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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • For readers of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Anne Lamott, this inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living?
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Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Books for a Better Life Award in Inspirational Memoir
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.
What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.
Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. “I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything,” he wrote. “Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: ‘I can’t go on. I’ll go on.’” When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.
From the world-famous couple who lived alongside a three-generation wolf pack, this book of inspiration, drawn from the wild, will fascinate animal and nature lovers alike.
For six years Jim and Jamie Dutcher lived intimately with a pack of wolves, gaining their trust as no one has before. In this book the Dutchers reflect on the virtues they observed in wolf society and behavior. Each chapter exemplifies a principle, such as kindness, teamwork, playfulness, respect, curiosity, and compassion. Their heartfelt stories combine into a thought-provoking meditation on the values shared between the human and the animal world. Occasional photographs bring the wolves and their behaviors into absorbing focus.
For her latest Audible Original, Where Should We Begin?: The Arc of Love, Esther Perel invites you to listen to private and intimate conversations exploring the evolution of relationships. Hear six sets of people at different points in their quests for romantic and familial love, including a young couple whose immigration status has forced them to consider marriage, a stepmother trying to put the pieces back together for four children whose mother died by suicide, a nonbinary child desperate to connect with their single mother, a divorced couple whose two-household relationship may prove that marriage doesn’t have to end after divorce, and more. Listen and better understand your own relationships through the struggles of these people and Esther’s remarkable insights.
The first book from the basketball superstar Kobe Bryant—a lavish, deep dive inside the mind of one of the most revered athletes of all time
In the wake of his retirement from professional basketball, Kobe “The Black Mamba” Bryant has decided to share his vast knowledge and understanding of the game to take readers on an unprecedented journey to the core of the legendary “Mamba mentality.” Citing an obligation and an opportunity to teach young players, hardcore fans, and devoted students of the game how to play it “the right way,” The Mamba Mentality takes us inside the mind of one of the most intelligent, analytical, and creative basketball players ever.
For the first time, and in his own words, Bryant reveals his famously detailed approach and the steps he took to prepare mentally and physically to not just succeed at the game, but to excel. Readers will learn how Bryant studied an opponent, how he channeled his passion for the game, how he played through injuries. They’ll also get fascinating granular detail as he breaks down specific plays and match-ups from throughout his career.
Bryant’s detailed accounts are paired with stunning photographs by the Hall of Fame photographer Andrew D. Bernstein. Bernstein, long the Lakers and NBA official photographer, captured Bryant’s very first NBA photo in 1996 and his last in 2016—and hundreds of thousands in between, the record of a unique, twenty-year relationship between one athlete and one photographer.
The combination of Bryant’s narrative and Bernstein’s photos make The Mamba Mentality an unprecedented look behind the curtain at the career of one of the world’s most celebrated and fascinating athletes.
This book is a critical analysis of religion in general and Islam in particular. It covers some common misconceptions about Islam that both Muslims and non-Muslims have.
The book starts with a little introduction of the author, how and why he became an ex-Muslim and it is followed up with the importance of writing the book. The first chapter covers the importance of critical sense over common sense and how we should always invoke critical thinking when it comes to looking at the world around us. The book also covers some arguments for God and some counter arguments against God’s existence. It discusses the importance of God in keeping the morality of the society and the mental well being of the human species. It also discusses the baggage that comes with religion leaving our only lives here on planet Earth, devoid of pleasure and enjoyment. Moreover, it discusses the scientific flaws in the Quran and argues how it looks like a book written by a 7th century Arab warlord rather than the creator of the billions of galaxies. It discusses the critical and sensitive topic of the character of Allah (Muslim God) and Muhammad in light of the Quran, hadith (collection of Muhammad’s quotes) and the biography of Muhammad (written by early Muslim historians). It gives a detailed account of Muhammad’s wives and violence in his life. In the last part of the book, the author discusses the rise of Islamism in the western world and its dangers. Finally it educates its readers on how to debate with a religious apologist and some common arguments and techniques employed by them. It is a very interesting read into Islam from an ex-Muslim’s point of view and the best guide to learning Islam.
Why is Racism still around today
This book is my memoir about recovery from a lifetime of catastrophic abuse. As a result I developed Dissociative Identity Disorder and PTSD. It is not the story of graphic details of the abuse. Rather it tell of my journey of ongoing recovery and the place that love and compassion has played. It does not however sugarcoat recovery. It is a daily struggle and takes huge patience and effort. Ultimately though it gives a message of hope.
In 1936, young Beverly Broy and her family relocated to Brussels, Belgium where her father was posted as American Consul. In 1941, all Americans were called back to the United States as World War II appeared to be on the verge of including America. In the time between, Bev, her brother Jim, and sister Anne, experienced loss, adventure, confusion, and change that forever shaped their future. Follow Bev, her siblings, and their young Belgian nanny on a journey, witness to countries at war and a family struggling to stay together.
The tropical island of Sri Lanka is a paradise for tourists, but in 2009 it became a hell for its Tamil minority, as decades of civil war between the Tamil Tiger guerrillas and the government reached its bloody climax. Caught in the crossfire were hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren, doctors, farmers, fishermen, nuns and other civilians. And the government ensured through a strict media blackout that the world was unaware of their suffering. Now, a UN enquiry has called for war-crimes investigations. Those crimes are recounted here to the wider world for the first time in sobering, shattering detail.
In this jaw-dropping, darkly comedic memoir, a young woman comes of age in a dysfunctional Asian family whose members blamed their woes on ghosts and demons when in fact they should have been on anti-psychotic meds.
Lindsay Wong grew up with a paranoid schizophrenic grandmother and a mother who was deeply afraid of the “woo-woo”—Chinese ghosts who come to visit in times of personal turmoil. From a young age, she witnessed the woo-woo’s sinister effects; at the age of six, she found herself living in the food court of her suburban mall, which her mother saw as a safe haven because they could hide there from dead people, and on a camping trip, her mother tried to light Lindsay’s foot on fire to rid her of the woo-woo.
The eccentricities take a dark turn, however, when her aunt, suffering from a psychotic breakdown, holds the city of Vancouver hostage for eight hours when she threatens to jump off a bridge. And when Lindsay herself starts to experience symptoms of the woo-woo herself, she wonders whether she will suffer the same fate as her family.
On one hand a witty and touching memoir about the Asian immigrant experience, and on the other a harrowing and honest depiction of the vagaries of mental illness, The Woo-Woo is a gut-wrenching and beguiling manual for surviving family, and oneself.
Nadeem’s Journey by Sherine Anniruth is the soulful and bittersweet story of a mother who loses her son.
Nadeem was just 25 years old when he died from cancer, but his mother’s determination for his memory to live forever is beautiful and raw. Reading this book really shows what a mother’s love can be, and being a mother myself, I understand how every little memory, laugh, joke, and good time that you had with your child can push you through the day.
Sherine is a very strong woman while going through the loss of her precious son. This story absolutely captures Nadeem’s spirit, he was a fun loving and precocious boy who adored his mom, and he turned into a hardworking man that still had his mom by his side.
This book will captivate you and wrench your heart. You’ll definitely need to grab some tissues as you read the tender accounts of Sherine’s life with Nadeem, and his last breaths.
Interspersed with pictures of Nadeem and his family, you’ll definitely get an idea of how much love was in this family, and how much light he cast on the world.
Addiction is motivated by a secretive force that can’t be seen on the surface, but the yearning desire is never fulfilled because the craving comes back time and time again
God is a concept that cannot be proven because it is beyond the grasp of human reason. Any theory that uses God as instrument of government is unacceptable because it is impossible to rationally explain such theory.
The concept of God cannot be proven; therefore, it should not be used to impact the fate of a world that entirely depends on the reliability of human reason.
Theocentric aspirations remain forever in the realm of spiritual fantasy. Faith is incompatible with the volition of human reason and can only impede the drive of individual ingenuity. Supernatural divinations have no bearings on our lives other than confining our spiritual consciousness to the void of fear.
Parochial indoctrination holds people in the bind of religious fanaticism, which restricts their spiritual awareness within the confines of intellective nonexistence. It inhibits humans’ natural inclination to be self-reliant and nullifies the moral influence of human reason, which is the sole guarantee of peace on earth.
The revelation of hell is a theological scheme that weakens the heart of humanity. It induces people to surrender any residue of mental ingenuity to exploiters of God whose bigoted parochial aspirations are impossible to objectively defend.
Human beings can maintain peace on earth through universal solidarity; not through faith, prayer, or religious intolerance.
Kushner, Inc.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump
The first explosive book about Javanka and their infamous rise to power
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are the self-styled Prince and Princess of America. Their swift, gilded rise to extraordinary power in Donald Trump’s White House is unprecedented and dangerous. In Kushner, Inc., investigative journalist Vicky Ward digs beneath the myth the couple has created, depicting themselves as the voices of reason in an otherwise crazy presidency, and reveals that Jared and Ivanka are not just the President’s chief enablers: they, like him, appear disdainful of rules, of laws, and of ethics. They are entitled inheritors of the worst kind; their combination of ignorance, arrogance, and an insatiable lust for power has caused havoc all over the world, and may threaten the democracy of the United States.
Ward follows their trajectory from New Jersey and New York City to the White House, where the couple’s many forays into policy-making and national security have mocked long-standing U.S. policy and protocol. They have pursued an agenda that could increase their wealth while their actions have mostly gone unchecked. In Kushner, Inc., Ward holds Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump accountable: she unveils the couple’s self-serving transactional motivations and how those have propelled them into the highest levels of the US government where no one, the President included, has been able to stop them.
Australian Rules football match reviews, important occurrences and player profiles in the context of world and Australian historical events and developments during the first quarter of the twentieth century. The book concentrates especially on football in its heartland of Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.
Walking The Razor’s Edge: The Dutchman and The Baron is a nonfiction history/true crime book written by Tommy and Hilde Wilkens. The hero of this historical drama is the Dutch journalist Willem Oltmans, who dedicated ten years of his life to untangling the complicated and unanswered questions surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the killing of Lee Harvey Oswald, whose death at the hands of Jack Ruby eliminated any chance of understanding his real role in the plot that led to the death of a president. While Oltmans’ investigations would lead him to many different sources, his major focus was on the role of Baron George de Mohrenschildt, whose unlikely friendship with Oswald was only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Any American who was alive at the time probably remembers quite vividly where they were on November 22, 1963 when the horrific news of JFK’s assassination was announced on the radio. The long-anticipated report of the Warren Commission seemed to raise more questions than it did answers to the circumstances behind the nation’s greatest tragedy. Why wasn’t Oswald’s request for an attorney granted, and why wasn’t there even a transcript of his interviews during his brief incarceration before Ruby killed him?
Walking The Razor’s Edge is a fascinating look at the assassination of JFK through the eyes of a journalist who valued getting to the truth over popularity or governmental approbation. I loved the biographical aspects found throughout this story as I got to know Willem Oltmans and marvelled at the odd friendship he cultivated with George de Mohrenschildt, whose links to the Kennedys, the Russians and the CIA are examined and brought to light. The authors do a superlative job of presenting Oltmans’ findings and detailing the way he was discredited for doing his job. Walking The Razor’s Edge is truly exciting as only good, solid history can be. The photographs that accompany this work serve so well to add dimension to the real-life details. This book addresses questions I’ve grown up wondering about, and it does so in a well-written and compelling way. Walking The Razor’s Edge: The Dutchman and The Baron is most highly recommended.
There are a number of reasons why the United States is about to enter an era of extreme hardship and an economic crisis unequaled by any other depression in history. The ever repeating cycles of history and a psychology which has been slowly changing form since the turn of the century are creating an unraveling we are experiencing now.
Within the next few years, America will have to come to grips with an approaching economic winter that could result in the worst depression in its nearly 250 years of history. What we thought our children’s children would have to struggle through may be ours to endure.
Even though America escaped a depression in 2008, most economists and historians called the recession that crippled the United States from December 2007 to June 2009 as the Great Recession. This profound decline and contraction were partly the reason the economy has struggled to recover.
On the other hand, the Dow Jones and other major market indices have been experiencing an eight-year bull market that had investors once again proclaiming only blue skies for stocks for many years to come.
However, has anything really changed? Culture wars still prevail, America’s debt is at all-time record levels and many Americans are struggling day to day to make ends meet.
Many believe we have already had the once in a lifetime economic collapse. But as of early 2017, hardly anyone was predicting an economic deflationary contraction that would lead America into a dark and devastating depression that may come to be known as the Greatest Depression of all time in future history books.
Are we about to enter a period or era of poverty for many Americans? Is President Donald Trump in the wrong place and at the wrong time as President Herbert Hoover was?
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“The Uninhabitable Earth hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending Armageddon.”—Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon
It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible. In California, wildfires now rage year-round, destroying thousands of homes. Across the US, “500-year” storms pummel communities month after month, and floods displace tens of millions annually.
This is only a preview of the changes to come. And they are coming fast. Without a revolution in how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth could become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century.
In his travelogue of our near future, David Wallace-Wells brings into stark relief the climate troubles that await—food shortages, refugee emergencies, and other crises that will reshape the globe. But the world will be remade by warming in more profound ways as well, transforming our politics, our culture, our relationship to technology, and our sense of history. It will be all-encompassing, shaping and distorting nearly every aspect of human life as it is lived today.
Like An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring before it, The Uninhabitable Earth is both a meditation on the devastation we have brought upon ourselves and an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation.
Why TOLD RUSH?
Ever wonder why people like me who claim paranormal abilities go public? I think the number one reason is that we have proven to ourselves that there is something else out there that no one can fully explain. My whole life is full of odd happenings, but initially I was very secretive and tried to explain nothing. Over the last few years, I have developed an overwhelming urge to tell people or at least entertain them even though some of my experiences are unexplainable. Some photos have no provenance unless me talking to dead people in dreams is great provenance. I risk facing complete ridicule, but when I pass away and head toward the afterlife heaven and I speak to people involved in my book, I can always say, “I did what you wanted me to do! I was your dead person reporter, and I hopefully was a janitor of the Wild West!”
In one of his most significant pieces of non-fiction, the mind behind Brave New World presents a thorough and articulate comparison of different forms of mysticism.
Written for an audience presumed to be primarily familiar with Christianity, The Perennial Philosophy aims to extract greater theological truths from the common threads found across religions, and to explore how they can be used to judge mankind (and how it often fails to meet the standards set). It primarily consists of quotations taken from famous figures within each tradition, with short connecting passages written by Huxley.
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These stories are about animals and humans that may have started in an unhappy way but did have happy endings. They are told with humor, some from the animal’s point of view, and hope to inspire a sense of wonder about our furred, feathered, or scaled friends and nature. Some stories are just interesting thoughts on life.
Rise Above All depicts the life events we all experience in some form or another—growing up in broken homes, teen pregnancy, violence, and the absentee of parental guidance. This story, taken from reality, illustrates the overcoming adversity and triumphing through the barrels of opposition.