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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Tiffanie DiDonato
Publisher: Plume (2012, Nov 27th).
It's okay with me if you picked up this book because you're curious about what it's like to live with dwarfism. But I hope that you'll take away much moreabout adapting to the world when it won't adapt to you.”from Dwarf A memoir of grit and transformation for anyone who has been told something was impossible and then went on to do it anyway. Tiffanie DiDonato was born with dwarfism. Her limbs were so short that she was not able to reach her own ears. She was also born with a serious case of optimism. She decided to undergo a series of painful bone-lengthening surgeries that gave her an unprecedented 14 inches of heightand the independence she never thought she’d have. After her surgeries, Tiffanie was able to learn to drive, to live in the dorms during college, and to lead a normal life. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Chris Stedman
Publisher: Beacon Press (2012, Nov 6th).
The story of a former Evangelical Christian turned openly gay atheist who now works to bridge the divide between atheists and the religiousThe stunning popularity of the “New Atheist” movement—whose most famous spokesmen include Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens—speaks to both the growing ranks of atheists and the widespread, vehement disdain for religion among many of them. In Faitheist, Chris Stedman tells his own story to challenge the orthodoxies of this movement and make a passionate argument that atheists should engage religious diversity respectfully. Becoming aware of injustice, and craving community, Stedman became a “born-again” Christian in late childhood. The idea of a community bound by God’s love—a love that was undeserved, unending, and guaranteed—captivated him. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Andre Vauchez
Publisher: Yale University Press; Tra edition (2012, Oct 23rd).
First published in France, where it was awarded the Prix Chateaubriand, this masterful new biography of Francis is now available in English moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: B. Smith
Publisher: BenBella Books (2012, Sep 18th).
Celebrating the importance of family, Made With Love: The Meals On Wheels Family Cookbook includes recipes from the tables of well-known actors, chefs, writers, and other celebrities along with personal stories about their favorite family meals. Learn to cook: Patti LaBelle’s Baja Fish Tacos Cokie Roberts’ Artichoke Gratin Al Roker’s New OrleansStyle Barbecued Shrimp Judi Dench’s Bread and Butter PuddingOther contributors include Helen Mirren, Martha Stewart, former First Lady Barbara Bush, Mario Batali, Paula Deen, Joan Lunden, Kurt Warner, Dr. Maya Angelou, Joan Rivers, and many more.Providing more than a million meals a day for seniors across America, Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest national organization of its kind. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Casting Crowns
Format: Audio CD
Publisher: Reunion (2008, Oct 7th).
2008 release of Peace On Earth by Casting Crowns. Following the highly successful The Altar and The Door album and tour, Grammy Award-winning group Casting Crowns release its first Christmas record. Known for its life-changing ministry of renewal and discipleship, Casting Crowns continues that mission with an album of songs dedicated to the meaning behind this holy season.Casting Crowns has received an American Music Award and 20 GMA Dove Awards collectively between band and lead-singer Mark Hall. moreMore Info | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Maya Angelou
Publisher: Random House (2008, Sep 23rd).
For a world of devoted readers, a much-awaited new volume of absorbing stories and inspirational wisdom from one of our best-loved writers.Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter reveals Maya Angelou's path to living well and living a life with meaning. Told in her own inimitable style, this book transcends genres and categories: guidebook, memoir, poetry, and pure delight.Here in short spellbinding essays are glimpses of the tumultuous life that led Angelou to an exalted place in American letters and taught her lessons in compassion and fortitude: how she was brought up by her indomitable grandmother in segregated Arkansas, taken in at thirteen by her more worldly and less religious mother, and grew to be an awkward, six-foot-tall teenager whose first experience of loveless sex paradoxically left her with her greatest gift, a son. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability