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Biographies and autobiographies

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    Buttigieg, Pete
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    Pete Buttigieg demonstrates how a breakdown of trust is central to our nation's current predicament—and how our future depends on finding ways to instill confidence in the American project, and in each other. Trust is the essential foundation of America's democracy, asserts Pete Buttigieg, former presidential candidate and bestselling author of Shortest Way Home . In a century shaped by terrorism, financial collapse, Trumpist populism, global pandemic, and systemic racism, trust—in our government, corporations, experts, and, most tragically, in one another—has precipitously eroded and, for so many, never existed in the first place. Recognizing that we are now experiencing disastrous consequences, the former South Bend mayor offers a direct reckoning with the corruption of social responsibility, interweaving history, political philosophy, and affecting passages of memoir, offering a new outlook for how we can confront the next decade's challenges by building accountability. In this urgent work, Buttigieg confirms his status as a visionary political thinker.

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    Steinbeck, John
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    An intimate journey across America, as told by one of its most beloved writers To hear the speech of the real America, to smell the grass and the trees, to see the colors and the light—these were John Steinbeck's goals as he set out, at the age of fifty-eight, to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years. With Charley, his French poodle, Steinbeck drives the interstates and the country roads, dines with truckers, encounters bears at Yellowstone and old friends in San Francisco. Along the way he reflects on the American character, racial hostility, the particular form of American loneliness he finds almost everywhere, and the unexpected kindness of strangers.

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    Ozzi, Dan, Grace, Laura Jane
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    Illuminated by Laura Jane's never-before-published journal entries, Tranny reveals the struggles and victories that Laura Jane Grace, the lead singer of the cult punk rock band Against Me!, experienced in her quest for gender transition.

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    Monticone, Ugo
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    Un tracé de voyage réussi empruntera mille détours, suggérés par le hasard et les rencontres. Pour transformer une mésaventure rocambolesque en expérience transformatrice, il suffit bien souvent d'être à l'écoute, disponible. Ugo Monticone a aiguisé au fil des années son talent rare pour donner à ressentir, avec des mots choisis, le vertige qui s'empare de nous lorsque tous nos sens sont en éveil, captent les rythmes, textures, odeurs et couleurs de lieux nouveaux. Ce conférencier et collaborateur des Grands Explorateurs nous assoit sur ses épaules pour nous permettre de revivre avec lui 20 périples réalisés sur 20 ans. Embarquement immédiat vers l'ailleurs… Visitez le www.tracesdevoyage.com et découvrez comment accéder aux animations en réalité augmentée dissimulées dans ce livre. Vous y trouverez aussi des chapitres en bonus (envie d'un détour en Malaisie ?), des photos, des vidéos, et bien plus.

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    Simpson, Joe
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    The author relates his nearly fatal adventures mountaineering in the Andes, adventures that included a fall into a crevice, broken limbs, and return to safety.

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    Mcbride, Sarah
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    “A brave, powerful memoir” ( People ) that will change the way we look at identity and equality in this country, from the activist elected as the first openly transgender state senator in U.S. history “The energy and vigor Sarah has brought to the fight for equality is ever present in this book.”—Vice President Kamala Harris   Foreword by President Joe Biden Before she became the first transgender person to speak at a national political convention in 2016 at the age of twenty-six, Sarah McBride struggled with the decision to come out—not just to her family but to the students of American University, where she was serving as student body president. She’d known she was a girl from her earliest memories, but it wasn’t until the Facebook post announcing her truth went viral that she realized just how much impact her story could have on the country. Four years later, McBride was one of the nation’s most prominent transgender activists, walking the halls of the White House, advocating inclusive legislation, and addressing the country in the midst of a heated presidential election. She had also found her first love and future husband, Andy, a trans man and fellow activist, who complemented her in every way . . . until cancer tragically intervened. Informative, heartbreaking, and profoundly empowering, Tomorrow Will Be Different is McBride’s story of love and loss and a powerful entry point into the LGBTQ community’s battle for equal rights and what it means to be openly transgender. From issues like bathroom access to health care to gender in America, McBride weaves the important political and cultural milestones into a personal journey that will open hearts and change minds. As McBride urges: “We must never be a country that says there’s only one way to love, only one way to look, and only one way to live.” The fight for equality and freedom has only just begun.

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    Christopher, Matt
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    Don't miss this action-packed and comprehensive look at the life and achievements of an NFL legend! With more Super Bowl appearances than any other player in NFL history, Tom Brady is a sports icon. From his college days as a backup quarterback at University of Michigan to his record-breaking number of winning seasons with the New England Patriots, this new and comprehensive biography gives fans a firsthand look at the highs and lows of the superstar's life and career, complete with stats and photographs.

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    Newman, Judith
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    When Judith Newman shared the story of how Apple's electronic personal assistant, Siri, helped her son who has autism, Gus, in her New York Times Op-Ed column, she received widespread media attention and an outpouring of affection from readers around the world. Basking in the afterglow of media attention, Gus told anyone who would listen: "I'm a movie star." To Siri with Love is a collection of funny, poignant, and uplifting stories about living with an extraordinary child who has helped a parent see and experience the world differently.

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    Eriksson, Leif, Svensson, Martin, Hilton, Perez
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    This is the story of Mario Lavandeira and how he became Perez Hilton, a celebrity blogger with millions of readers around the globe, revealing the man behind the blog.

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    Scofield, Gregory
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    Gregory Scofield's Thunder Through My Veins is the heartbreakingly beautiful memoir of one man's journey toward self-discovery, acceptance, and the healing power of art. Few people can justify a memoir at the age of thirty-three. Gregory Scofield is the exception, a young man who has inhabited several lives in the time most of us can manage only one. Born into a Metis family of Cree, Scottish, English and French descent but never told of his heritage, Gregory knew he was different. His father disappeared after he was born, and at five he was separated from his mother and sent to live with strangers and extended family. There began a childhood marked by constant loss, poverty, violence and self-hatred. Only his love for his sensitive but battered mother and his Aunty Georgina, a neighbor who befriended him, kept him alive. It wasn't until he set out to search for his roots and began to chronicle his life in evocative, award-winning poetry, that he found himself released from the burdens of the past and able to draw upon the wisdom of those who went before him. Thunder Through My Veins is Gregory's traumatic, tender and hopeful story of his fight to rediscover and accept himself in the face of a heritage with diametrically opposed backgrounds.

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    Rhodes-Courter, Ashley
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    Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes. In this inspiring, unforgettable memoir, Ashley finds the courage to succeed and in doing so discovers the power of her own voice. 

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    Ford, Clyde W.
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    John Stanley Ford became IBM's first black software engineer. But not all of the company's white employees accepted having a black colleague and did everything in their power to humiliate, subvert, and undermine Ford. Yet Ford would not quit. While Ford remained at IBM, it came at great emotional cost to himself and his family, especially his son Clyde who followed him to IBM two decades later. As he, too, experienced the same institutional racism, Clyde began to better understand the subtle yet daring ways his father had fought back.

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    Liddell-Westefeld, Chris
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    Chris Liddell-Westefeld and dozens of other staff and volunteers dedicated every ounce of their time, intelligence, and limited resources to helping elect Obama, as what started in Iowa spread nationwide. Drawn from more than 200 interviews with alumni, this book takes listeners deep inside the most inspirational and successful presidential campaign in recent history.

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    Cherry-Garrard, Apsley
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    This gripping story of courage and achievement is an account of Robert Falcon Scott's last fateful expedition to the Antarctic, as told by surviving expedition member Apsley Cherry-Garrard. Cherry-Garrard tells of the journey from England to South Africa and southward to the ice floes, where began the unforgettable polar journey across a forbidding and inhospitable region. On November 12, 1912, in arctic temperatures, Cherry-Garrard, in a search party, found the bodies of Scott and his companions, along with their poignant last notebook entries, some of them recorded in this work. Among Cherry-Garrard's friends and admirers were John Galsworthy, H.G. Wells, Arnold Bennett, and Bernard Shaw. His background in the arts and humanities makes The Worst Journey in the World stand out as a literary accomplishment as well as a classic in the annals of exploration.

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    Hanagarne, Joshua
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    At first glance, Josh Hanagarne seems an improbable librarian. He stands 6'7", competes in strongman contests, and was diagnosed in high school with Tourette's syndrome. But books are his first love. Everything in Josh's life--from his Mormon upbringing, to finally finding love, to learning to control his tics through lifting--circles back to a close connection with books.

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    Cook, M. Bridget, Musser, Rebecca
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    Rebecca Musser's shares the story of her struggle to escape the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints led by Rulon Jeffs and his son, Warren, and her subsequent decision to take the witness stand against the new prophet of the FLDS in order to protect her little sisters and other young girls from being forced to marry at shockingly young ages.

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    Wine-Banks, Jill
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    This program includes a prologue and epilogue read by the author. Obstruction of justice, the specter of impeachment, sexism at work, shocking revelations: Jill Wine-Banks takes us inside her trial by fire as a Watergate prosecutor. It was a time, much like today, when Americans feared for the future of their democracy, and women stood up for equal treatment. At the crossroads of the Watergate scandal and the women's movement was a young lawyer named Jill Wine Volner (as she was then known), barely thirty years old and the only woman on the team that prosecuted the highest-ranking White House officials. Called "the mini-skirted lawyer" by the press, she fought to receive the respect accorded her male counterparts—and prevailed. In The Watergate Girl , Jill Wine-Banks opens a window on this troubled time in American history. It is impossible to read about the crimes of Richard Nixon and the people around him without drawing parallels to today's headlines. The book is also the story of a young woman who sought to make her professional mark while trapped in a failing marriage, buffeted by sexist preconceptions, and harboring secrets of her own. Her house was burgled, her phones were tapped, and even her office garbage was rifled through. At once a cautionary tale and an inspiration for those who believe in the power of justice and the rule of law, The Watergate Girl is a revelation about our country, our politics, and who we are as a society. A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company

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    Yip-Williams, Julie
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    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Read with Jenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today • As a young mother facing a terminal diagnosis, Julie Yip-Williams began to write her story, a story like no other. What began as the chronicle of an imminent and early death became something much more—a powerful exhortation to the living. “An exquisitely moving portrait of the daily stuff of life.”— The New York Times Book Review  (Editors’ Choice) NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Time • Real Simple  •  Good Housekeeping That Julie Yip-Williams survived infancy was a miracle. Born blind in Vietnam, she narrowly escaped euthanasia at the hands of her grandmother, only to flee with her family the political upheaval of her country in the late 1970s. Loaded into a rickety boat with three hundred other refugees, Julie made it to Hong Kong and, ultimately, America, where a surgeon at UCLA gave her partial sight. She would go on to become a Harvard-educated lawyer, with a husband, a family, and a life she had once assumed would be impossible. Then, at age thirty-seven, with two little girls at home, Julie was diagnosed with terminal metastatic colon cancer, and a different journey began. The Unwinding of the Miracle is the story of a vigorous life refracted through the prism of imminent death. When she was first diagnosed, Julie Yip-Williams sought clarity and guidance through the experience and, finding none, began to write her way through it—a chronicle that grew beyond her imagining. Motherhood, marriage, the immigrant experience, ambition, love, wanderlust, tennis, fortune-tellers, grief, reincarnation, jealousy, comfort, pain, the marvel of the body in full rebellion—this book is as sprawling and majestic as the life it records. It is inspiring and instructive, delightful and shattering. It is a book of indelible moments, seared deep—an incomparable guide to living vividly by facing hard truths consciously. With humor, bracing honesty, and the cleansing power of well-deployed anger, Julie Yip-Williams set the stage for her lasting legacy and one final miracle: the story of her life. Praise for The Unwinding of the Miracle “Everything worth understanding and holding on to is in this book. . . . A miracle indeed.” —Kelly Corrigan, New York Times bestselling author “A beautifully written, moving, and compassionate chronicle that deserves to be read and absorbed widely.” —Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of  The Emperor of All Maladies

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    Greene, Melissa Fay
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    Felled by a neuromuscular disease, Karen Shirk was encouraged to raise her own service dog. A thousand dogs later, her service dog academy is restoring broken children to life. Melissa Fay Greene weaves the latest discoveries about our co-evolution with dogs with Karen's story.

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    Krasnostein, Sarah
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    Before she was a trauma cleaner, Sandra Pankhurst was many things: husband and father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman, trophy wife, but as a little boy, raised in violence and excluded from the family home, she just wanted to belong. Now she believes her clients deserve no less.

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