Books That Deserve To Be Read
There are more than half a million books published each year in the US alone. Not all of them make the best seller lists. We are on a quest to find the books that deserve to be in the best seller list.
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“Conklin examines her characters’ lives with generosity and an unflinching eye for the complexities of love and family…. Fans of Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections will find similar pleasures in the intelligence and empathy on display here.” — USA Today (four stars)
When the renowned poet Fiona Skinner is asked about the inspiration behind her iconic work, The Love Poem, she tells her audience a story about her family and a betrayal that reverberates through time.
It begins in a big yellow house with a funeral, an iron poker, and a brief variation forever known as the Pause: a free and feral summer in a middle-class Connecticut town. Caught between the predictable life they once led and an uncertain future that stretches before them, the Skinner siblings—fierce Renee, sensitive Caroline, golden boy Joe and watchful Fiona—emerge from the Pause staunchly loyal and deeply connected. Two decades later, the siblings find themselves once again confronted with a family crisis that tests the strength of these bonds and forces them to question the life choices they’ve made and ask what, exactly, they will do for love.
A sweeping yet intimate epic about one American family, The Last Romantics is an unforgettable exploration of the ties that bind us together, the responsibilities we embrace and the duties we resent, and how we can lose—and sometimes rescue—the ones we love. A novel that pierces the heart and lingers in the mind, it is also a beautiful meditation on the power of stories—how they navigate us through difficult times, help us understand the past, and point the way toward our future.
What does it mean to be human? Where did we come from? And what unites us in our diversity today? Anthropology and the Study of Humanity is your chance to tackle these big questions as you survey one of the world’s most engaging – and human – sciences. Taught by acclaimed professor and field researcher Scott M. Lacy of Fairfield University, these 24 wide-ranging lectures are the ideal guide through the world of anthropology, or the study of humanity across time and space.
Professor Lacy gives you an elegant blend of theory and application to help you understand this extraordinarily interdisciplinary field as a whole. You will examine how humans evolved and built civilizations, review humanity’s changing attitudes about our relationship to the cosmos, and consider the many ways we express ourselves. In the end, what you’ll discover is that while our species is rich with diversity, we are all one human race.
To anchor this course, Professor Lacy gives you a historical overview of Homo sapiens, starting at the very root of our family tree, when proto-humans split away from other primates in the animal kingdom. As he wends his way across time and around the world, he also introduces the field’s four major academic sub-disciplines: biological, archaeological, linguistic, and cultural anthropology.
One of the joys of this course is that it is truly global in the way Professor Lacy introduces you to the boots-on-the-ground practice of the field. When you complete this course, you will have a new appreciation for our world and its many cultures, but you will also have a new appreciation for the cultural connections and similarities we share as one race of Homo sapiens. With a passionate and knowledgeable professor as your guide, this course gives you a broad understanding of academic anthropology, as well as a deeper appreciation for humanity as a whole.
The Obstacle is the Way has become a cult classic, beloved by men and women around the world who apply its wisdom to become more successful at whatever they do.
Its many fans include a former governor and movie star (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a hip hop icon (LL Cool J), an Irish tennis pro (James McGee), an NBC sportscaster (Michele Tafoya), and the coaches and players of winning teams like the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Cubs, and University of Texas men’s basketball team.
The book draws its inspiration from stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. Stoics focus on the things they can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher. As Marcus Aurelius put it nearly 2000 years ago: “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
Ryan Holiday shows us how some of the most successful people in history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—have applied stoicism to overcome difficult or even impossible situations. Their embrace of these principles ultimately mattered more than their natural intelligence, talents, or luck.
If you’re feeling frustrated, demoralized, or stuck in a rut, this book can help you turn your problems into your biggest advantages. And along the way it will inspire you with dozens of true stories of the greats from every age and era.
Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it’s probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she’s dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina’s tummy trouble isn’t going away… and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What’s going on?
Raina Telgemeier once again brings us a thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the courage to face — and conquer — her fears.
Chapter 1: This is Zanzibar
anzibar. The Persians called it the Coast of the Blacks. The Arabs called it FairLand. Some call it SpiceIsland, some Stone Town. About four thousand years ago, the Africans arrived on the island. During the seventh century, Arabs and Persians arrived here. Then camethe Portuguese, the British, the Indians, and many others. It was a place notorious for the slave trade. The island also boasts of slave traders like Tipu Tip, who had one official wife and two children and over thirty mistresses and their children.
The Omanese ruled it for a century and left their legacy behind. About 97% of Zanzibar’s population follows Islam. Like Ireland in Britain, the Kurds in Iraq, the Chechens in Russia, the Pakhtoons in Pakistan, and Kashmir in India, Zanzibar is a boil on the forehead. The local Arabs want independence or the Omanese rule the way it was before the British took over. As a result, the mainland pampers Zanzibar a lot, granting subsidized power, a loose localised legal framework, and poor customs controls and so on.
It was 6.30 in the morning. Zuly had boarded a boat to Zanzibar. He had many missions there. One was that his UK client had arranged for a payment of $100,000 for buying beetle nuts and seashells from him. This would have to be collected from a local Zanzibari Arab trader. The Arab used to import bathroom tiles and other hardware from Zuly’s client and had not paid him for a long time. So this exchange was most convenient for
She couldn’t have been more than seven or eight years old. “Go ahead, ask your question,” her father urged, nudging her forward. She smiled shyly and said, “You’re my hero. Who’s yours?”
Many people—especially girls—have asked us that same question over the years. It’s one of our favorite topics.
HILLARY: Growing up, I knew hardly any women who worked outside the home. So I looked to my mother, my teachers, and the pages of Life magazine for inspiration. After learning that Amelia Earhart kept a scrapbook with newspaper articles about successful women in male-dominated jobs, I started a scrapbook of my own. Long after I stopped clipping articles, I continued to seek out stories of women who seemed to be redefining what was possible.
CHELSEA: This book is the continuation of a conversation the two of us have been having since I was little. For me, too, my mom was a hero; so were my grandmothers. My early teachers were also women. But I grew up in a world very different from theirs. My pediatrician was a woman, and so was the first mayor of Little Rock who I remember from my childhood. Most of my close friends’ moms worked outside the home as nurses, doctors, teachers, professors, and in business. And women were going into space and breaking records here on Earth.
Ensuring the rights and opportunities of women and girls remains a big piece of the unfinished business of the twenty-first century.
The touching and true story of Hank, a silver dappled dachshund, who discovers he may have a talent to comfort people as a therapy dog. Does he have the “right stuff”? Grab Hank’s leash and look over his shoulder with author, owner and handler, Mika Ryan, as Hank narrates his heartwarming journey from young pup to old dog. Hank introduces you to his family members along with his real-life dachshund friends. Young readers will discover a variety of dachshund sizes, colors and personalities. Hank spotlights their differences and how he becomes friends with them all. Read about Hank’s challenges as he shares the tests he must pass and the commands he must learn to become a therapy dog. Does Hank have the courage to complete the task? Many children will be able to read this story on their own or with help from an adult. It is also appropriate as a bedtime story for infants and younger children who will enjoy the color, the story and the dog illustrations. This book is the perfect gift for Dachshund fans. However, anyone who loves dogs will find this a sweet and informative book about a little dog with a big personality who lived an extraordinary life.
ARRIVAL HEART AND SOUL: Discover our Greatest Healing Link and the Truth of the Life Force Systems of Nature.
What is our greatest healing link? How do we overcome stress and anxiety that can trigger us?
Let us find the energetic paths that link our whole systems together. Nurture Mother Nature’s gift and explore this powerful abundant energy available through our conscious awareness, our innate life force that naturally connects with our environment.
Discover your thoughts the language of the mind and feelings the language of the body and listen to the body to nourish and empower connection. Address conditioning and limiting subconscious patterns to find more clarity, compassion and joy.
Rebalance and renew by releasing old fear narratives safely for healing and acceptance. Learn how to integrate and overcome difficulties to find deeper truth and resiliency.
Reshape to allow powerful motivation energy to expand your resources and thrive in better health and wellness.
Notice the patterns that support you and shine awareness here as your essence is not your past but the process of who you are becoming.
Empowered freedom and innate wisdom instinctively lie within.
Technology is not a magic solution for education. It is an opportunity! An opportunity to shake things up, to connect and grow, and to create dynamic learning experiences for our students!
In this three-part book, you will explore WHY it’s time to Shake Up Learning, WHAT changes we can make in our classrooms to support dynamic learning experiences, and HOW to plan meaningful lessons for your classroom.
Rapidly evolving technology and the demands of the digital age are transforming not only the way we live but also the way we learn. The tools students are using are newer, sleeker, and faster than ever before. In some cases, the medium is even changing the message. One thing is certain: Educators cannot continue the status quo if they expect to equip young people for the world to come.
Here’s the good news: With digital tools that are available 24/7, learning doesn’t have to stop when the bell rings. Learning can take on a life of its own! Even better, technology can help you connect with students and empower them to grow and develop a lifelong love for learning–and it doesn’t have to be scary or complicated.
Shake Up Learning is a powerful guide and planning tool to help educators at all grade levels make the most of technology. Educator and blogger Kasey Bell guides you through the process of using technology and proven techniques to make learning dynamic. You’ll discover . . .
In this classic American adventure, Jack London explores the laws of civilization and wilderness—and the pull of instinct—through the eyes of Buck, a half Saint Bernard, half Scottish shepherd. Stolen from his comfortable life in California, Buck is sold into service as a sled dog during the Klondike Gold Rush, where returning to his primordial nature is the only way for him to survive.
London drew on his own experiences as a prospector in the Canadian wilderness, as well as the philosophies of Charles Darwin and Friedrich Nietzsche, for this enduring tale of survival.
Revised edition: Previously published as The Call of the Wild, this edition of The Call of the Wild (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
From the bestselling author of The Tuscan Child comes a beautiful and heart-rending novel of a woman’s love and sacrifice during the First World War.
As the Great War continues to take its toll, headstrong twenty-one-year-old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort. She is convinced by a cheeky and handsome Australian pilot that she can do more, and it is not long before she falls in love with him and accepts his proposal of marriage.
When he is sent back to the front, Emily volunteers as a “land girl,” tending to the neglected grounds of a large Devonshire estate. It’s here that Emily discovers the long-forgotten journals of a medicine woman who devoted her life to her herbal garden. The journals inspire Emily, and in the wake of devastating news, they are her saving grace. Emily’s lover has not only died a hero but has left her terrified—and with child. Since no one knows that Emily was never married, she adopts the charade of a war widow.
As Emily learns more about the volatile power of healing with herbs, the found journals will bring her to the brink of disaster, but may open a path to her destiny.
In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.
• A New York Times bestseller for over a decade
• Over 7.4 million copies sold in the U.S.
• Translated into 40 languages worldwide
“Don Miguel Ruiz’s book is a roadmap to enlightenment and freedom.” — Deepak Chopra, Author, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
“An inspiring book with many great lessons.” — Wayne Dyer, Author, Real Magic
“In the tradition of Castaneda, Ruiz distills essential Toltec wisdom, expressing with clarity and impeccability what it means for men and women to live as peaceful warriors in the modern world.” — Dan Millman, Author, Way of the Peaceful Warrior
About the Authors
Don Miguel Ruiz is the international bestselling author of The Four Agreements (a New York Times bestseller for over a decade), The Four Agreements Companion Book, The Mastery of Love, The Voice of Knowledge, The Circle of Fire, and The Fifth Agreement (with don Jose Ruiz). The teachings of Ruiz are best known for transforming complex human issues into simple common sense — a talent that has earned him millions of fans, international acclaim, and a vote of approval from Oprah Winfrey. Sales of his Toltec Wisdom Series have soared to over 10 million copies in the United States.
Janet Mills is the founder and editor of Amber-Allen publishing. She is the coauthor, with don Miguel Ruiz, of six books in The Toltec Wisdom Series, creator of “The Four Agreements for a Better Life” online course, and editor of Deepak Chopra’s bestselling title, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. Her life’s mission is to publish books of enduring beauty, integrity, and wisdom, and to inspire others to fulfill their most cherished dreams.
Decades after global infanticide wiped out millions on the planet Ramah, deep scars remain in the hearts and minds of the survivors. Though the massacre is over, the merciless Necrogog legions who committed the atrocity still threaten multitudes of star systems, following their primary objective: to kill the promised Mantis messiah, whose birth mother is a member of the Holy Order, Marium Kahnet.
Jazrene Vallo, a member of the Order, lost her beloved family during the Necrogog attack. Now she devotes her life to her sisterhood, following the instructions of a divine messenger to restructure the Holy Order and keep at bay the enemies within the Ramah government who are seeking ways to prosecute her for war crimes. But her plans are interrupted when she receives a report regarding a group of wayward sisters who left Ramah seeking retribution against those responsible for the slaughter of their families, namely the Kravjin—the master sorcerers who orchestrated the attack on Ramah. Out of desperation, Jazrene hires the services of elite mercenaries to capture the deadly rogue sisters and return them to Ramah for assimilation back into the sisterhood. For if she can’t halt their mission, the Order will forever carry a shameful bloodstained blemish.
Unbeknownst to Jazrene Vallo, the wayward sisters have already set unimaginable destruction in motion that cannot be stopped.
A plus-size Texas gal has designs on an old crush in New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown’s exuberant, bighearted romance.
In the small town of Celeste, Texas, Mitzi Taylor has never quite fit inside the lines. Nearly six feet tall, flame-haired, and with a plus-size spirit to match every curve, she’s found her niche: a custom wedding-dress boutique catering to big brides-to-be with big dreams. Taking the plunge alongside her two best friends, she’s proud they’ve turned The Perfect Dress into a perfect success.
Just when Mitzi has it all pulled together, Graham Harrison walks back into her life, looking for bridesmaid dresses for his twin daughters. A still-strapping jock whose every gorgeous, towering inch smells like aftershave, the star of all Mitzi’s high school dreams is causing quite a flush.
For Mitzi, all it takes is a touch to feel sparks flitting around her like fireflies. She can just imagine what a kiss could do. Graham’s feeling it, too. And he’s about to make that imagination of Mitzi’s run wild. Is it just a hot summer fling, or are Mitzi’s next designs for herself and seeing her own dreams come true?
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.
The Blue Butterfly was a club for extreme pleasure.
But I wasn’t there for pleasure…I’d come to sell my virginity.To the Highest Bidder.
Since Dad died and left us high and dry things have just got worse and worse for Mom and me. Unless we find enough money to pay my fees I’m going to be kicked out of college, and even worse my mom is about to become homeless.
I didn’t know what to do, how I could help. I felt completely out of options, until my friend told me I could auction my virginity for thousands of dollars to the highest bidder at a secretive club frequented by billionaires called the Blue Butterfly.
I’ve been saving myself for that elusive once-in-a-lifetime great romance, and that ‘special man’, but I realize now that is just a childish dream. Truth is I’m probably going to lose my virginity to some jerk who will not appreciate it, anyway.
I’d much rather save my mother from more humiliation.
So I applied to the Blue Butterfly, and to my surprise they accepted me.
I thought I knew what to expect. A billionaire who looked like Warren Buffet, or George Soros.
But NOTHING could have prepared me for…my highest bidder.
A full length steamy and emotional standalone romance with HEA
Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a summer when everything changed, in New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand’s first historical novel
Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It’s 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother’s historic home in downtown Nantucket. But like so much else in America, nothing is the same: Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests and determined to be independent, takes a summer job on Martha’s Vineyard. Only-son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother and her worried mother, each of them hiding a troubling secret. As the summer heats up, Ted Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man flies to the moon, and Jessie and her family experience their own dramatic upheavals along with the rest of the country.
In her first historical novel, rich with the details of an era that shaped both a nation and an island thirty miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again earns her title as queen of the summer novel.
Practical, proven self help steps show how to transform 40 common self-defeating behaviors, including procrastination, envy, obsession, anger, self-pity, compulsion, neediness, guilt, rebellion, inaction, and more.
With this book, the birth of an author N.Menerva came to life. After contributing
twenty years to education, an education administrator and a professor,
enlightened with a thought of contributing the knowledge back to the coming
generations, and so this book was apprehended. After blogging successfully for
one year on the world’s rarest crafts, of the countries like Chad, Lichtenstein,
Kyrgyzstan, Syria, and Belarus, Interest was at hype, when started writing for
Bhutan. Bhutan is a lonely land which maintains the highest score of Grand
Happiness Index while following Buddhism. Buddhism is a religion which takes
one to a land spiritual ecstasy. While blogging on Bhutan thirteen crafts, the
inspiration stroked me to convert the knowledge onto a book. Henceforth, a
research paper on Thangka paintings was written and then a book about all the
amazing crafts of Bhutan, famous by the name “Zorig Chusum”. An urge has
emanated to write on these craft descriptively, and preserve the knowledge in the
form of a book wherein, in one glimpse, at one source all the information about
the craft, meaning, raw materials, its essence to Bhutan, and process can be
understood. The book therefore, is an effort of one year of research, to describe
the thirteen Bhutanese crafts, enabling design, fine arts and crafts students to
get all the required information for further research and academic projects. The
content of the book are collected by various means of primary sources from the
Government of Bhutan Associations, National Museum and images clicked while
a personal trip to Bhutan. In detail research was helpful only through secondary
sources, online sites, Archives and library of Royal patronage and Bhutan Textile
museum, Bhutan National Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, Simply Bhutan
Museum, Division of Conservation Architectural Heritage, National Museum of
Bumthang, National Library of Bhutan, Photographs Archive at National Library,
Archive Kuenselonline, Archive Ra online, Socio cultural History of Bhutan
Archive and many other secondary sources bibliographed. The book will prove
as a useful source to design, fine art students and professionals looking forward
for research on Bhutan and various intricate process of many crafts which are
mentioned in this book as part of Zorig Chusum.
From brave and bold to creative and clever, Emily Winfield Martin’s rhythmic rhyme expresses all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their children. With beautiful, and sometimes humorous, illustrations, and a clever gatefold with kids in costumes, this is a book grown-ups will love reading over and over to kids-both young and old. A great gift for any occasion, but a special stand-out for baby showers, birthdays, and graduation. The Wonderful Things You Will Be has a loving and truthful message that will endure for lifetimes.
MANAGING THE MANAGEMENT IN CORPORATE is the outcome of twenty two years of teaching and research experience of the author. This book encompasses an overall experience about the complete subject of Management. The book touches all the major and minor aspects of Management right from Authority to Zen approach in Management. This book covers two hundred topics of Management in nutshell. It brings all the topics of Management under one umbrella. The book is written for all the people who deal with the subject of Management, whether he is a student of some B-school or a corporate honcho or a lay man. It is written in a very lucid manner so that it can touch the heart of the readers. The simple style of writing will help the readers to assimilate the core content of the book easily.
This book is about raising a legacy. It is my hope that with this book, I am able to introduce readers to my son, Marquise Hill, a born athlete and an incredible human being, who tragically passed away in May 2007. I would like everybody to feel as if they had known him in his lifetime, in a way as familiar and beloved as a well-worn, comfortable house shoe. I give my thanks to the wonderful people and organizations who have, in different ways, inspired my son and helped him fulfill his purpose and dreams and honored him after his passing.