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Educated: A Memoir
by Tara Westover

Language

English

Pages

336

Publication Date

February 20, 2018

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<b><b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL,聽</i>AND<i>聽BOSTON GLOBE聽</i>BESTSELLER聽鈥⒙燦AMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY聽<i>THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW</i>聽鈥⒙燨NE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA鈥橲 FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR聽鈥?BILL GATES<b>鈥橲 HOLIDAY READING LIST</b>聽鈥?<b>FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE鈥橲 AWARD IN AUTOBIOGRAPHY 鈥?FINALIST FOR聽THE聽NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE鈥橲 JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST BOOK聽</b>鈥?FINALIST FOR THE PEN/JEAN STEIN BOOK AWARD聽<b>鈥?FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES BOOK PRIZE</b><br /><br />NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>The Washington Post</i> 鈥?lt;i> O: The Oprah Magazine</i> 鈥?<i>Time</i> 鈥?NPR 鈥?<i>Good Morning America </i>鈥?<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i> 鈥?<i>The Guardian </i>鈥?lt;i> The Economist </i>鈥?<i>Financial Times</i> 鈥?<i>Newsday</i> 鈥?<i>New York Post</i> 鈥?<i>theSkimm</i> 鈥?<i>Refinery29</i> 鈥?<i>Bloomberg</i> 鈥?<i>Self</i> 鈥?<i>Real Simple</i> 鈥?lt;i> Town & Country</i> 鈥?<i>Bustle</i> 鈥?<i>Paste</i> 鈥?<i>Publishers Weekly</i> 鈥?<i>Library Journal</i> 鈥?<i>LibraryReads</i> 鈥?<i>BookRiot</i> 鈥?Pamela Paul, KQED 鈥?New York Public Library</b><br /><br /><b>An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University</b><br /></b><br />Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara鈥檚 older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she鈥檇 traveled too far, if there was still a way home.<br /><b><br />鈥淏eautiful and propulsive . . . Despite the singularity of [Tara Westover鈥檚] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?鈥濃€?lt;i>Vogue</i></b><br /><br /><b>鈥淲estover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others.鈥濃€?lt;i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b>
Becoming
by Michelle Obama

Language

English

Pages

428

Publication Date

November 13, 2018

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<b>An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States</b><br /> 聽<br /><b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES</i>聽BESTSELLER 鈥?OPRAH鈥橲 BOOK CLUB PICK 鈥⒙燦AACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER</b><br /><br /> In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America鈥攖he first African American to serve in that role鈥攕he helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. <br /> 聽<br /> In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her鈥攆rom her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world鈥檚 most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it鈥攊n her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, <i>Becoming</i> is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations鈥攁nd whose story inspires us to do the same.
Know My Name: A Memoir
by Chanel Miller

Language

English

Pages

367

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<b><b>A </b><b><i>New York Times </i></b><b>Bestseller</b><br /><br />"A devastating, immersive memoir...Miller is an extraordinary writer: plain, precise and moving." --<i>NPR</i><br /><br />"<i>Know My Name</i> is a gut-punch, and in the end, somehow, also blessedly hopeful...She implores us, too, to challenge and question the systems that aren't working. As we examine how to prevent and prosecute sexual assault cases, this last lesson may be the most important of all." --<i>Washington Post</i></b><br /><br />She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral--viewed by eleven million people within four days, it was translated globally and read on the floor of Congress; it inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Thousands wrote to say that she had given them the courage to share their own experiences of assault for the first time.<br /><br />Now she reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words. It was the perfect case, in many ways--there were eyewitnesses, Turner ran away, physical evidence was immediately secured. But her struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial reveal the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios. Her story illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicts a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, and, ultimately, shines with the courage required to move through suffering and live a full and beautiful life.<br /> <br /><i>Know My Name</i> will forever transform the way we think about sexual assault, challenging our beliefs about what is acceptable and speaking truth to the tumultuous reality of healing. It also introduces readers to an extraordinary writer, one whose words have already changed our world. Entwining pain, resilience, and humor, this memoir will stand as a modern classic.
Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA
by Amaryllis Fox

Language

English

Pages

229

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>鈥淔ast and thrilling . . . <i>Life Undercover</i> reads as if a John le Carr茅 character landed in <i>Eat Pray Love</i>."聽<b>鈥?lt;i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br />Amaryllis Fox's riveting memoir tells the story of her ten years in the most elite clandestine ops unit of the CIA, hunting the world's most dangerous terrorists in sixteen countries while marrying and giving birth to a daughter</b><br /><br />Amaryllis Fox was in her last year as an undergraduate at Oxford studying theology and international law when her writing mentor Daniel Pearl was captured and beheaded. Galvanized by this brutality, Fox applied to a master's program in conflict and terrorism at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, where she created an algorithm that predicted, with uncanny certainty, the likelihood of a terrorist cell arising in any village around the world. At twenty-one, she was recruited by the CIA. Her first assignment was reading and analyzing hundreds of classified cables a day from foreign governments and synthesizing them into daily briefs for the president. Her next assignment was at the Iraq desk in the Counterterrorism center. At twenty-two, she was fast-tracked into advanced operations training, sent from Langley to "the Farm," where she lived for six months in a simulated world learning how to use a Glock, how to get out of flexicuffs while locked in the trunk of a car, how to withstand torture, and the best ways to commit suicide in case of captivity. At the end of this training she was deployed as a spy under non-official cover--the most difficult and coveted job in the field as an art dealer specializing in tribal and indigenous art and sent to infiltrate terrorist networks in remote areas of the Middle East and Asia. <br /> <br /><i>Life Undercover</i> is exhilarating, intimate, fiercely intelligent--an impossible to put down record of an extraordinary life, and of Amaryllis Fox's astonishing courage and passion.
She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite...
by , Megan Twohey

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b><b>The instant <i>New York Times </i>bestseller.<br /><br />"An instant classic of investigative journalism...鈥楢ll the President鈥檚 Men鈥?for the Me Too era." 鈥?Carlos Lozada, <i>The Washington Post</i><br /><br />From the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment and abuse for the <i>New York Times</i>, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the thrilling untold story of their investigation and its consequences for the #MeToo movement</b></b><br /><br />For many years, reporters had tried to get to the truth about Harvey Weinstein鈥檚 treatment of women. Rumors of wrongdoing had long circulated. But in 2017, when Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey began their investigation into the prominent Hollywood producer for the <i>New York Times</i>, his name was still synonymous with power. During months of confidential interviews with top actresses, former Weinstein employees, and other sources, many disturbing and long-buried allegations were unearthed, and a web of onerous secret payouts and nondisclosure agreements was revealed. These shadowy settlements had long been used to hide sexual harassment and abuse, but with a breakthrough reporting technique Kantor and Twohey helped to expose it. But Weinstein had evaded scrutiny in the past, and he was not going down without a fight; he employed a team of high-profile lawyers, private investigators, and other allies to thwart the investigation. When Kantor and Twohey were finally able to convince some sources to go on the record, a dramatic final showdown between Weinstein and the <i>New York Times</i> was set in motion.<br /> 聽<br /> Nothing could have prepared Kantor and Twohey for what followed the publication of their initial Weinstein story on October 5, 2017. Within days, a veritable Pandora鈥檚 box of sexual harassment and abuse was opened. Women all over the world came forward with their own traumatic stories. Over the next twelve months, hundreds of men from every walk of life and industry were outed following allegations of wrongdoing. But did too much change鈥攐r not enough? Those questions hung in the air months later as Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court, and Christine Blasey Ford came forward to testify that he had assaulted her decades earlier. Kantor and Twohey, who had unique access to Ford and her team, bring to light the odyssey that led her to come forward, the overwhelming forces that came to bear on her, and what happened after she shared her allegation with the world.<br /> 聽<br /> In the tradition of great investigative journalism, <i>She Said</i> tells a thrilling story about the power of truth, with shocking new information from hidden sources. Kantor and Twohey describe not only the consequences of their reporting for the #MeToo movement, but the inspiring and affecting journeys of the women who spoke up鈥攆or the sake of other women, for future generations, and for themselves.
Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me
by Adrienne Brodeur

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>鈥淓xquisite and harrowing.鈥?</b>鈥?lt;b><i>New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br /><b>鈥淭his electrifying, gorgeously written memoir will hold you captive until the last word.鈥?鈥?lt;i>People</i><br /><br /> NAMED A BEST FALL BOOK BY聽<i>People *聽Refinery29 *聽Entertainment Weekly * BuzzFeed * NPR鈥檚 On Point * Town & Country * Real Simple * New York Post * Palm Beach Post * Toronto Star * Orange Country Register * Bustle * Bookish * BookPage * Kirkus* BBC Culture</i>* <i>Debutiful</i><br /><br /> A daughter鈥檚 tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity.</b><br /><br /> On a hot July night on Cape Cod when Adrienne was fourteen, her mother, Malabar, woke her at midnight with five simple words that would set the course of both of their lives for years to come: <i>Ben Souther just kissed me.</i>聽<br /> 聽<br /> Adrienne instantly became her mother鈥檚 confidante and helpmate, blossoming in the sudden light of her attention, and from then on, Malabar came to rely on her daughter to help orchestrate what would become an epic affair with her husband鈥檚 closest friend. The affair would have calamitous consequences for everyone involved, impacting Adrienne鈥檚 life in profound ways, driving her into a precarious marriage of her own, and then into a deep depression. Only years later will she find the strength to embrace her life鈥攁nd her mother鈥攐n her own terms. 聽<br /><br /><i>Wild Game</i>聽is a brilliant, timeless memoir about how the people close to us can break our hearts simply because they have access to them, and聽the lies we tell in order to justify the choices we make.聽It鈥檚 a remarkable story of resilience, a reminder that we need not be the parents our parents were to us.
The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite聽Stories of Courage and Resilie...
by , Chelsea Clinton

Language

English

Pages

461

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b>Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, share the stories of the gutsy women who have inspired them鈥攚omen with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done.</b><br /><br />She couldn鈥檛 have been more than seven or eight years old. 鈥淕o ahead, ask your question,鈥?her father urged, nudging her forward. She smiled shyly and said, 鈥淵ou鈥檙e my hero. Who鈥檚 yours?鈥?<br /> <br />Many people鈥攅specially girls鈥攈ave asked us that same question over the years. It鈥檚 one of our favorite topics.<br /> <br />HILLARY: Growing up, I knew hardly any women who worked outside the home. So I looked to my mother, my teachers, and the pages of<i> Life</i> magazine for inspiration. After learning that Amelia Earhart kept a scrapbook with newspaper articles about successful women in male-dominated jobs, I started a scrapbook of my own. Long after I stopped clipping articles, I continued to seek out stories of women who seemed to be redefining what was possible.<br /> <br />CHELSEA: This book is the continuation of a conversation the two of us have been having since I was little. For me, too, my mom was a hero; so were my grandmothers. My early teachers were also women. But I grew up in a world very different from theirs. My pediatrician was a woman, and so was the first mayor of Little Rock who I remember from my childhood. Most of my close friends鈥?moms worked outside the home as nurses, doctors, teachers, professors, and in business. And women were going into space and breaking records here on Earth.<br /> <br />Ensuring the rights and opportunities of women and girls remains a big piece of the unfinished business of the twenty-first century. While there鈥檚 a lot of work to do, we know that throughout history and around the globe women have overcome the toughest resistance imaginable to win victories that have made progress possible for all of us. That is the achievement of each of the women in this book.<br /> <br />So how did they do it? The answers are as unique as the women themselves. Civil rights activist Dorothy Height, LGBTQ trailblazer Edie Windsor, and swimmer Diana Nyad kept pushing forward, no matter what. Writers like Rachel Carson and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie named something no one had dared talk about before. Historian Mary Beard used wit to open doors that were once closed, and Wangari Maathai, who sparked a movement to plant trees, understood the power of role modeling. Harriet Tubman and Malala Yousafzai looked fear in the face and persevered. Nearly every single one of these women was fiercely optimistic鈥攖hey had faith that their actions could make a difference. And they were right.<br /> <br />To us, they are all gutsy women鈥攍eaders with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done. So in the moments when the long haul seems awfully long, we hope you will draw strength from these stories. We do. Because if history shows one thing, it鈥檚 that the world needs gutsy women.
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Wh...
by Sonia Purnell

Language

English

Pages

368

Publication Date

April 09, 2019

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<b>聽<b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /><br />鈥淓<b>xcellent鈥his book is as riveting as any thriller, and as hard to put down</b>.鈥?-- <i>The New York Times Book Review</i><br /><br />"A compelling biography of a masterful spy, and a reminder of what can be done with a few brave people -- and a little resistance." - <b>NPR</b><br /><br /><b>The never-before-told story of Virginia Hall, the American spy who changed the course of World War II, from the author of <i>Clementine</i></b></b><br /><br />In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her." <br /><br />The target in their sights was Virginia Hall, a Baltimore socialite who talked her way into Special Operations Executive, the spy organization dubbed Winston Churchill's "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare." She became the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines and--despite her prosthetic leg--helped to light the flame of the French Resistance, revolutionizing secret warfare as we know it. <br /><br />Virginia established vast spy networks throughout France, called weapons and explosives down from the skies, and became a linchpin for the Resistance. Even as her face covered wanted posters and a bounty was placed on her head, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. She finally escaped through a death-defying hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown. But she plunged back in, adamant that she had more lives to save, and led a victorious guerilla campaign, liberating swathes of France from the Nazis after D-Day.<br /><br />Based on new and extensive research, Sonia Purnell has for the first time uncovered the full secret life of Virginia Hall--an astounding and inspiring story of heroism, spycraft, resistance, and personal triumph over shocking adversity. <i>A Woman of No Importance</i> is the breathtaking story of how one woman's fierce persistence helped win the war.
The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Is...
by Nadia Murad

Language

English

Pages

307

Publication Date

November 07, 2017

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<b><b>WINNER OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE</b><br /><br />In this intimate memoir of survival, a former captive of the Islamic State tells her harrowing and ultimately inspiring story.</b><br /> <b>聽</b><br /> Nadia Murad was born and raised in Kocho, a small village of farmers and shepherds in northern Iraq. A member of the Yazidi community, she and her brothers and sisters lived a quiet life. Nadia had dreams of becoming a history teacher or opening her own beauty salon.<br /> 聽<br /> On August 15th, 2014, when Nadia was just twenty-one years old, this life ended. Islamic State militants massacred the people of her village, executing men who refused to convert to Islam and women too old to become sex slaves. Six of Nadia鈥檚 brothers were killed, and her mother soon after, their bodies swept into mass graves. Nadia was taken to Mosul and forced, along with thousands of other Yazidi girls, into the ISIS slave trade.<br /> 聽<br /> Nadia would be held captive by several militants and repeatedly raped and beaten. Finally, she managed a narrow escape through the streets of Mosul, finding shelter in the home of a Sunni Muslim family whose eldest son risked his life to smuggle her to safety.<br /> 聽<br />Today, Nadia's story鈥攁s a witness to the Islamic State's brutality, a survivor of rape, a refugee, a Yazidi鈥攈as forced the world to pay attention to an ongoing genocide. It is a call to action, a testament to the human will to survive, and a love letter to a lost country, a fragile community, and a family torn apart by war.
Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
by Alison Weir

Language

English

Pages

441

Publication Date

December 05, 2012

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<b>In this beautifully written biography, Alison Weir paints a vibrant portrait of a truly exceptional woman and provides new insights into her intimate world.聽</b><br /><br />Renowned in her time for being the most beautiful woman in Europe, the wife of two kings and mother of three, Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the great heroines of the Middle Ages. At a time when women were regarded as little more than chattel, Eleanor managed to defy convention as she exercised power in the political sphere and crucial influence over her husbands and sons. <br /><br />Eleanor of Aquitaine lived a long life of many contrasts, of splendor and desolation, power and peril, and in this stunning narrative, Weir captures the woman鈥攁nd the queen鈥攊n all her glory. With astonishing historic detail, mesmerizing pageantry, and irresistible accounts of royal scandal and intrigue, she recreates not only a remarkable personality but a magnificent past era.

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