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Strength In What Remains by Tracy Kidder

Title Strength in What Remains
Author Tracy Kidder
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2009-08-25
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 304
ISBN 1588368513
Language English, Spanish, and French
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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: Los Angeles Times • San Francisco Chronicle •Chicago Tribune • The Christian Science Monitor • Publishers Weekly In Strength in What Remains, Tracy Kidder gives us the story of one man’s inspiring American journey and of the ordinary people who helped him, providing brilliant testament to the power of second chances. Deo arrives in the United States from Burundi in search of a new life. Having survived a civil war and genocide, he lands at JFK airport with two hundred dollars, no English, and no contacts. He ekes out a precarious existence delivering groceries, living in Central Park, and learning English by reading dictionaries in bookstores. Then Deo begins to meet the strangers who will change his life, pointing him eventually in the direction of Columbia University, medical school, and a life devoted to healing. Kidder breaks new ground in telling this unforgettable story as he travels with Deo back over a turbulent life and shows us what it means to be fully human. BONUS: This edition contains a Strength in What Remains discussion guide. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Named one of the Top 10 Nonfiction Books of the year by Time • Named one of the year’s “10 Terrific Reads” by O: The Oprah Magazine “Extraordinarily stirring . . . a miracle of human courage.”—The Washington Post “Absorbing . . . a story about survival, about perseverance and sometimes uncanny luck in the face of hell on earth. . . . It is just as notably about profound human kindness.”—The New York Times “Important and beautiful . . . This book is one you won’t forget.”—Portland Oregonian

A Journey by Tony Blair

Title A Journey
Author Tony Blair
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2011
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 700
ISBN 9780307390639
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A former prime minister of Great Britain describes the difficult choices he had to make, candidly revealing what it means to hold a position of great power in today's world, in an account full of surprising insights into a host of world leaders, including presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Reprint. A best-selling memoir.

When Time Stopped by Ariana Neumann

Title When Time Stopped
Author Ariana Neumann
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2020-02-04
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9781982106393
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this astonishing story that “reads like a thriller and is so, so timely” (BuzzFeed) Ariana Neumann dives into the secrets of her father’s past: “Like Anne Frank’s diary, it offers a story that needs to be told and heard” (Booklist, starred review). In 1941, the first Neumann family member was taken by the Nazis, arrested in German-occupied Czechoslovakia for bathing in a stretch of river forbidden to Jews. He was transported to Auschwitz. Eighteen days later his prisoner number was entered into the morgue book. Of thirty-four Neumann family members, twenty-five were murdered by the Nazis. One of the survivors was Hans Neumann, who, to escape the German death net, traveled to Berlin and hid in plain sight under the Gestapo’s eyes. What Hans experienced was so unspeakable that, when he built an industrial empire in Venezuela, he couldn’t bring himself to talk about it. All his daughter Ariana knew was that something terrible had happened. When Hans died, he left Ariana a small box filled with letters, diary entries, and other memorabilia. Ten years later Ariana finally summoned the courage to have the letters translated, and she began reading. What she discovered launched her on a worldwide search that would deliver indelible portraits of a family loving, finding meaning, and trying to survive amid the worst that can be imagined. A “beautifully told story of personal discovery” (John le Carré), When Time Stopped is an unputdownable detective story and an epic family memoir, spanning nearly ninety years and crossing oceans. Neumann brings each relative to vivid life, and this “gripping, expertly researched narrative will inspire those looking to uncover their own family histories” (Publishers Weekly).

Home Town by Tracy Kidder

Title Home Town
Author Tracy Kidder
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2000-05-01
Category History
Total Pages 464
ISBN 9780671785215
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Explores what life is really like in contemporary small-town America, focusing on the people of Northampton, Massachusetts, to assess how individuals in a community transform a place into a home

My Detachment by Tracy Kidder

Title My Detachment
Author Tracy Kidder
Publisher Random House Large Print Publishing
Release Date 2005
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 303
ISBN 9780739325544
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The author reminisces about his life, in a profile of a young man coming of age during the Vietnam War, chronicling his experiences as a former ROTC intelligence officer in command of a group of enlisted men on assignment in Vietnam.

Among Schoolchildren by Tracy Kidder

Title Among Schoolchildren
Author Tracy Kidder
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date 1989
Category Education
Total Pages 340
ISBN UOM:39015021484988
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Chronicles the dedication and perseverance of fifth-grade teacher Chris Zajac of Holyoke, Massachusetts, in her effort to educate the economically and emotionally deprived urban children in her classroom

The Remains Of The Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Title The Remains of the Day
Author Kazuo Ishiguro
Publisher Vintage Canada
Release Date 2014-03-18
Category Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9780345809339
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Kazuo Ishiguro's Booker Prize-winning masterpiece became an international bestseller on publication, was adapted into an award-winning film, and has since come to be regarded as a modern classic. The Remains of the Day is a spellbinding portrayal of a vanished way of life and a haunting meditation on the high cost of duty. It is also one of the most subtle, sad and humorous love stories ever written. It is the summer of 1956, when Stevens, a man who has dedicated himself to his career as a perfect butler in the one-time great house of Darlington Hall, sets off on a holiday that will take him deep into the English countryside and, unexpectedly, into his own past, especially his friendship with the housekeeper, Miss Kenton. As memories surface of his lifetime "in service" to Lord Darlington, and of his life between the wars, when the fate of the continent seemed to lie in the hands of a few men, he finds himself confronting the dark undercurrent beneath the carefully run world of his employer.

A Truck Full Of Money by Tracy Kidder

Title A Truck Full of Money
Author Tracy Kidder
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2016
Category BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Total Pages 259
ISBN 9780812995244
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"One man's quest to recover from great success"--Front cover.

Title The Soul of A New Machine
Author Tracy Kidder
Publisher Back Bay Books
Release Date 2011-08-23
Category Computers
Total Pages 293
ISBN 9780316204552
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Kidder memorably records the drama, comedy, and excitement of one company's efforts to bring a new microcomputer to market. Computers have changed since 1981, when The Soul of a New Machine first examined the culture of the computer revolution. What has not changed is the feverish pace of the high-tech industry, the go-for-broke approach to business that has caused so many computer companies to win big (or go belly up), and the cult of pursuing mind-bending technological innovations. The Soul of a New Machine is an essential chapter in the history of the machine that revolutionized the world in the twentieth century.

The Book Of What Remains by Benjamin Alire S‡enz

Title The Book of what Remains
Author Benjamin Alire S‡enz
Publisher Copper Canyon Press
Release Date 2010
Category Poetry
Total Pages 125
ISBN 9781556592973
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Presents a collection of poems focusing on the border between the United States and Mexico.

Saving What Remains by Livia Bitton-Jackson

Title Saving What Remains
Author Livia Bitton-Jackson
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
Release Date 2009-08-04
Category History
Total Pages 208
ISBN 9781599218366
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A Holocaust survivor's moving account of her return to Europe to disinter her ancestors for reburial in the Holy Land.

House by Tracy Kidder

Title House
Author Tracy Kidder
Publisher HMH
Release Date 1999-10-15
Category House & Home
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780547526171
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Pulitzer Prize–winning author brings “clarity, intelligence and grace” to the tale of building a home in this New York Times Bestseller (The New York Times Book Review). It’s 1983 and Jonathan and Judith Souweine are ready to build their forever home on a four-acre lot just outside of Amherst, Massachusetts. A lawyer and a psychologist, neither has much experience with the process. In this New York Times bestseller, Tracy Kidder leads readers through the grand adventure of building the American dream. In his portrayal, constructing a staircase or applying a coat of paint becomes a riveting tale of conflicting wills, the strength and strain of relationships, and pride in craftsmanship. With drama, sensitivity, and insight, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Soul of the New Machine takes us from blueprints to moving day. In the process, he sheds new light on objects usually taken for granted and creates a vivid cast of characters you will not soon forget. “Tracy Kidder has done it again. . . . What might seem like ordinary work takes on an extraordinary, unpredictable life of its own. The subject is fascinating, the book a remarkable piece of craftsmanship in itself.” —Chicago Tribune Book World “Kidder makes us feel with a splendid intensity the complex web of relationships and emotions that inevitably comes into play in the act of bringing a work of architecture to fruition.” —The New York Times Book Review

What Remains by Bart Baker

Title What Remains
Author Bart Baker
Publisher Createspace Independent Pub
Release Date 2013-03-08
Category Fiction
Total Pages 386
ISBN 1480117331
Language English, Spanish, and French
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When Conner Carter is banished from New York City for cheating on his socialite wife, he flies across country to Sonoma, California, to stay with his brother Cody and Cody's ridiculously wealthy husband, Rhett, and their two adopted Cambodian children. Jealous since childhood of Cody's seemingly perfect life, Conner discovers that things that glitter often tarnish and shatter in shocking and dangerous ways. Having always taken the easiest route through life, Conner, must step up for his brother when Rhett goes missing on a film shoot in Colombia, and for the woman Conner is falling in love with, Zinzi, the half-Black, half-Puerto Rican nanny whose own violent past has caught up with her. From the tattered and surprising pieces of their lives, these people with find the strength in WHAT REMAINS.

Good Prose by Tracy Kidder

Title Good Prose
Author Tracy Kidder
Publisher Random House Incorporated
Release Date 2013
Category Reference
Total Pages 195
ISBN 9781400069750
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of House and the editor of Atlantic Monthly share stories from their literary friendship and respective careers, offering insight into writing principles and mechanics that they have identified as elementary to quality prose.

What Remains Of Heroes by David Benem

Title What Remains of Heroes
Author David Benem
Publisher Dgk Publications
Release Date 2016-05-20
Category Grief
Total Pages 406
ISBN 0996193995
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

What Remains of Heroes, Book One of A Requiem for Heroes, begins a dark fantasy epic of broken heroes battling old evils both within and without.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Title The Road
Author Cormac McCarthy
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2007-03-20
Category Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9780307267450
Language English, Spanish, and French
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE The searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive. A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other. The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation. A New York Times Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Denver Post, The Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, New York, People, Rocky Mountain News, Time, The Village Voice, The Washington Post

Old Friends by Tracy Kidder

Title Old Friends
Author Tracy Kidder
Publisher Rosetta Books
Release Date 2014-05-20
Category Family & Relationships
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780795337680
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A Pulitzer Prize–winning author’s “touching, funny and inspiring” true story of daily life in a New England nursing home (The New York Times). Ninety-year-old Lou quit school after the eighth grade, worked for the rest of his life, and stayed with the same woman for nearly seventy years. Seventy-two-year-old Joe was chief probation officer in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, holds a law degree, and has faced the death of a son and the raising of a mentally challenged daughter. Now, the two men are roommates in a nursing home. Despite coming from very different backgrounds, the two become close friends. Focusing on these two men as well as introducing us to the other aging residents of Linda Manor in Northampton, Massachusetts, literary journalist Tracy Kidder examines the sorrows and joys of growing older and the universal struggle to find meaning in the face of mortality. From the New York Times–bestselling author and National Book Award–winning author of The Soul of a New Machine, this is an extraordinary look inside an often-hidden world. “As in his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Soul of a New Machine, House, and the best-selling Among Schoolchildren, Kidder reveals his extraordinary talent as a storyteller by taking the potentially unpalatable subject of life in a nursing home and making it into a highly readable, engrossing account.” —Library Journal “Rich detail and true-to-the-ear dialogue let the brave and determined elderly speak for themselves—and for the continually surprising potential of the human spirit.” —Kirkus Reviews

Title Thank You for Your Service
Author David Finkel
Publisher Bond Street Books
Release Date 2013-10-01
Category Social Science
Total Pages 356
ISBN 9780385680974
Language English, Spanish, and French
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No journalist has reckoned with the psychology of war as intimately as David Finkel. In The Good Soldiers, Finkel shadowed the men of the US 2-16 Infantry Battalion in Baghdad as they carried out the grueling fifteen-month "surge" that changed them all forever. Now Finkel has followed many of the same men as they've returned home and struggled to reintegrate - both into their family lives and into society at large. In the ironically titled Thank You for Your Service, Finkel writes with tremendous compassion not just about the soldiers but about their wives and children. Where do soldiers belong after their homecoming? Is it reasonable, or even possible, to expect them to rejoin their communities as if nothing has happened? And in moments of hardship, who can soldiers turn to if they feel alienated by the world they once lived in? These are the questions Finkel faces as he revisits the brave but shaken men of the 2-16. More than a work of journalism, Thank You for Your Service is an act of understanding -- shocking but always riveting, unflinching but deeply humane, it takes us inside the heads of those who must live the rest of their lives with the realities of war.

Title The Rise And Fall of British Naval Mastery
Author Paul Kennedy
Publisher Penguin UK
Release Date 2017-01-26
Category History
Total Pages 464
ISBN 9780141983837
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Paul Kennedy's classic naval history, now updated with a new introduction by the author This acclaimed book traces Britain's rise and fall as a sea power from the Tudors to the present day. Challenging the traditional view that the British are natural 'sons of the waves', he suggests instead that the country's fortunes as a significant maritime force have always been bound up with its economic growth. In doing so, he contributes significantly to the centuries-long debate between 'continental' and 'maritime' schools of strategy over Britain's policy in times of war. Setting British naval history within a framework of national, international, economic, political and strategic considerations, he offers a fresh approach to one of the central questions in British history. A new introduction extends his analysis into the twenty-first century and reflects on current American and Chinese ambitions for naval mastery. 'Excellent and stimulating' Correlli Barnett 'The first scholar to have set the sweep of British Naval history against the background of economic history' Michael Howard, Sunday Times 'By far the best study that has ever been done on the subject ... a sparkling and apt quotation on practically every page' Daniel A. Baugh, International History Review 'The best single-volume study of Britain and her naval past now available to us' Jon Sumida, Journal of Modern History

Title More Beautiful Than Before
Author Steve Leder
Publisher Hay House, Inc
Release Date 2017-11-07
Category Religion
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9781401953133
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Every one of us sooner or later walks through hell. The hell of being hurt. The hell of hurting another. The hell of cancer, the hell of divorce, the hell of chronic pain. The hell of anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s, a kid in trouble. The hell of a reluctant, thunking shovelful of earth upon the casket of someone we deeply loved. The point is not to come out of hell empty-handed. There is real and profound power in the pain we endure if we transform our suffering into a more authentic, meaningful life. As the Senior Rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles, one of America’s largest and most important congregations, Steve Leder witnesses a lot of pain: “It’s my phone that rings when people’s bodies or lives fall apart.“ In this deeply inspiring book, written in the spirit of such classics as When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Rabbi Leder guides us through pain’s stages of surviving, healing, and finally growing. Drawing on his experience as a spiritual leader, the wisdom of ancient traditions, modern science, and stories from his own life and others’, he shows us that when we must endure, we can, and that there is a path for each of us that leads from pain to wisdom. This powerful book can inspire in us all a life worthy of our suffering; a life gentler, wiser, and more beautiful than before.