In American Ghost, Hannah Nordhaus traces the life, death, and unsettled afterlife of her great-great-grandmother Julia, from her childhood in Germany to her years in the American West with her Jewish merchant husband. As she traces the strands of Julia's life, Nordhaus uncovers a larger tale of how a true-life story becomes a ghost story and how difficult it can sometimes be to separate history and myth.
Because of the unique emotional relationships we have with our pets, their deaths produce a level of pain that is difficult to describe. This book will start you on the journey to help your heart deal with the absence of your cherished companion.
At the age of 39, theologian Todd Billings was diagnosed with incurable cancer. The questions were acute: Why me? Why now? Where is God in all of this? This eloquently written book shares Billings's journey and reflections on providence, lament, and life in Christ in light of his illness. He moves beyond pat answers to show how our human stories of joy and grief can be incorporated into the larger biblical story of God's saving work in Christ.
Dan DiMicco takes to task politicians, academics, and political pundits who are exacerbating fears and avoiding simple solutions to the U.S. economy, and contrasts them with the postwar leaders who rebuilt Europe and Japan, put a man on the moon, and kept communism at bay. We need leaders of such resolve today who can tackle a broken job-creation engine by restoring manufacturing to its central role. DiMicco maps the road back to robust economic growth, middle-class prosperity, and American competitiveness.
So-called education reformers have gotten away with using standardized testing to punish our nation's youth and educators. Now students are walking out, parents are opting their children out, and teachers are refusing to administer these detrimental exams. The "reformers" today are facing a revolt against high-stakes standardized testing. More Than a Score is a collection of essays, poems, speeches, and interviews from frontline fighters who are defying the corporate education reformers and fueling a national movement to reclaim and transform public education.
During his tour of duty, Sergeant Hickman saw Guantánamo from the inside--the chaotic prisons, the detainee abuse--and stumbled onto a mystery, a secret facility the soldiers labeled "Camp No." Hickman details the inner workings of Camp Delta: the events surrounding the deaths of three prisoners, the cover-up, and the secret facility at the heart of it all. By revealing Guantánamo's true nature, Hickman opens a window onto government overreach, secrecy, and one man's search for the truth.
In this new collection of ten essays, Berry confronts head-on the necessity of clear thinking and direct action. Never one to ignore the present challenge, he understands that only clearly stated questions support the understanding their answers require.
To teach a child about money, you must first know his or her Money Personality. This book is going to dig into what really makes or breaks a family in any area: relationships. It focuses on the Money Personality relationship between you and your kids. Understanding how to navigate the different personalities will be the best advice you've ever received on training up your children in the way they should go.
The story of the plush animal craze that became the tulip mania of the 1990s. In the annals of consumer crazes, nothing compares to Beanie Babies. In just 3 years, collectors who saw the toys as a means of speculation made creator Ty Warner a billionaire. The end of the craze was swift and devastating, with "rare" Beanie Babies deemed worthless as quickly as they'd once been deemed priceless. Bissonnette draws on hundreds of interviews for the first book on the strangest speculative mania of all time.
From the staff of Washington Monthly comes a new kind of college guide, inspired by and including the magazine's alternative college rankings. The Other College Guide features chapters on finding the best-fit schools and the real deal about money, loans, and preparing for the world of work. This essential higher ed handbook also highlights information on what to look for (and watch out for) in online programs and for-profit colleges and concludes with fifty profiles of remarkable but frequently overlooked schools.
Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. Bruni explains why that belief is wrong, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes.
Go Outside and Come Back Better is an inspirational travel essay woven through a landscape photography collection. Readers will discover nature's power to teach, inspire, and improve lives. Go Outside combines America's beautiful scenery with down-to-earth insight into how everyone--not just adventurers--can benefit from spending time in nature.
Anna was living a normal life. She was ambitious and worked hard; she had just bought an apartment; she was falling in love. But then she started to develop worrying symptoms: her face felt like it was burning whenever she was in front of the computer. Soon this progressed to an intolerance of fluorescent light, then of sunlight itself. The reaction soon spread to her entire body. Now, when her symptoms are at their worst, she must spend months on end in a blacked-out room.
Kelsey Nixon, host of Kelsey's Essentials on Cooking Channel, shares a full-color array of one hundred essential recipes, including grilled fruit skewers with chili and lime, steak and pepper stir-fry, and fudge mint brownies.
As women, we learn that our moods are a problem. But our bodies are wiser than we imagine. Moods are a finely-tuned feedback system that can tell us how best to manage our lives. Our changing moods let us know when our bodies are primed to tackle different challenges and when we should be alert to developing problems. They help us select the right tool for each of our many jobs. If we deny our emotionality, we deny the breadth of our talents. With the right care of our inherently dynamic bodies, we can master our moods to avail ourselves of this great natural strength.
An exploration of the day-to-day practices and cultural influences that make Amish children some of the most mature and well-adjusted children around. This book reveals why Amish parents don't stuggle with the same self-doubt, indecision, and harried lifestyles that nearly every Englisch (non-Amish) parent faces daily.
Nathan Sawaya has done incredible, sometimes surreal, sculptures and portraits--all made from LEGO bricks. This showcase of his work features photos of his art and behind-the-scenes details about how these creations came to be--how Sawaya transformed a toy into an art form.
An analysis of Bob Dylan fandom shares insights into the music artist's influential role in American culture, contrasting the activities of particularly devout fans against Dylan's intensely private nature.
The Monopolists reveals the unknown story of how Monopoly came into existence, the reinvention of its history by Parker Brothers and multiple media outlets, the lost female originator of the game, and one man's lifelong obsession to tell the true story about the game's questionable origins.It is a social history of corporate greed that illuminates the cutthroat nature of American business over the last century.
Published to coincide with the film's 50th anniversary, an ultimate fan book shares behind-the-scenes facts about The Sound of Music's filming in Austria and Hollywood and incorporates new interviews with production insiders, including Johannes von Trapp.
Morton tells the story of Edward VIII, later Duke of Windsor, his American wife Wallis Simpson, the wartime Nazi plot to make him a puppet king after the invasion of Britain, and the attempted cover-up by Churchill, General Eisenhower, and King George VI of the duke's relations with Hitler. From the alleged affair between Simpson and the German foreign minister to the discovery of top secret correspondence about the man dubbed 'the traitor king' and the Nazi high command, this is a saga of intrigue, betrayal, deception, and suspicion.
British author Cadbury explores the many layers involved in the abdication crisis of 1936, which ceded the British crown to the seemingly least prepared of the four sons of George V, George VI, aka Bertie, who revealed himself in the subsequent crisis of war to be the most suitable and stalwart of all.
The July 13, 1890, capsizing of the steamer Sea Wing and the death of 98 of its passengers happened on Lake Pepin as the riverboat was returning from Lake City to Red Wing. This book describes the anguish and confusion of the survivors and the passengers' families, and notes the heroism of rescuers and their relentless efforts to recover bodies of those lost.
Morris examines afresh the forces that drove Edward I throughout his relentless career: his character, his Christian faith, and his sense of England's destiny--a sense shaped in particular by the tales of the legendary King Arthur. He also explores the competing reasons that led Edward's opponents to resist him. The result is a sweeping story and a vivid picture of medieval Britain at the moment when its future was decided.
For two months out of the last eighteen years of his life, Ian Fleming lived at Goldeneye, the house he built overlooking the white sand beaches of Jamaica. All the James Bond novels and stories were written here. This book explores the influence of Jamaica on the creation of Fleming's hero, including his Jamaican friendships, compares the real Jamaica of the 1950s with the island's portrayal in the Bond books, and looks at the attitude of Fleming to the end of the British Empire.
Bonner Paddock is the first person with cerebral palsy to summit Mount Killimanjaro in 2008, and four years later test himself at the Ironman in Kona, Hawaii. Along the way he launched a foundation to help disabled children in Africa and at home. His story of human perseverance demonstrates how our lives are not defined by limits, but by the moments and lessons that push us past them.