough to stand on the verge of adulthood without the extra burden of not being able to stand at all. Steve Fiffer had his whole life ahead of him in December 1967 when he fractured his fifth cervical vertebra in a wrestling accident at school, shattering his dreams. The diagnosis was quadriplegia, and his parents were told that he would never walk again. Steve, however, was not content to accept such a fate. He had always been taught that he was a leader, not a follower, and he was not going to take this news lying down. Within five months he was out of the hospital, within seven he was on crutches, and within nine he was beginning his freshman year at Yale University. And most remarkable of all, he never lost his wisecracking sense of humor or his hunger for all that life has to offer. Three Quarters, Two Dimes, and a Nickel is Steve Fiffer's story of his coming of age, and of how he created a normal life for himself despite his injury. Steve refused to be consumed or defined by his physical condition; he may not be a dollar bill, he explains, but he's still "three quarters, two dimes, and a nickel." His battle to come back from his injury casts into sharp relief the drama of becoming an adult and wrestling with issues of identity, relationships, and ambition. We join him around the dinner table as he rebuilds his once-distant relationship with his father and gains a new appreciation of their bond; we agonize with him as he tries to find true love (or at least lose his virginity) despite his self-consciousness about his physical awkwardness, and we join him at the Lawson YMCA in downtown Chicago, where he rebuilds his body under the watchful eye of the manic physical-fitness coach Dick Woit, a retired football star who puts Steve through a sort of boot camp to raise his sights even higher and propel him off his crutches for good. Part guru, part drill instructor, Woit helps Steve to develop the mental toughness to put the injury behind him and to embrace adulthood and all its responsibilities. By turns poignant, darkly comic, and ultimately triumphant, Three Quarters, Two Dimes, and a Nickel is an affirmation of how the ordinary joys of life can win out even in extraordinary circumstances.
Three Roads to the Alamo: The Lives and Fortunes of David Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travisby William C. Davis
Three Roads to the Alamo is the definitive book about the lives of David Crockett, James Bowie and William Barret Travis--the legendary frontiersmen and fighters who met their destiny at the Alamo in one of the most famous and tragic battles in American history--and about what really happened in that battle.
Chris Stewart had a long and eclectic list of jobs. From some of the most glamorous careers, such as being the original drummer in Genesis, to the more offbeat, a sheep shearer and circus performer, he had done it all . . . or almost all. So when he is offered the chance to captain a sailboat in the Greek Islands one summer, something he had never done, he jumps at the chance. Ever the optimist, Stewart is undaunted by the fact that he's never actually sailed before!
- This collaboration between brothers will appeal to the legions of Sparks fans who are interested to know more about their favorite author's life--and eager to read each new book he writes.- Nicholas Sparks's most recent novel, "The Wedding (Warner, 9/03), had a first printing of 1.25 million copies and debuted at #2 on the "New York Times bestseller list.- "The Guardian (Warner, 4/03), an instant "New York Times bestseller, has over 700,000 copies in print to date.- The author's #1 "New York Times bestselling track record includes "Nights in Rodanthe (Warner, 9/02), "A Bend in the Road (Warner, 2001), and "The Rescue (Warner, 2000).- "A Walk to Remember (Warner, 2000) has nearly four million copies in combined print and the Warner Bros, feature film was a hit in 2001.- "The Notebook (Warner, 1996) was on the "New York Times bestseller list for over one year and has over 4.5 million copies in print combined. The New Line feature film (Fall, 2003) stars James Garner and Gena Rowlands and was directed by Nick Cassavetes.
Deborah Elli recounts the experiences of young people of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After visiting the region to conduct interviews, she presents their stories here in their own words. Twelve-year-old Nora, eleven-year-old Mohammad, and many others speak directly about their lives - which prove to be both ordinary and extraordinary: They argue with their siblings. They hate spinach. They have wishes for the future. Yet they have also seen their homes destroyed and families killed, and live amidst constant upheaval and violence.This simple, telling book allows young readers everywhere to see that the children caught in this conflict are just like them - but living far more difficult and dangerous lives. Without taking sides, it presents an unblinking portrait of children victimized by the endless struggle around them.
It took months of doctors visits and several illnesses for Erica Reid to uncover that her young son had multiple allergies and serious asthma. Her daughter, who had suffered from skin irritation since birth, was diagnosed with food allergies as well. Thus began a cautious, thoughtful journey to more doctors and led the author to totally re-vamp her family's diet, "de-tox" her home, and, as her children grew older, coordinate healthy routines for school and travel.Along the way, Reid developed complementary child-rearing strategies promoting respect, responsibility, creativity, spiritual balance, and love. From heath and nutrition to discipline and spirituality, Reid schooled herself in every area that is part of creating a totally healthy environment in which a family can flourish. THE THRIVING CHILD also includes in-depth prescriptive advice from top experts, including doctors, and celebrity mothers.
At age 38, a childhood accident came back to haunt Tom Pey and took his sight. Follow his struggle with depression, job loss and alcoholism. Follow his success as he finds a deeper meaning in life.
On November 14, 1960, a tiny six-year-old black child, surrounded by federal marshals, walked through a mob of screaming segregationists and into her school. From where she sat in the office, Ruby Bridges could see parents marching through the halls and taking their children out of classrooms. The next day, Ruby walked through the angry mob once again and into a school where she saw no other students. The white children did not go to school that day, and they wouldn't go to school for many days to come. Surrounded by racial turmoil, Ruby, the only student in a classroom with one wonderful teacher, learned to read and add. This is the story of a pivotal event in history as Ruby Bridges saw it unfold around her. Ruby's poignant words, quotations from writers and from other adults who observed her, and dramatic photographs recreate an amazing story of innocence, courage, and forgiveness. Ruby Bridges' story is an inspiration to us all.
Imagine that in eight short minutes your entire world comes crashing down upon you, literally. What would you do if you lost your home, your livelihood, your family, and your entire support network?
Over the course of the last five years, Tim Tebow established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of college football and a top prospect in the NFL. During that time he amassed an unparalleled resume--winning two BCS national championships, becoming the first sophomore in NCAA history to win the Heisman trophy, and in the face of massive public scrutiny, being drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos. Now, in Through My Eyes, Tebow brings readers everywhere an inspirational memoir about life as he chose to live it, revealing how his faith and family values, combined with his relentless will to succeed, have molded him into the person that he is today. As the son of Christian missionaries, Tebow has a unique story to tell--from the circumstances of his birth, to his home-schooled roots, to his record-setting collegiate football career with the Florida Gators and everything else that took place in between. At every step, Tebow's life has defied convention and expectation. While aspects of his life have been well-documented, the stories have always been filtered through the opinions and words of others. Through My Eyes is his passionate, firsthand, never-before-told account of how it all really happened.
"This book may ruffle feathers and bruise egos, but its fascinating tale adds a human quality to medical research." Dr. Frank Field Through My Eyes reads like a true adventure story. From the day his high school principal told him he wasn't college material and ought to go to trade school, Charles Kelman has upset conventional wisdom - with stunning success. As a pioneering ophthalmologist, Dr. Kelman bucked the whole medical establishment in his search for a less risky, less intrusive, and more effective method of cataract removal. Today, thanks to his persistence and smarts, thousands of people can see again. The "Rocky" of medicine, Dr. Kelman recounts his early struggles to achieve a breakthrough in surgical procedure-a battle Dr. Kelman had to wage in the face of intense skepticism from his colleagues. Through My Eyes tells the stories of the many famous people whose sight Dr. Kelman ultimately managed to save, including actress Hedy Lamarr, Senator Bob Packwood, jazz musician Lionel Hampton, singer Jan Peerce, and hundreds of others. But Charles Kelman also has a burgeoning second career- as a singer, saxophonist, and comedian. To his friends and fans he's known as "Dr. Jazz." And when he's not performing cataract surgery, he's performing at Carnegie Hall in New York, Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, the Atlantis in Atlantic City, or on the "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. He has appeared on the stage with such performers as Glen Campbell, the Spinners, and Lionel Hampton. Through My Eyes shows how single-minded persistence and determination pay off. While this autobiography is bound to stir controversy in the medical world, Dr. Charles Kelman's story combines scientific savvy with personal style-showing how one adventurous man, all by himself, can make good, and make a difference. Charles D. Kelman, M.D., is a practicing ophthalmologist in New York City and the author of Cataracts: What You Must Know About Them. He is a clinical professor of Ophthalmology at New York Medical College. In addition to his regular medical duties, he is currently conducting research into macular degeneration of the retina, and-in his show business career-he is writing a musical for Broadway. Dr. Kelman lives in New York City.
Following the best-selling Paris to the Moon,the continuation of the Gopniks' adventures against the panorama of a different though no less storied city as they attempt to make a new home for themselves. Autumn 2000: After five years in Paris, Adam Gopnik moves his family back to a New York that seems, at first, safer and shinier than ever. Here in the wondrously strange "neighborhood" of Manhattan we observe the triumphs and travails of father, mother, son, and daughter; and of the teachers, coaches, therapists, adversaries, and friends who round out the extended urban family. From Bluie, a goldfish fated to meet a Hitchcockian end, to Charlie Ravioli, an imaginary playmate who, being a New Yorker, is too busy to play, the Gopniks' new home is under the spell of the sort of characters only the city's unique civilization of childhood could produce. Not long after their return, the fabric of living will be rent by the events of 9/11, but like a magic garment will reweave itself, reviving normalcy in a world where Jewish jokes mingle with debates about the problem of consciousness, the price of real estate, and the meaning of modern art. Along the way, the impermanence and transcendence of life will be embodied in the person of a beloved teacher and coach who, even facing death, radiates a distinctively local light. Written with Gopnik's signature mix of mind and heart, elegant and exultantly alert to the minute miracles that bring a place to life, Through the Children's Gate is a chronicle, by turns tender and hilarious, of a family taking root in the unlikeliest patch of earth.
Richard Kenny lost his sight at age seven. He spent his childhood adjusting to and overcoming blindness. He entered college but had to drop out in his second year when his hearing failed. The next ten years contained motes of both great anguish and sweet victory as he adjusted to being totally deaf-blind. With perseverance, the support of family and friends, and the counsel of such leaders as Helen Keller and other workers for the deaf and blind, Kenny became the third deaf-blind person in history to earn a college degree. He married, became a father, traveled and wrote.
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