Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Biography and Memoirs

Good morning! There's some good ones here! Check them out!!
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9/11: The Day That Defined a Generation

Where were you on 9/11? That question has become part of the fabric of our lives as Americans. On that bright, sunny day, none of us had any idea what was in store and how it would change our lives. Depending on what part of the country you lived in, you may not have known anything was going on until several hours after the first plane struck. You may not have heard the news until you got to work, turned on your car radio, or received a call from a loved one asking if you had seen or heard the news. Ashes Ashes the Twins Fall Down is a look at the events of 9/11 from personal and informational perspectives. Author, Pauline Hawkins, who lived in Texas at the time of the attacks, shares her experience of 9/11, and its repercussions for her family, her job, and how she viewed the world. Pauline’s story of coping with the news, reframing how she thought about America and the world, and making a conscious decision to become better-informed will resonate with anyone who lived through 9/11. In addition to her personal testimony, Pauline provides a thought-provoking context for the events of 9/11, including political background, social commentary, and reflections on the contributions of everyday heroes. You’ll come away from this book both enlightened and comforted by Pauline’s honesty and common sense, as well as her heartfelt appreciation of those who sacrificed for our country, and those who continue to work toward healing and rebuilding.

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If I told you I’d been to twenty-four Countries (twenty-one by the time I was twenty-two), that I’d worked in Japan for nine months, toured Australia for six months, enjoyed seven months in Thailand and met and campaigned for the Orangutan in Borneo, you might think that I was pretty lucky.
If I told you I’d worked in the hotel industry, for a sexual health department in a hospital and with prisoners in a drug cell block of a male prison, that I’d worked as a recruitment consultant, in so many office jobs I’ve lost count, as well as having my own company and multiple websites, at age thirty-six, then you might think I’ve had an interesting life.
But if I added to that a mix of child rape, mental health problems, promiscuity, drug taking, alcohol abuse, eating disorders, self-harm, violence, mood swings, obsession, jealousy, loss of self worth, being raised by a mentally ill mother, bankruptcy, thyroid and gastro problems and public masturbation in school at age nine, then I am not sure what you’d think. 
But this is me; Amanda Green. This is my life, my story; my journey back to me from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD and Borderline Personality Disorder – mental illness which manifested during my life and came out ‘to it’s peak’ in my thirties.
I was able to use my collection of mementos, photos, diaries, journals, letters, emails and text messages of my past to finally see who I had become, and more importantly with a combination of therapy, medication and my writing, how I became that alien self and how I found the real me.
The editor (Debz Hobbs-Wyatt) adds…
This is the journey of a normal working class girl, trapped in a roller coaster world of disorder and excitement, love and joy, depression and anger – and her fight against stigma
While My Alien Self would be inspiring for any sufferer, their families or medical teams in its honest insights into living with a mental illness, it also has universal appeal. For who, at times, has not felt their life spin into chaos and wondered what is normal? This story effectively and openly highlights just how fine the line is between what is normal, and what is ‘mental illness’ And everyone who reads it will be able to relate to it.

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ABOUT THE BOOK 

Audrey Hepburn was a rare beauty who managed to be just as graceful and captivating on the inside as she was on the outside. Her lithe dancer's body, large dark eyes and effortlessly chic clothing have made Hepburn a fashion icon for decades, no matter how many other trends may come and go. At the same time, Hepburn's refined and charming personality captured her fans' hearts, and her charity work was an important part of her life up until her final years. 

With her characteristic and unique blend of tomboy, ballerina and socialite personas, Hepburn worked hard to make her way into the ranks of Hollywood A-listers, but never forgot to stay true to her roots and genuinely care for those in need. After a childhood that was marked with tragedy and hardship, from losing her father to enduring the trials of World War II, Hepburn persevered and quickly became a role model for many people. She showed the world that it was possible to have a blend of poise and playfulness, to be a movie star and a humanitarian at the same time. 

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John Grisham is one of the most successful American authors of our time. He has become world-famous for his extensive list of fictional legal thrillers that keep readers on the edge of their seats and always wanting more. He is one of only three authors (along with Tom Clancy and J.K. Rowling) to sell over two million copies on a first printing. His very first bestseller The Firm, published in 1991, eventually sold an impressive seven million copies. Only two short years after the book's release (but before it was officially published), the rights to the screenplay were sold and The Firm hit the box office. The film and book were wildly successful, with the book holding a place on The New York Times bestseller list for 47 consecutive weeks and the film bringing in over $270 million. As if the film and book were not successful enough, a Canadian TV series has been created based on an adaptation of the story and began airing in 2012.  

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This book is part of Hyperink's best little books series. It's close to 3,000 words of fast, entertaining information on a highly demanded topic. Based on reader feedback (including yours!), we may expand this book in the future. If we do so, we'll send a free copy to all previous buyers. 

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Who knew that a show about nerds would be so unspeakably cool? That a UCLA particle physics professor would be hired to ensure scientific accuracy throughout a 30 minute CBS sitcom? 

Apparently, the producers and creators of the smash hit The Big Bang Theory did, and the show now boasts some 12 million viewers a week. And it seems that the show is also inspiring would-be and current physicists (and other scientists, too); according to the shows science consultant, Dr. David Saltzberg of UCLA, emails are received from both high school and graduate students asking him about certain scientific aspects of the show. 

He also notes that there was a lot of background work that the writers did prior to shooting, such as following graduate students around and exploring what a physicists apartment might actually look like. According to Saltzberg, a real physicists apartment was a bit too boring, so the producers had to dress up Leonard and Sheldons apartment a little. But, the science itself was spot on. 

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If you picture the life and home of one of the world's richest, most powerful men with fifteen bedrooms and a room devoted to swimming in gold (a la Scrooge McDuck) you’ll be shocked with self-made billionaire Warren Buffett. The 81-year-old man lives a modest life in same the three-bedroom home he bought in Dundee, Nebraska in 1958 with his late wife Susan. Never one for extravagance, Buffett always preferred a low key life, both at home and at work, and earlier in his life, at school. His high school year book photo was captioned “likes math, future stock broker” and couldn't have been a better predictor. After college and apprenticeships, Buffett became an investment icon. His flagship investment, Berkshire Hathaway, has become an industry leader for how to choose stocks that have longevity, similar to Buffett himself. Buffett has made significant contributions to the way investments were made on Wall Street by deciding early on to look at the company structure and not just the balance sheets. His unique perspective and insight has earned him the much deserved title “Oracal of Omaha. 

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The life of Davy Jones and his time with The Monkees 



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