Dangerous Love: A True Story of Tragedy, Faith, and Forgiveness in the Muslim World

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Shortly after 9/11, RAY NORMAN, a national director for World Vision’s poverty reduction program in Mauritania, and his daughter Hannah were driving to the beach when an Arab man opened fire on his parked car, severely wounding him and his daughter. After their recoveries the family made the extraordinary decision to stay in Mauritania, to maintain their commitment to the poor in their community, and to forgive the man who had hurt them. Dangerous Love demonstrates how God can use ordinary people, care for them in times of tragedy and heartbreak, and fulfill his own purposes in remarkable ways. Meet the Author RAY NORMAN is the director for Faith Leadership, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene at World Vision International and former national director…

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The Fairy Tale Girl

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Based on the diaries Susan has kept since she was in her 20s, THE FAIRY TALE GIRL is book one of a two part series. Together the books are an illustrated memoir, charmingly designed in Susan’s style with her whimsical watercolors and personal photographs.  It’s an enchanting story of love and loss, mystery and magic that begins in a geranium-colored house in California, and ends up, like any good fairy tale, on the right side of the rabbit hole, in a small cottage in the woods on the New England Island of Martha’s Vineyard. THE FAIRY TALE GIRL humorously explores Susan’s journey as an artist and as a girl/woman, from the 1950s through the 1980s. In the first book of the series we get…

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Looking Through Water: A Novel

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More than one man’s journey to self-awareness, this is a raw, honest coming-of-age story that reveals the true meaning of family. In Looking Through Water, William McKay finds himself reliving his past to help his troubled grandson, Kyle, deal with the present. William’s story starts on an Adirondacks lake and wends its way through Manhattan to the Florida Keys. Colorful characters from the old man’s past come to life to help him tell an unforgettable story full of surprises and suspense. Fueled by nature’s fury, men are yanked out of their comfort zones and thrown together to confront life and death. Just as William appears to be on the brink of permanent unmooring, a stranger unexpectedly arrives to provide the tethering…

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My Wife Wants You to Know I’m Happily Married (American Lives)

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Modern manhood is confusing and complicated, but Joey Franklin, a thirtysomething father of three, is determined to make the best of it. In My Wife Wants You to Know I’m Happily Married, he offers frank, self-deprecating meditations on everything from male-pattern baldness and the balm of blues harmonica to Grand Theft Auto and the staying power of first kisses. He riffs on cockroaches, hockey, romance novels, Boy Scout hikes, and the challenge of parenting a child through high-stakes Texas T-ball. With honesty and wit, Franklin explores what it takes to raise three boys, succeed in a relationship, and survive as a modern man. My Wife Wants You to Know I’m Happily Married is an uplifting rumination on learning from the past and living…

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The Box Wine Sailors: Misadventures of a Broke Young Couple at Sea

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Amy and Jimmie were not sailors. Their experience included reading a few books, watching a couple of instructional videos, and sailing once a week for a year. They were land-lubberly, middle-class twentysomethings, audacious and in love. All they wanted was to be together and do something extraordinary. They quit their jobs, bought a boat that was categorically considered “too small” for ocean sailing, and left Portland, Oregon for the Sea of Cortez. The Box Wine Sailors tells the true story of a couple’s ramshackle trip down the coast, with all the exulting highs and terrifying lows of sailing a small boat on the Pacific. From nearly being rammed by a pair of whales on Thanksgiving morning and the terrifying experience…

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Vigilance: My Life Serving America and Protecting Its Empire City

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Two-time New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly opens up about his remarkable life, taking us inside fifty years of law enforcement leadership, offering chilling stories of terrorist plots after 9/11, and sharing his candid insights into the challenges and controversies cops face today. The son of a milkman and a Macy’s dressing room checker, Ray Kelly grew up on New York City’s Upper West Side, a middle-class neighborhood where Irish and Puerto Rican kids played stickball and tussled in the streets. He entered the police academy and served as a marine in Vietnam, living and fighting by the values that would carry him through a half century of leadership-justice, decisiveness, integrity, courage, and loyalty. Kelly soared through the NYPD…

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B & Me: A True Story of Literary Arousal

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A funny, frisky, often outrageous book about love, literature, and modern life—and a wink of the eye toU and I, Nicholson Baker’s classic book about John Updike—by an award-winning author called “wonderfully bright” by The New York Times Book Review. Nearly twenty-five years ago, Nicholson Baker published U and I, the fretful and handwringing—but also groundbreaking—tale of his literary relationship with John Updike. U and I inspired a whole sub-genre of engaging, entertaining writing about reading, but what no story of this type has ever done is tell its tale from the moment of conception, that moment when you realize that there is a writer out there in the world that you must read—so you read them. B & Me is…

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Master of Thin Air: Life and Death on the World’s Highest Peaks

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For readers of Into Thin Air, riveting high-altitude drama and the passion and drive that inspire outsized mountaineering achievements. Master of Thin Air opens with a fall that the author very nearly could not stop down an almost vertical rock ramp leading to a three-thousand-foot drop. The qualities that saved him then on K2—in addition to his mountaineering know-how and sheer good luck—drove his sixteen-year journey to summit all of the world’s eight-thousanders, the fourteen peaks that exceed 8,000 meters (26,000-plus feet) and take climbers into the death zone. Incredibly, he accomplished that feat without the aid of bottled oxygen for every mountain but one. By preference, he climbed solo or in small teams, without Sherpas. During twenty-three expeditions, he…

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The Brown Agenda: My Mission to Clean Up the World’s Most Life-Threatening Pollution

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Pollution is the single largest cause of death in the developing world. One in seven people in low- and middle-income countries die as a result of it. Simply put, pollution is now the world’s most prevalent health risk. And yet, while most everyone has heard about “going green,” few are aware of the more dire and sinister “brown” pollution—places where man-made toxic pollutants have taken root and spread. Brown sites poison millions of people every year, causing needless suffering and death. After witnessing several brown sites firsthand and meeting families trapped by poverty in these toxic hot spots, environmentalist Richard Fuller founded the Blacksmith Institute, now renamed Pure Earth, a global nonprofit that initiates large-scale cleanups of some of the…

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Driving Hungry: A Memoir

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A delicious memoir that takes us from Buenos Aires to New York to Berlin as the author, driven by wanderlust and an unrelenting appetite, finds purpose, passion, and unexpected flavor. After putting her dream of opening her own restaurant on hold, Layne Mosler moves to Buenos Aires to write about food. But she is also in search of that elusive something that could give shape to her life. One afternoon, fleeing a tango club following a terrible turn on the dance floor, she impulsively asks her taxista to take her to his favorite restaurant. Soon she is savoring one of the best steaks of her life and, in the weeks that follow, repeating the experiment with equally delectable results. So begins the…

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The Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice, and Liberty City

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You may think rapper Luther Campbell (formerly of 2 Live Crew) is the kind of guy you would find in a dance club or on a crazy reality show. But the truth is that these days, he is likely to be found coaching football to inner-city kids, or at a city council meeting, fighting to get more funding for education, housing, or youth programs. It may be surprising to some, but Luther has been fighting for justice for himself and others his entire life. And, at a time when our communities are under attack from violence at black churches, rioting, police brutality, abysmal public education, and poverty, Luther’s amazing life story THE BOOK OF LUKE: My Fight for Truth, Justice,…

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I Was Only Nineteen: A Memoir

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It was a different world in 1966. Considered a social and moral outrage to have a baby out of wedlock, babies were taken from single mothers because they didn’t have husbands. In I Was Only Nineteen, author Raewyn Harlum tells how she relinquished a baby to whom she had just given birth. At the time, nineteen-year-old Raewyn was homeless and sleeping on the floor of people she’d known four days. Destitute, her possessions filled one suitcase. She had no family or friends in Australia and her partner already had a wife. When she went into labor, her partner left her at the hospital telling her she couldn’t keep the baby. If she did, he’d disappear with their two-year-old son. In…

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Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass

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In 1960, as a suicidal teenager, Annita Sawyer was institutionalized and misdiagnosed with schizophrenia. She suffered through a total of 89 electroshock treatments before being transferred, labeled as “unimproved.” The damage done to her—and the questions left unanswered—have haunted her life ever since. Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass: A Psychologist’s Memoir  (Santa Fe Writers Project; June 1, 2015) is Dr. Annita Perez Sawyer’s harrowing, heroic, and ultimately redeeming story of her battle with mental illness, and her triumph in overcoming it. Discharged in 1966 after finally receiving effective psychiatric care— but left with little to no memory of her childhood—Sawyer kept her eyes forward and moved on to graduate Summa cum Laude in Yale’s first coeducational college class, raise two children,…

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The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle

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Dispatched from a city wracked by high-level corruption scandals and massive popular protests calling for justice culminating around the disappearance of forty-three college students in Guerrero, Mexico,  Francisco Goldman’s THE INTERIOR CIRCUIT (Grove Press; July 7, 2015) is a timely, provocative, and kaleidoscopic journey into the heart of Mexico City that fuses a personal journey to a multi-layered investigation of one of the world’s most remarkable and often misunderstood great cities. Balancing memoir and reportage, Goldman begins with a story of enrolling in driving lessons, both to overcome his fear of the anarchic chaos of Mexico City traffic, and  to mark the fifth anniversary of the tragic loss of his wife, a native of the city. As he emerges from his…

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Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and the African Chief

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Anita Dennis’ college anthropology class led to an unprecedented life journey as she married her professor, the chief of the Mende tribe in Liberia, West Africa. For more than 10-years, Dennis and her husband traveled throughout Africa and experienced a side of life that most can only imagine. Dennis met the president of Liberia, slept in mud huts, visited European capitals and was carried through the high forest in a chief’s hammock. Upon her husband’s passing, Dennis penned a memoir of their time together titled Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and the African Chief. The book shares her struggles as she is accepted into the Mende tribe and lives in Vahun with an ‘off and on’…

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IT’S ALL ABOUT LIFE: Love … Disfunction … Compassion

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BOSTON, MA— It’s All About Life is a memoir of Lazarus’ personal and professional life and the tragic effect that multiple suicides have had on a family, and the inner redemptive powers that enable us to go on in the face of adversity. It is also a fascinating exploration into his family of clients and how his professional life has shaped him. Lazarus has had several careers. First as a child model, next as a pharmacist, then into the remaindered book business for 25 years, followed by real estate development, and finally finding his “true passion” as a financial advisor. During this time, Lazarus had to deal with the devastating suicides of his mother-in-law, wife, and youngest son. The life…

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