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Featured July 24, 2014
on Tell Me More

Rita Moreno Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno
by Rita Moreno

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In this luminous memoir, Rita Moreno shares her remarkable journey from a young girl with simple beginnings in Puerto Rico  to Hollywood legend—and one of the few performers, and the only Hispanic, to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and two Emmys.

Born Rosita Dolores Alverio in the idyll of Puerto Rico, Moreno, at age five, embarked on a harrowing sea voyage with her mother and wound up in the harsh barrios Read More »



Featured July 24, 2014
on Katie

Advanced Style Ari Seth Cohen

Advanced Style
by Ari Seth Cohen

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Advanced Style is Ari Seth Cohen's blog-based ode to the confidence, beauty, and fashion that can only be achieved through the experience of a life lived glamorously. It is a collection of street fashion unlike any seen before-focused on the over-60 set in the world's most stylish locales. The (mostly) ladies of Advanced Styleare enjoying their later years with grace and Read More »



Featured July 23, 2014
on Today

Fifty Shades Of Grey E.L. James

Fifty Shades Of Grey
by E.L. James

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When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. Shocked yet thrilled by Grey Read More »



Featured July 23, 2014
on Today

Never Pay Retail Again Daisy Lewellyn

Never Pay Retail Again
by Daisy Lewellyn

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Shop Smart, Spend Less, and Look Your Best Ever

Want to look like a million bucks while you save a pretty penny?

Maximize your personal style on any budget with fashion and beauty expert Daisy Lewellyn’s fun, practical, must–have guide to smart shopping.

Times may be tough, but you can still look fabulous. Learn to rethink the way you buy, end unnecessary spending, and save money without sacrificing Read More »



Featured July 23, 2014
on Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Oh Myyy!

Oh Myyy!
by George Takei

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(There Goes The Internet)

How did a 75-year old actor from Star Trek become a social media juggernaut? Why does everything he posts spread like wildfire across the ether, with tens or even hundreds of thousands of likes and shares? And what can other sites, celebrities and companies do to attain his stratospheric engagement levels, which hover or top 100 percent while theirs languish in the single digits?

Read about George Takei’s meteoric rise and Read More »



Featured July 23, 2014
on Fresh Air - NPR

The Soul Of All Living Creatures Vint Virga

The Soul Of All Living Creatures
by Vint Virga

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What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human

Based on the author’s twenty-five years of experience as a veterinarian and veterinary behaviorist, The Soul of All Living Creatures delves into the inner lives of animals – from whales, wolves, and leopards to mice, dogs, and cats – and explores the relationships we forge with them. As an emergency room clinician four years out of veterinary school, Dr. Vint Virga had a life-changing experience: he witnessed the power Read More »



Featured July 23, 2014
on Diane Rehm Show - NPR

Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a dazzling new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home. As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu Read More »



Featured July 22, 2014
on All Things Considered
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Angels Make Their Hope Here Breena Clarke

Angels Make Their Hope Here
by Breena Clarke

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Russell's Knob is not paradise. But already in 1849 this New Jersey highlands settlement is home to a diverse population of blacks, whites, and reds who have intermarried and lived in relative harmony for generations. It is a haven for Dossie Bird, who has escaped north along the Underground Railroad and now feels the embrace of the Smoot family.

Duncan Smoot presides as accidental patriarch, protector of his enterprising sister, Hattie, and Read More »



Featured July 22, 2014
on Fresh Air - NPR

The Fantastic Laboratory Of Dr. Weigl Arthur Allen

The Fantastic Laboratory Of Dr. Weigl
by Arthur Allen

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From a laboratory in wartime Poland comes a fascinating story of anti-Nazi resistance and scientific ingenuity. Few diseases are more gruesome than typhus. Transmitted by body lice, it afflicts the dispossessed—refugees, soldiers, and ghettoized peoples—causing hallucinations, terrible headaches, boiling fever, and often death. The disease plagued the German army on the Eastern Front and left the Reich desperate for a vaccine. For this they turned to the brilliant and eccentric Polish zoologist Read More »



Featured July 22, 2014
on Tavis Smiley

The Harlem Hellfighters Max Brooks

The Harlem Hellfighters
by Max Brooks

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From bestselling author Max Brooks, the riveting story of the highly decorated, barrier-breaking, historic black regiment—the Harlem Hellfighters

In 1919, the 369th infantry regiment marched home triumphantly from World War I. They had spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture, and winning countless decorations. Though they returned as heroes, this African American Read More »



Featured July 22, 2014
on Tell Me More

Standing Tall

Standing Tall
by Spencer West

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Spencer West is many things. Accomplished speaker. University graduate. Natural prankster. Former cheerleader. And a young man without legs—something that has never held him back. Spencer was born without the use of his legs. When he was five, doctors decided to amputate below his pelvis to better help him get around. It didn’t bother him; he was Superman and nothing would ever get in his way. Or so he thought. Navigating through life Read More »



Featured July 21, 2014
on Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Know Your Power Nancy Pelosi

Know Your Power
by Nancy Pelosi, Amy Hill Hearth

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A Message To America's Daughters

“Never losing faith, we waited through the many years of struggle to achieve our rights. But women weren't just waiting; women were working. Never losing faith, we worked to redeem the promise of America, that all men and women are created equal. For our daughters and our granddaughters today we have broken the marble ceiling. For our daughters and our granddaughters now the sky is the limit.” —Nancy Pelosi, after being sworn in as Read More »




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