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Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life

A riveting memoir of losing faith and finding freedom while a covert missionary in one of the world s most restrictive countries A third generation Jehovah s Witness, Amber Scorah had devoted her life to sounding God s warning of impending Armageddon She volunteered to take the message to China, w

Formation: A Woman's Memoir of Stepping Out of Line

Cheryl Strayed s Wild meets Anthony Swofford s Jarhead in this powerful literary memoir of a young Army recruit driven to prove herself in a man s world.Raised by powerful women in a restrictive, sheltered Christian community in New England, Ryan Dostie never imagined herself on the front lines of a

The Targeter: My Life in the CIA, Hunting Terrorists and Challenging the White House

The story of a young woman from Montana who joined the CIA and worked her way up through the ranks to the frontline of the fight against Islamic extremists In 1999, 30 year old Nada Bakos moved from her lifelong home in Montana to Washington, DC, to join the CIA Quickly realizing her affinity for

Scholars of Mayhem: My Father's Secret War in Nazi-Occupied France

The astonishing untold story of the author s father, the lone American on a 4 person SOE commando team dropped behind German lines in France, whose epic feats of irregular warfare proved vital in keeping Nazi tanks away from Normandy after D Day.When Daniel Guiet was a child and his family moved cou

Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected

A powerful journey from star athlete to sudden paralysis to creative awakening, award winning science fiction writer Nnedi Okorafor shows that what we think are our limitations have the potential to become our greatest strengths.Nnedi Okorafor was never supposed to be paralyzed A college track star

The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell's "1984"

The author has written a study that places George Orwell s 1984 in a variety of contexts the author s life and times, the book s precursors in the science fiction genre, and its subsequent place in popular culture Lynskey delves into how Orwell s harrowing Spanish Civil War experiences shaped his

We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir

How do you find yourself when the world tells you that you don t exist Samra Habib has spent most of her life searching for the safety to be herself As an Ahmadi Muslim growing up in Pakistan, she faced regular threats from Islamic extremists who believed the small, dynamic sect to be blasphemous

Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life

As revelatory as Atul Gawande s Being Mortal, physician and award winning author Louise Aronson s Elderhood is an essential, empathetic look at a vital but often disparaged stage of life For than 5,000 years, old has been defined as beginning between the ages of 60 and 70 That means most pe

Emperor: A New Life of Charles V

Drawing on vital new evidence, a top historian dramatically reinterprets the ruler of the world s first transatlantic empire The life of Emperor Charles V 1500 1558 , ruler of Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and much of Italy and Central and South America, has long intrigued biographers But the e

Hector: A Boy, A Protest, and the Photograph that Changed Apartheid

On June 16, 1976, Hector Pieterson, an ordinary boy, lost his life after getting caught up in what was supposed to be a peaceful protest Black South African students were marching against a new law requiring that they be taught half of their subjects in Afrikaans, the language of the White governme

Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations

In this instant New York Times bestseller, the celebrated author of Make Your Bed shares amazing adventure stories from his career as a Navy SEAL and commander of America s Special Operations Forces.Admiral William H McRaven is a part of American military history, having been involved in some of th

Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race

For fans of Helen Macdonald s H Is for Hawk, this is the extraordinary debut memoir of a young woman who traveled to Mongolia to compete in the world s longest, toughest horse race, and emerged as its youngest and first ever female winner At the age of nineteen, Lara Prior Palmer discovered a websi

A Well-Read Woman: The Life, Loves, and Legacy of Ruth Rappaport

The inspiring true story of an indomitable librarian s journey from Nazi Germany to Seattle to Vietnam all for the love of books Growing up under Fascist censorship in Nazi Germany, Ruth Rappaport absorbed a forbidden community of ideas in banned books After fleeing her home in Leipzig at fifteen

Every Tool's a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER An imperative how to for creativity Nick OffermanAdam Savage star of Discovery Channel s Mythbusters and one of the most beloved figures in science and tech shares his golden rules of creativity, from finding inspiration to following through and successfully making you

The Man Who Knew The Way to the Moon

The story of John C Houbolt, an unsung hero of Apollo 11 and the man who showed NASA how to put America on the moon Without John C Houbolt, a junior engineer at NASA, Apollo 11 would never have made it to the moon Top NASA engineers on the project, including Werner Von Braun, strongly advocated

WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game

Based on her inspiring, viral 2018 commencement speech to Barnard College s graduates in New York City, New York Times bestselling author, two time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup champion Abby Wambach delivers her empowering rally cry for women to unleash their individual power, unite with

The Dead Drink First

Like many veterans of his era, Sgt Steve Maharidge never talked about the good war On the surface, the Maharidges were a normal working class family in the suburbs of Cleveland But behind closed doors, even the most mundane moments could trigger Steve s violent, traumatic episodes, which left h

They Called Us Enemy

A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor author activist George Takei s childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II Experience the forces that shaped an American icon and America itself in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love George Tak