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Featured August 26, 2014
on Colbert Report

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 26, 2014
on Ellen Degeneres

Someday, Someday, Maybe Lauren Graham

Someday, Someday, Maybe
by Lauren Graham

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From Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, comes a witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead―and keep it together―in New York City.
It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Read More »

Featured August 26, 2014
on Tavis Smiley

Stokely Peniel E. Joseph

by Peniel E. Joseph

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A Life

Stokely Carmichael, the charismatic and controversial black activist, stepped onto the pages of history when he called for “Black Power” during a speech one Mississippi night in 1966. A firebrand who straddled both the American civil rights and Black Power movements, Carmichael would stand for the rest of his life at the center of the storm he had unleashed that night. In Stokely, preeminent civil rights scholar Peniel E. Joseph presents a groundbreaking biography of Read More »

Featured August 26, 2014
on On Point

The Gardens Of Democracy Eric Liu

The Gardens Of Democracy
by Eric Liu, Nick Hanauer

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A New American Story of Citizenship, the Economy, and the Role of Government

American democracy is informed by the 18th century’s most cutting edge thinking on society, economics, and government. We’ve learned some things in the intervening 230 years about self interest, social behaviors, and how the world works. Now, authors Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer argue that some fundamental assumptions about citizenship, society, economics, and government need updating. For many years the dominant metaphor for understanding markets and government has been the machine. Liu and Read More »

Featured August 25, 2014
on Morning Edition

The Sultan Of Byzantium Selcuk Altun

The Sultan Of Byzantium
by Selcuk Altun

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Fighting the Ottoman invaders in Constantinople, Emperor Constantine XI was killed—his body never found. Legend has it that he escaped in a Genoese ship, cheating certain death at the hands of the Turks and earning himself the title of Immortal Emperor. Five centuries after his disappearance, three mysterious men contact a young professor living in Istanbul. Members of a secret sect, they have guarded the Immortal Emperor's will for generations. They tell him Read More »

What really did happen to Constantine XI?

Featured August 25, 2014
on Diane Rehm Show - NPR

Slow Dancing With A Stranger Meryl Comer

Slow Dancing With A Stranger
by Meryl Comer

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Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer's

Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist and leading Alzheimer’s advocate Meryl Comer’s Slow Dancing With a Stranger is a profoundly personal, unflinching account of her husband’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease that serves as a much-needed wake-up call to better understand and address a progressive and deadly affliction.

When Meryl Comer’s husband Harvey Gralnick was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in 1996, she watched Read More »

Featured August 25, 2014
on Dr. Phil

Not My Child Frank Lawlis

Not My Child
by Frank Lawlis

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A Progressive and Proactive Approach for Healing Addicted Teenagers and Their Families

Not My Child is an insightful, compassionate, and encouraging guide for families dealing with an addicted teen or child at risk of becoming addicted to alcohol or drugs. Psychologist and rehabilitation specialist Dr. Frank Lawlis, chairman of the Dr. Phil advisory board and consultant and frequent guest on the television show, offers: · Expert advice on detecting and understanding teen addiction · Information from the latest neuroscience research on the impact addiction has on the teen brain Read More »

Featured August 24, 2014
on Weekend Edition Sunday

The Long Way Home Louise Penny

The Long Way Home
by Louise Penny

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Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. “There is a balm in Gilead,” his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, “to make the wounded whole.” While Gamache doesn Read More »

Gamache is back.... as past times and sins circle like deep dark treacherous whirlpools!

Featured August 24, 2014
on Weekend Edition Sunday

Kill My Mother Jules Feiffer

Kill My Mother
by Jules Feiffer

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When three daunting dolls intersect with one hapless heroine and a hard-boiled private eye, deception, betrayal, and murder stalk every mean street in...Kill My Mother. Adding to a legendary career that includes a Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award, Obie Awards, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Cartoonist Society and the Writers Guild of America, Jules Feiffer now presents his first noir graphic novel. Kill My Mother is a Read More »

Featured August 23, 2014
on CBS This Morning

Blue Mind: Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happy

Blue Mind: Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happy
by Wallace J. Nichols

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A landmark book by marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols on the remarkable effects of water on our health and well-being. Why are we drawn to the ocean each summer? Why does being near water set our minds and bodies at ease? In BLUE MIND, Wallace J. Nichols revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience Read More »

Featured August 23, 2014
on CBS This Morning

The Latin Road Home Jose Garces

The Latin Road Home
by Jose Garces

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Savoring the Foods of Ecuador, Spain, Cuba, Mexico and Peru

Spanning cultures and continents, The Latin Road Home is a look back at the many food traditions that have shaped Garces’ culinary life. Beginning in Ecuador, ancestral home to his family and the foods nearest to his heart, Garces celebrates the traditional recipes of his childhood. The book makes its way through Spain, Cuba, Mexico, and Peru—extraordinary cuisines Garces has come to know, love, and master. He shares not only recipes, but colorful memories Read More »

Featured August 23, 2014
on Today

I'll Be Back Right After This

I'll Be Back Right After This
by Pat O'Brien

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Pat O’Brien was a skinny South Dakota kid with long hair, a rock and roll band, divorced parents and an alcoholic father. In all the familiar ways, he was on the road to nowhere until a professor, who envisioned his future as the household name he would soon become, dramatically changed his life. From that day forward Pat’s life took turns that were both spectacular and destructive: from the Huntley-Brinkley Report and Read More »

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