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  • Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters

    Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Diane Jacobs
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    Publisher:   Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (2014, Feb 25th).
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    For readers of the historical works of Robert K. Massie, David McCulough, and Alison Weir comes the first biography on the life of Abigail Adams and her sisters.   “Never sisters loved each other better than we.”—Abigail Adams in a letter to her sister Mary, June 1776  Much has been written about the enduring marriage of President John Adams and his wife, Abigail. But few know of the equally strong bond Abigail shared with her sisters, Mary Cranch and Elizabeth Shaw Peabody, accomplished women in their own right. Now acclaimed biographer Diane Jacobs reveals their moving story, which unfolds against the stunning backdrop of America in its transformative colonial years.   Abigail, Mary, and Elizabeth Smith grew up in Weymouth, Massachusetts, the close-knit daughters of a minister and his wife. more

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  • Living Oprah: My One-Year Experiment to Walk the Walk of the Queen of Talk

    Living Oprah: My One-Year Experiment to Walk the Walk of the Queen of Talk

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Robyn Okrant
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Center Street (2010, Jan 4th).
    Pages:   272

    What happens when a thirty-five-year-old average American woman spends one year following every piece of Oprah Winfrey's advice on how to "live your best life"? Robyn Okrant devoted 2008 to adhering to all of Oprah's suggestions and guidance delivered via her television show, her Web site, and her magazine. LIVING OPRAH is a month-by-month account of that year.Some of the challenges included enrollment in Oprah's Best Life Challenge for physical fitness and weight control, living vegan, and participating in Oprah's Book Club. After 365 days of LIVING OPRAH, Okrant reflects on the rewards won and lessons learned as well as the tolls exacted by the experiment. more

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  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story

    10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Dan Harris
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    Publisher:   It Books (2014, Mar 11th).
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    Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable.After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had both propelled him through the ranks of a hyper-competitive business and also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out. more

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  • I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia

    I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Su Meck
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    Publisher:   Simon & Schuster (2014, Feb 4th).
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    What would you do if you lost your past? In 1988 Su Meck was twenty-two and married with two children when a ceiling fan in her kitchen fell and struck her on the head, leaving her with a traumatic brain injury that erased all her memories of her life up to that point. Although her body healed rapidly, her memories never returned. Yet after just three weeks in the hospital, Su was released and once again charged with the care of two toddlers and a busy household. Adrift in a world about which she understood almost nothing, Su became an adept mimic, gradually creating routines and rituals that sheltered her and her family, however narrowly, from the near-daily threat of disaster—or so she thought. Though Su would eventually relearn to tie her shoes, cook a meal, and read and write, nearly twenty years would pass before a series of personally devastating events shattered the “normal” life she had worked so hard to build, and she realized that she would have to grow up all over again. more

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  • Eyes on Target: Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs

    Eyes on Target: Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Scott McEwen
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    Publisher:   Center Street (2014, Mar 11th).
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    Told through the eyes of current and former Navy SEALs, EYES ON TARGET is an inside account of some of the most harrowing missions in American history-including the mission to kill Osama bin Laden and the mission that wasn't, the deadly attack on the US diplomatic outpost in Benghazi where a retired SEAL sniper with a small team held off one hundred terrorists while his repeated radio calls for help went unheeded. The book contains incredible accounts of major SEAL operations-from the violent birth of SEAL Team Six and the aborted Operation Eagle Claw meant to save the hostages in Iran, to key missions in Iraq and Afganistan where the SEALs suffered their worst losses in their fifty year history-and every chapter illustrates why this elite military special operations unit remains the most feared anti-terrorist force in the world. more

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  • How About Never--Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons

    How About Never--Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Bob Mankoff
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    Publisher:   Henry Holt and Co. (2014, Mar 25th).
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    Memoir in cartoons by the longtime cartoon editor of The New YorkerPeople tell Bob Mankoff that as the cartoon editor of The New Yorker he has the best job in the world. Never one to beat around the bush, he explains to us, in the opening of this singular, delightfully eccentric book, that because he is also a cartoonist at the magazine he actually has two of the best jobs in the world. With the help of myriad images and his funniest, most beloved cartoons, he traces his love of the craft all the way back to his childhood, when he started doing funny drawings at the age of eight. After meeting his mother, we follow his unlikely stints as a high-school basketball star, draft dodger, and sociology grad student. Though Mankoff abandoned the study of psychology in the seventies to become a cartoonist, he recently realized that the field he abandoned could help him better understand the field he was in, and here he takes up the psychology of cartooning, analyzing why some cartoons make us laugh and others don't. more

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  • Vikings

    Vikings

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jessica Gunderson
    Format:   Library Binding
    Publisher:   Creative Educ (2012, Jul 1st).
    Pages:   48

    ''A compelling look at the Vikings, including the ways they terrorized western Europe, their lifestyle, their weapons, and how they remain a part of today's culture through books and film'' -Provided by Publisher.Title: VikingsAuthor: Gunderson, JessicaPublisher: Creative CoPublication Date: 2012/07/01Number of Pages: 48Binding Type: LIBRARYLibrary of Congress: 2011035801 more

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  • Barbarians

    Barbarians

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Nicole Helget
    Format:   Library Binding
    Publisher:   Creative Educ (2012, Jul 1st).
    Pages:   48

    ''A compelling look at barbarians, including their clashes with the Greek and Roman empires, their lifestyle, their weapons, and how they remain a part of today's culture through books and film'' -Provided by Publisher.Title: BarbariansAuthor: Helget, NicolePublisher: Creative CoPublication Date: 2012/07/01Number of Pages: 48Binding Type: LIBRARYLibrary of Congress: 2011035798 more

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  • Code Name: Johnny Walker: The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs

    Code Name: Johnny Walker: The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Johnny Walker
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    Publisher:   William Morrow (2014, Feb 11th).
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    In this unforgettable memoir, the Navy SEALs’ most trusted translator—a man who is credited with saving countless American lives and became a legend in the special-ops community—tells his inspiring story for the first time.As the insurgency in Iraq intensified following the American invasion, U.S. Navy SEALs were called upon to root terrorists from their lairs. Unsure of the local neighborhoods and unable to speak the local languages, they came to rely on one man to guide them and watch their backs. He was a "terp"—an interpreter—with a job so dangerous they couldn't even use his real name.They named him Johnny Walker. They soon called him brother. Over the course of eight years, the Iraqi native traveled around the country with nearly every SEAL and special operations unit deployed there. more

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  • HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton

    HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jonathan Allen
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    Publisher:   Crown (2014, Feb 11th).
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    The mesmerizing story of Hillary Clinton's political rebirth, based on eyewitness accounts from deep inside her inner circleHillary Clinton’s surprising defeat in the 2008 Democratic primary brought her to the nadir of her political career, vanquished by a much younger opponent whose message of change and cutting-edge tech team ran circles around her stodgy campaign. And yet, six years later, she has reemerged as an even more powerful and influential figure, a formidable stateswoman and the presumed front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, marking one of the great political comebacks in history.   The story of Hillary’s phoenixlike rise is at the heart of HRC, a riveting political biography that journeys into the heart of “Hillaryland” to discover a brilliant strategist at work. more

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