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Featured August 17, 2014
on Good Morning America

Hard Choices Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hard Choices
by Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Hillary Rodham Clinton’s inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future. “All of us face hard choices in our lives,” Hillary Rodham Clinton writes at the start of this personal chronicle of years at the center of world events. “Life is about making such choices. Our choices and how we handle Read More »



Featured August 17, 2014
on All Things Considered

Working Stiff T.J. Mitchell

Working Stiff
by T.J. Mitchell, Judy Melinek

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Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

The fearless memoir of a young forensic pathologist’s “rookie season” as a NYC medical examiner, and the cases—hair-raising and heartbreaking and impossibly complex—that shaped her as both a physician and a mother.

Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband T.J. and their toddler Daniel holding down the home front, Judy Read More »



Featured August 17, 2014
on CBS Sunday Morning

The Way Forward Paul Ryan

The Way Forward
by Paul Ryan

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Renewing the American Idea

THE WAY FORWARD challenges conventional thinking, outlines his political vision for 2014 and beyond, and shows how essential conservatism is for the future of our nation. Beginning with a careful analysis of the 2012 election--including a look at the challenge the GOP had in reaching a majority of voters and the prevalence of identity politics--Ryan examines the state of the Republican party and dissects its challenges going forward. THE WAY FORWARD also offers Read More »



Featured August 17, 2014
on Weekend Edition Sunday

Friendswood Rene Steinke

Friendswood
by Rene Steinke

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A big, moving novel of one tight-knit Texas community and the events that alter its residents’ lives forever. Friendswood, Texas, is a small Gulf Coast town of church suppers, oil rigs on the horizon, hurricane weather, and high school football games. When tragedy rears its head with an industrial leak that kills and sickens residents, it pulls on the common thread that runs through the community, intensifying everything. From a confused fifteen-year-old Read More »



Featured August 17, 2014
on Weekend Edition Sunday

When Doctors Don't Listen Leana Wen

When Doctors Don't Listen
by Leana Wen, Joshua Kosowsky

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How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests

In this examination of the doctor-patient relationship, Drs. Wen and Kosowsky argue that diagnosis, once the cornerstone of medicine, is fast becoming a lost art, with grave consequences. Using real-life stories of cookbook-diagnoses-gone-bad, the doctors illustrate how active patient participation can prevent these mistakes. Wen and Kosowsky offer tangible follow-up questions patients can easily incorporate into every doctor’s visit to avoid counterproductive and even potentially harmful tests. In Read More »



Featured August 17, 2014
on Weekend Edition Sunday

Your Face in Mine Jess Row

Your Face in Mine
by Jess Row

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An award-winning writer delivers a poignant and provocative novel of identity, race and the search for belonging in the age of globalization. One afternoon, not long after Kelly Thorndike has moved back to his hometown of Baltimore, an African American man he doesn’t recognize calls out to him. To Kelly’s shock, the man identifies himself as Martin, who was one of Kelly’s closest friends in high school—and, before his disappearance Read More »



Featured August 17, 2014
on PBS News Hour

Please Stop Helping Us Jason L. Riley

Please Stop Helping Us
by Jason L. Riley

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How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed

Why is it that so many efforts by liberals to lift the black underclass not only fail, but often harm the intended beneficiaries? In Please Stop Helping Us, Jason L. Riley examines how well-intentioned welfare programs are in fact holding black Americans back. Minimum-wage laws may lift earnings for people who are already employed, but they price a disproportionate number of blacks out of the labor force. Affirmative action in higher education is Read More »



Featured August 16, 2014
on CBS This Morning

Roy's Fish and Seafood Roy Yamaguchi

Roy's Fish and Seafood
by Roy Yamaguchi, John Harrisson, John Demello

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Recipes from the Pacific Rim

Owner of the critically acclaimed Roy’s restaurants, public television host and celebrated chef Roy Yamaguchi is considered one of today’s greatest seafood chefs and has been credited with reinventing Hawaiian cuisine. In ROY’S FISH AND SEAFOOD, Chef Yamaguchi explains the uses, flavors, cooking qualities, and specific varieties of 25 key types of seafood, including tuna, mahi-mahi, ehu, opah, sea bass, lobster, squid, and scallops as well as their potential substitutions. Chef Read More »



Featured August 16, 2014
on Weekend Edition Saturday

The Giver Lois Lowry

The Giver
by Lois Lowry

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At the age of twelve, Jonas, a young boy from a seemingly utopian, futuristic world, is singled out to receive special training from The Giver, who alone holds the memories of the true joys and pain of life.

"It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened." Thus opens this haunting novel in which a boy inhabits a seemingly ideal world: a world without conflict, poverty, unemployment, divorce, injustice, or inequality. It is a time in which family values are paramount, teenage rebellion is unheard of, and even good manners are a way of life. December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve year old receives a Read More »



Featured August 16, 2014
on Weekend Edition Saturday

Small Blessings Martha Woodroof

Small Blessings
by Martha Woodroof

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From debut novelist Martha Woodroof comes an inspiring tale of a small-town college professor, a remarkable new woman at the bookshop, and the ten-year old son he never knew he had. Tom Putnam has resigned himself to a quiet and half-fulfilled life. An English professor in a sleepy college town, he spends his days browsing the Shakespeare shelves at the campus bookstore, managing the oddball faculty in his department and caring, alongside Read More »



Featured August 16, 2014
on Weekend Edition Saturday

The Story Hour Thrity Umrigar

The Story Hour
by Thrity Umrigar

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From the critically beloved, bestselling author of The World We Found and The Space Between Us, whom the New York Times Book Review calls a “perceptive and . . . piercing writer,” comes a profound, heartbreakingly honest novel about friendship, family, secrets, forgiveness, and second chances.

An experienced psychologist, Maggie carefully maintains emotional distance from her patients. But when she meets a young Indian woman who tried to kill Read More »



Featured August 16, 2014
on Weekend Edition Saturday

Football Frank Deford

Football
by Frank Deford, John Schulian

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Great Writing About the National Sport

An All-Pro line-up of writers including Red Smith, Frank Deford, Jimmy Breslin, George Plimpton, Richard Price, Jeanne Marie Laskas, Charles Pierce, Michael Lewis, and Roy Blount Jr. tackle our most popular pastime: Since football’s meteoric rise in the mid-twentieth century, the standout writers on the sport have gone behind and beyond the spectacle to reveal the complexity, the contradictions, and the deeper humanity at the heart of the game Read More »




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