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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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  • Drinking and Dating: P.S. Social Media Is Ruining Romance

    Drinking and Dating: P.S. Social Media Is Ruining Romance

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Brandi Glanville
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    Publisher:   HarperOne (2014, Feb 11th).
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    On the heels of her New York Times bestselling book Drinking and Tweeting, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville takes readers on a wild ride through her dating life in this highly-entertaining relationship book.Drinking and Dating chronicles Glanville’s misadventures stumbling through today’s dating world. From social media blunders to bedroom escapades, Brandi withholds nothing. Each chapter is inspired by a relationship encounter she has had since her sensational divorce from actor Eddie Cibrian. Hilarious, surprising, vulnerable, and outspoken, Glanville’s unexpected take on dating after heartbreak – and life in general - is as unique as she is. Just like Brandi herself, Drinking and Dating is sexy, funny, and eyebrow-raising. 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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  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

    Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Robert M Gates
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    Publisher:   Knopf (2014, Jan 14th).
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    From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vividly written account of his experience serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House in 2006, he thought he’d left Washington politics behind: after working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happy in his role as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty. Now, in this unsparing memoir, meticulously fair in its assessments, he takes us behind the scenes of his nearly five years as a secretary at war: the battles with Congress, the two presidents he served, the military itself, and the vast Pentagon bureaucracy; his efforts to help Bush turn the tide in Iraq; his role as a guiding, and often dissenting, voice for Obama; the ardent devotion to and love for American soldiers—his “heroes”—he developed on the job. more

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