How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still on This Earth)

By Henry Alford

In this witty consultant for seekers of every age, writer Henry Alford seeks quick enlightenment via conversations with those that have lived lengthy and lived well.

Armed with fresh clinical proof that helps the cliche that older everyone is, certainly, wiser, Alford units off to interview humans over 70--some well-known (Phyllis Diller, Harold Bloom, Edward Albee), a few finished (the world's most-quoted writer, a girl who walked around the state at age 89 in aid of crusade finance reform), a few strange (a pastor who thinks sound asleep is a kind of prayer, a retired aerospace engineer who eats meals out of the garbage.) Early on within the method, Alford interviews his seventy nine year-old mom and step-father, and inadvertently alterations the process their 36 year-long union.

Part kinfolk memoir, half Studs Terkel, How To Live considers a few strange sources--deathbed confessions, late-in-life journals--to convey a hugely confident examine our demise days. by means of exhibiting that existence after 70 is the achievement of, now not the tip to, life's questions and trials, tips to stay promises that almost all unforeseen punch: it makes you definitely *want* to get older.

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Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War

By Leymah Gbowee, Carol Mithers

WINNER OF THE 2011 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

In a time of dying and terror, Leymah Gbowee introduced Liberia’s ladies together—and jointly they led a country to peace.

As a tender girl, Leymah Gbowee was once damaged by way of the Liberian civil conflict, a brutal clash that tore aside her lifestyles and claimed the lives of numerous kinfolk and acquaintances. Years of battling destroyed her country—and shattered Gbowee’s girlhood hopes and goals. As a tender mom trapped in a nightmare of household abuse, she stumbled on the braveness to show her bitterness into motion, propelled through her attention that it truly is ladies who are suffering such a lot in the course of conflicts—and that the facility of ladies operating jointly can create an unstoppable strength. In 2003, the passionate and charismatic Gbowee helped arrange after which led the Liberian Mass motion for Peace, a coalition of Christian and Muslim ladies who sat in public protest, confronting Liberia’s ruthless president and insurgent warlords, or even held a intercourse strike. With a military of girls, Gbowee helped lead her state to peace—in the method rising as a world chief who replaced heritage. Mighty Be Our Powers is the gripping chronicle of a trip from hopelessness to empowerment that would contact all who dream of a higher world.

 

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Sugarhouse: Turning the Neighborhood Crack House into Our Home Sweet Home

An improbably humorous account of ways the acquisition and recovery of a catastrophe of a fixer-upper saves a tender marriage

When a season of ludicrous loss checks the mettle in their marriage, Matthew Batt and his spouse come to a decision to not name it quits. They set their points of interest as an alternative at the buy of a dilapidated condominium within the Sugarhouse element of Salt Lake urban. without homesteading adventure and a full-blown quarter-life situation on their palms, those perpetual grad students/waiters/nonprofiteers choose to search salvation via preservation, and do all they could to show a former crack residence right into a domestic. Dizzy with depression, doubt, and the uncomfortable side effects of utilizing the tough similar of napalm to detoxify their condo, they input into full-fledged maturity with energy instruments in hand.

Heartfelt and joyous, Sugarhouse is the tale of the way one couple conquers adversity and creates an addition to their kin, in addition to their home.

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Country: A Continent, a Scientist & Kangaroo

By Tim Flannery

Country is an exciting and private publication a few scientist and a continent. Tim Flannery writes a love letter to Australia, drawing on 3 many years of in depth commute, study and box paintings to bare its targeted nature.

As he describes his encounters with the land and its humans, Flannery can pay specific recognition to the evolution of Australia's such a lot precise animal, the kangaroo. He exhibits us how the future of this notable creature is inseparable from the surroundings that created it. The kangaroo could appear as known to us because the eucalypt or the wasteland, a logo on a highway signal or the tail of a passenger airplane, yet readers of Country won't ever see our nationwide brand within the related manner back.

'Flannery may be the main proficient describer of the normal sciences writing today.' Weekend Australian

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The Elusive Embrace: Desire and the Riddle of Identity

By Daniel Mendelsohn

Hailed for its searing emotional insights, and for the magnificent originality with which it weaves jointly own historical past, cultural essay, and readings of classical texts through Sophocles, Ovid, Euripides, and Sappho, The Elusive Embrace is a profound exploration of the mysteries of identity.  It can also be a meditation during which the writer makes use of his personal divided existence to enquire the "rich conflictedness of things," the double lives we all lead.

Daniel Mendelsohn recollects the deceptively quiet suburb the place he grew up, torn among his mathematician father's pursuit of medical fact and the beautiful lies spun via his Orthodox Jewish grandfather; the streets of manhattan's most modern "gay ghetto," the place "desire for romance" competes with "love of desire;" and the quiet moonlit condominium the place an in depth friend's small son teaches him the which means of fatherhood.  And, eventually, in a overlooked Jewish cemetery, the writer uncovers a  family mystery that unearths the common want for storytelling, for inventing myths of the self.  The booklet that Hilton Als calls "equal to Whitman's 'Song of Myself,'" The Elusive Embrace marks a stunning literary debut.

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Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood

By Douglas Century

He’s a hip-hop icon credited with single-handedly developing gangsta rap. tv audience recognize him as Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola at the most advantageous drama Law & Order: SVU. yet the place the hype and the headlines finish, the true tale of Ice-T—the one few of his thousands of enthusiasts have ever heard—truly starts off. Ice is Ice-T in his personal words—raw, uncensored, and unafraid to talk his brain. approximately his orphan upbringing at the gang-infested streets of South vital, his four-year stint within the U.S. military, his profitable occupation as a hustler and thief, and his fateful choice to show clear of a lifetime of crime and forge his personal route to overseas stardom. alongside the way in which, Ice stocks never-before-told tales approximately associates akin to Tupac, Dick Wolf, Chris Rock, and taste Flav, between others. And he deals up candid observations on marriage and monogamy, the present nation of hip-hop, and his most up-to-date ardour: mentoring at-risk youths round the nation. With insights into the cutthroat global of the street—and the cutthroat international of Hollywood—Ice is the unforgettable tale of a real American original.

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Von Sternberg

By John Baxter

Belligerent and evasive, Josef von Sternberg selected to disregard his illegitimate delivery in Austria, disadvantaged manhattan youth, abusive father, and shortage of schooling. The director who strutted onto the set in a turban, driving breeches, or a silk gown embraced his new personality as an international tourist, accumulated glossy paintings, drove a Rolls Royce, and earned 3 times up to the president. "Von Sternberg "traces the alternatives that carried the original director from poverty in Vienna to energy in Hollywood, together with his eventual ostracism in Japan. Historian John Baxter finds an artist few humans knew: the aesthete who remodeled Marlene Dietrich into a world celebrity whose ambivalent sexuality and contradictory attract on-screen mirrored an off-screen romance with the director.

In his vintage motion pictures "The Blue Angel" (1930), "Morocco" (1930), and "Blonde Venus" (1932), von Sternberg showcased his trademark visible sort and progressive representations of sexuality. Drawing on firsthand conversations with von Sternberg and his son, "Von Sternberg "breaks prior the vintage Hollywood cartoon " "to demystify and humanize this mythical director.

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My Life in the Golden Age of Chemistry: More Fun Than Fun

By F. Albert Cotton

A great within the box and from time to time a polarizing determine, F. Albert Cotton’s contributions to inorganic chemistry and the world of transitions metals are significant and indisputable. In his personal phrases, My existence within the Golden Age of Chemistry: extra enjoyable than enjoyable describes the overdue chemist’s adolescence and school years in Philadelphia, his graduate education and study contributions at Harvard with Geoffrey Wilkinson, and his educational occupation from changing into the youngest ever complete professor at MIT (aged 31) to his broad time at Texas A&M. Professor Cotton’s autobiography deals his certain standpoint at the advances he and his contemporaries accomplished via some of the most prolific instances in glossy inorganic chemistry, in learn at the then-emerging box of organometallic chemistry, metallocenes, a number of bonding among transition steel atoms, NMR and ESR spectroscopy, hapticity, and extra. operating in the course of a time of beneficiant govt investment of technological know-how and robust sponsorship for sturdy examine, Professor Cotton’s adventure and observations supply perception into this prolific and fascinating interval of chemistry.

  • Offers own and infrequently wry standpoint from this renowned chemist and recipient of a few of science’s optimum honors: the U.S. nationwide Medal of technological know-how (1982), the Priestley Medal (the American Chemical Society's optimum popularity, 1998), club within the U. S. nationwide Academy of Sciences and corresponding foreign our bodies, and 29 honorary doctorates
  • Details the historical past in the back of the advance and emergence of groundbreaking study in organometallic chemistry and transition metals
  • Provides beautifully-written and interesting perception right into a "Golden Age of Chemistry" and the paintings of traditionally well known chemists

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After Perfect: A Daughter's Memoir

By Christina McDowell

A “searing memoir of loss and redemption” (People) that “exposes the facet of The Wolf of Wall Street we didn’t get to determine” (Metro), After ideal is a cautionary story approximately one family’s destruction within the wake of the Wall road implosion.

Selected as one of many year’s “Fifteen Books you must learn” by means of the Village Voice, Christina McDowell’s unflinching memoir is “a story of the yankee Dream upended.” turning out to be up in an prosperous Washington, DC, suburb, Christina and her sisters have been surrounded by means of the elite: summering on Nantucket Island, rushing down Capitol Hill’s wealthy again roads, flying of their father’s deepest aircraft. Their lifetime of luxurious was once brutally stripped away after the FBI arrested Tom Prousalis on fraud fees. while he took a plea deal as he confronted the infamous Wolf of Wall road Jordan Belfort’s attesting opposed to him, the automobiles, houses, jewellery, outfits, and pals that outlined the kinfolk disappeared prior to their eyes, together with the single factor they can by no means come again: every one other.

Christina writes with candid readability concerning the darkish years that and the devastation her father’s crimes wrought upon her relatives: the debt collected less than her id; her mother’s breakdown; her personal spiral into habit and promiscuity; and the fable that enveloped all of them. She shines a notable, uncomfortable gentle on a family’s disintegration and takes a searing examine a debatable monetary time and in addition at herself, a toddler whose “normal” belonged simply to the only percentage. an extraordinary, insider’s standpoint at the collateral harm of a fall from grace, After ideal is a poignant mirrored image at the fantastic velocity at which a lifestyles can swap and the way blind we will be able to be to the grotesque fact.

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